Great Local Find: Chabichou Fine Cheese & Gourmet Shop
August 13, 2010 at 10:00 am 0

Yesterday we happened upon this great little French cheese shop called Chabichou. It was so charming looking that we actually turned around and went back so we could go inside! When inside the decor is the classic small cheese store; a large counter area with a great selection of cheeses, little jars of fancy French jams, fresh baguettes and croissants, and also a gorgeous selection of fresh quiches and quality home made meal options.
Chabichou display
But that's not all, the cute guys that work there have the most lovely French accents, and they are so friendly and pleasant (defiinitely the opposite of what you would experience in France where you would be treated like a degenerate if you didn't pronounce the names of the fancy cheeses properly). Tempted by the pistachio terrine's we could resist buying a big block of the French treat with a crusty baguette. We dove into it as soon as we got home, and it was like magic!
Spa Review: Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto
July 5, 2010 at 8:34 am 2
stillwaterspa The Park Hyatt Toronto is a beautiful hotel, and the Stillwater Spa is no exception. The changerooms are clean and compact, and have personal tv viewing beds, a ladies only steam and hot tub and all the little conveniences you would want, from toothbrushes to q-tips. The waiting area for services is serene and relaxing, and they have a great selection of teas, fruits and biscotti for guests. The one major location drawback is that there's absolutely no natural light, since the spa is entirely underground. Somehow the space doesn't feel so fresh and healthy when you have no natural light or fresh air. Another problem was the showers; several of them were out of order, meaning ladies were waiting in line for a shower, and the water remained cold for a long time. Not exactly 5 star service. In terms of services while at the Stillwter Spa I tested out their facial services. Luckily I was able to score a last minute appointment, so on a whim I hopped in a taxi, spent some time relaxing before my appointment and then blissed out with my facial. The aesthetician, Kelly, was friendly and knowledgeable. When I went into the room she asked me within seconds if I was German or Polish because she could tell based on the slightly pink colouring that is different from the English pink skin, and is unique to Germany and Poland. I was shocked! Nobody ever guesses that I'm German; I have dark hair, hazel eyes and olive skin. Everyone thinks I'm Italian. Except for the super smart Kelly! Throughout the facial I had a mixture of masks, creams, steam, extractions, and massages. The one thing that was noticeably missing was the high frequency machine, which apparently the Hyatt does not use as a rule. How disappointing! I've had facials with and without, and the facials without don't make any major difference to my skin, while the ones with the high frequency make my skin look much smoother, softer, and it reduces redness. That said, the hand massage and foot massage while waiting for some of the masques to work was lovely. I've never had that before in a spa, so it was a great treat. Once I was done my spa services I relaxed a bit only to be located by staff and asked to pay as soon as I could. New tax laws were coming in and the spa had to charge me before there system switched over. Understandable, but I think the hotel could do a better job than hustling guests as soon as they check in to pay, and then again right after their service. Overall the spa's score is 7.5/10. The actual facial was good, but no high frequency machine, the broken showers, and being chased to pay were not conducive to a great facial and a relaxing spa promise. Photo Credit: Where.ca