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.

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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

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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