A LOVEly Valentine’s Day

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Alone on Valentine’s Day? Do not fear, for Aphrodite is here (jokes, it’s just me)! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while being with that special someone on this holiday is always great (if you have one), who better to spend the day of love with than your girl friends? These ladies are, after all, the ones who have been there and supported you since the beginning. What’s also amazing is the fact that we live in a vibrant and fabulous city with tons of potential for V-Day fun.

Firstly, what’s better than a night full of food and gossipping? Nothing! Toronto has a wide range of restaurants and pubs that have the perfect Valentine’s Day atmosphere. For those (like me) whose heart is dedicated to Hogwarts, there’s The Lockhart near Dufferin Station. For those (like me again) who like sweets, there’s the Nutella Bar! Another entertaining idea is going to a theatre production. Possibilities? Kinky Boots at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, The Winter’s Tale at the Coal Mine Theatre, Gaslight at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, and many more.

If your ideal girls day is one of relaxation, what better way to spend it than at the spa? Toronto has a variety of spots doing Valentine’s Day packages. Want to stay home instead? A DIY spa is easy to make.  Glamour has some great tips, including how to make a sugary scrub and tasty (healthy!) drinks. Another way to relax on Valentine’s Day is to watch a rom com. Whether at home or at the movies (How to Be Single is coming out on February 12th), binge-watching romantic comedies with your besties at a sleepover with popcorn and nail polish is a good idea any time of year.

Hope you feel the love! XOXO!

5 Quick (and Healthy!) Lunches for a Long Day on Campus

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It can be a struggle to entice yourself to spend an entire day on campus. Sure, you may study better, or you may be obligated to stay considering your course load, but it can be gruelling to sit for an entire day in libraries or campus common spaces that are obnoxiously packed, with the lure of tantalizing fast food aromas all around. Continue reading “5 Quick (and Healthy!) Lunches for a Long Day on Campus”

Five Questions for Hangry’s Co-Founders

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Hangry is an amazing new service that launched at UofT last month. Just download the app and you can find, order, and pay for food on campus using your mobile phone. On November 4, Hangry was featured on the CBC Television series Dragons’ Den. We sat down with Mark Scattolon and Fabian Raso, the co-founders of Hangry, to learn more about the service. Continue reading “Five Questions for Hangry’s Co-Founders”

blogUT Eats: iBento Review

Bulgogi Bento box is a complete meal of nutrition: you've got your grains (rice), protein (bulgogi beef), vegetables (deep fried tempura and the salad in the small styrofoam box) and dairy (miso soup).
Bulgogi Bento box is a complete meal of nutrition: you’ve got your grains (rice), protein (bulgogi beef and shrimp tempura), vegetables (assorted deep fried tempura and the salad in the small styrofoam box) and dairy (miso soup). Also comes with 2 dumplings on the side!

What is iBento?

iBento is a small family run restaurant located on 235A College Street; right across the UofT Bookstore. They serve Korean as well as Japanese dishes ranging from bulgogi to sushi bento boxes. Although this place is mostly grab-and-go there are a few individual seats, about five in the style of counter-seats. They’ve got a nice radio station and bento boxes come with a free bowl of warm, hearty miso soup. Green tea is also sold for a dollar a cup.

Taste: 8.3/10

Compared to the other Asian dishes served on UofT campus such as Spring Rolls on the Go, iBento beats it by far. So far I’ve tried the bulgogi bento box (pictured above) and the spicy chicken rice plate (S2 combo). Both meat portions had a fresh aroma and there was a limited amount of oils/fats. One of the biggest meal-breakers for me is saltiness. When I taste excess salt, I can’t help but think of the possibility that they prepared their meals with MSG (monosodium glutamate- look this up if you don’t know what it is!). iBento’s meals are flavourful in it’s own unique style.

Although it’s prepared quickly, it’s taste is nowhere near that of fast food. After consuming fast food, I feel groggy and to be honest, less efficient than I usually am. When it comes to iBento I feel fueled and ready to get going!

Price: 7.4/10

For it’s quality taste, iBento’s prices are extremely reasonable. The bulgogi bento box was around 12 dollars while the spicy chicken rice meal was about 6 dollars. The portions, however, are a bit smaller than average. I have a small appetite when it comes to lunch but I’m able to finish these entire meals. Not only am I able to have a tasty, hearty meal for lunch, I’m also able to go on the rest of my day without feeling the guilt of trashing my leftovers.

Convenience: 8.1/10

Right around the corner of College and Huron, iBento is a convenient place for those with classes situated near College St. So if you’ve got class in Con Hall (like me!) or the engineering buildings, Galbraith or Bahen this is definitely a go to place! Continue reading “blogUT Eats: iBento Review”

Louis Goes to the EX, part 1: Food, Glorious Food

We started at the Food Building – partly because we’re gluttons, and would have ended up there anyway, but also because in recent years food has taken centre stage at the EX. Franchisers and independent chefs alike reveal new creations with catchy names and hope they go viral. The cronut burger, in 2013, sent several of the brave souls who tried it to the hospital and made headlines across the city. This year’s attention-grabbers have also been burgers (presumably of the non-sick-making kind) and poutine.

Continue reading “Louis Goes to the EX, part 1: Food, Glorious Food”