All in A Week(end)’s Work (plus some blogging help please)!

I have no idea how to title these things anymore.

My highlights of the week are so similar that they really don’t have any titles.  Maybe I’ll just give it a segment name, once I figure out something witty and fun 🙂

Moving right into  this past week..it was a short work week because of Labor Day weekend and the weekend came incredibly fast with a few little fun things!

1) Completing Nike Training Club program on Saturday night

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Its been hard to get back on this whole working out routine.  The first was the hardest of the program where I felt my body didn’t belong to me.  I could barely do push-ups anymore and every move was a mega chore.  By this last week, I was able to pull off a good bit of burpees, push-ups, even figured out the whole plank row deal once and for all.  I’ve sweated buckets and buckets of sweat over the last few weeks and although I did the Getting Lean (Intermediate without running) program and I’m not sure I got that lean but it sure did make me feel absolutely fantastic 🙂

Now its back to one or two weeks of self-disciplined workouts.  If I can keep it up for a month thats great, if not, I’m jumping back into Nike Training Club for the Getting Toned program.

2) ARROW Season 1

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Montreal Comiccon is this coming weekend and for that, I went on the mission to binge-watch Arrow Season 1. Arrow is amazing.  I love the main character but everyone else is fantastic.  Its absolutely fun to watch and I’m pretty sure I’ll be done in a night or two at the pace I’m going 🙂 I’m going to admit that I love watch Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen doing those crazy workouts (shirtless of course), I also love the rest of the cast. Everyone is just so awesome! 🙂

I think the CW dishes out the most series that I like. Its pretty amazing!

3) After Work Adventures: RedBall Project

RedBall Project

 Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if?…That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.Kurt Perschke 

RedBall Project is travelling the world to spark imagination.  Has it landed in your city yet? You can check it out: HERE

4) After Work Adventures: Fountain House

Fountain House

Fountain House is a temporary exhibit on the streets on Montreal.  Its built on the concept of water flowing throughout and the idea to celebrate drinking water.

The Fountain House is first and foremost a space open to the public, like a park. Inside, at the centre, there is a basin with water flowing in it. Why did we choose to celebrate drinking water, a public good that might seem rather mundane? Precisely because we take it for granted, and we tend to forget the previous generations that built the infrastructure that now allows us to benefit from this resource.- Quartier des Spectacles

Its open to the public till October 26th.  It has water flowing down the center, the plants on the side grow (I presume), and they have stairs to go up where you can look out into downtown around us.  I love water so this was a pretty sweet concept.

5) Getting out right in time

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On Friday evening, the sky went dark shortly I left work.  Taking my time, I’m walking to the bus terminus, hoping that it doesn’t rain.  And then it does.  I feel the first drop and then the drops come a lot faster right when I spot where I am and dash up the stairs to the OACI building, which is part of the underground passages in Montreal.  As I went in, I got out of the rain right in time.  Another 10 seconds and I would’ve been completely soaked.  Yay to perfect timing or should I say, being at the right place at the right time 🙂

6) Saturday: Friend’s Birthday Brunch and Shopping Ventures

Saturday was one of my very good friend’s birthday.  He’s almost like my brother and we hang out quite a bit.  For his birthday, I usually offer to take him out for a meal, this year it was at this brunch place in Old Montreal that he’s been talking about forever called Le Cartet

That was possibly the best brunch I’ve had ever.  For one, the coming in the cast iron pan made it so delicious and a very unique experience.  Plus, everything was cooked in duck fat which just melts in your mouth.  Except it also means, I probably won’t eat this all the time, for my health’s sake.

After that, he wanted to go shopping so we went on a little venture around town and ended up in Mountain Equipment Coop out across town since that one is gigantic.  I managed to get my boyfriend and I a new hiking backpack and got myself a yoga brick because I’m not flexible and to avoid injuries. One of the few purchases that day, along with a few movies: The Shining, Moon, Weird Science.

