Mildred’s Temple Kitchen Toronto – Brunch

Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

On the second day in Toronto, my friend who moved there in recent years recommended Mildred’s Temple Kitchen for brunch. Her exact words were “you must try their pancakes, I don’t usually like pancakes…but its so goooood there!” Once I heard those words, I knew I had to go get me some pancakes!

And seriously, the blueberry buttermilk pancakes at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is one of the best pancakes I ever had (close or on par with the pancakes I had at Bills Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku). Such a fluffy and light texture that warms the mouth – sweetness from the maple syrup and a bit of tartness from the blueberries. Perfect combination!

Hubby went with The Manhandler which consists of flat-iron steak topped on a garlic sourdough with two sunny side up eggs and some arugula. It was very delicious and satisfying as well. The steak had great flavour and the eggs were cooked just right.

Oh yes…I will be back!

 

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Weekend Sparkles

This weekend was such a fast one – when Sunday night came around I felt a bit disoriented. Really? is tomorrow really Monday?

Even with the cooler temperatures, most of the time was spent outdoors with Miss Doo Thang. We decided to try some hiking trails around my mom’s place. Of course I never have proper footwear …and slipped. Which then turned into a giggling fest.

Also, got some much needed girls time with an appies night (and a beautiful bridal shower. The weekend ended with some family time and a nice birthday bbq.

Weeeee! Can’t wait for long weekend coming up!

Girl’s Night – spoiled by the host

bridal shower for the beautiful bride-to-be!

started the weekend with a lunch for one!

Bridal Shower – Tea Party

The very next day after arriving back from Montreal – the other bridesmaids and I threw a cute, tea bridal shower for our sweet bride-to-be. We tried to keep her bridal shower to a similar feel as the upcoming wedding with soft colours and tones. We had a dessert table, candy table with lots of decorative vintage tea cups and cute baby pictures all scattered. We were lucky enough that one of the bridesmaids still had all her decorations from her wedding. With some new additions, it was a perfect blend.  We also managed to come up with some very creative games that included a life-size print out of her hubby-to-be! It was a sweet, magical afternoon filled with delicious yummies (spoiled by the future brother-in-laws of the bride).

Thinking back about that day feels so surreal. Some of us girls have known each other since elementary school and to see one another grow and move into new chapters of our lives really makes me cherish all of our moments together. Time does move oh so quickly as all of us are busy with our day-to-day but these special moments are what we will remember and look back upon. 

Toronto & Montreal – Quick Update

Wedding season has officially begun! One of my closest friend from high school held his wedding in Toronto last week and we were lucky enough to share his special day. We decided to take a quick trip to Montreal right after since we have never been and it is the home to the great poutine (one of my favorite things to eat ever!). We spent 4 quick days in Toronto then made our way on Via Rail Canada to Montreal. Coincidentally, a bunch of our mature friends also decided to visit Montreal and it became a wonderful rendezvous. Other than non-stop eating, The Jazz Festival was also in town so we had the opportunity to experience that as well as Canada Day celebrations. Below are a few pictures from the trip. I will compile a video and a more detailed post soon. So stay tuned!

View from Mount Royal

Public Piano at Mount Royal

View from Old Montreal

Enjoying the Jazz Festival in Montreal

The Famous Smoked Meat Sandwich with a side of cherry cola, pickle and fries at Schwartz’s Montreal

distillery district toronto

Wedding Celebration!

 

 

happy 3 years to us!

Wedding Day – Some golf cart fun after the ceremony

It was 3 years ago that we celebrated with our closest family and friends – a day filled with so much happiness, emotions and excitement. Can’t believe where 3 years has brought us.

I am grateful in so many ways and thankful for my partner in life. I would like to thank you……

Thank you for always believing in me even before I believe  in myself
Thank you for pushing me to do my best
Thank you for letting me be bold and true to myself
Thank you for being my biggest fan and supporter
Thank you for our daily adventures
And thank you for being you

Happy 3 years and can’t wait to see what adventures awaits us! 

 

have a wonderful weekend!

It’s definitely a patio Friday today! The sun is shinning and it’s suppose to get hot up in here this weekend. My plans are to hang outside, practice on my new toy and catch up on Game of Thrones (i missed the last two episodes cause i thought this season started off a bit slow – everyone has been yelling at me, stating the last two episodes are game changers). I guess “you know nothing – Sabine Cheng.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

time for a reset

hong kong 2009

I seriously can’t believe that the first half of 2015 is gone. Time has really flown by and it’s scary to think that it might keep going at this rate. As time is moving along and I am heading closer to my thirties – the more I reflect on the person that I am today and how I have changed over the course of my twenties.

