eggspectation at the eaton centre

Had to meet a girlfriend for brunch, as we all know most of the great brunches are on sunday so I wasn’t sure what I’d do on a saturday.
We decided to go to eggspectation, so we could wander around the eaton centre after eating. It was much more cafe-style than I expected,  for whatever reason I was expecting a fancier place. Regardless,  my meal was delicious. I had the eggs florentine, and really enjoyed it. My meal including drink, tax and tip was about $18.50. I definitely have to go back, they had such large menu it was so hard to decide what to have. I would recommend this place if you’re looking for a quick all day breakfast in that neighborhood, but want a little fancier than frans. Happy brunching!

first thursday at the ago

So, I haven’t been to the AGO in years. Like most people, the last time I was there was on some long ago-forgotten field trip, long before the renovations. I’m not a huge art gallery fan, I always feel like I’m not appreciating the art enough but I heard about First Thursday, it sounded more up my alley. 

The first Thursday of every month the AGO re-opens at 7pm – there is special exhibits, bars, food and live entertainment. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12+$2 service fee online in advance. The regular price for the gallery is $19.50, so it is worth it if you don’t want to spend the entire day at the gallery. Drinks were what you’d pay at a regular bar, about $6-$7/piece, depending on what you wanted. The food was small, appetizer sized – we had cripsy noodles and chicken as well as a steamed bun with chicken, it was $5 total. They also had a selection of desserts. It definitely wasn’t a meal but it was delicious and a good amount just to munch on. Only the first and second floor are open during this time and as we were walking around they closed part of the second floor off, at about 9:45 – it seemed a little odd. The gallery was pretty busy and expect to stand in line, outside, even if you’ve purchased tickets in advance. It is a 19+ event but the crowd was definitely a mix. Art galleries have the reputation of being very quiet and a little empty (unless there is something famous on display) and so it was interesting to see basically the complete opposite, loud music and a lot of people, a real mix of people as well. 

As I said, I hadn’t been to the AGO in years and I must say, I really enjoyed it. They even had a few stations where you could “create-your-own” pieces. We did one, related to their Ai Weiwei exhibit, where we created posters of what we stand for. 

Selection of “I Stand For” Posters
I would definitely recommend getting out to a First Thursday, it was fun and something new to do in the city. 

do you want to order food from an ipad?

Then Kiku is for you. This sushi restaurant opened near my work in Markham. They also have a location at Leslie & York Mills (but I’ve heard they don’t have the ipads). I’ve only recently started eating sushi, I’m slowly coming around so my co-worker and I decided to try this place out. Our lunch was all-you-can-eat (I assume that’s the only way people ever eat sushi?) and it was $14.50. All menu items were ordered using the ipad, it was pretty neat. I really liked it because it had clear pictures of the items, sometimes I mix up crazy and crazy dragon – or whatever they are – again, not a sushi expert. The pictures help me not order the wrong thing. As a sushi-novice, it is appreciated. Our food came fairly quickly and it was delicious. I recently went to a sushi place where the rolls were falling apart by the time they got to my table. The rolls were served in the typical 6-8 roll servings but pieces like tempura, dumplings and other small items were served in ones. It actually worked great because I may want yam tempura but not want 4 pieces, I thought that was great. We also got dessert, I opted for the chocolate mousse because I had obviously eaten too much and it really hit the spot. It was sweet and small, just what I needed. The decor was typical of sushi places I’ve been in the city and in Markham. They also had a group area where guests would sit on cushions on the floor, that could be fun for a group or birthday. 
 
If you’re looking for a fun place with good food, I’d recommend Kiku for your next sushi craving. 
 
 
iPad used for ordering

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thai food on eglinton

I love thai food and am often reluctant to try new places because I hate when it isn’t good. 

Tonight we tried Lime on Eglinton, between Yonge and Mount Pleasant. I really enjoyed it. We had vegetable and chicken spring rolls and shared the thai chili cashew chicken, thai coconut-peanut chicken and classic street-side shrimp pad thai. It was obvious that the spring rolls were made from scratch, I hate when you can tell that they were frozen and they come out mucky. The thai chili cashew chicken had lots of chicken and plenty of vegetables, it wasn’t actually spicy unless you actually ate the chilis. The coconut-peanut chicken was pretty good, even though I’m not a huge coconut fan and the pad thai was how I like my pad thai, fairly saucy but not too tomatoey (like spring rolls, most people know I hate spring rolls pad thai). We were four people and this was a reasonable amount of food, we maybe could have had a bit more but it really wouldn’t have been necessary. The meals were reasonably priced as well, with most dishes on the menu between $10.95-$13.95, they also have a great lunch special menu. I would recommend this place when you’re uptown, looking for a nice place to have a reasonably priced meal. Happy eating!

september is here!

Time for the cliche “I don’t know where the summer has gone”, every year it seems to get shorter and shorter, even though I’m not sure that is possible.

I love the summer, and the fall coming means that winter is coming. I’m trying not to be too upset about it. I will instead share the things I am excited to do in September. There’s so much going on in the city and that will help me not miss summer (too much).

