Microsoft store opening soon

Finally, a real Microsoft retail store is opening at Eaton Centre on November 20, not just a small kiosk by the escalator. This will be the 3rd store in Ontario (currently one in Square One and Yorkdale). But unlike all the location of their store in other malls, this one is very far away from the Apple Store. If there are the 2 stores in the mall, they are usually situated across from one another or above one another. They are taking over the previous Sony Store so it will be a decent size. It is going to be at the opposite end and different floor from the Apple Store. Interesting…. they need to work harder to gain market share here in Toronto.

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8 Eleven

Saw this store on Spadina, taking the name of the convenience store 7-11 to 8-11. I have no idea what this store is … it’s a small space and all there is are some plants and a shelf with some pictures on the wall. The night of Nuit Blanche, there were so many people standing in front of it, like it was an art exhibit. Anyone have a clue what this place is?

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PAESE

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. We started off with a nice glass of wine and they brought over some bread for the table. We ordered the Margherita pizza – Mozzarella,  fior di latte, basil and tomato sauce. The crust was very thin and crispy. Even though it is a simple pizza, it was very delicious. We were already half full from the pizza.

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Now for the main course. I got the orecchiette with wild boar, sausage. My friend got the ravioli. They were both very very good. The pasta was fresh and chewy. The meats was very flavourful. I clean the plate very quickly. We both liked our pasta dishes a lot. Very satisfied tummies. Good food along with a night of girl talk.

PAESE
3827 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON M3H 3N1

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Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse

It’s a friend’s birthday and she wanted to go all out and try this steakhouse for dinner. This place was pretty busy on a Friday night, we didn’t reservations until 8:30pm and we were there till around 11:30pm and there were still people there even when their posted hours is only till 11pm. The service was very good, very attentive and try to satisfy your every need, that’s the price you are paying for. The ambience was indeed classy, up-scale atmosphere. I ordered a glass of red tempranillo wine from Spain (6oz – $18) to start.

The server brought us some cheese pop-overs with herb butter. It was still warm and spreading the herb butter which melt into the pop-over. It was delicious and since I was starving. Some of my friends order the Caesar salad. The waiter bring all the ingredients and make it at our table from scratch including the sauce. The salad was very small size considering it costed $18. I tried a little from my friend – verdict was – it wasn’t an amazing salad, regular fresh toss salad. There was big pieces of bacon and lots of cheese. Definitely not worth it to me.

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Finally, our steak arrived. I ordered the A5 Black Tajima-Okinawa – Striploin 4oz ($89) with foie gras ($16) cooked at medium rare. Even though it was only 4oz, it was good size for me. First the steak – it was very tender, it didn’t melt in my mouth like people describe, I had to chew it but it was soft. It was fatty and very good flavours. I didn’t have to add any of the salt or sauces that was provided. The foie gras was amazing as well, soft and melt in your mouth. It was great with the steak on top.  The steak was one of the better ones I have eaten so far. Now for is it worth the $89, well that depends on your own personal opinion and your feel on food. It is indeed expensive but to me as a foodie, it was a one time experience that I had and it was worth it for me. I don’t know if I will try it again though … not for awhile at least. One of my friend had the $150 steak, she thinks it was worth it. My other friend wasn’t that impressed of the steak.

Since it was my friend’s birthday, they came with plate of small desserts with birthday candle to the table…aww. We got our bill with the take home muffins. I was way too full so I haven’t tried the muffins yet. The damage … well, it did hit a dent in my wallet.

Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
12 Brant Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2L5

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DIY Apple crisp

It’s apple picking season, I didn’t go apple picking but friends did and have gave me some. What better way to eat apple than making an apple crisp. I haven’t made one for awhile so I was worried it didn’t turn out.

  1. Dice the apples into thin slices. I used about 7 apples for a 8″x14″ pan.
  2. In a bowl, mixed 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of rolled oats (I mixed it with granola cereal as well), 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup of butter (let it sit in room temperature for easier mixing).
  3. Use some of the butter to grease the pan first.
  4. Put 1/2 of the flour mixture at the bottom of the pan, pack it down so that it is evenly spread out.
  5. Then layall the diced apples next on top of the flour mixture.
  6. Put the remaining flour mixture on top of the apples. Make sure it is evenly spread so all the apples are covered so it will keep in the moisture.
  7. Preheat the oven at 350F, baked for 45-50 minutes.
  8. Serve warm or with ice-cream for a special treat.

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DIY potato fries

Baking day! Thought I reward myself with some potato fries tonight for dinner. Very simple yet delicious, healthier with oven baked than deep fry.

  1. Cut the potatoes in thin strips, take out all the moisture from the potatoes with paper towel so they will be crispy
  2. Lay the potato strips on a pan, drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley flakes and any other seasoning you want
  3. Put in the oven at 35oF and baked for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.

It turned out pretty good, ate it all while it was still hot. Delicious! :P

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