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A Relaxing Day | Sol Luna Y Mares Resort in Cuba


Sending you a little piece of sunshine!


Hello lovelies!

I can’t believe that it has already been a few months since I left for the sunny beaches of Holguin, Cuba. If you read my last Cuba post, you’ll know that I spent a week at the Sol Rio Luna y Mares resort. It was my first time in Cuba, and I had such a lovely time! I’ve started full time at my internship which means the typical 9-5, so while I’m getting everything sorted out, let me dust off this post which has sat in my drafts for a little while! 🙂

I absolutely love travel books, and the Lonely Planet Shoestring series are some of the best travel resources you can find! I loved flipping through Lonely Planet’s updated Central America On A Shoestring*. It includes maps, and recommendations, hidden discoveries, and advice on how to optimise your budget for the trip. Although we spent most of our time on the resort, it will definitely come in handy because I’d love to come back and explore some more!


Happiness is warm beaches, sunny skies, and a drink in hand!


 

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Wellness Centre

If you know me, you’ll know that I absolutely loooooove spa treatments. I just love spending my days lazing around in warm wrm water and the sun. Sol Rio Luna y Mares also has a wellness centre, which was unfortunately under construction during our stay… no sauna for us! The wellness centre houses the resort’s beauty services, spa treatments, medical services, and fitness area.

It smelled really nice and there was soft music playing, which was very relaxing. There is a little jacuzzi and a small pool out front which was lovely. The centre wasn’t crowded at all so it was a nice and quiet little getaway area.

After, we took a stroll down to the beach. Matt was getting a massage.

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So let’s just say… I was not made for life at sea.


Or exercise, for that matter. On one of the days, we decided to go on an excursion package offered by the resort. Ours included swimming with dolphins (which I had mixed feelings about,) snorkeling, and then wrapped up with a seafood lunch at a private lookout.

After our session with the dolphins, we hopped on a catamaran and were taken a short distance out from the resort. Now, I know how to swim and was quite excited to see all the fish and underwater life! However my goggles had a crack in them and my breathing pipe kept leaking saltwater.

After about 3 minutes I felt choked up and exhausted and floated back to the boat where I promptly threw up and then napped on the catamaran net.

To top it off, I fell asleep on my stomach and the net left an imprint along the entire front of my body!

Here’s what I learned.

  1. Don’t sleep on the catamaran net or you’ll end up looking like a grilled fish.
  2. Scuba diving is cool and all but I’ll stick to watching underwater Youtube videos.
  3. I’m a lot less fit than I thought I was.

The seafood lunch was fantastic, although Matt was feeling seasick so I ended up eating both of our portions 😀

 

Bought myself a pair of sandals from an on-site vendor! They have the word “Cuba” stamped into the sole.


La Pinta

Sol Rio Luna y Mares is an all inclusive resort. Most of the time, we ate at the buffet near our rooms in the Mares section of the resort. However, you are able to book a meal at one of the resort’s many restaurants during your stay for no additional cost. We decided to check out La Pinta – a mediterranean restaurant located right on the beach. I loooove mediterranean food (especially sea food!)

We ate at 7:30PM. It was a shame that the sun had already set because it would have been quite nice to watch the sunset during dinner!

We booked a dinner at the resort’s Mediterranean restaurant, La Pinta. During our stay at the resort, we had a few opportunities to eat at the specialty restaurants (which were inclusive in the overall price.) It was a lovely little small building right by the sea. The weather was warm that night…

I started with the seafood brochette with green salad. Next was this seafood Cuban soup, with vegetables and fish! It was so good!! I could have gone through bowls of this.

The main dish – mixed dish of seafood – chef’s style. There was a mix of fish, lobster, rice, and vegetables. So goooood. I was highly debating the lobster dish but I wanted to try the variety platter. 😛

On certain nights, the resort held events in the reception area, like White Night! Everything was decorated with white material and guests were encouraged to wear all white. There were even white desserts!

 

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It was a really fun time, with alcohol and desserts in a constant flow. 😛

That wraps up my Cuba posts (a bit late, but better than never!) You can read the rest here.

Have you ever been to Cuba, or visited a resort? 🙂

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PUDDI PUDDI~ Japanese GIGA Pudding!

Giga Pudding Review

I’m baaack!! A while ago, I bought a giant pudding kit from some online Japanese snack store because 1. I like pudding, and 2. I wanted to see if I could eat 3kg of it. I roped my lovely roommate mle into the shenanigans, and filmed us making it!

It was an experience, to say the least.

Be sure to drop my a like and a comment here!

Watch the video below:

Ontario Science Centre + Marché Restaurant | Toronto Travel Guide

 

December 31, 2016

Hello lovelies! Hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were fun! I’m starting to get back into the swing of regular blog posts. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? I’ve always been the type of person who wants to go out on New Year’s, wear a fancy dress, and party all night! However, I’ve haven’t actually been able to cross that off my bucklet list. Maybe next year. This New Year’s Eve, we took it easy.

Matt and I had a pair of free tickets to the Ontario Science Centre which expired on the 31st. We had no other plans, so we thought why not? I’ve never actually been to the Science Centre, so we figured it would make for a nice little date. Unfortunately it’s a little ways outside of downtown Toronto, just off the Don Mills Parkway.

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Bachelorette Canada Finale – Recap ft. Two Oceans Wine

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The Bachelorette Canada #TogetherWithTwoOceans!

Guesss what time it is? It’s time for my recap of The Bachelorette Canada! My mom decided to join me for the finale of The Bachelorette Canada. We used to watch the American Bachelor / Bachelorette all the time when I was in high school! Before starting, we had to polish off the rest of our bottle of Two Oceans Wine Shiraz, hehe. I’ve partnered with Two Oceans Wine to give you a full rundown on the finale, as well as my thoughts on the bachelors, the locations, and of course, the proposals! This post includes spoilers, so make sure you pour youself a glass of Two Oceans Wine (drink responsibly) and get caught up first~

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The Ultimate Girl’s Night In – Celebrating The Bachelorette Canada with Two Oceans Wine!

The Ultimate Girls Night In With The Bachelorette Canada and Two Oceans Wine!

As I’m sure you all know, The Bachelorette Canada premiered yesterday on W Network! If you follow me on snapchat, you’ll have noticed that I had a really rough time last week… I really needed a pick me up, and unwinding with my roommates and having a ~girls night in~ was the perfect solution!

Luckily for us, Two Oceans Wine set us up with an awesome little kit to make sure we were comfortable and well looked after. Delicious wine? Cosy socks? Plush blanket? YES PLEASE. Two Oceans Wines joins Canada’s first-ever Bachelorette, Jasmine Lorimer, on W Network’s much anticipated The Bachelorette Canada as program sponsor this fall. I’m super excited to share two of the wines they sent, in case you’re perusing the aisles of LCBO and need a little treat for your own girls night in!

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream @ Ice Cream Lab | California Food Diaries 2016

Liquid nitrogen ice cream - a concept I had never heard about before going to The Ice Cream Lab in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. With tons of customizable options, the Ice Cream Lab lets customers pick base flavours and topics to be added to a liquid nitrogen mixture, producing smooth, creamy ice cream!

Ice Cream Laboratory – Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Liquid nitrogen ice cream – a concept I had never heard about before going to The Ice Cream Lab in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The Ice Cream Lab lets customers pick base flavours and toppings to be added to a liquid nitrogen mixture, producing smooth, creamy ice cream with tons of customizable options! The idea is pretty similar to Cold Stone creamery (with the marble slab), except much more ~sciencey~. Keep reading for my order and experience!

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Shin-sen-gumi Hakata Ramen & Wandering Around Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

A trip to Shin-sen-gumi Hakata Ramen in Little Tokyo for the best authentic Japanese Ramen that LA has to offer.

