Summerlicious 2017 Restaurant: Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery smoke plate

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery located at 42 Liberty St in Toronto

The only Summerlicious restaurant I participated in this year was Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery.  This was such a uncommon practice for me; I used to attend the licious restaurants religiously and would go to more than one restaurant in a season.  This year, I didn’t actively plan any Summerlicious events because I had been going out so often already for tastings and other meals.  Also, not all licious restaurants actually live up to the event — there are a handful of times where I’d rather visit the restaurant as a standalone to see how their usual meals fare Continue reading


Tasting Dinner at Mabu Generation

Mabu Generation food

Mabu Generation located at 3235 Hwy 7 #23-26 in Markham

This past Tuesday, I was invited to Mabu Generation to a tasting event organized by DKLoEvents.  I had been to Mabu Generation for dinner with my friend previously (that blog post is available here).  From that visit, I didn’t have the fondest impression of the restaurant because I thought that while their menu selection was large and varied, the quality of the food was a little lacking.  I did say that I wanted to return though because I wanted to try their dessert items and other dishes too — their menu was so large that there was Continue reading

Italian Dinner at PAESE Ristorante

PAESE Ristorante pizza

PAESE Ristorante located at 3827 Bathurst Street in Toronto

After our escape game at Casa Loma, Priscilla and I went to PAESE Ristorante for dinner!  I had won a $50 gift card to PAESE (thank you @girlswithnofrills for hosting the contest!) and was eager to redeem it.  Thus, it was perfect that we were in the area already and planned to have dinner here.

I had been to PAESE Ristorante many years ago when they were located on King Street West in downtown Toronto.  I remember having really fond Continue reading

This week’s steno adventures



This was a crazy week of steno adventures. 😀 :O

It started on Monday.  I was supposed to sit on the same matter for all five days this week (a feat that I still haven’t achieved yet — earlier this year I was scheduled to sit for five days but then due to a transcript expedite, one of the days was switched over to another reporter for my own sake).  The Monday began with walking into a room of four policeman who were stationed there to bolster security.  It was for a “infamous Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Unusual activity

Unusual activities, Toronto. July 2017

Today I saw something unusual outside the window.  First of all, it was an unusual move on my part as I rarely look out the window (for an extended period of time anyway) to notice anything significant.  I was on the ninth floor of the building at Bay and Adelaide for a job and all of a sudden I noticed a man on the street pick up a potted plant that was in front of a restaurant and THROW it directly onto the street where there were lots of cars moving.  What the…  It immediately caught my attention and I zoned into what this particular guy was doing.  The rest of the passerbys on the street seemed baffled Continue reading

Playing Escape Casa Loma – King of the Bootleggers

Casa Loma

Escape Casa Loma located at 1 Austin Terrace in Toronto

It’s been a while since I wrote up a review for an escape game and that’s because it HAS been a while since I stepped into one to play! 😛  I love escape games but it’s not always easy to gather a bunch of friends together to try out a new escape room that no one has played yet.

Ever since Casa Loma came out with their own escape games inside their castle walls, I had been so eager to come and play!  However, when it first came out, there was a month-long waiting list or something and I didn’t get a chance to round up friends Continue reading

Naan & Kabob “Foodie Bloggers Event” Recap

Naan & Kabob Foodie Bloggers Event

Naan & Kabob located at 1780 Markham Rd in Scarborough

Last Thursday, Naan & Kabob held a “Foodie Silk Route Event” at their Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue location in Scarborough.  This was a food event held at lunchtime to showcase some of their food offerings on their menu at this new location.  Naan & Kabob is a fast casual restaurant that offers Afghan street food.

Luckily, because a two-day reporting job had vacated its second day, I was able to make it out on this weekday to partake in this “foodie bloggers event” (I’ve never heard of ‘foodie bloggers’ before; either it’s “food bloggers” or “foodies” XD).  I was excited to try the Continue reading

Trying out Basil Box at Queen & Spadina!

Basil Box food and drink

Basil Box located at 441 Queen St W in Toronto

Thanks to winning a contest on Instagram that Basil Box hosted for winning a pair of tickets to the Taste of Toronto food festival this year (blogged about here) and two customized boxes of food, I got to try this chain of Southeast Asian food boxes for the first time! 😀

“The street markets of Thailand and Vietnam were the inspiration for Basil Box: a new restaurant where you can mix and match ingredients to build one of thousands of possible boxes.  Start with a base of rice, noodles, or greens, and then add veggies, proteins, sauces and toppings in unique combinations that will have you both coming back for your favourites and experimenting with something new.”

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