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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 bears the name of the donor’s name and are traditionally made of wood or stone. As mentioned in my other Japan Travel Blog Posts, on this trip we were staying at an AirBnB in Osaka near Osaka JR Station. Getting to the Fushimi Inari Shrine was a quick 45 minute train ride hopping on the…

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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 by looking up Kichi Kichi’s geotag on Instagram. I’m a keener when it comes to making reservations for vacation plans and for Kichi Kichi I set up a calendar reminder for 4 weeks from the day we were scheduled to arrive in Kyoto. 4 weeks is the earliest you can make reservations online in advance…

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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 arrive at Arashiyama station, there are signs that lead you to the Bamboo forest. The walk is about a short 20 minutes from the station to the forest. ALSO READ – Things to do in Japan We arrived for 7am on a Monday morning and enjoyed a fairly quiet stroll along the winding path under…

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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 around a quiet and historic area of Kyoto that was beautiful and tranquil. We had made reservations to AWOMB Gion Yasaka few months prior to our trip and to my surprise, the restaurant was located in the middle of this quiet neighbourhood. ALSO READ – Things to do in Japan AWOMB has several locations with…

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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 before riding MariCar! Feel free to leave me any comments with questions or things you want to share with everyone as well 🙂 ALSO READ – Things to do in Japan (#1) Believe it or not, you’re actually driving go karts on real roads beside real cars! So this means you’ll need an international driver…

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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 times and this place has not disappointed us. Their brunch menu is extensive, the food is always consistent, service is very warm and friendly – it’s a very solid spot if you’re looking for a simple brunch. The best part about Yaya’s (at least for me), is they pride themselves using Ontario Farmers – this…

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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 are 2 Cup Noodle Museum locations in Japan – one in Yokohama and the other in Osaka. We visited the one in Osaka because we were staying in the area anyways and there is also no admission in the Osaka Location where as the Yokohama location, you have to pay a small admission fee. We…

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    Saturday mornings at The Green Wood

    The brunch spots on the east end are slowly making its way to the top of my “go-to” Saturday brunch list. Tucked away in Leslieville, I’ve been honestly living and breathing the brunch at The Greenwood. I’ve visited them about 4 times now since November 2017 and have tried an array of items from their menu. In my post today, I’m going to share with you the must orders and of course, if there are any your favourites that I haven’t mention, please let me know. I am practically there are every other Saturday 🙂 Brought to you by the same team as SPIN, The Greenwood is quite the cozy and ultimate chill spot to…

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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 doesn’t give up anything in terms of taste and fine dining experience. With locations in major cities in the US, Mexico and Europe, Canada’s only STK location is in Toronto. STK Toronto boasts a large spacious venue with two private rooms which are suitable not only for private parties but also for business meetings and corporate…

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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 or not, or you’re celebrating with girlfriends, family or loved ones, I think a visit to Sweet Grass Spa is the ultimate getaway any day! Tucked away in the lower level of the quaint street of Queen Street East, Sweet Grass Spa is an all women’s spa. I found Sweet Grass Spa online after looking…

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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 white chocolate shavings, filled with airy souffle and topped with creamy mascarpone cheese. What more can a girl ask for? To make your loved one feel even more special, this cheesecake is actually made to order and is available in 2 sizes –  Regular ($28.95) or Mini ($5.95).   Let me know if you guys…

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    Saturday mornings at REDS (Square One)

    As I’m sitting at my desk drafting this post, I’ve realized in a blink of an eye, come September is my 5 years working downtown Toronto. Time seriously flies. One of the restaurants that I frequent after work in the downtown core is REDS Wine Tavern inside First Canadian Place (due to its convenient location). While I can totally rave about their lobster guacamole dip all day, I was totally caught off guard to see a brunch menu & full on bakery section happening inside REDS at Square One Shopping Mall. The best thing about this REDS inside Square One Shopping mall is that they have a mini “walk through” window for shoppers looking to pick…

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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 work and relationships developed with peers, friends & loved ones. I’ve learned to dial back and take necessary means to put myself first (even when the moment doesn’t feel right). Some time during the year, I felt  overwhelmed with different blogging deadlines and the perfectionist in me of course wanted to execute everything a certain…

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    Saturday mornings at Brassaii

    There are endless amount of restaurants in Toronto serving up their take on brunch and I’ve made it my mission to  to slowly hit them up (lol this will probably take me years) But seriously, I love brunch! For some reason, when I incorporate brunch into my weekend schedule, the rest of my day turns out to be really productive – I hit the gym, I end up moving my whole work station to a coffee shop and grind away for the rest of the day. Anyways, last Saturday morning I had one of those productive days and that started off with brunch at Brassaii. Located in the heart of King West, Brassaii is a…

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