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Vancouver: Locus

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Locus - menu
Logo on menu

While we were in BC, one of Mr. Pixelbunny’s friends celebrated his birthday. We met up wit S and C and ate at one of their favourite restaurants, Locus.


The Atmosphere

Locus - kitchen
View of the kitchen from where we were seated

Located on Main St, the space itself is dim and a little eclectic. A large tree sits in the middle of the room (where the bar is) with its branches extending up and out. The kitchen is open at the back so you can see everything, and there is table seating, booth seating, bar seating, and even some patio seats just out the front door.


The Food

Locus - pineapple juice
Pineapple Juice and soda – $??

One of the things Locus is known for is their freshly squeezed juices. I ordered the pineapple juice and soda combination. It literally tastes like a fresh, ripe pineapple, but with a little bit of fizz! I love that it didn’t taste like concentrated syrup but rather an actual piece of ripe pineapple. It would’ve been even more awesome if there was a slice of pineapple for a garnish.

Locus - bread and butter
Fresh bread and butter – complimentary

As soon as we made our orders, our server brought us a basket of steaming fresh bread. S and C tell us that Locus is quite famous for their fresh bread, and they’re quite right. It’s hot and fresh from the oven, with a light crust and a soft centre. We lathered these up with generous amounts of butter and gobbled them up.


Locus - Charcuterie
Charcuterie – $15

To start, we ordered the charcuterie from their fresh menu. The fresh menu is something that changes often (the website says daily) and uses ingredients that are sourced locally. This charcuterie plate has Genoa salami, calabrese, Quebec bergeron cheese as well as jalapeño harvarti. There’s also caramelized pears, marinated olives and crostini. Good thing there was four of us because the charcuterie was plentiful and we had more than enough to share. The crostini was paired best with the caramelized pear, jalapeño harvarti and calabrese, but you really could make any combination you wanted to. Everything was fresh and beautiful.


Locus - Wild Coho Salmon
Wild Coho Salmon – $20

I ordered the wild coho salmon. It’s served on green beans, asparagus and rapini, a bed of orzo, yellow pepper velouté (a French type of cream sauce), and topped with artichoke tapenade. The tapenade itself was quite salty but balanced out well with the salmon. The salmon was done perfectly, slightly undercooked, just the way I like it. I loved how large the portion sizes were too. You really do get your bang for your buck here!


Locus - Organic Lamb Burger
Organic Lamb Burger – $15

Mr. Pixelbunny ordered the organic lamb burger. Mmm this was so incredibly tasty! The lamb patty was moist and full of juicy flavour. Topped with melted brie cheese and a pistachio pesto, this is easily the most flavourful lamb burger I’ve ever tasted! A light side salad accompanied the burger. Overall, a really balanced and satisfying combination.


Locus - Chicken Chèvre
Chicken Chèvre – $20

Both S and C ordered the chicken chèvre, off of the fresh menu. It’s described as a free range chicken breast stuffed with fire roasted peppers and goat cheese. It’s served with brûléed semolina, roasted pepper coulis and seasonal vegetables (green beans, asparagus and rapini). The chicken was tender and juicy, and being stuff with goat cheese and peppers, this was a heavenly combination. I’m so glad we all got to try each other’s plates.


Locus - birthday cake
Bonus birthday cake!

C had planned the whole birthday get together so after our meal was finished, our server came out with a huge slice of layered chocolate cake birthday cake for S, including 4 forks for all of us to share. They even lit a candle for a nice touch.


The Verdict

I can tell why S and C love this place so much. There is a heavy emphasis on locally sourced produce and you can taste the freshness in every bite. And for the price point, you’re getting really large portions so you won’t ever leave this place hungry. It’s definitely somewhere to check out, whether you’re a local or visiting!


The Place

4121 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Written by Jessica

June 26th, 2013 at 12:13 am

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Vancouver: Go Fish

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For lunch one day, Mr. Pixelbunny and I took his parents out to lunch at Go Fish. I had gone once before with my aunt a couple years ago and remembered it being super fresh. So we loaded up the car and drove over to just outside of Granville Island.