A very fantastic day with good company and nice chats! Hanging out with friends is really quite awesome! 🙂

7) Sunday Gardening 1: Fern 

Fern

Everything deserves a chance.  With that in mind, I decided to give my fern a second chance.  It was looking monstrously huge and just totally out of control.  I gave it a little trimming and pruning.  Took some branches out (dead and alive), shrunk its size and gave it some structure and voila! I think its looking pretty nice! 🙂

8) Sunday Gardening: Autumn Flowers

Autumn Chrysanthemum

I haven’t quite finished with fixing up the side area in the front yard but I pulled out the frustrating vine plant and now the area is completely clean after I cut a part of the tall stems that are done blooming.  Things are starting to look good.  This week, Rona had a fantastic sale on Autumn Chrysanthemums so I thought it’d look nice in that spot. After a lot of pulling and cutting and shovelling, these two got planted and ready.  The one on the right is coral and the left is orange chrysanthemums 🙂

I can’t wait to see them bloom!

Now to end this off, there are a few highlights which I’m going to give an update for some coming blogging stuff!

  • I have drafted a general list of movies that I’d like to watch for Halloween marathon but I’d also like to give you all a chance to choose what you’d like to see so I’ll be putting together a small poll soon.
  • The original plan to do recommendations month in September is not happening as I want to continue to put extra focus on books so BRING ON MORE INDEPENDENT WRITERS! 
  • Pinterest Therapy session coming up!
  • I owed you all a review showing my new movie crush. That did not happen last week unfortunately since I’m shifting my schedule a little, but it will go up in the next few days 🙂
  • Following that, I’ve been thinking of making a new segment either for Crush of the Week (or something along those lines), highlighting an actor (or sometimes actresses). Maybe it’ll be a monthly basis.  It really depends how impressed I am with what I’m watching. Is that a yes or no for you?

To recap, a few questions this week:

Do you know where to find online yoga routines?  Have you seen Arrow? Have you started fall gardening yet and what are your favorite autumn flowers?

What do you think about a new segment for sexy actors or beautiful actresses? 

Thats all for today! Happy Monday! 🙂

Saguenay: La Voie Maltee (Chicoutimi, Quebec)

This past weekend, I had a 3 day getaway with my boyfriend.  Although, we didn’t splurge too much on food, we always choose one day to eat out and enjoy ourselves at a restaurant.

La Voie Maltee

After some research, we came to the rather highly praised resto-bar/microbrewery called La Voie Maltee which actually has some award-winning beers to offer.  I’m personally not much of a beer drinker and well, seeing as I’m going gluten-free and going through a 30 day alcohol detox, there was none of that going into my system, but my boyfriend is not either of those things so he can.  Plus, the menu looked really awesome.  Although almost everything was malted in one way or another, which is weird because it doesn’t bother me when anything is malted, we decided to go.

La Voie Maltee has a nice little atmosphere once you enter.  It has some nice decorations and there is even a terasse near the back so that in the nice summer weather, its comfortable to enjoy a few drinks with friends.  For dinner, however, we preferred to be inside.

If you take a look at its menu, you will see some very interesting twists on various meals and its this that attracted us in the first place.

For appetizers:

La Voie Maltee

Lobster Rolls VM

I started with Lobster Rolls VM. They are mini hot dogs with shredded lobster, veggies and fine herbs along with the mayon-Ale “East Coast”.  Ever since last year in Maine, I’ve been a huge fans of lobster rolls.  These were not only cute to look at but they were delicious.  I don’t know what herbs they used but mixed with their mayon-Ale, it was absolutely delicious.

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Chili Cheese Sticks

As for my boyfriend, he started with Chili Cheese Sticks. These are spicy cheddar covered with crispy corn served with tzatziki sauce.

We both enjoyed these quite a bit.

Now for the main meal:

La Voie Maltee

Pulled Pork Sandwich

My boyfriend had the pulled pork sandwich. The pulled pork is mixed with “BBQ sauce Libertine” (not that I know what that means). Its served with fries and coleslaw. He really like this a lot. I remember him complimenting it a lot.

La Voie Maltee

Buccaneer Ribs

As expected, I’m a huge ribs lover so I took the Buccaneer Ribs. All these fancy terms that I don’t understand is what I’m thinking as I write this up.  These ribs are served with Stout BBQ sauce, fries and Caesar Salad. I must say that the taste of the ribs tastes some time to adapt to and the meat didn’t fall off the bones like I’m used to.  However, the taste does get increasingly good and the let me say, the fries are done so delicious.  I was absolutely hooked.

I wasn’t particularly fond of the waiter and the service he provided but he seemed to lighten up a little by the end of the meal.

