Saturday, August 30, 2014

Restaurant Review: Pie Squared

Hello out there! A couple weeks ago, I had a very busy week and didn't get a chance to prep enough food so I caved and tried a new food place close to my work called Pie Squared. Their concept and branding drew me right in! I mean who doesn't love a good pie?

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by some lovely young ladies. They were quick to ask if I had been there before and because I had not, they gave me a quick rundown of the basics. They went over the kind of pies they had and the combos available, etc. They also made sure to tell me that all the ingredients were fresh and that everything was made in store. The premise is based around elements and the periodic table. Pie...Pi..get it? Here's the showcase with all the pies already made. Please excuse the photography quality. I love how the pies have letters on them to show you which one they are! They are marked à la the periodic table which is just adorable. Oh and points to them for the box the pies came in, it has a built in separator so they don't rub against each other!

The place is clean, bright and welcoming. There is a good amount of space to sit and eat. There are freshly baked desserts, salads and they offer coffee too! I got the Chicken Mushroom Entree and the Chocolate Banana dessert.

I took the pies back with me to work and ate at my desk because that's just how people in my office roll.  Here's some pictures of the entree, Chicken and Mushroom. I got that because the young lady that helped me said it was one of the most ordered. It was yummy! Nothing crazy just a well made, classic flavour combo. The crust was deeelicious. Nice and flakey yet moist AND my favourite part was that it held it's shape when I cut it! Call it OCD but I prefer food that I can control in my plate. The filling was nice and warm but not hot. Oh, you know how on some pies and baked goods, that part of the crust where it folds over itself is super hard and dry? Not here! Kudos to you Pie Squared.

Here's my dessert, the Chocolate and Banana. The young lady said this was her favourite so I got it. It was the same crust, I think, so nice and flaky but again, held it's shape!! I love not making a mess. The filling was deliciously warm and again it was a classic flavour combo.

Here's a shot of the menu so you can see pricing and options. They offer a bunch of combos or your can buy each its own.

I went back the next day to try out the coffee. Also, not something I purchase often because I prefer the free Nespresso I get at work but I just had a craving and thought I would check it out. To be honest, I think it was the branding, it really drew me in. Whoever is doing their product marketing is doing a great job. I got a small latte and it was decent. I enjoyed it. I would go back although I might just get plain coffee next time. 

Overall, I recommend this place. It's definitely not a visit-everyday-kind of place because it's not a healthy option BUT it's definitely a lovely treat once in a while. It's definitely the type of place I might go have a snack and coffee with a girlfriend to catch up. Oh, I must say thank you to the staff for being very friendly. Sometimes these new, niche food places open up in downtown Toronto and the staff are overly pretentious. Thanks ladies!

They are fairly new so they don't have all of their social media ready yet, but you can find them on Facebook here: Pie Squared.

If anyone else has been there too, I would love to hear your opinions!

Hope everyone has a great long weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More About Me and Thrift Store Haul

I am a pretty private person. Well, let me rephrase, I am private in the sense of social media and sharing with strangers but I think I totally overshare when I talk to my friends. I love to share the things I make or do with everyone but I'm not always sure if anyone else is interested. This blog is intended to be my outlet for that. Only those who are actually interested will follow so I'm not forcing anyone to listen haha! And if no one reads, then whatevs! My goal is to really write how I speak, which is usually in run on, wordy sentences.

So who is this stranger with no picture or anything? I am a 20 something girl..err..young woman living in downtown Toronto. I live with my BF..err..fiance who I will not be including on this really. I love to make things, sometimes to be cost effective but most of the time just because I like to create. I am not the greatest cook but I do prefer to eat all homemade food. Well, as much as I can without being ridiculous. I am a Pinterest addict, but I really do make/use the things I pin. I know that sounds like something an addict would say, but it's true, really. I would like to live in a perfectly decorated home but I am SO far from that it's ridiculous. I like to be organized yet I'm kind of messy. I am super clutzy and a little over dramatic. I can admit it. I also LOVE a list. There's something about checking off a list that just makes my heart happy. Is this enough? Or too much? I don't know so maybe I'll keep going?

I also LOVE thrift stores. Not everyone else in my life appreciates how fantastic a thrift store is. Which brings me to my latest thrift store haul. I don't go often despite how much I love it. It's a logistics thing along with the shopping diet I've been on lately.

My latest thrift store haul

Here's what I got for a whopping $12:
          6 x glasses that I intend to use as champagne flutes - $1 each, 50% off = $3
          6 x white bowls - $1 each = $6
          2 x clear bowls - 50¢ each = $1
          9 x straw bowls/plates/things? - all for $2 

Some of it will be used in some DIY projects, some will be used as is. I have already used the clear bowls for some of my everyday makeup storage. I'm not 100% sure how these will all turn out but I have faith. The plate basket thingies are kind of a stab in the dark, but the rest, I would consider fantastic purchases!

That's it for today!! Enjoy your weekend!


P.S. I am really trying to combat my compulsion to overthink what I do and write so I am challenging myself not to over edit and just go with it.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I started a blog?

It appears that I have decided to start a blog on a whim. This is pretty unlike me. I only thought about it for a few days. A few days is the definition of a whim for a person like me. I am not a writer and I don't have perfect grammar. I'm not a fashionista or a master chef or an entrepreneur or a photographer or a social media user....the list could go on. I AM a young woman living in Toronto trying to combine my city life with my inner domestic homemaker. I am an avid DIYer and I tend to ramble. I love a good project..hopefully I follow through with this one.

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