The Atmosphere

Go Fish is almost like a food truck, except it’s a permanent location. It has a small kitchen (almost like a food truck but a little bit larger) with a large patio attached to it. It’s right by the water front so you get to enjoy the views of Granville Bridge as well as the boat coming in and out of Fisherman’s Wharf.


The Food

Go Fish - Fish and Chips
Halibut (x2) and chips – $19.50

The in-laws ordered halibut (x2) and chips to share and boy was it a large serving! The picture is a little misleading because of the camera angle but those fish pieces were quite large and the bed of fries it sits on top of is piled high. Everything is served inside a giant bamboo steaming basket. The fish is battered and fried to order so we waited a good 15-20 minutes for our food to come out. We didn’t mind waiting because that meant the orders are made fresh and you know that when it’s ready, it hasn’t been sitting on the counter waiting for someone to pick it up and deliver it to you. The fish had a crisp light batter and the fish itself was meaty, flaky and moist. I liked that their batter is made with a local brew, Granville Island Beer. Served with a small cup of tartar sauce and another of coleslaw, this left both in-laws full and satisfied.


Go Fish - Oyster Po Boy
Oyster “PO BOY” – $10.50

Mr. Pixelbunny and I shared two orders, the first being the oyster po boy. It featured three large, juicy oysters that are BBQ’d, then topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, chipotle crema, and tartar sauce. Despite it only being 3 oysters, it was enough to have a mouthful in every bite. The bun was soft and made it easier to kind of squish a little bit flat before taking a bite. We wish we ordered a second one so that we didn’t have to share.


Go Fish - Fish Tacos
Tuna Fish Tacones – $10

Our second sharing dish was the tuna fish tacones from the specials menu. It consists of grilled tuna, cilantro spiked salsa, sprouts, coleslaw, and chipotle crema wrapped in a white flour tortilla cone. Unfortunately, the tuna was a little overdone and it was a little heavy on the chipotle crema. Otherwise, the salsa and coleslaw were really fresh and added a great crunch factor to it.


The Verdict

A great little place with really fresh seafood that’s locally caught and sustainable! And, you’re also supporting local fisherman so what’s there not to like! Perfect to go to on a warm sunny day. Be wary of long lineups, particularly on the weekends. Cloudy and rainy days are harder to bear, because there’s only a few patio umbrellas on the patio available.


The Place

Go Fish (flash site so you’ll need to click on “Go Fish” in the top right corner)
1505 W. 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC


Written by Jessica

June 21st, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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Richmond: No. 9 Restaurant

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Mr. Pixelbunny and I flew over to Vancouver recently for vacation. After we landed, we took his parents out to lunch. We sent to a local haunt that is frequented by many of the locals here – No. 9 Restaurant.

The Atmosphere

Located at Lansdowne Mall, just off of No. 3 Road, it’s easy to spot right next to the mall entrance. It is large and spacious, with many tables and chairs to accommodate groups large and small. A neat fact is that they are open 24hrs, 7 days a week, all year round. So if you ever have a food craving, no matter what time of day it is, you can always come to No. 9 for a bite to eat.

The Food

No. 9 Restaurant - beef tendon and shui kau noodle in soup
Beef Tendon and Shui Kau Noodle Soup – $7.15

We ordered three things to share amongst the four of us. The first was beef tendon and shui kau noodle in soup. The beef tendon was incredibly tender and it practically melted in my mouth with the first bite. Amazing. The shui kau, though there were only two of them, were huge. Each one was half the size of my fist. They were bursting full of juicy pork, shrimp, black fungus, and bamboo shoots. The noodles are your typical wonton noodles – long and thin with an al dente texture. Some chopped gai lan (Chinese broccoli) accompanied the bowl of soupy noodles. Unfortunately, the broth was a little too salty. Otherwise, it was very good.


