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Marcelle Nutrilux Supreme Repair Lip Balm

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Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Repair Lip Balm packaging

I bought this earlier in the year to have as a backup in my stash of lip balms. My lips get dry and cracked so I needed something that will really hydrate and restore my lips when I use it. I prefer using it at night because that’s when it really gives the product time to soak in and take effect. I do apply lip balm during the day but not as often as I should because work gets so busy. I’m lucky if I reapply during lunch.

Enter Marcelle’s Nutrilux line. They created a whole slew of products that are nutrition for the body. It also says that it’s Limited Edition on the box for which I’m a total sucker for. *eyes book shelf full of limited edition DVDs and books* It’s unfortunate that they don’t make this line anymore. I think they were testing the market for body care products. It’s no longer available for purchase. Even though they’re not on shelves anymore, I love this enough to write and share a review to you all.

 

The Packaging

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Repair Lip Balm tube
Tube format

The supreme repair lip balm is in a tube format and has a flat cap that allows it to be free standing. The tube itself is made of a pliable white plastic that allows it to retain its shape after you’ve squeezed it. The cap is a shiny silver one that screws on tightly for a good seal.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Repair Lip Balm nozzle
Nozzle

If you look closely inside the cap, there is a small stick that points up in the middle. This part is what goes through the nozzle of the tube. This is good because it prevents product from drying out in the opening and clogging it up. The nozzle itself slanted (you can sort of see it in the picture above), which allows for an easy application to your lips, straight from the tube. All you need to do is squeeze some product out, then apply to lips. For those that are worried about germs, you can always squeeze some out onto a clean finger first, then using your finger to apply it to your lips.

 

The Product

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Repair Lip Balm swatch
Goes on clear

The supreme repair lip balm is meant to soothe, nourish, and repair dry, cracked lips. It contains shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin A, and vitamin E to provide a really hydrating effect. The product glides on smoothly on my lip and I can immediately feel a smooth, thin layer. It doesn’t last long though because my lips absorb it and I don’t notice it anymore. No greasy feeling. Just beautiful smooth. And the best part is, when I wake up in the morning, no more dry, cracked lips! Now if only I can get better at application during the day…

 

The Verdict

I absolutely love this product. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m finished with this tube. Marcelle, if you’re reading this, please please please bring it back! I haven’t had a lip balm that has been as hydrating as this one!

 

Where to Buy

Unfortunately, this is not available for purchase anymore.

Written by Jessica

December 28th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Beauty,lips

Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spa Masks

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Montagne Jeunesse - masks
From l-r: Glacial Clay Spa, Dead Sea Mud Spa, and Red Earth Clay Spa

Have you ever thought about going to a spa for a facial treatment, then looked up the service charges, and chickened out? I think I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve done that. Thankfully, the team at Montagne Jeunesse had other ideas and developed a product that allows you to have a facial experience right in the comfort of your own home! Using 99% natural ingredients, each clay mask is designed to be used weekly, to help you invigorate, deeply cleanse, and nourish your skin. What’s great about Montagne Jeunesse is that all their products are paraben-free, and they are approved by BUAV and PETA. They’re even approved by the Vegetarian Society.

I originally received these over the summer and after using two of them, had been saving the third for a special occasion. Luckily, I received one in a recent #MapleVoxBox from Influenster so I didn’t hesitate to finally use the third. So even though this review is long overdue (my apologies!), at least I can share with you my experiences with each individual mask!

 

The Packaging

Each mask is individually packaged and sealed. All you need to do is rip off the top to reveal your clay mask inside. The front has a pretty frightening clay mask photo with leaves that cover the eyes, but I suppose this shows you that the mask is mouldable to your face. The back contains instructions on how to use the mask, a list of ingredients, a warning statement to test the product on your upper arm before applying to your face in case of sensitivity, as well as a statement cleaning that they are vegetarian and animal friendly!