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen

Welcome to another edition of ~Sachie’s California Food Diaries!~ Today, we’re going to take a look at some delicious Japanese ramen from Shin-sen-gumi. With a few locations throughout LA, Shin-sen-gumi Hakata Ramen is the go-to, hotspot location for authentic Japanese Ramen! The little Tokyo location was absolutely packed during the Anime Expo weekend, so we decided to return the week after. You may remember my trip to the Fountain Valley location by Huntington Beach last year! That post actually came in handy because I remember I really liked my order, and I’m glad I wrote it down.

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Santa Monica Pier & Gen Korean BBQ | A Week in California

An evening stroll on the Santa Monica Pier…

Following our day trip to the Getty Museum (which you can read about here,) we decided to head on down to Santa Monica! The main purpose of our trip was to stop by Third Street Promenade to do a spot of shopping (hello Madewell, Cotton On, and most importantly… Uniqlo!). I follow a ton of LA vloggers on Youtube, so it was really funny for me when I stepped into the little shopping plaza at the end of the street and felt like I had been there before!

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Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe; Toronto’s First Maid Cafe!

Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe…

Tucked away in the heart of the Toronto is a huge Otaku secret. In their efforts to expand and introduce Toronto to Japanese food culture, the famous Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake cafe has opened up a maid cafe.

Maid cafes are a prominent and reoccuring theme in Japanese anime and otaku culture, and can famously be found in areas of Tokyo such as Akihabara. Maid cafes combine elements of anime, and cosplay culture – it is often a small, brightly lit, and pastel coloured cafe. Customers are greeted with a hearty “Irasshaimase!” or welcome! Girls in maid uniforms (think more cute and reserved than kinky/sexy) serve desserts such as cakes, parfaits, and teas to visitors, as well as perform dances at set times.

Mle and I decided to visit Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe! Here’s what we discovered…

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Gyugyuya Curry & Tsujiri Matcha Cafe | Japanese Food in Toronto

Japanese Food in Toronto – Gyugyuya Curry and Tsujiri Matcha Cafe

There’s nothing I love more than finding new places to eat in Toronto – I’m slowly working my way through an endless number of restaurant recommendations! Last week, Mle and I decided to wander downtown and check out some new restaurants and cafes. Coincidentally, both places were for Japanese style cuisine.

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog (or instagram follower), you’ll know that I absolutely love Japanese curry! I even posted a recipe a little while ago! Gyugyuya curry had been on my list for a while and I was seriously craving a hot bowl of the stuff! Mle wanted to try out Tsujiri Matcha Cafe as well, which was just down the street. Lunch and some matcha sundaes? Sign me up!

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My Favourite Curry Recipe

Glico Japanese Curry

If you know me, you’ll know that I frickin’ love curry. Indian, Japanese, Thai… Curry is just an all around winner in my book! I often post videos when I make curry over on my snapchat (add me – lovelyghost). Accompanied with rice, it’s a hearty and filling meal that’s great for chilly days and works well for leftovers for the next few days. Compared to other curries I’ve tasted, this one is a bit more savory and not as spicy.

I’ve used a few different types of curry paste blocks, but I found that the ones from Glico are my favourite. I buy the ‘hot’ flavour which isn’t spicy, and this is coming from someone who can’t do spice at all! I often add pepper to the recipe. It also works great without meat – I often make vegetarian curry.

Keep in mind that the smell is pretty strong… your clothes will probably end up smelling like curry so make sure to pop open a window and turn on your fan!

This recipe makes about 4 servings, and takes about 40 minutes to prep/cook.

Ingredients

  •  1 box of Glico Japanese Curry (Hot) – I only use about 4 cubes of curry. It’s a pretty well known brand and I think most Asian supermarkets carry it!
  • Vegetables (lots lots lots!) You can use whatever I want, but here’s generally what I use.
    • Half a large onion, diced
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 red pepper, diced
    • A handful of frozen green beans
    • 1 head of broccoli
    • 1 large potato, diced and cubed
    • 1 carrot, sliced
    • Half a box of mushrooms, chopped up into very small pieces
    • Sometimes I’ll chuck in a bunch of frozen Asian style veggies.
  • 1 large chicken breast (diced) , or about 500g of ground beef
  • A bit of vegetable oil
  • Salt / pepper.
  • Rice (to serve)

Directions

The first step is optional, but I like doing this for a pop of spice. Take your diced meat and rub on a thin layer of pepper (I also use texmex seasoning sometimes). Make sure to really work it in! Set it aside.
Pop 2 pots of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Add a dash of salt. Put in your potatoes and boil on medium for about 15 mins or until soft. In the other pot, boil your broccoli and frozen veg on low heat!
Place a large pan on medium-low heat. Add a dash of vegetable oil and pop in your onions. Saute them until they are start turning golden. Add in your meat and and cook thoroughly!
Add in the peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and carrots. Turn up the temperature to medium/ high heat and saute for a few minutes until meat is beginning to brown. 
Until this point, it’s pretty much your basic stirfry recipe.
It’s looking pretty colourful right now! Next, take your box of curry – I’m using the hot variety from Glico. You’ll find little paste blocks inside… It almost looks like chocolate (but definitely doesn’t smell like it!)
Now, this is up to preference. I break off about 4 – 5 blocks, which is about half of the package. I like my curry to taste fairly strong. I would recommend using about 2 – 3 blocks and testing how rich you like the flavour from there.
Add in your frozen veg and potatoes – let them sit and cook with the rest of the vegetables for a minute. Take a bit of the potato water and add about 2 cups to your stirfry.
Break up your curry blocks and scatter them around! They’ll slowly begin to melt into the water, creating a thick sauce.
Cover with a lid and let it simmer as the mixture reduces a bit. It should be quite thick.
Serve up your rice and top with a few heaped spoonfuls of curry! It will be nice and hot…dig in!
And there you go! ~Sachie’s Specialty Curry~, aka one of my favourite meals to make. I don’t make this too often because it is quite rich, but so tasttttyyy!!Save it for cheat day 🙂
Have you tried Japanese style curry before?

xox,

Sachie


An Evening in Downtown | Sansotei Ramen, A-Game Cafe, & Cafe Crepe

Let’s Go Downtown!

Hello friends! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend – mine was quite eventful! Today, I’ll be posting another one of my Toronto Hot Spot series. Hopefully these posts will introduce you to new places to stop by for lunch or dinner, or if you’re looking for something fun to do downtown Toronto! You can read the rest of the posts here.

Saturday’s events are all within walking distance, and could make for a fun night out downtown.

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3 Favourite Cooking Blogs

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I have discovered most of my favourite cooking blogs between 2 – 3 in the morning. Why, you ask? My sleep schedule is permanently messed up and I spend the early hours of the morning perusing blogs (so don’t be surprised if you see a comment or email response from me so early!) I always happen to stumble across recipe and food blogs, prompting a panicky and utterly naughty two hours past midnight snack.
I typically save some of the most drool-inducing posts for later creation. Here are some of my current favourite recipe blogs! I can attest to the 10/10 score on the deliciousocity meter (totally legit), and that these talented ladies can cook up some lovely dishes! 

Dessert For Two

The past year has seen my love for baking skyrocket! Dessert For Two is essentially my dessert bible – each portion is measured for two servings – an absolute godsend, if you ask me! A portion for myself now….and one for later. (Kinda defeats the point, but whatever, it works!) There are tons of recipes to choose from. I tried Christina’s original small-batch brownies and they tasted delicious! She recently posted a slow-cooker crème brûlée recipe which looks amazing, I may have to try that soon because I absolutely adore crème brûlée! She posts non-dessert recipes as well, but let’s be real, we’re all there for the sugar.
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Skinny Taste

Skinny Taste is a blog I discovered through Bloglovin’ Food, and features different meals that are low on calories but seriously deliver on taste – a great blog to counter Dessert For Two, hehe! I recently made this Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup and managed to consume it before I could take any photos! It’s creamy and flavorful without overloading on salt, which is something I noticed amongst many cheese soups. The author also posts meal plans, which are extremely helpful if you’re into that type of thing!

