read: millionaire teacher

2 book posts in one week?! Craziness, I know but I had been waiting for the Millionaire Teacher from the library for months so I had to make sure I finished it and it was definitely worth the wait.

While I still think everyone should start with Wealthing Like Rabbits, as it’s the perfect introduction, I think Millionaire Teacher is the next book every young person should read. Millionaire Teacher is written by, fittingly, a Millionaire Teacher, who explains the basics of investing. I found it really help me understand the different types of stocks and bonds available and I’ve even decided to take his advice (wish me luck).

Even if you decide not to start investing the way he does, it’s an interesting perspective on the issues with stock markets and the problems with the attitudes people usually take when investing.

It’s a fairly quick read, if you’ve ever wanted a run down on investing, I would recommend reading the Millionaire Teacher, just be prepared for a long wait if you’re getting it from TPL.

dining out: miku

Now, I love me some all-you-can-eat sushi, rows of salmon and yam tempura rolls but we all know it’s not the best sushi. It’s perfectly serviceable but recently we treated ourselves to some real sushi and went to Miku. Miku is located downtown, on Queen’s Quay and is originally from the Vancouver area.

As with any sushi dinner, we started off with edamame, but garlic chili soy edamame, which was delicious but tremendously messy.

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I also tried the Kale Goma-ae, which was a kale salad, served in a similar style to a seaweed salad. It was very tasty, with a strong seseme flavour.

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My fiance had the miso marinated tofu salad, which I didn’t try because I’m not a fan of tofu but he really liked. He said the tofu was prepared perfectly. The salad was fairly large for an appetizer, easily could have been a meal with some apps on the side. He also had the prime rib for dinner, we had heard it was good, the meat was nice but the potatoes were amazing. I can’t even imagine how much butter were in them but they were tasty.

I had the sushi platter, chef’s choice with additional salmon torched sushis. I had the torched ones before and knew they were my favourite. I’ve decided next time, I’m only getting the torched ones – it’s my favourite part so why not make it the entire meal.

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I can’t believe we didn’t take a photo of dessert, we must have been too excited but it was absolutely beautiful. Everything that went by looked good but we finally settled on the ichogo mochi dome. It was probably one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, definitely the best dessert I’ve ever had in the city. It melted in your mouth, with the mochi and whipped cream made from condensed milk. It also had a walnut brown sugar cookie that provided the perfect little crunch. We shared dessert but both agreed that we would have to get our own next time, it was just too good (despite how full we were).

If you’re looking for a nice night out, I would definitely recommend Miku, the food and service is absolutely incredible.

read: girl on the train

I know, I’m waaaay behind on reading “Girl on the Train”, but it was available at the library for my ereader (which I’ve been having a ton of problems with but that’s a rant for another time). This book was slated as the next “Gone Girl” and I can see why. The story is set up in a narrative I really enjoy, with multiple people narrating different sections of the book.

The story is not surprisingly, about a girl who takes a train every day to work, passing by houses, and we’ve all done it, creating stories about the people she sees everyday, while also constantly passing her old house, where she lived with her ex-husband. She struggles to get her life on track after the divorce and looks to find purpose in her life again. The mystery around her life, her ex-husband’s life and the characters she creates makes for an interesting story with twists I definitely did not see coming. This was a novel that I had a hard time putting down and read really quickly.

So, if you’re behind like me and wondering if it’s worth picking up – I would recommend it, particularly if you like that style of novel.

thirsty thursday: beach lager

Greetings friends!

I know it’s been a looooooong time since I wrote a thirsty thursday but don’t worry, I’ve tried as many tasty beers as I could this summer. One of my favourite, easy-drinking beers is from a brewery in PEI, conveniently named the PEI Brewing Company. I first tried the PEI Brewing Company when I popped in last summer on my whirlwind trip down east. This summer, I was lucky enough to once again get my hands on Beach Chair Lager, which is now available in Beer Stores in Ontario.