 

The Product

Once opened, the mask inside is folded into quarters. The mask is made of natural bamboo fabric that is really soft and absorbable. You’ll need to unfold the mask (which can be a little tricky), then reorient the mask so that you can properly apply it onto your face. There are holes for your eyes and mouth, as well as some slits in the middle to help the mask fit around your nose. The mask is quite large on my face, and some parts needed to be folded and overlapped in order to fit properly on my face. I think that if they incorporated some slits from the edges, it would help fitting the mask on easier. I’m thinking about the My Beauty Diary sheet masks as they had these slits and made putting the mask on fairly easy. The clay in each mask is infused with ingredients that are specific to that particular mask. Let’s look at each one.

 

Montagne Jeunesse - Dead Sea Mud Spa front
Dead Sea Mud Spa front

Montagne Jeunesse - Dead Sea Mud Spa back
Dead Sea Mud Spa back

This is the first mask I tried. The Dead Sea Mud Spa⁺ mask is infused  with Dead Sea mud, Dead Sea salt, seaweed and sea kelp. Great for dry skin that need a hydration boost. It had a cooling and tingling sensation for me. Afterwards, I saw that my skin looked well hydrated and glowy.

 

Montagne Jeunesse - Glacial Clay Spa front
Glacial Clay Spa front

Montagne Jeunesse - Glacial Clay Spa back
Glacial Clay Spa back

Infused with arctic cloudberry and red grape, the Glacial Clay Spa*⁺ mask gave me a really clean feel afterwards. It also had the cooling sensation from the beginning, but not much of a tingling feeling. It’s great for deep-pore cleansing as the glacial clay is said to cleanse your pores to the core. I did notice my pores looking a little bit smaller and less clogged after using this mask. It definitely cleansed out some of the white heads that were lurking around.

 

Montagne Jeunesse - Red Earth Clay Spa front
Red Earth Clay Spa front

Montagne Jeunesse - Red Earth Clay Spa back
Red Earth Clay Spa back

The Red Earth Clay Spa mask is infused with red clay, pomegranate and cinnamon. You can smell the sweetness of the pomegranate and the cinnamon spice as soon as you break the seal of the package. It’s a really pleasant smell which is important, because it will remain on my face for 10-15 min! It wasn’t until it was closer to the 10 min mark that I felt a cooling and tingling feeling. This mask is good for oily skinned people, as the Mediterranean clay it’s infused with detoxes the skin and penetrates deep down in the pores to draw out excess oils. I’m not an oily skinned gal so I can’t really comment on this except that my face was quite squeaky clean after rinsing the clay off.

 

The Verdict

What I liked about these the most is that you get a really good clean feel of your skin afterwards in the complete comfort of your home for a mere fraction of the price. While I wouldn’t say that it’s a complete substitute for a full on facial at the spa, I do think it is a good alternative. And to be able to use it weekly without breaking the bank, that is bonus in my book. My personal favourite is the Glacial Clay Spa mask, followed by the Dead Sea Mud Spa, then the Red Earth Clay Spa.

 

Where to Buy

  • $2.49 at Farleyco and other mass retailers

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.

I received these products complimentary from Farleyco for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.

Written by Jessica

December 18th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Beauty,face

Ice Breakers DUO

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Ice Breakers Duo - package
Need a breath refresher?

I was pretty excited to try these from the #MapleVoxBox from Influenster. You can always use a breath mint whether you’ve just had a meal or whenever really. I like having them in my bag at all times because you never know when you might need them. Let’s take a look at them.

 

The Packaging

The packaging itself is a sturdy plastic disc that’s about the size of the palm of my hand. For the raspberry flavour Duo, the bottom part of the disc is an opaque purple colour and the top of the disc is white. On the purple part of the disc, on the side, a manufacturer’s best before date is printed on. The top of the disc is a lid with two snap lids of different sizes. These sizes allow for you to deposit either “one” or “many” duos. The sticker on top will indicate which side is which. Unfortunately, mine had a flaw in that the sticker was placed 180 degrees off so the “one” side of the sticker was actually on the “many” lid, and the “many” side of the sicker was actually on the “one” lid. You’ll understand momentarily.

