I recently had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Toronto chapter of Camp Campbell last month. The mentorship program aims to connect women leaders and entrepreneurs with each other "to inspire thought leadership and foster creative collaboration". Camp Campbell was started by Campbell Soup CEO, Denise Morrison, who wanted to create a program that would help mentor the next generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs. Camp Campbell does a lot to support their members, as they provide access to mentors, encourages the exchange of ideas, stimulate conversations, and connect members that share similar passion or aspirations.


 Camp Campbell did an excellent job of decorating the basement of Gusto 101 to brand Camp Campbell for the dinner. There were red banners displaying boldly the Camp Campbell name, and cards with our names and hashtags were neatly placed on the table. Camp Campbell encouraged us to use social media and live-tweet or Instagram the dinner. Unfortunately, since we were in the basement level of the restaurant, many of us (myself included) had weak cell reception.

Jeffersonian Dinner

The dinner brought together a group of female entrepreneurs, foodies and community leaders who shared similar interests. We were joined by a few members of the Campbell Company's team, along with the President at Campbell Company of Canada, Ana Dominguez. For most of the dinner, we discussed various topics from social media, to how food brands and products can best cater to their on-the-go lifestyles.

The dinner was held in the private dining area at Gusto 101 (basement level), and the meal was designed to be family-style. Additionally, the focal point of the dinner was that it was based on a Jeffersonian-style dinner, which encouraged deep discussion around a chosen topic. The purpose of the Jeffersonian dinner was that it allows people to connect, listen, and learn from one another. The conversation is more or less directed to the entire group, and not just to people sitting nearby. Overall,  I found this format of discussion to be much more effective, as I got to hear the opinions from everyone there. Prior to the dinner, everyone in attendance were asked to prepare answers to the following questions: "What qualities do you look for in a leader and what leadership styles have affected you most?" The purpose of the two questions was to use it as an ice-breaker, and learn a little bit about one another before starting the Jeffersonian dinner.

 As our night drew to a close, we were asked specifically to share our takeaways from the night. Many of the guests expressed their gratitude for the night, and how much they have learned from the discussions.

Gusto 101

Arancini - wild mushroom risotto, fontina cheese, tomato sauce

Cavolo Nero - organic lacinato kale, zante currants, toasted pine nuts, pecorino, parmigiano, lemon vinaigrette
Mozzarella di Bufala - champagne tomatoes, basil pesto, arugula, vincotto garlic breadcrumbs
Spinaci - spinach, buffalo mozzarella, pecorino fresh ricotta, and garlic
10-oz Bistecca - dry aged centre cut striploin, porcini puree grilled king oyster mushroom, asparagus
Budino Bar - gianduia chocolate, caramel, candied hazelnut

Since my trip to London (UK) in September 2015, I have grown very fond of the city. So, when I received my invitation to attend the Tyrrells Launch at Rasa; I didn't hesitate to RSVP. Tyrrells is an English-based manufacturer of potato chips, and they have been in business for more than 10 years. They are available in Toronto at Whole Foods, Metro and Sobeys as well as several other smaller retailers. Tyrrells Chips are all natural, and hand cooked using only natural-ingredients. Additionally, the chips are hand cooked in small batches in sunflower oil, and then dressed in natural seasoning. I liked that they do not contain any sort of artificial flavoring, and are gluten-free as well. It's a great brand of chips for light-snacking.

The Tyrrells event was held at Rasa to celebrate the launch of three new vegetable chips to the Tyrrells line up in Toronto. The three new chips were Sweet Potato with Smoked Chilli, Beetroot, Parsnip and Potato Chips with Sea Salt, and Carrot & Potato Chips with Sea Salt. Additionally, all the food served that night are on Rasa's main menu, but for the event, they incorporated various Tyrrells chips into the dishes. Overall, I thought that the event was well organized with carefully curated tables set up with various Tyrrells chips for consumption, and games for guests to play. I thought that it was pretty neat that the ambiance emulated the British way of life, and it definitely made me miss London. I had a great time taste testing various Tyrrells chips that night.

 Tuna Tartare - yellowfin tuna, yuzu chili aioli, apple slaw, and ponzu glaze, served on top of a Tyrrells Beetroot, Parsnip & Potato with Sea Salt Chips.

 Assorted cured meat platter - cured meat

 Fish & Chips - deep fried halibut, tartar, crispy capers, served with Tyrrells Sweet Potato, Carrot & Potato with Sea Salt Chips.

 Steak Slider - ground steak, beef cheek, provolone, gochujang sauce, and squash kimchi with Tyrrells Sweet Potato & Smoked Chili Chips

 Assorted cheese platter - cheese

 Truffle Arancini - local mushrooms, porcini vinaigrette, walnut pesto

 Lamb Neck - with hummus, feta tabbouleh, pickled jicama, and tzatziki, served on top of a Tyrrells Sweet Potato & Smoked Chili Chips.

Many thanks to Tyrrells for the gift bag containing their chips.