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Smitten Kitchen

I…have a thing for broccoli, okay? It just tastes so damn good on everything! This photograph was actually quite triggering, as I stumbled upon it at about 1AM and then promptly entered a fit of desperate hunger. I managed to calm myself down, but set off for the proper ingredients the next day. These broccoli melts are fantastic! Crispy bread, soft topping, and cheese are united to create the ultimate combination.

Next: Strawberry, Lime, and Black Pepper Popsicles

What are some of your favourite cooking blogs? Do you have any favourite cookbooks or online recipes?

xox,

Sachie

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Festive Gingerbread Man Recipe with Icing!

I don’t know what it was about this Christmas season, but I’ve had the urge to bake cookies.

My mother and I stopped off at Richtree for tree. I haven’t had gingerbread cookies in ages, and the glass jar with iced gingerbread men immediately caught my attention. I suddenly had the urge to make my own cookies. I found this one on allrecipes (one of my favourite resources for recipes!) It is flavoured with orange rind which tastes lovely, and takes the edge off the spices.
I modified this recipe a bit because I like a bit of a spicier cookie and didn’t have dark corn syrup… you can find the original recipe here.

The original recipe says it makes 60 servings – I used a medium size cookie cutter and it made about 30 medium cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoons orange zest
  • ½ tablespoons golden corn syrup
  • ½ tablespoon fancy molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the orange peel and dark corn syrup. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, I like to chill overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a floured surface, roll dough out to ¼ inch thick. (The dough will be quite wet so really make sure you flour the surface!) Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.

Cookie Icing

Now, part of the fun of making gingerbread cookies is icing them…right? I had a thin icing tip for my first batch, great for intricate snowflake designs and such. Unfortunately, my dad threw it out, so I had to use a thicker tip for my second batch. Wehhhh.
Anyway, here’s another cookie icing recipe from allrecipes. You can view the original recipe here, but I found it to be a bit too dry so I had to modify it a bit. If you find it too wet for your liking, just add more icing sugar to balance it out.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup confectioners’ sugar 
  • 3  teaspoons milk 
  • 2 teaspoons golden corn syrup 
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract 
  • Assorted food coloring 

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, pipe icing, or paint them with a brush. 
I also melted a small bowl of chocolate chips as icing, as well as Christmas coloured sprinkles. Bulk Barn was also selling little edible silver balls which worked really well on the Christmas trees.

I’ve made this recipe twice now and I absolutely love it! After the essence has been added, the icing smells quite strongly of almond. Don’t worry – the scent will fade to a subtle note. The icing itself has a light almond flavor that isn’t sickly sweet.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Let me know if you try out this recipe. You can check out the rest of my recipes here.
xox,

Sachie

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    The Thanksgiving Food Diary

    Hello lovelies!

    I just finished watching the food reviewer episode of South Park, which reminded me that I have quite a few foodie photos to share with you! Canadian Thanksgiving was about a week and a half ago, which means lots of yummy dishes.
    The weekend before Thanksgiving, my family and I visited St Jacobs, Ontario. I was about 10 years old the last time we visited, so we took a little day trip out to the countryside. St Jacobs is a Mennonite town, which means the town itself is quite tiny. There are lots of woodworking and home hardware shops, art galleries, and souvenir shops. Unfortunately, the economy seems to have hit this area quite hard as many of the stores have closed down…
    Anyway, after a wander around, we decided to grab lunch at DH Food and Lodging – a little restaurant and lodge on King St, right by the Conestogo River. 

     Started off with a warm bread basket with whipped butter. The bread is from a local bakery down the street, and tasted super savory and fresh!

    The soup of the day was a curried chicken and vegetable soup, followed by a creamy caesar salad topped with assorted rye and white croutons. ($10)

    The special of the day was a turkey and stuffing sandwich on top of a bun. I think it was just for Thanksgiving, but it was really good! The portion sizes were quite big – my mom and I split one so only half a portion is pictured above. The soup and sandwich special was $15.

    Overall. the meal and service was great. The Lodge itself has a very comfortable atmosphere with aged wood detailing, as it has been in business since 1852! The only issue we encountered was that washrooms were located upstairs, which was a bit of a struggle for my 84yr old grandma… But if you’ve got spry young legs, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    Anyway, continuing on with the drool-worthy photos… Thanksgiving dinner! We didn’t do a big dinner or anything this year. In previous years, some of my mom’s friends have come over for a little party, but this year we just decided to chill out.

    Cranberry sauce, yes yes yes! I love the sauce that my mom makes – it’s sweet and tart and goes very well with turkey. On the opposite scale, I hate sweet potatoes. The sweetness tastes weird to me and I don’t like to texture…

    Started off with some tomato soup – pureed tomatos, other vegetables, and various spices for that little kick!

    The more colourful a meal is, the better it must be for your body, right? We had the typical Thanksgiving meal – roast vegetables, potatoes, brussel sprouts (gross), sweet potato (double gross), beans, cranberry sauce, and turkey! Instead of getting a massive turkey, we bought a pre-stuffed breast from M&M. There were only four of us so it wouldn’t make sense to get a massive turkey…
    Do you have any favourite Thanksgiving traditions, or favourite meals? I know we only really celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada / the US, so I hope you’ll enjoy this food diary regardless!
    Thanks for reading!

    xox,

    Sachie

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    Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake in Toronto | Worth the Wait?

    Hey lovelies!

    Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake – the “it” bakery/cafe that’s on everyone’s lips at the moment! Their supposedly famous Japanese Cheesecakes attract the masses, resulting in hour-long lineups outside their Toronto shop. I recently took a trip downtown and stopped by in order to find out what all the hype was about, and if the cheesecake was actually worth the wait!

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    Bulgogi House, Honeymee, Round 1 | Sachie’s California Food Tour

    Hello lovelies!

    Here is my last post from my California food tour series this year. We visited these two restaurants on our last day in LA.

    Our last day was a lazy one. We didn’t really have any plans – Megan was working an afternoon shift so it was up to Tako to keep Jord and I entertained. We ended up spending an hour wandering around a Daiso, lol. After Megan finished her shift, we went back to her place.

    Actually a bit of a funny story – Jord and I had arranged to meet Dyrus for Korean BBQ, but because of some scheduling conflicts, it didn’t work out. Bummer 🙁 Instead, Megan and Tako took us to a place they often hit up – Bulgogi House.


    Those shirts, haha! I learned that I apparently don’t grill my meat the proper way at KBBQ. I normally drop a few pieces on at a time and continually add meet to the grill after pulling some off. Megan and Tako’s method was
    1. Drop all meet onto the grill
    2. Mainly eat beef because its fastest to cook, occasionally other meats, but not chicken because that takes forever.

    A very good method, I may or may not have adopted it. Although I do love my chicken.

    You can find Bulgogi House here.

    Bulgogi House

    18751 Colima Rd,
    Rowland Heights CA 91748
    >(626) 965-2007

    Hours

    SUN – THUR:
    11:00 AM – 11:00PM
    FRI – SAT:
    11:00 AM – 12:00AM


    For dessert, our friend Aria recommended for us to check out Honeymee! It’s a dessert shop that specializes in delicious dairy ice cream drizzled or mixed with sweet honey!

     Look at that logo! So cute. I’m an absolute sucker for pretty design. The store itself is quite small and is based in a small plaza with other Asian restaurants/retail stores.

     Upon Aria’s recommendation, I got the ‘Sweetie’ ice cream! It was 4.25 – however, if you check in on yelp, there’s a discount! You show your checkin to the cashier and they’ll give you a discount (I think it was like $0.25 or something)

    The soft serve icecream itself was milky and creamy… absolutely lovely! The honey was sweet and worked very well with the icecream. I ate it up super fast. Definitely recommend this place! A lovely way to end our trip in California, especially with the hot weather.

    Visit Honeymee here.

    Honeymee

    YES PLAZA
    18180 Colima Rd. Suite A
    Rowland Heights, CA 91748

    Hours

    Monday – Sunday:  12:00PM – 12:00AM


     Finally, we had to check out Round 1 Arcade! I always see this place in my Californian friends’ snapchat stories. It’s a huge arcade with tons of games, photo booths, rhythm/dance machines, a bowling alley, and karaoke rooms!