Overall, a great meal in Chicoutimi and I think we made a very good choice in the restaurant.

What do you think of the food? Are you into drinking beer? What restaurant types do you go for when you travel? 

Hong Kong Restaurant: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Last time I went to Hong Kong, I had praised this restaurant called C-Jade for its Teochew style food located in New Town Plaza. You can read about it HERE.

Unfortunately, it had closed some time during the 1.5 years I was away.  Luckily, in the vicinity there was another one in the same chain but this time specializing in noodles and Soup-filled dumplings. Its called Crystal Jade and located right across from The Spaghetti House.  This was the one where the previous evening we had been waiting on at the same time but didn’t get a seat quick enough. This time, we managed to get a seat relatively quickly.

Here’s what we had to share with each other:

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Vegetable & Meat Buns

Crystal Jade Restaurant

5 Grains Fried Rice with Shrimp and Scrambled Eggs

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Chicken Pot

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Shanghai Ramen

 

Crystal Jade is pretty good at what it does.  Everything tasted really good.  My favorite in this meal has to go to the 5 grain fried rice.  I’m a huge fan of fried rice but not 5 grains however this one was spot-on tasty.  Healthy and delicious? Count me in any time 😉 I’m definitely going to try to replicate this one in my spare time one of these days!

A few days later, I met up with my soon-to-be-wed cousin and her mom (another aunt), along with my mom for lunch also at Crystal Jade.  The menu doesn’t vary very much between lunch and dinner but with another group, we also got to try something new.  My cousin chose for us.  My aunt was on her vegetarian day of the month so we had to adjust a few dishes to suit her diet that day.

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Noodles

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Dumplings with Chili Oil on the side

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Taro Pastry

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Soup-filled Dumplings

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Beancurd rolls

Vegetarian Dumplings

Vegetarian Dumplings

Crystal Jade Restaurant

Fried Pumpkin Pastries

For this lunch, the noodles which I can’t remember exactly what was in it was really good.  The soup-filled dumplings were splendid and the best of all was the beancurd rolls.  They were so delicious.  The fried pumpkin and taro had a very good taste but I’ve never been a huge fan of these sort of dishes.

From what I know, Crystal Jade is a chain that specializes on different types of Chinese cuisine.  I enjoyed this one more than the Teochew style or maybe its just my memory fading from the previous experience.  Plus, I love Shanghai cuisine a lot.  This place is really awesome.  The service is decent and its very accessible in New Town Plaza in Shatin.

I had some great foodie memories here 🙂

Have you ever tasted Shanghai cuisine? Are you a fan of dumplings and/or vegetarian food?

Hong Kong Restaurants: The Spaghetti House

When I’m Hong Kong, I usually eat mostly Chinese food.  It makes up for the crappiness of it right here in Montreal.

However, there are always exceptions and the first Saturday I was there, I was with my mom, her best friend and my aunt and we had to wait for a table at New Town Plaza.  It was between two restaurants right from each other.  Obviously, The Spaghetti House ended up giving us a table first so we went in and at down.

The Spaghetti House is a chain of restaurants specialized in mostly pasta.  I’m sure you guessed that one on your own 😉 The menu doesn’t only have pasta. It has rice, soups, salads and pizza.  I’ve always been curious how it was to go here.

Whats nice about The Spaghetti House (and some selected restaurant) is that if you hold a certain bank credit card, there are some priorities to it. In this one, it was the Standard Chartered Bank which opened up another special set dinner menu for a pretty decent price and some dishes not on the actual menu. My aunt had that specific card so she took a set dinner for two and my mom shared it with her.

Their meal included a soup, an appetizer, a set meal and a meal to choose from a specified list.

The Spaghetti House

Lobster Bisque

Apparently, I heard that The Spaghetti House is supposed to be known for their Lobster Bisque.  Except, I have this vague memory that my mom said that it was a bit on the salty side.

The Spaghetti House

Eggplant Rolls with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Crab Roe (Sesame Dressing)

I actually found this be an original idea.  I never thought of using eggplant as a roll.  Definitely something I would try to make.  My aunt and my mom both enjoyed this one.

