Pumpkin Doodles (or Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes if you will…)

Pumpkin Doodles

Maybe it’s just me, but Pumpkin Doodles rolls easier off the tongue. These babies are everywhere, everyone is on the pumpkin bandwagon and I’m no exception. Pumpkin, and more importantly the flavours our culture pairs with it, are wicked awesome. These are the closest thing to a ‘real’ doughnut (donut) to come out of my […]

Chicken Penne with Smoky Cream Sauce

Chicken Penne 2

I had a great conversation with myself last weekend (don’t judge, I’m a great self-conversationalist). Club House La Grille had asked me to share my #FlavourStory and I had to sit down with a coffee and a kitty and think about what it actually was. I didn’t really grow up in a meat and potatoes […]

Richard Julien’s BBQ Bone-in Pork Chops with Smoky Mustard and Maple Syrup FTW #FlavourStory

Richard Julien LaGrille

The votes have been tabulated and although I’m good with tofu, I had a feeling that pork would win out… and it sure did. I loved how simple Chef Julien’s recipe was and how he used the Club House La Grille Maple Bacon Seasoning to turn it into a winning recipe. In case you missed […]

My #BigDayDowntown Halifax 2014 – The Year of Meat & Dumb Bloggers

#BigDayDowntown Collage

I was invited back by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission to participate in this year’s Big Day Downtown program. The long and the short of it is that a group of bloggers are given a prepaid credit card and set loose upon the downtown core with one stipulation – blog about it. There is a […]

My #SonicareSmile – 14 Days Later

#sonicaresmile collage the verdict

We’ve all been using our new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes for 2 weeks now and are back to report our findings. Chelsea Chelsea has been using the Sonicare for Kids and says she really likes her new toothbrush. She says that what she likes best about it is that it is electric and that it […]

I Did It All For The Cookie


We had great luck staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels this summer. Along with the DoubleTree Boston Downtown, we also stayed at the DoubleTree in Portland, Maine. It was there that I had my first bite of ‘The Cookie’… and I haven’t looked back. For more than 25 years, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels have been […]

Masala Meatza Pizza


Our challenge this month as #PataksMom was to go see the film The Hundred Foot Journey, which brings to life the words of the International Bestselling novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais. Once we saw the film, we were to share how the movie inspired us, in the kitchen or otherwise. First […]

Boston Duck Tours – Quack Quack

Boston Duck Tour Tug Boat

Before we went to Boston this summer, I polled my readers and friends asking them what are some of the attractions you ‘must do’ while in Beantown. The Duck Tour came up over and over. We have a similar tour here in Halifax, the ‘Harbour Hopper’ and we’ve been on that and loved it, so […]

Two Halifax Chefs Tell Their Grilling #FlavourStory … Only One Can Win

La Grille Collage

Um, where did August go? We are heading into Labour Day Weekend, can you believe it? Pack up your whites, pull out your woolies… well, maybe not yet, but summer is indeed starting to slip away. We Canadians don’t let go of summer quite that easily though, and for most of us Labour Day weekend […]