Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Wow! I know I’ve been MIA for almost a month now, I apologize for that. When we got back from vacation I had another week off, due to scheduling and being sick with food poisoning, during that time I worked on 4 posts and getting my pictures ready to be put on any and every social media account I have, and then everything changed…

About a week after we got back from vacation, Josh received a phone call from an unknown British Colombia number. Little did he (we) know that that phone call would be a big one. When he came home from work that afternoon he told me all about it. A railway contract company had contacted him to offer talk about a potential job offer. Now being the stubborn man Josh is, he was hesitant and didn’t really like the idea that “head hunters” where contacting him. After many lengthy and in depth conversations, I convinced him that getting a little more information wouldn’t hurt. So emails were sent and phone interviews done, and an in person interview was set up for the next week (second week of April). The interview was planned for Thursday, which gave some time to prepare, but then it was bumped to Wednesday, and finally Monday afternoon. Although we felt annoyed the time kept changing, and we had to scramble to figure out transportation…Josh took my car into Toronto and I took a cab to work…in retrospect, the date was probably changing because they were flying in from BC just to meet with Josh, and had to figure out the best flight. The interview went well, they emailed him the contract and work offer that night and told him he had 24 hours to decide. I know for myself when I’m offered a new opportunity I jump on it, however this was different. Yes, this company was going to offer him the 6 figure salary he was asking, but it was contract work, potential to be away from home, a supervisor position that would put a lot of pressure on him, as he’d be responsible for his team. Was this a change he wanted to make? By Tuesday evening he was still undecided and called to let them know he wasn’t sure, they extended his deadline to Thursday. Long story short, somewhat, he excepted and there’s been no slowing down since. By Good Friday he was given all the training information, he would have to go to BC for a week to meet some of the team out west and then by last week the location had changed to New Brunswick. So tickets were bought, hotel reservations made and Friday afternoon, he dropped off his old work truck, handed over his work stuff and got ready for New Brunswick. I drove him to the airport Sunday, and was already missing him 45 minutes later when I was home. I’m looking forward to Saturday morning when I get to pick him up! I’m actually going to pay for parking so I can be at arrivals when he gets there. Which brings me to my next point, vlogging.

I’m finally starting my YouTube channel! I’m always buying new things, receiving gratis at work, or going on adventures, and I figured there was no better time to start than now. As some of you may know, I’m currently working 2 jobs, full time Beauty Advisor and on my days off, I’m working as an assistant in an optical store. But if I’m being honest I don’t really do much there because the owner always jumps in and takes over. Annoying and frustrating, yes, but not for much longer. I’ve accepted a new assistant position which pays better and has more perks, I’ll be driving around some more and running errands for my new position and what better way to bring you all along than to vlog my adventures. I’m also really hoping I’ll have more time to work on my blog with this new position. It’s only 1 day a week, so I will have a day off that I can dedicate to blogging and starting my youtube. I’m going to link my first video below, check it out and subscribe, feel free to share. I do have a few ideas for the next videos I’ll be putting up but let me know what you want to see!

 

If you made all the way to the end of this post, thank you. I hope it wasn’t too long or dry of a read. And I promise once everything settles down a bit, I will get back to posting more.

Back to reality…

I just got back home, at 2am this morning, from a week in Costa Rica!! Pictures, videos and posts to come soon!! I’m procrastinating slightly though. I have a new MacBook Pro and have to buy an adaptor for the cord from my camera to fit properly, but after a week away, I’m feeling lazy. I’m hoping to have all my pictures uploaded today or tomorrow and then I’ll be working away on some posts!

Soups on!!

I finally got to try the new Ramen place! It was good, I’ve never had other ramen to compare to, but it was good.

 

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Surf&Turf Vegetarian

I ordered the Surf&Turf Vegetarian, the only option on the menu to choose from. I was pretty excited to finally have the chance to try this delicious looking meal. I was happily satisfied with the portion size, it was huge, but I did manage to finish it all in about 45 minutes.

On the menu the Surf&Turf is said to be “Shiitake, seaweed&tomato broth, baby bok choy, enoki, semi-dried tomatoes, soy braised black beans and kabocha” I also added a marinated soft boiled egg to my ramen as well, which a side of Naked kombucha. Josh, on the other hand, is the total opposite of me, he had the Meat Lovers, again with an added marinated soft boiled egg and a Pommies cider.

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Meat Lovers

Looking at the menu the Meat Lovers is described as ” Pork jowl kakuni, pork chashu & pulled shoulder, chicken breast, green onion, pickled shiitake and burnt sesame oil in rich chicken/pork/duck broth.”

