Hi! I’m Leah, writer and home baker living in Toronto. Elle & Bee is my creative outlet to document my daily experiences, world travels and kitchen trials.

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Toronto almost a decade ago for journalism school. I quickly fell in love with the city – it’s culture, diversity and busyness – and made it my permanent home after graduation. I’m a journalist and have worked and written for publications such as NRU Publishing, Designlines Magazine, Toronto Star and College Candy.

After writing, baking is my next passion. When I finished journalism school I felt a little like Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character in Stranger than Fiction, as I had mastered as many cupcake recipes as I had by-lines in university. My biggest culinary accomplishment was baking 500+ cupcakes over two days and selling out at the Toronto Underground Market. Though I haven’t stepped foot in a commercial kitchen since, I still love to whip up tasty treats (especially cupcakes!) at home.

Whenever I get the chance I love to explore my city and new places. I love finding the hidden gems in new cities, as well as taking in natural wonders. Highlights of my travels include visiting a monkey sanctuary in Ghana, swimming in the ocean in Costa Rica, hiking Emerald Basin in British Columbia, seeing Golden Canyon in Death Valley National Park, eating my way through Chicago and touring the Central Terminal in Buffalo.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures.