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    HelloFresh Honest Review

    Recommend it: neh~ too expensive So it is about $25 per meal for 2 meal, I am expecting high-quality recipes, but it gives me burger and fries. We tried HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.ca) service because we got a $100 coupon. I did not understand the service at first, so I forgot to cancel it after using up the $100. Then it is until I check my credit card bill, I realize that I need to cancel. What the service does It is a food delivery service that is not take-out. Instead, it delivers raw ingredient to you and you have to cook on your own. You order online and it delivers a…

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    G Adventures Honest Review

    If you are looking to go for a trip to Central America, South America or Africa or somewhere exotic, you probably run cross G Adventures: https://www.gadventures.com/. G Adventures is a travel company based in Toronto offers small-group tours in many different countries. The thing about going on a trip with a tourist group is that you pay first and you get your service later. You are stuck with it whether you like it or not. I went on a trip with G Adventures in Central America, I would not describe the trip pleasant, and here is why. Disclaimer: this review is based on my expectation and my preferences for a…

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    多伦多滑雪去处

    多伦多的冬天又来了,跟很多人不一样,我很期盼多伦多的冬天,因为终于可以滑雪了。 作为一个滑雪老司机,多伦多的滑雪场我都去了不少。可能最出名还是蓝山(Blue Mountain)。确实,这个滑雪场最大,山坡长,但是人多,远,而且贵,不是很适合初学者。现在由我来介绍一下我知道多伦多附近的滑雪场。

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    长周末去 Tobermory

    Tobermory 是位于安省北部靠近湖边的一个小镇。都说那里景色漂亮,但是百闻不如一见。湖水清澈见底,真正是“秋水共长天一色”,湖水和蓝天之间只是隔了一条线。 Tobermory最出名的当然是花瓶岛(Flowerpot Island),面积才两平方公里,因为岸边有很多想花瓶一样直立起来的岩石,因此得名。 2018年五月份Victoria Day的长周末,我和朋友去了Tobermory。我们提前两个月预订,因为知道长周末肯定人山人海。我们还请了一天假,把长周末变成了四天三晚的旅行。我之前去过了花瓶岛,所以这一次想玩一点不一样的。 星期五一大早,我们6点就起了,从多伦多出发差不多要四个多小时。 第一天 第一站:Lion’s Head Provincial Park 我们订了住宿在Lion’s Head,因为Tobermory附近的motel都挺贵了,我们就在晚上订了一家评价比价好的Bed & Breakfast。 既然住在Lion’s Head,我们当然要去Lion’s Head Provincial Park. 