How could I resist these exciting new flavors like Jelly Popping Candy and Cookie Nut Crunch?
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Forgot to bring lunch (that had been packed and waiting in the fridge) and just realizing that had made me that much more aware of my hunger so I hopped over to Timmy's and found my new favorite bagel... the maple French toast toasted with cream cheese
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
As it turns out, you can't really pack up in one night everything you've accumulated over 10 years - mementos of good times past, convenience of the lisent living arrangement plus knickknacks bought in anticipation of a shared future prove too heavy a burden to carry out the door in one go - and of course the tear-induced blurry vision doesn't help
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Always feel better after hot yoga - not sure if it's because of serene quiet as i lay in shavasana in the warmth or the fact that I sweat buckets - there's something satisfying about getting completely drenched from a workout, heat assisted or not, and all you can focus on is how it feels in the here and now.
I had almost forgotten how much I like it - it seems a waste to spend time in a heated room when it was gorgeous out there but then the gloomy rain has driven me back. I'm a little rusty and had trouble with holding some poses, but hopefully as i get back into it in the colder months I will regain some ground.
And my fav instructor Matthew always have the best soundtrack - i love that it's not the kind of music that pops into mind when one thinks of yoga (instrumental sitar and all) but just a really relaxing mix of songs I've heard here and there. I hope he will be sharing his playlist.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I finally got to check out the CNE and literally spent the whole day there with awesome friends :)
Learned a couple things at the ex:
Always specify which entrance to meet at because we passed by at least 3 before we found our friends
Always bring cash so you can bargain - and yes - always bargain! We scored a gorgeous statement ring for less than half of its listed price
Always leave the heavy purchases at the end so you don't have to walk around with it for the whole day
Always buy less food than you think you can stomach - because there's always something else that looks equally yummy than what you've gotten
And ramen at santouka was the perfect way to end the night
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
prices were so good that I really couldn't justify not picking up the stila "in the garden" eyeshadow palette; the Anna Sui fragrance called "Rock Me - Summer of Love" and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" and "Charm" - 70% off the retail price is simply too irresistible!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
this stout from Denmark definitely lived up to its claim of being strong - it's more bitter than sweet but mildly sweeter than Guinness, very slightly tangy and somewhat burnt - all in all, an okay stout but I'm not sure if I would have it again.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Wrapped up a fun and delish weekend with a feast in the morning - homemade cinnamon rolls and banana pancakes with blueberry compote, bacon, sausage rounds and scrambled eggs, plus some clementines to round out the menu.
I'm so glad the griddler is getting coming in handy and is producing such delicious results - the pancakes were fluffy and the blueberries and chocolate chips in the batter almost negated the need for syrup, except the blueberry compote elevated the pancakes to a whole another level of yumminess.
The cinnamon rolls smelled heavenly fresh out of the oven with just the right touch of crustiness and soft tender middles - even B liked them despite his dislike of cinnamon and had more than two bites. It's exactly the kind of breakfast I had been craving for since a couple of weeks ago and it really hit the spot - the only problem now is that we'll have trouble settling for store-bought cinnamon rolls from now on.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I liked the french onion soup, but B is convinced that the one from Creperie Catherine at Mont Tremblant was better
The pan-seared scallops were juicy, tendered and cooked just right, and the tangy fig and tomato relish perfectly complements the sweetness of the scallops.
I still can't pronounce "bouillabaisse" but I know now that I really like it - it's got the taste of a lobster bisque with the texture of a broth and it's full of treasures - meaty scallops, prawns and fish and my only complaint is not having enough crusty bread to soak up every glorious drop.
Duck confit can only be ordered with seared duck breast which was tough and bland. The fig, tomato and mushroom sauce made it tolerable on the palate but it's not something I would want to order again. The leg confit was tender and fell right off the bone. The portion size was quite generous but I think I enjoyed the duck leg confit from The Explorer's Cafe much more.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It sucks to be sick on a day off, but since I'm home, I get to take my time and make soup the long way even though heating up a can would have been easier. I am not sure if this is the proper way to make soup but here is what I did: sautéed chopped up veggies and chicken with oregano, then added water and after that boils, added the star pasta. Boiled for another 5 minutes or so then seasoned with salt and pepper. Really wasn't that complicated, just time consuming. But it's a nice distraction from my achy throat.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
After using the gel religiously as instructed for the first week, my skin dried up considerably - to the point that my skin started flaking despite moisturizers and that it feels raw - and painful even. My skin burns with pain whenever I try to sooth it with moisturizer - eventually I turned to moisture masks. The one from Vichy burned the most, while the ones from Clinique and Clarins still mildly sting. The only one that provides temporary relief is the cucumber aloe gel from Peter Thomas Roth - the radioactively green goop.
My acne didn't disappear despite the dryness - if anything, more little whiteheads had appeared in my trouble zones - especially on my chin. Then most of them would eventually fade away but a few worsened to bigger zits than what I usually get. The way they dry up also left some scarring/dark spots, but that's happened with other acne of comparable size prior to this medicated gel.
My girlfriend told me about using Tactduo as a spot treatment and I hesitated because the patient info leaflet specifically stated that it should NOT be used as a spot treatment - most likely because it could cause color blotches if not evenly applied to the face - but since the gel was causing my skin so much grief I decided to give it a try. Since then my skin had been a lot more calm but still not acne-free, and occasionally I would get pretty bad breakouts. But gradually it does feel like I'm not getting acne as often anymore, so maybe I'll keep using it.