The thing I should have said…

I went to drink with my bf & his guys on a Tues night. I know it is unusual, we went there after a product launching party. Well, i was sitting at the bar, righthand side is my bf group of people, left hand side are strangers. My bf came up to say hi to the guy sitting beside me after his washroom break, we were all just exchanging a few words and some introduction. Afterward, my bf went to talk to his co-workers, leaving me, who also stranger to everyone (first time seeing his colleagues) with the guy he was just talking to. So we exchanged few words, about my country and so on. Unintentionally it might appeared to the guys that Im flirting to other guy while my bf is here, well i just laughed at them & said there nothing. Still, the other guys pulled me to sit on the other side of the counter, I was confused about what to do. It came to me later that night that I might put the other guy into a really uncomfortable situation, he looked confused too. More importantly, I should have turned over to him and said “sorry, hope you understand” or”have a good night” than just abruptly left and said nothing.

I was in middle of my shift for my part-time job. I am working as seasonal associate at a department store, my job mostly cleaning up, put the items at the right place, refill the stocks and so on… During a busy evening, I saw this lady taking a lot of gloves from the shelves and put them on the displayed merchandise table close by. Then I saw a lot of gloves on the floor full of dust and they all are so dirty, one missing the tag. I came over and ask “do you need help with anything?”. She said no and abruptly asked me” Can I put the gloves here and look at it?” I was confused about what to do. I was a little shock to begin with looking at the scene. The word just slipping out of my mouth “ok”. Then I just grabbed whatever gloves on the floor and some on the table and put it back. I got a little irritated of the situation after seeing so many gloves got destroyed, i came over again and ask: do you need any size?. she repeated again in stronger tone that she want to look at them. i went away with unsettled feeling after cleaning it up. Later, i saw other gloves on the ground again. This lady have to messed up the whole thing just to find a pair of glove!!! I thought about it again and again. I asked my co-worker what to do too because I kinda have the mindset that you have to be nice to all of the customer. One of the co-worker told me that I could call the security guy. Thinking about the situation, I should have said to her question: “No, sorry we hang all of the gloves on the shelf so that everyone can look at it and you can not also use this table, this is only for the displayed merchandise”, “if you want to choose a pair of gloves, let me hang all of them up to you, you are welcome to try but please put it back after to right place so that other can also look at it”… well, my first retail job. I have learned my lesson.

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Finding my memory card…

I found it- my memory card. Found it while cleaning up the room – I would be so sad losing all of the photos & happy time spending on dressing up & take pictures.

I love clothes. I am not a brand- name fan. I love clothes & would try to make it look nice on myself, does not matter whether they are already worn, torn or look old ( obviously, I think I enjoy going thrift shopping than enter the mall hehe). 😀 I am simply enjoy mix & match clothes.

I havent taken any pictures for so long. I decided to priorities work & others before blogging, travel & personal entertainment for now, since last time my bf dropped my camera & broke the lens (future shop is nice enough to make a refund for me since they could not order the same one for me). I am so lazy to do my skincare daily as well as dressing up. I do not even care about wearing contact lens when I go out anymore. :< thats a little bit sad. but i am saving & preparing for the next awesome summer. Be more responsibility & start thinking more about future…

Reading this today. Thought: I do not consider apply the man situation into mine. I would always leave a saving aside so that I can always visit & be with family when needed. There is a lot of people in the world that might not travel to anywhere else but their own country… helping poor people is good intention but I feel like this man should put his own family first. How would you be able to help anyone when you can not even fulfil your duty as a father, as a son…

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/man-writes-about-wasting-life/841316/

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Cheers,

A.

Parkdale LabCab Festival.

Another weekend have passed by, so many things happened and here I am struggling with how to write it all down. I have bad memory, the days was so fun and certainly I do not want to forget any single details…

I love festivals in Toronto and all among the festivals that I visited recently, this is one of the best, the most fascinating and entertaining  in Toronto. You can read about Lab Cab festival here.  The festival started during the week of July 26-27 and we came there  Sunday, July 27.

Upon arriving to the festival in which we start walking down from Dufferin and Queen Street East intersection, everyone received a little handbook from the volunteer.

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Inside the handbook, you will see all of the details about the events, shows, performance and workshops happening in Queen Street West intersecting Dufferin until Roncesvalles Ave.  A little tip next time for anyone coming to the festival, look at the time of the event happening and match it with your starting point or your located area. For example, the event would start at 2pm from dufferin/ queen street and continuing to the next street in the next hour or so.

