1.15.2020

733. Christmas Part 3 & New Year's

1KW NYE 2020
Finally the first post of 2020! I haven't had much time to blog these days (or motivation) unfortunately as I've just relaxed during the holidays, then got quite busy with work after the new year. Also I've been in my reading phase so I've just been doing that a lot in my spare time. Here is what we did over Christmas and New Year's Eve. This was my building's NYE decorations. They always go pretty over-the-top with them but I love it! (The bottom part of my building used to be a bank many years ago (the headquarters of TD) so that's why we have a vault downstairs). The first year I moved in here, I celebrated NYE in my lobby. I remember that was quite an eventful night as there was a shooting at the party in the vault (I think it was 2-3 shots fired and nobody got hurt though). I didn't see it happen as I was in the lobby but I did see the guy run out with a gun.

1KW NYE
Akira Back cocktails
On Christmas Eve, my boyfriend & I went for dinner at Akira Back.

Akira Back tuna pizza
Our favourite dish..the tuna pizza!

Akira Back Toronto
Akira Back sushi rolls
Akira Back black sesame cheesecake
Santorini Puzzle
Christmas puzzle of Santorini! Unfortunately it's still maybe only 15% completed.

Gyu Kaku
On Christmas Day we went to Gyu-Kaku (one of the few restaurants open)

Gyu Kaku
Gyu Kaku smores
dim sum
Then a dim sum lunch with my mom.

dim sum
Australia postcard
A nice surprise from my friend who spent the holidays in Australia!

leftbanked Adidas outfit
matcha cookies kitchenaid
Making our favourite matcha cookies.

Awkward Ty Tashiro book
One of the books I recently read. I think I'll do a big post soon of all the books I've read lately (and my review)

Chotto Matte Toronto NYE
For NYE we went for dinner at Chotto Matte.

Chotto Matte Toronto
pisco sour
Pisco Sours

Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte dessert
80s style Adidas outfit
My 80s aerobics style inspired outfit.

The Millionaire Next Door
Another recent book I've just read.

Dineen Commerce Court
One of my work spots.

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12.30.2019

732. Christmas Part 2 | Archlight & George

leftbanked one king west lobby
My last post of 2019! Tomorrow is already NYE. We are staying in Toronto for it this year and don't have any plans yet. It's pretty crazy to think that it's the start of a new decade. & it will have been roughly 12 years since I started this blog (sometime in 2008).

I am not sure how many original readers I still have now but back then, I mainly started blogging when I moved out of my parents' house into my own place downtown. I started university (studying Fashion at Ryerson) and had a lot of experiences (and people) to blog about. I can't believe I'm still blogging now..although not as frequently. I will likely continue for an indefinite amount of time since I always enjoy reading back in old posts for the memories.

For 2020 I hope I can become better organized, better at prioritizing and accomplish some things that I keep putting off doing.

Anyways! Here is Christmas Part 2. There will also be a part 3 but I'll save it for the following post.

Louis Vuitton gift box
My Christmas gift from my boyfriend..the Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers! I really love them! I'm not a huge fan of the super chunky sneakers trend (like the Balenciaga or Gucci ones) but these ones are my favourite. I feel they could still be in style after the trend dies. Let's see how long I am able to keep them nice and white.

Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers
Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers

As for my Christmas gift to my boyfriend this year, I decided to do a 10 Days of Christmas gift-giving (which I mentioned in my previous post). There were ten gifts over ten days including some smaller bonus items. For one of them I took him for dinner at George Restaurant. We did the tasting menu. I love coming here for the tasting menu because it's all a surprise. You each get different dishes (which is good for switching/tasting a bit of everything!):

George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
George Restaurant Toronto
1 King West Christmas
Christmas decor at my lobby!

1 King West Christmas
Restoration Hardware restaurant
Dinner at Restoration Hardware..so beautiful in there!!

Restoration Hardware burgers
Restoration Hardware restaurant
Restoration Hardware

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12.23.2019

731. Christmas Part 1

chocolate picture frame Nadege
Merry Christmas!! It is now Dec 23 as I make this post. I'm quite behind on my blog (as usual) so this is just part 1 of everything since we returned on vacation about a month ago. Christmas came so fast this year. I can't believe it's already two days away. I usually like Christmas Eve more though. Last year we spent the holidays in Iceland, Spain and the Netherlands. It feels like just a few months ago still. Also it's crazy to think that 2020 is just around the corner. The years are flying by way too fast..!!

In the photo above is an all-chocolate frame that I got from Nadege. It's one of the stores I visit every single Christmas without fail. The other one is Williams Sonoma. I love their holiday products!

Williams Sonoma hot chocolate
This is hot chocolate from Williams Sonoma. Our annual tradition.

Distillery Christmas Market
Visiting the Christmas Market at the Distillery a few weeks ago..when Christmas was still 19 days away hahah.

Distillery Christmas Market
Distillery Christmas Market
Distillery Christmas Market
leftbanked outfit
Holiday sequins + Moon Boots

Cluny Bistro
Cluny coconut dessert
Kitchenaid Mixer dough
I got a Kitchenaid Mixer from my mom and sister for Christmas. I've been wanting one for soooo long. They gave it to me early so since then I've been baking a lot of bread. I mainly wanted one for bread-making since it comes with a dough hook, and making bread is too difficult for me by hand. We've been experimenting with different breads and making more than we can eat. It's a lot of fun to use.

pretzels
I attempted pretzels..as you can see, I got lazy with shaping them lol. They tasted pretty good though but just wasn't as soft as I would like. I will try again soon!

tangzhong milk buns
Hokkaido milk buns. We've made these a lot.

matcha shortbread cookies
Delicious matcha cookies. We've made these a lot in the past already though.

matcha bread
Also matcha milk buns. They look nice but you can barely taste the matcha.

The Keg Mansion Christmas
Family dinner a couple weeks ago at The Keg Mansion.

The Keg dinner
Stiff Mary Roach
I've been reading and buying a LOT of books these days (I lost count but I got at least 15 new books within the last month and a half). I'm in a reading phase suddenly and I don't even remember how it started. Here is one of the books I'm currently reading (Stiff by Mary Roach). It's super interesting so far and probably one of my favourite books I've ever read. It's quite an unusual topic though. It talks about cadavers and their uses when people donate their body to science after death. The author is really funny so it's not dark or anything like that.

Commerce Court Christmas tree
Dineen Commerce Court
Flatiron Building Toronto
Berckzy Park winter
Terroni pasta
Christmas presents
For Christmas this year, I decided to do a "10 Days of Christmas" gift-giving for my boyfriend. Kind of inspired by the song 12 Days of Christmas (but I was too late on doing 12 days). A random mix of small items, bonus items and some not so small. For the Star Wars movie premiere last week, I decided to give a themed one:

pondtrooper star wars rubber duck
commerce court snow

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