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i also got this amazing hat

Even though I haven’t spent that much time on the beach this summer, I thought a backyard BBQ in the sun would be an appropriate place to crack open a Beach Chair. This refreshing lager is great for summer days as it’s not too heavy at 4.5% but still very flavourful.

If you’re looking for a great beer to wrap up the summer with (I know, don’t remind you), grab a few cans and soak it all in!

contest: toronto festival of beers!

It’s that time of year again, the Toronto Festival of Beers is just around the corner.

This year, the Toronto Festival of Beers is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, because well beer in Canada is amazing. There will be a #Canada150 pavilion with award winning beers, mashups and Canadian eats. I’m excited for this year’s event because there are a number of breweries on the list that I’ve never heard of, I love using festivals as a way to find out about new breweries and new beers that I might not be able to get in the city.

And this year, the Toronto Festival of Beer is expanding on their food offerings, with their #TasteTFOB Grilling Tent, featuring chefs from some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants.

And now for the real fun! I’m giving away two pairs of tickets for Sunday, July 30th. Enter below for your chance to bring your beer-loving-bestie to the biggest beer festival in the city!

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read: the other einstein

So, for my birthday last month, I got a present that I had been majorly hinting at – the kobo aura. I had wanted it so I could read books in bed without having to get up when I was done to turn off the light, or keep the lights on when my fiance was trying to sleep #firstworldproblems.
The first book I borrowed from the library was ‘the other einstein’, a historical fiction novel about Albert Einstein’s wife, Mileva Maric. A brilliant women, they met in university at a time when it was thought to be foolish for women to go to university. The story follows them throughout their marriage and her struggle with her desire to remain in the world of science while supporting her husband and children.
A very interesting novel, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of historical fiction.
What’s on your summer reading list?

getaway to kingston

I know, you’re probably thinking, Kingston? Why Kingston?

Well, there was a number a reasons. I wanted a little getaway, a short enough drive away and wanted to stay in Canada. We’ve done Niagara a bunch so this seemed like a fun way to mix it up. We were celebrating my fiance’s 30th, he likes history, waterfronts and eating, so Kingston was perfect.

We arrived around 10am, we knew we were too early to check in so we hopped on the hop-on-hop-off tour. Unfortunately it was pretty chilly in the morning so we didn’t hop-off but did the bus tour around Kingston. The tour was a little cheesy but it took us to all the sites we wanted to see, like the Royal Military College and the Kingston Penitentiary.

 

After the tour, we were hungry so we went to Harper’s Burger Bar, recommended by the hotel front desk (and later endorsed by many Queen’s alum on my Facebook). The burger was amazing, the bun was so good, like melt in your mouth good. I had the waffle fries, which were ok, I wish I had of just had the burger, but I’m usually weird like that.

We walked around Princess St, going in to lots of non-sense stores and bakeries. Once we were done there, we headed to city hall, where they were offering tours for free. It’s a neat building with a lot of history, and well, I can’t turn down a free tour. By this time, it was time to check in. We checked in to our beautiful (but pricey) room for the night. Since it was a special occasion, I splurged on a room at the Delta with a view. The city was very busy with convocations so I don’t think that helped the price tag. But the bed was lovely, the view was beautiful and the location was amazing.

After check-in, we headed to the oldest brewery in Ontario, the Kingston Brewing Company. I had the dark lager, which I loved and my fiance had their ale, which was also quite good. I also had their sangria which was made with the cider, and while it was no Cuban Sangria, it was also delicious.

Birthday brews at Ontario’s oldest brewery. #darklarger #ktown #kingston #ladiesdrinkcraft

We then went to an Irish pub to listen to jazz music (as you do). This was much more of a thing for my fiance but it was his birthday, the band was good, I just didn’t really know the music, whereas my fiance knew all the words. It was then time for our late night dinner. I made the reservations late, because I thought it was Kingston and it would be no big deal but apparently it gets really busy so we had to wait until 9pm to eat. A friend recommended the place, Wooden Heads and it got lots of great reviews online. From the website, I thought it was a more casual place but I figured it would be fine since the reviews were so good and it did not disappoint. It was also much nicer inside than the restaurant’s website would lead you to believe.