I did not go to all of them because of a little “ket-chup” to my friend birthday later in the same afternoon, still, I was lucky to be early to the festival and be able to enjoyed myself as much as possible that day.

1. BBQ Free Lunch

The BBQ free lunch started at 2pm in Dufferin Amphitheatre. We were 15 mins early so we could get into one of the first lines.

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Good times the band started preparing too and around 2 there would came the singer.

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Can you believe this all for free? 2 packs of Meal-to- Go with Hot dog- corns, potatoes and a free pop of your choice!!!

While you are waiting, you could listen to French songs and people dancing (me dancing )

2. One minute portrait. 

In the same amphitheatre, we also have little workshop where you can get free children face painting and one minutes blind portrait.

Since I am not a kid anymore, cry* I cant get a colourful face painting so I run up to the blind portrait. >>> Blind portrait is something that when the artist draw your face by looking at you (this is a little awkward) without looking at his or her canvas.

She said the picture doesnt do me justice. I said it looks lovely to me and ask for her signature.

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oh! I do love it-hehe  ❤

3. Free The Bird.

We went to The Workroom – a participated event venue for the festival. It was kind of a bizarre performance.

Anyway, I do love the tea party theme in the garden at the back of the workroom. Lovely tea & welcoming host. 🙂

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I didnt take many pictures because of the shutter phone noise.

4. Terrarium Workshop 

We also went to the terrarium workshop in Crown Flora Studio, I did not know we have to book for the workshop and it was all full. However, they gave out beautiful flowers for free in front of the store. I gave it later to the birthday girl (my friend birthday is on the same day- we went to Ten-ichi, please look forward to my next restaurant review).

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Pardon my sickly face.

5. Others. 

There was this experiment that look like to a staring contest to me- but it is spiritually- amusing to my bf. You can find it here – it called how can I kill you after look into your eyes?

The experiment consists of 2 people sitting opposite of each other & have to look at each other eyes until another person want to replace you and they would tap lightly on the participating person’s shoulder. Later, each participants would need to record their thoughts into the notebook. Which later I found it here

As he explained to me “it is difficult to kill someone after you see aspect of yourself in them”…

I felt awkward & I was so glad some guy came up and tap him out.

Oh. Obviously cant wait to show you guys my new Oxford vintage shoes- bought in Common Sort.

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Laters,

xoxo

A.

SUMMERLICIOUS – LA MAQUETTE -CONTINUE…

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It was raining last Saturday while we were on our way to La Maquette.

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Arriving to La Maquette, we were first seated on the first floor then we told the hostess that we would like to change our seats to 2nd floor. The views are amazing upstair. It would be nice seating in the patio outside too if only it was not raining.

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Me while waiting for the food coming…

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La Maquette

$35 Dinner

Plus taxes and gratuity

Appetizer

LA MAQUETTE’S SPECIALTY SOUP OF THE DAY (butternut squash soup with sourcream)

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The soup is warm and delicious.
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WILD BOAR APRICOT AND CHERRY TERRINE
served with blackberry coulis

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I like the apricot – really delicious. Only the bread is a little hard to chew on.

or
GREEN LEAF, RADICCHIO AND BELGIUM ENDIVE (vegan)
parmigiano shavings and balsamic vinaigrette

Main Entree

VEAL TENDERLOIN AND A DUET OF GRILLED SCALLOPS
served with a light mustard cream sauce and Ontario market vegetables

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This is so tasty!!! especially the scallop (so soft & sweet), I was turn off a bit because the saltiness in the veal but when I tried to eat both the veal & scallop & dip with sauce & mashed potatoes, it actually amazing delicious, so much nom nom ❤ ❤

or
TWO 4 OZ LOBSTER TAILS
with a white wine cream sauce, jasmine rice and Ontario farm vegetables

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The lobster and the veal look kinda similar. haha. I would say it is not as good as the lobster I ate in Fred’s Not Here. One of them was burned more than the other.