The Spaghetti House

Baked Boston Lobster Thermidor in Crab Roe & Black Truffle Sauce with Handmade Fettuccine

This dish looks so beautiful.  Maybe its because I love lobster.  I couldn’t taste this because it had this creamy sauce on top of it. No one had any complaints about this one either 🙂

The Spaghetti House

Fried Rice with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Scallops

My mom especially complimented on her choice of having rice here.  I had a taste of this and it was very good.  Plus, they were generous with the seafood which always is a good.

Moving right along to my mom’s best friend who chose this:

The Spaghetti House

Squid Ink Rice with Grilled Chicken Steak in Fresh Tomato Puree

I’ve always been curious on what Squid Ink rice or pasta tastes like.  Apparently its rather good.  I didn’t get a chance to try this out.  However, she really liked it and said its a nice change. Maybe next time 😉

Finally, we come to my meal.  Up to now, all you’ve read is that I didn’t try a lot of these foods for whatever reasons.  The truth was that I had gone through a slight stomach problem after a week of eating crazily that never really revived so I wasn’t going to be too adventurous.  You will see that for the next few days, things will be tamer in the eating out department. However, it does get back to some form of normality so I still try to enjoy myself as much as I can 🙂 With that in mind, I was careful and chose a “go green” meal with angel hair and vegetables.

The Spaghetti House

Angel Hair with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

I’m a huge fan of Angel hair pasta and it seems incredibly hard to find at supermarkets somehow.  Its easier to digest and has a nice texture.  This one was very nice.  It was a bit oily but the balance of vegetables, both tomatoes and mushrooms were pretty good. It wasn’t too bland and had a good balance of taste.  I’d definitely say its a winner 🙂

Maybe it sounds weird to be eating Italian food in Hong Kong but a little change is always welcome to keep those taste buds alive.  The Spaghetti House may be a chain but it has a lovely menu.  I almost couldn’t make my choice. We all enjoyed what we had ordered and for my mom and aunt, they almost couldn’t finish their own meal.  There was also dessert included in theirs but I forgot to take a picture.

Are you fan of Italian cuisine? What sort of pasta do you like? Are you a seafood fan? 

Weekend Food Adventures! :)

The next weekend is just around the corner and I realized that I slacked off last weekend and never recounted my actually somewhat eventful week full of eating out at my not usual hangout spots.  The initial idea was to give it a separate post but I figured how about celebrate lunch time with a nice foodie post 😉

On Friday (yes the dinner I mentioned before going home to watch Frozen), my friend and I went to eat at Jack Astor’s.

They had THE best Sangria.  I mean, it tastes like my boyfriend’s mix a little.  I looked at the menu and realized they used all my favorite wines and juices.  It was so awesome!

Jack Astor's

Think Pink Sangria (on left) and Hawaiian Punch

My friend took the Hawaiian Punch.  I’m not sure what was in it.  We both haven’t been eating a lot.  He’s training and I’ve been cutting on overeating.  Still, I try to not let that control my going out mood too much.  We skipped appetizers. I had some delectable half rack of ribs.  I just love ribs.  It had a tough week and needed a pick me up 😉

Jack Astor's

Half rack of Ribs with fries

Jack Astor's

Classic hamburger

My friend took the Classic Hamburger.  He didn’t tell me if it was good but he didn’t complain about it so I guess it was okay. If the burger looks flat, its because he only has the meat patty and onions and something else.  He’s not a huge fan of certain vegetables.

That meal hit the spot for me and we had a server in training and a waitress helping him out.  They were super cool and fun to talk to so that added to the whole dining experience 🙂

Saturday was a different vibe because it was girls night out.  The highlight was celebrating one of the girl’s birthday.  We hadn’t decided what to eat but we wanted to not go all economical and try to eat something different.  After a lot of walking around and debate, we settled to go to the bustling Crescent Street and chose an Italian restaurant (that I haven’t been to since forever) Weinstein & Gavino’s.  Contrary to Jack Astor’s, right off the bat, we weren’t too impressed with our waiter.  He acted a bit pretentious and mean.  Eventually he ended up pouring ice all over us so that didn’t win him any extra points.

The impressive part about this place is the fresh pasta they make and the selection which included whole wheat and gluten-free choices 🙂

We started with a White Sangria. I don’t drink White Sangria often but this one was quite delish! 🙂

Weinstein & Gavino's

White Sangria

Other than the birthday girl, we all took pasta. The birthday girl always takes salmon and here’s what it looked like.

