The Vanitea Room Grand Opening – S11E22

The Vanitea Room Main

On a fine Easter weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the grand opening of The Vanitea Room. It’s located on 551 Somerset St W., near Ottawa Chinatown. It is a tea salon/restaurant which serves upscale teas, sandwiches and desserts. Their main part or focus are their afternoon tea and cocktails.

The teas they serve are by the Toronto company, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. They have twelve varieties of flavours from black, oolong, herbal, white and green teas. It’s just ironic to hear about Sloane Fine Tea when I was checking my VIA Préference account and VIA Rail is now serving Sloane Tea on the train.

As for the tea, I tried out Ginger Twist as my tummy was under the weather and didn’t have the chance to try the tea infused desserts. The afternoon lunch I ordered was the Broiled Chicken & Proscuitto Tramezzini. The Ginger Twist tasted light and quaint, there was no strong ginger aftertaste of sorts.

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Mostly Danish Boutique’s Open House & Holiday Social – S11E12

Mostly Danish Main-1

It’s close to the Christmas holidays and I had the opportunity to check out Mostly Danish in the Hintonburg area. The boutique held an open house and holiday social to the public.

As part of their two night grand opening, the boutique brought Datsun (located on Elgin St.) and Tooth & Nail Brewing Company (located in Hintonburg) for foods and drinks. As well as a live DJ playing some music.

For those that don’t know, Mostly Danish is locally owned and specializes in unique furniture imported from the world. They had some oriental designs and displays at the boutique. Very high end products from chairs, sofas, tables and etc.

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2015 Advent Calendars – S11E10

2015 Advent Calendars

It’s back for another year and this time, I got two advent calendars to contend with. It’s been a yearly tradition getting DAVIDsTEA’s 24 Days of Tea. In the last minute, I decided to get Squish Candies’ 24 Days of Gummies.

This year’s DAVIDsTEA’s advent calendar is different it looks more like a drawer and sliding or pull the small boxes. Don’t worry, I’m not going to cheat.

For those that don’t know, Squish Candies makes gourmet gummies and candies and they’re based in Montreal. They’ve been established since 2014, so they’re basically a new and young company. The candies caught my interested when I was browsing around Hudson’s Bay at Queen St. W in Toronto.

As with past posts, I will be posting the list when opening the teas and candies for the 24 days. Keep on checking. I will also post the openings on Instagram.
Note: I’ve come to realize that Squish’s advent calendar is random with their boxes. If you check their Twitter, it will be different than mine.
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A Fashion Show on Saturday Afternoon – S10E23

MB Spring Fashion 2015 Frame

Sante Restaurant presented their spring fashion show on Saturday afternoon and the second in their series was by Marcelle Benedicte. Marcelle Benedicte showed off a sneak peak of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection to the restaurant. The colour from the dresses brought the essence of Spring arriving, which is quite fitting as people in Ottawa have been suffering with the frigid cold temperatures from old man Winter.

Aside from the creative dresses, there were jewelry from Originals by Andrea and makeup provided by Orchid Cosmetics. For the men’s side, there were provided by L’Hexagon Menswear. The best thing of all are that they’re done locally in Ottawa. Which stuck out for me? There were one with pinstripes and a yellow dress which caught my attention as they looked lovely and amazing. It’s what makes Marcelle Benedicte interesting as it brings it own creativity for ready-to-wear clothing. It shows excitement and the beauty of creating the designs. What’s next for Marcelle Benedict is a fashion show for May 30th. It will be a can’t miss event.

I was able to shoot some Impossible Project instant photos but two photos didn’t turn out very well. As you know that I have another Polaroid SX-70 camera, which got repaired thanks to Mint Camera. I’m having some trouble using it as I have press the red button two times. The SX-70 will have to be used for outdoors. The instant photos are posted below.

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Canadian Club’s Whiskey Tasting Event and Celebrating Rye – S10E22

Canadian Club I Heart Rye Main

On Wednesday night (April 8, 2015), I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by Canadian Club. The event was held at Social Restaurant & Lounge in the Byward Market. There was a whiskey portfolio tasting, a three course dinner and a cocktail demo.

It was great to see friends at the event and they probably were a bit amused with my antics during the portfolio tasting. What I learned about the whiskey is that it’s gaining in popularity in Canada and outside of Canada. Being a non-alcoholic drinker, whiskey is pretty unique as it brings a mix of sweet and spicy taste to drinking it. There’s something rich to trying out whiskey. Like several people said at the event, it’s good drinking whiskey when relaxing at home or at a fireplace. Canadian Club whiskey brings a calmness.

Even though, the Chairman’s Select 100% Rye was the main focus, Canadian Club also had other whiskeys from the portfolio tasting, they were Premium 1858, Classic 12 Year Old and Sherry Cask. All of those had varieties of taste to the Canadian Club brand.

Overall, it was a great event and much credit goes out to Canadian Club and the organizer for coming to Ottawa and hosting it. Thanks also to Social Restaurant for the good service and excellent quality of the dinners made.

You can check the photos out over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Ottawa Comiccon 2014 – S09E34

Ottawa Comiccon 2014 Friday-1

Fans of comic books, Sci-Fi, Anime and horror unite for Ottawa Comiccon at EY Centre. It’s the third year that it’s running and as usual, fans flocked down to EY Centre on a Friday afternoon to be dressed up in cosplay or to wait in line getting an celebrity autograph and photo-op.
This year sees celebrities from Summer Glau, Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Sean Astin (The Goonies), Edward James Elmos and a bunch of others. While comic book creators attending this year are Bob Layton (Iron Man), Tony Moore (The Walking Dead), Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and Neal Adams (Batman).

It’s my second year covering the event and I’m going around taking photos of cosplayers in their unique and very creative costumes that they spent time in designing. Friday was just a glimpse on how the setup was like and it’s good so far. I will expect to see a lot more for Saturday and will check out some panels.
For now, you can check the photos from Friday’s start of the convention.

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Chinese New Year 2013: The CNY & Valentine’s Day Show – S08E25

CNY at CKCU

Gong Hei Fat Choy again!
It’s an annual thing to do the Chinese New Year edition of the radio show. I finally got Candice to join me for this year’s occasion as I previously wanted her to join me on the 2012 edition of the CNY radio show but she was busy with other things. This year made it happier for myself as we got to talk about the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year.
As usual, we played the Chinese music related to the holiday, no matter how we scoffed at the cheesy tunes played, it can be similar to Christmas music being played non-stop. There were a few “snake” songs played as this year is “the year of the snake.”

The photo shown has us holding Chinese New Year goodies and decorations. It’s the second year to bring the addictive rice crackers and cannot stop eating those.

Aside from Chinese New Year, we also played some love songs for Valentine’s Day. It was pretty jam packed to playing CNY and V-Day songs and both themes have become a yearly staple for my radio show. For the Valentine’s Day show, I would always play a couple of Cantopop love songs and one in particular has been played on V-Day, which happened to be 情人 (translated as Lover) by Beyond.
To my own astonishment, Candice did not know Firestruck by Young Galaxy. I thought she heard songs from their 2009 album, Invisible Republic.

This week’s Wild 10 Countdown has Hayden at the top spot. The summary and other songs played are over at this link.
You can check the playlist from the CNY & V-Day show over at this link.
Lion dance performances have slightly calmed down after Monday and anticipating for the parade in Ottawa Chinatown this Saturday afternoon. Hope to see you there.

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