Ramen Isshin // Episode 3 Must Eat (Toronto)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Welcome to the 3rd episode of my weekly Food Posts #GetaweiFood and #GetaweiFoodTO (follow this hashtag on Instagram, y’all). To understand what this is, check out my first blog post here that explains a little more about these series. Also don’t forget to check out the last post which was a fantastic brunch spot called Baddies!

Remember that these food posts will occur every Monday at 9pm EST! Turn on notifications on my Instagram to keep posted.

Anyway, getting to this week’s post… I’m introducing to you

THE. BEST. RAMEN. IN. TORONTO.

(my opinion of course haha there might be better ones according to other people but… are you reading their blog? Yeah didn’t think so. #SassyMondays)

Anywho…

This week’s special guest is my absolute favourite ramen spot in all of Toronto. I’ve been to so many ramen places including the top ones like Momofuku,Kinton, Sansotei, etc, but this restaurant I’m about to introduce you guys is BY FAR the winner in my eyes for the best ramen. Don’t believe me? This is also the only ramen place that has ever been able to surpass a 4.5 rating (currently sitting at 4.7) on Google with close to 800 reviews!!!!!!

Introducing… (not really but just broadcasting the message here)… RAMEN ISSHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I continue, I would like to say a special thanks to my amazing friend Lisha Fan for showing me this restaurant and taking me there first :’). I didn’t even take snaps/pictures my first time because it was just so damn good I scarfed it down.

WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IT:

  • Their noodles are absolutely unreal and it’s nothing like the other places I’ve tried
  • The soup base is also Roll-Your-Eyes-Back amazing
  • Their vegetarian options are BOMB. If you’re a vegetarian and you’ve been sad that you haven’t been able to try out ramen… do not fear. This is the best place you will ever find for vegetarian ramen!
  • The staff here is also very attentive and friendly. The service is great!

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

  • Downtown Toronto – Bathurst & College
  • Exact Address = 421 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1 (again, I don’t know why you would want to have the postal code but here it is)
  • NO RESERVATIONS ANYTIME
  • Wait time is typically around 15-30 minutes depending on:
    • Your party size
    • If you’re willing to sit on the counter / bar, if you’re willing to share a table, or if you only want actual seats
  • But not to worry, you can wait indoors since it’s like -234873958 degrees right now #Toronto

WHAT I’VE TRIED

***Disclaimer: these are my personal favourites and suggestions

So before I give you a point-form version that we all love to see, I just want to say that I’ve been here 3 times. In total, I’ve tried 5 different dishes. To me, there was a clear winner and what really set this place apart from other ramen places was their Kotteri Shoyu Ramen (I’ve attached pictures of their menu below). Everything about that dish was amazing – the noodles & the broth as well as the toppings that are included.

This is the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen!!! SOOOO GOOD YOU GUYS I CAN’T EVEN A;SLKDFJ;ALSKDFJKJA;LSKDFJ;ALSKDFJ;ALKDSJF;

 

The other items I’ve tried on the menu were also good but I wouldn’t say that they were my favourite and those dishes didn’t make this restaurant stand out to me as much as the Shoyu Ramen.

RAMENS I’VE TRIED:

  1. Kotteri Shoyu Ramen – YOU HAVE TO GET THIS
  2. Spicy Miso Ramen
  3. Black Tan Tan Noodle
  4. Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

In depth review:

1// Kotteri Shoyu Ramen 

Don’t know how many more times I can say this except for the fact that this is literally the best thing I’ve ever had in my life. It’s literally my go-to ramen when I come here. The toppings are great, the soup base is amazing – not to salty but really flavourful, and the noodles are like no other ramen places (in a very good way!)

2// Spicy Miso Ramen

This was the most suggested item from the restaurant itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s still good but it’s not as great as the other one in my opinion!! I got Lucas to try this one and the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen and he definitely agrees that the Kotteri is what makes this restaurant special whereas this one was pretty average. However, definitely give this a try if you really like miso base or if you’re craving spicy.

3// Black Tan Tan Noodle

This dish was interesting because you were able to grind the black sesame seeds and pour it into the soup base yourself. However, what I didn’t like about this dish was that it was pricier than the classic ramens ($13.80 rather than $11 something) and it didn’t include as many toppings – it didn’t have egg, seaweed, etc #WhatIsUpWithThatCmonMan. The soup base for me was also a little to salty for my liking so when I got this to try I immediately regretted not getting the one I usually get RIP 😥 #DramaQueenHour.

