638. Recent Life

leftbanked desk
Every time when I make a "recent life" post I either feel like typing a lot/getting somewhat personal, or having nothing to write at all. Tonight it's the latter. This is just for the sake of having some text here. Sometimes I wish I could go back to how my blog was a few years ago when I was more comfortable writing about every detail of my life lol.
So I've been making more of an effort to not have all my posts consist strictly of food photos. I think I'm getting better at it..slowly.

leftbanked dog walking
Warmer weather = more and longer dog walks! & more colours.

Crazy Rich Asians
My sister gave me this as one of my Christmas gifts a few months ago and I only got around to reading it this past weekend (prior to that I spent a lot of time catching up on my huuuuge stack of magazines which I was really behind on. I have that more under control now). This is the first fiction book I've read in a really long time. Several years ago I no longer had any interest in fiction books since I didn't have much time to read for leisure and I felt they were a waste of time. I usually just read non-fiction books and magazines if they contribute something to my knowledge/life but reading this provided some much needed stress relief. It's a pretty entertaining book and I can relate to some Chinese cultural things they talk about so that makes it even more interesting for me. I even went to buy the second one in the series today.

Starting to get back into cooking again.

Hennessy Pomeranian
Tower Club 1 King West
downward dog
The gym in my building is finally, finally open again!! It was under renovations for several months. It is a lot bigger than it used to be and there are more machines now. I thought it would take me awhile to get back into the routine of going but so far so good. I've been going every other day or every two days.
I took this photo above using self timer on my phone. After many attempts. I really hope they weren't watching me on the security cameras..I was setting it then running back to get in position, quickly doing a downward dog in time for the snap while trying to have a perfect form. All while hoping nobody would walk by and see hahah.

gym sandals
Oh and here are my "gym sandals" ;)

Toronto Financial District
King and Bay Toronto
Gyu Kaku
Dinner at Gyu-Kaku. Normally I don't like these places where you have to "cook your own food". But I really enjoyed this and their meats were all delicious!

Gyu Kaku
I was excited to see taiyaki on the menu but unfortunately it didn't taste that good. So I was inspired to go and get my own....

H Mart Food
I discovered this H Mart opened in downtown and within walking distance to my place. It's a Korean grocery store and they sell a lot of different Asian foods. I came in search of ice cream which I successfully found..and also found a lot of other things I wanted to buy and try. Many Asian foods and snacks that I used to eat when I was younger. I felt so nostalgic lol. I will definitely be going back a lot more.

Japanese drink
lychee candy
Hennessy Pomeranian
La Carnita tortilla chips
Dinner last night at La Carnita.

La Carnita corn
This corn was so good!! But messy to eat..

La Carnita tacos
Green Tea Black Sesame Ice Cream
Then late night dessert at home.

I realize now I wrote quite a lot in this post even though I said in the beginning I wouldn't hahah.



637. The Chase

The Chase Venison
We also went to The Chase for dinner one night last week. Despite living a couple block aways from this place, this was my first time there. I really loved it! The view is really beautiful and the atmosphere was nice. I got the venison. Last time I had it was during my trip to Vancouver and I ordered it as an appetizer at an aboriginal restaurant. I had been wanting to eat it again ever since. It's probably my favourite meat. I really enjoyed this one.

The Chase Toronto
The Chase Toronto
Our reservation that night was for 7:45pm. We were one of the first tables. It started getting busier past 9pm or so.

The Chase Toronto
The Chase Octopus
We got the Octopus appetizer to share. It was delicious.

The Chase Toronto



636. BlueBlood Steakhouse

Blueblood Steakhouse Toronto
For one of our dinners last week, my boyfriend and I went to BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma! I've been wanting to go for a long time because I love Casa Loma and the interiors of the restaurant are so beautiful. It was a great night and I always have good memories when we go there together :)

Blueblood Toronto
Blueblood cocktail
I got the "Down by the Bay" cocktail. It was nice and fruity.

Blueblood Beef Tartare
As an appetizer we got the Prime Steak Tartare, which was served in a bone marrow canoe. It was sooo good!!

Blueblood Casa Loma
For the mains we got a Canadian Prime Rib Eye (which our server really insisted we try)..it was good but I thought there was too much fat. We also got a Japanese Wagyu A5 Striploin which I was curious to try as the only other time I had it was in Macau before (which was my favourite steak). As accompaniments we got the creamed corn and mashed potatoes. We were way too full by the end.

Baked Alaska dessert
For dessert we had the Baked Alaska. I love this dessert and always get it (when it's available) at steakhouses. I love watching them make it. My favourite is still the one at Harbour Sixty though..since the outside is more like toasted marshmallow and inside it's hazelnut ice cream. Two of my favourite things!

Baked Alaska Blueblood
Casa Loma Blueblood



635. Recent Life | Chinese New Year

red packets CNY
Happy Chinese New Year!!

lucky candy chinese new year
The most common CNY candy which also happens to be my favourite.

dim sum
dim sum
Berczy Park
Kinka Izakaya
Pizzeria Liberetto
Epic Royal York dessert
roast chicken and potatoes
Made roast chicken and spherical potatoes the other night.

chicken and potatoes
Katana on Bay
Katana udon
Katana Coconut Bay
black sesame green tea ice cream

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