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.

 

 

 

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My 2016 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

Welcome to a brand New Year of 2017 🎉, though I started my 2017, a bit rough with a horrible cold, but I am finally recovering from this cold and ready to take on a brand new Sweet & Healthy 2017 Year!! 😀🍎🍰 There’s a saying that “it is not how you start, but how you finish” so in my case how tackle the challenges for this year and how I will finish it strong & on a positive note!! I’m excited for this Year 2017 with many exciting things happening with travel and new food adventures (especially with my Las Vegas trip already booked in March 2017 to name one of the many fun things happening)!

Typically you would find most Year In Reviews blog posts at the end of the year, but I am continuing my tradition here being the 2nd time doing this that I like to reflect on the Year before to start off this New Year 2017.

Thank You’s

I like to start off by thanking 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 really 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 whether you are from Toronto or from overseas in UK or Europe. So on that note, I would love to hear from you with any comments or a suggestion for my blog. Please don’t hesitate to share them with me.

My Stats from 2015 to 2016

It will be 3 years next month that I have started this blog and I feel that I have grown from where I started yet I am still learning new and exciting things in the blogging world everyday. I believe that there is still more room to grow with my blog and I should say thanks to an amazing & friendly community called: Food Bloggers of Canada (click here for their website -> here) who I have mentioned in other posts how joining this community expanded my networks and provided me with learning resources and tools to help me in this blogging world. They will continue to be part of my blog in this growing experience providing me with guidance and networking.

With my blog still growing, in 2016 I can’t believe it was viewed in 53 countries, which doubled since 2015! Wow!! Most readers are from Canada & USA and then expanding to new readers in UK, Europe, Denmark and Asia countries to New Zealand, which is great to know that I have people on the other side of the world interested in reading about my love for food, travel and events.

According to the stats on WordPress, my Blog was viewed 906 times in 2016, which doubled the views from the year before in 2015! In 2016, my stats showed that I had 715 visitors to my blog, which also doubled since the year before in 2015! That’s pretty impressive as I’m still a beginner blogger and my blog is still growing so thank you again to all my readers for the continuing support and coming back to read my blog!

My Sweet & Healthy Year In Review For 2016

2016 was a year of change and discovering my food sensitivity (intolerance) to dairy products. It has been a slow adjustment to non-dairy products as now I’m part Vegan and learning & discovering that I can still enjoy what I love like sweet, desserts, etc in non-dairy products. It is still a learning experience becoming part Vegan and also helped me eating more healthier, but it doesn’t stop what I love most, which are my love for desserts. I’m able to still balance being healthy and still enjoy my sweets but vegan style now…:)

Besides my big adjustment in my diet, in 2016, I still attended several delicious food events in Toronto including my 1st Vegan Food & Drink Festival, Vegfood Fest, Taste of Toronto 2016, and more. Also, in 2016, I attended my 2nd Food Bloggers of Canada Conference held in my own city this time in Toronto for their 5th Anniversary. I enjoyed this year theme “Do the Work”. It showcased a lineup of bloggers/speakers who have done the work whether they have found success on their terms by doing what they love and by putting hours into it. I enjoyed learning, networking and of course the delicious foods.

At the VegFood Fest in September 2016, sampling Nanashake Nanapops, mango flavour!

In 2016, some of my travel adventures continued and started a new feature for the blog on Travel, in the Fall of 2016 went to Kingston, Ontario for my 1st time and discovered this charming and historic city where I discovered lots of delicious bakeries and restaurants for a foodie like me to enjoy. Want to check out this historic city & don’t miss out on this adventure, read my blog post here -> link.

As well, summer of 2016 went on a magical adventure with my family to Orlando, Florida where we went to Disney World as it is my niece 1st time going and enjoyed the delicious and variety of restaurants at Universal Studios & Disney Springs. I’m looking forward to 2017 to new & exciting travel destinations and rediscovering places I visited to share with you my readers.

In May 2016, at Magic Kingdom in front of the Disney Castle

What would you like to see more of on my Sweet B., the Exploring Foodie blog? Is there a specific dessert place or restaurant you would like for me to try? All suggestions are most welcome!

Check out below my Top Review Posts for 2016

My Most Views for Dessert Review Posts

1 – My Sweet Adventure on Macaron Day 2016

It is no surprise that the most views and likes are from my sweet Macaron Day adventure. Macarons are one of my fave desserts and to have a dedicated day for it, is even sweeter..:) I love my macarons!! Check out my review post on which macaron places that I visited that day to enjoy my sweet, little and elegant treats!

Read here -> link.

