All posts tagged: seafood

5 days in San Francisco

This is my second time visiting California in 2015. If you recall from some of my previous posts, I swung by Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco in March with my girlfriends. Aside from the fact that I am in love with the weather, this time around I had a very different agenda. The main purpose of my trip was to go camping into Yosemite National Park with my boyfriend which I will talk about in much more detail in the post right after this one. Today I wanted to highlight some of the fun things I did in San Francisco ¬†ūüôā The weather in San Fran was perfect as usual – a hot dry breezy mid 20’s. ¬†We walked around Union Square and Market Street – a great shopping area with an generous¬†mix of luxury and mid priced retail stores. ¬†You can buy your Givenchy, Chanel and Valentino, walk a few blocks and find Victoria’s Secret, Converse and Urban Outfitters. One of my favorite things about this city is the neighborhoods. ¬†It’s simply …

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 …

Boston: Walking through the American Revolution

It was just after Canada Day on July 1st which happens to fall on a Wednesday and so K and I decided to write off Thursday and Friday to hit the road and give Boston a visit (just in time for 4th of July!). ¬†It was a blisteringly hot day so obviously we stopped for some McDonald’s soft serve ūüôā After about 8hrs of driving we made it just in time to catch the sunset. ¬†Their metro system is very robust and you get pretty much get to anywhere using their transit. ¬†We walked over to South Boston to explore the area and grab some seafood as recommended by our Airbnb host.¬† Seaport is where you can find beautiful views of the water and about a dozen seafood restaurants . Legal Seafood was a hot spot and for a good reason – they had probably the best outdoor patio lookout. ¬†They charge a pretty penny for it too, but that didn’t stop a line up from bursting past the doors. We skipped it and ate …

San Francisco: Traveling by Segway

Our last stop in California… San Francisco! One of the highlights of touring this city was definitely riding a Segway for the first time in Golden Gate Park. We rode with The Electric Tour Company. The guides were very thorough with their training and the pace was comfortable as we zipped across gardens, ancient trees, and historical landmarks in the park. ¬†They have a bunch of other tours available but I would actually recommend going Segway on Golden Gate Park because it’s a lot of walking if you were to explore it fully by foot. After Segway-ing, we headed to Santa Monica beach which is just an hour South of San Jose. ¬†It’s quite a commercialized family beach complete with your usual amusement park and also a boardwalk with shops and other summer treats. The beach itself is not very big and the view is not that glamorous, but there are a few volleyball nets available. ¬†It’s mostly just a fun place for family and friends to hang out and catch some rays. Fisherman’s Wharf …

Hong Kong [Part 2] Repulse Bay, Yacht Club, Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360

We started our morning with a stroll on Repulse Bay. ¬†The mountains and buildings served as a beautiful backdrop to the relatively peaceful beach – apparently it’s usually full of people but has been quiet lately due to the protest (I suppose some positive things arise from public unrest). ¬†These properties are some of the most expensive in HK. I mean… who would’t want to wake up to a view like this everyday? ¬†The Kwan Yum Shrine is also located near the beach and offers a cultural place of interest for sightseeing. ¬†We took a short boat ride over to one of the 3 club houses for members of the Royal Yacht Club for a drink (side note: we were not the members ;P my lovely aunt took us). ¬†Unfortunately… the place wasn’t even open yet, but the views were spectacular and totally worth the trip. ¬† ¬†The food is fantastic in HK, and the levels of dining also range from extremely luxurious to extremely casual and run down. ¬†However, sometimes the best food is …

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, …

Baltimore, MD

Driving along the East Coast, the one food – amongst the many – that was on our to-eat list was really good seafood. ¬†Baltimore offered an abundance of seafood restaurants, all of which came with pretty hefty price tags. ¬†I know seafood in general is pricier, but we must have been pretty deep in touristy/busy district because the prices we saw were pretty inflated. We settled for an Italian family-owned restaurant called Sebastian which was a modest little place tucked into Little Italy. ¬†The service was superb and the food was absolutely delicious. ¬†For our appetizer, we shared a portabello mushroom stuffed with a generous amount of crab meat. For our mains, I got pan fried jumbo shrimp with a side of pasta in marinara sauce. ¬†K got this amazing melt-in-your-mouth Chilean sea bass on penne. ¬†The whole meal was definitely a splurge but I haven’t had such delicious seafood in a while so I think it was worth it. The next day we got up bright and early to check out a breakfast joint …

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 …

Santorini Day 2: Sailing, Volcano climbing, Donkey taxis & Sunsets in Oia

We only had two days in Santorini and we were intent to squeeze as much fun out of this little island as possible by signing up for an intense all day tour. ¬†We fueled up at our favorite local cafe with savory crepes, and greek yogurt with muesli. ¬† ¬†The crepe was perfectly toasted and satisfying ¬† ¬†Our first stop was hopping on board this awesome sail boat and heading towards our first stop… a volcano. ¬†Yes, we were about to climb a volcano.¬† ¬†Pro tip: sandals or flip flops are NOT a good idea. ¬†It was painful enough for me walking up with sneakers, I can’t imagine how bad it would be in flip flops. ¬†Fortunately the air was dry because it was pretty darn hot hiking up these steep rocky hills. ¬† ¬†I don’t fare so well in high altitudes so this was quite challenging for me. ¬†But when we reached the top, I was really taken back by the natural scenery. ¬†You only see this stuff on TV and books right? ¬†Experiencing …

Charmed by Venice

London and Paris were both nice‚Ķbut it wasn‚Äôt until Venice that it finally hit me. ¬†I‚Äôm in Europe. ¬†Venice was just so significantly different from the city-like London and Paris where it was simply a variation of Toronto. ¬†After over a week of damp chilly weather, we were graciously greeted with the pleasant warm breeze of Italy. ¬† We took a boat into Venice from the airport. ¬†It was such an enjoyable ride. ¬†The closer we got to the city, the more excited we grew! ¬† I could not stop taking photos of Venice‚Äôs colorful houses. ¬†All of which were eroding from waters and age. ¬†Yet there was something so rustic and magical about this floating city. ¬†This was one of the few places that is truly what you see in postcards. ¬† ¬† ¬† We were very lucky to be staying close to the Rialto bridge which links the markets and is one of the most important bridges in Venice. ¬†It is very lively on either side of the bridge. ¬†Streets adorned with vendors …