4// Shoyu Tsuk’emen

This is their “dip ramen”. Basically the soup on the left is not only SUPER HOT but there is only very little quantity of it. The idea is that you eat the ramen by dipping into the soup rather than eating it together. The noodles here are thicker and much chewier than your classic ramen-in-soup. I got this really to try it out but I didn’t actually like it too much because I’m more into eating the noodles and drinking the soup at the same time. Also, just like the Black Tan Tan Noodles, this dish was also on the saltier side which I didn’t like. AND the noodles were on the colder side since it’s not in the soup itself so overall the dish was kind of cold. I would recommend trying this more for the experience or if you really like dip ramen but overall this was not a favourite of mine.


I’ve also tried their vegetarian ramen (just a few bites from Lisha!) and I can honestly say that the soup base was just as good despite the fact that it’s not from actual meat! If you are a vegetarian, definitely give this place a try.

OTHER:

  1. Chicken Karaage
  2. Cold Peach Jelly Sake

In depth review:

1// Chicken Karaage

Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) is always good no matter where you go and this place is no exception. This appetizer didn’t particularly stand out amongst other restaurants but regardless, good Karaage overall.

2// Cold Peach Jelly Sake

This item was pretty pricey ($9) for a small can but it was DELICIOUS. Also it was a really cool thing to try because the drink comes out in Jelly form!

Karaage
Black Tan Tan Noodle.
Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

I hope you liked this episode of Must Eat in Toronto! Talk to you all next week!! ❤

Love,
Lisa

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Nome Izakaya // Episode 1 Must Eat (Toronto)

Hi guys!

I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be starting a new segment on the blog EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 9PM EST that includes everyone’s favourite topic… FOOD! Many of you have are already victims of my food spams on Instagram stories… #SorryNotSorryByDemiLovato, but now I wanted to give you a more in depth review of some of my favourite places in Toronto / GTA (or wherever I may be). Follow #GetaweiFood on here and on Instagram!

SO EXCITED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU!!

 

To introduce this series I thought I’d explain how this works: every week, I will try to go to a different restaurant (okay this shouldn’t be hard let’s be real because if you’ve been following along you probably already know that I eat out at least twice a week #oops). I will only write about this restaurant IF it makes it to my own personal scale of at least 4 stars (and obviously up to you to trust whether or not my personal star rating system is good or not…) besides, I’m not a licensed food critic by any means but I’d like to say that I eat enough to know what is worth the splurge and what is worth the purge (I MADE THAT UP MYSELF I’M SO PROUD :D). Note that these restaurants will include a range of everything – cheap eats, fancy eats, different cuisines, etc etc you get the point.

Anyway, that being said, I’m currently taking recommendations to all restaurants of all categories (maybe be mindful of my budget because I’m still a very broke post-grad #ThanksRichardIveyAndExchange) so feel free to send some over and I will be sure to credit you!!!!

So without any further ado, introducing the first restaurant of these series………. *drum roll please*……. NOME IZAKAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I honestly feel like a talk show host… honestly what network is currently hiring because I’m v down to apply). I wanted this to be my very first post because not only did I just go there recently again (I think I’ve been there about 30 times now no lie) but also because this actually might be my #1 favourite restaurant in the GTA, plus my insta stories got so many responses asking for this and the girls I went with loved it so I have to share it with you!!! ❤

Keep in mind that this is my first post so if I’m missing any information that you believe is essential to reading, do not hesitate to message me. This will help improve the blog posts to come!

My personal rating: *****

WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IT:

  • They have dollar oysters every Tuesday and Wednesdays!!!
    • They also have different types of sauces for oysters. This is a great chance for people who have been wanting to try oysters to get it because it’s so cheap 

  • Their Japanese food itself (cooked portion) is amazing – everything on the menu is pretty good
  • They have a nice patio in the summer time

MUST READ + ESSENTIAL DETAILS:

  • If you plan to go on Tuesday or Wednesday for Dollar Oysters… you MUST make a reservation (or the wait times will be horrendous!!) – you can do this online very easily
  • Located @ Yonge & Sheppard – VERY CLOSE TO THE SUBWAY STATION – literally a 1 min walk or less
    • Yes, I know, this isn’t technically in downtown but don’t let this hold you back because it’s very accessible by subway
  • If you are driving you can park directly behind the restaurant, the code for Green P parking is 403 (download the app and pay for parking directly through your phone)
  • Exact Address = 4848 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N2 (I don’t know why you would need the postal code but I’m just gonna give that to you anyway in case you want to send them fan mail or what not)

WHAT TO GET:

***Disclaimer: these are my personal favourites and suggestions

// Must Get

  • $1 oysters!!!!!!!!!!! (only Tues & Wed)
  • Chicken Karaage (fried chicken)
    • This is one of my favourite dishes in all Japanese places!
  • Marinated Short Ribs
  • Double Salmon Roll
  • Apple Salmon Roll
    •  This is my personal favourite but some people like the Double Salmon better!

