How we skipped the line at Raku’s Toronto location

Raku is a New York based udon shop with locations in SOHO, the East Village and as of 3 weeks ago, a Toronto location just steps away from Queen W & Spadina. Since we were in the area last Friday evening, Eden and I decided to visit Raku and here is how we were able to skip the line on…

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In case you missed the 2019 Toronto Bridal Brunch

Don’t worry brides! In case you missed the 2019 Bridal Brunch that happened last Sunday April 7th, I’ve got you covered! In this blog post, you will find a recap of the event and a list of different vendors that were present at the Toronto Bridal Brunch from caterers, wedding cakes, florists, photo booths; you name it! Special thanks to…

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Japan: Endless Torii Gates

I love how much Japan preserves their culture and history. Landmarks like the Fushimi Imari Shrine really make you feel like you have traveled back in time. Walking through the thousands of Torii Gates there is something you must put on your bucket list when visiting Japan. This shrine marks one of Kyoto’s oldest and most historical landmarks. Each Gate…

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Japan: Why everyone loves the Instagram Famous Chef @ Kichi Kichi

When I first came across the viral videos on Facebook & Instagram of a Japanese Chef in a red beret making epic omurices, I knew I had to visit him at Kichi Kichi in Kyoto. If you haven’t seen Chef Motokichi Yukimura cutting his infamous omlette yet, where have you been?! I’m kidding and you can definitely find these videos…

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Japan: Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Walking through the magical bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan was one of the most calming and relaxing activities we did on our recent trip to Japan. We stayed at an Airbnb in Osaka on this leg of the trip and to get here we took the Hankyu Rail from Umeda Station to Arashiyama Station (about an hour ride). Once you…

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Japan: AWOMB – a lunch like no other in Kyoto

People always tell me they love Kyoto more than any other part of Japan. I didn’t think I would agree with them until I visited Kyoto myself and witnessed how culturally different Kyoto was from the rest of Japan, with a unique blend of modern and traditional elements. Just steps away from Gion Shijo train station, we found ourselves wandering…

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Japan: 10 things you need to know before Real Life Mario Go Karting in Tokyo

Whether you’re reading this blog post and hearing about MariCar for the first time OR MariCar is already on your radar for your next trip to Tokyo, you’ve come to the right place! I included some tips that I wasn’t really able to find online prior to my experience. So without further ado, here are 10 things you should know…

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Saturday mornings at Yaya

A couple of Saturdays ago, Eden and I were looking for brunch spots  in the East End and randomly passed by YAYA. The restaurant looked busy from the outside but had enough space to accommodate the two of us so we walked right in to give it a try! Since our first visit, we’ve been back at Yaya’s a few…

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Japan: Cup Noodle Museum in Osaka

It’s not a complete trip to Japan if you don’t make a trip to visit their infamous Cup Noodle Museum at least once (in my opinion). I think the concept is quite unique and something that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world. The cup noodles make cute personalized & affordable souvenirs for friends and family to enjoy. There…

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Food with a Twist – STK Toronto

This post was done in collaboration with STK Toronto but gracelisamay.com remains unbiased in our content. – Located in the heart of Yorkville, STK has been around since 2016 and is known for their hip and lively backdrop with the menu of a modern steakhouse. The ambiance and decor is sleek and ultramodern, and despite having a chic lounge, STK…

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Sweetgrass Spa – Valentine’s Day Gift for Her

As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, there is always going to be a few (including myself) that literally have NO IDEA what to get for their partner. In this blog post, I’m sharing my favourite downtown Toronto spa – kind of a hidden gem that I’ve been keeping to myself for a little while now. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s day…

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A Valentine’s Day Cake he/she should bring home!

Go big or go home is what I say quite often and if we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year then let’s go all out! I don’t often have a sweet tooth (minus Japanese Souffle pancakes as of lately) but this Shiroi Valentine Souffle Cheesecake by Cheese Garden totally hits the spot! This cheesecake is shrouded with delectable handmade…

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Let’s do this 2019!

Reflection 2018 has been one of most challenging yet rewarding year in terms of growth and personal development. I’ve learned a lot about what it means to develop “perspective” from taking a step back and learning to quietly observe situations with an open mind. I’ve learned to let go of things that are out of my control – both at…

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