Yountville: Travel Guide

Yountville is a small town located in Napa Valley, California’s Wine Country. First grew to fame when celebrity chef Thomas Keller took over The French Laundry (now a three Michelin star restaurant) in 1994. Since then it has become home to an abundance of renowned wineries and 3 Michelin starred restaurants. If you are looking to wine and dine, Yountville is the perfect lifestyle destination. Continue reading “Yountville: Travel Guide”

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October 2018

This month I really loved being able to easily access anything in the city. It felt refreshing to be able to walk out for dessert or grab drinks on a whim (without worrying who the designated driver is!). This is such a novelty for me as I lived in Markham for probably 15 years, where going anywhere required driving.

Here’s my October round up:

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September 2018

Moving downtown has been a big change for me, one that I embarked around mid-August. The adulting aspect of it is gruelling and I dislike walking and taking public transit…but I am really enjoying living in the city core. Toronto just has so much to offer – there is always something happening and new each and every week. My plan is to do a monthly log to share some cool finds to fellow Torontonians living either downtown or uptown to check out.

Here’s my September round up of discoveries. Continue reading “September 2018”

DOMA Toronto Tasting Menu

Doma a French inspired Korean restaurant is the first-time endeavor of Chef Paul Kim from Seoul, Korea. Their menu changes slightly each month by incorporating new items and rolling forward a few popular items from the previous menu.

For $65 per person, you can experience their 9-course tasting menu which is effectively also their entire monthly offerings. Great deal!

I went in the month of May and some of their popular entree type items are still currently available on their menu this month. Continue reading “DOMA Toronto Tasting Menu”

Afternoon Tea at The Emirates Palace

From Dubai, we took a day trip to Abu Dhabi on our own.  Initially we considered buying a day tour but the tours only ran if a given number of people were interested in the same date and it didn’t really pan out for us.  It was only about a 1.5 – 2 hour bus ride anyway.

The weather on this day was absolutely scorching that I literally did not want to do anything at all except to sit in the shade or indoors with A/C.  We visited a few musuems and looked at the foyer of Ferrari World, but the main highlight (other than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – more on that to come) was Emirates Palace. From doing a quick search on their website, prices for 1 adult range from $1,000 CAD for the simplest room to $5,000 CAD for a suite (and then $15,000 CAD for the fanciest 3 room suite). Prices are insane, but met true to its name based on its luxurious interior and exterior.

The Emirates Palace is also well known to be a “7 star hotel” unofficially by the media.  Some of the suites are furnished with gold and marble and in the lobby floor, there is an ATM that dispenses GOLD!!!  Continue reading “Afternoon Tea at The Emirates Palace”

My Bougie Birthday Brunch Buffet

Adrienne brought me out to Colette Grand Cafe for a brunch buffet in celebration for my 24th birthday.  Colette is a french cuisine restaurant and bakery which just started offering brunch on Sundays as of September 2014.  The pictures of the interior as well as the food on their website got me sold even though the brunch does come at a hefty price of $50 per adult. And it really is quite beautiful in person too! Continue reading “My Bougie Birthday Brunch Buffet”

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a popular spot for me and my friends to go to after our Sunday morning dragon boat practices. Mainly because it’s pretty close by, the parking is cheap, and there’s a large variety of food to choose from.

I think I have gone there about 3-4 times this summer alone and have definitely tried out a good handful of what Kensington has to offer. My friend Jeremy lived in the area during University so he was very knowledgeable about the area, and we followed his recommendations entirely! Continue reading “Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market”

A Chocolate Social

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Chocolate Tales’ newest event – Chocolate Social which brings their chocolate and truffle making classes outside of the classroom and into a much more relaxed and social environment of a restaurant or bar. In my case, it was at Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar.

I’ve gone to one of Chocolate Tales’ chocolate making class in the past and this time I was attending a truffle making class. Continue reading “A Chocolate Social”

Winterlicious at La Societe

Let me just put it out there that La Societe was my favourite out of the 4 restaurants I went to for Winterlicious this year. MAYBE good company makes it better too ; ) ?  I went with my fellow only-child neighbours Nancy and Horace : )

The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, very parlour-esque and had a large stained glass ceiling light. But I was too embarassed take pictures of the place since there were few diners (Sunday night) and were actually more “fancy” people not there just for Winterlicious.

La Societe was on my list of Winterlicious restaurants I wanted to try this year because they had Octopus Salad as one of their appetizer choices (and it was also on Nancy’s list too!). Continue reading “Winterlicious at La Societe”