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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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!
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!! 🍹🍦🍰🍩🍜🍔☕✈