    I finally got to do purikura / japanese photo booths! They’re really cool because after taking photos, you move to a separate screen outside to add stamps/doodles to your photos!

    Spent most of my time playing Pop’n Music… It’s so cute! I love the character designs. We also played the crane catcher games. Jord won a Rilakkuma, which he then passed down to me after we spent a few hours gathering enough tickets to win him a Shibe plush.

    Find Round 1 here:

    Round 1 Arcade

    Puente Hills Mall
    1600 S Azusa Ave, Ste 285
    City of Industry, CA 91748
    >626-964-5356

    All in all, I had a lovely time in California! Unfortunately, I think I lost my vlogging camera on the plane or in the airport. 🙁 So all of my LA and Anime Expo footage is lost…. Poop.

    To read about where I ate in California and Anime Expo –  check out these posts.

    Have you visited any of these places? 

    Thanks for reading!

    xox,
    Sachie


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    Japanese Shu Cream Puffs | Recipe

    Hello lovelies!

    If you follow me on twitter, you might notice that I’m really getting into baking lately! (I blame the Food channel.) I got super addicted to the Great British Bakeoff earlier this year….later followed by Cupcake Wars, and Spring Baking Championship. Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I’ve been trying out some recipes!

    I made Japanese shu cream puffs, with a little bit of a twist! I’ve used this recipe before and and it never fails.

    This recipe is from little japan mama – a blog about japanese food, recipes, and travel! Very cute.

    The difference in my recipe is that I did not make the pai-shuu crust. I also added a heaping tablespoon of instant espresso powder and some hot chocolate powder to the puff batter to give it a little bit more flavour! This resulted in a slightly bitter pasty, which compliments the egg custard.

    Keep reading!


    You can find the recipe with metric cups, grams, and celcius temperatures here.

    You can find the main recipe page here.


    Cream Puff Pastry (Choux)

    4 oz butter (regular, salted)
    1 cup water
    1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
    5 eggs
    pinch salt

    Custard Cream:

    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 egg yolks
    3 cups milk
    30g real butter
    Vanilla extract

    Make the custard cream first – a few hours before making the puffs. This allows the custard to cool.

    Custard Cream
    1. Using a whisk, Combine flour and sugar, 
    2. Add:  4 egg yolks and about 40mL of the milk, whisk until combined.  Add remaining milk and vanilla extract.
    3. Stir over medium heat, till it thickens (Often scraping the bottom). When it’s thick and bubbles start to blob up, remove from heat.
    4. Stir in 30g real butter
    5. Allow to cool with plastic wrap on surface to prevent a “skin”. Refrigerate until cold.


    Cream Puff (Choux) Pastry
    1. Place butter, salt, sugar and water in a large saucepan over high heat.  When butter is melted and it starts to boil, remove from heat and…
    2. Immediately tip in flour all at once, and beat into a firm dough with wooden spoon.
    3. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk 5 eggs.  Add approximately one egg to the dough at a time, beating well in between with a wooden spoon.

    4. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe directly downward onto paper-lined tray.  If you like, use chopsticks or fingers to pull pastry upwards on the sides, to make them taller and rough-surfaced.
    5.  Place discs of Pai-Shuu Crust Dough on top.
    6.  Immediately bake in a very hot oven 210-220 degrees Celcius, 25-30min until well puffed and browned then down to 100 degrees C for 40 min or more to dry.
    7.  Allow to cool (the puffs will firm up and become strong) before peeling the baking paper from the bottom of the puffs.

    These are super yummy and easy to make! You just have to be careful cooking the eggs over heat as to make sure you don’t scramble them. 

    You can check out more japanese recipes over at Little Japan Mama’s blog! I know I’ll definitely be looking at new recipes! 😀

    Have you tried shu cream puffs before? Have you had custard pastries? What have you baked recently?

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    Thanks for reading!

    xox,
    Sachie


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    Luckdish Curry | Sachie’s California Food Tour

    Hello lovelies!

    Next stop on my California food tour – Luckdish curry! For the second and third day of Anime Expo, I got currryyyyy!!! Curry is one of my favourite dishes! Thai! Japanese! Indian! You name it! My favourite is Japanese curry though…

    Luckily, the food truck lot at Anime Expo had a Japanese curry booth…and that’s where I stumbled upon Luckdish!

    There was a bit of a line but I didn’t care! I was starving, and curry is a hearty meal that will fill up your stomach.

    I got a medium chicken curry bowl ($10) with a spicy level of two. I can’t do spice at all, and level two didn’t really feel like a two lol. I was expecting mild spice but got a load of sriracha? on top of my curry. Had a bit of a kick which took a little getting used to.

    Although I complain about the spice, I got the same level the next day! Tasty chicken curry on top of a bed of white rice with onions, beans, and parsley. So tasty, and it smelled so good! Definitely recommend them if you’re a fan of curry. They’ve got some other things on their menu such as curry burritos, quesadillas, and nachos!

    You can catch them over on their website, and on twitter.

    Thanks for reading!

    xox Sachie

    Shin-Sen-Gumi Ramen | Sachie’s California Food Tour

    Hello lovelies!

    Welcome to another post in my series – Sachie’s California Food Tour! You can read the rest of the posts in this series by clicking here.

    Tired and hungry after spending a day at Huntington beach, we decided that we needed to fill up on good food. Megan and Tako were very enthusiastic about Shin-Sen-Gumi Hataka Ramen in Fountain valley.

    We reserved a table of six. There a few tables ahead of us, and a line of people waiting outside. Luckily, California weather is perfect so we just sat at the benches outside the restaurant and waited for the host to call our name. From what I can remember, we waited for just over half an hour…? Didn’t think this place was going to be too busy for a Monday but we were wrong – there was a constant line of people streaming through the door!

    The inside of the restaurant is quite small. Best if you’re coming in pairs or groups up to three, as there are only about 2 sets of large tables at the back.

    I ordered a regular ramen with normal noodles, an egg, thick soup oil, strong soup base, and curry paste. I added the entire bowl of curry paste into the ramen which I would not recommend if you don’t lovelovelove curry like I do. (It made the dish quite salty, but still really good!!)

    Oh my godddDDD THIS WAS SO GOOOOOD. Probably one of the best ramen dishes I’ve ever had. I’m not even the biggest fan of ramen (I prefer udon), but seriously…. so delicious. Everything was cooked wonderfully – soup was savory, meat was soft, egg was perfectly done, and just the right amount of noodles. If you finished up your noodles, you could order an extra portion for $1.50. I believe the dish cost around $11 total for me (usually about 8 but I added the curry paste.) Such a great price compared to ramen places in Toronto, which would easily cost you $15+.

    Definitely going to drop by this place again the next time I’m in California! I highly recommend it.

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    Thanks for reading!

    xox,
    Sachie


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    California Beach Day | In N Out, Huntington,& Bonfires

    The Beach Episode

    Hello lovelies! Part two of my California blog series – be sure to read Part 1 here, all about Anime Expo! Jord and I really wanted to have our ~California Beach Episode~, so we arranged a day out at the beach with Tako, Andrew, Megan, and her boyfriend!
    Before that, Tako took us to In N Out. I always hear Californians talk about In N Out, and how good it is! I thought it was just a regular fast food chain, but as always, I figured there was some truth behind the hype. We decided to stop off at an In N Out before our day trip at Huntington Beach! It’s got a ~secret menu~ as well, but I ordered the standard “#1” – a double-double hamburger with a drink and fries!
    Watching my soon-to-be food baby come into creation…

     

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    Cheer Burger | Sachie’s California Food Tour

    Hello lovelies!

    Here’s the first post in a new series on my blog… Sachie’s Food Tour! 😀 If you’ve been following me on twitter or instagram, you already know that I recently went on a trip to Los Angeles, California, for Anime Expo! I had a fantastic time at the convention….but an equally as exciting time feasting at various food trucks / restaurants!