I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, the food was great. We ended the evening as we do at least one on every trip at the lobby bar of our hotel with old fashioned. They were out of their regular bourbon so we had the made a little fancier and they were so good. The perfect way to cap off the day.


The next morning we went for breakfast at Windmills, where my fiance had the apple pancake, which was almost like a full blown apple cake and I had the perogies and eggs, which came with home fries which was a bit of an overkill but it was very delicious. We walked around the farmer’s market and headed over to the Bellevue House, where Sir John A MacDonald lived for a year while he was in Kingston. We ended our trip with visiting his grave, closer to the highway, which was hard to find and not very well marked but my fiance was glad we made the trip.

So, TL:DR of this post is, if you’re looking for a quick getaway, love history, eating, drinking and/or waterfronts, Kingston is a great place to go!

contest: canadian sports film festival

It’s that time of year again! The Canadian Sports Film Festival is back for it’s 9th year, and I’m excited to be giving away passes again this year.

The festival takes place June 9th-11th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and will feature movies from all over the world, a number of them making their North American debut at the festival.

Tickets can be purchased online here but as I said, I’m giving away passes which gets you into every movie including opening and closing night!

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Good luck! Contest closes next Wednesday night, the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 8th!

bloggers who drink lagers take cuba!!

I have been struggling with the blog lately! I’m sorry, the photos have not been cooperating but I think I got it figured out but forgive me, there aren’t tons of photos!

So, if you had of asked me when I started blogging almost 5 years ago if I thought I’d be going to Cuba with bloggers I met through blogging, I would have thought you were crazy! But that’s what’s happening. So our little jogging group ended up a couple of years later in Cuba and it was great!

We traveled to Cuba for Happy or Hungry’s wedding! We were known to her friends as the bloggers, which was cute. I had never been to Cuba and it had been almost two years since my last all-inclusive and so I was excited. We stayed at the Quatro Palmas in Varadero, which is right ‘downtown’ Varadero. It was a smaller, older resort but it was perfect for our group. For the price, it was pretty great – and the food was decent. That’s what I always heard about Cuba, that the food is terrible and this was usually edible (sometimes good, the bread was fresh baked and so good).

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But with views like this, who cares what the food is like! We had varying degrees of good food, there was good-good, cuba-good and terrible. We did discover something we called a Cuban sangria. They asked us if we wanted sangria, and you never say no to sangria so we ordered a round. I could see from my seat the lady mixing it and I told the table, you don’t know what’s about to happen. It was red wine and sprite and it was delicious. I will definitely have that this summer! I guess it’s a red wine spritzer but I don’t think that’s normally a thing.

A couple of us also took a day trip to Havana and it was breathtaking. I had heard about the beautiful old American cars but nothing can describe how beautiful the architecture of Havana is.

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If you want to see some amazing Havana photos, check out Happy or Hungry’s wedding photos. They’re straight out of a bridal magazine, they’re unbelievable.

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We had a great time in Cuba, the sunshine, the ocean and the good times is just what I needed, I think there’s even talks of reunion trips this summer.

Have you been to Cuba? What was your favourite part?

world cocktail day with wyborowa

It’s world cocktail day! As if we needed an excuse! It’s a Saturday, the weather is tolerable and summer is just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a cocktail.

I had the opportunity to try Wyborowa, a rye based vodka from Poland. Canadian mixologist, Scott Barber from Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro created a number of cocktails with Wyborowa for world cocktail day.

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I tried Scott Barber’s Intrepid Spring:
1.5oz Wyborowa Vodka
1oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz lavender syrup
2 dashes of soda
4 muddled grapes

It was a refreshing drink and a smooth vodka, that can be paired with a great cocktail or sipped (if that’s your kind of thing). How are you celebrating world cocktail day?