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What’s Better Than A Weekend?

The answer to that question should be pretty obvious, the only thing better than a weekend is a LONG weekend! Having an extra day to relax and spend time with family and friends is always such a treat, but before we can celebrate the holidays (it’s Thanksgiving in Canada), let’s take a moment to appreciate the past seven days. High Five For Friday

1.  On Sunday I ran for a cure for breast cancer along with my family and friends. Thanks to you guys, I was able to raise almost $1600 to donate to the cause!
2. Do I even need to explain why this is awesome? Whiskey and fried chicken… You better believe I had a sore stomach the next day. It was worth every bite!
3. Just a tiny selection of my product sample collection. I love trying new products and these mini packages are just so cute. I’m already dying to splurge on the full size NUDE ProGenius Treatmeant Oil.
4. 5 AM elevator rides. My man is heading out west for a few days (actually a lot of day :(). I miss him already but I know he is going to have an amazing time!
5. Enjoy nature and each others company before Neil’s trip – I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting this appreciation party! If you want to link your post of Friday reflections, head over to TheLaurenElizabeth.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Lauren

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Eating Cobra, Ottawa’s Secret Supper Club

Ottawa has always had a reputation of being a boring government town. Sure it’s more tame than Toronto or Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean the city is devoid of unique offerings, you just have to look a little harder to find them.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend one of the city’s most exclusive [and elusive] dining experiences, Cobra. This event can be summed up in one word. cryptic. It all begins with the sign up process, which can be found [but not easily] at EatCobra.ca, once you enter your email prepare to wait. Guests are chosen at random from a draw. It can take years for your name to be chosen, but when you finally receive the news, do not turn the invite down.

After being chosen, you’ll be given directions to meet an individual holding an obscure item, who will then lead you to your dining destination. From my research most Cobra events are quite intimate with only 10 – 12 guests. Last night was completely different. After following our guide through alleys and back entrances, we slid [yes, literally took a slide] into the party of a lifetime.

Excitement and anticipation were at an all time high as we climbed to our final destination.

Excitement and anticipation were at an all time high as we climbed to our final destination.

Foodie Paradise.

Foodie Paradise.

Our secret destination was filled with about a hundred eager foodies, mingling and sampling sips and bites from Ottawa’s most talked about restaurants. Chefs from Atelier, El Camino, Black Cat Bistro, Zen Kitchen, Absinthe, and Union 613, just to name a few, lined the perimeter of the room preparing gourmet dishes for diners to try.

While we didn’t have the opportunity to eat cobra as the name implies, we did sample some unexpected items:town Wellington Gastro Pub Jim Bean Atelier Chez EdgarThis is by no means an inclusive representation of the items offered, but in the theme of the event, I am keeping some of the goodies to myself! I will say this, everything was delicious, which made it almost impossible to choose a favourite. Neil absolutely loved the “Lord’s Bounty” from Union 613, while I couldn’t get enough of the “Flu Season” from Atelier, which was made from cough and cold syrup, Halls and Flintstones vitamins. Sounds strange but it was surprisingly delicious.The Lord's BountyFlu SeasonThe evening ended with a live band and flowing wine. It was an experience of a lifetime and I can only cross my fingers that I am one day selected to attend another Cobra event!

If you’re interested in attending Ottawa’s Secret Supper Club, here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Visit EatCobra.ca and figure out where to enter your email.
2. Stay informed by following @CobraOttawa on Twitter.
3. Wait patiently until you receive your mysterious e-mail!

PS: In case you’re wondering, I ate everything (with a little help from my lactose pills) and my body hated me for it, but sometimes feeding your soul is more important than worrying about food intolerance.

Have a wonderful day friends!

xo Lauren


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Raw Lemon Cups

I’m usually more of a chocolate lover when it comes to dessert, but the summer months have a tendency to making me crave something a little more tart. These luscious lemon cups have just the right combination of sweet and sour to satisfy my needs – oh and they are pretty guilt free! Thanks to Oatmeal With A Fork for this incredible recipe. Raw Lemon CupsIngredients

Crust:
¾ c. walnuts
¼ c. unsweetened coconut
5 soft dates (I used Medjool)
¼ t. salt
1 t. lemon juice
Lemon Filling:
6 T. coconut oil, softened
2 T. maple syrup
2 T. lemon juice
1 t. lemon zest
5 drops stevia, to taste

Directions

Combine the crust ingredients using a food processor. Divide evenly among 10 silicon muffin cups (or you could use one baking dish if you’d rather not pre-portion). Press down firmly, for me using the back of a spoon helped to ensure it was really packed well. Next, place the coconut oil into a small bowl and beat with a hand mixer until it becomes creamy. This took about a minute or two.  Add the rest of the lemon filling ingredients and beat until well combined. Spread the top layer onto the bottom layer. Freeze for 15 – 30 minutes until set.

For best results and texture, thaw the cups either in the fridge or on the counter for about 20 minutes before serving.

Pucker up!!

xo Lauren