My 2018 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

Helloooo to 2019!! How is everyone enjoying the New Year in 2019 so far?? It has been an interesting winter so far with a mix of really warm days in early winter & no or little snow to extremely cold temperatures in Toronto. Missing my snowy days in Toronto despite finally getting some snow this weekend, it actually is our 1st big snowfall, which is rare in Toronto as we usually get more snow by end of December. I guess I’m one of the rare ones who enjoy snow in the winter! ❄

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas Holidays as I been resting, catching up on things and of course spending time with my family and friends!! I’m excited & ready for the New Year already working hard to enjoy my upcoming trips as already have so many exciting trips and events planned!! With that said, with my busy schedule with 2 big trips (one was unplanned for a family wedding) and while balancing my Admin job and my blog work that this year, there will be a few changes made to my blog, which is I will be posting fewer blog posts this year compared to what I normally post in a year due to all the travelling. 😢

But don’t worry, if you are thinking, I will be still here posting and sharing with you either a recipe (Hint: I’m currently working on) or a bakeshop to you guys just less frequent than before (I know you guys will miss me?? 😉), but I will be putting more content and quality of work into it so that’s why less posts due to time constraint with all the travelling. I hope that you all understand and still continue to follow along with my blog.

I’m still very excited in 2019 to share with you guys new bakeries, new recipes and new travel places!! I’m actually looking forward to discovering new dairy free bakeries in Vancouver that’s where I’m going for my wedding and can’t wait to share with you all what I will discover there in the West Coast! If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below!

As we start this New Year of 2019, I like to reflect on my 2018 Year and recap & share with you as I continue my tradition every January with my Year In Review post.

Me last summer in 2018 on the waterfront, missing those warmer days!!

A Year of New Positive Opportunities In 2018

In 2018, it was a year of self-discovery about myself and where my long term career path is heading as I struggled a bit with as a food blogger to balance out working income after I left a full time work in 2017. I was still motivated and passionate about my blog writing about my passion for desserts & travelling. After a few missed and trial & error opportunities, I am happy to say that I have found my balance with working with my blog and a new Part Time job working back as an Admin Assistant in a Real Estate boutique office downtown Toronto. If you didn’t know, I have worked many years ago previously in Real Estate. I have always enjoyed working in Real Estate and I’m happy to be back part time while still balancing my work on my food blog with now some working income as we all know beginner food bloggers are tough to find paid work.

I’m happy to have found a good working Part time environment at the Real Estate office and continuing to enjoy working there while still having time to work on my passion for my food blog.

I continue with my adjustments with my food allergies to dairy products in 2018 and discovering new foods that fit with my new diet plans.

In 2018, I also got to travel to a few beautiful places and exploring some new and returning faves places such as Montego Bay in Jamaica, Niagara Falls, Montreal, and Burlington. As you know, I love travelling and I can’t wait to exploring new places and searching for new & delicious dessert places, bakeries, or cafes to share with you guys. In 2019, it will be a busy travelling year for me with 2 big trips as mentioned previously in my other post to Las Vegas in April 2019 and a wedding in July 2019 in Vancouver. I’m excited to discover new dairy free foods or bakeries on both trips to share with you guys.

Me in beautiful Jamaica in May 2018 for my vacation

I attended some delicious & fun food festivals in 2018 such back to my faves Niagara VegFest, Vegandale Festival (formally known as Vegan Food & Drink Festival) and VegFood Fest. I love attending food festivals and events to discover and learn more about dairy free foods and more!! Looking forward to attending to new or returning food festivals in 2019!!

Me & my sis at Vegandale Festival at Fort York

My Stats From 2017 to 2018

It will be 5 years next month in February that I have started this blog, can’t believe how long it has been as sometimes it feels like just yesterday that I decided to start this blog!! Everyday I continue to learn new things in the blogging world and continue to grow with my blog. In 2018, I saw a growth and interest from my? readers to my blog as I focus more on my dairy free desserts & recipe and my food travels. I’m happy to see the results from my readers who are enjoying my food travels more than my events that I decided to focus more on travelling and my love for sweets on dairy free desserts.

