Dessert, Food, Toronto, Travel

After my dinner at Khao San Road, I decided to visit the second Asian inspired dessert shop recommended by The Globe and Mail. Millie Creperie was great but I have yet to try out the Asian inspired gelato shop on Baldwin Street. An entire gelato shop with Asian flavours is a first for me. Kekou Gelato brings flavours from across the Pacific Ocean to Toronto and mixes it with Italian ice cream. This is definitely a refreshing step away from the mainstream ice cream shops. La Casa Gelato in Vancouver has Asian flavours but they already have 200 gelato options in the store anyway! I was surprised when I went to Kekou Gelato because I’ve been to Baldwin Street several times, and I’ve never noticed Kekou (my bad).

Before going into Kekou, I already saw people sitting outside of their shop with their cones and cups of gelato. When I went into the shop and saw their menu, I felt like I walked into an Asian street food market in Hong Kong or Tai Wan and I felt at home. I hate to say this, but this place isn’t really for kids. I found crazy options including durian, Vietnamese coffee, chocolate and ginger and a variety of loose leaf tea flavours. I highly doubt kids would be happy to taste ginger flavours in their “chocolate” gelato. Meanwhile, the Asian side of me was bursting with joy.

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Peanut Sesame and Hong Kong Milk Tea Gelato

My God! I would have never expected this much Asian flavours in the gelato! If I lived in Toronto, I would buy a tub of Hong Kong Milk Tea gelato and bring it home.

The Hong Kong Milk Tea gelato was my favourite one. Not only did it taste exactly like milk tea, but the flavour was strong, refreshing and rich. To me, it really tasted like they literally froze milk tea. I also felt like there was a bit of caffeine in it, but that was fine.

The Peanut Sesame gelato reminded me of the dragon beard candies that I used to eat in Hong Kong. The flavour balance was so clean and real. However, the Peanut Sesame texture and flavour was not as heavy as the Hong Kong Milk Tea flavour.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place to people who want a taste of Asia. I would also recommend this place to all of the overseas students from Asia who are in Toronto to get a taste of home here.

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Chinese, Food, Toronto, Travel

My first meal in Toronto was of course, Chinese food with my relatives. I arrived in Toronto from New York by Amtrak at 1am in the morning so the next day, lunch was at the most convenient and popular Chinese restaurant, Asian Legend. To be more specific, Asian Legend serves Shanghai food. We arrived at around 11:30am on a weekday so we just beat the lunch break. I was told that service really depends on the times you go and since we got there at a more leisure time spot, service was attentive and food came quickly.

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Jelly Fish Salad

Yes, we do eat jelly fish, and they’re absolutely delicious. I believe we eat the tentacle parts.

The texture for the jelly fish was fine but it needed a bit more flavour and perhaps just a pinch of spiciness into it. Overall, this is a really good and fun cold appetizer to chew on before the meal.

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Assorted Seafood and Tofu

I didn’t have super high expectations for the seafood just because Asian Legend isn’t a super fancy Chinese restaurant and given the price, you can’t expect luxurious seafood. On the other hand, there was plenty of tofu and vegetables.

The sauce was a bit murky and thick but it went very well with all the ingredients in the stew.

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Steamed Soup Filled Dumplings with Ground Pork 

Average xiao long baos with hot and rich soup inside that tasted like half of it was MSG and the other half was pork flavours.

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Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken in Noodle Soup 

I’ve had a lot of slow cooked shredded chicken in noodle soup but this was the blandest one I have ever had.

There was quite a bit of chicken in the noodle soup but there weren’t enough vegetables. I’m someone who likes balance in my dishes but hey, I’m sure some people wouldn’t complain about this.

PSX_20140809_153841Chunky Beef with Noodles 

This was the winner of our dinner. The beef and noodles in the soup had a very good texture and overall it was just flavourful, hearty and filling.

The beef was very soft and juicy and they didn’t come in huge chunks which made it easier to eat.

The soup definitely had MSG but whatever else they added into the soup made it taste very good.
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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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