This Thursday, I will be attending the AGO’s First Thursday for the first time. This is when they open up the AGO after hours, apparently there is DJs and a cash bar – really, its my kind of art experience. I will definitely be blogging about my experience.

Starting September 13th, it is Toronto Beer Week. I’m not sure how I never knew this existed in Toronto, I’m obviously a beer fan! I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been able to pick out what I will be doing because there is just so much but I promise to share my experience. 

September 20th, I’ll be seeing Sarah Silverman at JFL42. I’ve never attended Just for Laughs in Toronto. We also get to pick 4 smaller acts. I’m pretty excited because I love stand-up comedy. 

I know the focus is on September but I also want to mention an event I’ll be attending in October. The Delicious Food Show is happening the weekend of October 25th. There is a Buytopia deal for tickets until midnight tonight.

I hope that everyone finds some awesome events to usher them into fall, I’m sure a lot will revolve around TIFF coming up next weekend. If you know events I should be checking out, leave a comment. Happy September!

my beauty pick: sephora lip stain

I am very bad at finding lipsticks that stay on and that I actually like. These stains are a little heavy but not too bad. I’m sure if you were used to wearing lipstick on a daily basis they wouldn’t feel so heavy. I like the darker colour for fall and winter and like the lighter one for the spring and summer. I love these because they don’t come off very easily. I find that if I eat or drink for a few hours, I have to reapply to the centre of my lips, otherwise, it stays on there no problem. You do need a make up remover to take it off because it is really on there. 

I also hate paying a lot of money for cosmetics. There are somethings I’ll “splurge” on, but even then it usually means like than $35. I like the price tag on these most of them are $15. 



10 – Everlasting Burgandy & 03 Strawberry Kissed

I like the ‘everlasting burgandy’ for the cooler times of year and the ‘strawberry kissed’ for spring and summer. They have a total of 10 shades, some are a bit too adventurous for me, although I think purple is in for the fall. Check them out, let me know what you think or if you have any other make up favourites!

well they said it would be hot

I tried hot yoga for the first time today, it was definitely an experience. We were met with a warm welcome (no pun intended)  we registered and picked our spots. It was so hot. It was already 40 degrees and I’m sure the floors were heated. It was a 90 minute class, I think a 60 minute class would have been less overwhelming. We were just about to finish the warm up and I was already feeling ill. They tell you to try your hardest to stay in the room, even if you aren’t doing anything. I found it even difficult to lie on the floor because it was heated. At about the 50 minute mark I started to feel short of breath. I went to sit on the bench outside. The person in reception talked me into going back in, that it’ll be a litte easier every time if I just stay in. So I went back in. I found it difficult to do a lot of the poses, not really because of the heat, more because I was absolutely doing with sweat, sexy I know. I kept slipping out of position.
I’m pretty sure by the end it was around 47 degrees. It was crazy. Everyone who is into it says I need to go back. Luckily I signed up with a friend,  I don’t know if I could survive this trial month alone. 

buytopia – quickly becoming my favourite deal site

There are so many out there right now. They all have their pros and cons and are all a little different. I recently discovered Buytopia through Ebates (maybe you can tell, I really like Ebates). What originally caught my eye was the fact they gave 12% cash back. It is a promotion, normally it is 6% but they are double what their closest competitor is giving. So far, in the two weeks I’ve been checking them, I’ve bought a hair cut, a home cleaning and tickets to the delicious food show in October. I like the site a lot because there isn’t too many deals. I know that sounds ridiculous, but some sites have so many its hard to navigate through all of them. The deals on Buytopia don’t seem to last that long (probably to get you to purchase) and they always have something I’m interested in even if I don’t purchase that time. Some sites I check on a regular basis but have never bought anything from them, either the products don’t interest me or I don’t find it to be a “good” enough deal. If you’re someone who checks the deal sites on a regular basis, I would suggest adding Buytopia to your rotation. 

back to school

It’s that time of year. Time to start saying “I don’t know where the summer has gone” and “I can’t believe its September already”. That means it is back to school time, and for many post-secondary students that means buying lots of really expensive textbooks. I recently found an Ebates partner, BookMob that sells new and used discounted books. Being an Ebates partnere means that you get cash back for all of your books, which will be a nice bonus during the next payout time. You also have the option of renting books. Plus, once you’re done, you can sell the textbooks back to them. I received my books quickly and when I bought the wrong one for one class they had no problem taking the return. Another bonus, they’re Canadian so you don’t have to worry about crazy shipping or duty charges. Also, some American buyback places won’t except Canadian books. I would highly recommend them for the upcoming year. Happy studying!


Side note: I’ve also had good results selling my textbooks back to TextbookRental but they are not an Ebates partner. 

habitat for humanity – women’s build

Ready to unleash your inner superhero?

I’m doing something I’ve never done before. On September 18th, I’ll be joining a group of women in building a home for someone in our community. Habitat for Humanity helps low income families build and buy their own home. The idea is that these families will then require less social assistance and break the cycle of poverty. You can help this great cause by clicking on the link and donating any amount to Habitat for Humanity. You’ll be helping make a difference to families in need in our own community. 

You can help by sponsoring me in the build, my page is here: My Personal Page
Any amount will help make a difference!

To find out more: Habitat for Humanity Toronto