 

Ice Breakers Duo - MANY side open
The “One” side

The “One” side of my sticker was on this lid, which is clearly the “Many” lid.

 

Ice Breakers Duo - ONE side open
The “Many” side

The “Many” side of the sticker is most definitely on the “One” lid.

It’s a neat concept that allows you to control just how much you want. Do you only want one for yourself? Or do you want to take several out to share with friends? Or are you looking to take several out just for yourself?

The lids are actually a little difficult to open, which I partially attribute to the stickiness of the sticker. I hesitated at first to pulling them open with full strength because I didn’t want to break the lid off. However, the way the sticker is placed on actually overlaps the entire lid with the exception of the tab that sticks out. Therefore, it does require a bit of force to get the lid open. Afterwards, the lid snaps closed with a “click” and the sticker (if it is still sticky) will provide and extra bit of security from the lid opening on its own.

 

The Product

Ice Breakers Duo - raspberry and mint sides
The double sided mint

You’ve got one side that’s pink and the other side that’s white. The pink corresponds to the fruit aspect. It’s a raspberry flavour with a little bit of tartness to it. The white corresponds to the cool aspect. It’s a minty cool. Depending on which side is against your tongue, that is what you’ll be tasting. What’s interesting it when you’re flipping it around in your mouth. One second you’re hit with the fruity tartness, and just when you think the tart is too tart, you’ve flipped over to the minty cool side, which helps negate the tartness. It’s a pretty neat taste battle going on in there.

 

The Verdict

I quite like this and will definitely be making a purchase for it. Mr. Pixelbunny has also taken quite a liking to it as he keeps eating them, then offering me one as if he’s showing me that he’s sharing and not just eating them himself. Hah! There are currently two flavours out there: strawberry and raspberry. I’d love to try the strawberry one next, and maybe pick up a raspberry to give to the Mr for his own.

 

Where to Buy

  • $1.99 at mass food and convenience retailers

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are entirely my own.***

 

Written by Jessica

December 17th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Winter 2013 Luxe Box Review

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Winter 2013 Luxebox - box
It’s Luxebox time!

Surprisingly, I received some mail today! That’s right, mail delivery on a sunday? Maybe because it’s getting closer to holidays? In any case, I received my Winter Luxebox today! So what could I do but anxiously open it up?

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - contents
The contents

To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with this season’s box. Most of what I received were small samples and not considered a deluxe size at all. Here’s the breakdown.

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo
EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo

Never heard of this brand but am open to trying it. However, I would have appreciated it if they included the matching conditioner. I’m a shampoo and conditioner kind of gal, so only having shampoo in the box perplexes me. Now I need to use a conditioner that’s from an entirely different brand that might not even work well with this shampoo.

Full size: 250ml for $24
Sample size: 75ml for $7.20

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Keratase Elixer Ultime
Keratase Elixer Ultime

I’m pretty sure I received something really similar in a previous box, though not exactly the same. This is a hair oil that’s meant for colour-treated hair. This is something I’m positive I had indicated in my personal profile that I do NOT have. This is a completely useless product for me.

Full size: 250ml for $42
Sample size: 3ml for $0.50

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - the Balm Stainiac
theBalm Stainiac

I was only introduced to theBalm from the last Luxebox so this is something I’m willing to try out. I wonder how it is compared to Benefit’s Benetint?

Full size: 0.3 oz for $17
Sample size: $2.27

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Essie nail polish - No More Film
Essie No More Film

I’m very disappointed with this as No More Film was part of Essie’s 2012 Resort Collection, which means the collection has been out for over a year now. To have this in the box now is pretty late.

Full size: 13.6ml for $11.99
Sample size: This is the full size.

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Ultra Volume mascara
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Ultra Volume mascara

A mini tube of mascara. I’m not too interested in mascara since I can only wear it when I wear my contacts. I’m still willing to try it out though.

