Here are some photos of October’s Underground Market! Looking at these make me wish I’d bought tickets to this month’s event!
How awesome/beautiful/addictive is this screensaver from Uniqlo?
Uniqlo is a clothing company from Japan. Think, American Apparel but better quality.
The screensaver shows videos of life all around Japan. People doing Yoga, parking, the sun rising, Ferris wheels, elephants…it’s amazing and very fun to look at. It also displays the weather, and you can install different segments if you need more videos in rotation!
Download it here.
My top 3 event picks in Toronto this week!
TO Underground Market: Sat. Nov. 19 at the Evergreen Brickworks: The Underground Market is an excellent way to spend a Saturday! I went and was so full after I pretty much had to be rolled home. Everything is unique and independently run, so you can’t find this dishes on the street. $10 to get in at the door.
Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale: Nov 19-22/25-28 & Dec 2-5 in Markham: This will be my first year attending this sale, but I have a friend that swears by it. They have nail polish for $1, eyeshadows, and even designer sunglasses! She says that the first day is the best, so line up bright and early.
What a Girl Wants Fundraiser: Thurs. Nov 17 at 99 Sudbury: An evening out for a good cause! This event is held by the Canadian Liver Foundation and features a fashion show, live auction and swag bag.
Earlier this week, I went for an impromptu lunch at Dr.Laffa’s with a friend from work.
One of the things that I love about my workplace is that you can find pretty much anything you need around it.
Fresh pasta, circus school, Italian bread, fencing classes, and now, authentic Middle Eastern food.
My interest was piqued by this article in blogTO.
The thing that got me? The laffa. If you’re going to stick with this blog for awhile, you will need to know this:
I am a sucker for bread. I love it, in almost every shape and form. So when I read about this traditional, fresh bread I knew I had to try it.
The image that blogTO included made it look like the restaurant was in a loading dock. It wasn’t.
We went to 40 Magnetic Drive only to discover that that was their warehouse, and that the actual restaurant was across the street. Oops.
When we arrived, the restaurant was bigger than expected, bustling and smelled delicious.
Our waitress was cheerful and very helpful. The menu had lots of different options, and I selected a chicken Sharma.
My friend had Sabich. We both paid extra to get the wrap in laffa instead of a pita. They had a nice selection of tropical juices, and I had a mango juice. ($1.50)
Our waitress brought a steaming fresh laffa to our table. The laffa was huge and completely met my expectations.
It was soft and chewy, and reminded us a little bit of naan, but not as thick. My friend ordered a soup that came in a
tomato based broth with big potato dumplings that were filled with beef.
Pickles were liberally sprinkled in the bowl. The soup was served with a selection of sides to put into your soup. (pickled onions, corn and more pickles.)She had ordered the soup as an appetizer, but it was a pretty large bowl so she was full by the time our mains came around.
While waiting for our mains, I noticed that they were serving fresh mint tea (doesn’t get any fresher than the actual mint leaves!) and delicious looking hand cut fries!
Our wraps finally arrived, and they were huge, as long as my forearm. (I forgot to take a picture of this, so it’s only half!)
My chicken Sharma was filled with hummus, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley and of course, tender marinated chicken. It was good! My friend enjoyed her Sabich that was stuffed with fried eggplant, boiled eggs, potato and hummus. We could only eat half of our food, but we were still trying to decide what we would order when we came back next time!
NOTE: I forgot my normal camera, and had to use my phone which is why the photos aren’t the best!
Yes! This weekend I bought a brand new Matt & Nat bag (Lascurain) that I’ve been eying for awhile! Matt & Nat are Canadian, and the lining is made out of recycled plastic bottles! Also, they don’t use leather or animal products.
Igloo hotel with amazing view of the Northern Lights? Um, yes please.
The Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland looks unreal. The village is located in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. These glass igloos offer unparallelled views of the Northern Lights. They feature glass ceilings, with special thermal glass so that you won’t get cold.If you’re feeling more traditional, they also have classic igloos made out of snow that you can stay in.
There’s no word on how much it is to stay a night, but you can be sure it’ll cost a pretty penny.
I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, and I think this would be the perfect place to see them for the first time!
Discount luxe shoppers rejoice! Gilt Groupe finally offers international shipping. And the best part?
They are offering free shipping for the next two weeks! Gilt offers high end brand clothing and products.
They also part of Jetsetter, and offer super nice hotels and a discounted price.
It’s free to sign up! Sign up here.