Real Fruit Gummies

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I love gummy candy because it’s fun to eat, although I hate jujubes because they stick to your teeth. One of my favourites has always been the Real Fruit Gummies made by Dare. They’re made with real fruit juice and you can taste the quality that goes into these gummies. They’re also fat-free and gluten-free.

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From the medley pack, you have the following: strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, lemon, orange and cherry.

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From the tropical one, there’s: passion fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, and strawberry-kiwi.

There are more varieties available including yogourt, orchard, super fruits, berries and fun shapes but not all stores have all of them. I have yet to chew my way through all of them but I will get through them eventually!

Night It Up! 2014

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Night It Up happens every year and I was able to find some new gems at this one as well. They seem to have gotten a little more organized this year and placed more garbage cans around the park.

There seem to be a lot of new vendors than old ones and a lot of people (including myself) were excited. The lines were definitely longer but you know the general rule, the bigger the line, the better the food is!

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Chatime is a Taiwanese chain that has really gained popularity recently, so much that they are now the go-to bubble tea stall at food events (it used to be Tea Shop 168). They offered three of their most popular items that day: Chatime Milk Tea with Pudding, Roasted Milk Tea with Grass Jelly and Honey Lemon Aloe. Instead of my usual grass jelly, I opted for the milk pudding. I loved it, it was really easy to suck up the pudding with my straw and it was sweeter but didn’t take away from the milk tea.

The honey lemon aloe was something I’ve never had before I liked it; it’s a lot like a refreshing lemonade but not as sharp.

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The Spicy Teriyaki Squid is something you can always find but there are different variations. This one is a little drier and has more of a dry cumin rub to it. I personally like it a little saucier and these ones are a little on the small size.

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Another new vendor is Stuffed & Co., they offer stuffed chicken wings, you heard it right. The Cheesy Mac Stuffed Wings and Yaya Wing Stuffed Wings (Jambalaya) are only two of the four. The cheesy mac is heavenly and the yaya is actually spicy but nothing that you can’t handle. It’s different and something you should definitely try.

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The Crispy Egg Roll might sound plain but it actually has quite a bit of flavour. There’s an egg on top of a grilled, chewy wrap seasoned with julienned carrots and cucumbers drizzled with a sweet hoisin sauce.

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This, now this, was the best thing I had that day. You can get either the Stuffed Hazelnut Sea Salt Cookies or the Deep Fried Ice Cream Sandwiches. Both are ice cream sandwiches but one is fried while the other isn’t. I made a huge mistake getting the regular hazelnut sea salt cookies, I should’ve gotten them both fried! But I wasn’t going to wait in that line again…

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I wish all hot dogs were made like this; where the fillings and meat exceeded how much bread there was. This vendor sold japadogs, Japanese hot dogs that are generally more flavourful and have more toppings than the generic ketchup and relish kind. The Nikumiso has minced pork, sweet miso sake, green onions, tonkatsu sauce and mozzarella cheese. I’m usually not a fan of hot dogs but I can be with this one. It’s salty and sweet, which can be a nice mix if done right.

This is an event I never miss just because you never know what you can find here. I love to see what people can come up with and this year’s didn’t disappoint. Here’s to next year :)!

NatureBox Canada – August 2014 Review

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This one arrived a little earlier than I thought and while it was right before my vacation, I enjoyed them right when I got back!

Out of the ones NatureBox has released so far, this one is by far my favourite. It has all of the nuts, seeds and flavourings I like which is quite a coincidence if you ask me, a good one at that.

  • Açaí Berry Crunch
  • Chia Seed Crackers
  • Whole Wheat Lemon Figgy Bars
  • Mango Almond Bites
  • Cashew Crumble

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Açaí Berry Crunch

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“I’m starting to see what Duy meant when he said that granola isn’t anything special. This one has the same taste as the previous ones but you will notice that there’s a sweet, fruity smell to it. I still enjoyed it though, this one was sweeter and I love my sweet tooth.”

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“Granola with a very pleasant and fruity aroma. I really enjoyed this version.”

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Chia Seed Crackers

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“These crackers have a sharp taste to them and it’ll be surprising at first but your taste buds will like them. You can eat them by themselves or do what I did and put them in soup.”

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“These crackers have a very strong flavour, they go great with any dip.”

