5.14.2019

698. Recent Life | Yukashi, Madrina Bar y Tapas, etc

Yukashi Toronto
Now that I've finally completed all my Iceland 2.0 posts, I can finally get back to posting about my life..or more so, the restaurants I've visited/food I've eaten recently. I will start with the most beautiful dish from Yukashi. I would recommend one of the set menus and sitting at the counter so you can watch the chef meticulously prepare everything. Each course was delicious and so well presented. I really loved all the vegetables - they all tasted so fresh. Dessert was just a scoop of ice cream and matcha cookie. I was expecting/hoping for something more unique and extravagant though lol. It was a very nice experience overall!

Yukashi Toronto
Yukashi Toronto
Yukashi Toronto
Yukashi Toronto
Moon Boots
Putting away my Moon Boots for the season. I have gotten one pair each winter for the past three years.

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Lena ceviche
Lena Toronto
Dinner at Lena

Saku Toronto
Tried to have lunch at the new Raku, but the wait was too long so we ended up at Saku instead lol.

chocolate fondue
leftbanked Adidas outfit
Hotel X bar lounge
Toronto view from Hotel X
On a fairly warm day we walked all the way to Hotel X..had some drinks then walked back.

Madrina Bar y Tapas
Dinner at Madrina Bar y Tapas, a Spanish tapas restaurant. Everything was so good!! I particularly loved these:

Madrina Bar y Tapas
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Bearbricks Kaws
8lbs gym
Starbucks Onward
Harbour 60 Smoked Salmon
Harbour 60 Lobster Tail
Dinner at Harbour 60. I ordered a lobster tail. It was soooo good! I only managed to finish half though (and took the rest back home for breakfast the next morning hahah). I've had lobster dishes before (like in smaller pieces) but never a full lobster tail like this. I really loved it.

leftbanked outfit
Miku Sablefish
Dinner at Miku

Miku Toronto
Miku Green Tea Opera


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4.30.2019

697. Iceland 2.0 | Blue Lagoon, Icelandic Horses, Wow Air

Blue Lagoon
During the final two days in Iceland, we visited the Blue Lagoon and went Icelandic horseback riding. They were two things we wanted to do on our first trip but didn't get a chance to. I really loved the horseback riding! Blue Lagoon was a nice experience but it is an over-priced tourist trap (with everything together it was approximately $200 per person). It is something to do if there is time in the schedule but I don't think I would do it again. I heard that the other natural springs in Iceland are nicer and more worth it to visit.

pancakes
Starting the day with breakfast at our usual spot (Sandholt)

Icelandic Horse
We booked a few hours of horseback riding with Islenski Hesturinn. We went around beautiful volcanic landscapes. As I was too nervous to take any photos during the ride (in fear of falling off)..I don't have any of the scenery unfortunately. The guides took some photos and said they would be sending the photos to us soon though.

Icelandic Horse
Icelandic Horses
Icelandic Horses
Icelandic Horse
Here was my horse, Graumann!

Icelandic horseback riding
Jomfruin Reykjavik
After the horseback riding, we got back into the city in time for dinner. We went to a Danish/Scandinavian restaurant called Jomfruin. During our first trip to Reykjavik, we didn't get a chance to eat here (since we didn't reserve and they were fully booked on the night we went) but I really wanted to. I like Scandinavian cuisine. So this trip, I was excited for a chance to eat here. Unfortunately we ended up being very disappointed in it. I ordered a schnitzel and it was WAYYYY too salty. My boyfriend said his was the worst meal he had in Iceland lol. I guess my expectations were too high for this place.

Iceland
The following day, we visited the Blue Lagoon!

Iceland
Blue Lagoon
It was nice and relaxing being in the very warm water, surrounded by extremely cold temperatures.

Blue Lagoon
Geiri Smart Reykjavik
Geiri Smart Reykjavik
Dinner at Geiri Smart that night. The food was delicious but I remember being extremely sleepy since we ate pretty late lol.

Fairmont MacDonald
I'm sure you know by now about the abrupt closer of Wow Air. We had booked with them for this trip and the airline shuts down the day before our departure back to Toronto. It created a lot of stress for a few hours. We found this out the morning before visiting the Blue Lagoon, so we had limited time to frantically search for alternate flights/routes back home (entrance to the Blue Lagoon is pre-booked and timed so it's not flexible). At the last minute before catching the shuttle bus to the Lagoon, we were able to book tickets to fly to Edmonton, then back to Toronto the following day. We wasted a couple thousand dollars due to this but I guess it will be a memorable experience lol. As I always try to look for the positive in any situation, I know this could have been a LOT worse. For example if we were to find out the airline shut down while we were at the airport already, or flying that day. I heard a lot of people were stranded at the airport. The airline didn't announce their closure at first - the flights just kept getting "delayed" while people were waiting for it, then they eventually find out the airline shut down. Also if we didn't have the option to fly to Edmonton we would have had to spend way more on booking a last minute flight.

Leaving Reykjavik was pretty hectic though. At the airport at one point, their security system shut down due to the high volume and I was stuck in the customs line for awhile wondering if I'd miss the flight to Edmonton. Everything worked out though and we had a really nice seat on the flight.

There really isn't anything to do at all in Edmonton. The streets were very deserted and pretty sketchy. We stayed at the Fairmont MacDonald downtown and spent the majority of our time there at the hotel. We had breakfast with the Anaheim Ducks (well not "with" them, but some of them were there eating as well as they had a game against the Edmonton Oilers that night). After one night there, we flew back to Toronto.

& that concludes our second trip to Iceland! Even with the horrible Wow Air experience (for the second time)..and not seeing the Northern Lights again..I really had an amazing time!!

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4.22.2019

696. Iceland 2.0 | Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

leftbanked despacito Iceland
After visiting the ice cave, we explored Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach. Seeing the glaciers was my favourite. I really loved the contrast of blues and whites (I guess that's also why I love Greece/Santorini). I also hope to visit the Arctic someday to see the towering glaciers.

Jokulsarlon is the deepest lake in Iceland (~250 metres deep) and some of the icebergs are over 1000 years old.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
leftbanked despacito Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is a black sand beach where some of the icebergs have washed ashore.

Diamond Beach Iceland
Diamond Beach Iceland
Diamond Beach Iceland
Diamond Beach Iceland
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
leftbanked Iceland
Seeing the lagoon from above. It was quite windy lol..

Iceland road

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