 

  • Baked Oysters
    •  If you’ve never tried a baked oyster in your life… you are truly missing out. You have to try this!!!!!!!!!
  • California Style Sashimi Donburi (this is rice + salad in a bowl basically – think of Japanese styled Chipotle hahaha)

// Try Something New

  • Oct-wasabi (Tako Wasabi)
    • This dish will surprise you if you haven’t tried this before – it has a strong wasabi taste but it is extremely pleasant! However, stay away if you don’t like octopus, wasabi, seaweed, or if you are very sensitive to spicy things
    •  Put the Octopus on the seaweed, wrap it, and enjoy!
  • Deep Fried Pork Belly
    •  This dish is very fatty but sooooo good

These are just the things I’ve tried and recommend so far. The rest of their menu is also amazing and I highly recommend exploring around!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post!! Happy eating everyone 😀

Love,
Lisa

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Eye Envy Lash Serum Review // How To Grow Longer Lashes

Hi guys!

Long time no talk on here. I feel like I’ve been channeling all my energy to my new YouTube channel and I’m now trying to figure out what to write for my blog (that isn’t already covered via YouTube). Anyway I thought the perfect thing to write about next was about the Eye Envy Eye Lash Serum that I talked about in my latest YouTube video where I show you what my bare face looks like how I applied my everyday makeup.

Before I go on and on about this product I just want to throw a disclaimer out there that this is not sponsored WHATSOEVER but if you are so kind to email them that you saw this review through me maybe they’ll actually sponsor me LOL.

Anyway… I’ve been using this product for years and I absolutely CANNOT live without it. If you know me for a long time you’ll know my lashes were non-existent. These really helped them grow longer and thicker. ALSO this can be used for your eyebrows as well (never done that b/c I have very bushy eyebrows #DontWantToTalkAboutIt #LeaveMeAlone).

I received so many questions from you guys so I thought that I would just make a blog post that puts all the questions together. Since I’m lazy af and love to refer you back to my platforms, the next time I receive a question I’m literally just gonna answer with my URL LOL. If I missed a question, lmk and I’ll quickly add to it.

ANYWAY ENOUGH BABBLING, LET’S GET TO IT!!!

WHERE TO GET IT:

You cannot buy this online through their site – you can only find it through authorized beautician stores (waxing places, nails, etc) so use their site to find the one closest to you!

COSTS

The serum costs:

  • $75 for a bottle that will last 3 months
  • $99 for a bottle that will last 6 months

And if you’re Asian like me I’ll just tell you that the 6 month bottle is more worth it because you end up paying $16.50 per month rather than $25 per month. Also, when you first start using it, you will need to use it for awhile before you see results so it’s just the one that makes the most cents! 😉 (DID YOU GET MY PUN? DID YOU??? :D)

*Note: For the first month, use it daily until you see the results you want, then you can use it every other day

PERSONAL REVIEW

The reason I love this product is because of how natural it makes my lashes look (well duh, because they’re literally my lashes but longer but you know what I mean) and it’s better than the alternatives in the market. I tried extensions ONCE and I never did it again because I didn’t like how I couldn’t wash my face/hair when I first get them, how I couldn’t use oil-based make-up remover so I could barely wear eye shadow, and how it was SO expensive to maintain. Using false lashes were also difficult for me because it takes me forever to put it on and it ultimately didn’t look natural/professional enough at work. That being said, the serum was able to resolve all the issues I had because it was natural looking, quick to apply, and not as expensive as extensions and falsies (if you put them on everyday).

For me, I didn’t really see the results until maybe the third week or fourth week. The results were also a lot more obvious when I put on mascara, you can see exactly how much your lashes have grown! Like I said, I have used it for many years so I can tell you for a fact that this serum only really works if you do this everyday and you maintain it. When you first start out, you must apply it every day. After seeing the results you want, you also have to maintain it; this is where you can apply it every other day. I recommend the morning because a beautician told me that it’s when your hair follicles are more likely to grow. I tend to put this on before I do any other eye make up (you can see how I apply it in my tutorial).

If you don’t maintain it, you won’t be able to get the results you want because your lashes naturally fall off and therefore, the ones that have grown through the serum will fall off, leaving you with your natural length.

I’m so sorry I don’t have a before and after picture for you. Truthfully when I first started using it, I was still skeptical so I didn’t even think it would really work on my short ass lashes but by the time I realized it was working I was like, “damnit I fucked up… should have taken a before picture.” I KNOW …. I HAD ONE JOB AND I FAILED YOU ALL. Sorry guys 😥 I promise to do better next time. I’ll show you a picture I got off the internet for now LOL.

Anyway, I hope I answered most of your questions regarding price, whether or not it’s worth it, etc… if you have any more “technical” questions like how to apply (excuse me, like was my video not good enough for you?), you can find more answers in their FAQ section.