Full size: 9ml for $19
Sample size: $5.28

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - L'Occitane 20 percent Shea hand cream
L’Occitane 20% Shea Hand Cream

The one thing I’m really really excited to try. I’ve heard so many good things about L’Occitane’s hand creams, especially this one in particular. I can’t wait to try it out!

Full size: 150ml for $30
Sample size: $2

 

Winter 2013 Luxebox - Loose Button lip brush
Loose Button lip brush

I feel like these Loose Button branded brushes shouldn’t be counted as part of the 6-7 deluxe samples that each box is supposed to contain. For consumers that are as like-minded as I am, I am paying for these quarterly boxes to receive up-to-date deluxe samples that are on trend with the current season. A lip brush is not what I consider something that is “on trend”. I am treating this as a freebie throw in and not counting it in the value of the box.

Full size: No price, but I’m going to guess around $6.
Sample size: This would be considered full size.

 

To sum it all up…

# of sample size products = 5
# of full size products = 1
Total value of this season’s Luxe Box = $29.24

Wow Loose Button. This box was pretty much a fail. To put out a box that costs only marginally more than what I paid for when all of your other boxes have had much greater value? This is enough to seriously make me consider cancelling my subscription altogether. Even though you’re providing consumers with the option to “upgrade” their boxes by paying extra, I feel like it’s just an extra cash grab to gain more money. Part of the fun is not knowing what you’re going to get and the surprise that comes with it. However, if you’re advertising 6-7 deluxe beauty samples, then that’s what you should be providing. Never mind. Their website now says 7-8 trial sized beauty and lifestyle items. I’m remember when they made the change from monthly to seasonal, they said the extra time would allow them to curate better deluxe sized samples.

I’ll be taking some time deciding if I want to continue with my subscription or not. Hopefully all of your boxes were much better than what I received.

Written by Jessica

December 16th, 2013 at 12:29 am

Clinique All About Eyes

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This is something I’ve been using for a few years now, and I quite like it. I never used to give much though to eye cream because I thought it was more for older ladies. When I had my first trial bridal makeup appointment, the makeup artist suggested I use some eye cream because my eyelids were pretty dry. At that time, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as eye cream. Lucky for me, my mom (who is a life time fan of Clinique by the way), had a mini sample of Clinique’s All About Eyes which she gave to me. Clinique is also hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance free, so I know that it’s good for sensitive skin. Since then, I’ve been using it and love the way it feels on my skin.

 

The Packaging

Clinique All About Eyes - jar
The smaller jar offering

The jar itself is made from sturdy clear plastic with a peach tinge to it. The cap is made of white plastic with a mirrored cover, and twists close for a tight seal. The brand is printed with a very sturdy foil-like material and the rest of the text is printed in white. I can’t scratch off either despite trying so you know it’s on there for good. When you run your finger over it, you can feel the white print.

 

Clinique All About Eyes - inside jar
Open lid

When I opened my jar, I didn’t notice an additional inner lid to keep the product inside. There was some product that was on the inside of my lid which will be very likely due to the consistency of the product. If you have the jar on its side or if you jostled it a little, the product will move around fairly easily.

 

The Product

Clinique All About Eyes - swatch
Swatch

It’s a light peach shade and opaque.  It’s cross somewhere between a cream and a gel. The product claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles and minimize puffiness. I can’t comment on the effects on dark circles as I don’t really have them, but I can say it does a pretty good job at minimizing puffiness. When I don’t get enough sleep, my eyes get pretty puffy. After waking up and applying this to my under eye and eyelid area, I find that the puffiness is significantly decreased within an hour of putting it on. I look more awake! I also found it to be really hydrating so during the summer months, I only use it at night. During the winter however, I use it both morning and night.

 

The Verdict

I love this eye cream and I keep coming back to it! Given the frequency of cross border shopping, that’s when I like to stock up. If you have dry skin around your eyes or even if you have some puffiness, I recommend this for you!