My Stats 2018:

Number of Visitors: 639 Visitors

Number of Views: 820 Times

Number of Countries Viewed: 45 Countries

With my blog continuing to grow & expand in 2018, I can’t believe it has been viewed from 45 countries, which compared to 2017 viewed by more countries so I’m pretty excited about that! My majority of the readers are still from Canada & USA with UK and Germany as the 2 other countries as my second majority of the readers. I’m happy that I am expanding to new readers in new countries to name a few such as: Finland, New Zealand, Greece, Spain, Brazil, Malaysia, Italy, Ireland and etc. I’m excited that I have people on the other side of the world interested in reading about my love for dairy free desserts, food and my travels.

Thank You’s

I like to thank each one of my “sweet readers” and as well as any new readers who have checked out and decided to follow along on my sweet adventures!! I always love to welcome and invite new readers to my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you who comes to visit my blog truly mean it as a still beginner blogger I love seeing and getting to know my readers!

So on that note, I would love to hear from you with any comments or a suggestion for my blog or a dessert or restaurant that you would recommend to me. Please don’t hesitate to share them with me.

Check out below my Top Review Blog Posts for 2018
My Top 3 Most Views Posts 2018
1 – My Dairy Free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie Recipe

I’m excited that my dairy free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie Recipe is the Most Viewed Post in 2018 and I’m really happy that you guys loved it as much as I did making it with my new Nutribullet! I’m happy to know that you guys are enjoying this simple tropical, sweet yet healthy smoothie recipe that I developed for my readers esp when there are lots of smoothie recipes out there! I also love sharing with you guys a Canadian brand of organic soy milk, Natur-a, which is one of my fave soy milks to drink.

I can’t wait to share more dairy free recipes with you guys in 2019!!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, see why everyone loves my tropical, sweet and healthy Berrylicious Mango Smoothie Recipe -> click here

2 – My New Fave Dairy Free Tigernut Ice Cream: The Chufa Co.

My 2nd Most Viewed Post of 2018 is sharing a new dairy free ice cream with my readers by The Chufa Co. where they make their dairy free ice cream with tigernut milk ice cream. I’m so happy that you guys were just as excited as I was to discover this new dairy free ice cream to make it one of the Top Posts. It is a rich & creamy without the hint of coconut dairy free ice cream made from organic and real ingredients.

I hope that this summer in 2019 that The Chufa Co. will open up their pop-up stand again like they did last summer in the Beaches area! I loved having the pop-up stand there and wish I was able to go more often and hopefully I can if there is a pop-up stand again!

If you didn’t get to sample some of The Chufa Co. dairy free tigernut ice cream, go check out my post about why I love this dairy free ice cream so much and where you can purchase your own pint -> click here

3 – My New Fave Homemade Gluten Free & Dairy Free Bakeshop, Almond Butterfly Café

Lastly, my 3rd most Viewed of 2018 Post is sharing a new gluten free & dairy free bakeshop called: Almond Butterfly Café with you guys. Almond Butterfly Café is located downtown Toronto’s vibrant Harbord Street Village near the University of Toronto St. George campus. I was excited to share this new bakeshop with you guys because it is 100% gluten free that offers vegan, dairy free and paleo options type of café. For my readers who are gluten free, this is a great bakery / café to check out for sure as they bake homemade freshly made baked goods everyday. They offer a great selection from baked good items like muffins, cupcakes, scones, bagels, cookies to light lunches such as grilled sandwiches, pizza bagels and more!!

I’m happy to see that you guys were very interested and was just as excited as I was about this amazing, delicious and friendly gluten free & dairy free bakeshop by Almond Butterfly Café.

If you haven’t checked out Almond Butterfly Café yet, I highly recommend you drop by and see why I love this bakeshop / café so much, you can check out my blog post about it -> click here

Stay Connected

I’m looking forward to an exciting, fun and new foodie adventures, travels and events in 2019!! Can’t wait to discover new dairy free desserts bakeries and foods to share with you all.

