Mmmm, pizza. It’s been a while since I’ve had truly, truly amazing pizza and this one from Lamanna’s, an Italian bakery and hot table in Scarborough, did not disappoint. Smothered in provolone and mushrooms, the toppings were simple and tasty – but the crust, charred to perfection, was my favourite part.
Dessert? Large gelato with a scoop of pistachio and a scoop of hazelnut (check out that size compared to the little gelato spoon and my water bottle!) – followed by an unpictured lobster tail cream pastry. Talk about an amazing lunch!
Another day, I had lunch at Light Cafe in downtown Toronto, a chic and modern new spot in Baldwin Village.
The truffled mushroom croissant is their specialty, loaded with creamy truffle mayonnaise, sliced tomato, shiitake mushrooms, and lettuce. The croissant was toasted and tasted fresh. Salad was dressed in sesame, and had plenty of fresh tomatoes inside.
The soup was another highlight: rich, creamy, savoury Lobster Bisque!
For dessert, I had to order the famous Light Cafe dish – black sesame waffles. There were four heart-shaped black sesame waffles, made with charcoal for that incredible colour, a little vial of rich sesame syrup, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a scoop of black sesame ice cream. All of it was devoured. 😇
Waffles with ice cream is hands-down one of my favourite desserts of all time, and bonus points for special-flavoured waffles like ube (purple yam, specialty of the Philippines), black sesame, or red bean.
This is one of my favourite photographs from my trip downtown. I love how 50% of it is that urban traffic look with trees in the back, and the other half is a pretty lake with trees, and apartments in the back. The contrast is cool!
The reason for my Toronto trip? Stock. Up. On. Muffins. Since I don’t go downtown very often, and I won’t be going often anymore since it’s starting to get chilly, I bought plenty of muffins, chopped ’em into thirds or quarters, and stashed them in the freezer. These are some of the muffins I remember:
- blueberry streusel
- blueberry bran
- plain blueberry
- blueberry scone
- lemon poppyseed
- banana chocolate chip
- mixed berry and oat
- lemon currant scone
- ginger scone
There were definitely more, but that’s all for the ones I can recall. 😎 Apparently, I seem to like muffins a lot?
Excitement. In the form of a delicious plate of coconut Thai green curry with broccoli, mushrooms, onion, and carrots – and in the form of a new book. Sci-fi isn’t really my genre, but this one, RUSH by Eve Silver, had me intrigued all the way through.
A trip to the library meant I took lots more snapshots of the books that are on my to-be-read list. I can’t wait to take these out and see if they’re good.
On Mid-Autumn Festival, which is like Chinese Thanksgiving, I had an incredible meal at a buffet called Dragon’s Pearl, with friends of my grandfather. I. Love. Buffets. So what did I enjoy this time?
- yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and gravy
- steamed ginger and scallion fish
- Japanese sweet egg, bean curd sushi, other assorted sushi
- stir-fried vegetables, crispy stir-fried noodles
- peking duck on a flatbread, with sweet and sour sauce and cucumber
- creamy crab salad
- crispy shrimp cakes
- garlic mussels
- grilled salmon and plaintains
Dessert was just as delicious.
- green tea cake
- sweet sesame mochi ball (favourite)
- regular cheesecake
- unsweetened cheesecake
- bread pudding with golden raisins, whipped cream on top (#2 favourite)
- English trifle
- kiwi custard tart
Do you like buffets? I’m a sucker for variety, so I adore buffets!
One morning, I had some quiet time to myself in the office so I started designing a new poster for the Integumentary System, which is the system about human skin, hair, and nails.
Totally random note here. This is such a beautiful logo! I like graphic design a lot and want to learn more about designing lettering.
Speaking of graphic design, I’m creating a PDF doc of Anatomy-related study tips. The entire study guide is written out now, but I’m figuring out how I’d like to design the other pages. What do you think?
That’s pretty much it for today, guys. Hope you all have the most wonderful rest of the week. 🙂