Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8.328 Summer 2016 Recap (Part I)

This summer has been one of the hottest summers Toronto has ever had. There were heat alerts for the majority of the summer and the AC has been running off the hook. We've only turned off the AC for a few days this summer- and that's saying something since my mom is pretty frugal when it comes to saving on AC. It's been sweltering hot and all of the lawns have been burnt to a crisp. I don't even recall hearing lawn mowers this summer nor smelled freshly cut grass.

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Since it was so hot out, the Mister and I were able to go to the beach in June! We decided to visit Sauble beach again, and this time we got to take our own car! :D

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Initially we were planning to eat McD's breakfast, but we skipped one too many McD's locations thinking there would be more along the route. We were wrong. Once you passed a point, there were no more McD's anywhere. So, Tim Hortons it was. At least we still got to eat some hash browns!

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The day before, we went to Canadian Tire to buy a cooler. We struck gold when we found this one on sale for $40! I think the original price was around $80-90. It's the perfect size for us and it's great because we can just wheel it around. This model also seemed like it was better quality than the other coolers we saw in the store.

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We were pretty prepared this time and brought plenty of food with us. Last year we were starving because we barely packed anything with us.

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I also brought out my sun hat for the first time which really helped shade me from the blistering hot sun. Swimming was fun. The water was a bit cold but we got used to it after we dunked ourselves.

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We visited the town in Sauble and came across this cozy quaint store. They had some neat home decor that would be lovely for a cottage or home. I've stopped myself from buying home decor these days until I get my own place. My room is packed and it's hard to tell what would work in a space unless it's right in front of you.

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We also came across this quirky store. It had a lot of jewelry.

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Then it was off to eat at Sauble Dunes. We started off with French Onion soup. Then for our mains, the Mister got the Steak and Fries and I got Honey Garlic Chicken Wings and Sweet Potato Fries.

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On our way home, we stumbled upon the land of wind turbines! They were as far as the eye can see. It was so cool!

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Eggsmart
655 Queensway E, Mississauga, ON L5A 3X6

Taken from the site: "Eggsmart is the new take on breakfast! Our casual dining restaurants provide the perfect ambiance for enjoying a delicious twist on the classic breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Our 43 locations across Ontario welcome family and friends to eat in or take out.

The Eggsmart concept is unique and inviting, perfect for those who want to provide a breakfast experience that goes above and beyond the traditional, all at an affordable price."

Lately we've been obsessed with eating breakfast at Eggsmart. We always pass by this place and said that we would visit one day. They're menu looks delicious and their prices really are affordable.

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I got my favourite breakfast- sunny side up eggs with a side of bacon. The Mister got the scrambler which had bits of cheese and avocado and other tid bits in it. The food was great and the price point is superb for what you get.

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So good, that we visited again and brought my younger sister along.

The staff are nice but they lack on quick and efficient service (at least at this particular location). The place is also a bit small and cramped. We've been left waiting unusually long many times and they seem to be understaffed at times. I'm not sure about other locations, but if you visit this one, be sure that you're not in a rush to go somewhere, because you will be late.

Overall: Ambience C-, Food A+, Service C+, Price A+.

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The family and I went to visit Scarborough Bluffs.

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The view was pretty spectacular.

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We also did some hiking.

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Along the way, we stumbled upon a snake scurrying across the pavement into the grass and into the bushes.

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After hiking, we visited the Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park.

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Another weekend the Mister and I went to the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival.

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We visited one of our favourite food stands, Ras Iville's One Love Corn Soup. His Caribbean corn soup and corn on the cob are soooo good. The Mister and I look forward to visiting every year.

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If you've never tried, you must give it a go. I promise you won't regret it.

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We tried Beavertail for the first time. It was pretty good, although it doesn't beat churros and Tiny Tom's donuts in my opinion.

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Over at the Artisan Market, we stumbled upon Holy Cannoli kiosk and decided to try a couple of their cannolis. We got the Cappuccino and the Chocolate Hazelnut. They were so good!!

Then we came upon the Teppan Ice Cream kiosk which was packed full of people. We were willing to wait to try it. We chose the mango flavour and got condensed milk as our topping. It had a bit of an interesting texture but it was yummy. I still prefer churned ice cream better though.

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Emerald Chinese Restaurant
30 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5R 3E7

I took the Mister out to Dim Sum for the first time. I hadn't had dim sum in so long... I really missed it.

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This restaurant still does it the old school way- by carting around the dim sum carts. I wanted his first dim sum experience to have this.

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The rice noodle roll is my favourite!! YUM.

The food was good. I was missing my other favourites though- Har Gow and Siu Mai :( Maybe we came at the tail end of the service and they already ran out? This place always draws a big crowd so it's always packed full of people. The servers vary, some are straight to the point, some are nicer, and some don't speak English. You don't come here for the ambience or service, you come here for the food.

Overall: Ambience D-, Food A, Service B-, Price B.

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I believe Essie's Gel Couture polish in "Fairy Tailor" is on my nails in the above pic. These polishes are opaque and wear really well. My nails lasted for 5 days straight without a single chip! Normally my nails chip after 2 days.

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Essie's "Haute in the Heat". Sometimes this comes off looking more red than raspberry. To be honest I like it more in the bottle than on my nails.

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I don't know what took me so long, but Essie's "Topless and Barefoot" is hands down the most perfect nude polish ever. It's a pinkish nude, and because it's more pink than tan or brown, it really brings out your nails and probably could suit any skintone perfectly.

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A couple of beautiful paintings I saw at Winners. The first one would look great in a hallway or entrance. I nearly walked out with the second painting because I was so in love with it... but I have no idea if this piece would work in my future place.

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At Ikea, I saw this nice shelving unit. Isn't it such a nice punch of colour? I would love to have this in my house.

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I really liked glass shelving in the bathroom since it gives off an airy look more open look.

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If I buy a house that doesn't have a fireplace, I would love to have an electric one or even a mock one. I like the look of piling a bunch of wood or placing a bunch of candles in a mock one. A fireplace really pulls a room together.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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