Friday Fave- Island Mix’s Spicy Shrimp

Some like it spicy and some like it hot! Then there is the Hubby and I, we like it both spicy and hot! Island Mix Restaurant and Lounge in Pickering Ontario is a regular haunt for the us. Most Fridays will often find us there, eating and listening to live steel band music.


One of my favourite appetizers that we like to begin with is the pepper shrimp. The best way to explain this delectable mouth watering spicy delicious food is to describe it right from the menu:

“lightly dusted jumbo shrimp deep fried, then gently sautéed with onions and scotch bonnet peppers. Garnished with fresh steamed broccoli. “

The bold zingy tantalizing hotness of the shrimp is so enjoyably spicy it gives you a new appreciation of the words to the famous calypso “feeling hot! Hot! Hot!” sniffling and sweating it’s impossible to stop eating!


The yummy steamed broccoli that is served with it is a welcome retreat in between bites, but I can guarantee as soon as you finish consuming one platter of this spicy shrimp platter, you will be motioning to your waiter to bring you another one.




Friday Fave – Dark and Stormy

The other night I was out for dinner and one of the drink specials was a Dark n’ Stormy. I will admit that the name peaked my curiosity. Our server explained that it contained, ginger beer, spiced rum and bitters. While I am not typically a rum drinker, I was curious to give it a try. Well!!! Yeee hawwww! I found my summer drink!

Research tells me that it is the national drink of Bermuda and is popular among the sailing community. By adding the rum on top of the ginger beer it will float creating a dark layer (the rum) and a stormy layer (the ginger beer) Hence the name! Get it? All I know is, I feel far from dark and stormy after a few of these easy to make drinks. Check out the recipe: Oh….and you’re welcome xoxx

Dark and Stormy Recipe

Prep time: 5 min/Servings: 1 drink

2 oz. dark spiced rum (preferably Goslings black seal rum)

4 oz. ginger beer

3 dashes bitters

Lime wedge

Fill a highball with ice and add ginger beer. Gently top with rum and bitters. Garnish with lime wedge.




Friday Fave- The Lychee Martini

I may be late to the party on this one, but I tell ya I’m sure glad I came! I’ve heard many people speak highly of this drink but I never got around to trying it. This evening I descended into deliciousness as I sipped a Lychee Martini. I’m so-oo-o not the type of gal who likes her drinks sweet, so I was hesitant to try this for that reason. No need for fear it wasn’t overly sweet at all!


I inquired about this drink and was told that it’s an amazingly versatile martini, it can be served before dinner, during dinner and after dinner. So, because I am obedient that is exactly what I did!


See below for an amazing lychee martini recipe.

Lychee Martini


1 ½ parts vodka

½ part lychee liqueur

1 whole lychee

Mixing Instructions

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake then pour in an ice filled glass

Decorate with lychee

Have a glorious weekend


Friday Fave- Book Review- Who Says You Can’t, You Do.

Title: Who Says You Can’t? You Do

Author: Daniel Chidiac

Published: 2012

Publisher: DC Group

I often stumbled on a quote or two from this book on Instagram or on Facebook. The quotes were always unusual and would get my attention. I was always intrigued. It didn’t sound like your typical self-help book that I thought would bore the daylights out of me. Instead it sounded real. I will admit that I began reading this book with elevated expectations and they were fulfilled.

Premise/Plot: This is an excellent self-help book that gives the reader the opportunity to take a close look at their life. This book deals with the concept that people are often living lives that they do not find enjoyment or fulfillment in. Daniel Chidiac includes a personal contract in the book that encourages the reader to commit to a life that they deserve. He also expertly weaves in numerous work pages to reinforce content and aid in helping the reader examine their life. His words encourage the reader to examine their life and redirect energy in a positive way. Throughout the book Chidiac inspires the reader to focus on the fulfilling life they desire. Even simple tasks such as using positive verbal action is highlighted in the book with an abundance of examples.

My Thoughts: This was a fabulous book! I immediately put into practice some of the exercises as soon as I started reading the book. Chidiac knows what he is talking about! I appreciated the background on his life that he included in the book. It gave me a sense of connection to the author and made the content relatable. Discovering yourself, finding positive energy and using it was a constant theme throughout the book. I will say that this is a “heavy read,” meaning that I would recommend that you read all of it slowly, highlighting or making notes as you go along. Focus all your attention and energy on the book and put into action Chidiac’s suggestions. An amazing and enlightening read, let me know what you think!

Favourite Quote: “We can have all the knowledge in the world, have ten university degrees, travelled the globe, or know how to speak five different languages, but if we don’t have true knowledge of ourselves, we will never create the life we want.” *emphasis added

Rating: 4/5 stars