11.30.2017

610. Recent Life

Brookfield Place Christmas
I can't believe it's already December!! This year flew by way too fast. I still remember celebrating New Year's last year like it was just yesterday..
I feel like I post the same photos of Christmas decorations around the city every year hahah. The city is already so festive but I'm not fully in the Christmas spirit yet. I think it's because we still didn't get snow. I actually wish it would come soon though so I can wear my new Moon Boots..also I'm waiting until the first snowfall to visit our Christmas Market which I am super excited for.

Brookfield Place Christmas
Christmas
Royal York Christmas staircase
Royal York Hotel Christmas
leftbanked moon boots
New Moon Boots. I got navy blue this time (my previous ones were shiny black)

Rossignol metallic coat
I love this!

Moncler windows
Moncler coats
Love the white coat as well. I am looking for a ski style white coat this year..I have a specific look in mind (similar to one I was going to get last year but they didn't have my size). I wonder if I'll go (attempt) skiing again this year..

leftbanked outfit mackage
eaton centre Christmas
eaton centre Christmas tree
Bearbrick Multicolor Ver 2
New Bearbricks! From my boyfriend on his recent trip to Japan.

Bearbricks
Canoe Toronto
adidas pharrell williams leggings
leftbanked outfit
salmon dinner
pomeranian hennessy
My dog has a pretty tough life

pomeranian hennessy
leftbanked outfit
dim sum
Finally satisfied my craving for dim sum yesterday/lunch with my mom

dumpling
dim sum
pumpkin congee
egg tart swallows nest
leftbanked smoothie
My detox smoothie from yesterday. I am also drinking today's/the same right now as I make this post.

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11.19.2017

609. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 19 - Return to Vancouver

Canada Place Vancouver
On the second last day of our Rockies Roadtrip, we drove all the way back from Jasper to Vancouver. After so many days on the road we became more experienced with long drives (well, my friends did as I didn't drive at all lol) so we made it back to Vancouver in a good amount of time and earlier than expected. As we were all leaving the following day, we stayed at the River Rock Casino Resort near the airport. I wanted to try the casino but unfortunately didn't have time. There wasn't anything too special about our stay there..just the highlight was an unpleasant experience with our housekeeper "B" hahha. I realized now I don't have any photos from the hotel..I could've sworn I took some so maybe I accidentally deleted them all. Hmm. Anyways, after arriving and checking in, we went to return our rental Jeep.

Afterwards we decided to go to our favourite Cactus Club at Coal Harbour for a final dinner. As always we had a really nice time. I really miss my friends now! After so many days together it was hard to say goodbye. I probably mentioned in the very beginning but I went on this trip with two of my friends from Luxembourg. It was our first time travelling together (my first trip ever with friends actually) and it was a LOT of fun. So many funny memories I will always remember. I will definitely have to visit them in Luxembourg next year.. :)

During the time we were there, it was when BC had a lot of forest wildfires. We were able to see some of them on our drives. The final day was the worst. The air got really smoggy and for some parts we couldn't see far out the window. In this photo below I think it was a factory fire though which literally just started moments before we passed by (as we were able to see the actual flames)

Vancouver fire
BC Wildfire
& in this photo above, you can see the smokey air. We could actually smell it too. It was lucky that it only happened on our final day though as otherwise we would've missed a lot of the beautiful scenery. We had the best weather and clear skies on all the previous days though.

Coal Harbour Vancouver
Coal Harbour
Cactus Club Coal Harbour
Cactus Club
Cactus Club bellini
Cactus Club Vancouver
Vancouver harbour
Globe
Canada 150
This will be my final Rockies Roadtrip post. I know it has stretched on long enough hahaha (since I came back to Toronto in August!) The final day/my flight back to Toronto is kind of a blur to me. I just remember having a nice long breakfast with my friends at the hotel then we all went to the airport and parted ways. This was an amazing trip though and I'm glad I got to explore (again) some more parts of my own country and Anouk and Dan were the best to travel with!

Next I still have to finish some of my Asia posts from last year. It feels like I didn't really do a lot of travelling this year. Well this was my only major trip this year but in the beginning of the year I was pretty busy with renovations. In the past a good or "bad" year (to be honest I never had any that was fully bad) was mostly based on how many trips I went on and how they were. This year was probably the best I've ever had in my life so far, based on a few other non-travel related events.

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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:

leftbanked outfit
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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