Month: July 2017

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Big Smoke Burger – Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Worth the wait if you’re hankering for a cheeseburger!

Check out my review on Big Smoke Burger.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Wok Of Fame – Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Japanese/Chinese Sushi Buffet

Some like this place. Some don’t. Either way, this place is bigger than a banquet hall.

Check out my review on Wok Of Fame

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Chinese Fortune Cookie Story

Imagine yourself finishing off a really good meal at your favourite Chinese buffet restaurant. You take a deep breathe after you manage to squeeze in the last bit of food on your plate.

You feel satisfied.

You are content.

You are just absolutely stuffed.

That’s how I felt the last time I had lunch at my favourite Chinese buffet restaurant.

Sitting in front of me was the treat that I’ve been waiting for. The fortune cookie. After all, I ate my heart’s desire and paid my server with a nice tip. I slowly peeled off the plastic wrapping. It’s just at my fingertips now – that crispy, crunchy sweet cookie.

Ah that’s it. I got it! I broke it in half to reveal the white rectangular paper. Popped in the cookie half I broke off and threw it in my mouth. I started to crunch away. The paper read my Lucky Lotto numbers but I didn’t care about that really. I wanted to know what everyone wants to know. My fortune.

So I quickly turned the paper around to read my fortune.

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Happy Friday everyone!

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Scaddabush – Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga, Canada

Fettuccine Capri

Large scale Italian restaurant serving up small and large scale food.

Check out my review on Scaddabush – Square One Shopping Mall

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Quick Pic: Health Food ‘Kale’

I’ve read through several recipes and a lot of them had Kale as a special ingredient for making my salad ‘extra healthy’. I tried it with every type of salad dressing and vegetable combination to make it work but I just can’t get over the bitter taste. If I add too much dressing, especially if it’s a creamy dressing, then it ruins the basic idea of eating healthy.

So when I walked past this shirt inside Target, it pretty much summed up how I feel about kale. Hopefully I will come across a tasty kale salad someday.

Every Foodies’ Nightmare

A very well known bakery, Meli Baklava and Chocolates, in downtown Toronto was recently reported to have mice feeding on food displayed in the shop’s window. The nightmare of it all, it was caught on video.

Informative yet scary at the same time.

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Click here to view the news video

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Jamie’s Italian – Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga, Canada

inside3.jpgCelebrity Chef Jamie Oliver and his huge restaurant at Square One Shopping Centre.

Check out my review on Jamie’s Italian!

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How I Am Achieving My Goals

I have been told many times in my college years that in order to achieve any goals, I must write them down (smartphones weren’t available back in my day). They said any goals, whether personal or professional, is worthy of picking up a pen and spelling out exactly how I could reach the most successful result.

Career. Financials. Business. Even a meal plan.

My teachers have often tried to teach me the thinking process on how to write it down. But it’s hard to describe why I couldn’t catch onto what they tried to teach me. I mean, I could hear them but it just wasn’t sinking in.

I failed a lot of courses in school because I became so immersed into pleasing my parents rather than doing what I wanted to do. That sort of roadblock became such an obstacle that I later realized I have to think and do things differently just to get to where I need to go in life.

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We all experience different events and stages in our lives. Now that I’m much older and wiser from my college years, I learned that the only way I’m going to achieve my goals is to prioritize the things that matter to me the most. This is how I’m getting there by doing a combination of all of these four points:

  • Making a list and checking it twice. Either with your phone or pen and paper. It’s shorter, achievable and realistic, and to the point. Like a shopping list, it helps us make a plan for a recipe. When I’m grocery shopping, I easily pick up things along the way and once I start cooking with all of my purchased ingredients, I end up enjoying what I’ve created. I go back to that list and see if there is anything that I can tweak to see if it can be done better, unless it somehow magically comes out perfect in the end.
  • Watch, think, and do. I’m more of a visual person than a writer. I know, I know, I’m writing a food blog. But most of my achievements (and writing) comes from what I see or what I envision. It might be the whole thing about foresight that triggers my thinking process: “I like what I see now how do I get there?” or “This is what I think I want and this is what I need to do?” mentality. Sometimes my life schedule becomes pretty hectic so I take photos or draw a picture to help me remember what I need to do. Then I write a list of what I need to get it done.

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  • Tools and Support. You need both to get things done. I couldn’t write a food blog without my Iphone, MacBook, and my wife. I need my Iphone and MacBook to take photos, make quick notes, and research and post on social media and my blog. My wife offers me a vast amount of suggestions on photo-taking, restaurant reviews, and blogging ideas. She provides me with nothing but love and support for what this food blog has done for me.
  • It’s a about finding and achieving realistic goals. Larger goals required writing down everything in stages. I have been able to get most things done with the satisfaction of knowing that I got there. Even when it’s at a snail’s pace.

When I first started this blog several months ago, I really had no clue what to share. I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. Looking back, I wrote down that I wanted to upload at least 3 posts a week, whether it be restaurant reviews, pictures, or even an actual blog such as this one. Somehow I managed to exceed that amount and write 5 posts a week. I think I’m getting there with my blog.

Now I need to start writing things down again and begin renovating my home.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE OWL OF MINERVA – Korean Food

Here are my reviews on two Owl Of Minerva locations. One is really good. The other is not.

In the meantime, enjoy this short video of my favourite Seafood Soon Tofu Soup! It’s filled with a small dose of spicy red pepper flakes, tofu, some shrimp, mussel,  egg, garnished with green onions.

Yummy Korean Soon Tofu Soup


Check out my review on The Owl Of Minerva Oakville

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Check out my review on The Owl Of Minerva Mississauga

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