2 – My New Fave Healthy & 100% Yummy Dessert Place: Nanashake

One of my fave new frozen dessert place is Nanashake and I’m happy that my readers also liked it as much as I did being the 2nd most viewed dessert review post. Nanashake is a friendly, healthy plant-based and delicious frozen dessert place. If you haven’t heard of it before and is looking for a healthy and non-dairy frozen dessert, definitely check out Nanashake, it’s my go to dessert place, I love it!

Check out my review post on why I love Nanashake so much -> link.

My Most Views for an Event Review Posts

1 – Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2016 in Toronto

My most views from the many events/conference I went to in 2016 was not surprised, but my Food Bloggers of Canada 2016 Conference I attended in Toronto. It was a great networking and learning experience along with feeling inspired after a fun one day conference with so many talented and inspiring bloggers. As well, you can’t forget about the most delicious & healthy food served at this conference.

I have already purchased my ticket for this year 2017 Food Bloggers of Canada Conference being held in Ottawa this year, how exciting to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday there. It will be my 1st time attending the full 3 day session, can’t wait!! It is already sold out this year wow so fast, happy to have got mines early!! This is how exciting this conference is so be sure to always check early!

For more information about FBC Conference in 2016, please read my blog review here -> click here.

2 – My 1st Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival

My 2nd most views of attending my food events is the Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival that I attended with my sister. With my new dietary having non-dairy products, it was my 1st vegan festival that I attended and I’m happy that my readers enjoyed reading about my 1st experience at a vegan festival. Despite the rainy day, it was a great experience sampling and learning what vegan products are there and particular for me desserts.

To read more about my 1st Vegan festival experience, check it out here -> click here

My Dessert Review Post That Was Missed

1 – Best Homemade Pies in Toronto: Wanda’s Pie In the Sky Bakery Cafe

I am highlighting my review post on one of the best pies in Toronto in my Review as I believe that Wanda’s Pie In the Sky, has one of the best pies in Toronto, if you haven’t been to her cozy and warm bakery shop located in the Kensington Market then you are missing out. Wanda’s Pie In the Sky has daily freshly baked desserts such as pies, tarts, cakes to take home or stay with plenty of space to sit with large windows or their patio on warmer days. Wanda’s pies are known for reminding you of home, a freshly cut pie from home. She also offers freshly homemade vegetarian lunches and brunches on the weekends.

Why not stop by this cozy and warm bakery perfect especially for the winter time to warm up with a warm delicious pie, read more why I love Wanda’s Pie In the Sky here -> click here.

Stay Connected

I am excited for this exciting 2017 Year to discover new, healthy and sweet food adventures, travel and events!! I look forward to sharing them with all of you. 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 & desserts!

Here’s to a sweet & healthy 2017 to all my sweet readers!!! 🎉🎊🍰🍭🍩🍹🍜🍎🍓🌽🍆🌴✈😀

Your sweet vegan foodie,

-Sweet B.

 

 

 

 

My 2015 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

So sorry for the delay with my Year in Review Entry, let’s just say there was a bit of technical difficulties, but all is fixed so here it is finally…

Welcome to Sweet 2016

Welcome to a brand New Year the start of 2016 🎉, I decided to start off this New Year with a look back at a few of my Top Desserts Places that I been to as this is my 1st time since I started this blog 2 years ago to see where some of the best and my fave dessert places that I been to. Typically you would find these Year End Reviews at the end of the year and a few who does it the beginning of the year like me to reflect on the Year before to start off this New Year.

I like to start off by thanking each one of you, who I love to call “my sweet readers” for checking out this beginner blogger sharing with you about my sweet adventures looking for new dessert places and as well sharing my love for travel & events with you in this blog. I appreciate each and every one of you who comes to visit my blog and it is always nice to get some comments from my readers. I would love to hear from you so don’t hesitate to share some of your comments & thoughts with me.

Remembering When It All Started

I can’t believe that it only has been 2 years ago since I started this blog as it actually feels longer than that! As 2 years ago, I started this blog fairly new to the blogging world and still today I’m still learning & discovering new things, which makes it exciting for me! But at the same time, I’m starting to find my way all thanks to an amazing community called: Food Bloggers of Canada, who I have to mention as after joining this community made me feel welcome & not so foreign to the blogging world with meeting new Canadian bloggers along with providing resources and tools to help me along the way.

With my blog being only 2 Years, it is starting to grow and can’t believe that 24 Countries has viewed my blog! Wow!! That’s pretty neat with having readers from Canada to USA to overseas in UK & Denmark! Thank you all, I look forward to further expand my readers in more countries! According to the statistics report that WordPress sent me, my Blog was viewed 450 times in 2015! Not too bad to me for a beginner blogger who is just starting out!! Again thank you all to my readers, I hope you all continue to come back to read my sweetness blog! I look forward to also welcoming new readers to my blog to discover along with me my sweet adventures!