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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by on Saturday, November 21, 2015
Since my trip to London (UK) in September 2015, I have grown very fond of the city. So, when I received my invitation to attend the Tyrrell...
Despite not liking the cold weather all that much, I still love the holiday season. I get to spend quality time with my family, and friends, go shopping, relax, and of course attend multiple holiday dinner parties. Earlier last month, I received a lovely cheese board gift set from PC Home as a gift. I will definitely be using it at my parents' Christmas dinner this December, as they love cheese. President's Choice is a store brand owned by Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food retailer. They don't only offer food products, but also have a wide variety of household products at more affordable prices. I recently learned that PC Home has a quality line of a wide variety of products that are available at your local Loblaws, and Real Canadian Superstore stores throughout the city. Their products range of cookware, bakeware, tabletop needs, kitchen gadgets, and appliances. Below are some of the products from their fall/holiday season line that caught my eyes.

To celebrate the fall season, you can serve individual casseroles to pies in these cute PC’s Mini Harvest Bakers. I liked these when I saw them, as they would add a lot of colours to the dinner table. 

PC Mini Fall Harvest Baker Pumpkin - $6

PC Mini Fall Harvest Baker Maple Leaf - $6

PC Mini Harvest Bakers Set - $14

PC Mini Harvest Baker Leaf - $6
I don't really eat as healthy as I should sometimes, but this looked like an amazing product to have in the home if you want to create healthy home cooked meals. You can definitely use this vegetable spiralizer to create thin ribbons of vegetable to make healthy dinners like squash or zucchini pasta.

PC Vegetable Spiralizer - $20

The brightly colored all-in-one PC starter set will definitely come in handy in the kitchen during the holiday season, especially for those who love to bake, or cook. it's also convenient, cause all the pieces come together to save space in the kitchen cabinets.

PC 6-Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Starter Set - $16

I love the designs of these cushions from PC Home; as it definitely adds the holiday spirit to any room in the house.

Everyday Essentials Needle Point Look Cushions, 12" x 14" - $14 (sold separately)

Life at Home Cable Knit Cushions 18" x 18"- $19

Life at Home Joy Cushion 12" x 18" - $14

Life at Home Printed Foil Cushion 12" x 20", Gold - $14

Keep warm with the sherpa from PC Home, and they would make a great gift as well. There are various designs, and patterns available at your local Loblaws, and Real Canadian Superstore.

Life at Home Woven Throw Reverses to Sherpa 50" x 60", Plaid Chocolate & Grey - $29
Life at Home Woven Throw Reverses to Sherpa 50" x 60", Plaid Red & Charcoal - $29

Throwing any parties this holiday season? These dinnerware definitely caught my eyes, cause of the cute holiday designs. These bright, and colorful wares would also make the perfect gift to those who entertain dinner parties a lot. I also love the gold colored chip/dip plate, as it would clearly stand out at any parties.

PC Bold Cocktail Shaker, PC Bold Ice Bucket, and PC Martini 2 Pack - $10-$26

PC Bold Round Tray & PC 3 Piece Whisky Set - $20-$40

PC Winter Forest Dinnerware, Red - $7-$20
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HH Owl - $4-$16  (sold separately)

HH Santa - $4-$16 (sold separately)

Mercury Glass Candle Holder

Decorate your home with these lovely Christmas decorations; they can brighten up any space. I am definitely going to go get some for my Christmas tree when it's time to decorate. 

Life at Home Set 100 Multi Size Ball Ornaments Gold - $27
Life at Home Set 24 Ornament Balls 30mm, Red - $5
Life at Home 18' Ball Tree, Assorted Colors - $34
PC 5 Piece Ceramic Bakeware Set - $29
Life at Home 25 Set 100mm Mixed Texture Ornaments, Red - $25
Life at Home Deer Table Decor 18", Blue - $8
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Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a distribution business, supplying baked goods to many grocery stores and coffee shops before its expansion to a retail space. The shop itself is a small storefront located inside of the quiet Queen Live Market. Besides coffee, Bakery & Kaffee Haus also offers an assortment of baked goods from donuts, cronuts, cookies, macarons, and more. 

One of the coffees that they offer is the reasonably priced nitro coffee ($3.99). It's essentially iced coffee that is treated with an odorless nitrogen, and served on tap. The drink from Bakery & Kaffee Haus was rich, creamy, and goes down smooth. Definitely a coffee that will keep you energized all morning.

I also got to try one of their cronuts. There are three flavors to choose from; original, chocolate, and nutella. I opted for the chocolate cronut ($3.25), as it looked quite good to me on display. Personally, prior to my visit to Bakery & Kaffee Haus, I never tried a cronut before, so I didn't know what to expect. What is a cronut? It's a pastry hybrid of a croissant-doughnut created by Chef Dominique Ansel of NYC. The cronut from Bakery & Kaffee Haus had a nice crispy yet flaky texture of a croissant, and completely covered with delicious chocolate topped with nuts.

I also couldn't help, but tried one of the macarons available. I ended up choosing the pistachio macarons ($2.49), which was pretty steep for the size. However, the macaron was really good with a nice crunchy exterior, and creamy filling that wasn't overly sweet.

Address: 238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z9

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Disclaimer:The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Bakery & Kaffee Haus (Now Closed)

by on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a di...