Summerlicious 2014 Restaurant #4: Casa Manila

Located at 879 York Mills Rd in Toronto

Oh, man.  I wanted really badly to have a good review for this restaurant and say that I liked my experience here, but I really didn’t have a good time.  You’ll see why below.

For my 4th Summerlicious restaurant — I know, crazy, right, and the event’s not even a week old yet!  — my mom and I had lunch at Casa Manila, a Filipino restaurant in North York near York Mills and Don Mills.   Continue reading

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Summerlicious 2014 Restaurant #3: Shibui Robata Bar

Located at the lower level of 230 Adelaide St W in Toronto

Just before we went out to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s phenomenal concert, On the Run Tour, 6 of us dined out at Shibui Robata Bar, a Japanese restaurant that has a fun twist with the way its food is cooked — they are apparently the only restaurant in Toronto that uses live fire cooking.  They are located at the downstairs level of the Copacabana Restaurant (serving all-you-can-eat Brazilian meats).   Continue reading

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Dinner at King Dragon Cuisine

Located at 505 Highway 7 E, Bdg B, Unit 238 in Thornhill

My family and I had dinner at King Dragon Cuisine specifically because it had a lobster dinner special going on at the time.  It’s a really fancy-looking and high-end Chinese restaurant that is on the second floor at Commerce Gate in Markham.  I say it’s fancy-looking because the interior was decorated with crystals and the service was really good.   Continue reading

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Yummy Pho Vietnamese Cuisine

Located at 11 Fairburn Dr, Unit 16-17 in Markham

My mom and I had a quick lunch here at Yummy Pho a couple of weeks ago.  Yummy Pho is situated in the plaza behind First Markham Place and close to A LA Kitchen, among a couple of other restaurants.

We ordered two dishes to share: one Small House Special Beef Noodle in Soup and one rice combo that had Curry Beef Brisket and Lemon Grass Grilled Pork Chop.   Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Carnton Plantation, Nashville. August 2013

This picture was taken almost a year ago when I was travelling with fellow court reporter friends in Nashville for the annual NCRA court reporting convention.   Continue reading

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Summerlicious 2014 Restaurant #2: Bloom Restaurant

Located at 2315 Bloor St W in Toronto

Joyce and I agreed to go to a Summerlicious restaurant to hang out and catch up.  I would have never expected this Latin American restaurant, Bloom, to be as good as it was.

Firstly, the restaurant itself is decorated very artfully modern.  It felt so comfortable and relaxed to sit there.  The host, Pedro, cracked a joke with us as we entered and introduced himself.  I liked how he took the time to learn our names which has never happened to me at a restaurant unless it was one that invited me for blogging purposes.   Continue reading

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My First Time Playing Mystery Room!

Located at 1140 Sheppard Ave West, Unit 18 in Toronto

Yes, it is yet another one.  It’s another one of those escape room games.  It’s the newest trend, haven’t you heard?  Playing Mystery Room counts as my third unique time playing one of these escape game rooms.  Each location and each game within each location is different and unique.   Continue reading

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