We happily waited for our ramen, chatting about our day, before we realized our drink orders still hadn’t come. We made a remark, more to ourselves, but it was overheard and our drinks arrived shortly after. Again we began chatting and discussing our plans for our little get away to Costa Rica, and again we were interrupted a few minutes in by the chef informing us that they were all out of kabocha for the day. Not really phased by that, I said was happy with the substitutes they were offering. However, looking back I think they were missing a bit more than the kabocha. In my ramen I received, bok choy, noodles, soft boiled egg, enoki, and the soy braised black beans the menu called for, missing was the shiitake, semi-dried tomatoes and enochi. As a replacement for all of the missing veggies I got corn…yes that’s right, corn. Its like everywhere I go, my food turns into a burrito of sorts. All of that being said I was happy with my food, it tasted good, that’s it, just good. I’m still undecided about how I felt about the whole experience, and I’m undecided as to whether or not I’ll be going back. On one hand I’d really like to try the real Surf&Turf Vegetarian, on the other hand I wasn’t blown away, and I had the high expectation that I would be. This place is always sold out, and I’m still wrapping my head around why that is. It was a great treat for a cold, Canadian day in late March, and I think it will make a great winter pit stop, but until then, I think I’ll stick to my regular little spots.

The Meat Lovers was a hit though, but then again, Josh will give anything a try if you put it in front of him. That’s where we differ, I don’t like change, any type of change, and Josh is a bit more open. We both do enjoy new culinary experiences though and his tastebuds were blown away. He raved about the pickled shiitake, and being a vegetarian-mushroom-lover (the non psychedelic kind) I was very bummed I couldn’t try them. The Meat Lovers ramen lasted about 15 minutes, it seemed like I’d just taken a bite and Josh was done.

The experience was overall a really good one, I was happy to share it with the man I love, and at the end of the day any time spent with him is a great time. Even though my picky eating, and harsh judgment comes out a bit too often, I did truly appreciate the ramen experience and it has peaked my interest into what other types of ramen are out there and I look forward to the culinary adventures in my future.

Thanks for tuning in and I’ll catch you next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO SOUP FOR YOU!

If there’s anything anyone knows about me, its that I love soup. I’m not talking about that type of love that floods over you as you eat a food, remembering how much you “love” it and when the meal is over the food is forgotten until the next time you have it, only to feel that love again. I’m talking about the love of a food I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year for the rest of my life. So naturally, when a new soup place opens in town I have to try it.

Over the years my tastebuds have developed more and the standards I have for the quality of food have been raised significantly. By no means would I say I’m a professional food connoisseur, but I can appreciate any food experience, be it fine dining or casual. Trying new food can either be a nerve wracking or it can be the most wonderful, joyful experience ever. I always try to go into a meal with the highest of expectations, for the quality of food being serve.What I mean by that is if I’m going to a food truck, I’m going to have different expectations than if I were to go to a three star restaurant, but as I said, I always expect the best. So, when I don’t receive the best that could be offered I’m a bit surprised. Now back to my story about soup…

This past weekend was an on-call weekend, and it was probably one of the more busier ones in a while. These type of weekends mean its hard to make plans, and its hard to guarantee there’ll be enough time to sit down at a restaurant to enjoy a good meal. Josh was called out Friday night for 4 fours, on top of working 8 hours that day, and then went out another 8 hours Saturday. By the time he was ready for lunch, he was so tired that I offered to go pick up ramen from the new restaurant downtown. I arrived around 2:30, not the best timing as the restaurant closes at 3, but that’s when Josh got back from work. There was a line up of people outside, and I assumed there was a line up to get in, but no such luck. The restaurant was sold out and all these people, myself included were disappointed we were unable to try this delicious looking food. Feeling slightly let down, I returned home empty handed. Determined to get some ramen, Josh and I woke up Sunday and proceeded to make a game plan. We arrived downtown well before closing time only to find another line up. We got inside and it was packed, a group of 8 were seated at the front table and another 6 or so were at the bar, the kitchen (which used to be downstairs) was now upstairs taking up much of the seating area, making the tiny area even more cramped. While we were waiting in line we grabbed a menu so we knew what we wanted when we reached the front. The line moved fairly fast and the small little area was filling up fast, when the couple ahead of us reached the counter they were told it was standing room only, they looked at each other and left. “Good thing we’re getting this to go” I said…or so I thought. Right as we were about to place our order Josh asked if they did orders to go, the lady behind the counter looked at us with a dazed look. Again Josh asked if we could have the ramen to go, again the lady looked confused and after about a 30 second pause said “No, no take out. We don’t offer that. What do you want?” We both looked at each other, disappointment sinking in again, we said “Thank you” and left.

Neither Josh nor I are ones to complain about experiences, he may be a little harder to impress due to his previous experience in the industry, but we felt a bit let down. We understood it was a new restaurant, but for someone like me who never finishes a full meal, not having an option to take food home was lost business. Unless I’m welcome to sit in the restaurant for another 3 hours until I’m hungry again, which I don’t think is allowed, I don’t think I’ll be returning until its a bit more of an established business. After due consideration and much thought, I wrote a message to The Crafty Ramen, politely asking if take out would eventually be an option once they gained their footing, explaining the difficulty of being able to sit down and enjoy a meal when on call, I never got a response but was left on read.

This whole experience has left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth, I really do want to try this amazing looking ramen, but I’m not sure anymore. Have you guys ever experienced something like that? Let me know. Maybe we are both over reacting, maybe we were both hangry and looking to take that out on our food service. In the mean time I’ll keep you updated on my ramen adventures!

