All posts tagged: cafe

Toronto Cafes you Need to Check Out

There’s nothing like sipping a steamy latte on a lazy Sunday afternoon as you casually people watch or read your favorite book. ¬†This is starting to become a weekend tradition of mine so I’m sharing some of my favorite spots ūüôā Colette A beautiful Parisian inspired cafe right next to the Thompson Hotel on King and Portland. Colette boasts a bakery, bar, and lounge all cleverly divided with different atmospheres and decor. Aside form grabbing a cup of coffee served in a delicate porcelain white cup, you’ll want to try their brunch menu which includes classics like Eggs Benedict on a croissant or their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. NEO Coffee Bar If you enjoy Japanese desserts, you will LOVE this place. NEO makes their desserts and coffees in house. You can watch the pastry chef decorate freshly baked green tea swiss rolls as you sip on your matcha latte. The design of the cafe is also very Japan-esque – clean cut and simple. Field Trip Cafe Just west of Ossington is a a humble little cafe …

Boston: Exploring Harvard and finding the best lobster roll

We started the day off with a nice jog around Jamaica Pond which was very close to the neighborhood we were staying in – Jamaica Plains. ¬†I would describe JP as divided into two parts – The Ghetto and the Hipster hood. ¬†The Ghetto is pretty run down and sketchy while the other side is lined with cute little shops and home to quite a wealthy looking group of folks. ¬†I just remember seeing huge mansion size houses near Jamaica Pond when we were jogging. ¬†By the way, its not really a ‘pond’ one lap around the body of water is about 2.5km. ¬†After getting a good sweat we stopped by one of the indie cafes in the neighborhood called 7 Pond Coffee Bar to grab a well deserved Americano¬†and croissant. The cafe was actually one of the most clever and well thought out spaced I’ve seen. ¬†The scafe is tiny, but the way it was designed maximized every square foot. ¬†The photo here doesn’t do it justice… the quality of the interior design was …

Ottawa Photo Diary 2

Summer in Ottawa is a great time to just roam around discover new neighborhoods and good eats. ¬†Ottawa also does a very good job of keeping their public gardens¬†and trees very well groomed. ¬†I love jogging the canal and just taking in the scenic views. Fraser Cafe – A neat little cafe featuring fresh produce. ¬†I had their Cobb Salad and it was actually so good! ¬†They added small twists of flavor from pickled radishes and crispy chips on top and a light dressing which complimented the crumbles of blue cheese very well. ¬†Great place for a light, healthy meal. I’m quite a fan of LavAzza coffee, their beans produce a really good strong brew and I love using it for making espresso. ¬†They have a cute little cafe on Lansdowne which also serves gelato and some prepared foods. ¬†Iced Americano is my go-to summer caffinated drink and LavAzza makes a really one – none of that watered down crap. Took a stroll down to Victoria Island to check out the views there. ¬†Nothing special …

Toronto Food Finds

With so many new restaurants and food trends popping up in Toronto, there’s always new things to try! ¬†Here are some places I’ve hit up recently. Hibiscus –¬†A tiny little cafe tucked behind the plethora of stores and restaurants in Kensington Market. ¬†I’ve easily walked right past this place multiple times even when I’m trying to look for it. ¬†But it’s well worth the hunt. ¬†Their menu might be small, but the salads and crepe sure do pack a punch in terms of flavor and presentation. ¬†I love their salad bowls – full of beautiful colors and textures and hearty enough to keep you full for hours. ¬†Their Squash Puree has a nice kick of ginger and their savory crepes are to die for. ¬†Hibiscus also has an assortment of vegan ice cream and desserts. ¬†Seating is limited but I’ve never had a problem with getting a table. ¬†Highly recommend! Japango – another tiny¬†restaurant that one can easily miss. ¬†You know it’s the real deal when its run by Japanese people. ¬†Their Japango Roll is …

Australia – Brunching and exploring Degraves Street!

As expected, our four days in Australia zipped by. ¬†For our last day, we decided to spend it within Melbourne city with our friends. ¬†They took us to a lovely cafe for breakfast which had one of the most interesting interior designs I’ve seen. ¬†Lot’s of character within¬†these walls! ¬†As with most places in Melbourne, the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. ¬†The food and coffee was delicious. ¬†I had a Greek yogurt with granola and fruit on a little puddle of soaked chia seeds. ¬†Very yummy and nutritious start to the day. ¬†K had Walnut banana bread with maple syrup and clotted cream. ¬†A very decadent morning treat. ¬†Miss these guys so much ‚̧ ¬†After breakfast, we headed into the city core to explore the little alleyways that are very unique to Melbourne. ¬†I’ve never seen anything like it. ¬†They have these narrow lanes with both sides lined with cafes and restaurants and seating right in the middle. ¬†The streets were bustling with people chatting over lattes and delicious looking brunch fare. Degraves street is …