No. 9 Restaurant - soy beef rice noodle
Soy Beef Rice Noodle – $11.75

The next one that came was soy beef rice noodle. This dish is a favorite in my own family and one that is frequently ordered when we visit noodle and dumpling houses. This was was done very well. Tender slices of beef sautéed with onions and bean sprouts in soy sauce, tossed with long, flat rice noodles and some green onions. It had just the right amount of soy sauce for that savory flavour, but not enough to make it overly salty. I really liked this one, and would definitely order it again.


No. 9 Restaurant - Singapore fried vermicelli
Singapore Fried Vermicelli – $12.75

The last dish we ordered was Singapore fried vermicelli. When it first came, I wondered if it would be any good because it wasn’t as yellow as I’m used to seeing the dish. One bite and I was all wrong. It was so good! The rice noodles are stir fried with finely chopped char siu (Chinese BBQ pork), bean sprouts, shrimp and onions. There was some spice to give it a bit of a heat kick, and a little bit of a curry taste. I figure the yellow I’m used to seeing is cumin, which I didn’t really see a lot of this dish. This was fine by me since it allowed all the other flavours to come out and not be overshadowed by cumin. I only wish the shrimp were more fresh. You could tell they were prepared from frozen and one of the shrimp I ate was a little off.


The Verdict

Great noodle/congee house with huge amounts of seating space. I could definitely see myself coming for late night bites after a night out. Haven’t been to many others in Richmond so can’t really compare.


The Place

No. 9 Restaurant
Lansdown Shopping Centre
5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC

Written by Jessica

June 19th, 2013 at 8:33 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

May 2013 Empties

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Oops, this post is a bit late because I was on vacation the last week of May and the first week of June so I couldn’t compile the list until now. Traveling is always a good time to dig into your samples collection to use it all up and that’s exactly what I did. So let’s get right into it!


May 2013 empties part 1
Samples galore!

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

This was a 1.5ml sample that I got from Sephora. It had a beautiful rose fragrance and it was a tad strong for my liking. A thicker cream, it blended nicely into my skin just before bedtime. Not sure of it’s brightening properties since the sample only had enough for two uses.

Vichy Nutriextra Cream Replenishing Nourishing Body Care

Two sample packs of 7ml each = two uses for arms and legs. Since my arms and legs are constantly dry, I have to put some sort of lotion/cream on regularly. I loved the texture of this cream and it absorbed very quickly.

Blue Lagoon Rich Nourishing Cream

2ml sample that lasted me three uses. The package says you can use it for both morning and night but I thought it was too thick for morning use.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

I’ve never tried anything from Bobbi Brown before. This 1.5ml sample lasted me 2 uses. It was light and absorbed quickly into my skin. I wish the sample size was larger!

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector

Five samples of 1.5ml = a week’s worth of use. I’m not too sure if I would ever use this product again because as soon as you apply it, there’s a whitish cast all over my face. Sure it’s a daily dark spot corrector but it turned my whole face at least 2 shades lighter and it didn’t fade away. However, after washing my face, my skin took on it’s normal colour again. I guess if you’re looking to be two shades lighter, then go for it. For me, it actually made me really pale and sickly looking. Will not be purchasing this one.

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

This is the new formulation and I received a seven day sample in the mail (only 6 packages pictured, can’t find the last one). Seven packs of 1ml each = one week’s worth of use. Funny story is that when I first opened the pack, it’s easy to figure out half the pack in the morning and half the pack at night. What surprised me was how much was in there! So apparently the amount I’d been using from my Genifique bottle at home is much much less (3 drops I figured). The great thing about the new formulation is that it absorbs so much faster into the skin than the original. The original formulation was a viscous liquid and this one is even more viscous. Will definitely be purchasing this when my current bottle runs out.

