Thursday, July 28, 2011

3.09 RECIPE: Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cooking. The foods are boiled or grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade.


3/4 lbs    Chicken Breasts or Thighs (preferably with skin- or no skin for the health conscious)
2 tbsp     Sake
4 tbsp     Mirin
4 tbsp     Soy Sauce
2 tbsp     Sugar
*Grated Ginger (optional)


Making the marinade first, in a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of sake, 4 tbsp of mirin, 4 tbsp of soy sauce, and 2 tbsp of sugar. Mix ingredients together and place bowl aside.

Next, make sure your chicken is completely thawed. Take a fork and poke the chicken on both sides.

Place chicken in the marinade making sure everything is coated. Let sit in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Get a large frying pan and turn on heat to medium-high (my stove isn't as hot so I put it to high). Add a bit of olive oil. Place chicken in the pan and sear until skin turns a light brown (I had chicken with no skin). This makes a nice caramelized crust so that the juices can stay inside the chicken. Make sure to flip the chicken over and lightly sear the other side. Once that's done, add the rest of the marinade.

Cover with a lid so that the chicken can thoroughly cook on the inside. It is important to not keep lifting the lid because every time you do, the heat will escape. Keep your eye on it so that it won't burn though. At this point you can lower the heat a little to medium (you can switch back to medium-high depending on what you need).

During the cooking you will notice your chicken gaining colour. After checking that the juices inside the chicken runs clear, let the liquid thicken up. The cooking part of your chicken is done! You can plate your chicken now if you want it in whole pieces or cut it up first before plating.

Don't forget to drizzle the leftover sauce over the chicken! Ginger is optional but makes all the difference in my opinion.

It's a pretty simple recipe, just need to find the right ingredients at your local Asian supermarket.


"If you love two people at the same time, choose the second one, because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second." -Johnny Depp

Saturday, July 23, 2011

3.08 Shopping In Quebec City

Shopping in another city is always a ton of fun. But at times you can get caught up in the commodity that by the end you end up buying more than what you bargained for. Thankfully that didn't happen with my visit to Quebec.

This item definitely falls under the souvenir/touristy buy, but I didn't buy it for that reason. I actually have a thing for collecting mugs and cups and I really like the simple design of this mug. I got this mug from my hotel lobby gift shop in Montreal and surprisingly it was cheaper ($3.99) than the other mugs that were being sold in local shops for about $12.

We did the majority of our shopping in Quebec City. I've been here previously on a Gr. 7 class trip so it was nice to revisit years later.

The first store I checked out was Origines. I believe it's a local store but I wish they had an online store. This was the view from the outside window.

They had an impressive assortment of ring and I am in love with them. These are the types of rings I'm into these days. If anyone knows where I can find moderately priced rings that look like this in Toronto, please tell me! I'm desperate!

Fleur-de-lis~ I was searching everywhere to find a bigger fleur-de-lis pendant necklace but to no avail. They had quite a few jewelry with the fleur-de-lis design. I really like the stud earrings on the right on the white stand.

The first store I actually bought from was Simons. They've been around since 1812 which is pretty impressive. The store was quite big and had an assortment of clothing and accessories all of which were moderately priced.

This is what I ended up picking up. A beautiful dainty scarf that is more of an accessory than for the purposes of keeping warm. It feels really light and made with quality. I absolutely love it. Now I'm just waiting on cooler weather...

We checked out a lot more stores but I didn't end up buying anything from them. Then came Nero Bianco. They were having a 50% off store promo sale, what luck!

This was apparently the last bag in the store. It's nice but the only thing is that there's a minor defect on the panel in the front. I was further hesitant to purchase this purse because white gets dirty quickly but decided to anyway since the black version didn't hold the same elegant classy look. With the 50% discount, $15 made it very hard to turn down. I like the silver balls on the tassels, and the chain itself can be worn short or long.

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." -Robert McCloskey

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

3.07 Night It Up! 2011

Night It Up is an event that's held every year at the Markham Civic Centre.

