Month: April 2015

Sakura Blossoms in Japan

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We were SO LUCKY to be in Japan during cherry blossom season. It was amazing and insane. Everything was sakura (cherry in Japanese!) themed. Vendors set up stalls in parks, selling all kinds of treats, including fish on sticks. People picnicked under the blossoms. Temples and parks offered night time illumination events.

Even the restaurants got into it! Starbucks had a special sakura blossom menu that included special drinks, cherry blossom cake and beautiful mugs that I was unable to get my hands on. McDonalds had sakura french fries, sakura milkshake and a sakura burger. (The sakura fries were delicious.)

Here are my photos from visiting the cherry blossoms in April in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.


[Review] Motorola Moto X 2014


My first phone was a Motorola. I still remember that Motorola C333.  We’ve come a long way since then, but my love for Motorola hasn’t wavered. If anything….with the addition of Android, it’s grown! I was very happy to get my hands on a Moto X 2014 to take with me on my trip to Japan earlier this month. I’m already a happy owner of a Moto X first generation.

One of the things that I loved about the Motorola X in the USA was that you could customize the back with wood, leather, or whatever colour you wanted. I was a little disappointed that in Canada, the first gen Moto X only came in black and white. When I was sent a Moto X with a bamboo back, I was thrilled! (Get one here!) (more…)

Blog Tour: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby


I think that Susan Juby could write anything, and I would devour it. Her topics are always so varied -a chicken farm, a teen P.I, a young girl coming of age in BC- and all addictive. I even read her autobiography (I typically don’t read non-fiction) about alcohol abuse, and really enjoyed it.

In her new book,The Truth Commission, Susan brings her sharp humor, loveable characters and trademark wit to Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design.

Normandy Pale has tasked herself and her friends with chase the truth…no matter the cost. They aim to get to the heart of gossip, and to discover secrets.


In true “Truth Commission” fashion, here are my two truths and a lie.

1. I was stuck in Egypt for days during the revolution in 2011.
2. I missed my connecting flight to Japan from Detroit.
3. I tried to get into the wrong car at a subway kiss and ride…repeatedly.

Find out the lie after the cut! (more…)



It’s been months since Winterlicious, and Summerlicious is still far away. Tide yourself over with the first annual Marketlicious! From April 16th- April 30th Market Street restaurants will be celebrating the (hopeful) start of patio season.

Barsa Taberna, Bindia, Market Street Catch, Evolution Food Co. and Pastizza will be offering special pre-set lunch menus highlighting some of their top dishes.

Check out my two favourite menus below:

Appetizers: Choose one of the following
Haryali Tikka- Vegetable patties made with broccoli, carrots, peas and aromatic spices.
Fish Pakora- Tilapia breaded with chickpea flour tandoori spices and cumin seeds, served with a bell pepper and onion chutney.
Lamb Samosa- Crisp pastry filled with seasoned minced lamb served with a tamarind chutney.
Mains: Choose one of the following
Butter Chicken- Tender pieces of tandoori grilled white meat simmered in a rich creamy tomato sauce with special house blend spices.
Bhuna Lamb-Marinated lamb pieces cooked with bell peppers, coriander, onions and tomatoes in an aromatic masala sauce.
Paneer Makhni-Indian cheese cubes simmered in a tomato, onion and cream based gravy.
Desserts: Choose one of the following
Kheer-Traditional Indian rice pudding made with milk, raisins and cardamom
Gulab Jamun-Milk dumplings in a warm sweet syrup served with vanilla ice cream.


Choose any 3 Tapas + Postre
Brassica salad
Patatas Bravas
Manchego Churros
Crispy Bass
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Crispy Pork Belly
La Bomba
Chorizo Bocadillo

To find out more about Marketlicious, visit

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