Two of my friends and I recently tried out Skippa, a relatively new Japanese restaurant on Harbord Street. Skippa’s specialty is a shorter omakase ($47) where you can taste all 9 pieces of specialty sushi.
It’s not enough food to make you full on its own, so we also ordered some other things from the menu. I can never resist oysters, and these ones from PEI were presented beautifully on a bed of marbles.
I also saw this Pikachu looking character on sake on their Instagram, so I couldn’t resist.
Their black maitake mushroom salad with radish and miso was delicious.
We also got the black garlic mackerel.
All the sushi was presented beautifully and simply. With each one, there were instructions to dip or not dip in soy sauce.
Botan Chi: Shrimp from B.C.
Kinmedai: Golden eye seabream
Kanpachi: Japanese amberjack
Maguro: big eye tuna
Mcbachi handroll: big eye tuna, chili koji
Tomago: Sweet egg roll
I thought the fish in the sushi was very fresh. However, I felt a few of the sushi had too much wasabi that it overpowered the flavour of the fish. Otherwise, it’s beautifully simple.
Last month, I tried rock climbing for the first time and I enjoyed it. I had a two-week unlimited pass and went as much as I could with my schedule. I realized that it was a great physical workout and it released a lot of built-up anxious energy whenever I went.In the few weeks I’ve been doing it, I already improve a lot since the first time and am tackling a lot of Level 8 courses at Basecamp. I love that there are levels so that there is always a goal to beat next time.
The trial two weeks ended but I decided to continue, so I bought a 10-pass as well as my own equipment to keep myself motivated. I couldn’t resist getting everything in pink.
I went to MEC for all my gear. I spent over an hour and a half trying different things on. When I picked out my shoes, I tried all sorts: cheapest, most expensive, laces, velctro etc. I tried each of them on their test climbing wall to see how it felt on my toes. My feet tend to be kind of fat so my toe comfort is important. However, most shoes are built to be compact, so they will feel squished no matter what. I settled on a pair of moderately priced Five Ten Rogue’s because they felt the best.
I also tried on a bunch of harnesses and settled on the Petzl Selena Harness in XS. While I was at the gym, I found I took forever to put harnesses on because they were generally too big, but this one is specifically for females and had a super small size that was comfortable. Plus, it is pink!
I bought a normal chalk ball, which was recommended for normal hand sweat. I think there was a different one for those that sweat a lot.
And a cute bag to match my harness!
I got this hand mask from an Advent Calendar. I’ve never tried hand masks before and it took me a while to try this one because I suck at not touching things for a long time.
It was like wearing a moist glove for 20 minutes. Afterwards, my hands were noticeably smoother, but I found it didn’t really last more than 24 hours.
Have you ever used hand masks? Are there some that are more effective?
After a good but pricey dinner somewhere recently, my friends and I felt like we could still eat so we wandered around Dundas West looking for a Snack. We landed in the cozy 86’d, where Moto Snack Bar used to be. The menu rotates constantly, but the night we were there had a sardine.
Fried to perfection, the fish had all its bones removed. It was served in a green pesto and the fish had just the right amount of salt. It took more than 10 minutes to come out and we devoured it in seconds and promptly ordered a second with no hesitation.
They also do drinks on the fly inspired by things you like, and I mentioned I liked Old Fashioneds.
We also had fried brussel sprouts, which were also very good but no match for the sardines.
I have followed them on Instagram, just to be aware of the sardine schedule.
I love learning new techniques to cook fish, so I chose the Pescado Cubano recently from Chefs Plate. It was a tilapia dish that was marinated with a spicy kick.
I loved that the rice was also cooked with the spice with peppers. There was a fresh slaw with cilantro, onions and peppers on top of the fish that I also really liked and I cooked my fish perfectly. Now, I feel more confident to buy my own fish from the grocery store and include it more in our diets!
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For my previous Chef’s Plate, I accidentally chose a vegetarian and gluten-free option because I forgot to pick something. It was a Cauliflower Fried Rice & Guacamole Bowl. I thought that all the ingredients they sent us was fresh and vibrant in colour.
I didn’t know you could use Cauliflower heads as a rice replacement and it turned out perfectly. I liked the flavours of the goat cheese and basil pesto. These all made this healthy meal flavourful at every bite.
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I recently scored a deal on 3 boxes of Hello Kitty masks! I chose Cherry Blossom, Pearl ad Horse Oil.
The packaging on the masks is just so cute and reflects the main ingredient in each mask. Horse oil sounds rather bizarre, but it’s actually a trendy element in Asian products. All 3 of these masks have brightening and moisturizing as its benefit.
I was a tiny bit disappointed that the mask itself wasn’t actually a Hello Kitty face. However, the mask was very wide, almost like Hello Kitty’s face. After each mask, I saw the redness in my face visibly reduced and my skin smoother.
I have so many face masks, but I’m happy to add these into the rotation!
The Fenty collection is irresistible. I can’t resist sparkly things so I had to grab one of the Match Stix.
The packaging is just so minimalistic. Eventually, when I have multiple, they will click together because they are magnetic.
I chose the Unicorn shade to get first because I love purple and always wanted a purple highlighter.
I love the iridescent glow. On certain angles it looks more purple than others, but it has such a lovely shimmer. I know this won’t be my last stick.
When Shu Uemura announced their Super Mario Bros collaboration, I literally screamed “TAKE ALL MY MONEY” at my computer. In reality, the individual pieces of the collection are on the pricey side, so I decided to limit myself to 2 items: Peach’s eye and cheek palette and a dual eyeliner. The order also came with free samples.
The packaging right down to the box is cute and has the classic pixelated characters and shiny patterns.
Inside were two sides, a pink and purple palette and a more warm orange and brown one. The blushes were imprinted with the classic stars, mushroom, flower, and block. It also came with a brush that really only seems suitable for the eyeshadows.
I love eyeliner so I couldn’t resist this dual stamp eyeliner.
One side is a regular thin black eyeliner, and the other makes a star!
I tested both out with a simple look, using the pink side of the palette and finished it off with a star on top.
Both the shadow and the eyeliner are long-wearing. The eyeliner doesn’t smudge, so you can fool people into thinking you got a new star tattoo.
So far, I love these two pieces so much, I’m thinking of getting a few more pieces from the collection before it disappears!
I freaked when I found out this Wet n Wild Rainbow Highlighter in Unicorn Glow was back in stock again for Halloween. I found it in this special Halloween display at Shoppers Drugmart. It wasn’t with the regular Wet n’ Wild stuff. At $8, it’s one of
At $8, it’s one of the most affordable rainbow highlighters on the market.
In terms of pigment, I did light swipes for swatches and you can still see each individual pigment. They definitely have sparkle.
I’m a bit obsessed with highlighters at the moment and I am happy to add this one to my collection.