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

Another sample from Sephora. Can’t say that I like this very much as it didn’t really do anything for my dark circles at all. It’s a thicker cream (not as thick as concealer but more of a night cream consistency) that was tan in colour. After applying to my dark circles, they appeared a tad lighter but that was it. Again, this was a sample so it could work with prolonged use but I only got about 3 uses out of it.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light

Two packs of 1.5ml was about 5-6 uses. It says light but a little on the thicker side. I didn’t feel like this absorbed into my skin all that well because I could feel a slight film to my face afterwards. Probably won’t purchase this one.

Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum

1ml sample from my Loulou magazine = two uses. This was super light and had a gel-like consistency. It’d be great to try this serum but I’m super in love with my Genifique.


May 2013 empties part 2
More samples and other things

My Beauty Diary Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask

I finally finished a 10 pack of this after purchasing over a year go. I’d been meaning to use one a week but kept on forgetting. These masks are great, inexpensive, and have such a huge variety. I should do a full review on these soon. Anyways, Love these masks and am definitely going to be repurchasing them.

Osis+ Refresh Dust Bodifying Dry Shampoo

Second bottle complete! Love it except for the expensive price tag it carries. Am currently trying out a couple other dry shampoos so won’t be repurchasing for a while.

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

One of my favourite hand creams to carry with me to work. Will definitely repurchase once I’ve depleted my current supply of hand creams (too many in the box right now!)

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

Part of a sample kit I received last year. This lasted me quite a while, about 2 weeks worth. I love the mini glass jar packaging. A thicker eye cream with a sight beige tint to it. Definitely gave my dark circles a little boost to brighten them up!

Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra Light Lotion SPF 50

When it says “Ultra Light”, it definitely means ultra light! It’s almost like water and absorbs quickly into the skin! There was hardly any residue left over (unlike other sunblocks I’ve tried) and didn’t give me a greasy look afterwards. Love this and will likely repurchase when I’m finished with my backup supplies!

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Shine Anti-Humidity Fresh Hydrating Gel

Well, that’s a mouthful of words. I LOVE this gel. It’s super hydrating, super fast absorbing, and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling afterwards. It’s perfect for the hot humid weather we’re having lately!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

I love facial cleansing wipes because they’re so convenient and fast to use. Also, I love traveling with them. This worked really nicely for me. They were super soft sheets, removed all my makeup and left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I had a little bit of trouble getting all of my waterproof eye makeup off though and had to use a separate eye makeup remover in order to get the rest off. Otherwise, this was great!

Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

This was a Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift from 2 years ago? 3 years ago? I can’t even remember anymore but it had been sitting in my backup stash for ages. I wasn’t a huge fan of this and probably won’t purchase it. I used it as a shower gel only so I can’t comment on how it is as a shampoo or bubble bath.

Lancôme Absolue Ultimate Bx Replenishing and Restructuring Serum

This was a sample from gift-with-purchase at Lancôme counters. It was a 15ml sample and contained over a months worth of use for me. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on its effects because it is supposed to target exactly what I don’t have at the moment: wrinkles, slackened skin, brown spots. The more mature woman would benefit from this.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush

A mini travel size that gave me a good 6-7 uses. Just a tad on the stronger scented side, the floral smell is nice and definitely lasts all day. It removed all of my greasiness and left my hair light and bouncy. Will definitely consider purchasing again after depleting current backup stash.


Whew, that was a lot! Until next time. 🙂

Written by Jessica

June 14th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Posted in Beauty,empties

Manpuku Modern Japanese Eatery

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Manpuku - store front
View from the food court

I went out with friends J and C and we decided to try out Manpuku. I had heard some good things and their menu was quite reasonably priced, so we headed over with empty stomachs to try a variety of dishes.


The Atmosphere

We actually had some trouble finding the place because it’s located inside a food court! So make sure you walk into the Village by the Grange and into the food court. You’ll find it near the large open seating area. It’s a small eatery with a main level and an upper level about 5 steps up. Seating is limited so your options are to either go early or make a reservation. When you first walk in, there’s a U-shaped bar that you can sit at so you can watch the staff work away in the open kitchen. To the right are two small tables. The left is where it opens up to the remaining tables on the main level, as well as the small staircase that brings you to the upper level.

