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Photolog 2019: Day 235 of 365

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Calamari with deep-fried jalapeños, Greek feta dip, and ginger garlic sauce

Mushrooms Neptune

Iceberg wedge salad with tomatoes, smoky smoked bacon, and blue cheese dressing

Prime rib with red wine herb jus, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and mushrooms

Billy Miner Pie

My brother and sister-in-law flew in from NYC this evening to visit us this weekend since my dad and sister are also in town. Since it's a rare occasion for all of us to be in the same city at once, we're doing fam jam dinners all weekend. My brother decided on a "casual dinner" at The Keg tonight. (What's a "casual" restaurant to my brother is a "special occasion" restaurant to others.) Calamari with deep-fried jalapeños, mushrooms Neptune, and iceberg wedge salad to start. Prime rib, medium rare, with red wine herb jus, garlic mashed potatoes, and veggies for me. And Billy Miner Pie (mocha ice cream on a chocolate crust with hot fudge, caramel, and almonds) to share for dessert. CHEAT DAY IS THE BEST DAY.

Friday Five: Smallifying

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This week's Friday Five:
  1. What mini version of a popular snack food is better than its original? Timbits. (Or doughnut holes to anyone else who lives outside of Canada.) For some reason, I'm totally indifferent to doughnuts, but I can eat like, eight Timbits in one sitting (which is pretty much equivalent to two doughnuts, so these suckers are pretty dangerous). I also prefer Pablo's mini cheese tarts to the original. The ratio of filling to crust is way more satisfying.

  2. What mini version of a popular snack food is not as good as its original? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

  3. What food, not yet miniaturized as far as you know, might make a great hors d'oeuvre for parties? Mini seafood pajeon.

  4. What snack food might be better in a giant size? Nothing I can think of. Snack foods are all about ratios, and I think making a giant version of something that was initially meant to be small/mini would totally ruin the amount of flavour you're meant to get in every bite.

  5. What five mini-scoops of ice cream flavours would go really well together? Coffee, hazelnut, pistachio, dark chocolate, and raspberry.

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea Preview

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Thursday, August 22, 2019
BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — RM, V, and Suga

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jin and J-Hope

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jimin and Jungkook

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — RM

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — RM

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jin

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jin

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Suga

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Suga

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — J-Hope

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — J-Hope

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jimin

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jimin

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — V

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — V

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jungkook

BTS 2019 Summer Package in Korea — Jungkook

(Photo credits: BTS Official Facebook)

I might be in the minority for thinking this, but I'm really glad they chose to do this year's Summer Package in Korea instead of another sunny beach location. I love that they're showcasing the beautiful scenery and cultural aspects of their own country.

Photolog 2019: Day 234 of 365

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The highlight of my day was buying bar soap that I'm not allergic to. Yes, that's the kind of day I had.

Photolog 2019: Day 233 of 365

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Had to stock up on some more of my fave Mediheal masks. I can't believe I actually went through 40+ sheet masks over the past three months. But, on that note, my skin is looking better than ever.

Run BTS! 2019: Episode 85

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Season finale of Run BTS!. I started off with cry-laughing as usual and ended up actually crying. Only BTS can make a 36-minute variety show episode into an emotional roller coaster. I LOVE THIS FAMILY SO MUCH.

Photolog 2019: Day 232 of 365

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Chelsea's parents went to their cottage in Haliburton over the weekend and brought back some goodies for me! A box of six of my favourite tarts from The Little Tart: Pecan, salted caramel with chocolate, key lime, lemon, butter, and strawberry cheesecake. Between these and my trip to The Ex, I'm gonna have to be extra healthy with all of my other meals for the next couple weeks, but IT'LL BE WORTH IT.

Photolog 2019: Day 231 of 365

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Monday, August 19, 2019
Ronsee and I made our first trip to The Ex this evening. It's become tradition for us to go to The Ex every year for the ridiculous food offerings. This year's selections weren't as exciting or innovative as previous years, but we managed to get four things in before the Food Building closed:


1. "K-Pop Bulgogi Fries" from Supa Fries — Crispy fresh cut fries with marinated bulgogi ribeye beef, kimchi, green onions, lime, sriracha mayo, and toasted sesame seeds. Asian fusion fries are nothing new, but this combination works really well together. I wish there was more kimchi, but overall, worth getting. Rating: 9/10


2. "Southern Slang" from Fran's — Buttermilk fried chicken served on a sweet bun, topped with house-made slaw and a spicy chocolate sriracha sauce. They fried the chicken fresh for us so it took a bit longer to get our food, but it was piping hot with excellent crispy batter. The slaw gives a good texture but the chocolate sauce drowns it — both literally and in flavour. I wish they had coated the chicken with the chocolate sauce and put more slaw on top, like the menu picture indicates. Still, the sweet-salty combo works well, and it is somewhat reminiscent of chicken and waffles, but in burger form. Rating 7/10


3. "Fuwa Fuwa Mango" from Fuwa Fuwa Japanese Pancakes — Original soufflé pancake with mango sauce and fresh mango. This popular Japanese pancake restaurant serves up really tasty, fluffy, almost mousse-like pancakes, and it's their first time at the CNE. The pancake is light and airy, so it makes a good option for CNE food adventurers 'cause it's not too filling. The mango option is actually only available at the CNE, and it was very reminiscent of a mango mousse cake. Delicious, though not very original in flavour profile. For the price ($11) and the wait time (at least 10 minutes), though, I was expecting more than one pancake. Rating: 7.5/10


