Ever heard of the Light Cafe? It’s filled with minimalist decors but also offers you very serious eats. It’s hidden beside the Arctic Bites on Baldwin street, which many of you might have walked pass by without noticing.
The cafe is supposedly be Taiwanese-inspired, but it has a little bit of French twist. Since both of us were a little hungry, we each ordered a lobster sandwich and a smoked salmon salad with Yuzu dressing. They both tasted unexpectedly delicious.
Desserts from the table beside looked delicious, but it was a better idea to save the appetite a little, to prevent my stomach to continue blowing from all the intense ice-cream eating routine.
The coffees were unique and had beautiful presentation, which gives you another reason to come back again in the future for some good Instagram photos. Violet ordered a Cotton Candy Coffee, and Light Cafe Special for myself.
What is the cotton candy for, you ask? You can either eat it as a regular cotton candy, but your coffee will taste better if you leave the cotton candy in the cup and pour the warm coffee in. They both came with compliments of biscuits.
It does get busy after 3pm (not to mention we stayed there for about 2.5 hours), so I definitely recommend to come around noon. Otherwise, there’s less chance of getting the seats beside the plant wall!
Yayyy, it’s summer time!!! I am beyond excited to welcome summer not only I live in Canada (99% snow), but also my birthday refers to the first day of summer in lunar calendar. Can’t believe I will be turning 22 in a day!! Pretty sad to admit that I am not a child anymore, and there are more responsibilities on my shoulder. However, growing up and being a little girl is not conflict as I still see myself as a naughty teenager, but on the other hand I learned how to control my emotions as an adult to achieve my goals. Forever Young <3
It’s surprised to know that Shanghai actually rains very often, so make sure bring your umbrella. Sometimes I feel extremely sleepy after lunch break, and I have been craving coffee for so long (not just your ordinary Starbucks). This weekend, I visited a cafe called “A Room”, located in residential area which takes me a bit time to find it. The interior design is kinda Japaneses style, and the place is decorated with massive vintage pieces. I bet you gonna take hundreds of pictures like me because every corner is unique.
I ordered a Tiramisu and a pot of earl grey,my friend got her carrot cake(with cinnamon) and mango slash. (I just realize that either of us got coffee haha) The food was on average, but the whole place is more than amazing! We had so much fun chilling there and people watching. One last thing to mention is that they only accept cash and their chicken wings look super delicious so I have to order next time!
Neither of us are in Toronto during this time, but we thought we’d share some pictures we took in Allen Gardens from couple weeks ago. It is one of the oldest parks in Toronto, and it has a conservatory house that houses rare tropical plants from all over the globe. The greenhouse is always warm and humid, and they open everyday during the year with no admission fees, which makes it a great place to stop by even during the winter time.
Yico: Back to those days when I had my purple hair, I miss it so badly!!! Once I got back to China this May, I dyed my hair back to black because I was applying for an internship position which requires a professional look. (Luckily I got it, and yes I will share my job hunting stories later). The blouse is from COS, it’s a loose-fit with tie cuffs and split sides, and I chose to match with my skinny jeans. But, a pair of mom jeans or culottes will also look cute with this top. The most exciting part of my outfit is the lace-up ballerina shoes, especially the champagne color is unusual. I love the gold-tone heel as it gives me some heights, and I can imagine to wear this pointed toe pair with my shorts, skirts and dresses in the summer time.
Yu: I’ve been OBSESSED with this square scarf lately, after seeing one of my favourite Youtubers (@chrissstttiiine) wearing in her videos. Although I have to admit, these types of scarf don’t suit my round face shape, and it makes it look even more rounder :/ But since it immediately adds a nice touch to my simple outfits, I couldn’t care less. These pair of sandals are also my new favourite. Seriously, the most comfortable sandals fit for the spring/summer season. I also wear these while walking down the pebble streets in Europe.