Weinstein & Gavino's

My other girl friend took the Dinner that included a Curry Chicken and Vegteables Soup, I believe.  The main meal was pasta with some creamy sauce.  I can’t remember the exact name.  It was too far away….

Weinstein & Gavino's

Now for mine, I chose the whole wheat linguine with clams and basil with tomato sauce.

Weinstein & Gavino's

I have ot say, this meal was SO AWESOME! I’m pretty huge on seafood.  Not so much a frequent eater of clams but the sauce complimented everything so well.  The issue I have with whole wheat linguine is that its often very rigid and not cooked well enough.  Probably because it was fresh pasta that it didn’t have that problem.  I loved it!

After that, we went off to karaoke night! It was super fun! The birthday girl surprised me with some of her song choices and shocked us with some other selections while I finally embraced my choppy rapping skills again and realized that I really need to get back to practicing again because I can’t sing much anymore.  I was far from perfect before but a few years of slacking off and the control is not too great!

Yikes, look at me, sidetracking again!

What type of pasta do you like? What types of restaurants do you like to go to? Any cravings on this Friday? 🙂

Food Review: Sushi Yasu

On Saturday evening, I was invited to dinner with my girl friends and others to meet one of the girl’s long distance boyfriend who came in town to visit! She chose to have it at a pretty popular Japanese restaurant around where I live called Sushi Yasu!

To have dinner with friends and meeting new people, we all had a great time! I’m not really much of a Japanese food person since I can’t eat raw fish.  Still, a lot of friends rate this place highly!

I started my meal with Miso Soup (which came with my meal).

Miso Soup Sushi Yasu

Miso Soup

I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki and it came with a bowl of rice! I didn’t manage to finish the rice since it was really filling so I managed to eat most of my dish! It looks good, right?

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Yasu

Chicken Teriyaki

The Chicken Teriyaki was pretty good.  The sauce tasted really awesome and the chicken was tender.  I just found it so huge that I couldn’t eat it all.  Oh, and those are fried onions which were quite delicious as well 🙂

I didn’t get a chance to catch everyone’s dishes but two of the girls chose to eat Deluxe Chef Set (I think thats what it was called). It looked amazing but had so much food.  That also came with soup or salad and a bowl of rice 🙂

Deluxe Chef Sushi Yasu

Deluxe Chef Set

And of course, someone has to order sushi 🙂 Here’s one of the platters shared!

Sushi Yasu

Sushi

Looks pretty good! Sometimes, I miss the days when my stomach could eat sushi but I was never a huge fan! I do miss the raw salmon.  This looks awesome and there weren’t complaints I believe, or none voiced out loud!

Do you like Japanese cuisine? Do you enjoy eating raw fish in sushi, hand rolls or sashimi?

A Few Rainy Days, TV Addictions and Delicious Meals

Sorry for the late weekend personal post!  I spent a lot of time hemming and hawing at figuring out what to write today but here it is…

This past week has been all about water falling down onto the earth.  My grass is waiting to get mowed as it gets longer and longer after a whole week of rain.  My trees are patiently sitting there awaiting its next trim so that it looks all beautiful and round, instead of having a bad hair day.  The best part in all this is that my flowers are all budding.  After looking at Marilyn’s gardens with her colorful irises, I was longing for mine to eventually bloom as well.  It probably might happen next week. YAY!

These beautiful flowers have started blooming though. They usually end up covering the whole tree with wonderful pink flowers.  Its always nice when the yard is looking extremely green. I snuck out in the pouring rain to get a few pictures of it!

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I started on Thursday with trying to catch up on all the season finales that are happening.  I am TV addict.  I have a queue list for ones that are waiting to be started, another one for currently in progress but a season or two off track or just finished, and another one to keep track of the ones that are up to date.  Now there is even a list of upcoming fall season new ones to track.  This season has to be pretty good.  Its just about ended for most of them and I’m already done with New Girl, Vampire Diaries, Bates Motel (as of last night) and Elementary (as of today).

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Next up is Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy.  I’d still need to search up whether they have their finales out yet but I’m excited. However, those ones are going to take longer since I only watched a few episodes and maybe Grey’s Anatomy, I managed to get to midseason finale and then I stopped.

