Last September, my sister and I spent our mid-semester break in the state of South Australia. We based ourselves in its charming, petite capital city, Adelaide, and did daytrips throughout the week.  We met seals lounging on the beach on rugged and beautiful Kangaroo Island, dressed up for a day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, and … Continue reading


Gold Coast

After our student exchange semesters ended in November, my younger sister and I travelled throughout Australia and New Zealand together for 6 weeks. We spent a week in gorgeous, sunny Queensland. After snorkeling out to the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, we headed to Gold Coast for some lazy beach and brunch days. We stayed … Continue reading


Study Break Cookies

Whenever I really need to be studying, all I can think about is baking. I crave being in the kitchen with a whisk, mixing ingredients together. So when my workload started to get heavy the other week, I decided to take a study break (Question: does it count as a study break if you haven’t … Continue reading


Blue Mountains

The picture posted above was taken at the Echo Point lookout and is a view of the iconic Three Sisters, before we headed down the Giant Stairway. My sister and I recently went on a weekend retreat to the Blue Mountains. The vast region, known for its sandstone rock formations, caves and gorges, gets its … Continue reading


Nutella Pillow Cookies

3 ingredients. That’s all you need to whip up a batch of these Nutella pillow cookies. Couldn’t be any simpler, so I don’t feel too bad about taking a quick study break to bake these (who are we kidding, I hadn’t started studying today when I went to my kitchen). No need for an electric … Continue reading


Pina Colada Mini Cupcakes

Goodbye Australian winter, hello spring! Today is Labour Day back home in Canada, which marks the unofficial seasonal shift from summer to autumn. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere celebrating the last days of summer, I thought I’d share with you this festive treat inspired by the tropical cocktail. These boozy bite-sized cupcakes … Continue reading


Cinnamon Muffins with Nutella Filling

Aside from my courses and part-time work, I wanted to join some clubs on campus. I joined the Photo Club and the Baking Society. Yup, you read that right, my new uni has a baking club! For the first meeting, I baked a batch of these delectable zucchini chocolate brownies. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures, … Continue reading



In July 2014, I moved to Sydney to take part in a student exchange at the University of New South Wales.  After graduating in November, I applied for a Working Holiday Visa to extend my stay in Australia.  I’ll be updating this post with my foodie discoveries in this gorgeous, cosmopolitan, ocean-side city. Four Ate … Continue reading


Tartine Brownies

My summer baking playlist (technically winter Down Under) has been an eclectic mix of Montreal-based band Motel Raphael, Mad Season and Lana Del Rey. Earlier this summer I came across Natasha’s post about her favourite brownies. Even though I already have heaps of brownie recipes in my repertoire, Natasha made these sound so delicious that … Continue reading


Orange and Chocolate Olive Oil Cookies

Three weeks ago I began the last semester of my undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. As I complete my degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies while on a student exchange, I’m taking two English Lit courses (Literary Animals, Monsters and Machines, as well as Gothic Cultures) and … Continue reading


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