2017 May #2

We went for lunch at Konnichiwa before I took a nap.

Sashimi platter for Serena. I took the saba mackerel pieces, which were very fishy.

Sukiyaki for me. Quite good. Normally, a lot of sukiyaki broth are too salty as well as too sweet, but this one was fine. Pretty good.

Had lunch at Manchu Wok for lunch the next day. Serena’s were kind of bad haha. Lots of batter…

I chose my trusty combo of Pepper Beef and Honey Garlic Chicken. Always a winning combination.

Had some Charidise the next day. Their food always looks nice and presentable, but I’ve found their cooking to be very average. The egg was overboiled, whereas the sauce on top of the eggs was very salty. The fish was similarly overcooked, while the sauce was very salty. The rice was also in the cooker for too long, and is very hard. Yeah, in general, the atmosphere there is very good, but the taste just doesn’t catch up.

Went next door to Arctic Bites after lunch, and had their frozen dessert. The rolls you see are actually ice cream spread across a very cold plate to freeze into a sheet, then curled up to form the rolls. Quite nice.

Went to kendo practice at Ryerson Kendo Club. Aaah, very intense, so sore after… and got a missed tsuki right near the throat, which was red and sore for several days. Good practice though. Quite an eye-opener, as I’m not used to that level of intensity and skill. Definitely should go back.

 

 

Thursday, I gave blood at the College Street location. It was my first time at that location, as I normally go to the one at Bloor Manulife, which is quite a walk unless I’m going to the Japan Foundation Library next door too. The College Street location looks like their main headquarters, because the whole building looked like theirs. It was dark and had red flags and banners within the columns inside. You know, almost like a cult dungeon… or a crypt… of Dracula…

Went to Donatello on Elm Street for dinner. We started with some Beef Carpaccio. It was quite good! Nice seasoning for the thinly cut beef, dressed with olive oil and some cheese.

Gamberoni & Scallops al vino bianco ($24.50), shrimps & scallops sauted in wine & garlic sauce. Very very nice. I enjoyed every bit.

Serena had the Gnocchi, which I skipped taking the photo, as it looked pretty nasty, but tasted pretty good. Our umbrella fell out of my bag, and we almost lost it, but I went back the next day and they kept it! So nice of them.

Lunch at Nandos on Bay Street. They specialize in Portuguese Peri Peri Chicken.

Long wait of about 20 minutes. Good to know it’s prepared fresh, but eesh, if it was lunch break alone, kind of hard to order and eat within the lunch period unless you order ahead of time.

From left to right, double chicken legs, fries, coleslaw, grilled pineapple, chicken liver, and sweet potato “fries”.

The chicken was actually pretty good. Good seasoning. The legs were good pieces.

The chicken liver was really good, better than we expected! Spicy and such, but the greasy and spicy combo gave Serena some GI trouble.

Ah the disappointing sweet potato fries. It was more like it was baked, rather than fried. It was still raw in certain parts, had no flavour, and was dry on the outside. Very nasty! Do not get it.

 

We went to Eaton after work, and visited Express for the last time before it closed. We picked out some dresses for Serena there. On our way home, we also picked up the rug for the living room. Ordered it on Amazon for about $90. Very springy and soft! And still, very very light! We carried it back from Yonge-Dundas Square on foot.

For dinner, we ordered some Pizza Hut and watched Star Trek Beyond while eating. And yes, spilled some tomato sauce on the rug on the first day!

On Sunday, we went to Ryerson Kendo again, which was even more intense… Ahhh, I can’t keep up at all, but the practice was so educational! Taught and practiced so many moves. Aahh, exhausting but fun.

We then went to the Crying Pig Festival.

Okay fine, it was actually the Rib Fest at Yonge-Dundas Square. The space was limited, so only about 4 vendors were there.

We chose a British Columbia grill, and a New York vendor. The BC one was quite nice, but the NY one was so dry and terrible… we had to waste half of it.

On Victoria Day, we bought a TTC Day Pass (which we rode twice, and not getting our money’s worth), and went to Ontario Place.

This is the 1st Ontario Culinary Festival. It was a few shipping containers and 5 food trucks. But it was free admission, and about the only place that was open on Victoria Day.

The food trucks must have made a lot of money, because there really wasn’t many options. But hey, it was the first year, maybe there will be more in the following years.

Smoked meat grilled sandwich. Pretty good actually.

The Pulled-Pork Mac and Cheese. Serena liked it, but I felt it was very watered down, and Kraft probably makes a better version…

Also got some jerk chicken from Sully’s. This was quite good!

Lastly, we saw Hot Chocolate being made by this bicycle! It was really cool, but it tasted awful! Very gritty and also very watery! Fun to watch the man riding the bicycle to make it though.

 

Maybe next year it’ll be better.