5 Peaks Trail Running Series

I’ve been running since the spring of 2013, but it was only last year that I tried trail running. A friend I met on Twitter, Jessica Kuepfer, was an ambassador for a race series called 5 Peaks and couldn’t say enough good things about it. There were six races, one per month from April to…

Books read in 2014

Happy, happy new year everyone. Every year I try to read 50 books. The past two years, I was successful. This year, sadly, I fell just short at 48. The last month of the year was a real struggle for me in many ways, so unfortunately reading took a backseat. I want to share the highlights…

Bread baking

My friend Emma and I always recommend shows to each other. From Downton Abbey to Top Chef, we tend to have each other’s numbers. When she recommended the Great British Bake Off to me, I was skeptical. A show that’s just about baking? I’m the one that’s always bored to tears in the Top Chef…

Elizabeth White’s SickKids Experience

As you may know, I’m running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon this Sunday in support of the SickKids Foundation. I wanted to share with you a story about my friend Elizabeth, who has a very personal connection with the Hospital for Sick Children. Elizabeth White was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition when she…

Fundraiser update: SickKids Foundation at #STWM 2014

This October, I’m running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. To make this less about just a run, I decided to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. I chose to run to support the SickKids Foundation. I originally blogged about that here. For my first offline engagement, I organized a yoga in the park session taught…

My summer without a metropass

This summer, in an effort to save some money, I decided that I wouldn’t buy a metropass. In Toronto, it costs $3 to take the subway, or TTC, one way. The metropass costs $135. To make it worth your while, you would have to use it 1.5 times per day. And that’s to break even….

Review: Sweetland by Michael Crummey

I loved Michael Crummey’s Sweetland. It was one of those books where you turn the final page, and want to talk about it with someone else who’s read it. I didn’t have to wait for a friend to finish it, however. I was lucky enough to sit down with the author himself when he came through Toronto…

10 books you need to read this summer

I’ve been getting a lot of requests from friends for a list of books to take on vacation over the summer. As I’m starting my vacation this weekend with two of my best friends getting married, I thought this would be a great time to share some. I define a “summer read” as a book…

STWM: Fundraising for the SickKids Foundation

Last year, I ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and it was truly an amazing experience. My only goal was to finish, and I surprised myself by doing so in under 2 hours. This year I will be running the half marathon again on October 20th, 2014, but with a different goal – to…

New favourite cookbook: Oh She Glows

Did you know that this DESSERT PIZZA is vegan? I, however, am not vegan. My ex was vegan, so for a period of 3 months I challenged myself to eat vegan. He cooked a lot, and I was living in Montreal at the time near Aux Vivres and ChuChai so it wasn’t too difficult. One…

Run tourism: Vienna

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to travel to a conference in Vienna with work  and got a chance to do my favourite thing while traveling: run tourism. It was the second time I’ve been (same conference last year). I travel with work quite frequently, and since it’s hard to find time on a…

Contest: Toronto’s Craft Beer Passport

Beer, summer, patio… what could be better? Paying only $2 for that beer? … Yes. Yes that is better. Enter, Mike Stulberg. Mike is the guy behind everyone’s new favourite card to fish out of their wallet; the Toronto Craft Beer Passport. Here’s how it works. 1. Purchase the passport for $20 online or at…