Foodie February! Favorite Restaunts In Toronto.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Foodie February! I apologize for the lack of posts for this month’s theme, but not to worry I will have plenty of posts coming up this week.

Today I want to share with you my favorite go to restaurants in the city, that I’ve been visiting frequently over the years.

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Let’s begin.

1 Pickle Barrel.

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Pickle Barrel is a restaurant I’ve been visiting for years, and I absolutely love it. When I was a university student, there was a location near my campus and I would go there often with friends and family. This restaurant is very affordable, the food is fresh and delicious. In addition, if you need to make some changes to your meal and if you have any allergies or intolerances they are flexible in making the food to suit your taste. If you are on a budget, this is the place to go.

2. Cibo Restaurant.

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I am a huge lover of Italian cuisine, and one of my favorite Italian restaurants is Cibo. The food is absolutely delicious, and I typically go for brunch when they have a buffet style setup. Cibo usually offers Groupon coupons for two people, because it can be quite pricey for one person. I love the food, and I feel like I’ve taken a trip to Italy. If you are in the mood for a fancy day out and treat yourself then this is the place to visit.

3. Sushi Sky.

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I love Asian cuisine, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Filipino food. Sushi Sky is an all you can eat restaurant in downtown Toronto if I can recall correctly the cost for the lunch menu is $13 and $20 for the dinner menu. You can order more than just sushi and the food is delicious. You can get sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, teriyaki meat and more. I am very particular about the freshness of the sushi I eat and this place gets a two thumbs up.

4. Spoon & Fork.

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If you are a lover of Thai and Japanese food, this is the place to visit. I love their pad thai and of course, I go mainly for the all you can eat sushi. The service is fast and the food is delicious. I started coming here five years ago and I love their food!

5. Pizzeria Libretto.

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If you are in the mood for pizza this is a great place to visit, the pizza is so delicious and it feels like it melts in your mouth. With great confidence, I can say that this is the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time. They offer a great variety of topics, so I highly recommend this place.

6. Calii Love.

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This place is a bit more down to earth and casual, which is more my style and the food is healthy and delicious.

7. Kinton Ramen.

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Kinton Ramen offer a variety of ramen. My favorite is the classic ramen, I love ordering the miso ramen. The place is clean and the ramen tastes very fresh. The staff is also very welcoming and service is fast.

8. Asian Bowl.

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Asian Bowl offers Pan-Asian dishes, I started coming here three years ago and I love the variety of the delicious dishes they offer. Asian Bowl is located near Dundas Square and you have an access to Eaton Centre.

9. Luma Restaurant.

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This restaurant is on the upper scale of restaurants, but I enjoy their food during Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Those are an event when you order a three-course meal for half the price. The food I had was so delicious and I love going back there whenever I can.

10. Sushi 2 Go.

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Sushi 2 Go is a restaurant I’ve been visiting since my university days, I mainly go for their sushi but they also have a delicious salmon teriyaki. The prices are reasonable and the food is fresh.

That is all for my list of favorite restaurants in the city, let me know where you like to eat out.

Thank you so much for reading and see you soon!

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How to survive winter in Toronto!

Some people love winter, while others don’t. Especially Canadian winter! Canadian winters are known for their harsh temperatures, especially in the northern part of Canada. I am not a Canadian born, but I do come from a country with four seasons and our winters were never this extreme.

Over the years I noticed I hibernate a lot from January to April, and here the winter season lasts longer. It can get boring to stay at home all the time, so I decided to put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of ways to survive winter in Toronto. This list can be also helpful for anyone suffering from Season Affective Disorder.

Let’s take a look.

1. Catch a movie at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox has a unique selection of films to see, and if you are a TIFF volunteer then you have vouchers to redeem. The cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox are cozy, they also have the concession stand and the TIFF Lounge. For example, you got there early and there are some minutes to spare before you go in the cinema. Go to the TIFF Lounge and enjoy a beverage, sit by the window and enjoy the view of King Street. By the way, you don’t have to order anything, you can just sit there and enjoy your time. In the building, there is also Luma restaurant, the Canteen, and a gift shop. You can also go to a regular movie theatre 🙂

2. Indoor Mimico Skating Rink.

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u skate you can warm up quickly, but if you prefer to do this indoors head down to the Mimico Arena. Oh, and did I mention that it is free? It’s better to go out on a Friday night and enjoy some skating.

3. Find cute coffee shops.

The good thing about Toronto is the dynamic lifestyle. You will find so many aesthetically pleasing coffee shops. You can grab some coffee, or tea and a yummy dessert. Enjoy your time there with a good book or bring your laptop to do some work or watch some Netflix. Some coffee shops to visit are:

Himalayan Coffee House

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This coffee house creates the cutest coffee art!

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Dineen Coffee Co.

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Manic Coffee

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Boxcar Social

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Balzac’s

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Sense Appeal Cofee Roasters

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Neo Coffee Bar

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Of course, there are more coffee shops to explore, but these are a few options.