    I love food, and blogging…. so adding a food blogging feature on this blog was a natural path! Hopefully I’ll help out a few of you guys who are looking for places to eat!

    Alright – first day of Anime Expo. It’s a huge convention, which means that most restaurants in the area will be full of cosplayers. Tired, hungry, and having to wait in massive lines? No thanks! Luckily across from the convention centre, there’s a huge parking lot full of food trucks!! Everything from sushi burritos, pho, riceballs, burgers, boba tea…..and more!!

    (photo: yelp)

    I decided to eat at Cheer Burger! I was drawn to the brightly colored truck, and the fact that I was seriously craving a burger.

    It was only around noon and the line for cheer burger wasn’t too long, so I took a look at their menu. I ordered “The Works Burger” ($8) which has lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, 1000 island dressing, bacon, fresh avocado, grilled onion, home made angus beef patty, american cheeze, topped off with a toasted bun.

    Starting to crave it again….

    Hot day, so I got a Sanpellegrino sparkling blood orange drink! Tastes good but seriously overpriced – it was so hot that I didn’t even care anymore! If you’re going to a con, bring your own drinks.

    Fortunately, it didn’t take too long for my burger to arrive…
    THIS. THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BURGER. Seriously!! Fresh veg, thick beef patty, yummy sauces dripping out… The avocado coupled well with the crispy bacon… aaahhhh I’m itching to get my hands on another one! (Why don’t they have one in Toronto, why???) For some reason this food truck has bad reviews on yelp, but I think they’re just from impatient customers who had to stand through long lines. I haven’t had anything else on their menu so I can only attest to the burger that I had.
    I can confidently say that this burger lasted about 2 minutes in my hands. If you’re in LA and see Cheer Burger, grab “The Works burger! I guarantee that you’ll love it!
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    You can also find the rest of my California food tour series here!

    Thanks for reading!

    xox Sachie

    Evening at Summit Garden

    Hello lovelies!

    My family and I took a trip down to Summit Garden, one of our favourite chinese restaurants. Food is tasty, portion sizes are great, and it has a very comfortable atmosphere. If you’re in Toronto/ Mississauga, it’s at the intersection of Winston Churchill Blvd and Dundas St. Not the most glamorous area but the food is great!

     

    Starting off with beef stock soup filled with tender meat and carrots. Super savory.

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    A look around Chinatown | Toronto Travel Guide

    Hello lovelies!

    This past weekend, my mom and I went downtown for a little day trip! I’m always downtown these days because I get bored of living in the burbs and downtown is only a subway trip away. She hasn’t been down there for a while so it was nice to spend time on her in between final projects and work.

    Starting the trip by getting off at Spadina station, took the street car to Chinatown just by Kensington market.

    Stopped off at the Hong Kong Island bakery for some bunz. It was around lunch time so we stopped off for a quick snack.

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    The Works @ Hamilton

    Hiya lovelies!

    This past Sunday, I was in Hamilton for Con Bravo! A very last minute decision to check out the small convention. I’ve heard some pretty good reviews of it, so a few friends and I drove down to hang out! Didn’t cosplay though.

    Since there wasn’t much to do at the convention (everything was being packed away since it was the last day of the con), we decided to wander around. Went out to grab lunch at Jackson Square. Decided to check out The Works – a gourmet burger join that had some great reviews!

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    Christmas Eve!

    Hallo darlings!

    Every year, my parents and I go downtown Toronto to eat at Marché (previously named Richtree). This year was a bit different because I was working on Christmas Eve.  My boss was nice enough to let me off early because she knew something was different about me! I normally wear very minimal makeup at work so when I actually made the effort to look nice, everybody noticed hahaha 😀

    We took the subway to King station (one stop from Union.)

    This is the entrance/outer patio area. It was all lit up, and the decorations were so lovely! Of course, it was quite busy because it was Christmas Eve and everyone was out for their Christmas dinner~

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    Christmas Shopping @ Eatons

    Yesterday, I met up with Sami to do our annual Christmas shopping trip at Eatons Centre! We’ve been doing it for the past two years. We usually do it before DTAC, but since we’re not going to that any more + exams, we decided to do it a bit earlier on in the month.

    First we stopped off at the food court to get some food! Eatons has really renovated their food court area, so it looks super modern now. They have a lot of healthy options for food, which is great. We decided to eat at a Chinese place. 

     The serving was huge! It was good though, although it was quite salty. When I was ordering it, the lady asked if I wanted spice and I said no… but it was spicy anyway… v__v /sigh

     Eatons had some really pretty Christmas decorations up! Throughout the mall, they put up giant reindeer!
     Cameraception!


    It’s nice being able to go out and do girly things once it a while, since I feel like I’m trapped at university. (The city that my university is in is really boring, and there really isn’t much to do.) I also hardly ever get to see Sami since we live pretty far apart during the school year. 
    I did most of my Christmas shopping at Crabtree & Evelyn, and H&M. Bought myself some cool holographic print shoes, I’ll show those in my next post. I’m actually shit broke now though, won’t have any money until I start working again during the Christmas break… wehhhhh
     It was also a nice destresser before exams start! First one is this Friday, wish me luck! 🙁
    Oh, I’m also doing Vlogmas! Here’s my most recent video! 

    Tako Sushi (AKA FOOD PORN)

    Hello my darlings~

    I’m here today with a super awesome food post! Last saturday, my parents and I went to Tako Sushi! Tako Sushi is a Japanese restaurant that was recommended to us by friends. We had a great experience during our first visit, so we decided to return for some more great food!

    The memorable points of this restaurants consist of their great service, fresh food and cozy atmosphere! The prices on the menu are also very affordable for the amount of food that you receive. (You get a lot of food for your dollar~)

    Instead of ordering just straight off the menu, we decided to try out the ‘teppanyaki’. 

     Teppanyaki is when you are seated before a hot stove – a chef arrives and cooks your meal before your eyes! The food that you receive is super fresh and hot! 

    I ordered the Teppan Fuji. It came with salad and miso soup!  

     It also came with a side of sushi! 
     The people beside us ordered a lobster dish. The chef brought in the raw meats and began cooking! It was fun to watch.

      

     Here he is preparing my salmon~ 
     Tasty beef dish and green tea! 
     Sauteeing the meat and vegetables for the beef rice! 

     MMMM adding egg! I love egg rice so much…. starting to drool again *q*
     OK so the chef sliced an onion and started pulling out the inner pieces to form a type of cone… 
     He coated it in the liquid in the bottle! Then he lit a match.
     At first I was like whoa this is cool! He lit it in fire, aw that’s a cute little flame —
     … And then BAM FIREBENDING YEAHHH 
    The flame grew so quickly, it almost caught me off guard! 

    At the end, we were offered a choice of mango, green tea, or red bean flavoured ice cream. I chose mango because I don’t really like the other two. (Green tea is alright, I just hate red bean stuff haha.)

    If you ever get the chance to visit, I definitely recommend it! I went to the Mississauga location but I’m pretty sure they also have a location in Toronto!

    On another note, I uploaded another video in regards to Fan Expo (next weekend!) See you guys there~

    Happy CNY + Food Spam

    Happy Chinese New Year! Hope the year of the Dragon is kind to you!
    Best wishes for good health, happiness, and lots of money! 😀

    Here’s some foodspam! I’ll have some actual posts up when I’m less busy ✧*。ヾ(。>﹏<。)ノ゙✧*。

    Saturday dinner – hotpot!

    Kitty on the banister (♡˙︶˙♡)

    Chinese New Year dinner!

    New Year Dinner

    On new years day, my uncle had his wedding reception at a Chinese restaurant that we go to quite frequently. I’ll spare you a long blog post and just get straight to the food porn! 😉

    I think there were 13 dishes in total lol, there was a looottt of food.
    It all tasted amazing though, I love eating at that place!