Whats nice is summer is the time to catch up on all the miscellaneous TV (like Glee, The Mentalist, Grimm) and some already ended ones (Flashpoint, Gossip Girl) plus the awaiting to start list (Arrow, Sherlock Holmes, Downtown Abbey, The Following, Once Upon a Time, and more) since I only watch True Blood during this time.  Can I just say I’m super excited? There’s still a few weeks but its my guilty pleasure.

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There is nothing deep about it and most of the time, I get frustrated with Sookie’s ugly disgusting accent but Bill is officially batshit crazy and Eric is super hot to look at.  Now, if we get in a few more stupid comments from Jason and then get Alcide back in the pictures, I think I’m ready to watch vampires and werewolves crazy go on ;).

On top of all these, I have about 4-5 Hong Kong series to catch up with and months upon months that I’ve fallen behind on those dramas. Maybe the occasional Taiwanese series since I’ve heard of a few that are interesting and silly fun 🙂 Lots of TV planned..now I just need to find the time.

Yesterday after dragonboat practice, I went out to dinner with a friend at our neighborhood joint which is a very good little homestyle restaurant of Chinese French fusion food.

Garlic Shrimps with Rice and Salad

Garlic Shrimps with Rice and Salad

Tonight I went there again to celebrate a meal with one of my long time friends.  Here are some pictures of what I had and the dessert is my boyfriend’s 🙂

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Fried Chicken Leg and Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Fried Chicken Leg and Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Cheesecake with Ice Cream

Cheesecake with Ice Cream

This place is called Mrs. Amigos.  The owner is a super nice lady and the staff is agreeable and friendly. I love going here! If you ever are in the Montreal area, I urge you to drop by for a meal.  They may be a small joint but they offer very delicious food 🙂 I love the dinner meals like the one I had.  The shrimps were super delicious and the chicken leg with spaghetti is one of my absolute favorite meals EVER!

Plus, I was with great company.  We had a lot of chats and laughs throughout the night.  Nothing beats hanging out with awesome times with friends 🙂 It certainly made my weekend!

How is your weekend so far? Sunnier than ours in Montreal? Maybe more relaxing? Any weekend addictions? How about TV series other than my growing list that you’d recommend to me? I’ll always find a way to fit it in…

Fridays, Girls Night Out and Fun Music!!

It seems that last week I had a really awesome thought that since weekends, my views are slow and everyone is out having their fun, and I’m a blogging addict so I’m going to take Saturdays to talk about my randomness! Its going to be a weekend thing for some to read up on whats up in my life (even though there might not be a lot) and sharing some music, cool YouTube vids or whatnot.  Its a chance for me to take it easy trying to write a review and just switch things up a bit!

Yesterday was totally awesome time with my friends.  We may not have ended up in the originally planned male strip club, but it was such a fun night as a girls night out celebrating Sunday’s bride to be’s (almost) last night of being single.  We all dressed up a bit in nice cocktail dresses and whatever layers to keep us warm as the night progressed and met after work.

We then went off to grab some dinner and wrap up on the final details and rundown of the wedding on Sunday.  We decided to go try out Pino Restaurant.  We started off with some drinks! I got a Mojito! I’ve been on the search to find a good one in Montreal…

Mojito!

Mojito!

Then dinner came! I had a very good Fettucine Salmonata!

Fettucine Salmonata

Fettucine Salmonata

And some of the dishes the girls had!

Chicken

Chicken

Shrimps

Shrimps

After the restaurant, we went off to private KARAOKE! I’m forbidden to release any of the photos publicly as per my friend’s request.  I respect that but it was really fun.  Among the many songs, we sang some LMFAO Sexy and I Know It, and some Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way because those songs are always easy to sing and gets everyone in.  We did some Bruno Mars The Lazy Song! One of the girls got us to all get up and then BANG! We were dancing to Gangnam Style! WOOHOO! And we ended off the night with a perfect song with everyone in doing Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling! Time flies by because before we knew it, we were in there for over 2 hours and sang so many awesome songs.

Next stop! More drinks on the terrasse at Cafe Via on Crescent Street 🙂 Very comfortable place to sit and their drinks were quite delish!