地址:我们输在GPS的地址是 92 Moore St, Lion’s Head, ON N0H 1W0。Moore St 开到底就有一个停车场。 这个城市为什么加Lion’s Head,应该这个城市里有个山的形状像个狮子头。这让我想起在中国,旅游景区也以动物来命名各种景点,像是“仙人台”,“飞鹅山”。 这个hiking trail 特别难,整个trail走一圈差不多20公里,不夸张的,走了我们快7个小时。走到最后,朋友一边骂脏话一边把树枝当成拐杖地走。以为整个trail的高度相差特别大,有一部分都是在悬崖边上走,一直在上山下山,让我们上窜下跳。 这绝对是我走得最难的也是最有趣的trail。中间有无数个观景台,从悬崖到沙滩,从树林到上山坡路,各式各样的景都在这一个trail里走一遍。 我们出发前在MEC买了一个户外简易的炉子,在湖边煮了泡面补充能量。可惜啊,水没有带够,湖水虽然清澈,但也不敢喝,没有足够的水,泡面有点咸。 20公里,我们以为我们差不多5个小时就走完了,结果超出预期。我们带了4瓶水,煮泡面用了一瓶,全程7个小时,我和朋友两个人共享3瓶水。我们已经很省着喝了,但是我们最后五分之一的路没有了,我和朋友两个人渴死了。 这个trail真的很难,从一点走到八点,全天安排这一个景点就够了。 Tips:一定要带足够的水,一定要穿hiking鞋。 住宿:Bed & Breakfast 这一次,我选择了在Lion’s Head 的一家Bed & Breakfast: MellowOut B&B. 网站:http://www.mellowoutbb.com/ Address: 391 Pike Bay Rd, Lion’s Head, ON N0H 1W0 我强烈推荐这家Bed & Breakfast。是一对白人退休老夫妇开的,人特别好,而且房间特别干净。它总共也就3间房,但是每一间房都布置得很用心,而且超级干净。110刀一晚上,我跟我朋友都觉得超值。 Tobermory 附近有很多motel和B&B,长周末的motel和B&B大部分都有提前很久订,有些还要住满3个晚上。如果想去Tobermory的话,一定要提前订。 第二天 早餐 这家住宿提供早餐,算是我们吃得最有仪式感的早餐。这对夫妻一早起来给我们做。我朋友要了Omelet和咖啡,我要了french toast和热巧克力。为什么有仪式感,因为餐具多,而且都很精致。 整个早餐有点食不知味,因为挺不好意思的,我们吃大餐,而主人却在旁吃燕麦。 第二站:Bruce Peninsula National Park (布鲁斯半岛国家公园) 这算是除了花瓶岛外,Tobermory第二出名的景点。这个公园很大,但是最出名的景点就是Grotto。Grotto 就是湖边一个小山洞,如果是夏天,应该很多人跳下去游泳。走过了Lion’s Head,去Grotto的路一点都不难走。去Grotto有好几条trails,基本上都不难,看到路上有人带狗和小朋友。 今年有新规定,去 national park 停车要提前在网上预约:www.reservation.pc.gc.ca。是房东告诉我们的,需要直接在网上付停车费,大概15刀。我们去的那天天气预报说会小雨,我们偏偏不信邪,认为雨很快会停,结果雨下了一整天。 如果是夏天,一定会跳进水里游进Grotto。可惜,五月的天气加上下雨,防水外套全都湿了,冷飕飕的。我们匍匐地爬进了山洞,照了相,就算是到此一游。 这个公园岸边有很高的悬崖,伴随的还有不要从悬崖跳下水的标识。水都是很蓝很清,可以见底,肯定有不少人冲动地往里跳。 走过Grotto之后,我的午饭依旧是自己生火煮泡面。这个公园里有厕所还有直饮水,挺干净的。 下午,我们沿着公园里的Cyprus Lake走了一圈。虽然是淅淅沥沥的小雨,可是地上不好走,全是泥巴,一不小心鞋子就进水了。 这个公园很大,但有些trail是单行的。但我们4点就走了,因为雨下太大了。 开车沿着Tobermory scenic drive 走了一圈后,在当地的餐厅吃了顿超级Canadian的晚饭:burger + fries,就结束了第二天的行程。 回到住宿的地方,赶快泡了一个热水澡。 第三天 我们早上6点就起来了,应为要赶ferry 到Tobermory对面的岛Manitoulin Island。平时上班时起床都没有这么早,而且特别费劲,出来玩都是起得特别早,而且细致大一点不睏。 我们也是很早就订了Tobermory 到South Baymouth 的MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry:https://www.ontarioferries.com/en/ms-chi-cheemaun-en/。 渡轮可以开车上去。单程挺贵的,一个车加两个人,差不多70刀,而且5月份算是淡季价格。 我们订的是早上8:50,它的reservation上说要提前一个小时,而且我们住的离码头有点远。生怕迟到,所以6点起来,房东很贴心地准备了可以带走的早餐:muffin 和 面包。 虽然去得早,但是船还没有开始boarding,一大清早的Tobermory…

