Sometimes I run out of things to do when brainstorming for dates. I’m the one that usually plans the schedule. We’ve been out for breakfast/ lunch many times and my date is somewhat hard to impress. But this time, my date chose the location and was dying to try the pancakes at Mildred’s. Since I haven’t seen my date in about a month, and the weather was super cooperative, heck why not! I have heard many great review from my brother and cousin and they both have not taken me to Mildred’s…I know right?
I was quite surprised when I went in. There was no 1-hour wait and plenty of free tables plus patio tables. The decor was onspot with minimal decorations and quite trendy…the theme was green. There was even a Canada Day questionnaire to fill out… things about Canada and if you get the answers right, you will win a prize.
It has been a long time and I feel like I’m in hibernation mode. I went to many new restaurants since my last blog post but I haven’t found a new sense to get back into blogging. Since then, I met a guy, and for about 10 months, I secretly told him that I have a blog but would not disclose the website to him. I told him, you know reading my blog is basically reading my diary. I don’t know what happened, but I guess I wanted him to get to know more of me, so I gave in and linked him. Now he knows of my baby (aka this blog). He is encouraging and asked why I stopped. And I told him straight up and told him I’m embarrassed and shy about it. So after some persuading, I (think) I am going to get back into it. And I am going to make him my photographer since he does have the newest iPhone (XS Max?). He says that he’s bad in taking photos but I think he’ll get the jist of it with a bit of training
For a long time, I’ve always wanted to go to random neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto to eat and explore what each neighbourhood has to offer. And although this quick 4 hour trip to Kensington Market was NOT what I had planned out, it was a good start. It was not busy when K and I arrived, which was around 11:30AM on a Saturday in March. I told him that we would have brunch and then just roam the streets until one of us was hungry for some street food or snacks.
We came across Eative Film Cafe after deciding not to wait at Our Spot. I think we made an excellent decision. I totally loved the vibe and the variety of items on the menu. I said that we were having Saturday brunch, somehow we ended up having an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and an artichoke cheese sandwich. We also ordered tea and coffee.
The menu is really cute too!
There is a white wall that projects your typical Saturday morning cartoons (it was Bugs Bunny). There is a 10% service charge (tips) that you pay when you make an order. You pay first, then you receive your meal. There is free wifi and a code to use the washroom (written on the receipt).
I would definitely be back for the other dishes. I would classify this as a Japanese-American fusion. The only thing I dislike about Eative is that they use paper cups for drinks, even dining-in. Though I did see mugs being used, maybe I needed to specify that I wanted our drinks to be in mugs. Then again, how was I supposed to know.
Growing up, I always had a field trip to Evergreen Brickworks, to learn about the eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives. I’ve only been to the main buildings and never got a chance to venture further into the Don Valley Brick Works Park or the Belt Line Trail.
I finally got the chance to do so, this past Sunday and made my mom come with me. I didn’t realize that I’m not much of a walker, after an hour I was quite tired. I was secretly waiting for the market to open so I could get a bite to eat.
There were many vendors, mainly food vendors but there were clothing, jams & honey, fresh produce, maple syrup and even children’s books.
I literally wanted everything from quesadillas to passion fruit juice. There were so many food choices to choose from.
Mom and I settled for a tomato and zucchini tapioca crepe. We were surprised by how the dried tapioca powder cooked on the skillet and turned into solid without adding water. It was lovely and fresh. And the tapioca crepe was light and not leaving my stomache heavy.
I would totally recommend exploring Evergreen brickworks and the Sunday market. Check out the website here.