    Christmas Eve

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas! ヾ(。・ω・。) Here’s how I spent mine!
    Christmas Eve- 
    My family has this tradition for the past few years were we go to Richtree in Christmas Eve for Toronto! The Richtree that we always go to is located downtown Toronto.
    Before going to Richtree we stopped by Eatons Centre which is a huge mall! Each year at The Bay across from Eatons, there are pretty front displays! ヾ(・ω・o)

    Pretty picture taken on my camera lol!
    They also had some pretty outfits in the window displays! 

     I love the gold dress here sosososo much! I really love metallic clothing/accessories… Like gold/silver/bronze shoes, dresses, hats, accessories! ♥(ノ´∀`)

     Love this jacket, it reminds me of Remi Altava’s (from Professor Layton) yellow trenchcoat! 

    Anyway after that, we headed to Richtree!
    Richtree is basically an open kitchens restaurant. You’re given little card type things when you enter! Basically the restaurant has little kitchens serving different types of food – they have areas for sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, seafood, roasted meats, soups/salads/juice bar etc! So you go to each area and choose something from that menu to eat! They make it in front of you and then take/swipe your card. 
    Took pics in the washroom~ 

     I actually wanted to wear circle lenses that night but my eyes were red and irritated so I couldn’t… I tried to do my makeup with more warmer brown colours to make my eyes pop more though! Although it doesn’t really show. ヘ(;´Д`ヘ)

    Sweater: borrowed from my mom; white cat shirt from h&m; bag from forever21. *attempt to sound like a fashion blog*  (ノ´д`)

    Now, this is what I had to eat! 

    Penne pasta with veggies and meat sauce! The plate was quite big, I’m glad I skipped out on appetizers or else I wouldn’t have been able to finish it! Omg the food was so good! 〜(^∇^〜)Seriously, love eating here! I love taking food pics lol, if only I had a dslr these would’ve been so much nicer! Too bad I don’t have that big of a stomach or else I would’ve ordered loads more.

    I always buy the coca-cola in the glass bottles… I don’t know why but I like the glass bottles more, it seems…classier? I feel much cooler with a glass bottle wahaha. #sachiereasoning. Also, Christmassy nails! ヾ(゚∀゚ゞ) 

    After the food we always have crepe!

    This one had ice cream and strawberries, blueberries, chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream! It’s so good! Even if I’m stuffed and can’t eat anymore, it’s like I have a separate stomach for dessert!

    Blood orange juice! 

    This was the building that Marche was in! The lights were gorgeous!

    Pretty tentacle decorations.  
    After eating we headed towards Nathan Philips square! 

     There was a giant glowing signboard that provided some good lighting haha, people were looking at me strangely while I was taking pictures. I’m so purple!! ヾ(*д*)ノ゛
    It actually looks like I have short hair in these pictures but I don’t lol, my hair is all tucked under my scarf.

    We walked by Nathan Philip square! Loads of people ice skating! I’m not very good at ice skating, and it’s also cold… (。・_・。 ) Although, ironically enough, we haven’t gotten any snow here! It’s been like this for the past few years, the snow usually starts in January and can last until late March! Stupid global warming.

    So that was my Christmas Eve! I’ll blog about Christmas Day soon, so please look forward to that!  It wasn’t very eventful though lol.

    Also, if you’re interested in figures/nendroids, check out my Akiyama Mio (K-On!) nendroid giveaway!It ends on the 31 of December. 

    Aaaand finally, I shall link this random picture of me planking in the subway station. Aw yeh first time planking. ☆-(ノ゚Д゚)八(゚Д゚ )ノ

    SUSHI TEI .

    Came home from university on Friday. Mom had just come out of hospital from her examination in the morning and wanted to go out for sushi! Hadn’t been out to eat in a while, so we ended up going to my favourite sushi place! A little Japanese restaurant called ‘Sushi Tei’

    The inside of the restaurant was quite cosy and was very nicely decorated! Lots of Japanese-style decorations.

    Choosing our food!
    Now, onto the food spam! Seriously the food was so good omg ♥(ノ´∀`) I ordered Chicken Teriyaki bento! It came with miso soup, a bowl of rice, chicken teriyaki, salad, 4 pieces of sashimi, and shrimp/vegetable tempura. Seriously my favourite meal ever, it was so good!

    Ahh drooling forever! (*´▽`*)
    My mom was feeling kind of sick though so she ended up leaving halfway to go sit in the car. I hope she feels better soon.(/_;)/~ ~
    It was such a nice change from eating crap university food every day! My appetite in university is so bad now… I don’t have breakfast, just two bottles of pomegranate green tea. Lunch is usually soup, dinner is either more soup or some other random stuff from the cafeteria. Then at like midnight I’ll have popcorn or something. Stress is killing my appetite ughhh (´∩`。)

    I typically used cosplay as a way to rejuvenate my creative flow and relieve stress, but I don’t have the time/space to work on projects… I don’t feel like gaming or reading or hanging out with people either. I’ve recently started watching Game of Thrones which I quite enjoy at the moment, thinking about getting the books and reading those over Christmas Break! I want to find a small cosplay project that I can work on to distract myself. I was thinking female engie from TF2 or maid or something, idk. I just really want to make stuff (´;ω;`)

     I also really miss my moetron girls, hope I can see them soon! Looking forward to DTAC and Christmas shopping ~ (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) 

    Maid Cafe + Toronto trip!

    Hello darlings! (・∀・)

    Before I start, can you guys check something for me? When I try to click the [Follow via Google Friend Connect] button in the top right corner, I’m getting a We’re sorry… We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later.” message. Are you guys getting this as well? I just need to know in case the link is broken so I can fix it. (・ε・)


    Anyway, last Wednesday I attended my university’s Japanese Association’s maid cafe! I think it was for some charity thing.. I was still really excited to go though because I have never been to a maid cafe! (Basically a small cafe set up in which girls cosplaying in maid outfits serve you food and play games, take pictures…super cute!) (・ω・)/ I’ve seen them at conventions like Anime North and they look really fun so I decided to go with my friends Michael and Tim. (None of my girlfriends here wanted to go because they’re not into anime/cosplay. ) (ノ_・。)



    The weather was horrible that night – very rainy/dark/windy. Luckily the building that the cafe was held in was down the street from my residence.






    Cafe was held in a classroom. It was quite full! Admission came with a slice of cake and some tea.

    I had strawberry cake. Oh god it was the most delicious strawberry cake I have ever tasted. (°∀°)b

    Tim had green tea mousse cake and Michael had caramel-chocolate cake! So tasty~

    More pictures under the cut!

    Maids~ Fushi and Michelle!

    We only stayed for about half an hour but it was still really fun! They’ll be having another maid cafe in the spring so hopefully I’ll be able to attend that as well. ≧(´▽`)≦


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    This weekend, my lovely waifu Ringo came over to my university! Haven’t seen her since Fan Expo ;_;

    Went along with Wasi and Zarrar to see Zombie Walk (basically a parade where people dress up as realllly scary looking zombies! Quite a spectacle – you can see some awesome photos here!) . We ended up getting to Toronto a bit later than expected due to traffic.  (;´▽`A“

    CN Tower~
    When we got to Toronto we first headed to Bzhaun’s place to drop stuff off, but then we found out that the Zombie Walk was  pretty far from his apartment…so we ended up skipping out on it and going to Eaton’s centre instead.

    Dundas square at night – it was really crowded because there was a street performer there!

    (This picture pretty much sums up the night haha!) γ(▽´ )ツヾ( `▽)ゞ

    After we met up with Anton, Nancy and Jeanie for dinner! It was lots of fun since I hadn’t seen them in a really long time. Since it was really late, everyone ended up sleeping over at Bzhaun’s apartment, who had a really nice view of the CN  tower + Lake Ontario!