 

Where to Buy

  • Beauty counters at department stores, Sephora (Canadian)
    • $37 CAD for 0.5 oz | $62 CAD for 1 oz
  • Sephora (US)
    • $30 US for 0.5 oz | $50 US for 1 oz
  • Duty Free Shops (when crossing the border from US to Canada)
    • $24 US for 0.5 oz

Written by Jessica

December 12th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Posted in Beauty,eyes

Su&Shi Noodle Bar

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After a nice evening of wandering Yorkdale Mall, Mr. Pixelbunny and I decided to have dinner in their beautiful food court, Dine on 3. Having been to Famoso Pizzeria multiple times, we thought we’d try somewhere new. Su&Shi was something we had eyed, but never gave much thought about it. That night, we bit the bullet and went in.

All we knew was that it’s by the people who brought you Spring Rolls. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Spring Rolls but I thought I’d give this place a try.

 

The Atmosphere

The space is located at the top of the escalators to your right. It’s a separate, enclosed space, just next to the food court area. The atmosphere mimics an izakaya, with friendly shout outs in Japanese when you’re brought in to your table. The space however, is very modern and bright.

Su&Shi Noodle Bar - decor
Red cushions, black tabletops, cute red flowers from the ceiling

The wait staff were bubbly and quick to take our order. The place wasn’t packed however, it was around 8pm when we decided to have dinner.

 

The Food

Su&Shi Noodle Bar - Submarine roll
Submarine roll – $14.95

We started with the submarine roll to start. Firstly, I was glad that these pieces were huge, as that justifies the price more. Each piece took me at least 3 bites (the first bite made it fall apart, then the other bites were because I couldn’t pick up all the fallen pieces in one shot). There were 8 pieces in total, with each piece containing avocado and BBQ eel, rolled in a thin layer of seaweed and rice, then topped with thin salmon slices and tobiko. The plate was drizzled with some teriyaki sauce, which complimented the flavour of the eel. There was no point in dipping this in soy sauce since the flavour already comes from the eel, but a small dab of wasabi gave it a nice kick. After sharing this roll, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to eat my ramen.

 

Su&Shi Noodle Bar - BBQ Pork Ramen
BBQ Pork Ramen – $9.99

For my main, I ordered the BBQ pork ramen. The broth is a chicken and pork broth, which was very light and reminiscent of the soups my mom made when I was little. I also like that it’s not overly salty and still had good flavour to it. Let’s talk about the toppings. The spinach and bean sprouts were just that, nothing special about them. As for the egg, you got half a very hard boiled egg (you can even see the grey ring around the yolk when you overcook an egg), that’s slightly marinated (?) given the brown colour on the outer most layer of egg. I couldn’t taste any distinct flavour so I had it with a spoonful of soup. There was also two sheets of seaweed slipped into the side of the bowl. Corn kernels and green onions finished the bowl.

The best part of the toppings were the three very large, thick cut slices of BBQ pork belly. These slices are the biggest I have ever had in any ramen place I’ve been to. Even though it had some good flavour, the fatty parts to it was mainly fatty and didn’t have any particular flavour to it. Some other places give you a fatty pork belly that has flavour that explodes in your mouth when you bite into it, but this wasn’t the case here. As for the noodles, there was quite a large amount of it which were yellow and a little chewy, but I suspect my noodles were a little overcooked.

I wasn’t able to finish my whole bowl and ended up packing up the remaining third of it home. The good thing was, it made for a very tasty lunch the next day!

 

Su&Shi Noodle Bar - House Ramen
House Ramen – $10.99

Mr. Pixelbunny ordered the house ramen, which is essentially the same as mine, but with different toppings. His included one small slice of BBQ pork belly, one shrimp tempura, and a few slices of marinated chicken thigh. The chicken was the best out of all three in his bowl as they were very flavourful, moist, and perfectly cooked. The BBQ pork belly wasn’t as good as the ones in my bowl and were definitely smaller in comparison. The shrimp tempura was good, lightly battered and not overdone.

