Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8.326 It Started with 3

Eek! I'm so behind so I'm going to try to make this post as short and sweet as possible! I must try to blog faster and type less!

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Les 3 Brasseurs
275 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1N8

The Mister suggested we try eating at Les 3 Brasseurs. He loves beer so I guess it comes at no surprise that this place would catch his eye haha.

Taken from the site: "Our story began over 100 years ago in Lille, France when three brewers joined forces to create a brewery that would grow to become one of the most important in the country. In 1985, the descendents of the original founders opened their first neighbourhood microbrewery- long before anyone had even heard of a 'microbrewery' or 'craft beer.'

The key to our success... is unrelenting passion for creating the perfect pint. That's why our beer is brewed in-house, just steps from your table, by brewers who understand that brewing beer is a magical combination of art, science and dedication."

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The Mister read great reviews of this place, and it looked interesting enough on the outside. Their menu was also interesting, it was like reading a newspaper.

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First up, Onion Soup! This was delicious! I can't find it on the site anymore so perhaps their menu constantly changes? =( I had hoped that they would keep this item as I love onion soup!

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For my main, I got the 3 Brasseurs Burger (in-house maple Amber beer sauce, smoked Gouda & bacon) with Sweet Potato Fries. I believe the Mister got the Roasted Chicken and Mashed Potatoes. The food was good! We really enjoyed it.

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Then for dessert, we got the Chocolate Mousse. It was very sweet. There was a bit too much on the plate for us to thoroughly enjoy ourselves. It was good but towards the end, we had enough.

Service was good and the ambience for a place like this was excellent.

Overall: Ambience A+, Food A, Service B+, Price B+.

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Another evening by the lake- this time with Dominoes! I used to avoid Dominoes because it reminded me of the subpar Dominoes pizzas on Pizza Day we would get back in Middle School LOL. But I learned it's definitely not like that at all! It's similar to Pizza Hut and it's totally better than Pizza Pizza.

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My sister had torn down the shed all by herself! If you have me on Snapchat, you would've seen my family and I building the new shed this past weekend.

Washing the car at my house for the first time!

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My car and my coworkers' cars. One coworker will leave at the end of August *cries*. I will remember this image forever.

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Weekend picnic at High Park (back in June).

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The view from above as we relax under the trees.

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We ended up walking around the park and saw so many cute chipmunks along the way.

Looked around the High Park Zoo again. Not much has changed. This summer we plan to go to the Toronto Zoo.

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Got myself a tiny ice cream cone (I couldn't resist).

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We sat and rested on a bench before heading off to the Grenadier restaurant located in High Park. This time we sat outside since it was such a nice day out.

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The coconut drink we brought ourselves. We got onion soups and ribs to share.

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Empanadas at The Empanada Company. They taste so good and their churros are to die for.

Delicious food is something I can not seem to give up. I'm slowly making some progress but it's not as drastic as if I were to put myself on a diet and dedicate even more time than I already am at the gym (1.5 hours). I do cardio and weight lifting. My family knows and some people at work know (they found out by accident because I had my gym fob attached to my car keys). I don't like to tell people because they can get so judgmental. If I eat something sugary, they wonder why I'm not on a diet. When people ask about how much I've lost, I don't like it because it's a numbers game that I don't like getting caught up in. All I know is, I feel better and look better. I've gained muscle and fit into some of my pants again. Overall as a number though, I haven't lost that much. They say muscles are heavier than fat so I hope that's the case.

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I want to share this brand, Sarah Wells, that you can find at your local Winners. I looked into it and found out that she's a Canadian athlete (hurdler). She worked with the design team at Kyodan and her activewear will be exclusively sold at Winners. I came across this brand after browsing the activewear section. Her pieces felt really well made with high standard of quality. I've since bought more pieces, but I'll wait and share that at a later date.

Lastly, I never got around to sharing this interesting holder I found at HomeSense. I thought it would be great to store my brushes. This way I can actually see what I own and use them all (which surprisingly I do eventually- I rotate them after they get too dirty and wash them all at one time).