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    Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary

    If you want to visit Toronto’s landmarks, I high recommend Toronto CityPASS. It has 5 most popular tourist attractions: CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. This blog is a step by step tour guide perfect for first-time visitors. It shows my ideal version of Toronto CityPass 3 day itinerary. All you need to do is to print out this blog or have it on your phone, I guarantee you would not get lost in the city. For the Toronto CityPASS, you could buy it online in advance or buy on the spot at any of 5 attractions. I have lived in Toronto for many years and…

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    Best Ramen in Toronto Downtown

    I have tried many ramen places in Toronto. Usually, for around $15 (including tax and tip), I could have a decent meal. Currently, there are so many ramen places in Toronto and there are new ones opening up every year. Nevertheless, this food has not lost its popularity yet. Many of them have long line-ups during the weekend. Here is many personal and very biased countdown of best Japanese / Korean ramen places in Downtown Toronto. It would only be judged with 3 criteria: portion, taste and how much I like it. #7. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Address: 91 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1E1 Website: http://www.santouka.co.jp/en Portion: medium Taste: I found it…

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    Things to Know in Varadero, Cuba: What to Expect?

    Now you booked a trip to Varadero, Cuba or want to book one, but you don’t know what to expect and what to bring? One thing you need to bring for sure: bug spray. I have been to Varadero twice, both times I booked an all-inclusive hotel, and I came up a list of things to know in Varadero: Varadero is a popular Canadian winter destination. At the hotel we stayed in, 50% of guests are Canadian. There are tourists coming from all over the world, like the United States, Russia, Columbia… Even though we might not get an idea about Cuba, the local Cubans have an idea about Canada…

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    Ski Resorts near Toronto

    If you want to ski in winter but don’t want to travel too far, this blog post would show you some ski resorts near Toronto that is within one-hour driving. Some popular ski resorts like Blue Mountain or Mount St. Louis Moonstone are pretty far, they are generally about 2 hours drive and usually has a lot of people. However, Toronto has many local ski resorts, they are smaller, but it is nearby, usually cheaper and more suitable for beginners. Westnorth to Uxbridge Uxbridge has 3 ski resorts all in the same area: Skyloft, Lakeridge, Dagmar. All of them is about 45 minutes from Toronto. Skyloft Ski Resort Adress: 722 Chalk Lake…

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    Miku Toronto: Winterlicious 2018 Review

    Miku Toronto is a high-end sushi place located in the heart of financial district. I have been to Miku Toronto a couple of times. It is definitely the best tasting sushi I ever had in Toronto. At the same time, it is the most expensive sushi I had as well. For the same price for a dinner for 1 person here, I could eat at all-you-can-eat sushi buffet for 2 people. I paid $60+ for the winterlicious menu here, and I was not full afterward. Website: https://mikutoronto.com/ Location: 105-10 Bay Street (at Queen’s Quay), Toronto, ON M5J 2R8, entrance through RBC Waterpark Place lobby Summary Service: 5/5, very friendly and attentive service Food taste: 4/5…

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    Cheap Ski Gears: Where to Buy?

    If you are into ski or snowboard and tired of rental, you might think to get your own set. Ski and snowboard are somewhat expensive activities because there are so many gears involved: poles, boards, helmet, gloves, jacket, mask, goggles… It is a sport that quality of your gears would impact your performance. Moreover, sometimes you might need to ski at the extremely cold weather, and you want to properly protected. I heard people put duct tape on their face to resist the wind, so this is why it would essential to invest in the ski gears. Here are some tips to get cheap ski gears:

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    Weekend at Blue Mountain during Winter

    I spend a weekend at Blue Mountain with my boyfriend during February 2018. I had been to Blue Mountain for a couple times before, but I was not a good skier back then. This time, I have been skiing for a while and I wish I could ski the blue runs with ease. I packed my ski gears (which cost me a lot of money) and a swimsuit for the spa. Things to Do Ski at Blue Mountain Ski and Snow Resort Cross-country ski or snowshoe at Scenic Cave Spa at Scandinave Spa Skate at  Woodview Mountain Top Skating Where to Stay for a Weekend at Blue Mountain We stayed at an Airbnb place…

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    Save Money at Blue Mountain Ski Resort

    When it comes to a ski resort near Toronto, the first thing comes to mind for most people would be the Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain is probably the biggest ski resort in Ontario with so many lifts. It is about 2-hour drive from Toronto. It is a bit expensive to ski at Blue Mountain. I have been there for a couple of times and came up a list to save money at Blue Mountain based on my experience. Buy Lift Tickets online in Advance Here are some tips about buying lift tickets: if you know the date you are going to the resort, you could buy your lift tickets online…

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    Places to Visit in Varadero

    I went on the all-inclusive vacation to Varadero Cuba with a friend for 7 days during December 2017. This is my second time that I went to Varadero, both times I stayed in all-inclusive hotels. I pretty much know what experience I am going to get inside the hotel: all-you-can-eat buffet, a nice beach that I could lay all day, open bar, unlimited drinks… Last time, I spent all 7 days doing the similar things: get up in the morning and walked around; eat buffet and spent all afternoon on the beach; watch a show at night. I did not prepare anything last time. Without the internet and any Spanish skills,…

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    Restaurant Review: Le Papillon On Front

    Location: 69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5 Summary This review for 2018 Winterlicious menu. What I recommend to order: salmon for starter, veal for main, pecan pie for dessert Service: 4/5 Food: 3/5 Dessert: 1/5 Reservation Needed: probably not Value worth for Winterlicious: average, you get what you pay for, not a good deal though. Review I came to “Le Papillon On Front” with my family. I made a reservation in advance; however, this place looks pretty empty that I don’t think a reservation would be needed. So we tried out Winterlicous menu here. Starter: we all ordered salmon for the starter. The dish came with 2 pieces of bread, a…

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    Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie: 2018 Winterlicious Review

    This is a review for 2018 Winterlicious lunch menu at Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie in Toronto Distillery District. Summary It is a nice and romantic French restaurant with good food and fresh bread Service: 5/5 Food: 4/5 Environment: 4/5 Worth it for Winterlicious: Yes I recommend from the menu: french onion soup for starter, steak frites for main, Mont Blanc for dessert. What I like: the fresh bread, good portion, nice decorated dish, the environment, the service What I don’t like: I found the food here are generally too heavy and the steak is a bit too salty. Location: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 Review This place is…