4. Going to the Toronto Reference Library.

I am a bookworm, and I love discovering new books to read. I still love going to the library, when I immigrated to Canada I used to go all the time because I didn’t have a computer. Now I continue to go but I like to explore the history and geography section. Lately, I’ve been interested in learning more about the world. So while you are there, grab a good book and sit there for hours reading. You’ll be nice and toasty, don’t forget to bring a snack with you too. In fact, any Toronto Public Library will be a good choice. another unique library to visit is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library which is a library in the University of Toronto.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

5. Trampoline Park.

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If you want to have some real fun, I recommend going to the trampoline park. Go with your friends and feel like a kid again. This is also a great way to get rid of the winter blues and have some fun. The most popular trampoline parks to visit are Skyzone and Air Riderz.

5. Comedy clubs

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If you’re in the mood for some fun entertainment, check out the comedy clubs in the city. There are so many comedy clubs to choose from and if you want a cheaper deal, Groupon is your best resource. Laughing until your stomach hurts is the best way to cure your winter blues. Some comedy clubs to visit are Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, Comedy Club, Bad Dog Comedy Theater, Social Capital Theater, The Corner, Rivoli and 120 Diner.

6. Going bowling.

Another fun activity to do in the winter is to go bowling, spend time with family and friends and have some fun. There are some bowling places in the city and here is a list:

Bathurst Bowlerama, Rexdale Bowlerama, The Ballroom, Playtime Bowl, Planet Bowl, Parkway Bowl, North Park Bowl, Newtonbrook Bowlerama, Kennedy Bowl, Danforth Bowl, C4Centre Bowling and All-Star Interactive.

Some of you may say I missed adding West Bowlerama to the list, but I recently found out that location will close permanently. That’s okay because there is much more to choose from.

8. Going out to see a music show.

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We are so lucky in Toronto to have so many entertaining music venues. Here are a few suggestions:

Roy Thompson Hall, The Royal Conservatory, The Rex (jazz and blues club), The Canadian Music Centre (they offer very affordable tickets), Lee’s Palace (for rock music lovers), The Garrison (for indie music lovers), and Clinton’s Tavern (it has indie music, karaoke and 60s/90s dance nights.

These are a few venues but there are many, many more.

9. Going to see some art and history.

 

If you are interested in arts and culture, Toronto has got you covered. The downtown core is buzzing with venues for culture lovers. Here are a few suggestions:

AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Rom (The Royal Ontario Museum), Aga Khan Museum, The Music Gallery, Bata Shoe Museum, Gardner Museum, and so much more!

I’ve always loved going to museums and galleries!

10. Going to karaoke.

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I love singing so naturally I love going to karaoke venues. It is a great way to spend some time with friends and bring some snacks. Here are a few suggestions:

XO Karaoke, Bar + Karaoke (one of my favorites), Freezone Karaoke, and many more.
Happy singing!🎤

11. Netflix, Dance, and Relaxing.

 

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Now, this is not a location in Toronto, but if you really don’t want to go out, staying home and creating a fun atmosphere can cure your winter blues too. Find your favorite show, or pick a new one and snuggle in your bed with some tea and a delicious snack. Find a fun Youtube video and dance your heart out, you’ll get those happy endorphins. Open your blinds or curtains, let in some light, and just relax. I know how to have fun at home and enjoy my time alone, so if you guys want a post dedicated to that, please comment below.

Honourable mentions:

Ripley’s Aquarium, Gladstone Hotel, The Drake, and The Ballroom.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! My next post will be part of my Self Care January segment and it will be published this week.

See you soon!

Life Through a Lens!

Hi everyone,

I’m back again with another photography post! I’ve been working very hard, studying photography to improve my art. I’ve put together this post to show some of my recent work. I hope you all enjoy these photos!

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Distillery District, Toronto

  

St. Nathan Phillips Square

 

Humber River


  

Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon

 

That anticipation of going somewhere new!

 

Yorkville, Toronto

I hope you all enjoyed these photos, let me know which one stood out to you.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough Tour 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while, my apologies for keeping you waiting but I have a brand new post for you so I hope that makes up for the wait 🙂

For those of you who are new to my blog I am not a professional music critic. Simply love music so much that I want to write my thoughts and opinions about albums, songs, and performances. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today I will talk to you guys about the Lindsey Stirling performance I saw this Tuesday. Lindsey Stirling is one of the most innovative and creative violinist of our time. This may sound like an exaggeration, but go on over to her YouTube channel and you will be blown away by her talent.

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Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough, album cover.

Before I get into the good stuff, I want to give you guys a brief background information about Lindsey. Lindsey Stirling was born on September 21, 1986 she is an electronic classical performance artist. She combines both genres of music and dances while playing the violin, as you can imagine it takes a lot of stamina to be able to do that but she makes it look so effortless. Lindsey decided in 2010 to appear on America’s Got Talent, but she got voted off further into the show and was told she wouldn’t be able to sell out any shows with this kind of music. She then took her music YouTube, cinematographer David Gray reached out to Lindsey in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. From there her music started to take off and slowly she gain more following. She has released three albums and her first release was her self-titled album Lindsey Stirling. She has performed with many amazing singers such as Celine Dion, and she won a Billboard Award for Top Dance Electronic album. Do I need to say more, she is quite amazing!

