Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo Diary: October 2014

All I need in life is laughter and coffee

That time I had sweet potato fries and a s'mores brownie for dinner

First time having quinoa!

Diet Coke pop up shop

Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing Dvoล™รกk's New World Symphony

Autumn colors

Stolen wedding centerpieces

When I'm lucky, I get to see the sunrise before I head to work

Friday Night Live at the ROM!

Just a typical order at Biffs

Paint Nite!

Everyone's paintings look better from far away... Haha

Working hard or hardly working?

My last selfie with my long hair before I...

...cut 6 inches off! :O

My favourite mint chocolate chip ice cream, nom noms

And, my month can never be complete without eating sushi.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Moo Milk Bar

Throwing it back to the sunny summer Moo Milk Bar.

Located in The Beaches, it only made sense to go after a relaxing beach day at Woodbine.

Being known for their flavoured milk and unique cookies, I was hooked.

However, what I actually came for? Their Campfire Sammies.

Two scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, with Melted Chocolate, Toasted Marshmallows, and Graham Cracker Crumbs, squished between a Brown Sugar cookie? HOW can you not get one?

So we got four.

We spent a solid 45 seconds debating how to eat it because it was m a s s i v e.
After that, we fell silent for a good 5 minutes while we each took matters into our own hands and devoured it.

It was heavenly. 
The end.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 / 243 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4, Canada

#NuganRaw at iYellow's Wine Cave

Being a one-glass-at-night-every-night kinda gal, I was especially excited when iYellow Wine Club invited me to one of their events at the iYellow Wine Cave.

Located on Queen Street West, the wine cave is on the lower level of 243 where you need to enter through the back alley (which really does make it seem like a 'cave'). And upon entering, you will automatically be greeted with glasses of wine.

I got the chance to attend a part of their Raw series, specifically the Nugan Estate.

As one of Australia's top 20 wine exporters, we were given a chance to taste 4 wines:
• Nugan Estate Third Generation Chardonnay 
• Nugan Estate's 'Alfredo' Second Pass Shiraz (90 points)
• Nugan Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz (93 points)
• Nugan Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points)

Coupled with a large cheese platter, this is the definition of a perfect wine cave.

I was honoured to meet Matthew Nugan, the grandson of Alfredo Nugan (the founder of Nugan Estates), as he was present at this event. He told us many stories about the estate and their wine. It was such a great learning experience!

I also learned that Alfredo is available at the LCBO. With such an unique packaging, it will be hard bottle to miss while scrounging through the shelves. Go pick up a bottle and go through the following 5 steps to taste the wine for yourself! Hurry, because it is only available until November 9!

And might I add that I found that I enjoyed the wines more once I got to know a little bit more about how they were made and the inspiration behind them.

So a big thank you to iYellow for inviting me and I hope to be back for another event soon!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Autumn-atically in love with Autumn

Can you believe it's October already?! Because I can.
While everyone is still sad that summer is over, I am embracing this autumn weather. It's starting to get colder, to the point where I can almost breathe out smoke (hehe, I love it when the air is fresh and crisp). And look at those leaves! How can you not love all those the colors?

Sunday was the definition of perfect autumn weather - gorgeous sunshine and 14 degrees.
And with the number of 'nature' photos I have seen this past Thanksgiving weekend, I obviously had to also go take some of my own!
With the sun on our side, we headed over to Toogood Pond for this serene view...

...and to take photos.

life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚

The number 1 thing I am thankful for is my family.

For my loving parents <3
And my silly sister :)

Without them, I really don't know what I'd do.

So remember to always count your blessings and remind your loved ones that they are loved! Don't let a long weekend be the only reminder to be thankful for everyone and everything you have.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! xo

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Opened by the owners of Sukhothai and Sabai Sabai (and ex-owners of Khao San Road), Pai was opened to try and make it onto the list of amazing Thai restaurants in Toronto.

As it is located on a lower level of the complex on Duncan Street, you can definitely tell when walking in. The atmosphere is very casual, with a bar area as well as dining tables.

The food they serve here seemed to be the same as the other Thai restaurants they own. I wonder what the difference really is...

First up, we had to get the Thai Iced Tea - one of my ultimate favorite drinks.

Unfortunately, they put too much condensed milk in the tea so it tasted a bit funky :( very disappointed.

As for the main course, I was boring and ordered Chef Nuit's Pad Thai with chicken.

Our meal in all it's glory:

The pad thai was good. The portions are very large, so I was happy when I was getting full but still had half of the plate to go!

As for the ambiance, it was very loud inside. Maybe too loud.
If I wanted to talk, I basically had to scream so that the other side of table could hear me - not ideal. The food was what I had expected and the iced teas were on the disappointing side.
Overall, it was a good meal but I don't think I would come back.

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