I am undeniably a happy, curious and passionate person and I really hope that never changes. I live the way that suits me and try my best to be uninfluenced and ignore the pressure of conformity. In my early twenties, I often felt pressured to stay at a particular job or question my job/career hopping strategy. To be honest, I was quite fearless and often did what my gut told me. I had a strong feeling that no matter what – everything will be alright and if I didn’t take a chance now then I would regret. I had a strong desire to travel, to see the world and to live outside of my comforts.

Now looking back at all the memories of teaching abroad, traveling on my own and truly being alone – I can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment. For I know, if I was ever placed in those lonely situations again where I had no one to seek help from or couldn’t even speak the language that I could make do. I still have a very clear memory of me stating to myself to never complain about the feeling of loneliness because I didn’t know the true meaning of being lonely until those hard moments. (please let me know if you would like to hear the story of me being misdiagnosed with SARS and being placed in the hospital with no one to communicate)

Fast forward a few years – despite my best efforts and not even realizing, I have changed. I have developed more fears through the years and become a bit of a realist. Rather than dreaming up wonders, I have become careful with my hopeful feelings and wishes for the future. In the early years I would say “one day – I will have that”, nowadays I am catching myself thinking “maybe if possible – I could have that…maybe”. My early twenties self would not be proud of this. I would have smacked myself and gone back to singing Britney Spears.

With the rest of 2015 I am planning to reset and bring back my early self. Diminish the fears and keep on dreaming. I must realize that life will be as it should be and that my frame of mind is what shapes it.

 

Weekend Sparkles – Victoria Day Long Weekend

With the sun-shinning we tried to spend as much time outdoors as possible. We took Miss Doo for a nice long walk at the Lighthouse Park. Views were amazing and surprisingly she kept up (was a tad-bit worried since she’s turning 12 this year)! She was as dapper as ever and even managed to squeeze through the smallest gaps.

Somehow last year during my visit to Manhattan Beach in LA – I got the idea that I wanted to try long-boarding. I envisioned myself cruising on the board with my hair in the wind and sipping on a slurpee.  I mentioned it a few times and hubby decided to surprise me with a brand new board this weekend. I was super excited and once I got on the board it was a major fail! I definitely will not be cruising anytime soon. I have saved this as a long term goal of mine. At least DoDo looks cool on it.

I also caught the golden hour with a couple of friends and took some amazing pictures (thanks to our creative friend).

Hope you all had a great one as well! 

Healthy Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken

Lemon chicken is one of hubby’s favorite but it typically consists of a heavy batter and only small bits of chicken.

I decided to create a healthier version that would satisfy our taste buds without all the extras. I went for something a bit sweet, sour and garlicky.

Simply served with rice – this dish is quick, easy and makes for a delicious dinner.

What you need (serves 2):

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut up into small pieces)
3 tablespoon lemon juice (I used the juice from one whole lemon)
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (you can add more if you like garlic)
2 tablespoon honey
¼ cup of low sodium chicken broth
Salt

Directions:

Cut up chicken breast into small pieces and add salt
Heat up pan, add in oil and stir fry the minced garlic
Add in chicken breast and stir fry until cooked and golden brown
Mix lemon juice, honey and chicken broth then add to pan
Continue to stir fry a few more minutes and serve

Enjoy!

Easy Soyaki Baked Salmon

This is one of my “I am so tired, drained and have a headache – I still want to cook after work” kind of dinners. It is so quick, easy, delicious and healthy. Most importantly, it doesn’t take much thinking and less than 30 minutes to whip up.

Get a few fresh salmon fillets. I picked up some coho.

And below is when the magic happens….

This is the Soyaki sauce from Trader’s Joe. It’s has fresh garlic, fresh ginger and preservative-free soy sauce which is great on meat, fish and even in stir-fry.

If you don’t have this sauce on hand – you can create your own version with soya sauce, minced garlic and ginger with a bit of honey.

Simply drench this sauce on the salmon fillets and if you feel fancy like me – add some lemon slices.

Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked and flaky.

I served it with some blanched kale and green lentils for a complete meal.

What you need (serves 2):
2 Large, Fresh Salmon Fillets
Soyaki Sauce or your own sauce(enough for the fillets)
Lemon Slices (Optional)

Directions:
Wash and pat dry your salmon fillets
Pre-heat your oven at 375°F
Place fillets on a baking tray
Pour enough Soyaki Sauce (or your own creation) to cover the fillets
Add lemon slices (optional)
Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked and flaky

Enjoy! And share your creations with me on instagram!

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