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Whole Wheat Lemon Figgy Bars

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“These come already individually wrapped so throwing it into your bag while you rush out the door is easy. I’ve never really been a fan of whole wheat bars but I don’t mind this one. Figs have a natural sweetness that doesn’t overpower the snack as a whole and I like that.”

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“The bars are individually wrapped and easy to stuff in your bag for a quick travel snack. I enjoyed the light lemon flavour that did not overwhelm the snack.”

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Mango Almond Bites

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“I was really excited for these but when I tried them, they were a bit of a let down. I will still enjoy them but they aren’t as addicting as the rest of the bunch. It might be because they’re a little bland and not really sweet.”

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“I don’t have a strong opinion on these. They’re very neutral and don’t stand out much for me.”

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Cashew Crumble

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“Probably the best snack I’ve gotten from NatureBox. Cashews are my favourite nuts and I’m a sucker for cookies. It’s semi-sweet and so satisfying hearing that crunch when you bite into them.”

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“I only had a few bites of these before my sister stole the bag from me. They were absolutely delicious. Cashews are great on their own but this take on them made it feel like a great snack.”

Kimbap

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I love kimbap and for the longest time, this was one of my favourite snacks. You can find it at any Korean supermarket nowadays but I first got a taste when I was about five years old. I’m Chinese but my aunt is Korean and there was a time when her and my uncle lived in our basement. She made these one day and I’ve been in love ever since. I used to make them quite a bit as well for lunch. Maybe I’ll do that again and post the recipe one of these days :p.

Unlike sushi, a lot of the ingredients are actually cooked and you won’t find anything raw in them. I also find them more flavourful and you won’t get tired of the taste as easily.

They have different variations but the most common ones I’ve seen are vegetarian, kimchi bulgogi and tuna. Let me know which one your favourite is!

Strawberry Picking

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By the time this post goes up, I’m sure strawberry picking season will be over. It generally runs until the end of June until early August but apple picking season starts at the end of August. I love picking fruits myself because I feel it’s very rewarding to bake and eat something that you took the time to do yourself. It’s the same feeling you get when you cook something yourself as opposed to buying takeout; you know what’s in it and where it came from.

I went to Whittamore’s Berry Farm located on the outer East parts of Markham. I highly recommend dropping by because they have more than just berries. There are various vegetables as well including snow peas, eggplants and peppers!

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They rotate the fields so that everyone gets a fair shot. You can bring your own basket but if you don’t have one, you can purchase them there for less than $5. I recommend using what you have though because the buckets they sell are hard plastic and that could weigh you down during the weigh in.

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After you’re done, you bring them to the cashiers and they weigh your basket. They charge by pound and it might change depending on the season but one of our cardboard boxes was about $6, quite a steal for that many strawberries if you ask me!

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Some of the strawberries aren’t the biggest you’ve seen but just look at how red and delicious they look. I’ve never had any as sweet as these and I don’t know where the notion of bigger is better came from but it’s all about the colour in my opinion. Strawberries as sweet as these are ideal in baking, something I definitely did. Coming to a post near you :).

Khao San Road Review

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326 Adelaide Street West

(647) 352-5773

www.khaosanroad.ca

Pricing: Cheap – Moderate

Cuisine: Authentic Thai

Type: Casual Restaurant

Rating

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 8/10

Service: 6/10

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It was a cold and chilly night in March and a few of us were walking around downtown looking for a bite to eat. There wasn’t much in the area but then I saw Khao San Road and remembered it was on my “to eat” list. There was a 20 minute wait but we were going to wait it out!

They have wooden community tables where different groups are packed together. If you’ve ever been to Guu, it’s a similar concept.

There was four of us and surprisingly, we wanted similar things so this review may be a little lacking but I will return to update it soon enough.

Red Curry

If you remember, I’ve said a few times that I don’t eat spicy dishes but there are a few items were all that gets thrown out the window. I love coconut milk and Red Curry is mildly spicy but more creamy and smooth. The aroma is amazing and the jasmine rice is fluffy.

Three Flavours Pad Thai

The Three Flavours Pad Thai has dried chilies that gives it that little kick as opposed to traditional pad thai. Rice noodles are stir-fried with tamarind, egg, tofu, bean sprouts, peanuts, shallots, lime, dried chilies and chives. The portion looks small on the plate but it’s enough for one person. The noodles are chewy and don’t break apart easily; a pet peeve I have with noodles.