Sunday, May 16 2010 RANT!

16 05 2010

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BEGIN RANT

I’m driving to work this (Sunday) morning and this is what is going through my mind:

FUCK the endless summer construction that goes on in the city of Toronto! My one concern about moving downtown was how painful the drive would be in the winter time. Turns out, I should have thought about the summer time.

ALSO…

FUCK people who get into a tiny fender bender and sit in the middle of the highway disrupting traffic! Do us all a favour! PULL OVER!!! Fine if its a big accident and you have cops on the way… But for a little bump on your bumper, MOVE!

Most of all…

FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, the fucking “rubber neckers” who feel that it is absolutely necessary to slow down to 20 KPH and take in every fucking detail of an accident, on the other side of the road, through the tiny gaps in between the posts that hold the guard rail up (if you drive faster you can see more). JUST DRIVE! and I’m gonna take this even further! An extra 100x FUCK to the 1st person who decides it is necessary to slow down and take in every detail of the accident. This is with the consideration that everyone else behind this fuck head is thinking “Already going this slow… Might as well look too…”

END RANT

Later Days

-M

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Random Acts of Kindness

3 05 2010

I just wanted to share something that happened to me today on an office Starbucks run… it totally threw me off guard to realize that there are still random nice people in this world.

So, I went for my typical Starbucks run with a huge order from the office, As I was putting all the drinks into trays and what not I noticed 2 ladies sitting near the door chatting about a trip of some sort to Niagara (Yah I was eavesdropping…), So I grabbed the 2 trays and made why way to the door, She got up, mid conversation, and opened the door for me, I said “Thank you!” and she went back in, sat back down and continued on with her afternoon. And I got into my car and continued on to my care.

I barely even thought about it at the moment, but with every second that passed I was more and more thankful. She took the time out of her day and opened a door for a random stranger for no apparent reason. WOW! It was very nice gesture and it got me thinking, how a simple act like that can make someone else, even a complete stranger, feel good!

To this lady, I want to thank you, seriously, for not just opening the door for me but for the random act of kindness that we should ALL try and do once in a while, and reminding me that being nice to someone does make a difference. THANK YOU!

Now how to pay it forward…… hmmmmmm…..

-M





Mandarin has a new Website…

1 05 2010

Just wanted to point you guys towards the NEW Mandarin Website. Much better than before I think.

Thanks it! Enjoy!

-M





Been a minute!

1 05 2010

Its been a minute eh? And again promises have been broken, and again I apologize for not updating those of you who care to read about the mumble jumble that goes through my brain. That being said, Here is another entry in the life of Mack.

I think it was last post, that I promised some pics from the Las Vegas Trip. Didn’t get many, but here is a few from 1 epic night of partying and then a few from the Venetian. I got absolutely murdered on this trip on the tables so I was definitely unmotivated to get out and take pictures although I really wanted too. Maybe I wouldn’t be stuck so much if I just forced myself to go outside. Anyways… here they are:

This is XS in the Encore... It is a pretty epic club by any standards.... huge inside, Big outside area around a pool, and in the middle of the pool, a gaming floor... yeeeaaahhh.... gambling and drinking in a club setting... WOW!

This is how the night began...

Yeeaaah... and this guy walked into the club... I dunno what to say about this guy but "yeeeaahhh ok!"... Oh And the dude on the right is the whole reason we are in Vegas... Good luck with Married life buddy!

And then Mr.Wynn walked into the club and was in the booth behind us...

And then Diego Sanchez from the UFC came in and joined Mr. Wynn in the booth behind us...

My View out of my free room at the MGM... Thank you MGM... you definitely took the full value plus more from me at the tables... well worth giving me a free room!

And this is where my 1st Vegas experience when I was a wee lad took place...

And thats it! Besides the fact that partying in Vegas can get quite expensive even on a regular night, I feel like to me it is the best place to party. Every time I come home after a trip in Vegas, I’m so unmotivated to go out and party in Toronto. 1 thing is that Toronto clubs aesthetically does not remotely compare to ANY in Vegas, But the main thing for me is the fact that it feels like they don’t even want you in the clubs in Toronto. In Las Vegas, Everyone wants to make sure that your stay is as comfortable as possible, you reaaally have to fuck up for them to kick you out….

Anyways, This post has been long overdue, but I finally got around to it! Hop you enjoyed!

Later Dayz

-M





SLACKER!

12 04 2010

First off! Who watched that Masters this past weekend? Sick Shit eh? Too bad Tiger couldn’t pull it off, but I have to say considering the circumstances he played pretty well. A.Kim…you got it next year homie… I’m not even gonna say anything about the eventual winner, Mr. Mickelson because I hate him (for reasons I’m not sure). Although he did hit some phenomenal shots on the back nine to lock it up…. aaaaanyways… on to the pictures.

