10.18.2017

604. Cirque du Soleil - VOLTA

10tation Event Catering Cirque du Soleil
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to experience the VIP lounge of Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA show here in Toronto. We had the opportunity to discover the new VIP space and sample the entire menu of complimentary cocktails and VOLTA-inspired hors d'oeuvres. It was a fun afternoon and the food was delicious!

This 41st creation of Cirque du Soleil tells the spellbinding story of the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Taking inspiration from the adventurous spirit of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually stunning world to captivate audiences.

Keeping with the show's theme of "transformation", Cirque took the opportunity to create a brand new VIP experience to suit the atmosphere and aesthetics of the newest creation. The VIP Suite consists of ten cubic blocks with glass walls and a flat roof. At the VIP lounge, guests can enjoy delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails from local Toronto caterer, 10tation Event Catering, before the show.

Cirque du Soleil VIP
Cirque du Soleil VIP
10tation Event CateringThis was my absolute favourite. I could've eaten them all day.
Nori crisp, soy/miso king and oyster mushrooms, cured egg yolk and green onions.

10tation Cirque du Soleil
Duck confit, amarena cherry and gorgonzola creme fraiche.

10tation Cirque du Soleil
Itsumo ahi tuna, taro root taco, avocado salsa.

10tation Event Catering
These vegan salads were amazing as well.

10tation Cirque du Soleil
10tation Event Catering
The live cooking station serving braised beef short ribs served on soft polenta with onion rings and orange gremolata.

10tation Event Catering
Manchego and ricotta croquette, truffle honey, roasted figs.

Cirque du Soleil VIP Volta
Cirque du Soleil Volta
Cirque du Soleil Volta VIP
10tation Cirque du Soleil
10tation Event Catering
Cirque du Soleil Volta Toronto
VOLTA is on under the Big Top at Toronto Port Lands until November 26 2017. Tickets can be purchased online here: Cirque du Soleil VOLTA. VIP tickets start at $275 and consists of: complimentary parking, open bar cocktail reception, the absolute best seats in the house (best views as well as being larger, extra cushioned and more comfortable!), separate washrooms, coatcheck, popcorn, a show program and more.

I am a huge fan of the Cirque shows. Last year I attended the Luzia show and VIP experience as well. I look forward to watching this year's as well!

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10.16.2017

603. Recent Life / October Part 1

Casa Loma Legends of Horror
The past couple of weeks felt like a dream. A lot has happened..mostly good things, and I definitely am not taking anything for granted. I really have to force myself to start updating my blog more often again (as I always say hahah). I'm going to make a serious effort to do so again. Just have to be better at managing my time & priorities. I feel I have more motivation these days though.

On Friday we went to Legends of Horror at Casa Loma which was so much fun!! I really enjoyed it. I've never gone to these types of things before and haven't celebrated Halloween in many years but this year I kind of want to go all out for it. Actually it will depend on if I can decide on/get a costume in time. For Legends of Horror you walk around the gardens of the castle, a haunted house, then stop for a drink (which I would not recommend - worst tasting cocktails ever lol) at the bar...then through the haunted underground tunnel to the horse stables.

Shangri-La Toronto
leftbanked outfit
greenhouse juice
leftbanked hennessy
1 King West club sandwich
Lately I've become obsessed with the club sandwich in my lobby bar lol

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sunset
Earls
Caprese salad
mooncake
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crocodile
Royal York Hotel
Library Bar Toronto
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Washroom selfie at Earls last night. I went there for dinner last night to catch up with a friend..we stayed for over three hours there I'm pretty sure. Half our time was spent laughing about our waiter, who was THE MOST cringey waiter ever. He was overly friendly and did/said a lot of un-natural things we knew was just an obvious attempt at getting a larger tip lol. It was so funny though.

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thanksgiving dinner O&B
This Thanksgiving was very special to me, mostly because I have a lot to be thankful for this year and also because one month ago I had a dream about my Thanksgiving weekend which was something I was hoping would come true. & it actually did in a way. A few friends/neighbours and I went to O&B down the street from us for our turkey dinner. It was so good and a nice relaxing evening.

thanksgiving
Toronto Financial District

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10.02.2017

602. Recent Life

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This has probably been one of the most eventful and fun months of my year so far. I've been really really busy..but in a good way. I am quite happy with my current stage in life right now in terms of work, personal and social life, but I wish time would slow down. Recently I've mostly been working my usual job(s), working on the new startup, cooking a lot of pumpkin things, going to the gym/yoga, long walks with Hennessy, stock research and trading, meeting new people, going out a lot, etc. I did renovations at my place in the beginning of this year. It's now October and I still haven't finished organizing everything (as I haven't gotten around to it) and there's still a few more pieces of furniture I have to buy. My goal before the end of this year is to get everything for that done. I can't believe summer is over already and that we're nearing the end of another year. I don't have any set plans yet for the holidays but hopefully will be going away somewhere at some point..

Anyways, here is a big post of what has been going on this month:

Financial District Toronto
Earls
leftbanked home
Pablo cheesetarts

Recently I've been obsessed with everything pumpkin. You'd probably know this if you follow me on Instagram and/or Snapchat though lol. So far I've made 3 pumpkin cakes already and 1 pumpkin soup within the span of 2 weeks. I have a list of other pumpkin recipes I'm going to try (pumpkin risotto, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin ricotta stuffed pasta shells, etc etc etc). I have a very obsessive personality so once I like something..I go extreme with it. Oh and one thing I really want to do this year is pumpkin picking (on a farm of course)!

Staub Pumpkin Cocotte
canned pumpkin
pumpkin cake
white pumpkins
pumpkin soup
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McEwan
Scaddabush
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Royal York Toronto
Toronto Financial District
leftbanked hennessy
bellwoods brewery
bratwurst
Fendi Bearbrick
Dynasty Yorkville
Goodman Toronto
Patria Toronto
Last weekend I went to dinner at Patria, a Spanish restaurant with a few friends. I've recently developed a love for everything Spanish. Mostly thanks to Despacito hahah. The tapas here were really good but the portions were tiny for the price we paid. I still really liked the restaurant though. The decor inside is very cool.

Patria Toronto
Patria Toronto
Here's a couple dishes we got. They're about $15-20 each which we felt was a bit overpriced.

sangria
I drank so much that night! =\ Starting with half a pitcher of Sangria.

Toronto harbourfront
On another night when the weather was perfect in the evening, I took Hennessy for a loooong walk around the harbourfront (my favourite area to walk him). I sat for over an hour just people watching, listening to music and thinking about life. Then a bunch of little kids came over and played with Hennessy for awhile. They were so cute.

leftbanked snapchat
I wish Snapchat filters were real life hahah. These days I am more active on social media so if you haven't yet, feel free to add me on Instagram/Snapchat! @leftbanked

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