April 2012 archive

Japanese in Whitby

Last night, I headed up to what I fondly refer to as The Magic Plaza, in Whitby. I call it the magic plaza because it has a movie theater and pretty much every type of food you could ever want to eat. And it has a Caffe Demetre!

This time, we noticed this Japanese sushi and all you can eat restaurant called Takemoto, at 75 Consumers Dr. The table tops were bamboo and the dinner menu was $22.00 per person. The menu was great! It had lots of my favourite Japanese dishes like yakitori, shrimp tempura, chicken katsu, donburi, teryiaki and gyoza.


The menu also included soft drinks and green tea. The service was great. Attentive and very friendly. The menu also has a small chinese food section, featuring general tao chicken, spicy beef, fried rice and lo mein. The general tao and spicy beef were delicious, but the noodles and rice were subpar- mushy and tasteless.

I don’t eat sushi, but my friends said that the sashimi was lovely and very fresh. They also enjoyed the spicy salmon rolls. The only roll they didn’t like was something called the “Whitby Roll” (which didn’t sound promising to me) and it wasn’t very good.

I was very excited to find a sushi roll that is now my favourite- yam tempura sushi! It was super yummy. I would recommend going to this restaurant if you ever find yourself in the Durham area. It has a decent menu, fresh food and it’s way better than Marimoko (Pickering) and Sakura Japanese (Scarborough) by far. (Interestingly enough, Makimono and Tatemono are run by the same group! Why the huge difference in quality?)




Tatemono Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

Clever Travel Gear

I’m getting really excited for my trip o’ romance (to paris + italy) I’ve been searching for some smart but stylish ways to carry my money and passport around. I love this cool option from Clever Travel Gear. The clothing line includes long johns, undies, t-shirt and tank-tops. All of these items feature pockets for you to stash your valuables. Thieves are unlikely to make you strip, so even if you get mugged your most important goods should stay with you.

That being said, you’ll have to buy a lot of underwear to make this, um, sanitary. Each underwear will run you $24.90, and the tank top is $34.90. I’m really excited about the tank top, cause I can wear it under all my shirts! I’ll write a review when I get back from my trip.

Alternative Fashion Week



Tonight is the kick-off of Alternative Fashion and Arts Week (FAT for short)! I’ll be attending on Tuesday, so check back to see my post about it! Visit their website at http://www.fashionarttoronto.ca or read on to learn more about it.

The [FAT] attitude comes to life again this year at our new festival location – a former industrial warehouse located at 213 Sterling Road – Toronto’s new up-and-coming arts & design district. Models will stomp their heels on an 80 foot-long runway featuring 52 innovative fashion collections from top designers within Canada and abroad.
[FAT] has an international reputation for presenting and discovering cool new talent, for instance: Wesley Badanjak, Heidi Ackerman, Martin Lim and Jasper Garvida. Now in its 7th year, |FAT| has presented over 1,000 designers and artists since it first launched in 2005.


2012 THEMATIC fashionSCAPES of lFATl
April 24 – LANDscapes explores global landscapes & physical environments
April 25 – CITYscapes visits man-made environments; streets, structures & cities
April 26 – BODYscapes investigates the body, identity, sexuality & gender
April 27 – FUTUREscapes looks at technology, media & innovative processes
April 28 – FATmarket is an off-runway pop-up shop featuring clothes from |FAT| designers

[FAT] EVENTS

April 24-27: 52 RUNWAY SHOWS
From designers across Canada & around The World.

April 24-27: |FAT| FOCUS GERMANY Presented by the Goethe-Institut
Fashion & art from Germany’s hottest designers & image-makers: curated in collaboration with world-renowned Designer Scouts.

April 24-27: THE DRESSING ROOM PROJECT
A virtual & on-site multimedia art experience.

April 24-27: FILMS ON FASHION
International filmmakers create iconic imagery through fashion & moving image. The program includes 10+ films from Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Florence, Wroclaw, Baar and Montreal.

April 24-27: PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO EXHIBITION
Imagery from Canadian and international media artists & photographers

April 16-28: |FAT| DRAKElab OFFSITE EXHIBIT
Daily LIVE broadcasts of lFATl runway shows on Queen Street West.

