700. Vacation Plans, Chotto Matte & the new Royal York Hotel

Chotto Matte Toronto
Last week we went to the brand new Chotto Matte here in Toronto. They specialize in Nikkei cuisine; a fusion of Japanese dishes with Peruvian influences. Everything from the service to the drinks and food (taste and presentation) were all really good. I loved the yucca and sweet potato chips (even though they are super spicy), ceviche, corn and the sushi above the most. The owner of the chain happened to be there when we were, sitting at a table across from us. He very generously gave us a discount off our bill at the end. Probably because he saw us taking photos of everything lol.

Vacation Plans!
Since this is a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant I guess now is a good time to announce our next trip..we will be going to Peru!! I don't remember when exactly it was decided upon but it seems like a long time of planning already. We will be leaving next weekend and I'm super excited. I've never been to South America before and I'll be able to cross one thing off my bucket list - to visit the Amazon! We will be staying in a lodge in the rainforest for 6 days. Before that we will visit Lima, Paracas, Huacachina, Cusco, & Iquitos.

I've never planned a trip as extensively as this one so far. There is a lot of preparation and research involved like getting certain vaccinations, pills, how to dress in the Amazon, etc. After the trip I will make a series of (informative) blog posts of everything you need to know before visiting Peru. In the past my travel posts consisted mostly of photos but I'll try to do some guides this time. & eventually if I have time I will go back and do them all for the previous cities I've visited as well. I will try to do regular posts while there. Hopefully the internet connection is fast and reliable.

Anyways, here are some more photos from Chotto Matte and other random ones from the past weeks:

Chotto Matte ceviche
Chotto Matte salmon corn
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte Toronto
Chotto Matte bathroom art
Chotto Matte Toronto
Ice cream mochi
Chotto Matte Toronto
Hennessy Pomeranian
love life art
Miku drinks
Miku Toronto
Dinner at Miku. I feel I've posted this place so many times already lol.

The Royal York Hotel recently had a major transformation. They completely renovated the lobby, bar and dining area. If you've been following my blog for a long time you may know I used to come here a LOT before they closed for renos. Now they finally re-opened so I went to check it out. I think the lobby in the past was nicer (it was more historic and traditional style). Now it is more modern but it's still very beautiful.

The lobby bar is called CLOCKWORK and the main restaurant is called Reign. That night we had dinner at the restaurant then drinks and dessert at the lobby bar.

Reign Royal York
Royal York Hotel Reign
Royal York Hotel Reign
I love the colours of Reign - dark green, gold with lots of velvets. It's hard to see in my photos though.

Royal York Reign
leftbanked outfit
Hennessy Pomeranian
We the North
This is supposed to say "We the North".

Buca nodini
Dinner at Buca - the Yorkville location. Their Yorkville location has mostly seafood while the King West one has mostly meat. It was really good. I loved the nodini and my lobster pasta was pretty heavy but delicious.

Buca lobster pasta
Buca dessert
Cru TorontoDinner at Cru.

Cru Toronto
Smythe wrap blazers
Smythe royal blue blazer
Kiin TorontoLastly, to end an already food-filled post with a final one..here was dinner at Kiin.

Kiin Toronto
Kiin Toronto


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