So why don’t you come and follow me on this sweet & healthy travelling foodie adventure!

To stay connected with me and updates for the next blog post, please follow me on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

Thank you again for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and more importantly sharing my love for sweets, healthy desserts & travel!

Cheers to a sweet & healthy 2019 to all my amazing & sweet readers!! 🍹🍦🍰🍩🍜🍔☕✈

-Sweet B.

 

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My 2017 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

Helloooo 2018!! 👋 As we already coming to the end of the 1st month of 2018 in January, I’m back with my 1st official blog post of the year. I hope everyone is enjoying the 1st month of 2018 despite the very freezing temperatures then now warmer days we are getting in Toronto, the ups and downs of the weird weather for winter?? 😜 I took a bit of a break to relax from the busy Holiday Season and to also refocus & recharge again in the first few weeks of January with my winter getaway to Niagara Falls (you can see more photos on my Instagram). It was a beautiful & restful yet short getaway as I always love visiting Niagara Falls and enjoy it’s natural beauty even in the winter with the beautiful Frozen Falls. A great 1st trip to start off 2018!

The beautiful Frozen Niagara Falls View in 2018

As we start this New Year of 2018, I like to reflect on my 2017 Year and recap & share with you as I continue my tradition every January with my Year In Review post.

Reflecting On A Year of Changes In 2017

In 2017, for me, it was a year of making changes and discovering where my career path was heading and I officially left my full-time Administrative Assistant job to pursue and focus my attention to this blog as a food blogger and writer. It was a difficult decision to make, but after being unhappy and stressed in a job for quite some time now, I decided this was the best decision I could make. I’m now at a happier and stress-free place where I enjoy and continue my passion & love for food particularly desserts to share with my readers. I am looking forward to pursuing new opportunities for my blog and focus on new goals in 2018.

I continue with my adjustments with my food sensitivity to dairy products in 2017 and discovering new foods that fit with my new diet plans.

In 2017, I also got to travel to a few beautiful places and exploring some new and returning faves places such as Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, NV, London, ON, Kingston, ON, Belleville and to Ottawa for the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference where it was held this year in honor of Canada’s 150 Birthday. I love travelling and I’m looking forward to exploring new places and searching for new & delicious foodie places to share with you guys. I’m excited for my one big trip this year already booked for May to beautiful Jamaica…😊

Me in downtown Ottawa for FBC2017

Me in downtown Kingston with their Kingston signage

I attended some delicious food festivals in 2017 such as my 1st time to Niagara VegFest and back at my fave food festivals such as Taste of Toronto, Vegan Food & Drink Festival and VegFood Fest. I love attending food festivals and events to discover and learn more about foods! I can’t wait to attend more delicious food festivals in 2018!!

Me at the Vegan Food & Drink Festival in Toronto at Fort York

My Stats From 2016 to 2017

It will be 4 years next month that I have started this blog, can’t believe it!! But as I continue to grow and expand that in 2017 with the shift to writing a few posts about travel as part of my blog now that it affected my traffic and readers. As I take on the challenge of adding also travel along with my love of dairy-free desserts and events as part of my blog that I hope that my readers will continue to support me and enjoy the combination of food (mainly desserts) and travel together that I’m sharing with you.

My 2017 Stats:

Number of Visitors: 585 Visitors

Number of Views: 805 Times

Number of Countries Viewed: 36 Countries

Check out below my Top Review Posts for 2017

My Top 2 Most Views Posts 2017

1 – My Honey Sweet Summer Dairy Free SkinnyPop Popcorn Recipe

I’m excited that my 1st dairyfree recipe is my Most Viewed for 2017 and I’m happy to share this sweet, healthy and summer feeling popcorn recipe with my readers. The healthy dried fruits in this recipe brings out the brightness and sweetness to the popcorn. I love discovering my 1st vegan (dairy-free) popcorn brand – SkinnyPop to share with you guys. I’m happy that you all also share how much you like this recipe by making it the Top Most Viewed post. I can’t wait to share more dairy free recipes with you guys in 2018!!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, see why everyone loves my sweet & fruity SkinnyPop popcorn recipe -> link

2 – My New & Healthy Fave Vietnamese Place – Pho Vistro

My 2nd Most Viewed of 2017 Review Post is sharing my love for pho noodles soup with my readers with this new healthy and vegan version of pho restaurant called: Pho Vistro. They are not like any other pho place, they offer all-natural, organic and old-fashioned Vietnamese cuisine with zero MSG. They consider their pho soup to be a healthy alternative to other soups to help your immune system. I highly recommend this delicious & cozy Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Vistro located downtown Toronto.