This week has been a hectic week for both of us. Getting ready to move out, preparing for flights for the summer, and not to mention, one of us also got a stomach flu, which all lead to a rough start of our summer break. To lighten up the miserable week a lil bit, we would like to share some of the moments and places at Toronto’s Kensington Market when we visited last week.
It was the first day that was actually nice and sunny. We arrived at the market early and walked around for about two hours because there is just too much to see in this area. We first stopped by Toronto popcorn company, and cannot step our foot out of here, as we wanna try every single flavour! They actually produce over 100 flavours of popcorn, and more than 30 flavours are avialable everyday. We recommend Cheesy BBQ and Salted Carmel, but they do free sampling so you can easily pick your favourite one!
There are so many “one-of-a-kind” gift shops in Kensington area, including Kid Lcarus, a small screen print studio to take a look at some quality handcrafted goodies from all over Canada. The store is full of unique gift wraps, greeting cards, original hand printed items that are perfect for gifts (*tsk tsk, Mother’s Day is coming up soon!).
Another cute gift shop in the area is Blue Banana, which contains extraordinary range of gifts. The place is spacious, with variety of goods on the walls, ceiling, and some stacked on the floor. It is so attempting to grab every single item we see, without even considering who to gift it to first haha! Good Egg, a shop that specializes in gifts that related to food. They have a large collection of books that are dedicated for those food maniacs(include our favourite magazine: Kinfolk!!), but it also has a great selection of gifts for anyone with a home or kitchen. There are also cooking classes and workshops offered, email them and see if there are any spots available. Why not learn to cook a delicious meal for your hardworking mom for the upcoming Mother’s Day? 🙂
We then stopped by Pancho’s Bakery to grab some delicious churros, and Millie Creperie for some Japanese crepes. They are both great places to quickly stop by for some treats after long day of walking. The crepe comes with ice-cream and strawberry, made fresh on spot. Their crepe cake has two flavours: original and matcha, a must try if you are a big fan of matcha
Lastly, we ended our day at FIKA Cafe, a small coffee shop right inside the Kensington Market that offers freshly made coffee drinks, fresh juices and ready-to-go sandwiches, to cool off and relax. The most unique part of this coffee shop is its homely, a lil close to the Swedish style interior design. When you walk all the way back to the shop, you will see that the whole wall is covered with opened books (literally!). Both the patio and backyard are open during the warmer seasons, for you to enjoy the hipster looking housings on the Kensington streets.
Cherry-blossom in Vancouver has already bloomed, while we’re still experiencing a snow storm in Toronto. Our skirts and shorts are still sitting in our closet waiting to be wore out, but those days still seem to be a little long way off. Plus with all the final exams, it feels like forever since the last time we had a lazy Sunday where we can just chat, and have relaxed conversation with friends.
What is your favourite type cookie?
Though this week, we’d like to share some of the shots taken a couple of weeks ago at Rooster Coffee House (click here for their Instagram feed), located on 568 Jarvis St. To be honest, we are not big fans of studying in coffee shops, filled with crowd noises and distractions. But somehow, the coziness, the antiques and the atmosphere of this place made us feel home. Because of its big front windows, the shop gets tons of natural lights, which seemed to be absent in most of the coffee shops in Toronto.
We ordered a Matcha Latte, London Fog, a Cappuccino, and a Coconut Cookie, which were all amazingly tasty. Especially the matcha latte, it’s definitely one of the best in the city! The tabletops in the shop are made of marble, which gives a clean, simple taste to the place. It’s been our little trend to have marble (or marble look-a-likes) accessories, and we plan to share some of our favourites on next week’s post.
If you were ever looking for a perfect place to study, chat with friends, and to grab a nicest, tastiest cup of coffee, we think we found a place for you. There are two other locations that you can find Rooster Coffee House, one on Broadway Ave., the other on King Street East. And almost forgot to mention, only the Jarvis St. location has this cute Hello Goodbye doormat, so be sure to check it out.