 

The Verdict

Su&Shi Noodle Bar surprised me with their fares and I’m quite happy to return and try other things on their menu. Their ramen is decent, although I don’t expect die hard ramen fans to be lining up here. For me, the BBQ Pork ramen is definitely one to eat again.

 

The Place

Su&Shi Noodle Bar
3401 Dufferin St (inside Yorkdale Mall)
Toronto, ON
647-728-3249

Written by Jessica

December 9th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Bent

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For my birthday this year, it was a special milestone for me and for that, I wanted to celebrate somewhere special. After all, I was now entering my third decade (eep!). I gathered 15 of my friends, and we all went to Bent to eat. Bent had been on my list of places to eat for a while, especially since I had never tried any restaurants by Susur Lee before. This one is by him and his sons, Levi and Kai. I don’t know if they were working in the kitchen that night, but everything that came out was absolutely amazing. This is seriously one of my favourite meals!!

 

The Atmosphere

The place is very intimate and not very large. We managed to secure two tables: one seating 10, the other seating 6; side by side. When we arrived, the place was packed. People seated everywhere as well as people standing by the doorway, waiting for a table to open up. A large red velvet curtain hangs just in front of the door to help block out the cold wind from outside. I had reservations for 9:30pm, but our tables weren’t ready until about 9:50pm. After we were seated, it only took about 15 more minutes for food to start appearing on our table.

The decor is pretty neat. Along the back wall are glass covered antique letter press trays, full of little toys and trinkets. These aren’t your modern day toys though, as they look fairly old and antique. Collectibles? Something of significance to the owners? It’s neat to look at, and I unfortunately couldn’t snag a picture of it without intruding on two snug booths situated below the displays.

 

The Food

For my large party, we decided to go with a tasting menu. When I initially made my reservation, I was presented with 4 tasting menu options: two at the $55/person price point, two at the $65/person price point. My party decided on one of the $55 ones. The thing I liked is that everything is served family style. That means all the food is presented in larger portions and placed in the middle of the table for all guests to scoop themselves. This is how I grew up eating, together with family.

 

Bent - Yuzu Basil Mojito
Yuzu Basil Mojito – $18

What’s a birthday celebration without a drink? The Mr got me the yuzu basil mojito. Aside from the mint of your regular mojito, this one included the crisp taste of yuzu and basil, topped with lots of mint and a lime slice. It went down easily without a strong alcohol flavour. I had to consciously sip at it so I wouldn’t drink it all too quickly. It was so good!

 

Bent - Sake Oyster Shot
Sake Oyster Shot

We started off our menu with a sake oyster shot. Everything is served in a little shot glass, the placed in a small wooden box full of ice to keep it cool. A small white popsicle stick(?) is included so you can stir your shot together before enjoying. We were recommended to stir everything, then take the whole shot and chew it, so you can taste all the flavours. This is exactly how I ate mine, as I prefer to chew my oysters and fully taste the flavour. There were a couple people at my table that just swallowed the whole thing.

The flavours are pretty intense and extremely beautiful to taste. I could definitely taste ponzu and ginger. There was some crunch from the shallots and the salmon roe had that pop to them. Mix it up with a raw oyster and mmmm, it was a flavour explosion in my mouth.

 

Bent - Kale and Tofu Salad
Kale and Tofu Salad

Next up was kale and tofu salad. If kale could always be served this way, I think I would eat it all the time! You don’t taste the crunchy, waxiness of it. Instead, it tastes like it’s been blanched so it’s soft. The tofu was dense and meaty with a miso flavour dressed on it. Some crispy seaweed and sliced grape tomatoes were included. Everything was tossed in a sesame dressing and tasted so good! Everyone was able to have two pieces of tofu and a large scoop of the veggies. After the intense flavour of the oyster shot, this was definitely more mild, but it certainly wasn’t bland. Different flavours and still so good.