Love,
Lisa

PS. If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel GO DO IT NOW 😀

 

 

Andrews’ Scenic Acres

To celebrate my 5 year friendaversary with Kristina, we decided to actually do something for the day rather than our usual pig out & drink out #IMadeThatUp #ImSoProud. I stumbled upon pictures of the flower field at Andrews’ Scenic Acres and decided that would be the perfect place to have our Sunday Funday. Anyway, after last week’s failed trip to a lavender farm and going to Scarborough Bluffs instead, I learned my lesson and decided to call ahead of time JUST TO MAKE SURE they’re opened and the flowers were still there. Unlike lavenders, these flowers are thankfully still in season (honestly how does anybody except some plant expert know what is in season and what is not?! LOL #NotMe) and the sun’s still holding up so I decided to drive us ALLLLLL THE WAY TO MILTON (reminds me of driving to Western which I should have done this weekend to go to HOCO… sigh…)

The farm also has a corn field which means you also have the option of picking corn. I wanted to do this SOOO BADLY (FYI I love corn I don’t know if you wanted to know that but I’m telling you anyway) but when we got there a lot of the corn were dead. You can tell that it’s been cooked by the sun :'(. I was also planning to buy it but it was soooo expensive like $1 each like honey, I usually buy mine for like 4 for $1 at Kingsfarm in Vancouver. Anyway, wow, this is turning into a corn rant. We didn’t walk out empty handed though because we took pictures instead 😉 #SeeWhatIDidThere.

After finishing up at the corn farm we walked back to the flower field to take pictures. We really wanted someone to take one of the two of us so (NO SHAME) we walked ALL THE WAY across the field literally hunting someone down just for a picture.

my beautiful bestie ❤

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Definitely check this farm out when you get the chance… it’s the perfect summer-fall transition activity 🙂

Love,
Lisa

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Scarborough Bluffs

This week’s Sunday Funday adventure includes Lucas and I finally visiting Scarborough Bluffs. To be completely honest with you, this wasn’t really our first choice plan… we originally wanted to visit a lavender farm but WHO KNEW (probably everybody except us) that lavender farms are only in the summer?! #WTF #WhyIsItNotBasedOnMYSchedule. Thankfully we realized this the night before as opposed to driving 1 or 2 hours (depending on which farm we had decided to visit) and then realizing it was all for nothing. Anywho, we ended up spending the day with Lucas’s family and then visiting the Bluffs later on.

After doing a bit of research, I realized that you could get to the Bluffs by either hiking there or driving directly there. Being the Vancouverite I am, you would expect me to choose the hiking route. And you are not wrong… usually I would probably do that. BUT NOT TODAY MY FRIEND. I don’t know about you, but lately it’s been HOT AS F***************. Here I am getting ready for fall, planning to go to the mall for some fall clothes and you hit me with a heat warning?! #RUKiddingMe. Anyway, since it was 30+ degrees out, I ain’t down for the hike. We drove directly to the viewpoint to look around and take pictures.

So here’s the thing about the Bluffs. If you’ve gone you probably know this already. First of all, the picturesque parts of the Bluffs looks amazing to walk on but in reality, when you start to walk on it, it begins to feel more like walking the plank than anything else. If you have acrophobia like me, attempting to walk on whatever you call that thing is a real leg weakener. In fact, Lucas didn’t even bother walking on it. Don’t tell him I told you but he’s more scared of heights than people are scared of spiders. One time I took him on the Capilano Suspension Bridge (in Vancouver) and the poor guy was holding on for his dear life the entire time. #DKM #IHadABlastWatchingHim

someone tell Lucas this is a nice photo and he needs to post on instagram more

Anywho, there’s two viewpoints I would say. One viewpoint is a little more obvious and another one is sort of out of the way. The first one looks like this:

 

 

And the second one looks like this:

I’m telling you, this one was a struggle to get to!!

I had to sit down after my knees got so weak from walking this thing LOL MY ACRO IS SOO BAD

Just a disclaimer, to get to the second one you have to go down this really steep path first but it’s pretty worth it IMO! 🙂

 

While I was up there I got to see a bunch of people in the beach area on their yachts or their jet skis which gave me SO MUCH FOMO and reminded me of the last time I went jet skiing. If I ever win the lottery I’m definitely buying a private yacht. Or jet. and definitely jet skis.

do you see the jet skis in the back? 😥 #fomo

 

Anyway, hope you guys had a great weekend and didn’t burn to death with the weather lately!!

Love,
Lisa

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Bralette: Aritzia
Tank:
Forever 21 (borrowed it from Lucas’s sister Jennifer <3)
Shorts: Aritzia
Sneakers:
Stan Smith

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