    Ringo and I were so tired the next day. (´_`。) We basically ended up spending half the day on buses since part of the highway was closed off so the ride back was super slow. All in all it was really fun getting to hang out with everyone again! It was a nice distraction before the upcoming hellish week (History essay for Thursday, Linguistics midterm exams on Thursday and Friday) (/_;)/~~ Somebody save me…

    I’ll try to make a scheduled post showing you some of the pics I got from the cosplay event last week- got some nice studio photos! (●´ω`●)ゞ

    FAN EXPO 2011 – SATURDAY CON REPORT

    Sorry for taking a while to update! This week I celebrated my 18th birthday (on August 30) and am currently finishing up my packing for university! Moving out on the 3rd, still have so much left to do. 
    I’ve also taken my Fan Expo (Friday con report) post down because photobucket said my image limit bandwith or something has been exceeded, so all the pictures went to a BANDWITH EXCEEDED sign. Hopefully all shall be sorted out once I set up my blog domain~ Anyway..

    Last Saturday was…an adventure.

    Ringo and I started the day off pretty early. We needed to finish packing up for the hotel and finish making Sami’s STRength tail. We would have done it the night before but we were out for dinner/drinks with some friends at Gabby’s (read about it in my FAN EXPO 2011 Friday post!)
    Anyway, we finished cleaning, packing up, and making the tail. We finished putting on our makeup, and packed the BRS cannon and King Saw in the car. We ended up leaving for the hotel!
    We reached the hotel and went to luggage check… But when I went to the counter they said that the there was no name reserved under the name that Sami booked under! We instantly went into panic mode because Sami was expecting to arrive at the con late and we would be stuck in the hotel lobby with suitcases and big props! Jean arrived at the hotel lobby and we panicked some more. In the end, we worked it all out, checked out luggage, and headed towards the convention centre.
    Changed into our revamped BRS cosplays!
    Derpy BRS and derpy DM are super moe!
    Carmen as Black Matagi is also super super cute! Ahh so happy, surrounded by so many cute girls!
    Dead Master photobombed me ): But at least her nails are pretty!
    Sittin around on the floor. We had been taking lots of pictures before and were hot/sweaty so decided to take a break.
    Storm trooper photoshoot near by!
    This is when I stopped taking photos, so here are some photos I found of our cosplays from later on that day! I feel that these photos turned out much better than the ones at Anime North! When I look back at some of the AN photos, I cringe! I did my makeup so horribly (with red liner under the eyes, ew!) My wig wasn’t very pretty and my shoes were dying. I’m super glad that BGS turned out much better than at AN (and there was no underboob hooray!)

    It’s a nice feeling – the feeling of maturing as a cosplayer! I don’t even want to remember my cosplays because they look horrible. I feel that my Meiko cosplay, BGS, and Mio cosplays are best to date, and I want to be remembered for those and nothing before that.
    Trying to take a hit at Gak (Gakattack on youtube, check his videos out!). He does really cool videos in which he takes footage of cosplayers trying to attack him and then adds special effects so it looks like it’s real!
    I was trying to swing really hard and make it look forceful haha 😀 
    Here’s the video he did at Anime North 2011.  

    OMG look it’s Moe Mike! We call him Moe Mike because he giggles all the time and is super moe.
    (I realize that I use the word moe a lot and some of you might not understand that. It’s pronounced like ‘moe-eh’. Here’s the wikipedia page! I just describe moe as a super cuteness that makes your heart beat fast haha~)
    Sad faces! I don’t look very sad though, just confused haha.

    Josie was cosplaying Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion. She was originally going to do the plugsuit version but didn’t finish it so she just went casual. So cute!

    Red Engineer from Team Fortress 2 appeared again! He stopped to pose in front of me while I was lying down, so you can see my gold shoes in the first picture.

    Dragged our weapons back to the hotel with the help of Justin, Thomas, and Moe Mike! Then we headed out to to Korean BBQ! I had only been to KBBQ once before but that was a long time ago, so it was nice to go again with a group of close friends.

    Korean BBQ is when there is a grill at your table, and you’re served raw meats/veggies. You put the meat and veggies on the grill yourself! The food tasted so good~!

    Sami and Jean, expert korean grill masters~

    Om nom nom nom nom!
    Ringo and Jean went to Gabby’s again for drinks with Wasi & co, so Sami/Carmen/Thomas/Mike and I headed back to the hotel. I’m glad that Thomas/Mike walked us back to the hotel – Toronto at night is kinda of scary haha! So many people out partying/clubbing.
    Sami crashed first while Carmen and I talked for a bit and had girly bonding time <3 Fell asleep shortly after. Jean and Ringo came back at…5AM haha!
    That’s it for now, expect the Sunday con report soon. Uploaded the Friday convention vlogs if you’re interested!

    PMall Adventures (PHOTO HEAVY!) – Part 1

    Hallo my loverlies!

    Today I went to Pacific Mall  in Toronto to go prom dress shopping!
    I specifically told my mom that I wanted to go to PMall because I didn’t want to get the same dress as anybody else. (Some girls at my school started a facebook group where you post pictures of your dress so that nobody else gets the same one as you!) I wanted mine to be a surprise, and I can guarantee that nobody else has the same one as me.

    I’ll start with the photo spam!
    [Please excuse the fact that some of the photos may be a bit blurry or out of focus, they were taken with my iPhone camera because I didn’t have my point and shoot on me ]

    Outfit of the day! 
    I’m not creative / don’t have that great of a sense of fashion. But I dressed casually because I knew I’d be trying on a load of clothes/dresses 
    Drivin’ to the mall~
    First store we came across when we entered. It wasn’t open yet, as most stores open at around noon.
    Pacific mall has many cosmetics stores that sell BB creams, false eyelashes, and Japanese/Korean/Chinese makeup.  Most of it is overpriced though, so I recommend buying online. 
    A big stand selling Dolly Wink products~
    Click “Read More” to see more photos!

    Across from the store was a dress store! I went in there and tried some stuff on, didn’t find anything I liked.
    The mall also has many novelty and toy/accessory stores! This one had a full wall of Rilakkuma and Hello kitty products at the back. 
    Some jewellery that my mom wanted me to take a picture of. 
    A clothing store selling casual, sporty clothing! The store attendant came out and yelled at me for taking pictures but I told her that I was actually texting and then ran away~ 
    You can’t visit PMall without seeing loads of ripoff brand bags! 
    Many clothing stores are selling flowy floral prints this season.  I saw both “Liz Lisa” and the ripoff “Liya Lisa” brand clothing beside each other! Buyer beware~! 
    Still very pretty none the less! 
    Some clothes that I was trying on~  I don’t know what brands the top and bottom left were, but the bottom right was Liz Lisa! Too frilly for me ww 
    This was a nice colour but my boobs were too big…orz
    I was a badass and took this photo even though it said you weren’t supposed to! 
    Lots of pretty ornaments. 
    Store selling traditional Chinese red envelopes and fans.
    This side of the mall was full of old people hahaha~ 
    Mommy and I went to get lunch! They had plastic models of the food! Apparently this is really common in Japan? It looked like real food! 
    I remember seeing lots of displays like this in China! 
    Waiting for our food to arrive. 
    With my two bags of clothes ♥
    The store across from where we were sitting sold lots of cute items like plushes, as well as home decor and anime posters. 
    Reading the issue of Popteen that I bought earlier! 
    So glad I found an issue, I was never able to find them when I previously came.
    Nothing like some good mealtime entertainment / 10 chinese ladies dancing and singing. 
    Our food arrived!  
    [No, that’s no a hair on the bowl on the right. It was a stringy part from the egg  ]
    MMM it was so good!
    Alright, that’s all for now!
    I’ll post another blog tomorrow, so please stay tuned!  

    iPhone and photos!

    Hi everyone!
    On Saturday I went to go pick up my iPhone 3GS! There’s actually a funny story behind it.

    Starting last Monday, I was emailing people who were selling their iPhone 3GS’ on Kijiji, which is a local classifieds listings. This means that when you search for things that you are looking to buy, all of the items listed are in your area. You can meet up with the person you want to buy from and give them cash for whatever it is of theirs you want! I found a good deal (or rather, I think it’s a good deal) on a white iPhone 3GS, 16gb! It was $300.  The guy selling it wanted to upgrade to an iPhone 4 so he was selling his practically new iPhone! Just my luck! 

