Levetto

Ok, I have tried many Italian restaurants of different price range and I got to say, this is by far the best pizza I have ever had. And I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it. My friend suggested this place, it was kind of out of the way, out in Liberty Village but now after trying it, I want them to bring it to my neighbourhood! The set up is, there are seatings to eat, you order up in the front and they will bring the food out to your table. Their portions are quite generous. Between the 3 of us, we ordered a small pizza and 2 pastas and we couldn’t finish it.

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Funghi pizza – Portobello, oyster & cremini mushrooms with mascarpone, roasted garlic crema. It smell so good and tastes so good. The crust was crispy, it wasn’t super thin but it was baked perfectly, not too dry and crispy. The toppings was filled with pieces of variety mushrooms. The mascarpone merged in perfectly with the mushrooms and the roasted garlic was so delicious. It really bring out the mushrooms and made the difference between the other pizzas I have had. We regret not ordering a bigger one so that we can have more.

Carbonara pasta – Smoked bacon, cracked black pepper, egg, scallion, grana padano. Another delicious dish, freshly made pasta, chewy and not soggy. Not too creamy, crispy bacon mixed with egg and scallion. It was so good, the only comment would be that it got cold pretty quick.

Trecce – Garlic infused olive oil, chili flake, sundried tomato, goat’s cheese, arugula. I am not a fan of goat cheese but the dish was still delicious mixed in with the sundried tomato and olive oil. Having fresh pasta really makes the difference. We were so full and satisfied with our meal. When the bill came, I was actually shocked at how inexpensive it was. Didn’t have to pay the high end price yet the food was much better. The service was great as well. I’m still craving more of that pizza right now. Need to make another visit soon. :)

Levetto
68 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 3S7

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Uncle Tetsu’s Matcha Café

Uncle Tetsu opened another store right beside the original store. There was a long line up as usually at the original Uncle Tetsu. We were not going to wait in line, seriously, it’s been 3 months and the line has not died down. Well, instead, we went next door to Matcha Cafe as there were no line to see what they are selling. It is still a soft opening as they don’t have everything on the menu ready. Currently, only selling soft served ice cream and matcha madeleine. The matcha cheesecake won’t be available until August.

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I got the matcha soft served ice cream in a cup ($3.99). Honestly, didn’t really have much matcha taste at all. I have had better matcha ice cream elsewhere. Not worth the $4. My friend got the mixed matcha & vanilla ice cream and she said the vanilla is overpowering the matcha. On the other hand, I also grabbed a matcha red bean madeleine ($2.22) to try. That was actually much better, it was still a bit warm, cake was fresh, a little crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I got it with red bean in the middle so there was something to chew with. I would come back for more madeleines but it is not cheap.

At least now I have tried a Uncle Tetsu, didn’t wait in line for now but I can imagine when they start selling the matcha cheesecake, there will be a secondary line for cheesecake.

Uncle Tetsu Matcha Cafe
596 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
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Happy Canada Day!

It’s been raining this couple of days, scattered shower all day but finally cleared up a bit at night for the fireworks. It was still overcast and foggy so maybe that is why the fireworks were delayed. We got there about 1/2 hour earlier, surprised that there were so many people already grabbing seats and waiting. But still, we were able to get a good spot, a little later, we were already in the front of the crowd and lots of people were behind us.

New annoying thing tonight was people were trying to find their friends up in the front and because it was dark, they were using the flash light on their phones to flash around so the people can find them. DO you know how freaking annoying it is to have a bright light in your face. I wasn’t the only one, people around me were complaining as well telling the woman to turn it off.

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Finally, around 11pm, the first fireworks were blasted and everyone was cheering. There was speakers around as well so their was music to go along with the fireworks. The fireworks lasted about 20 minutes, it wasn’t some cheap 5 minutes show. It was a well crafted fireworks extravaganza. We were standing right at the center stage of it all and it was loud. Bang after bang of fireworks over the lake, beautiful. And I was not jammed packed into the crowd, didn’t have to wait that long and still saw some spectacular fireworks.

Happy Canada Day!

Blue Jays vs. Rangers

I was really looking forward to this game, busy season at work is finally calming down so time to enjoy the nice weather. But unfortunately, the weather didn’t co-operate. We were expecting to work on our tan with the dome open during the game but it was pouring rain so the roof was closed for the game. Oh well, it was still a good game. I love sitting up in the 500 section by the dugout, especially in the first few rows, it was a clear view of the whole field. The fans are more crazy up there, staring in all the human waves, shouting out.