Taken from the site: "A youth-driven non-profit organization (Power Unit Youth Organization) based in Toronto, striving to promote youth development and empowerment through philanthropy." They believe in "providing more opportunities to empower the youths from all over the GTA. We believe that leadership cannot be taught, but must be learned and experienced through practical, hands-on experience within our communities."

I don't think I've ever been to an event that was that crowded before. Sadly we didn't stay until night time, which was the whole point of the event, because we didn't want to wear our mom out. I wish Toronto had night markets all the time... I like the concept of food carts open late out on the streets.

There were a variety of foods to try. This is what we ended up trying and they were all delicious. We also wanted to try the takoyaki but the line was too crazy long.

There were also quite a few places that sold knick knacks like mangas, keychains etc., and even a place that sold pet fish.
This place sold the cutest cups. I didn't end up buying anything though because these days I'm trying to avoid impulsive buys. They were pretty cheap too!

We then got thirsty and got some pineapple smoothie.

My sister and her bf played this game before and won 14 fish. The trick is to be very steady, slow, and gentle- even when catching the fish out of the water. The tissue paper is delicate so if you rush it'll break and the fish will fall through.

You can see just how busy and crowded the place was. Some lineups are far too long for some foods.

I thought this bus stop was interesting because it looks so technologically advanced. I wish Toronto had this but then it'd probably be ruined by stupid people.

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings

Friday, July 15, 2011

3.06 Keeping Up-To-Date With Beauty + Mail Call

As with life there are many things that come and go. Beauty once was the focus of my interests but that is no longer the case. There are still those in my life though that regard me as being the most knowledgeable in beauty. Let me tell you, I do not want to lose that track record. Recently I was asked by my sister to go on a Sephora hunt for a specific face powder highlighter that isn't gold-based, glittery or too shimmery, and under $40-$45 (with tax). Since I still have my VIB status for this year I told her to take advantage of my MUFE VIB gift with a purchase of $35 or more. At this point I realizDe that I'm more familiar with the luxury high-end brands (I guess I should have paid more attention to other brands). While I was on my mission, I didn't know that it would be that hard to find a highlighter that met my sister's criteria. A lot of highlighters were either too shimmery, gold-based, not in powder-form, or over budget. Finally I came upon Benefit and their Bronzing & Highlighting Face Powder Duo. My sister owns a couple of things from this brand already so I figured it'd be a fine choice. I chose this seeing that she also doesn't own a bronzer either. Besides how much highlighter does a girl need anyway? $28 is a pretty good deal for a duo purpose product. Mission accomplished.

Whether it comes from Sephora, beauty counters, drugstores, or wherever they sell cosmetics and skincare, I always still want to keep myself up to date with what's new and the best of the best. Now seeing that beauty blogs have sort of died a little, I rely more heavily on YouTube for beauty related news and products.

I was recently at the mall and I did the mistake of walking into MAC to swatch 'Warmth of Coral' blush from the Semi-Precious collection. It turned out to be this true gorgeous shade of coral. My cousin stopped me from buying it though, which turned out to be a good thing anyway.

When I went back to the mall I re-swatched both "Warmth of Coral" and "Peaches" at the MAC counter. At first I saw a difference but when blended they looked pretty similar. I have "Peaches" already so there was no point in getting "Warmth of Coral". I also swatched other blushes as well. Apologies since the swatches are all faded on my hand (I kept it on during the whole shopping trip).

Mail Call~

I tend to post coupons and freebies I come across on Twitter. Make sure you check the sidebar of my blog to catch wind of the lastest deals or freebies I post.

A free full-sized Always Infinity. Can't get any better than getting a free product. I've used infinity before but it wasn't that great. Maybe they've changed since then.

I hope I'll be able to find this in stores as I don't recall seeing these Nesquick cartons.

Kotex is my preferred brand. It's always nice to get a sample free.

These wax strips I got downtown at Yonge and Dundas. I kept going back for more haha. I don't need to wax my legs so I'll just pass them onto my sisters.

"Right now, someone you haven't met is out there wondering what it would be like to meet someone like you." -Marcin Mrowca