Yaya! I know I’ve totally been slacking off on this…. From this day forward I promise to put more of an effort into updating this more frequently… Lets set a goal of at least once a week! That shouldn’t be too difficult, right? So lets see…. These are clearly not even close to what being caught up… but I still need to catch you guys up… Hopfully One day I’ll actually be caught up with my picture postings and all will be good and balanced again… So hear goes!\

So Last posting I showed you our delicious Steamed Pork Belly Buns that we made from scratch. This is a picture of what our kitchen looked like after our experiment... DISASTER!

Gotta chance to check out the "Art of Marketing" Seminars in Toronto last month too... It was pretty good... opened my mind to something new and learned alot! Here is a pic of Seth Godin speaking... This guy has pretty interesting things come out of his mouth... and his brain... you can read his blog at http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ .... He says stuff that you probably hear everyday.. but just rewords it and makes you think about it more/differently... very smart man!

Went to Coras for breakfast one day with a lady friend and got this lovely plate delivered to me.... thought I'd snap a pic and share.

Got invited to go to an UofT event called Asian Foodprints 2010: Rediscovering Japan Through a Culinary Odyssey... Pretty interesting event. They do seminars in the morning where you are introduced to the Japanese Culture through their food and How the food has impacted the culture in Japan. Then there is a dinner at the end of the day. Unfortunately I was only invited to the dinner.

Where we had a sampling of different Sake's from Japan. For those of you who don't know, Sake is a traditional rice wine that is Drank in Japan.

There was this plate of delicious traditional Japanese appetizers on our table when we arrived.

And this delicious Japanese buffet with some ridiculously good food... If i could remember exactly what was on the buffet i would tell you... but sadly, since I waited this long to update I have forgotten....

And the best picture in here... Woke up one morning sat down on my couch and found the sun showing me some mad love! so I snapped a pic and here it is... Summer is finally here... The Golfing will commence shortly...

That is all folks… Like i said… I am promising that I will post more regularly… so look for a post lets say every Sunday for now… and if theres more that i want to tell you/show you… maybe any other day of the week too!

Later Dayz

-M





On to the Next……

15 03 2010

So I’m a little backlogged with pictures right now… mostly cuz I’ve been real lazy to upload and still snapping away (you can see a trend in my life… lazyness takes over ALL the time… but i’m not afraid to admit it… I’M LAZY!)

So in this episode we go out for a night of partying…  and some food experimentation.

We’re at “Street Soul Rockers” with my boys DJ Shai (pictured here on the 1’s and 2’s) and Big Philly on the mic somewhere… Great music and Great crowd… Big energy all night! Anybody in the Toronto area keep your eyes peeled for the next installment of “Street Soul Rockers”

Our booth setup at the party…I don’t remember much after this, so you guys don’t get to see anymore.. haha.  On a complete side note: M3 is back baby… 2010-2011 will be our year… keep your eyes peeled.

So the next day we decided to make some delicious pork belly steam buns… So 1st we went out and bought our steamers…….

Then we cooked the delicious delicious pork belly..................

Then we steamed the buns in the steamer............

And finally we combined it all with some pickled cucumbers and Hoi Sin Sauce and Voila! Pork Belly Steamed Buns! And I saw that it was good..... haha... maybe this goes on our menu at the new restaurant...

And thats it… theres more queued up and ready to be uploaded… we’ll see when I get to them… I also have many other pics up in my Photostream over at Flickr… If any of you think you want to make some of those Pork belly deliciousnessess… i found the recipe here at Food gal’s blog… its great… you can also find her on twitter @carolynjung… Anyways.. thats all for now…

Later Days

M





On a roll!

23 02 2010

This one is more of a photo dump… Finally sat down and went through a bunch of pictures and found some that missed the cut the 1st time… Truthfully i don’t know how they missed the cut… aannnyways… here they are… some of my favs in here..

A little Dimsum meal me and my buddy had at ‘Zin‘ a new Chinese spot in Yorkville…. Pretty Legit and fairly priced

Random shot of my hallway in my apartment building... nothing more to say here

Playing around with Color isolation at the Raptors game... pretty cool.. I must say

Delicious Craft Burger for Sunday Lunch one weekend.... this is the Craft Blue with Fries... Amazing!

A delicious home cooked Lamb Shank.... 3 hours of simmering goodness

Thats pretty much it… should have some cool Snowboarding pics up in the days to come… Anyways… if you wanna see more… you can always check out my Photostream over at Flickr! Otherwise… i guess you’ll have to wait for my next post…

Later Dayz

M