May 17 2015

Montreal

After so many years living in Toronto, can you believe this was my very first time being in Montreal?!  First thing I noticed when started entering the area, everything is in French (no surprise), the roads, traffic lights, buildings, even the parking meters are different, very interesting!!  I just couldn’t resist to start off doing one of my favorites, “shopping”, spent quite a long time hanging out downtown checking out those unique shops.  As I was also told, food taste a lot better no matter which restaurant I go in, went in a few random restaurants/cafes, of course I have proven it is not a myth at all and the price is very inexpensive as well.

Overall, I love Montreal, nothing is alike Toronto, feels like there is life in every corners, not to mention you can get Alcohol anywhere including gas station hehe.  I really don’t mind going back there for more visits but the long driving hours…  Might try flying or taking the train next time, could also be fun 🙂

more pictures on my facebook here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153421830470211.1073741850.689775210&type=1&l=823976caf0

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Apr 25 2015

Magic Noodle (大槐树兰州拉面)

Finally, a hand pulled noodles restaurant in Richmond Hill area, between Leslie and Bayview, on 16th ave. Magic Noodle (大槐树兰州拉面).  The interior is spacious, very open concept, not even a single wall and they make their noodles in front of you at the end there.  A must try for their chewy hand pulled noodles which comes in small or large and you also get to choose the thickness of the noodle as well.  They do have a sizzling menu if you are just looking for something to nibble.  The soup base was perfect for my taste and the squid was soo mouth watering that I would die for the next when I go back 😛  If you are looking for quick lunch, not sure if this is the place tho because the wait time is quite long, it’s soo packed at all time.

just incase you don’t know where it is, it’s right where the new McDonald’s is and beware, it’s quite noisy inside, hehe

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Apr 13 2015

響 HIBIKI Japanese Cuisine

Thanks Shu for helping me to get something from TaoBao, so I had to treat her somewhere for a nice dinner, of course thanks the amazing Cheryl came up with this idea 🙂  Not to mention, I also bumped into an old friends from almost 20 years ago ar 文 and turned out he is the brother of Becky LOL, what a small world 😛

Who would have thought on a busy street highway 7, right in between Warden and Kennedy Unionville, there is a new restaurant called 響 HIBIKI Japanese Cuisine (4450 Highway 7 East).  The spacious interior is amazing with the tree beams design, kindly waiters give you a cozy feeling and top quality sashimi and IZAKAYA dishes taste as well as they looks.  Price wise it’s not as steep as some other places, $30-50 per, really perfect for occasions like birthdays or gatherings.  I might go and try their lunch too because I heard they have some good specials, will see 🙂  Try it yourself, I can’t promise anything but I walked out as a happy customer, just look at the pictures below and you’ll know what I mean, hehe.

 

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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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