Sunday, August 18, 2013

Foodie Friday at Nomé

On Friday I hung out with two of my good friends, Mal and Ash. We went to a Japanese sashimi and tapas place on Yonge and Sheppard called Nomé Izakaya. The menu wasn't confusing (which is a plus for me) and it was easy to choose what we wanted, especially because Mal has been there before.

Their Friday special was $5 frozen cocktails which was a mix of a slushy with sake and rum. I tried their Mango Chili, which tasted like alcoholic bubble tea, yum!
What I forgot to mention- before I list the things we ordered, was that they serve complimentary oysters to everyone at the joint! That's a touch of customer service right there, I mean how many places do you know serve complimentary anything now a days? It was Ash and I's first time trying oysters and I enjoyed it, they served it with different vinegar's and it was just so fresh.
We ordered a few things (shown in the pictures), but I'll name all of them; spicy short ribs, yam fries, deep fried pork belly, slammin' salmon sashimi (seared), tuna tango sashimi (seared), calamari, unagi rissoto, japa-burger sliders, and 1/2 dozen of the fanny bay oysters. If you want to check out their menu, just click here.
Between the three of us, we were full and my taste buds were happy. It was different from just going to a regular Japanese A.Y.C.E restaurant and I really enjoyed the food! If you're looking to try Japanese food with a twist, I definitely recommend Nomé. By the way, they have daily special so check out their website!

P.S. all photo's (minus 2) were all taken by my friend Ash, thanks girl!

Talk soon!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Did I cross the border? These prices can't be right!

Toronto recently got a piece of shopping heaven. On Thursday August 1, 2013 the Toronto Premium Outlets opened its doors as the first outdoor premium outlet shopping centre in Canada. Being the shopaholic that I am, I had to go during the opening weekend. My parents and I(amongst other consumers) followed  suit as the highway exit was backed up and there was a line-up to the parking lot. Luckily, my family and I are avid cross border shoppers so, we knew the ins and outs of the outlet chaos.
My mother and I were really excited to check out all the good deal and mainly to compare if the prices were worth it. I mean, we shopped in Jersey most of the time - their taxes are next to nothing compared to ours.
I got my Cole Haan Lunargrand Wingtips in suede - they are regularly $200 and I got them for 50% off + 10% off ($90). I also purchased a Kate Spade notebook and make-up pouch, both were 40% off + extra 20% off. Including taxes, I think I spent about $130 which is not bad at all considering regular retail prices of the items I purchased.

I was satisfied, especially because I've been eyeing those shoes for more than a year! The drive was about 45 minutes, which isn't so bad! I think all Torontonians should check it out, I mean there's even a Hudsons Bay Outlet (it's the very first ever!) and prices weren't so bad if you think about it; you won't be spending so much on gas and you could still save some $ on shopping!
Have you checked out the outlets? Find any gems? I'd like to hear!
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tea Time at the Windsor Arms Hotel

Last Monday, my friend M celebrated her 24th birthday at the Windsor Arms Hotel for High-Tea. We attended the Traditional Afternoon Tea and it was a great way to celebrate her birthday, as well as to catch-up and have long, flowing conversations. I find that at this day & age, it's very rare to get a group of friends together & actually have a conversation. It's become the norm to hang out with human beings but stay attached on your phone (I'm guilty of this too!).

What I Wore: Lace Baby Doll Dress (Urban Planet) / Knitted Poncho TNA (Aritzia) / Rose gold & Gunmetal watch (Marc by Marc Jacobs) / Jade Bracelet (Gifted) / Silver Balls Bracelets (Tiffany & Co) / Purse - Speedy 30 (Louis Vuitton)
They had a great selection of loose-leaf teas! The afternoon tea menu came with freshly baked scones, mini sandwich rolls, goat cheese tarts, variety of desserts and you finish off with sparkling raspberry sorbet.

Shoes (Aldo) / This is a closer look at the different patterns & materials I paired for my outfit.
I ordered the "Once upon a tea" which was a mixture of chocolate bits, vanilla, fruit blend, organic mint & organic rooibos. It reminded me of a tea I had last winter from David's Tea, but I forgot the name. I really enjoyed the aroma and the taste of the tea, I think it paired well with the scones (But, I'm not a tea connoisseur).

Overall, it's definitely something I'd like to do again sometime! If you've had high-tea in Toronto besides the Windsor Arms Hotel, leave a comment below - how was your experience? would you recommend it?
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thank God for the long weekend!

The city was packed with events this long weekend - OVO Fest, Caribana, and VELD. Surprisingly, I didn't attend any of those events but had a great long weekend nonetheless.
Here's my weekend recap in photographs.
Saturday: Checked out the new Toronto Premium Outlets
Sunday: Hung out at the local Jack Astor's with two of my good friends
Monday: Had High-Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel for my friend's birthday
These are just photo's I snapped during the long weekend & wanted to share some highlights. I'll be doing individual posts for my purchases and my very first high-tea experience.
Talk soon!