The menu is a large laminated sheet that’s about the size of a placemat. Another letter-sized laminated menu shows you other dishes that are available. On the wall is the specials.

Since we didn’t make reservations, we waited about 15 min until a table cleared for the three of us.


The Food

Manpuku - Takowasa
Takowasa – $3.99

We started with Takowasa, which is pickled wasabi octopus. This was one of those dishes that taste better than it looks. It did look ever so slightly slimy, but that’s partly due to the octopus itself and probably the pickling process. The octopus was tender and a little chewy, and each bite packed a nice wasabi punch. It’s served with some fresh lettuce underneath, so you could eat it together with the pickled octopus. Some of the other veggies that I could pick out were seaweed, carrot, and I think maybe celery or some sort of pickled mustard. This one is a definite must try.


Manpuku - Yakionigiri
Yakionigiri – $3.49

Next up was the yakionigiri. It starts with your basic rice ball – rice with some seaweed furikake (rice seasoning) and fish flakes (salmon?), that’s then pan fried in a little bit of soy sauce. The menu says it’s either miso or soy sauce, but I couldn’t taste any miso, so the version we got must have been soy. This was also really good too and very large portioned. Definitely another one to order when you come.


Manpuku - Niku Udon
Niku Udon – $5.99

This was recommended to us by the waitress when we asked which dishes are the most popular. It’s basically an udon noodle soup, with a beef and onion topping that’s been cooked in a sweet soy sauce. The noodles were slippery and hearty, and the beef had great texture and flavour. For an extra $2, you can turn any rice or noodle dish into a combo, and you got to choose two sides to go with it. Your options were chips,  soup, salad, or takosen. The chips are exactly as it sounds, chips. They’re japanese chips so you’ll get a bag of japanese chips. The soup is a bowl of miso soup. The salad is below:


Manpuku - Manpuku Salad
Manpuku salad – one of the sides when you order a combo, or $1.99 (sm) | $2.49 (lg) if you order from the menu

Crispy, fresh lettuce with fried onion on top and a citrus dressing. The fried onions added crunch factor to the salad. Otherwise, it’s just a regular salad.


Manpuku - Takosen
Takosen – another side if you order a combo, or $2.99 if you order it from the menu

The takosen is your regular takoyaki (octopus dough balls) that are sandwiched between two senbei, japanese rice crackers. If you order it as part of a combo, you’ll get two of these. If you order is directly from the menu, you’ll get three. I found it rather difficult to eat it as is. I had to eat everything separately. Unfortunately, the takoyaki was soggy and mushy, and the octopus piece inside was miniscule. If you want to try it, go for it, but there are better ones elsewhere in the city.


Manpuku - Natto Gohan
Natto Gohan – $3.99

This was the random dish we ordered for the night. I knew what it was (fermented soy beans) with slices of okra and japanese yam, but I had never tried it before. Luckily, J and C were open to trying it too so we ordered it. The first thing we noticed was how incredibly sticky it looked. When you scoop up a couple beans, it’s extremely stringy. I wish I took a picture of what it looked liked for you. I can’t say much about the flavour because I’m not sure how to describe it. It comes with a large bowl of rice so the taste must be strong. I will say that I didn’t like it, but I wasn’t repulsed by it. J and C didn’t like it at all. I had a second try just to give it a second chance but I still didn’t like it. It was the only dish that we didn’t finish. It’s definitely an acquired taste so you’ll either like it or you won’t.


Manpuku - Chawan Mushi
Chawan Mushi – $3.99

Another yummy dish, this was steamed egg with seafood. Ours had some seaweed, chikuwa, scallops, fishcake, and some green beans. The egg was sweet (probably from the soy sauce) but light and smooth. Another favourite that we gobbled up happily after our experience with natto gohan.


Manpuku - Hotate Rice
Hotate Rice – $8.99

A big bowl of rice that’s topped off with scallops and eggs. Topped with mayo, sesame seeds, seaweed, green onions and some furikake, this was one of my favourites for the night. The scallop and egg were so flavourful and it goes so well with a scoop of rice. Slightly sweet, but more of a savoury flavour to it. This one also disappeared pretty quick.


