Ate by Ate’s Bits & Bites, Vol. 002

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With the Santa Claus Parade behind us, we’re in the thick of the holiday season now and that means there’s a lot of foodie fun to look forward to within the next month!

  • I just finished off a draft of the December Food Calendar today and I’m mega excited about a bunch of events that are happening such as the Slow Food Toronto Terra Madre Day at the Harbourfront Centre and the Winter Festival at Evergreen Brick Works – sneak peek, y’all 😉  I know the start of the new month will mean less days to get my crafting and gift-getting butt in gear, but I’m really looking forward to the holiday bake sales and themed menus (Dessert Lady recently rolled out their holiday spread and you can count me in on that one!), and I’m especially happy that the Toronto Christmas Market is coming back to the Distillery District again this year!  Since I’m definitely planning on making several visits to this market, you can expect more blog posts on goodies in the Distillery District as well!

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Ate by Ate’s Bits & Bites, Vol. 001

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Introducing Ate by Ate’s first edition of Bits & Bites!  Bits & Bites is a new feature I’m starting on the blog and it’s my way of letting you all know about some of the things I have in the works, kind of like a mini newsletter with updates, ideas, and future plans for the blog.  Truth be told, it’s also my way of keeping organized.  I’m a big fan of sticky notes but my collection of notes is starting to get a little ridiculous.  I’ve stuck so many on my mirror that I can barely see myself now!  Although I really enjoy the element of anticipation when I post things without necessarily announcing it first, I thought this would be a nice way of flushing out and sharing my thoughts and ideas with everyone, so let’s hop to it!

  • Ate by Ate now has a Facebook page!  Some of you may already know this if you’ve already visited, but for those who don’t, I’ve started a Facebook page that’s primarily photo gallery centric in nature.  I’ve created a gallery of all my scrapbook layouts (I’ve been uploading layout photos every day for the past week now), and I just created a cupcake gallery yesterday, showcasing my favourite cupcake photos and cupcake photography!  As time goes on, I’ll be adding more albums and doing more with the page, but for the time being, I’m sticking to post updates and photo galleries.  I have an adorable FB icon and “Like” box on my sidebar, so check it out!

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  • New series!  I looove having different types of series on the blog and I’m gearing up to start a few new ones in the near future including a Vegan Diner and Comfort Food series and some holiday themed ones.  Currently, I have the Vegetarian Sandwich series, the Farmers’ Market series, the Vegan Chili series, and most recently, the Fall Harvest series going on.

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  • Winter holidays!  We’re in the thick of November now and you know what that means: less than two months until the holidays!  I love Christmas and I look forward to this time of year every year.  I’ve had so much fun doing the Fall Harvest series that I’m hoping to start a winter one and a few holiday-themed ones.  I have plans on doing a gingerbread series and a hot chocolate series, but if anyone has other ideas, let me know and I’ll see what I can explore and get around to!

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  • Food Calendar!  If you’ve checked out November’s Food Calendar, you’ve might have noticed have long, extensive, and large it’s gotten!  I was recently asked to be a part of the Food Bloggers of Canada staff and my main job is compiling a list of foodie events for Toronto and the surrounding area, so after doing some research for the FBC, I was amazed at how much new stuff I found out!  I’m working on a way to split the Food Calendar into two parts, one that’s devoted to farmers’ markets and food and drink events, and the second focusing only on the cooking classes, demos, and seminars.   

Phew!  I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do everything I want to do, but it’s fun making plans and hashing out ideas.  I hope you all enjoy this new Bits & Bites feature and I will see you all tomorrow!