5.29.2017

577. Recent Life

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I'm really behind on the blog once again..so here is a big update on the last few weeks. I've been pretty busy with work these days and continuing to set up the rest of my place, and my new cooking addiction. I will do another renovations update maybe tomorrow/in the next post. I'm sooooo happy with the way everything turned out. I really loved the whole process. I kind of want to be an interior designer now hahah. Or I would like to flip properties so I can continually renovate, furnish then re-sell. Maybe someday. That would probably be my dream career.

So now that I have my awesome new kitchen, I've been cooking a LOT. It's funny back then I never cooked and ate out for pretty much every meal. But now I've been cooking way more than I can even eat. I've given away a lot of food that I've cooked and baked so far because I actually like the act of cooking more than eating the final results lol. Well I like eating it too but at the rate I make things it's way too much for just one person. So if we know each other in real life, I am happy to unload some of my cooked food for you if you'd like hahah. Every night before I go to bed I would watch a ton of cooking videos. I even watch videos on dishes that I likely would never make, but it's interesting to see how they are made. & also interesting to find out all the ingredients that go into what I eat.

The weather is slowly getting better so I've been going out more. In the photo above was the only hot day of the year so far (~30C degrees). My friend and I took an Uber to the CNE horse riding academy, then walked all the way back home (she lives in the same building as me). The walk was probably an hour long but it was so nice because of the weather..and we went along the water.

horse riding academy
horse riding academy
Here are some of the horses from the academy. I want to go horseback riding this summer, somewhere in the countrysides through a forest. I've never done it before but had always wanted to.

Louis Vuitton trunks
Issey Miyake bao bao
stellasport outfit
hummus paramount
Sugar Beach Toronto
Pizzeria Libretto margherita pizza
Toronto Union Station
The bright light beside Telus is actually the moon

Daft Punk Bearbricks potato stacks
One of the things I made so far..potato stacks

Cluny Bistro oyster bar
Dinner one night at Cluny Bistro. I love the interior designs of this place!

Cluny Bistro interior design
Cluny Bistro distillery
The drink I had was called "Marie Antoinette". It came topped with cotton candy in the shape of Marie Antoinette's hair. Then the server poured the liquid onto it so that it dissolved. I took a quick video of it here.

Cluny Bistro veal tomahawk
I ordered the veal meatball tomahawk with a side of gnocchi. Partly because I attempted to make gnocchi the night before this dinner and completely failed at it. It was also my first time cooking that night lol. Shouldn't have chosen such a difficult recipe. This gnocchi was good though.

leftbanked outfit
interior design shopping
Furniture shopping! I feel like it's an endless process

rebel toronto
My friend and I went for dinner one night, went our separate ways then spontaneously decided to head out again to Rebel. Before that night, neither of us had been there before and wanted to check it out. It's the largest club in Toronto and opened last year. It was a really fun night. I took a short video here

chicken sweet potatoes
chicken dinner
A couple dinners I've cooked. These are the more simple dishes. One is sweet pepper and garlic chicken with sweet potatoes and one is maple bbq chicken with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas.

lobster seafood dinner
papaya dessert
Mother's Day dinner at a seafood restaurant

Prada sandals
Biffs Bistro chicken
Taking advantage of the warm weather. Dinner on the Biff's Bistro patio.

salmon couscous beans
Another dinner I cooked with Pacific Chinook Salmon, Tricolour Couscous and Green Beans. This salmon is sooo delicious. The most expensive dish to make but worth it.

carrot cake
carrot cake
Last week I made a total of FOUR carrot cakes. I love baking. I feel I improved a bit each time I made it. I gave a lot of it away though..obviously I shouldn't consume four cakes in the span of one week. This week if my bananas are ready by then I will try banana bread. & apple cake.

FNL ROM
Last week I went to Friday Night Live at the ROM with my friend and his clients - a couple who just moved to Toronto from Paris! It was so much fun. This was my second ever time going to this event. The first time I went was with my sister for Halloween..many years ago/the first year the ROM held this event. I just dug up the old blog post here! This is why I love blogging - I can easily search back and reminisce hahah. FNL at the ROM is when the museum gets turned into a "club". They hold the event in several different rooms with different music/DJs/musicians in each room, along with food and drinks.

Friday Night Live ROM
Friday Night Live ROM

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5.16.2017

576. Suzhou | Din Tai Fung & Eslite Bookstore

Suzhou
I am way overdue for a new blog post, especially one from my Asia trip last year!! I am determined to finish the rest of the posts within the next 2 months before my next trip. I also really miss Asia and travelling in general, so until I'm able to go away again...it's nice to look back on my photos and reminisce.

During our days in Shanghai, it rained a LOT (we were at the tail end of a couple typhoons). On the rainiest day, we decided to do something indoors. My uncle brought my mom and I to Suzhou, which is a city beside Shanghai. I think we drove for about an hour. We were mainly going to visit Eslite Bookstore, which is more like a huge lifestyle department store than an actual bookstore. There were many floors and only one floor sold books actually. I really loved it there and wanted to buy so many things! Their products were all very unique and well designed. There were a lot of home products I wanted to get but everything was too big for me to carry home so I didn't get anything.

Eslite Suzhou staircase
Eslite bookstore
Eslite
Eslite Suzhou
Eslite
Eslite
Eslite staircase
Karl Lagerfeld doll
Karl Lagerfeld Eslite
Din Tai Fung
For lunch, we ate at the famous Din Tai Fung which is known for having the best "xiao long bao" (see pic below). I don't really like xiao long bao in general actually, so I preferred the other side dishes we ordered which were all very delicious. However if you do like xiao long bao...you would love these as they are really good!

Din Tai Fung xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
I love this drink! There's barley and some other things in there..whenever I visit Asia/Hong Kong especially, I order this at literally every restaurant we go!

Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung dessert
Dessert dumplings..yum!!

Din Tai Fung kitchen
Peeking into their kitchen

Florian caffe
I couldn't believe there was a Caffe Florian in Suzhou! The original one is in Venice (opened in 1720, aka the oldest cafe in the world) which I've never been to but I would always go to the one in London inside Harrods.

desserts
Suzhou
red Tesla X

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