My last few days in Scarborough were snowy. Very snowy and up to -30 degrees at night.
On my last day of work, the team went to a restaurant called The Local, which is run by hospitality and cooking/pastry students at Centennial College. Here, the students learn to make sauce, stocks, bread, and more, while serving the public. It’s a special place with a connected cafe, open to everyone, and nothing is made from a box. In fact, all the ingredients is fresh, seasonal, local, and homemade. For example, the signature burger uses a homemade burger and bun – and homemade ketchup and a homemade pickle!
Below: plate one with creamy dill trout, Mediterranean pizza, Latin cheese puff, goddess salad, Asian green salad, rice with black beans
The menu switches up every three weeks. According to their news report, “choices are influenced by Scarborough and the school’s multicultural environment”, so everything is globally-inspired.
Below: plate two with Jamaican jerk chicken, more creamy dill trout, and spiced rice with black beans
Other cool things: there is free parking for community members who stop by for lunch/dinner, and there is no tipping! Food is served buffet-style, and there are always plenty of veggie options.
Below: dessert of white chocolate mousse with berries, salted caramel apple crumble, and raspberry chocolate mousse cake
Packing went much smoother than I’d expected, since I had fewer things. Before I knew it, both suitcases were packed and I was on my way home.
That night, I had plenty of extra oats and yogurt to use up, and I did.
“Chock full of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics (the healthy bacteria that aid digestion), there’s no doubt yogurt provides delicious benefits for your insides. But it can also do beauty wonders for your outsides as well, namely for your skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When topically applied to the skin, a velvety yogurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker.”
- Honey: Softens and moisturizes skin, rich in antioxidants which prevent free radical damage. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Oatmeal: Great exfoliant. Nourishes skin and removes excess sebum and dirt from deep within skin pores.
This made me feel super fresh.
Yogurt Face Mask
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp oats
- olive oil
- mashed strawberries
- lemon juice
- mashed avocado
- cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Wash your face, making sure hair is tied away from the face (or use headband).
- Optional: do a facial steam to open pores.
- Smooth yogurt all over face and neck. Use a thick coat.
- Keep on for 15 minutes, then rinse off, gently, with warm water.
- Splash cold water on your face to close pores.
- Pat dry with a soft towel.
How gorgeous is this? Flying over the Rocky Mountains is always such an honour, especially in the midmorning. Canada has so much to offer ❤
Exciting news: I purchased all my MCAT books and created a big study plan. I have 225 days until the MCAT that I’m planning to write on the first day of September. Let’s get studying! WOO!