Monday, February 13, 2017

Hot Chocolate - Superfood Version! (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Whole30 Approved!)

CJ Noms - Hot Chocolate - Superfood version - paleo, vegan, gluten-free, whole30

Ever since starting Whole30 (I'm on the 2nd week - woohoo!), I've been finding more unique and creative ways to recreate foods I love. Enter this superfood hot chocolate that I whipped up over the weekend. What's better than hot chocolate on a cold winter's day? How about a hot chocolate drink that's chock full of antioxidants!

Monday, February 6, 2017

10 Things We Learned From Visiting Tokyo



Heading to a new country is always fun. In 2015, we visited Tokyo, Japan for the first time. We loved it so much that.... in 2016 we decided to go again.

Over the two visits we cumulated several cultural things that we always tell everyone who decide to vacation there next. Tokyo is easily one of our favourite cities - its culture is incredibly charming, the technological quirks of the city will blow your mind and the city is always bustling with energy. For a first timer though, we know how confusing and overwhelming it can be. Read on to hear what we learned.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

And we're back!

Can you believe it's been nearly a year since we've last posted?

When we first started this blog back in 2012, we did it - as most foodies do - as an outlet to share with friends and family new restaurant finds.

As the years progressed, I'm sad (and not very surprised) to say that we've grown accustomed to taking the lazy route - aka Instagram.

I'm not going to shit on Instagram - it has opened up SO many doors for us. It has given us so many opportunities that I could never have thought possible. I've made friendships with the most amazing people both in and out of the industry and it's given me an experience of a lifetime.

But... I've found that over the past couple of years on Instagram, we've lost our voice. Sharing good food turned into sharing good photos. We lost our sense of self and nothing we posted really seems authentic. Things seemed forced. We started to lose interest, we just weren't into it.

Writing this post, I still feel a bit like a fish out of water but I know that the more I get used to writing a blog post, the more easily it'll come. Kinda like muscle memory.

I guess this post is more for me more than anyone else so we can remind ourselves why we started this. Im making it a goal this year to return to my roots and head back to blogging. I don't expect anything to happen but I'm doing this for myself for once. I'm a big believer that if you enjoy what you're doing - if you're truly passionate it about it, everything will fall into place. And if it doesn't at least you'll have a heck of a good time doing something you love.

Cheers to 2017 and to doing things with intention and a passion.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Reel Asian x CJ Noms - Foodie Films! Plus - A Giveaway :)


We were recently approached by Reel Asian regarding their new foodie films and let me tell you, we are ECSTATIC because we're both huge food and movie buffs. As foodies, you're exposed to a lot different cuisines, cooking styles and a LOT of buzzwords but we often find the education of food is lacking especially in this day and age. Everyone now a days is a foodie but no one really understands the work, sweat, blood and tears that go behind preparing a dish from beginning to end. Enter the food series with Reel Asian.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Home of the Brave

via Toronto Star

We FINALLY got around to visiting the Home of the Brave (HOTB). Located upstairs at the corner of King Street West and Portland Street (right above Lou Dawg's!), it is quite accessible by public transit - which we recommend because parking will not be easy to find. Along with a plethora of raving reviews, this restaurant caught our eyes a while ago with a photo of their Kentucky Fried Handshake Sandwich. We went in with very high expectations and weren't disappointed!

Home of the Brave
Where: 589 King Street West, Toronto, ON (Upstairs!)
Price: $$$

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Copa Cabana by Sea

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If you're looking for something new to try in the Financial District, Little Fin is the place to go. Service was amazing (shout out to Jaden who walked to each table and serviced every customer).
My friend and I opted for the small and large lobster poutine, $12 and $16 respectively. Our orders took quite some time to get ready but to be fair, it was quite busy.

Copa By Sea
Where: 230 Adelaide St W., Toronto, ON
Price: $$$

Monday, July 6, 2015

CJ PLAYS: Archery District


Archery District recently opened at Eglinton & Birchmount and definitely brings a new activity to Toronto. They specialize in "archery tag" which is basically an archery-dodgeball crossover. We visited them around 5 days after they opened and therefore, we realize many things may change since this review. We had really high hopes for this place but unfortunately it just didn't deliver for us.

Archery District

Where: 770 Birchmount Road, Unit 22,
Toronto ON
M1K 5H3
Price: $$$ ($30 per person)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Keeffaa Coffee



Keeffaa is definitely one of Toronto's greatest hidden gems. On the quiet street of Queen Street East, you'll find this Ethiopian restaurant that serves in our opinion one of the best coffees we have ever had. This restaurant is perfect for lunch with friends, family, or colleagues.

Keeffaa Coffee
Where: 368 Queen St E., Toronto, ON
Price: $