I started off the night with Slammer…

Slammer

Slammer

I love cocktails and this one had gin, southern comfort, amaretto, orange juice and grenadine (is that what you call this in English?).  It was super delicious and the gin stood out in this drink.  Awesome stuff!

Then we went for second rounds and I got another cocktail called Naughty and Spice…

Naughty and Spice

Naughty and Spice

This drink was quite fruity and the alcohol actually was not very apparent.  We all know those are the most lethal.  It tricks you into thinking that its nothing.  This was more simple and had Bacardi, ginger ale, pineapple juice, apple juice (and something else?).  Super good drink!

We all live on the suburbs so at around 12:30am, we realized we had to catch our last bus and paid and ran off literally.  Thank goodness we made it on time 🙂

This morning was actually quite good.  I’ve been relaxing a bit before doing all the stuff I have planned.  And I actually found some nice music to share from an independent YouTube artist that I like quite a bit.  Sam Tsui with his first independent album! I helped out with his Kickstarter project and to see that this song was so awesome makes me even happier!

“I got a little confession that I don’t know what I’m doing, but if you want you can play along, maybe I’ll wait to find out that when I do it, until I do I’ll keep going strong.  Make it up as I go, Make it up as I go!”

Have an awesome Saturday (or weekend)!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Cheers!

P.S. I’m up at 6am tomorrow to get ready for the wedding to meet up at 7am at the bride’s house so I don’t think I’ll be very active here! Maybe I’ll do a quick post…we’ll see how it goes 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

I know that I’ve done tons of colour photo challenges last year, like COLOURFUL and COLOURS! You should head on over if you want to brighten up these gloomy spring days.  I know I am…since forecast has it that it just might sprinkle more of that white stuff on Thursday…and the sun has been camping out behind the millions of clouds in the sky.

The only place we’re finding hints of colour is inside and I had proof of that at one of my friend’s birthday dinners at a lovely Brazilian restaurant called Milsa.

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The decor had the ceiling draped with yellow and green fabric hanging loosely and a blazing red sign for the restaurant for contast 🙂

Since we are at the restaurant, how about a little colourful food? Our all you can eat salad!

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Red tomatoes, green cucumbers, purple lettuce and cabbage (is that what we call that?)

Winding a week or two back, on March 31st, my birthday..my mom decorated her delicious yellow cake topped with lush red strawberries to match with the dried cranberries she had put in the cake as well 🙂 It was simple but mega delicious!!!

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To end it off, earlier on that same day, I was in Burlington and we had found a wall full of nice drawings on it that we hadn’t noticed the first few times around.

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Beautiful vibrant colors on this street wall painting!

What colors catch your eyes in your life?

This is my response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme COLOR!

Restaurant Review: Panera Bread at Burlington, Vermont

During any work day, I have a really hard time getting out of bed regardless of having to wake up at only 7am but on the weekends, my body goes into auto pilot and wakes up at 6:30am no matter what time I go to bed.  Being on vacation was no exception, which was also how I managed to get in an exercise and snuck a peek out of the foggy window.

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While I was working out, my friend woke up as well and as the other two were still sleeping, we decided to head out at 8:30-ish to grab a light breakfast snack.  I had tried Panera Bread in Toronto.  And I loved it, so we headed over to the one here to try it out.

Obviously everything is made with  milk so I ended up taking a croissant and a green tea.

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I love croissants. They are flaky on the outside and soft on the inside. Love them! I’m so glad my bad health hasn’t had to get to me totally take butter out of my meals so I can still enjoy a croissant once in a while. This one was super delicious.

My friend got a Bear Claw.

Bear Claw

Bear Claw

She told me that she liked it a lot.  Its her first time eating one.  I obviously can’t eat it but doesn’t it look so good?

Actually, jumping ahead a bit, we all were so full on the last day that before we left, we went to Panera Bread to grab a light lunch and I got a small Rustica Penne Bolognese.  I think thats the name.

Penne Bolognese with Bread

Penne Bolognese with Bread

I don’t usually eat pasta when I’m out but this one was so awesome! I love it.  It wasn’t too salty or too much seasoning.  Everything was just right.  It was light enough to give me energy to drive back without making me tired.

Do you have Panera Bread where you are? Do you enjoy it? What pastries do you like to eat when you are at a coffee shop? Tea or Coffee?