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Throwing out the first pitch today was a Sasquatch to the Blue Jay. It was weird .. don’t know what the story behind it was and why. Hutchison was pretty good on the mount today. It wasn’t one of those high scoring blow out games like the Blue Jays have been hammering out lately. Actually, it was the opposite, Jays only scored 3 runs and Rangers were able to chip away 2 runs. There were some scary moments where they were going to get more runs. But the relief pitchers were able to hold on, and we won 3-2! We usually blow any close leads we have, we usually only win when we have a big lead.

And as a bonus, it was white panel hat giveaway, another new hat for me this summer! Love it. :)

The Main Event – NKOTB, Nelly, TLC

It’s great that bands are coming back for reunion tours more and more, as back in those days, I had no money to go to concert. I can now re-live my high school life and get to enjoy the music that I used to like. I’m not sure if this comes with age but old songs seems to last longer than the new songs now days.

Back in 2013, NKOTB came to Toronto for their concert with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. This time, they are touring with TLC and Nelly. The Toronto stop was one of the last stop for the tour vs. last time, Toronto was the beginning of the tour. We learned from last time that they start pretty much on time as they have a packed schedule. And we were right, the concert started at around 7:20pm, not like the usually ones that start after 8:30pm. The entire concert was nearly 3.5 hours long, was over around 11pm. Good thing I lived close by so didn’t have to waste time commuting. Majority of the fans were older than us, so we felt young, many are moms and tonight was their girls night out. Lots of them were all dressed up like they were going clubbing which was kind of weird.

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A lot of them were standing up from the very beginning dancing and singing along with it. We were the “tired” ones that tried to enjoy the concert sitting down. We were able to this time as the seats in front of us were empty so our views were not blocked while sitting. The stage was the 4-faced stage, they tried to have equal amount of time facing each side of their fans. Donnie was really trying to get us Canadians to pumped up making lots of references to Toronto and Canada. They had a “Quick change cam” on the big screen while they were changing and he purposely wore a Canadian flag undies to get the crowd roaring. It was a pretty creative idea and fans were exciting to watch them change instead of waiting. They sang many of their oldies including songs from their very beginning, back in 1986. Wow, I didn’t even know any English then.

The stage was simple but they had the raise platforms which they made a very cool effect going up and down with the 5 of them on different ones. It was a good creativity and lets the fans see all of them instead of them blocking each other. Also, with the different lighting steams really brings out a nice backdrop, not needing any dancers as a background to make it exciting.

Our seats were pretty good, in the centre, 14 rows up and by the aisle. But there were so many people going in and out of their seats, can’t people just sit still?? We were in the 100 sections which I thought is permanent seats, but it feels like they were just add ons. The seats were comfortable and were nailed to the ground. But as everyone was standing and dancing away, we didn’t have to move and our chairs were rocking back and forth with the music. I was starting to get a little motion sickness from it at the end, that’s how bad the chairs were rocking. People were screaming so loud, my ears were ringing all night after, didn’t get my hearing until the next morning.

Why CPA membership fees so expensive??

Ok, I never understand this but my annual CPA fees are due again and every year, I ask the same question. Why are the CPA fees so damn expensive??? $1,085!!! What the hell do they do with our money??? We have no unions to fight for us, we have no perks. Our Professional Development courses are super expensive on top of it, no discounts. So why?? Yes, we are professional organization but other professional associations are not as expensive as us. For example, family physicians pay about $3K but they get reimbursed by the Government so they really only pay $1K, but they are doctors, they make at least 3x of a CPA. Nurses pay about $200 only, similar to Dietitians, Social Workers, Engineers. The lawyers pay about $800 for their annual membership fees and they make more than CPAs. How is this fair considering the association does nothing that I can see. The only thing tangible they did was they merged the CA, CMA, CGA together to CPAs which I was SO against yet none of our concerns made any changes at all.

Konnichiwa

We always have a weird eating schedule on weekends, after brunch, you get hungry around 2-3pm, but it is also a time when many restaurants close for the afternoon in preparation of the dinner rush. There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Baldwin area, and since it is a nice sunny day, many people are out in the patio. We decided to try Konnichiwa. They were open for another hour before they close for the afternoon.

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I got the chirashi don, it’s the first time I had it since back from Japan. There was a wide variety of fresh sashimi. Of course, it is not as fresh from the ones in Japan but it is comparable. We also got the soba noodles with tempera and sushi set lunch special. It was pretty good, I like their soup base. The food was pretty good, it is not cheap but compared to other high name Japanese restaurant in downtown, it is reasonably priced.

Konnichiwa
31 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON
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