Australia – Beach bound on Horseback and Peninsula Hot Springs

Beaches in Australia are nice…but you know what’s even better? Beaches on horseback! ¬†I was so happy I got to tackle one of my bucket list items and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location. ¬†Gunnamatta offers 2-hour horseback riding on the beach and no experience is required. ¬† We were a little bit late when we showed up to place and the moment we got on our horses we started trotting already! ¬†A bit scary at first but after a while you get used to the rhythm. ¬†The movies always make galloping look so easy but it’s actually a lot of work as you need to continuously use your leg muscles to keep yourself steady and to sit up and down while your horse trots. Since we were late, K and I ended up with the naughtiest horses of the bunch – Lily and Rose. ¬†Apparently they were best friends which wasn’t surprising as they were both equally mischievous. ¬†Lily kept cutting in front of everyone and Rose just wanted to go …

Hong Kong [Part 1] Eating boatloads of delicious food and performing surgery on Hairy Crabs

Despite being born and raised in Canada, every time I go back to Hong Kong to visit my family, it always feels like home. ¬†Something about the fast paced lifestyle, the food, the culture… it just feels right. ¬†This time I went with the bf and only had 10 days as opposed to my usual month long stay. ¬†With such a tight timeline, everyday was packed with delicious food, glorious sight seeing, and lots of walking. ¬†October offered comfortable weather conditions – dry wit temperatures hovering around mid to high 20’s. ¬†Very comfortable compared to summers in Hong Kong! ¬† After 16hours in the air, we arrived late at night and headed over to Tsui Wah for a quick midnight snack. ¬†Tsui Wah (ÁŅ†ŤŹĮťõÜŚúė) is a typical HK style cafe with multiple locations across HK island. ¬†Warning: the Malaysian noodle soup was INSANELY spicy but the wonton soup was good, pretty standard. The next morning decided to go for a classic milk tea, sammy and macaroni soup breakfast at Hao Wah ÔľąŤĪ™ŤŹĮÔľČ. ¬†Again, pretty standard, …

Berlin: Mosque, Shopping & Outdoor Market

Our first excursion was to a Mosque. ¬†This was my second time visiting a Mosque, the first time being a field trip for my religion course in high school! ¬†We learned some very interesting things about the architecture and the religion itself throughout the discourse of its history in Berlin. Outside is a graveyard displayed very openly and unapologetically.¬† The interior is very colorful, adorned with different shapes and patterns all with its own symbolic meaning ¬† There is a lot of symbolism around Earthly elements. ¬†But the thing I found the most fascinating is this huge chandelier hanging in the center of the Mosque. ¬†The opaque orbs are actually ostrich eggs. They have a very practical use; to repel spiders and prevent the accumulation of webs near the top of the dome where it would be hard to clean. ¬† Observing prayers After that we took off on a nice little walk towards our lunch destination at a traditional Turkish restaurant. ¬†Our professor took us on a little detour into a (restricted) neighborhood backyard. …

Germany: Good Eats Pt 1 (Street Food & Cafes)

The first part of the Germany Series is, of course, food! ¬†I think there’s no better way to experience a new culture than to delve right into their gastronomy. The majority of food spots I post will be from Berlin since I stayed there the longest. Berlin is a fast moving city, and you especially notice it in high traffic metro stations such as Alexander Platz or Friedrichstra√üe. As such, they are densely lined with on-the-go cafes and food stops for customers to grab a quick bite. Berlin’s plethora and variety of street food was one of my favorite aspects about the city. ¬† German sausages, called wurst (pronounced vurst), are one of the most popular street menu items and are usually served on a bun. ¬†The most noticeable difference, as you can see, are that the sausages are massively disproportionate to the bun. ¬†But it doesn’t matter because the wurst is the best part. ¬†My first wurst was at a the Mauerpark Flea Market on Eberwalder str. ¬†(get off U-bahn Bernauer Str.) The other …

Navigating the Streets of Barcelona

With a full day of walking ahead of us, there was only one right way to start the morning off; with one big cappuccino. ¬†Spanish coffee is not bad I must say.¬† ¬†Our first stop was an old church that was a recommended stop by our tour guide from yesterday. ¬†It was nice, but having seen a fair share of religious buildings it was nothing spectacular. ¬†It was also quite difficult to find given it was tucked away in a quiet area. ¬† ¬†After that we headed to the shopping area near Las Ramblas and proceeded to shop til we dropped. ¬†There were SO many sales going on and I found the Zaras and H&M’s in Europe had¬†noticeably¬†better merchandise. ¬†Every time I walked into an H&M I would come back out with something… and this almost never happens at home. ¬†Here’s the damage. Settling down for a quick lunch in between shopping. ¬†Sandwiches in Europe are 10x better than ones in Toronto…¬† ¬†Finally, the main architect star in Barcelona is none other than THE Antoni …