• day trip,  resources,  travel,  weekend getaway,  winter

    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。

  • day trip,  resources,  travel,  weekend getaway

    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…

  • food

    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…

  • destination,  long trip,  resources,  travel

    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…

  • day trip,  travel,  winter

    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…

  • food

    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:

  • travel,  weekend getaway,  winter

    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…

  • travel,  weekend getaway,  winter

    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…

  • destination,  long trip,  travel

    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,…

  • food

    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…

  • food,  licious

    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…