April 28: |FAT| & DRAKElab FASHIONmarket

11AM – MIDNIGHT

Crave: Caviar Nails

These manicures are fab. They look like someone dipped their fingers into sprinkles, especially the second one, right? These are upcoming Caviar Manicure kits by Ciaté. Called Caviar because I suppose they look like fish eggs…but I prefer to think of them as sprinkles! The website shows you how to apply them and it looks pretty simple. I feel like they would fall off though! They launch later this month, I’ll report back when I try them out!

Picture This: High Park Cherry Blossoms


I love sakura blossoms! High Park has many cherry trees and thousands flock to see them each year. Last year I went after they bloomed and they were all dead. It was sad.
So this year, I made sure to go on time! I kept up to date with the High Park Nature Centre blog and when the bloomed last Sunday, I made plans to go that week.

I went on a Friday night, and the park was CRAMMED with people. Everywhere. Couples, families, newlyweds. All taking adorable photos with a cherry blossoms. The trees are gorgeous and the weather is nice. Brave the crowd to see the blossoms! If you drive, be careful where you park because the parking tickets are expensive. ($105!)

New York’s Sohotel


I went to New York last month, and stayed at the Sohotel in the Bowery. The Sohotel is a small, but hip hotel. The rooms have exposed brick walls, and SUPER comfy beds and pillows. There’s a flat screen TV and a radio ipod dock. The bathrooms are tiny, but with a nice shower head and comes stocked with yummy smellingC.O Bigelow Apothecaries lotion, shampoo, body wash and conditioner.


The lobby is pretty classy, with free coffee and tea offered in the mornings and afternoons. It has lots of pretty chandeliers and comfy chairs. The location wasn’t bad, only 1 subway stop away from SoHo, where there is tons of shopping. The hotel is clean and the staff is efficient. They also let us store our luggage before check-in, and after we checked out, which was great.

Some of the downsides are:

  • It bills itself as a “cheap” hotel, but at $250 a night, I disagree.
  • There aren’t any restaurants around to grab dinner or breakfast. The hotel doesn’t have one, but if you walk for about 7 minutes, you’ll find some cafes and Little Italy.
  • It is LOUD. You can hear the traffic and street noises like you are out there. I DID have a good sleep while I was there, but if you are sensitive you might want to take note.
  • Only the lobby has WiFi. That really shocked me! You can get a faint WiFi signal in some rooms, but it’s hard.
  • There aren’t any phones in the room. If you need to call front desk you have to walk
  • There isn’t an elevator, and we stayed on the 4th floor. It wasn’t that bad though.

    The Sohotel is located at 341 Broome Street and the nearest metros are Bowery and Grand station.

  • April’s Underground Market


    The line to get into the April edition of the Toronto Underground Market was looong. “Wow,” my friend remarked to me, “I think word got out.” I don’t think that this market could really be considered “underground” anymore, but as a movement it still very much is. The line moved quickly and we were in by 6:30.

    I started off with Mama Nashi’s super delicious samosas. ($2 of 3 for $5) The chicken tikka is my favourite! I love that they use white meat, and that the chicken isn’t ground. The flavour is also fantastic.


    Next up was Fidel Gastro’s Extremo Sandwiches. I bit into a $5 Havana Club stuffed with pulled pork, ham and cheese. The pork was sweet and smokey, and the bread was really good, soft and a bit crispy.



    I had heard good things about West Side Beef Co’s sliders ($4) (and had enjoyed a sandwich previously) so I gave it a go. They were forming the patties from fresh ground beef right there at the booth. Each burger was topped with a pickle, onion jam and and cheese. I liked this, but it wasn’t my favourite because it was too pink in the middle for me.



    The Lunch Room was doing some pretty awesome stuff at their booth (blow-torching creme burlee!) so I decided to try the brown butter almond financier served with strawberry mint sauce. The financier was light a moist, with a nice almond flavour but the strawberry mint sauce was forgettable. Maybe if they served it warm?

    The Toronto Underground Market happens once a month. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the doors of the event at 9pm. In May they are doing a street festival!

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