Jamming & Nomming

Winter season is best season for spicy cravings and what’s better than tteokbokki, which is Korean rice cake with sweet, red chili sauce, and kimchi pancakes? But no Korean meal is complete without traditional beverage: makgeolli for a first.

My friend suggested we go to Don Day, a quaint Korean restaurant on 7th Ave in downtown Calgary. The setting struck me a little because it was if I was immediately transported to Korea, that is judging based on what I’ve seen from K-dramas. Need I mention that K-pop music was playing and oppas were our cooks? In short summary, this has been the most authentic and best tasting Korean food I’ve had in Calgary! I will definitely find myself coming back for more.
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Perhaps I couldn’t wait for another Friday to come that I’ve resorted to casual attire. I am absolutely in love with GAP’s supersoft tees. I went a little crazy two weeks ago when I bought a couple pieces. They are so comfy and easy to wear. Highly recommended!

DSC03913 DSC039231) Shirt: GAP | 2) Jeans: William Rast | 3) Socks: UNIQLO | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Exotic Taste & Bright Days

Perhaps holding on to hope for warm and bright days was not such a bad idea as today, the magical genie granted my wish. With the majority of the day spent outdoors: consisting of deep conversations and park walks, it was a good reminder of how satisfying life is wi-fi free, while well indulged in good company.
DSC03637For lunch, we had a first visit to Rose Garden Thai Restaurant located in Stephen Ave. The setting was very authentic, as well as the food. Though to be honest, it’s not the best Thai food I’ve had in Calgary. But if in need of a quick fix, it’s worth a visit. Their good hospitality and delicious, coconut rice is what would bring me back.

DSC03631 DSC03632DSC03630Since we supplied Naked Leaf teas at work and my manager urged me to pay a visit, I decided to do that today. We were drawn in by the warm and unique setting, not to mention the fragrant scents of tasteful teas. The owners were so friendly and accommodating. They informed us that with the purchase of ~100g of tea, we would obtain a free tin customized with local artists’ drawings. Knowing that my purchase supports local artists was enough to convince me to come back for more!
DSC03633My dark outfit may not have represented how I really felt today but to be fair, served me well when the night fell to a Chicago setting of strong winds. But overall, I’m thankful for today.
DSC03640DSC036431) V-neck Tee: GAP | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Burgundy Coat: Vero Moda (similar here) | 4) Boots: Very Volatile (thrifted) | 5) Socks: UNIQLO | 6) Satchel: Dooney & Bourke (similar here)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Najib is Special

After living for a decade in Canada, it’s about time I find my fix for Middle Eastern food blues. I miss UAE an awful lot and would asking for a little taste of it be too much? But the hunt is finally over as my friend found this little gem hidden in the corner of one of Calgary’s quietest neighbourhoods, Bridgeland. It’s Tazza!

I would eat everything on the menu but my favourite has got to be the Najib Special! It’s marinated chicken served in Zatar with fresh veggies and that mandatory garlic sauce. So yummy~

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Then we went to the Bridgeland Market across the street and bought non-dairy ice cream. It’s a lactose intolerant’s piece of heaven!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESQuinoa Milk exists? I should try it out next time…SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnd now, I shall enjoy falafel chips and baked fries with hummus. Middle Eastern nostalgia at its best!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!