Take a second to imagine this scene: a mom is trying to rallying the members of her family to take a family portrait around the magnificent dinner she prepared.
Her 2 toddlers are rambunctious and naturally being toddlers are finding it hard to sit still while she fits everyone into the photo to showcase what a beautiful meal she made – no one is to touch the food until the photo is taken. The toddlers are ticking time bombs of emotion and now are starting to fight over what forks the other one has.
Sensing the tension and irritability of the youngest children, the mom quickly takes 50 high speed snaps of the family hoping 1 will have everyone looking or have their eyes open.
That is what blogging and capturing my children on camera feels like, most days. It takes about 50 photos to find 1 photo that meets my standards.
And taking children to Instagram worthy cafes, I will be honest, they are not the perfectly poised children. You should see the mountain of crumbs they create by eating a cookie or scone.
Juniper Cafe & Bistro had the best little play area for children inside their restaurant nestled in the Hollyrood community. We ordered a pumpkin scone, giant peanut butter cookie, angel food cake infused with lavender with strawberries and whipped cream, and carrot cake with caramel drizzle.
Peggy Adams, the owner of Juniper, used to be a Starbucks district manager so you know she can make a delicious latte!
Later in the week we went to Sorrentino’s, the original Italian restaurant. They have 6 restaurant locations and 1 cafe in the Edmonton and surrounding area.
I have driven past the cafe location for the last 15 years of my life and have never been inside, and I am so glad I took my little family. We ordered carrot cake cheesecake (yes, you read that correctly and it was heavenly), ganache layered cake, paninis, checkerboard cookies, chai lattes, and caramel steamed milk.
When Chef Chris Hrynyk joined Sorrentino’s he worked as a catering manager, catering chef, cooking class instructor, and is now the company’s corporate chef.
The best part? I have partnered with the Edmonton Fall Home Show to giveaway a pair of tickets (2 tickets) to the Edmonton Fall Home Show, and a meet and greet with Tiffany Pratt, and front row tickets. It’s amazing giveaway for any budding designers, bloggers, or home design fanatics to meet the inspirational Tiffany Pratt.
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