Myato Gastropub – Toronto – November 24, 2018

Myato Gastropub is a Korean fusion restaurant and “Sul Jip” that focuses on both drinks and food, exploring the boundaries of Korean cuisine to provide an enjoyable experience throughout the night.

Address: 549 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

1. Chamisul Fresh – Soju
2. Kimchi Jeon – in-house vegan kimchi with soy mayo
3. Black Sesame Chicken – fried chicken thigh, soy honey, black sesame powder
4. Crispy Bossam – fried pork belly, ssamjang, in-house kimchi paste
5. New York Cheesecake – in-house blueberry jam

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Missing Pieces


Good morning.

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

Current status: cold. small. rummaging around in the dark corners of my mind looking for things I don’t have.

Coveting thy neighbour as a form of self-flagellation. I’ll add that to the list of ways I punish myself. Or can I use it as a form of aspiration?

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Good Morning


“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

If I’m being honest, my aim is pretty scattershot. I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels and not making much progress. And more importantly, not focusing on the important things while allowing myself to become distracted way too easily. Procrastination is an enemy, actually it seems to be something I’m embracing as a form of self-flagellation. This is ingrained behaviour and is proving to be a difficult habit to break. Borderline OCD to the point of it becoming ritualised and therefore a perceived necessity in order to achieve a balanced, “normal” sense of being. I need to replace these rituals with something more productive, but what?

In the meantime, the search for the next job opportunity continues. I really don’t want to go back to that corporate life, but at the same time it may be the best option in order to protect my downside while I sort the rest of it out.

More to come…

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Stepping Forward


“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Epictetus

Today came almost completely off the rails. Didn’t quite get done all I wanted to do, and spent too much time on Muted Tones/Dark and Moody Lightroom tutorials only to discover that my LR settings were better than anything I was able to glean from YT.

Suspect that this means I’m becoming more comfortable with using Lightroom and can now process/edit my own photos without having to rely on other people’s presets.

Ok, I’ll take that as a step forward for the win. Maybe today wasn’t such a write off after all.

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Jacobs & Co Steakhouse – Toronto – October 20, 2018

Jacobs & Co Steakhouse blends the timeless steakhouse experience with the sleek modernity of a new generation. The elegant piano bar is a nod to the past, while streamlined yet comfortable décor ensures the experience of every guest is warm and modern. Executive Chef Danny McCallum sources select cuts from the best ranches throughout North America, Australia and Japan, adapting the menu each evening to ensure each guest’s culinary experience reflects the standards that Jacobs is renowned for. A key feature of the dining room is the Dry Aging Room, where each cut is finished to its most perfect state. Guests delve into the fascinating world of steak, selecting their cut by region, age and ranch. Meals are complete with classic choices such as Caesar salads prepared tableside, a raw bar of oysters and chilled seafood, and unpretentious and knowledgeable hospitality. It is no wonder the restaurant is one of Zagat’s top rated in Toronto. Dining at Jacobs & Co never goes out of style.

Address: 12 Brant Street Toronto, ON M5V 2M1

1. Canadian Prime Hereford-Guelph, ON – Tenderloin
2. Mushrooms
3. Duck Fat French Fried Potatoes
4. Parusso “Bussia” 2012, DOCG Barolo

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Kinko Izakaya – Toronto – October 6, 2018

Relentlessly festive Japanese tapas hot spot with a strong sake selection & woody interior.

Address: 559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6


Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkantsu sauce and mayo
Takowasabi – marinated octopus with wasabi stem
Pork Kakuni – braised pork belly, pumpkin puree, rapini, shredded red pepper, shichimi pepper, boiled egg, sweet soy sauce
Izumi Draft Sake – Junmai – from Toronto’s distillery district
Matcha Cheesecake – matcha green tea cheesecake w/ green tea ice cream

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Fresh on Bloor – Toronto

A large menu of modern vegetarian & vegan dishes plus made-to-order juices in a lively eatery.

Address: 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

Menu items featured in this video:

Banquet Burger – grilled tempeh bacon, fresh ‘cheese’ sauce, garlic mayo, dill pickles, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato & red onion

Moroccan spiced chick pea soup – star past, red lentils and white kidney beans

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars. I’d actually rate it a little higher than that. It’s very affordable vegan comfort food and one of my favourite restaurants.