New York, Travel

Art is an extremely subjective thing. I took photography in high school because I could not draw or make anything out of clay even if my life depended on it. When I was in NYC, I came at a perfect time when Jeff Koons: A Retrospective was in the city.

I know that this isn’t what I would usually post on my blog, but since I do travel quite a bit in a year, I think I’m going to start writing travel posts as well. To start off, Jeff Koons is a highly respected, controversial, and popular artist from York, Pennsylvania. In my opinion, most of his works are contemporary reproductions of the usual objects. If you want a familiar glimpse at what his art work looks like, just check out Lady Gaga’s Art Pop album cover. His works approach a modern twist in the already made art pieces and sculptures that we already know of. The exhibition at The Whitney exhibited over 150 of Koons’s most iconic pieces arranged in a manner that would allow spectators to get a glimpse into the artist’s world. I was very lucky to be there to see all of the pieces with my own eyes. Sadly, this exhibition just ended but for more information, just visit: Whitney.Org

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Balloon Venus

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Yellow – Pluto and Proserpina. Red – Balloon Venus. Blue – Metallic Venus.

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Balloon Dog

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Seal Walrus (Chairs)

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Dogpool (Panties)

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Hulk (Organ)

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Play-Doh

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Play-Doh. Cake

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One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank 

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Two Ball Total Equilibrium Tank

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Hanging Heart

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Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules)

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The Empire State of Scotch. Dewar’s

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Dessert, Food, Toronto, Travel

The last time I had a mille crepe was at Lady M Confections in New York City. Ever since I have discovered the queen of cakes, I have been on the hunt to satisfy my mille crepe craving in Toronto and Vancouver. To my luck, Globe and Mail published an article about desserts in Toronto and my eyes widened when I saw a picture of a mille crepe in the article. I had to get to it. Located in Chinatown and Kensington Market area, my friend and I made a quick run to Mille Creperie for the cake after dinner at Bar Buca. I wanted my relatives to have a taste of mille crepe, so I bought three extra slices to bring home. Again, to my luck, I bought the last four slices of mille crepe.

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Mille Crepe

The entire structure of the cake was less firm than Lady M with sweeter and heavier cream. Depending on your preferences, you might like the mille crepe here instead of Lady M because the cream was more full.

The caramelized golden top needed a little bit more work to crown the cake a shinier golden crown.

Even though the display of the cake wasn’t as well defined as Lady M, the cake was still decadent and above standards. Alternating between crepe and sweet cream, this Mille Crepe was much more moist and creamier. Honestly, this was only the second time I have had mille crepe so I look forward to searching for more in other areas. Sadly, I don’t think it has arrived in Vancouver yet.

Since Mille Creperie’s Mille Crepe was more moist, the cake collapsed a bit after a few more bites.
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Food, Mexican, Toronto, Travel

I have always enjoyed mini tacos in Vancouver from La Mezcaleria and La Taqueria, but do they have something similar in Toronto?

I finally got a cousins day away from the grown-ups in the family. I’m lucky that I have a foodie cousin who hunts down different spots and corners of down town Toronto to try out different foods and cuisines. We decided to take a trip to Kensington Market to look at the more hipster side of Toronto since we mostly go to Chinese restaurants or malls with our family. Kensington Market was quite similar to Main Street but I personally thought that Kensington had more diversity in their shopping and food options than what we have here. Shortly after we got there, we were already hungry. We spotted Seven Lives and the small line up inside, so you know what they say – when there’s a line up, it should be good.

There was minimal sitting space in the small taco shop but people didn’t mind noshing down on their tacos while they were standing. We were pretty lucky to get one of the seats near the window so we could actually enjoy our mini tacos. We each got one taco so we could keep eating our way down Kensington Market. In La Taqueria, you would usually see people ordering four tacos at once, but at Seven Lives, most of the people ordered only one or two.

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Everything was looking quite colourful in front of us. Now let’s see if the taste matches up.

 

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What’s in it: Spicy grilled octopus, salsa verde, tomatoes, onion and lettuce.

Octopus tacos? Yes please! The grilled octopus was heavily seasoned with all sorts of flavour boosting spices. The octopus was also in big and juicy chunks that were not over chewy.

Other than the octopus being seasoned, I needed more spiciness in my taco so I added their salsa verde and another type of their hot sauce. The spice addition was just right.

My taco was a messy and over packed one! Juice was dripping out of the other side as I bit into it and bits were falling out when I tried to close the two flaps of the wrap. Regardless, the taste was like a party in my mouth and I don’t blame them for putting more!

 

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Camarones A La Diabla

What’s in it: Spicy shrimp, cheese and onions.

My brother had the spicy shrimp taco and I’m pretty sure you might need nine lives to finish this if you can’t handle spiciness. Out of our three tacos, this was the spiciest option. My brother said that he could feel his stomach burn a bit after finishing it.

The presentation of the taco was less vibrant than ours, but don’t let the look fool you because the taste was just as vibrant with the hot sauce to kick it up a notch.

For a small taco, there was quite a bit of shrimp in this so it was a pretty good deal.

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Baja Fish

What’s in it: Battered and deep fried Mahi Mahi fish, cream sauce, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce.

My cousin went on the more tropical side of things and went with the Mahi Mahi fish taco which wasn’t as spicy but definitely something that you would want to eat while sitting by the pool or at the beach.

The fish was very crunchy and buttery on the outside with the meat and juice sealed in. Similar to mine, this was also a messy taco to devour.

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