Hm.. took a little over an hour... and that doesn't count rummaging through my photos, editing, and uploading. That was just the time to put it together. Now you know why it takes me so long to blog.

"People who judge you the most, often know you the least." -Unknown

Saturday, July 9, 2016

8.325 Spilled the Beans

So I guess you guys actually pay attention and don't miss a thing hahaha. I spilled my own secret! I finally got used to calling him that and by mistake typed it down without thinking twice! More on that though soon.

So continuing on with where I left off...

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One evening after a day spent at the mall, we grabbed some food from the food court and decided to bring it to the lakeshore to enjoy the view while eating.

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It's always so peaceful taking a stroll by the lakefront. One day when I shall move out, I will miss this area. The Mister reassured me that when that day shall come, we could always come and visit.

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Back in May, I also attended my cousin's wedding and wore that J.Crew dress I showed you guys.

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This was my first wedding I attended as an adult (and the first with the Mister!). The last time I was at a wedding was back in high school when I was 14 or 15. Man that was a long time ago! While guests were still arriving, there was cheese and an open bar to keep people entertained.

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The venue was beautiful. The lighting was very blue though, which I wished wasn't blue all the time since it made all the photos we took a blue colour.

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I really enjoyed this champagne but I have no idea what it was since the servers took it with them. To start, we had mushroom soup.

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Then we had some pasta with mussels.

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The main course was filet mignon and lobster tail. Since this is my blog and I like to be honest, and this goes without saying anything about the choices made by the bride and groom, but the food and service provided by the vendor was... terrible. The servers at times didn't have a clue how to properly serve. I didn't even get a single mussel to go with my pasta even though there was a ton on the serving platter! I'll just leave it to the fact that the food was no good. As a vendor who specializes in hosting events, parties and weddings, they should have the resources to provide decent food. The menu made by the bride and groom was great, the food provided by the vendor however, was a disaster.

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Lastly, there was tiramisu for dessert. The dessert was good. There was also more dessert served but I missed my chance and it was all gone.

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We got good cheer and lasting memories from that night. The Mister got a bit drunk and it was the first time I've seen him that way hahaha!! The conversations we had thereafter were hilarious.

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I haven't hung out with my cousin, the sister of the cousin (the bride) who got married, in a very long time. We decided to hang out after work at the mall. She hadn't been to Sherway Mall in a very long time.

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We checked out the new Chapters which I never ventured in yet.

The place is HUGE! I never expected it to be that massive! And if the ground floor wasn't big enough as it is, they also had a second floor! My gosh! I could literally get lost in here.

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I should get back to colouring... I have a colouring book but due to lack of time, I stopped.

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The store is very beautifully laid out and they had amazing things in there. This will definitely be my go-to store if I want to venture into their Indigo side more.

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Afterwards we hit up Walmart and ate at the McDonalds they have in there.

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Then, it was time to say our goodbyes. I hadn't visited her place since more than a decade. The outside looks about the same though.

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The Mister and I love chicken. We love KFC, Popeyes and Quik Chik. We tried a different Quik Chik location and the results remain the same: so good! I seriously also cannot get over their fries... YUM. Now I want some after looking at this photo...

I also tried out the food at Shanghai 360- food vendor in the food court. I got the wonton noodle soup. It was meh; I think I'll stick with Wonton Chai Noodle.

In my backyard I had a mama bird try to attack me every time I got too close to her nest. The papa bird was also nearby in a high tree keeping it's watchful eye on me and called out loudly for the mama bird if she wasn't around. I found out that her nest is located in my lilac bush which is right beside my veggie garden.

And to end the post, my nails last month!
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This is Essie's "Mint Candy Apple" - the more blue version. I love this colour, it's so Spring like!

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This is Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure "Get Juiced". A pretty pink coral.

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This one is Essie's "Lapiz of Luxury". When I saw swatches of this online, I saw more blues. But when I went in store, it was a lot more purple which is how it comes out on the nails.

"What is depression like?" "It's like drowning, except you can see everyone around you breathing." -Unknown