food:diary

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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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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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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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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