Manpuku - Takoyaki
Takoyaki – $4.99

Six, giant octopus dough balls that I really really wanted to love but they were too mushy and runny for me! I was so sad! The portion was huge, the price was fantastic (less than $1 per ball!) but the balls were undercooked and the piece of octopus that’s inside is the tiniest tip of the tentacle. The bonito flakes and roasted seaweed topping with mayo was great, but the ball being so mushy and runny was not a good combination. Sorry but I did not like this.


Manpuku - Tsubugaiyaki
Tsubugaiyaki – $5.99

This is essentially takoyaki but instead of octopus, the filling it tsubugai, whelk clam. While everything else is closely similar, these doughy balls were cooked better and not as mushy or runny. The topping it dried baby shrimp as opposed to bonito flakes, and some green onions as opposed to roasted seaweed. The tsubugai pieces are significantly larger than what you get in the takoyaki, so you can actually feel it in your mouth when you’re eating it. Aside from different toppings, it does taste the same as takoyaki, since the batter makeup is the same.

Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert, otherwise I would have loved to order one of their daily cakes and pudding. Next time!


The Verdict

This place is a fantastic little place hidden inside of a food court! It is one worth seeking out as the prices are fantastic for the amount of food you get. Come with a group of friends so you can try multiple things. To make things easier, try to plan ahead and make reservations. Otherwise, you could potentially be waiting a long time for enough tables to clear to make room for a large group. This is a place to definitely return to!


The Place

Manpuku Modern Japanese Eatery
105 McCaul St., (inside the food court), Toronto, ON

Written by Jessica

June 12th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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Kimchi Korea House

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Kimchi Korea House - place mat
Place setting

Mr. Pixelbunny and I had another late night at work so he came downtown to pick me up. We were feeling too lazy to cook so we decided to try this place.


The Atmosphere

It’s a pretty large place, with ample seating throughout. We were there fairly late, so the place was not packed full, save for several tables of patrons. The thing I did notice was how many of those empty tables still had dirty dishes on them. We were seated at a table between two others that had patrons. Almost all other tables that were within eyesight of where I was sitting had dirty dishes on them. Poor staffing night perhaps?

On a side note: when we were finished with our meal and was getting ready to leave, only one table had just started to be cleaned up. Our patrons on either side of us had left long ago and their tables were still not cleared.


The Food

Kimchi Korea House - Takoyaki
Takoyaki – $7.50

Of course, we had to start with takoyaki. These doughy octopus balls were the best I’ve had so far in Toronto. They’re slightly crispy on the outside, and hot and doughy on the inside. The octopus pieces are also very large in comparison to other places. Each ball had one very large chunk of octopus in it. Only sad part was the price. At $7.50, each ball equals $1.25.


Kimchi Korea House - salad
House salad – complimentary with your meal

The house salad (along with the miso soup that isn’t pictured) are both complimentary with your meal. There isn’t anything to comment about the miso soup other than it’s miso soup. The salad was cold and crispy, with a creamy miso ginger dressing. A cucumber slice and tomato slice top it off nicely.


Kimchi Korea House - side dishes
Side dishes that came right after our takoyaki arrived

Our side dishes included kimchi tofu sheets, broccoli (blanched and tossed in sesame seed oil), sweet potato/yam(? – I always get mixed up), eggplant, kimchi, and bean sprouts. They were all pretty good. I’m still a little confused with the broccoli though. I’ve never seen it served as a side dish before.