Thanks for tuning in!!

Stay Tuned

I bought a camera that films inn 1080p, so stay tuned for my first youtube video! Hopefully I get the hang of it. I’m hoping that vlogging will help me stay more up to date with my blog as well. I will post the link when its up and running!

Thanks for all the support

Date Ideas

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasons being over, my boyfriend and I feel like we finally have some time to ourselves. That being said our down time is rather limited, between him working 7-3 and being on call 24 hrs during the week and my working 8-4 or 4-12, fitting in the gym before or after work, we’re usually left with weekends as an absolute guarantee of time together. Even then, he’s on call every third weekend and I work every other weekend, needless to say we lead busy lifestyles, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have time to fit some quality time in.

I’ve always been the independent type, I like to enjoy my coffee in solitude when I wake up. I will wish him a safe day at work and let him know how much I love him and then I’ll go about my day. Having been an only child my whole life I learned to entertain myself from a young age. That has some pros and cons when in a relationship. Sometimes its nice to be independent yet other times, I need to be a bit more open to socializing.

My idea of a perfect date, winter date that is, would be a day of snowboarding. Riding up the lift together, chatting about our plans for the next few hours…mainly lunch or dinner plans (I love food) and then carving out the fresh powder, getting lost along the way and meeting him at the bottom, only to ride up together to enjoy those moments alone on the slope. My boyfriend on the other hand, would rather relax on the beach, I can’t complain though, the beach is wonderful.

Now before I get to carried away about my relationship I want to take the time to point out that dates don’t have to be between you and your SO, they can be with friend and family, pets and loved ones or even just a date by yourself. So without further ado are some fun dates for you to consider next time you’re going out.

TAKE A HIKE: Getting outside is probably one of the best feelings there is . The smell of fresh air and being surrounded by nature! In my opinion there’s nothing better. Living in a small, yet ever growing city, I can truly appreciate escaping to the great outdoors. Whether you drive hours to go for a hike or just a few minutes down the road, there’s always an adventure waiting for you.

This past fall I woke up one morning and told Josh to dress for a hike, we were going to Kincardine and “hiking” the trails and walking along the beach. I used to have a family cottage on Lake Huron and spent much of my summers in Kincardine and surrounding areas and I wanted to share that with him. Through strained ankles, hangriness and tiredness, we made our way through the town and along the beach, for one of the best days this fall.

You don’t have to drive hours out of your way though to find somewhere to hike. This past Family Day weekend, Josh and I celebrated his birthday by going out for breakfast and deciding to go for a hike. Not appropriately dressed for tracking through muddy and icy trails I still had a blast with the man I love. We saw nature at work too, rest your soul, little bunny who ended up as someones dinner. Hiking in the city is totally underrated and over looked, but I recommended it to every one!

GIRLS DAY: Working at one of my current jobs, I have met some of my best friends and after months of talk we turned our plans into actions. We all met in cosmetics, and although we all have different styles, makeup and skin care will always be a shared passion.

If it hasn’t come up before, I work at Shoppers Drug Mart, SDM for those who know, and the points accumulate pretty quickly. 10x the points for a water bottle? 500 bonus points for cat food? My cats were extra good this week, so they could use a little treat… You get the picture. Anyways, loaded with points and employee discounts we made the trek to Toronto to visit Murale. Entering the store was like dying and going to makeup heaven. Nars, Bobbi Brown, Chanel! Where were we? After spending about an hour or more in the store, I left feeling satisfied with a new Estée Lauder Double wear foundation, Nars lipstick and limited edition Chanel blush and highlighter (pictures on Insta soon, @Evangeloo). All of which I’ve worn many times and always get complimented on, I think they were good buys! Living a life of indulgence at the time, we next got burritos and made a pit stop at the Lindt store to have a hot chocolate. I shit you not, they put a cup under the melted chocolate fountain, filled it up, put some milk in to steam and handed us a diabetic coma in a cup. I was to die for, definitely a once in a life time drink though.

GO TO A GALLERY: Not much to be said about this, its pretty self-explanatory. Whether you go to an art gallery, a museum, a hall of fame, just go and enjoy yourself. A lot a galleries have free to the public nights or discount nights. If a membership is a bit out of your budget, do some research and find out when those discount day or nights are and go.

 

 

Some other fun dates Josh and I have been on are hitting up our local farmers market in the summer, apple orchards in the fall, casino and fine dining during the holiday seasons and bowling more recently.

 

If there’s anything you take away from this, I hope that you see how fun dates can be. These are only a few ideas and they may not be the greatest to some, but to me they are memories I will cherish forever and I hope to have many more fun dates in the future that I can share with you. I’m Pocket Sized Beauty and so long for now.

Plot twist

today I was offered a job in my field of study! I’m beyond excited, I’ve worked so hard and put so many years into my education. I’m going to have a very full schedule, but I will still be working in the beauty industry as well. This blog may take more of a turn towards a lifestyle one, over my attempt at beauty blogging. Stay tuned for more exciting news and posts!