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A Jammin’ Brunch with Bonne Maman + My Favourite Toronto Bloggers!

April 29, 2015

Last Sunday I had the privilege of hosting a brunch for Bonne Maman Jams at The Tempered Room catered by Chef Bertrand Alepee in Toronto. The brunch not only was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the jams and try out their assortment of flavours, but also to mix and mingle with some fantastic Toronto bloggers.

brunch1Sometimes I take for granted how lucky I am to be surrounded by such an awesome network of health-focused bloggers and online influencers. I realize that many bloggers do not have easy access to meet other bloggers of their niche so the fact that I can name at least 10 of them and call them all my friends is truly a privilege.

With all of our crazy schedules and plans to make our beautiful city a little healthier, it isn’t always easy for us to be in the same room. So when Bonne Maman reached out asking if I’d like to invite some of my fellow bloggers to a showcase for their jams and a lovely Sunday brunch, I jumped at the opportunity.

brunch2We also had the privilege of mingling with Chef Christine Tizzard who shared with us her story of growing up in Newfoundland and her memories of Bonne Maman jam. I could so relate to her point that up here in Canada, our access to fresh fruits and veggies is limited so we depend on products like Bonne Maman jams that have been picked at optimal times from France and are packaged without added preservatives. Her stories about frozen berries from last summer’s pickings being rationed out through the winter at family brunches so resonated with me.

brunch3Besides being able to try out the jams, fill up on a yummy (albeit indulgent…YOLO) brunch, it was so lovely to catch up with my fellow bloggies. I seriously love every single one of these ladies and am in awe at the amazing paths they are pursuing. I wanted to take a second to highlight each of them and encourage you to check them out. They’re all fantastic!

brunch4Nikki from Health Nut Nutrition – This girl is phenomenal. Not only is she building a YouTube empire (seriously check her out!) but she’s also so down-to-earth and real. Her approach to health and nutrition is on point. Also she shares my passion for avocados…it’s a thing.

Sahar from Confessions of a Quirky Princess – This girl literally glows inside and out. She is so full of passion and wisdom that a part of me just wants to move into her brain and camp out for a while. I love her take on health both inside and outside of the kitchen.

Melissa from UpBeet Nutrition – I don’t know why but when I met Melissa for the first time I instantly felt like we’d known each other forever. She’s brilliant (she’s probably the most educated RD on the planet) and shares all of this knowledge as well as delicious recipes over on her blog. Plus she appreciates a good SCOBY…

Sarah from Sarahbellum – My productivity level pales in comparison to this girl’s. She runs a successful nutrition practice while also running workshops and shape-up programs for BarreWorks. If you’re looking for a nutritionist in the Toronto area, Sarah will not only help you get your diet on track but live a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Jaclyn from Holistic Foodie – Jaclyn runs an amazing Instagram account and will soon be launching her blog! She’s almost finished her courses at IHN to become a certified nutritionist and then I’m sure will take over the world, one client at a time. I also love seeing her in my morning Barre classes 🙂

Annie from Chu On This – I actually met Annie at the event for the first time, which is funny because I’m pretty sure we should have crossed paths years ago. I’m super excited to dig deeper into her blog and am fascinated by her Living Below the Line Experiment and hear her final thoughts on it.

brunch5Unfortunately a couple of bloggers couldn’t make it to the event but I still wanted to give them shout-outs!

Lynsey from Lynsey Loves Food – This lady just had to jet off to the Bahamas for a week, missing the event of the century (kidding…I would take the Bahamas any day!). Not only is Lynsey an insanely talented photographer but I appreciate that she preaches a BALANCED diet full of healthy food and cocktails. Also she’s my full-time blogger in crime who I can vent to when the going gets tough!

Michelle from Michelle Nutrition and Glow Bride – Michelle injured herself just before the event and couldn’t end up making it 🙁 I was sad that the group missed out on hearing about all of the cool projects she has going on and being inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit. I especially love the concept of Glow Bride which offers bridal nutrition coaching with a holistic approach. Brides out there, be sure to check it out!

Chelsea from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen – If you read my blog, you probably read Chelsea’s. Chels is amazing. She is full of spunk and sass and isn’t afraid to share her opinions of fads in the nutrition world that should probably not exist. Also her recipes and photography are beautiful.

brunch6Thank you to Bonne Maman jams and Chef Tizzard for hosting a fabulous brunch!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bonne Maman Jams.

Photos by Jeffrey Chan

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    Cassie
    April 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I love Health Nut Nutrition as well! So cool that you got to meet her! You guys are amazing!

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    Lee
    April 29, 2015 at 9:46 am

    This looks so funnnnnnnn. I wish I was a Toronto blogger. Also- that’s the only kinda jam I use in this house!

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    Melissa (Upbeet, RD)
    April 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Ah

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    Melissa (Upbeet, RD)
    April 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Alright, lets try this again! haha … Ah! This post is so great! Thanks for the shout out girl. This was such an awesome way to spend a Sunday: surrounded by amazing, inspiring women. So happy to call you a friend — your talents amaze me Davida.

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    Suzanne
    April 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    So sad I couldn’t make it 🙁 Maybe I should back to Toronto… 😉

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    Nikky Goncalves
    April 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon 🙂 Thanks for including me in on the fun Davida xo

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood
    April 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for the lovely mention lady!! You are amazing. Looks like it was such an amazing morning. We need to do this again. I can’t wait to meet all of these other awesome gals i haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet. Coffee soon!! xo

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    Jaclyn
    April 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for the invite Davida!! I had such a wonderful time meeting everyone and of course partaking in the delicious food! Seriously there was no better way to end my cleanse lol! You are the best ever!! And you have totally inspired me to make my own kombucha 😉

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    April 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Aw thanks for the shout out girl! I wish I could have been there. Sounds like there were tons of fabulous bloggers there and many whose blogs I haven’t heard of – looks like I have lots of reading to do! Hopefully I can attend the next meet up! 🙂

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    Annie
    April 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    You’re such a ray of sunshine Davida! Thanks for the shout out and hope to meet up soon!

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    Annie
    April 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Also, I am looking at that quiche with extreme intensity! 🙂

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    Sarah Berneche
    May 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you so much for inviting me to the brunch – I had such a lovely time catching up with you + the others, as well as meeting some new faces. It’s great that we can all support each other in the pursuit of our goals. Thanks for the shout-out; enjoy this gorgeous weekend! x

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