7.10.2019

700. Vacation Plans, Chotto Matte & the new Royal York Hotel

Chotto Matte Toronto
Last week we went to the brand new Chotto Matte here in Toronto. They specialize in Nikkei cuisine; a fusion of Japanese dishes with Peruvian influences. Everything from the service to the drinks and food (taste and presentation) were all really good. I loved the yucca and sweet potato chips (even though they are super spicy), ceviche, corn and the sushi above the most. The owner of the chain happened to be there when we were, sitting at a table across from us. He very generously gave us a discount off our bill at the end. Probably because he saw us taking photos of everything lol.

Vacation Plans!
Since this is a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant I guess now is a good time to announce our next trip..we will be going to Peru!! I don't remember when exactly it was decided upon but it seems like a long time of planning already. We will be leaving next weekend and I'm super excited. I've never been to South America before and I'll be able to cross one thing off my bucket list - to visit the Amazon! We will be staying in a lodge in the rainforest for 6 days. Before that we will visit Lima, Paracas, Huacachina, Cusco, & Iquitos.

I've never planned a trip as extensively as this one so far. There is a lot of preparation and research involved like getting certain vaccinations, pills, how to dress in the Amazon, etc. After the trip I will make a series of (informative) blog posts of everything you need to know before visiting Peru. In the past my travel posts consisted mostly of photos but I'll try to do some guides this time. & eventually if I have time I will go back and do them all for the previous cities I've visited as well. I will try to do regular posts while there. Hopefully the internet connection is fast and reliable.

Anyways, here are some more photos from Chotto Matte and other random ones from the past weeks:

Chotto Matte ceviche
Chotto Matte salmon corn
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte bathroom art
Chotto Matte Toronto
Ice cream mochi
Chotto Matte Toronto
Hennessy Pomeranian
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love life art
Miku drinks
Miku Toronto
Dinner at Miku. I feel I've posted this place so many times already lol.

CLOCKWORK Royal York
The Royal York Hotel recently had a major transformation. They completely renovated the lobby, bar and dining area. If you've been following my blog for a long time you may know I used to come here a LOT before they closed for renos. Now they finally re-opened so I went to check it out. I think the lobby in the past was nicer (it was more historic and traditional style). Now it is more modern but it's still very beautiful.

The lobby bar is called CLOCKWORK and the main restaurant is called Reign. That night we had dinner at the restaurant then drinks and dessert at the lobby bar.

Reign Royal York
Royal York Hotel Reign
Royal York Hotel Reign
I love the colours of Reign - dark green, gold with lots of velvets. It's hard to see in my photos though.

Royal York Reign
CLOCKWORK Royal York
CLOCKWORK Royal York
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Hennessy Pomeranian
We the North
This is supposed to say "We the North".

Buca nodini
Dinner at Buca - the Yorkville location. Their Yorkville location has mostly seafood while the King West one has mostly meat. It was really good. I loved the nodini and my lobster pasta was pretty heavy but delicious.

Buca lobster pasta
Buca dessert
Cru TorontoDinner at Cru.

Cru Toronto
Smythe wrap blazers
Smythe royal blue blazer
Kiin TorontoLastly, to end an already food-filled post with a final one..here was dinner at Kiin.

Kiin Toronto
Kiin Toronto

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6.15.2019

699. Recent Life

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I know I haven't updated in so long! Even after this post I'm still a bit behind. Life has gotten quite a bit busier these days. I've been focusing on some new things including work, launching a new online store, trying to read more, etc. I also need to find time this summer to start driving lessons..hopefully lol. Something I've been saying for years. But time seems to be going by too fast.

Here are some photos from the past several weeks:

Toronto Roy Thomson Hall
Tutti Matti
Discovered this Tuscan cuisine restaurant called Tutti Matti a few weeks ago. I really looooved this pasta. It tasted so fresh and summer-y with asparagus, snap peas, pancetta and house-made fettucine pasta.

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Selftraits of me (right) and my sister (left) at my mom's lol. I'm also in the pic in the background (2009 in Guilin!).

Sorry cafe
Sofia Yorkville
Sofia Yorkville
Dinner at Sofia. I usually really love Charles Khabouth's restaurants but this one was just ok. There was nothing spectacular about the food. My lobster portion was quite small for what it was worth. The interior decor was really cool though.

Sofia Yorkville
Sofia Yorkville tiramisu
Sofia Yorkville
Toronto skyline
High Park cherry blossoms
leftbanked outfit Stella McCartney Adidas
Hennessy Pomeranian
stormtrooper Bearbrick 1000%
Distillery District Toronto
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Another dinner at Madrina Bar y Tapas

Madrina Bar y Tapas
tortilla Madrina Bar
shrimp paella Madrina Bar
bone marrow tartare Madrina Bar
Madrina Bar y Tapas octopus
Distillery District Toronto
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1 King West AGM
At my building's annual owners meeting! Mostly come for the food..

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Leftbanked Despacito Iceland
Updating our vacation book with our most recent trip..& currently planning the next one to somewhere we've never been before!

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