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Lindsey Stirling, along side Celine Dion at the 2016 Billboard Awards!

I’m going to give you a breakdown of what the concert was like and what to expect if you are attending her. The concert began with Shawn Hook as the opening act, who is also a fellow Canadian. He has performed with Elton John, so he is someone to look out for in the future. If I can recall correctly, he performed about 4-5 songs, including his famous single, “Sound of Your Heart”. He had great vocals, very clear and not auto-tuned at all and his piano skills were on point. The show began at 8:00pm, Shawn performed until 8:30pm and then we had a half an hour intermission.

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At 9 o’clock, the star of the night appeared on stage, she performed her song “Pheonix” and it was an electrifying introduction. The stage looked incredible, three screens were set up and on top the Brave Enough logo could be seen.

The costumes and stage effects were quite impressive, in front of the main stage there was a net-like looking screen that was brought down. On that screen special effects were projected, such as leaves falling down or the effects of rain. It was definitely a very unique visual experience. Seeing Lindsey perform on stage you can see she definitely has the charisma and the energy to keep the audience engaged. She loves what she does for a living and this is her passion. The skill of dancing and playing the violin at the same time can be a very hard but she manages to pull it off very well. Lindsey Stirling is a very down to earth person who engaged with the audience and had conversations with them. She put together a little skit that supposedly was filmed backstage, it was quite funny and we were all laughing. Lindsey along with her drummer and guitar player, came out onstage with child sized music instruments and played a song or two. That just goes to show even with a child’s toy she can still pull it off.

After the skit Lindsey took the time to talk about one of her crew members, Gavi, who passed away of cancer. She talked about how hard it was for her to deal with this loss and how she’s overcoming it. She performed a tribute song for Gavi with a special video montage she put together of him. After this tribute performance, Lindsey talked about a song that Gavi and her started writing together before he passed away. They couldn’t finish it so she said that she worked very hard and she felt that she had Gavi’s support from up above to finish the song. It was very touching performance. Afterwards, Lindsay changed costumes and played a few more songs before ending the show. When she performed her song, “Arena”, she talked about the adversity she faced when she was told that she will not be able to make it as a musician. Her positive message to anyone in the audience who had any special talents was never to give up and never to let anyone tell them that they cannot do it. Instead she said to use it as a way to get back up there and fight for what you are born to do. It was such a great message and it really hits close to home for me personally, because I have lots of aspirations and dreams for the entertainment industry. After she left the stage everybody were yelling encore, encore, we all wanted to see her back on stage and she came back for one final performance of “Roundtable Rival”.

What am I going take away from this concert experience? I have learned that being persistent to chase your dreams is vital. Never give up, Lindsey didn’t and now she is a star. Make sure you visit her YouTube channel, you are in for a treat!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

 

Music Monday! F(x) – All Mine

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. Life for me has been very busy lately, because I recently returned from a trip to the West Coast.

It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had and it was a much needed one too. My friend and I went on a road trip to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. You bet there was a lot of music playing in the car to keep us entertained.

Today I want to share one of my favorite songs from the road trip, of course it’s a Kpop song. The Korean pop group, F(x) released their single “All Mine” on July 22, 2016.

The music video was produced and edited by fellow group member, Amber. The music video features all four member holding a camera on their own, at an individual setting. The music video feels more intimate and down to Earth, without the high-end production value. Nowadays, that’s more to my liking because it feels more natural and simple.
The song is a funky EDM inspired track, which is part of SM Entertainment’s new feature, SM Station. SM Station releases more EDM inspired tracks, and as a EDM fan this is a major A+ in my books. “All Mine” is wonderful song with a cheerful upbeat tune, that’ll make get up and dance. This is officially my summer song of 2016!

What’s yours? Tell me in the comments box below and don’t forget to tell me if you like this song 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog, make sure you go to visit my lifestyle blog to read about my travelling adventures.

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See you soon with a much anticipated photography post!

Life Through a Lens!

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share a few of my newest photography, I will have more for you next month because I’m going on vacation.

For now, please enjoy these photos 🙂

   
    
    
    
   
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

See you soon!

Scarborough Bluff Park! Your mini gateway from the city.

Who says you need to travel far to go on vacation, if you take the time to explore, you will find some amazing spots near Toronto.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go down to Scarborough Bluff Park with a friend to do some hiking. The scenery and the overall dynamic of this small sanctuary near our city was stunning. The best way to travel to the park is with a car because it is faster and convenient, but the TTC (bus 12) is an option too.

While I was there I made sure to capture the beauty of the nature, the beach and overall dynamic of the park. Luckily it was sunny day, and there were many people enjoying the beauty of the park.

Enjoy the photos and let me know if you’ve been to Scarborough Bluff Park!


  
  
  
  
  

See you soon!

Note: Please be advised that my photos are copyrighted with a watermark. Thank you 🙂