11.13.2017

608. Recent Life

Commerce Court Christmas tree
Christmas is already just around the corner...
& here are some photos from the past couple weeks:

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King Taps Toronto
King Taps nachos
At King Taps last night for chats about life, drinks and of course our favourite nachos

leftbanked outfit
bibimbap Earls
The bibimbap at Earls is surprisingly pretty good. It doesn't really taste authentic of course but I liked it. I ordered the gingerbread cake afterwards which wasn't as good (now that my pumpkin phase is kind of fading, I am moving on to gingerbread)..it was really filling and sweet. I proceeded to slip into a food coma after that hahah.

smoothie ingredients
Smoothie prep

leftbanked stellasport
Eaton Centre bridge
Pusateris chocolate
Katana makimonos
Dinner with my sister at Katana. I usually only get the makimonos here but that night we also ordered the yaki udon. It was really good!! I would definitely get it again.

Katana on Bay
Katana mochi
Sud Forno
Green Grotto takoyaki
Sud Forno Temperence
Sud Forno desserts
Toronto
leftbanked croquettes
My first attempt at croquettes. They were so good!! I definitely need to make them again. After that I tried to do pumpkin croquettes which ended up being a huge disaster though..so unfortunate as I was really looking forward to eating them lol.

leftbanked croquette
leftbanked croquette
Ottos Bierhalle
Dinner at Otto's Bierhalle! My friend and I came here one night but they were full with an hour wait, so we left for another place that night. Since then we had been wanting to go back (& as I started following them on Instagram, I've been wanting everything hahah). So last weekend we did and really loved it. The schnitzel was the best I've ever had in Toronto. They had a lot of other German things on the menu as well which I love! I really want to go back again.

I know in a previous post I was just saying how I post too many food pictures and that I would try to reduce it but obviously I haven't hahah. I also just realized that almost all the places I post about are within a 15min radius from my place. Except for Otto's Bierhalle. I should get out of my comfort zone more!

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11.04.2017

607. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 18 - Maligne Lake and Canyon

Maligne Canyon
On our final day in Jasper, we visited Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon. This was a pretty relaxing and slow-paced day..with our trip already coming to a close. We were the unluckiest with seeing wildlife on this trip, but we did see a black bear for (literally) a split second on the way to the lake. We started off our day with breakfast, at the same spot we went to every morning in Jasper:

small town breakfast
I love these small town breakfast spots. Lots of interesting locals there lol. Most of who I found to be quite strange..though we also spotted a "diamond in the rough" ;)

Rearguard Falls
In a previous post I mentioned we were staying in McBride which was a two hour drive each way into Jasper. We did some stops along the way which made the drive slightly less tedious. That morning we stopped at Rearguard Falls.

Rearguard Falls
Chinook salmon are my favourite/the tastiest!

Rearguard Falls
The current was so powerful. We were able to get quite close to the falls as you can see...it made me a bit nervous as the waves were incredibly strong, crashing against the rocks, but it was also an exhilarating feeling to stand there watching. I wasn't able to spot any salmon though.

Moose Lake
Moose Lake
Rocky Mountains
This lake was a really unique shade of blue. I wasn't quite able to capture it on camera..

Maligne Canyon
Then we arrived at Maligne Canyon!

Maligne Canyon
Maligne Canyon
Rocky Mountains Roadtrip
Maligne Lake
At Maligne Lake. It was kind of a disappointment for me as unfortunately we weren't able to go to Spirit Island..which is the usual postcard image of the lake. We just walked around here a bit and went for ice cream lol.

lox bagel
I just realized I forgot to include our lunch and dinner from the Columbia Icefield day. So this was my lunch..& for dinner we went to a nice restaurant called Syrahs of Jasper.

Syrahs of Jasper
Syrahs of Jasper
This innocent little intermezzo quickly became the (hilarious) topic of the rest of our evening...and then the rest of the trip hahaha. It will have to remain as an inside joke so I won't reveal it here. ;)

Syrahs of Jasper
This was the main which was a vegan "shepherds pie" which I didn't really like.

Syrahs of Jasper

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11.03.2017

606. Recent Life

leftbanked outfit
So I have one more post left from my Rockies Roadtrip...then I should get back to posting the rest from my Asia trip which was exactly one year ago!!! My Asia trip last year was Oct 14 to Nov 8 2016. Right now I still have 32 more posts to make from that lol. & I am determined to post it all. I think I will be going back to Asia (& Europe) within the next year so I should finish those posts before my next trip.

The weather here in Toronto has gotten really cold now. I started wearing my winter clothes and last night I even turned on the heat. I can't believe it's almost the Christmas season again. This year flew by so fast. It feels like just yesterday I was in Asia when it was already a year ago. & I still remember my Christmas and New Year's celebrations as if they just happened. It was a really good year for me (starting with my major renovations which I am still obsessed with and haven't fully completed yet) and right now I am probably the happiest I've ever been. I am excited for what is to come. It's funny how life can change so drastically and unexpectedly in such a short amount of time. More on this in a future post. It's still too early to do a "year in review" type of post lol.

Here are some photos from the past few weeks which I realize now consist of 90% food. I am going to make a conscious effort from now on to take less food pics and more of other things (like I used to do years ago on this blog)

Sud Forno Temperence
I recently discovered Sud Forno which actually opened a few months ago, literally a 3 minute walk from my place, and I can't believe it took me so long to go. It's not my new food/restaurant addiction. I even came here one day when I wasn't even hungry but just for the sake of going since I love it so much. The food is really good and the decor is beautiful.

Sud Forno Temperence
Sud Forno salad bar
Sud Forno desserts
Sud Forno drinks
Sud Forno pizza
Torta Caprese
Something maybe a bit strange about me is that I really dislike chocolate. The only chocolate-y thing I LOVE is Torta Caprese. I first tried this when I went to Capri last year and my hotel gave me a delicious one. Since then I have tried to find a good one in Toronto but haven't been successful until I discovered Sud Forno's. It was amazing. Tastes a bit different from the one I had in Capri but it was still delicious and I will be going back quite often for it.

leftbanked freddy pants
pumpkin pasta
You may remember my pumpkin obsession which started at the beginning of Autumn. Tonight I finally made a pumpkin pasta which was I must say is really really good. I don't know why I didn't think it would be that good when I first started making it lol. It is probably my favourite pasta I've ever made. I made it with pumpkin puree, spinach, mushrooms, and a bit of coconut milk. I have a few more cans of pumpkin so trying to decide what to make next.

Green Grotto Toronto downtown
Green Grotto Toronto
Green Grotto dessert
Sukhothai Wellington
paella
A very successful attempt at paella!! ❤

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One King West club sandwich
Another new and recent obsession: the "Tower Club Sandwich" in my building's restaurant

waffle fries Milestones
Toronto Financial District

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