Category Archive: birthdays

Aug 12 2015

HANSIK Korean Restaurant

Korean BBQ, one of my most favorite food in this whole wide world and thanks to Shu and Cheryl for finding this amazing restaurant!!!  In a location that I would have never thought of, right on Finch Ave. and Dufferin, in between warehouses and shops there is HANSIK Korean Restaurant (according to their website, hansik means Korean food).  A smoke free BBQ restaurant which actually let you walk out from your dinner without smelling like a BBQ.  Inside was huge, which you couldn’t really tell from looking at the front door, inside was very modern Korean style and the servers were soo polite, just didn’t expect they were all guys instead of the traditional female servers.  Food was fantastic, everything was soo fresh and all the meat was not too salty like the other ones I have tried.  Price wise is really good compare to other Korean restaurants in other areas, overall experience was excellent!!!

If you have a few friends and want to spend a good time/food over dinner, this is a very nice pick if you don’t mind the distance, I would definitely go back and try more of their other stuffs on their menu, YUM YUM!!!

Of course, thanks to Cheryl, Ruby, Jason, Vivian and Shu for this amazing birthday dinner, amazing choice.  AND I have to say, Happy Birthday to Ruby as well because hers is only 2 weeks away from mine 🙂  Thanks guys!!!

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Jun 12 2015

CLUNY Bistro

I was told a lot of money was put inside this place so we had to check it out 🙂  In the heart of The Distillery District Toronto, there is CLUNY Bistro, a 11,000 sq. ft French restaurant which is surrounded by tons of historical buildings.  What a perfect place to celebrate Vivian’s birthday!!!

The front door really doesn’t tell you the size of the restaurant, I walked by a few times and I never noticed this place, but ones you walk in, I was overwhelmed with the interior design and space.  Everything is very French, from china sets to dinning tables, even the floor and ceilings are soo much in detailed, very pretty everywhere.  Food was fabulous, they have my favorite “octopus” and “frog legs”!!!  Portion wise it’s small but with a big taste, it’s quite perfect if you want a chit chat gathering with friends and family in my opinion.  Of course at the end, it comes with a price tag which was expected, but still it’s worth a try especially after spending an afternoon in The Distillery District and you are looking for a nice diner 🙂

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Apr 03 2015

Good Friday 2015 (Ly 婆婆生日)

Thanks for the most wonderful house birthday party ever, James’ mother Mrs. Ly 婆婆生日party!!! My first time ever entered a birthday party with a THEME, the whole family came up an idea to put all the places that the mother had traveled into a party, how thoughtful and sweet?!  Also first time seeing a roasted pig that was about the size of a person, thanks to Richard, and of course the great food and drinks from the sisters!!!

The happiest person at the party was definitely Mrs. Ly 婆婆, the whole family and friends were there, and I don’t know why but when I went up to her with a birthday greeting, she laughed so hard, it was such a joy to see :-).

Tho it was my first time meeting the family but it was soo comforting and I had such an amazing time, super great party!!!  And of course, Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ly 婆婆, 生日快樂, 年年有今日, 歲歲有今朝!

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Mar 21 2015

Barsa Taberna

This time we tried something different for Karen’s birthday other than our regular routine Japanese or Chinese, Barsa Taberna – a Spanish restaurant with a little fusion twist, located right at St. Lawrence Market area in the heart of downtown Toronto.

All the dishes we had taste as good as they look, we found the food portion is a little small if you are sharing with 8 people LOL, another way of saying is, it’s more like a restaurant that if you are just looking to nibble 😛  Some dishes were a little too salty to my taste and some had too much herbs my friends said, service was very good, nice servers and a very cozy environment.  Overall, it is perfect for gatherings and to spend hours catching up with friends 🙂  2014 top 10 restaurants in Toronto, got to be good!!!

Sorry, I don’t have all the names of our orders, you might have to show these pictures to the server while you are there 😛

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Dec 14 2014

White Orchid – SouthEast Asian Cuisine (蘭花軒)

To celebrate Shu’s birthday early, we decided it to try something a little different. With a total of 14 people Cheryl found us a private kitchen (私房菜), White Orchid – SouthEast Asian Cuisine (蘭花軒) located on 360 Highway 7 east., unit 5, Richmond Hill. Causal lunch by day and fine dining/causal by night, this is really a unique place.  Price wise is not that bad to start with, just take a look at the pictures of all the dishes we ordered below, each of us had to pay $40, not bad 🙂  Food was great, it’s a little different from a lot of other Chinese restaurants because of it’s kind and style.  A must try if you are in Richmond Hill, one thing I should mention tho, the place is tiny, if you want a big dinner with friends, you better call to make a reservation hehe

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