Banh Mi Boys

I rarely find a restaurant that makes me want to keep going back to eat there everyday. Well, I found one more restaurant to add to that short list. Banh Mi Boys located just west of Spadina and Queen street is a hidden gem to the untrained eyes. A small hole in the wall few doors down from the famous Spadina/Queen McDonald’s, Banh Mi Boys is a true Toronto hotspot.

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Prohibition Gastrohouse…. FoodbySAJE

I know its been a long time since my last entry, blame it on the Holiday rush and a bit of laziness. So I thought the best way to break this silence is to start with a food entry!

Couple of weeks ago my foodie friend Rainbow LC and I checked out Prohibition GastroHouse during the Winterlicious. I usually don’t venture out to the Queen east area but I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and of course the food. Think elevated pub grub. The decor was casual but was given some touches of elegance and cheeky twist , the menu sounded and was delicious. Here is what’s on the menu…..

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Olivea Trattoria….FoodbySaje

On our day trip to Kingston to tour the beautiful 1000 Islands on the St Lawrence river we decided to check out a great little Italian place in the city. I was pleasantly surprised by the food quality and the service we received at the Olivea Restaurant/Trattoria.

Bruschetta Olivea style!

We ordered mostly off their special filled with omelettes and eggs benedict. They were all so tasty and fresh. The best thing we ordered from the menu for our appetizer was the Olivea bruschetta ($9) filled with yummy tomatoes, capers, artichoke and feta cheese. TOO DIE FOR!! If you ever happen to visit Kingston or you live there make sure you visit Olivea Restaurant.

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Loose Button…BeautybySaje

A month ago I received an invitation to become a founding member for Loose Button.  Loose Button offers a unique way of sampling great beauty products without breaking the bank. Every month for the cost of $9.99 the beauty experts at Loose Button will send you a box filled with travel sized beauty products to try. Continue reading “Loose Button…BeautybySaje”

Active Moist by Dermalogica

Awhile ago I started using daily microfoliant by Dermalogica and I loved it. When I went to buy some more of my newly found beauty product I decided to buy a travel package that came with free samples of Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel and Active Moist. Thanks to that decision, now I have another favorite beauty product, a great moisturizer! Having both oily and dry … Continue reading Active Moist by Dermalogica

Oscars 2011, A Big Fail?

After watching the highly anticipated Academy Awards Show last night, I was left a bit confused and underwhelmed. I can’t remember the last time I watched the Oscars and didn’t wish for Billy Crystal or Steve Martin to be the hosts for the evening. Anne Hathaway and James Franco were appointed the job of being the hosts for the night to bring in some life and lets say youth to the show and sadly they did not deliver.

I don’t want to sound mean or judgemental but I thought besides a few moments during the show ( I enjoyed the Anne vs Hugh Jackman moment!), some of the presenters actually outshined the hosts. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s banter about the BatGirl hooker incident, or Sandra Bullock calling Jeff Bridges “dude”, even Kirk Douglas was funny when he was audible during his speech.

Why was Franco even part of the show? After the first hour of the show, I can’t even remember him saying anything of importance or adding to the Oscar show experience. He looked bored out of his mind. During the pre-show interviews, his respond to the question “are you excited to be hosting the show” was a passive “It’s alright”. I expected a young talented actor to have more “POW!” effect in situations like this, but I guess I was wrong. So James I FAIL you on your hosting gig!

Anne on the other hand seemed more excited (read: nervous) about her hosting job and tried her best to be a lively and fun host. Unfortunately I think her nerves and lack of enthusiasm by her hosting partner got the best of her. Half way through the show I realized she is reminding me of a child staging a one-man show for their family while playing dress up. In Hathaway’s case, super expensive custom-made dress up. So a C for her efforts.

Now, I wonder, how these two kids going to learn from their experience and how their attempt at hosting the Oscars will affect their careers. Will the Academy go back to the old ways of doing things and bring in TV hosts and comedians back on the stage to host the shows. What did you guys think about the show, do you think it was a success or a big crash and burn?

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The Chefs’ House…FoodbySaje

Thanks to Winterlicious and my friend’s gift of picking great places to eat, I got a chance to experience a new way of dining. The Chefs’ House is a great teaching restaurant run by George Brown College Chef School. Having experienced the food that is made by the students from this school before at the One of a Kind Show, I was very interested to see this restaurant. During our lunch outing we decided to learn more about how the restaurant works by asking a few questions from Chefs’ House Dining Room Technologist, Scott McKenzie.

Mr. McKenzie explained to us that every single person who works at the restaurant is a student at the George Brown College and studying to receive their degree in food and beverage management, hospitality, tourism or just studying to become a chef. All students have to work at The Chefs’ House once a week for 14 weeks to learn and gain more experience in their desired fields.

I loved going to this restaurant, a great modern dining experience with a Hell’s Kitchen twist! All the students working hard and being professional while their instructors keeping an eye on them both in the kitchen and the main dining areas. Thinking about how my experience dining and eating at The Chefs’ House might affect someone’s chance to become a chef gives me an odd feeling. Exciting, but odd! Continue reading “The Chefs’ House…FoodbySaje”