    He said there were some scratches, but when I saw it, it looked almost perfect! (just a black mark near the iPhone jack that was sooo small, not even noticeable.)

    Anyway, I went to meet up with him outside a Canadian Tire that was nearby. (3 bus stops away.) I told my parents that I was going to the dollar store to pick up some folders/duotangs. (sneaky sneaky~ ) Just before I left, they decided to go on a walk.

    I met up with the guy and his girlfriend, who were both really nice, and got my iPhone! Then I took the bus back. Right when I got off the bus, my parents were walking by the bus stop!  They saw me get off and were like ‘wtf’. Haha they were kind of against the idea of me getting an iPhone because they thought it would be too distracting and it was too expensive…etc. So when they got back home, they wanted to see my iPhone haha. 😛 They kind of stole it away from me for a while before I got it back! And when I did, I had a bunch of these weird apps installed.  Silly parents.

    I’ve really been having fun with the photography apps!  My favourite apps are Cameratan (you can read more about it here on Jenny’s blog) and ShakeIt! Cameratan allows you to apply different filters onto photos! The ones I used in the first two was the ‘Milk’ filter! The last one was using the ShakeIt app, which makes your photos look like Polaroids! You have to shake your iPhone/”photo” to let the photo “dry”!  Here are some pictures I took! 

    This is the view from my seat in art class. It looks out into our school’s courtyard. 

    It’s still snowy outside! 
    A sketch I did for my self portrait in art class. I look nothing like that haha!  It looks too animu. 
    What I ate for dinner yesterday~ 
    • Vegetable soup
    • Pork chops
    • Perogies with peanut butter sauce
    • Asparagus

    Oh and also, GUESS WHAT ARRIVED IN THE MAIL~~~~? 
    ~MY BISON BATH SALTS~
    So excited to use these! You have no idea how happy I am!  (I’ve read so many awesome reviews so I’m really excited to try these out!) I’ll make a review on them later when I get the chance to use them! 
    That’s it for now~ 

    PMALL! (image heavy!)

    Hey guys! I know some of you have been asking me about Pacific Mall!
    I really love this mall, it’s probably my favourite! For those who don’t know what it is, it’s “North America’s Largest Indoor Asian Mall”. This pretty much means that everything from cute gyaru clothes to anime plushies, nail deco parlors to flower shops, chinese restaurants to karaoke bars!
    I really love it! 😀 It’s in Markham, which is a bit further than Toronto, so I don’t go that often.
    I went on Friday and took some pictures for you guys!

    Before we left in the morning, my cousin came over to spend the day with us! She’s cute!

    Sign that we passed when we were driving on the highway! I laughed when I saw it!

    Yay CN Tower! It’s downtown Toronto! :3 It’s really high! I went up there when I was really little, but I want to go again! I can’t remember the last time that I went… D:

    We went to go eat some Dim Sum at a chinese restaurant before going to the mall. Panorama of where we sat! On the left is my uncle, and on the right is my mom.

    They ordered chicken legs! Eww… ;A; My mom and uncle really liked eating it, but my cousin and I were all like “omg ew take that away.

    Shanghai noodles! These are honestly my favourite! I love eating this at chinese restaurants! 😀
    But at the restaurant we went to, the shanghai noodles were kind of oily! I didn’t really like it, but I ate it anyway because I was hungry… I totally broke out the next day!

    After we finished eating, we went to Pacific Mall! It’s organized in a grid formation, with the stores lining the sides! Kind of like a street!

    OMG SAW THESE ADORABLE MOUSE SHOES! Seeing these made me so happy! I saw them in black and wanted to buy them! And they were only $15! 😀 But my mom said that I would have no place to wear them, since they’d get dirty really easily which I guess is true… I’m definitely going to buy them if I see them the next time I go!

    They had alot of these cute clothing stores They sold alot of cutesy style clothing with frills and lace! My favourite type ♥ But some of the things that I liked were kind of expensive so I couldn’t buy them.

    They also had lots of accessories stores that sold scarves, belts, sunglasses, earrings, hair accessories… really cute things in general! I bought my chain link earrings there~ ♥

    These were really adorable pouches that were in those gachapon machines! They were $4 I think, but they were so so so cute ♥

    We saw these candies being sold in a candy shop! The bear looks funny, don’t you think?

    This is one of the walls of the many anime merch stores in the mall. The walls were lined with hundreds of figurines and plushies, hats and posters! It was amazing! The stores were cramped because they were small and full of so much anime stuff! I really wanted that Miku plushie but I don’t think I had enough money! (I had about $50 to spend, but I was keeping it to spend on other things~)

    Another wall of animu stuff! I looked really hard for a Black Rock Shooter figure but couldn’t find one! There were a few Miku figmas though, but they were kinda expensive! I like the Sailor Moon plushie though!

    Upstairs, they had alot of places that sold traditional chinese figures and things, like buddahs and stuff. Ahh stupid guy walked into my photo.

    We went into a cosmetics store! There was so much stuff!
    My mom was looking at the nail sticker/deco stuff, so I took that chance to walk around the store~ I really liked the Dolly Wink lashes – they a little section just for them! I couldn’t get a picture because the lady started yelling at me They also had bottom/lower lashes which I was really excited about! I have really thin lower lashes and I can never find any in regular department stores (because I think western people don’t need them because they already have thick lower lashes… *envy envy*)

    More awesome japanese goods~Lots of Palty hair dye with Tsubasa on the front! <33 class=”Apple-style-span” color=”#000000″>(CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK )

    A ViVi store! OMG like, my favourite clothing store there! I would never be able to buy stuff from there since it’s really expensive ($300 for a lacy dress like the one in the display ), but they’re so gorgeous . Ahh so nice, everything was so pretty and sparkly and cutsey! Painfully adorable! Once day I will buy something from there! Yes!

    There was another ViVi store right beside the other one! Again, the front display was adorable! It makes me so sad passing by that store because it’s so expensive *cries*

    Finally, got a case for my phone and had it deco’d! A really good price too; it was only $15 for the case as well as the deco! Next time I’m going to buy a clear case and deco my phone by myself – with flowers and cakes and whipped cream – the works! So excited~ ♥

    Alright! So that was my adventure at Pacific Mall! I hoped you liked looking at the photos! <3

    I looked really hard for Popteen (because they sell it there), but they didn’t have any more copies! They sold other magazines like Can Can, Beauty, Nail Deco mags, Ray… I saw Seventeen but it was like $25 and I didn’t have any money left! Haha, next time I go I’ll save! Or go when I have lots of money ;D

    Leave me a note in the cbox with your thoughts~ (Since I don’t think that the comment button is working, orz) See you later~

    Chinese food *__*

    I love it.

    Pictures of our meal at grandma’s birthday last week. My favourite was the crap *crab LOL best typo ever, and shanghai noodles! <33

    Also, friend me on poupee if you have an account!
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    Art!

    Why, hello there everybody!

    I’ve finally made a blog that I actually like… all my other ones didn’t have pretty layouts! D:
    (Having a pretty layout is very important while blogging… In my opinion. :P)

    This is going to be a short post since I don’t really know what to talk about~

    I drew pictures of Rin and Len (from Vocaloid) with Copic markers!
    (sorry if the picture isn’t clear, I took it with my cell phone~)
    I think they look cute! I’ve drawn other pictures of Vocaloids but they are not in this picture…
    Would you guys like to see pictures of my drawings? :’D

    Rin and Len from Vocaloid!

    Oh, I want to show you something else!
    I went the chinese supermarket the other day and bought some really nice chips!
    They are Potato and Sweet Potato flavored! They taste really good!
    The packaging looks really cute, so I took a picture~! ^____^ <3

    Yum~ Sweet Potato and regular Potato flavored chips! They taste really good!
    (The reason the packaging is also in french is because french is the second national language of Canada~)

    Okay, that’s all for now!
    I hope you’ll keep updated with my blog! ^___^
    I’ll be posting more pictures and writing about my life!

    Byebye~
    ~Sachie