4. "Apple Cheesecake Poutine" from Granny Smith Apple Fries — Apple "fries" topped with cheesecake chunks, salted caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Flavour profile is exactly like apple pie. The apple "fries" are literally deep-fried apple strips and coated with cinnamon sugar. The cheesecake chunks didn't really add to the apples at all because it has such a mild flavour, but it did add a nice texture contrast. I only wish that we had gone earlier in the day because by the time we got there, the apples weren't freshly fried, so they had already absorbed a lot of the oil making them soggier than they should be. There also wasn't sufficient sauce, so the fries got quite dry halfway through. Good in theory, not that great in execution. Rating: 5/10

I'm planning to go back to The Ex next week, so hopefully I'll get a good variety next time. I'm eyeing the pierogi burger, the funnel cake fried chicken sandwich, the cherry pie deep-fried cheese curds, and the cookie dough ice cream "spaghetti." We'll see how much stomach power I have. I better start eating ultra-healthy until then...

BTS Global Official Fanclub 'ARMY' Membership Webzine — ARMY.ZIP — Teaser

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Jimin is tatted up, Suga's a baseball player, RM's a photographer, Tae has a gun, Jin and Jungkook are all beaten up, and J-Hope is a street dancer. What is this webzine going to entail?! Is this the next era of the Bangtan Universe? Does it tie into their comeback this fall?! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

I'm so glad I joined the fanclub last month. Can't fucking wait to see all the crazy shit they've prepared for us. October can't come fast enough.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 588

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This week's Monday Poll:
  1. How often do you exfoliate your face? I'm currently using The Face Shop's White Seed Exfoliating Cleansing Foam to deep cleanse every night, so technically, I exfoliate my face every day. But it's gentle enough for daily use, and I don't use any other scrubs in my skincare routine right now.

  2. What's the most you've ever spent on a single skin care product? Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serum. I've bought the limited edition 100ml bottle before, which I remember being something like $180.

  3. Your top three skin care concerns right now? Pigmentation, redness, and dehydration.

  4. List three skin care products you put on your face this morning. Saturday Skin's Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser, The Face Shop's Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Serum, and Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer.

  5. Your best skin care advice? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Photolog 2019: Day 230 of 365

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Got myself several of the new MAC Love Me Lipsticks in Laissez-Faire, Très Blasé, As If I Care, and Hey, Frenchie!. Because I'm having a shitty day and I wanted a treat that wasn't food.

Sunday Video Love: Not Today

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Today's attitude because it is super gloomy outside and I have to work on a Sunday.

Photolog 2019: Day 229 of 365

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

First gelato of the year at Love Gelato! Tonight's picks: Pistachio and banana chip. 😋🍨🌰🍌🍪

Photolog 2019: Day 228 of 365

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Dinner with Ronsee and Chelsea at Osaka Sushi. Because when you got a craving, only a big honkin' boat of it will do.

Photolog 2019: Day 227 of 365

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Thursday, August 15, 2019
BT21 Bon Voyage Summer Standing Plush Dolls

BT21 Bon Voyage Summer Standing Plush Dolls in Tata, Koya, and RJ

BT21 Bon Voyage Summer Standing Plush Dolls in Shooky, Mang, Chimmy, and Cooky

BT21 Tata Automatic Folding Umbrella

BT21 Tata Automatic Folding Umbrella

MTPR x BTS 'IDOL' Coloured Lenses in My Self Olive Green

MTPR x BTS 'IDOL' Coloured Lenses in My Self Olive Green

CanCam Magazine — August 2019 Issue, Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 (July 10, 2019), Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 (August 15, 2019 — BTS LA Special Edition)

CanCam Magazine — August 2019 Issue

CanCam Magazine — August 2019 Issue

CanCam Magazine — August 2019 Issue

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS LA Special Edition

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS LA Special Edition

Anan Magazine Issue No. 2158 — BTS LA Special Edition

My latest BTS/BT21 merch haul has arrived from Seoul! All stuff that I totally don't need as an average person but ABSOLUTELY WANT as an ARMY, you know? I got all the BT21 Bon Voyage Summer standing plush dolls 'cause I've collected all the other BT21 plush dolls, and these ones are ridiculously cute and are actually pretty compact (like half the size of the original ones — I do wonder why they decided to make these ones so much smaller, when the winter ones are regular size?) I also got a new BT21 auto-fold umbrella (with Tata on it, 'cause it was the only one that was black) since my other umbrella broke and I was like, "WHY NOT A BT21 ONE?" I also got a few of the Japanese magazines that BTS was featured in for their Japanese comeback and, aside from the boys looking STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS, I gotta say, Japanese magazines have way better photoshoots and layouts (at least for BTS) than their American counterparts. Finally, I got some BTS coloured contact lenses, 'cause I was running out of my other ones, anyway, and I thought why not try the ones BTS is endorsing (and get some cool packaging and BTS photocards along the way)? Question is, what BTS merch won't I buy these days? (Except for those dreaded Mattel dolls. I won't fucking touch those with a ten foot pole.)