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SMOKED CHICKEN LINGUINE TOSSED
with rustic tomato and julienne of vegetables
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CHEF’S VEGETARIAN OPTION OF THE DAY (vegan)

Dessert

PROFITEROLE WITH BUTTERSCOTCH ICE CREAM
and drizzle of chocolate sauce

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La Maquette have the best deserts out of three restaurants I tried this Summerlicious. And The butterscotch Ice Cream is the best, not only fulfilling my chocolate thirst, it is so fresh and make me to eat more even after the 2 previous courses .  The profiterole is genius too, i love how I can feel the chocolate kicks to my nose and the crunchiness and softness of the cream puff.
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FRESH FRUIT BOWL (vegan)
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PAVLOVA WITH STRAWBERRY CREAM

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This totally good looking guy have too much sugar for me.  It seem like I come home carry 2 more pounds of fat with me. Well. Great presentation. ❤

Rating:

Appetizer: 3.5/5 Good but not stand out

Main Entree: 4/5. Delicious but inconsistent among dishes

Desert: 4.5/5. Nom nom

Service: 5/5. Good services

Atmosphere: 5/5 Romantic Date, excellent music- they have live music and their own guitarist. Def coming back again.

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Random Update 4

1. Kensington Market 

I went to Kensington w Roommate recently. Fun Girl Day Out. Check in Temptation in Kensington. New Cheap Res Found. 😛 hehe

Fun Graffiti Background Found!!

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2. Supercup Chatime 

Last Friday I found my supercup <3.. i havent drink chatime for a long time. 😛

My cat seem to like it too! Post by Ni Vuong.

Click on the link to see his video :3
3. Last week also come to Midori  for Shellac Manicure. Nice ladies & excellent Service !!They are located really close to St Clair -Yonge subway station.
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Sorry for low-quality selfie picture. lol

Summerlicious Update (Continue…)

1. Fred’s Not Here

Appetizer

Wood Grilled Calamari & Chorizo Sausage with Arugula

Good sauce. Hmm… the portion is really small & less delicious compared to the famous lobster soup that my friends have…

Baked Our Famous Lobster & Crab Soup

Main Entree

Wood Grilled “California Cut” New York Strip Steak
with Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms, Duck Fat Frites & Vegetables

The steak is medium rare. It is little dry but overall good.

Roasted East Coast Lobster & Mussels
with Linguine Marinara

The lobster is excellent!!!. great combination of tomato pasta with seafood. This dish worth my $35 ! & Never mind the way i hold my folk T,T

Wood Grilled Salmon & Jumbo Tiger Shrimp
with Lemon Asparagus Risotto

My friend did not like her pick with the salmon & tiger shrimp. :<

Dessert.

My dessert is horrible. My caramel popcorn is so hard i cant chew it.. so i munched all the chocolate ice cream. T.T

Caramel Pop Corn Chocolate Hazelnut Sundae

From the top Daily Selection Cheesecake, Mixed Berry Shortcake(right) & Fresh Fruit Ice (vegetarian) (left)

We tried each other desert. Not so good :\

Rating:

1. Appetizer : 3.5/5

2. Main Entree: 4/5

3. Desert: 2/5

4. Atmosphere: 4/5 (family, friend, co-worker)

5. Service: 2.5/5 (the server forgot to bring the cracker for the lobster & constantly going back to rush us, he gave us the bill when we have not finish it & said they have full reservation & lots of customers while we saw so many vacant table around. he just want to clear his table to get more customers for himself.. such bad work ethic.)

 

Summerlicious- Morgans On The Danforth

Located in Greek Town Further East of Toronto, the restaurant seem to separate its self from all the noises of the busier part of the Danforth. It is small but cozy with friendly atmosphere and great service staff.  We did not order any alcohol due the recent hungover last “throw back Thursday”, kinda regret it since they are known for their craft beers. And we picked the restaurant for its highly rated reviews…

This is our $25 order from their Summerlicious Menu

Moroccan Carrot Soup (vegetarian/local) with Toasted Cumin and Candied Ginger 

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Green Chili and Corn Fritter “Stack”
with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes and Arugula with an Ancho Chili Crema

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This is my winner for the whole meal, you could not underestimate this normal looking guys cuz the moment you chew it, it is so crunchy & open up to so many tastes inside. The corn is a perfect mix with chilli, so many deli taste & nomnom. ❤

Main dishes

Steak Frites
AAA 8oz Strip grilled to order with Thyme and Merlot Demi and Golden Frites

Quicos Crusted Ontario White Fish (local)
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The steak is good but i feel like it lacks of something for it to stand out, maybe sauce or more seasoning..

The fish is another winner here, so crunchy & soft, good mix with tomato & the rice but the rice disappointed me, it was hard.

Desert

Wild Blueberry Kuchen
Oma Strikes again with this Delicious Crumb Cake studded with Wild Blueberries, served warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

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The Betty Page Sundae
Dark Chocolate Brownie Chunks with Vanilla Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream and a Cherry on top

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For the dessert, it was average good. i prefer less sugar. 🙂

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Allan Garden Tour

 

 

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