 

Bent - Tuna & Watermelon Ceviche
Tuna Watermelon Ceviche

The tuna watermelon ceviche came to the table next, and this ended up being many of my friend’s favourite dish of the night. You have big chunks of marinated raw tuna, equally big cubes of marinated watermelon, red onion, shallows, cilantro, sliced red chilli peppers and slices of a favourite childhood favourite – chinese doughnut fritter. Some of my friends and I had a lot of fun picking out the asian elements of each dish, and for this one, we all said, “yow-djak-gwai!” at the same time. The spiciness from the red chilli peppers is pretty strong, however you’re immediately cooled from the watermelon cube. So basically you’re getting hot and cool at the same time. It’s a really incredible sensation on your tongue! I loved it.

 

Bent - Black Pepper Charred Salmon
Black Pepper Charred Salmon

Shortly after, the black pepper charred salmon arrived in front of us. They were thin slices of salmon, charred with a black pepper crust, and topped with a fennel-chili relish, toasted pumpkin seeds, and drizzled with pumpkin seed oil. This tasted very good, and the crunch from the pumpkin seeds provided good texture difference from the softness of the salmon slice. I only wish these portions weren’t so small. It was gone in either one big bite or two smaller ones!

 

Bent - Lobster Taco
Lobster Taco

One of the more unique dishes of the night, lobster taco is exactly that, a lobster taco! However, the taco shell is made of a big crispy taro slice! Being one of Mr Pixelbunny’s favourite foods, he immediately locked onto the taro shell. The lobster pieces were fairly small, as there needed to be room for the chipotle charred onion tomato salsa (that’s a mouthful!), mango and avocado. There was also slices of red chilli pepper on each one so you get quite the heat from a small taco. The flavours were really good, but you couldn’t really taste any lobster. In fact, it was a little difficult to discern if there was lobster in the taco because of everything that was going on. I’m pretty sure it was in there though. So if the lobster chunk could have been bigger, I think I’d love this even more.

 

Bent - Sauteed Quinoa and Squash
Sauteed Quinoa and Squash

We were originally going to have polenta, but because one of my friends has a gluten allergy, the kitchen substituted for sautéed quinoa and squash instead. The quinoa had some pumpkin seeds and raisins to it, as well as some sort of sweet asian sauce that my friends and I couldn’t put our finger on it. It’s not oyster sauce, it’s not soy sauce, it’s not sweet bean paste… what is it?! Still good despite not knowing the mystery sauce…

 

Bent - Crispy Chicken Dumplings
Crispy Chicken Dumplings

Next was this cute little dish full of crispy chicken dumplings. It served with slices of roasted chorizo, and two small side dishes of dipping sauce. One dipping sauce was a smoked chili lime glaze, the other was parmesan emulsion. The dumplings itself were a bit bland, but once you added some of the dipping sauce, the added flavour was really good. I was most impressed with the parmesan emulsion, which was very foamy and tasted exactly like parmesan cheese! This reminds me of molecular gastronomy, where food is changed on a molecular level but retains its taste.

 

Bent - Braised Spiced Short Ribs
Braised Spiced Short Ribs

Wow, was this ever a good one. The braised spiced short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth, served with black garlic and sitting on a bed of rutabaga purée. Sour cream and chives top the beef. See the little potatoes at the other end of the dish? Those are roasted duck fat potatoes. Need I say more?

 

Bent - Curry Marinated Rack of Lamb
Curry Marinated Rack of Lamb

This was our last dish of the night, curry marinated rack of lamb. It is roasted perfectly with just a hint of curry on the lamb. Dotted around the plate in dark green is the fresh chili mint chutney. Opposite to the dots is a spicy mango salsa. Underneath the lamb is an okra eggplant ratatouille tart. And to tie it all together were a couple of sweet potato pea croquettes. The chili mint chutney is quite refreshing and goes well with the lamb. The spicy mango salsa also packs some heat, but I don’t think I liked it with the lamb as much as the chili mint chutney. The ratatouille was like a veggie lasagna. As for the sweet potato pea croquette, it was pretty good! Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.