My Sweet Year In Review For 2015

2015 was a year filled with exploring new places & re-visiting old faves as my blog was starting to grow & develop as I discovered & shared some of my fave & best bakeries in Toronto along with some travelling from Niagara Falls to Cuba to discover some of the new amazing desserts places. As well attending to some delicious & great food events In Toronto including attending my 1st Food Bloggers of Canada Conference (click here for link to read about the Event) in Montreal in Oct 2015. What would you like to see more of on my Sweet B. the Exploring Foodie blog? Is there a specific dessert place you would like for me to try? Or a new type of dessert that is different? All suggestions are most welcome!

One of my fave memories from the Taste of Toronto 2015 meeting my fave Canadian chef – Carl Heinrich from Richmond Station

You will find below that I have combined my 2 years – 2014 & 2015 of my Top 4 Dessert Reviews that have gotten the most interest and views with and those who also deserve a little attention to. Click on the links below to view these delicious desserts.

My Top 4 Dessert Places in 2015

1 – Dessert Lady: Best Bakery & Dessert Shop in Toronto

Not surprising my fave bakery & the ultimate One Stop Sweet Shop in Toronto in the heart of Yorkville is, Dessert Lady has gotten the most interest from my readers and views on my blog. Click on the title for the link above to find out why.

Don’t forget to check out, Dessert Lady Website -> click here

2 – Butter Avenue

One of my fave desserts and a popular sweet trend come in a little bite size pastry called: French macarons. My choice of where to get the best macarons is Butter Avenue of course as they make their macarons with natural ingredients and no added artificial flavours or preservatives. My love for macarons and for my fave bakery shop, Butter Avenue has shown a lot of interest with my readers. Check out the 3 Review Posts below on why I love Butter Avenue so much (click on the links below)!

Butter Avenue Entry #1: Best Macarons in Toronto

Butter Avenue Entry #2: Celebrating Macaron Day at Butter Avenue in Toronto

Butter Avenue Entry #3: Update – Sharing More of my Love for Macarons on Easter Weekend

Don’t forget to check out, Butter Avenue Website -> click here

3 Nina Gelateria & Pastry Shop

One of the dessert places that I been to last year and would like to highlight is this charming & cozy pastry shop on Niagara-on-the-Lake called, Nina Gelateria & Pastry Shop. Nina is known for their all natural European inspired pastries and authentic Italian gelato made with only the finest ingredients. If you are in the Niagara Falls area, don’t forget to stop at this authentic gelato & pastry shop, it is sure not to disappoint you with their natural flavours. It is a hidden gem of a pastry shop not to be missed! A must stop! Check out my link below to find out why.

Blog Entry – Discovering The Best charming Bakery on Niagara-on-the-Lake: Nina Gelateria & Pastry Shop

For more information, please check out the Nina Gelateria & Pastry Shop Website -> click here

4 Maison Christian Faure

One of my memorable & new fave dessert place was during one of my trips when I went to Montreal where I discovered, Maison Christian Faure in Old Montreal during my 1st conference for Food Bloggers of Canada weekend. If you haven’t visited this authentic French pastry shop while you are in Montreal, I definitely recommend you do so, it’s a must stop as they have the most delicious authentic French pastries that they have to offer. You will not be disappointed! I will never forget that simply perfect apple tart dessert I had and love their French macarons! Don’t forget to stop by Maison Christian Faure for all your sweet cravings in Montreal!

Blog Entry – Discovered the Best Authentic French Pâtisserie in Old Montreal: Maison Christian Faure

Don’t forget to check out his website, Maison Christian Faure Website -> click here

To A Sweet 2016 Year

I’m eager & excited to be exploring new dessert places in Toronto and also travelling to new places to share with you in this 2016 New Year. I will be also expanding my sweet taste buds to be sharing with you some new restaurants that I like and maybe you would like it too. As Toronto is a large city filled with always new restaurants opening up and who better than me to show you which ones to try.

Also looking forward to attending to new or returning to old faves Food Events in Toronto as they always have something new and exciting foods to discover. I stay inspired by my love for sweets of course, that’s still the main reason why I love my desserts and also my love for food & travelling.

There is lots to look forward ahead in 2016, so come and follow me on this sweet travelling foodie adventure!

Thank you for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and more importantly sharing my love for sweets & desserts! 🙂 🍰🎂🍭🍜🍎

-Sweet B.