Check out my review post & why I love this pho place so much -> link

My Most Views for Dessert Review Posts

1 – My Fave Sweet Summer Treats by Eva’s Original Chimney Cones

One of my fave summer or all season treats are Chimney Cones by Eva’s Original. I’m happy that my readers share my love for Chimney Cones as well being the Most Views for Dessert Review Post. What I love about Eva’s Original is that her Chimney Cones are the base dough is made for vegans. Eva’s Original offer vegan soft serve (dairy-free) and with dairy ice cream as well, which I love that they accommodate for everyone. Eva’s Original is a great option for dairy free vegans to also enjoy sweet desserts too.

Check out my review post & read further why I love Eva’s Original Chimney Cones -> link

2 – My 2017 Macaron Day with Butter Avenue

My fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert are macarons and for the 2nd year in a row it’s one of the Most Views Dessert Review Post. I’m happy to share my Macaron Day at my fave macaron bakeshop, Butter Avenue with my readers as you guys seem to love reading about it too.

Check out my Macaron Day at Butter Avenue & read why I love Butter Avenue’s macarons -> link

My Most Views for Events & Travel Review Posts

1 – My Highlights of Niagara VegFest 2017

I love attending food festivals and trying out new ones as well and this was my 1st time attending the Niagara VegFest 2017 in downtown St. Catherines. I’m happy that you guys also enjoy reading this Review Post as it is my Most Views for Events Review. I enjoyed sampling and discovering the Niagara Region culinary vegan foods from pizza rolls to cupcakes to dairy free ice cream waffles. I enjoyed this more intimate size and great variety food festival in St.Catherines!! I’m looking forward to attending it again this year in 2018!

Check out my Review Post on more about this amazing food festival, Niagara VegFest -> link

2 – My Food Travels – Summer Getaway 2017 to Kingston, Ontario

Dairy-free Buckwheat Crepe from Geneva Crepe Cafe in Kingston, ON

I love to travel and enjoy my little getaways despite what season it is!! I’m happy to return back to my new fave travel destination to Kingston, ON last summer and share my foodie adventure with you guys. It is my 2nd Most Views post for Events / Travel Review Post so I’m glad that you guys are enjoying my foodie adventures as well. I enjoyed discovering new dairy-free restaurants in Kingston, ON last summer from dairy-free pizzas at Score Pizza and dairy-free crepes at Geneva Crepe Café. Of course, you can’t forget the beautiful waterfront views downtown that I love to stroll around and sit and enjoy the perfect views!! I’m looking forward to new foodie adventures ahead in 2018!!

If you haven’t been to Kingston, ON before then, you definitely need to check out my post to see why I love Kingston so much & why you should go to Kingston this year -> link

Stay Connected

I’m looking forward to an exciting and new foodie adventures, travels and events in 2018!! Can’t wait to discover more dairy-free desserts and foods to share with you all!! I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys my official Facebook Page soon, it’s taking longer than expected, but it will be released in the next few months. Stay tuned!!

So why don’t you come and follow me on this sweet & healthy travelling foodie adventure!

To stay connected with me and updates for the next blog post & Facebook Launch, please follow me:

Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 &

Instagram @SweetBFoodie24

Thank you again for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and more importantly sharing my love for dairy-free sweets & desserts!

Cheers to a sweet, healthy and an adventurous foodie 2018 Year to all my sweet readers!! 🎉😋🍹🍰🍦🍜🍩🍓🌱✈🌞

Your sweet dairy-free foodie,

Sweet B.