 

The Verdict

Absolutely amazing! I couldn’t have chosen a better place for my birthday dinner. The staff there were attentive to us, and brought out all of our food in a timely fashion. The food is amazing and the flavour is so intense, I would definitely come back to eat again! I highly recommend everyone to eat here!

 

The Place

Bent
777 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON
647-352-0092

Written by Jessica

December 4th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

November 2013 Empties

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November 2013 Empties 1
First batch of empties

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam W

A purchase from my first Shiseido/Nars Warehouse sale, I bought it because it was an amazing deal and I was pretty sure I’d use it as soon as I finished the Brightening 1-2-3 kit. Not only did I really like this, but the Mr. also enjoyed using it up too. Does your partner use your products too?? Or is it just me?

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener W

I used this after the little one in my 1-2-3 kit was finished. This has to be one of the best skin preps I’ve ever used. I love the light fragrance it has and it really does make my skin feel softer. After using it, my serums and face creams soak in easier. My only gripe is that this is only $48 in the US but it’s $64 in Canada!! How is that price difference even allowed? I won’t be repurchasing this unless I my next trip to the US or when the next Shiseido/Nars Warehouse sale occurs.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening 1-2-3 Kit

I bought this kit in the duty free shop while I was traveling in the US last year. Softener and Emulsion shown in picture but not the Cleansing Foam (I already threw out the empty tube). This is my first Shiseido skincare product and I have to say, I really like the set and what it’s done for my skin! The kit is a great way to try out a skin care regime without committing to full size products (which add up to quite a lot of $$). I do like this set a lot and would definitely repurchase it again.

Lancôme Bright Expert Dark Spot Reducer

This is my second tube of this. I picked it up at the L’Oreal Spring Warehouse Sale for 2013. I like using these products as a prevention tactic rather than actually targeting existing spots. I did notice some freckling over the summer but it’s not very noticeable unless you’re really up close. Whether this is due to me using this product or because I’m hardly out in the sun, something is working regardless. Sadly, I will not be repurchasing this again as there are some other products on my wish list that I’d like to try out.

 

November 2013 Empties 2
Second batch of empties

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy

Another one of my favourite hand creams finished. There is nothing better than using this just before I go to bed and waking up with silky soft hands. Still have another 2 backups to go.

Nivea Extra Nourishing Body Milk

Too bad this was a little sample size. I did like the feel of it, although it did take a little bit of time for my skin to fully absorb it. There is an ever so slightly hint of residue afterwards, but if you wait a couple of minutes before putting your clothes on, you won’t feel the pull.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss

This was a staple in my pocket when I was at work. It’s super hydrating and gives off just a hint of colour. Completely work appropriate. I liked the hydrating properties it had so much that I bought two others, but in different shades.

Nivea Soft

This little sample from over the summer lasted me two applications. It is also a very good hand cream that soaks right in and leaves no oily residue. The package says it’s good for face, body, and hands. I had used it on my hands as well as my legs. Immediate softness!

Chanel Inimitable Mascara Waterproof

The first mascara I ever bought and also the first one I fell in love with. I just loved the way it lengthened and volumized my lashes, without giving it that clumpy, spidery feel. It held up my curl pretty well and I didn’t have any issues with it running when my eyes watered. It’s definitely waterproof, that’s for sure!

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner

I received this in one of my very first Luxe Boxes, and it’s also the first liquid liner I’ve ever tried. I had just started experimenting with eyeliner and had only used pencil. This was my first liquid. It took a little used to learning how to draw with a felt tip, but once I got the hang of it, I loved how easy it was to do a simple cat eye. Would I repurchase? Absolutely! I even got my friend G to try it out for herself!

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Written by Jessica

December 3rd, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Posted in Beauty,empties