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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let's Eat Toronto: Chabrol

Last week came to an end with beautiful weather - sunshine and warm temperatures. And having been inside most of the week writing it wasn't difficult to convince myself to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I made my way to Yorkville for a little stroll. As I walked by Chabrol - I have been wanting to check it out since I first heard about them a little over three months go - but was also aware that a seat without reservations may difficult - I took a chance.
And yes all the table seating was occupied - but there was space at the bar.
Since I was still a little stuffy ... I decided on the soup...
Chestnut Soup with Sheep's Milk Crème Fraîche, Espelette Croutons, and Sorrel 

It was beyond delicious ...
I was just going to have a soothing cup of tea ... 
but when I saw what a fellow diner was enjoying I just couldn't resist..

 This sweet delight is made to order and takes 20 minutes ...
Time passed so quickly as I sat enjoying my soothing cup of tea, listening to the French playlist playing in the background, and chatting with some Chabrol regulars. 

Apple Tarte with Calvados Sabayon - my new sweet addiction favourite!! I have a feeling my afternoon cup of tea will be outside High Heeled Life headquarters (aka home office) from time to time.
Words do not begin to describe how fabulous this is.
A complimentary confection ~ Calissons ~ a Provencal sweet treat that dates back to the 15th century, consisting of almond and crystallized fruit base coated with royal icing and with an orange blossom fragrance - is like a little bite of heaven. I truly hope they will start packaging these French delights and offer them for purchase. 

This little gem is tucked in from the hustle and bustle of Yorkville Avenue at the end of a long patio. Chabrol may be petite in size, I believe it seats 15-20, but it is HUGE in atmosphere! The staff is friendly and makes you feel welcomed from the moment you step through the door. The quaint space has a cozy feel and the closeness in seating reminds me of Paris bistros, inviting conversation between strangers. The large floor to ceiling windows provide an abundance of natural light. If you are seated along the bar you will have a view of the Chef creating his magic. The menu is influenced by the cuisine of Southern France ~ you can take a peek at the menu here

With the warmer weather upon us, the patio will soon be in use, providing additional seating. It will be serviced from an outside kitchen and offer a Champagne bar. Chabrol is like going to a friend's home for a visit with exceptional food, drink and great conversations. The set up is proof that good things come in petite packages!

Looking forward to my next visit!
image via Chabrol Facebook Page
Chabrol is located at 90 Yorkville Ave, Toronto. Reservations (highly recommended to avoid disappointment) 416-428-6641 or on-line. Visit their website here; follow along on Instagram for some mouth watering photos.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Bloom into Spring with a Luxurious Beauty Bag Give-away

As a special treat for High Heeled Life readers, when I picked up my Holt Renfrew Beauty Bag I picked one up for a lucky reader. This beautiful beauty bag is filled with luxurious product samples for radiant skin, and comes with a spring time scarf. Beauty bag has an approximate $240* value!!!

Give-away is open to local and international readers.

Luxury product samples include: Erno Laszlo skin cleansing trio; Kiehl's tumeric & cranberry seed energizing radiance masque and cilantro & orange extract pollutant defending masque; Laura Mercier foundation primer -hydrating; Salvatore Ferragamo - Signorina eau de parfum; Chantecaille magnolia, jasmine, and lily healing emulsion; Darphin multi-corrective divine cream; Clinique repair wear anti-gravity eye cream; Sisley Paris intense anti-aging hydration cream; Guerlain - ambeille royale- firming smoothing honey nectar lotion; Molton Brown delicious rhubarb & rose bath/shower gel.

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*note the $10 voucher is not included in giveaway package as it can only be redeemed in store. 

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Friday, April 1, 2016

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ...

Over the past few months I noticed the eye cream I had been using for the past few years just wasn't keeping up (as we age - our skin requirements change) so I had been on the hunt for something that would help minimize the lines that were becoming more visible each time I looked in the mirror. After trying a few products and not be being impressed by the results ~ the Beauty consultant at my local Shopper's suggested Clarins Super Restorive Total Eye Concentrate. Lovelies I have been using it for almost six weeks and am impressed at the blurred appearance of those fine lines that had been troubling me. It's amazing how far a small amount of the product goes and how easily it penetrates into the delicate area of the eye. 

2. Onion Goggles - Restoration Hardware:
When I came across these I was a skeptical, but another customer was singing the praises of these goggles ~ I thought why not give them a try. Well ladies, if you are ready to make tears history when it comes to slicing onions - this is your answer, I kid you not. I no longer tear when slicing onions and no stinging eyes. 

3. Rouge Coco Stylo - Chanel:
I'm a lipstick gal, but when I gave the Stylo a try, it won me over. It's a lightweight gloss with intense colour and glides smoothly onto lips. I'm currently using #216 ~ Lettre and loving it!

4. Cotton Pads - Cle De Peau:
I switched from cotton balls to cotton pads, years ago, and have never looked back. I was recently gifted these luxurious cle de peau ones and let me tell you - worth the splurge. The fine milled pure cotton pads are fabulously soft and gentle - perfect for removing eye make up. Thank you Nan, I will definitely be adding these to my splurge on list.

5. Life Swap - Carol Wyer:
We have all been there - wishing we could swap our life. In Life Swap, author Carol Wyer takes us on a journey of what it would be like to live someone else's life. The adventures her characters embark on as they begin to live their "new life" will have you smiling and sometimes laughing out loud - seriously! I have been of fan of Carol's writing since coming across her blog Facing 50 With Humour, few years ago and her books are always entertaining and the characters totally relateable.  If you are in need of a pick me up or just want to tickle your funny-bone - I highly recommend you get your hands on Life Swap!

What Are You Loving Right Now?

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