Sugar Fix: Roselle’s tarts

Roselle Desserts | 362 King Street East | Toronto | View Map >

Roselle TorontoThis past long weekend, I finally had a chance to check out a bakery on my list: Roselle. This cozy little spot near King & Parliament features pastries, caramels & a fantastic ‘Dessert makes you happy’ sign, which should be hanging in my living room.

Roselle TorontoI tried the Lemon & Turtle tarts—both delicious, but the Turtle tart {chocolate mousse & caramel} was my fave.

> Keep reading to see more of this stylish little space…


Travel: Spa day at Coqui Coqui Tulum

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaI treated myself to a spa day at Coqui Coqui Tulum during my trip and went for the Coqui Coqui Ritual so I could have the full 3-hour experience {wrap, scrub, massage & bath}.

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaThe treatment room was beautiful and overlooks the beach.

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaYou an pick from their line of fragranced oils to choose the scent for your massage and bath. My favourites: Orange blossom & Coco Coco.

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaThey also have a shop that sells fragrances, candles & other products from their perfumery. {Fragrances were approx. $70 CDN; candles were approx. $45 CDN}

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaThe hotel itself is a really cool stone, ruin-like building, with stairs that connect the various levels.

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaWe stayed for lunch and had a great meal and came back a second time because we liked the food so much.

Coqui Coqui Tulum spaThis was definitely the most luxurious experience I had in this very rustic town.

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Going lightly in…Tulum

Tulum palm treesI escaped this year’s very cold winter and spent 5 days in Tulum last week. Located about 2 hours from the Cancun airport, Tulum is on the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. It’s a trendy strip of mostly boutique hotels catering to those who want to get away from it all, take a few yoga classes and sip dairy-free smoothies. Most properties are air conditioning-free, have no in-room TVs or phones and mosquito nets are the norm.

Tulum palm treesWe stayed at Sanara, a beautifully designed, beachfront hotel. A few photos below, along with some tips..

Tulum palm trees

Tulum travel tips:

  • We walked everywhere and stuck mostly to the strip, but if you would like to do some sightseeing, renting a car is probably easier than paying to visit each place. The Tulum ruins and a number of cenotes are nearby; there’s also a small downtown area that has some local restaurants {approx. a 10-15 minute drive away}.
  • When researching hotels, open concept rooms seemed common so if you aren’t into that, look for a room with a separate/enclosed bathroom. We stayed in one of Sanara’s Papaya/jungle rooms, which was an open concept hut-like room that included a bed, shower & toilet.
  • The dining there can get expensive and most restaurants accept cash only. Both US dollars and pesos are accepted everywhere.

Tulum palm trees

The highlight of this trip for me was the food! I really liked having so many restaurants within walking distance.

Tulum palm trees

Keep reading for my 5 favourite places to eat…


Decorate: Gold-embellished giraffe cookies

Gold giraffe cookiesI’ve recently been inspired by all of the cookies I’ve seen on Instagram {here & here}, decorated with glazes that look like they’ve been painted with watercolours. I didn’t realize how easy it was to mix up some coloured ‘paint’, so I tried it on these giraffe sugar cookies…

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions…

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