Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pukka [Holiday Season - Indian]

This is my 3rd visit to Pukka (@pukkatoronto) and that show how much I enjoy this place to be back again (see post here and here).

I find that there was a lot of improvement compare to my first two visit and their menu changed quite a bit but some of he dishes that I didn't like before had a major improvement. Great Job!!!

Eggplant Tartare $8.70
~ tandoori smoked + khasta roti
This time the khasta roti was crisp and this was a light great start to the meal. I usually find Indian dishes to be rather heavy but they have lighter options here at Pukka which I love.

String Chaat $9.60
~ string vegetables, sprouts, rice crisps, pomegranate, mango, chutneys + yoghurts
Not sure if the ratio of the ingredients or what they changed, this was a lot tastier than when I had it during my first vist. Love the refreshing taste and flavors from the mango and pop of juices from the pomegranate.
Tandoori Chicken Tikka $13.50
~ herb-infused + tamarind chutney
Was a bit thrown off by the green color but it was moist and so yummy. They only blended fresh herbs and yogurt for the marinade, no dozens of spices involve. Simple yummy goodness.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Parlor Foods & Co. [Canadian]

Ben ask me recently what's Canadian cuisine really? Same as American? We were trying to think of dishes that's originated from Canada and trust me, our list was rather short... So I remember the recently opened Parlor Foods & Co. (@parlorfoods). Seeing the menu, I guess Canadian cuisine is more about the ingredients than the dish itself... what you think?

Love the entryway of wood logs, I was already expecting to be transported to a rustic Muskoka cabin and indeed... love the high barn board tables and the coffee burlap sacks covering the ceiling

They do not have a menu online since it changes daily depending on the ingredients of the day.

Heard that their cocktails are amazing, so I just had to try but I had to say good job on the all local wine list.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Han Ba Tang [Korean]

I am a huge fan of Korean food so much so that Ben always says that I must be a Korean in my previous life, so I was thrilled when I was invited to one of the newest addition to the Yonge and Sheppard area, Han Ba Tang (@Han_Ba_Tang) media tasting.

The place is quite easy to miss since they only have their Korean sign since they wanted to preserve the storefront green tile sign that ceased production back in the 40's.

As soon as we walk in the place, I felt in love with the décor that looks like everything have been found at an Antique Market... love the vintage-ness. They described their décor as "industrial vintage" with the expose brick walls, worn floor tiles, reclaimed wood.... there's just quite a few pieces that I would love to own (^_<)

Han Ba Tang translate to "one full round"
Soju cup shaped light sign, what a great attention to the details which if I wasn't told wouldn't have notice although I took a few picture of it already ♥

So warm and inviting!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Here & There [Las Vegas]

When we go on vacation, we try to get the earliest flight possible even if it's slightly more expensive since I do not want to waste a day of my vacation and also not to waste the night of hotel stay. If you arrive at your destination later, you may need to stay an extra night which means paying an extra hotel night. So we got our tickets for 7:30am which basically means waking up in the middle of the night to make it to the airport (as you can see the sleepy face on the picture to the left).

This post will mostly be pictures that we took here & there in Vegas that I want to share and also share some tips that I learn from this trip.
(first time seeing a rainbow on the plane)

As you may already know, I was in Vegas back in October for friends' wedding and also an excuse for a getaway, but frankly there's really not much to do except gambling or clubbing/partying.. which I do neither, I am a total retired party girl.
(have to see Vegas both day & night which can be totally different)

So I did what I love most, eat & shop. We were there for 4 days and I got to spend time with the bride-to-be + the girls and with time left to spend with Ben. Me and Ben end up walking and explore the whole strip, it took us 2 days to be exact and it was definitely a lot of walking... so make sure to wear super comfy shoes and a fold up flats is totally necessary for night out in heels (trust me I learned it the hard way).
(love the older light sign from the older hotels)

Although I took my fair share of taxi with the girls, when going out with Ben we mostly took the Monorail which is cheaper and pretty convenient since there's a stop at our hotel (post here). Depending how long you are staying, there's 1 to 7 day unlimited tickets and we got the unlimited 4 day pass for $36 only... and the good thing about them is that they start from the hour you bought them and not the day of which we have been able to use on our 5th day morning for our last ride to the airport (we stayed on the North End of the strip, so we ride to MGM to catch a cab to the airport which is so much closer - $40 vs $15)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Coca-Cola World [Las Vegas]

Being the tourist that we are, we just have to go to the typical M&M Shops and Coca-Cola World, hopefully to get some gifts for friends and family back home.

But we were surprise to find a snack bar on the second floor and for $7 you get 4 ounces of 16 sodas from around the world. I am definitely not a soda drinker but thought this was rather fun and probably one of the cheapest activity you can find on the strip (^_<)

Taste of the World 
Tray One:
Inca Kola from Peru; Fanta Pineapple from Greece; Stoney Tangawizi from Tanzania; Sprite Ice from Korea; Thums Up from India; Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand; Smart Watermelon from China & Crush Lemon from Bahrain
Tray Two:
Lift Manzana from Mexico; Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica; Bibo Kiwi Mango from South Africa; Sunfill Mint from Djibouti; Smart Apple from China; Beverly from Italy & Mezzo Mix from Germany

This was more than enough for 4 people to share and it quite fun, it's like tasting different cuisine and you could definitely taste the influence of each cuisine in these drinks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Craftmas Beer Experience [CONTEST]


I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 
Hoppy Holidays! Warm up this season with the inaugural Craftmas Beer Experience at District 28 , one of the newest, coolest venues in Toronto! For those of you who have craft beer on your Christmas wish list, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be stuffing your stocking with the golden beverage at this event! Each brewery will feature something festive whether it be a one-off cask, a holiday seasonal brew or a Yuletide beer cocktail
28 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON, M4M 2M8
 Date & Time:
Thursday Dec 4, 2014 at 6pm-11pm

Ticket Details:  
$25 in advance (Include 5 Sample vouchers) & $35 at the door
Get your tickets here ASAP
Promo Code: 
Enter HOPPYHOLIDAYSFB to receive a complimentary Tallboy with advance tickets purchase online

Good Luck!!!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio [Las Vegas]

Drop by Bellagio and can't resit not to try Jean Philippe Patisserie. It is a European style pastry shop by World Pastry Champion Chef Jean Philippe Maury.

The famous chocolate fountain that everyone probably have seen a picture of before.

Everything look so good but too bad we are already so full, so we only got to choose one....