Thursday, 30 May 2013

BFF'S REUNITED: CANADA DAY 3+4

Another day, another early morning walk! 
We then stopped by Cora's for brunch.

 

I ordered the Eggs Ben et Dictine, which probably just about ruined my 'healthy' start to the day, but at least there was fruit right??

 

We then drove to Niagara Falls with the use of the trustful GPS (a.k.a. Pippa!) where we checked in at DoubleTree by Hilton, before going to check out the falls!

Would have been picture-perfect if not for that poof of fog...
 
Rainbow!
 
Maid of the Mist - we were on it a few moments later!





We managed to squeeze in the Maid of the Mist into our (very-well-planned-out) agenda. Thankfully the queue wasn't too long, and we were each provided with a raincoat before getting on board the boat.

Plastic raincoats are SO in!


Best to be prepared and get the hoodies on before the heavy downpour!

After getting drenched from the ride, we dried ourselves off in the sun and went up the Skylon Tower to have our 3-course meal dinner.






The view from the top was breathtaking, with an amazing view of the falls.



There were some really annoying tourists who kept coming round our table to take pictures of the view outside - maybe I should have 'accidentally' flung a piece broccoli at them hehe, I'm sure Harpreet wouldn't have minded sparing me some stalks!
I mean, it's a REVOLVING restaurant, wait your turn and you'll be able to get the view from your own table?!

Ranting aside, the meal was overall pretty good - my portion of Beef Tenderloin Strip Stroganoff was especially larger then expected. Okay, I know I've got a good appetite, but is it really THAT obvious?!

And apparently we drank more than a jugful of water during the entire meal. Looking at water makes you drink more...or so the waiter claims!


Here's some snap-happy photos taken along the way...

Skylon Tower



 

The next day, we started off with the Journey Behind the Falls.


Yet another fashionable raincoat!






After checking out of the hotel, we went cycling at Niagara-on-the-lake. 
But first...we fueled up on some scrumptious food at the Little Red Rooster
The deep fried ravioli was sinfully delicious...as was the brownie dessert!




We rented a couple of bicycles from a local shop, made our way across the road, before turning back as I started to chicken out of it!



Oh, have I not already mentioned about how 'skillful' I am at cycling...
So we went back to the shop, where the guy, who was a qualified trainer, tweaked around with the bicycle, before giving me some beginner pointers.

You can't really see him clearly in this picture, but he was much cuter in real life! Hehe
 
Yes, a 26 year-old who doesn't really know how to ride a bicycle - oh the shame! 
All the more so being given advice by a rather cute (with very nice arms) instructor!
Thankfully my pride didn't let me down and I just about managed to learn how to 'kick-off'...and restart our cycling adventure around the park.

 

 

I had a few close calls (including almost riding into a ditch!)...but otherwise I survived the journey!

I even wrote a little thank you note with the keys that we dropped off at the shop when we returned our bikes...

Teehee :)
Ended the day with some naughty treats from Marble Slab! You get to pick your flavour(s) of ice cream and toppings which are then mashed into the ice cream to make one tasty lump of heavenly goodness.



Eat meee...


Click HERE for my previous post on Day 1+2

Running behind schedule...more posts to come, watch this space x


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

BFF'S REUNITED: CANADA DAY 1+2

Good morning London!
I WAS planning to be a bit more organized and update my posts whilst I was still in Canada...but I was just having too much fun. It has after all been years since I last met up with my BFF Harpreet, and I have finally fulfilled my promise of visiting her in Canada!

Anyway, turning back the clock to 18th May 2013!

I flew with Air Canada and arrived a bit earlier than scheduled - possibly a way of making up for the disgusting food that they served onboard the plane! The food served on Air Canada is the perfect example of BAD airplane food...

Had my first proper meal in Canada at Milestones (real food yay!)



First day was pretty chilled even though I was still pretty alive and active despite the time difference - so glad I don't suffer from jet lag, or at least not very often.

The next morning, we went for a walk near one of the falls.



For lunch, we went to celebrate Harpreet's belated 26th birthday at Spring Sushi - which has now become my official happy place! I LOVE Japanese buffets...
Each table had individual iPads for us to place our orders and everything came out freshly prepared from the kitchen - someone please bring Spring Sushi to London! 







And then we headed on to the bowling alley!

Post-bowling photos...





Later on at home, we had a fun time playing Telestrations - a new board game that Harpreet bought.
It's a sketch, pass and guess game - kind of like the telephone game, but more fun! Especially when you have people like Harpreet's dad playing it! 
You'd have to play it for yourself to find out how awesome it really is - just remember to include some players with 'special' drawing and guessing abilities ha x

As the next post is going to be quite picture-heavy, I'll be posting it separately - watch this space x





Wednesday, 15 May 2013

FOODIE POST: DUCKSOUP

Early finish at work today - love my Wednesdays!
Was initially planning to head to jazz dance class, but was seduced by the good weather and had a quick dinner meet up with Lili before I fly off this weekend!

Beating the after-work crowd, we headed to Ducksoup in Soho for dinner.
It was just past 6pm and there were only a few people sitting around the bar, so we settled ourselves down in a cosy little table.

 

 
As it was a weekday (and also the fact that I lacked sufficient beauty sleep from the night before), we decided to skip the alcohol this time round and ordered some fizzy shandy drinks. We're allowed to 'roll-over' alcohol units to the weekend right? Hehe.


 

We shared two starters - the 'asparagus, herbs, parmesan' and the 'courgette flowers, crab, mayo'.


I've never quite eaten raw asparagus before - they were thinly sliced and lightly seasoned, and overall a nice refreshing starter dish.



The courgette starter, which was another dish that was recommended by the waitress was really good - I could have eaten another portion, or maybe ten...
They were lightly battered and fried, and being a crab lover, each mouthful (which wasn't many considering the size of them!) was a little taste of heaven!



As we both love fish, we decided to be a bit 'unadventurous' this evening and ordered the same mains - Wild char with green sauce.
I wasn't really sure what char was before, but looks like huge sardines to me! There's probably some equivalent Chinese name for it that I haven't got a clue of considering my amazing(-ly bad) knowledge of the language.
It had quite a lot of tiny bones in it, which wasn't a problem for me, though poor Lili seemed to struggle a bit with hers!

 


For dessert, we shared a Nespole galette - a slice of a tart with peaches. Not quite one of the best desserts I've had - we found the pastry a bit dense and hard. We were rather cautious when cutting into it to avoid flinging pastry across the table.


On the whole, it was a satisfyingly good experience and a place that I would frequent again - maybe try some of the wine and cheese next time.
Service generally wasn't too bad, if not maybe a bit rushed towards the end when it started to get quite busy.
Would definitely recommend a visit x

TWO more days - Woohoo!

The Cheekster, signing off x