Kimchi Korea House - Regular Bibimbap
Regular Bibimbap – $9.95

I ordered the regular bibimbap. A hot stone bowl (with noticeable cracks I might add) served with rice on the bottom. Toppings include bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms, carrots, pickled radish, spinach, zucchini, stir fried beef and onion, and a fried egg on top. Shredded seaweed and toasted sesame seeds are added as a garnish. The chili pepper sauce was served in a squeeze bottle (much like the condiment bottles you see at hot dog stands) and was mildly hot. I squeezed several rings around the bowl and tossed all of my ingredients together. I did leave a layer of rice at the bottom so the stone bowl could cook it slightly further so that it would be crispy by the time I got to it. This tasted great! It wasn’t overly salty, and not too heavily flavoured. The chili pepper sauce added a nice kick to it. In all, it was very filling and satisfying to finish.


Kimchi Korea House - Beef Tofu Stew
Soft tofu stew with beef – $7.95

Mr. Pixelbunny had the soft tofu stew with beef. Piping hot, it was literal boiling when it arrived at our table. Big chunks of tofu and chewy slices of beef steep in a medley of zucchini, onion, green beans, and a steaming hot, spicy broth. Most of the spice came from the chili oil, which was very prominent (and red) as you can see in the picture. This was very good and flavourful, and I was impressed with the size and amount of ingredients in the bowl. Other places where I’ve had the soft tofu stew had very finely chopped vegetables and were sparse. This bowl was completely full. Served with a large bowl of rice, this one left Mr. Pixelbunny nice and full.


The Verdict

I thought the food was quite good, but the prices are a little more on the pricier side. Given it’s downtown location and the competition around, I’m not sure how sustainable it will be compared to other places. Some things are reasonably priced (like the soft tofu stew) and others are too much in my opinion (the takoyaki). Come and try it out but be wary of the prices on what you’re ordering.


The Place

Kimchi Korea House
149 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Written by Jessica

June 7th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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L’Oréal Color Riche Nail Polish in 202 – Marie Antoinette

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The last colour that I picked up from the L’Oreal Warehouse sale for Spring 2013, this mini bottle is a sheer, pale, peachy pink colour.


L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in 202 Marie Antoinette - bottle
Pretty pale peachy pink

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in 202 Marie Antoinette - nail swatch
Nail swatch

You can see in the above picture that the colour goes on really sheer. Pictured is two coats of polish. I might have to try painting a base coat of white before painting the colour on to get a more opaque look. Again, I’m not wearing any top coat but you can see how glossy the finish is.


L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in 202 Marie Antoinette - drip

I love the wide paddle brush because it makes application so much easier and faster than the thinner brushes.

Written by Jessica

June 3rd, 2013 at 9:40 am

Posted in Beauty,nails

NARS Concealer Stick in Ginger

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One of my purchases from the Shiseido/NARS warehouse sale for Spring 2013 was a NARS concealer. It was only $10 so how could I pass this one up?


NARS concealer stick - view 1
NARS Concealer Stick in Ginger


The Packaging

NARS concealer stick - view 2
Lipstick-like packaging 

This is the older version of the NARS concealer and not the current one. In a lipstick form, the bullet is housed in NARS’ iconic rubberized packaging with “NARS” printed on the cap in white. Twist the bottom part counter clockwise and watch the bullet come up. It’s pretty.


NARS concealer stick - bullet shape
Bullet shape

It’s not shaped exactly like a traditional lipstick bullet, but for the purpose of a concealer, the shape it takes on (sort of like a tapered moon shape) works well.


The Product

NARS concealer stick - swatch
Swatch on left, blended out on right

Wow this stuff is amazing. It glides on beautifully and with a few pats of the ring finger, it blends seamlessly onto my skin, covering all blemishes and my dark circles. I also tried blending it out with a concealer brush and that works well too, although I prefer using my finger to pat it in. After it dries, you can hardly tell it’s there. What I love about it is that when you touch the area you applied it, you don’t feel anything. It’s honestly like second skin.


The Verdict

I am in love with this concealer and it’s one I reach for every day. For those days when I want minimal makeup, I’ll dot these under my eyes, the corner of my mouth and some blemishes, and I’m all set for the day. I don’t know what the current version is like, but if it’s like this older version, I’m sure I’ll love it as well.


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Written by Jessica

June 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Beauty,face