Haiku | Unsaid

Kuei Ya-lei

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such treasured moments
we’d watch old films together–
that was ecstasy.

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Funniest Dragon Boat Meme

Dragon Boat Meme 5

Meme Credit: Dragon Boat Sport

Photo of the Day | Manjuyod White Sand Bar

Manjuyod Sandbar Negros Oriental

Subject: Manjuyod White Sand Bar/Sumapao Shoal
Location: Manjuyod, Bais City, Philippines
Estimated Area: 600+ hectares/7km stretch
Group Tours: Bais City Tourism Council

Informed Dining: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

After the championships, we had a big dinner celebration for about sixty or so people at The Keg at St. Catharine’s in Ontario. One of the good things about this establishment is its spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas, where they could easily accommodate big parties such as ours. Their private function rooms on the second level are quite large as well. Perhaps an early reservation must be placed though, as they seem to be almost always fully booked on weekends.

Before the actual dinner had started, and while we were having interesting chats about food, sports, travel, and maybe some segments on the future of Earth and its life force (Were there actual science brainiacs in our table or we were just hammered?); we had cocktails and the Strawberry Daiquiri (not on their menu) at 7.5CAD, was refreshingly delicious. We would have moved on to try their Cranberry Mojito and Pomegranate Royale, both their featured cocktails, but it was already dinner time.

As dinner started, we each had a glass of red or white. At that time, for us having reds, they were serving something local called, Inniskillin, a Cabernet & Merlot from the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario. It costs 7CAD by the glass. The appetising Escargot came next. It was served on a porcelain escargot plate with stuffed mushroom caps with lots of garlic and different herbs for 11CAD. Just the way we like it (the taste, we mean).

Strongly recommended by our waiter, under their menu’s Keg Cuts, was the NEW YORK – a tender New York striploin grilled to perfection and some wanted it medium, some medium well and some liked it hot and well done. They have branded this dish as: “The King of steaks.” King indeed at 41CAD.

The service was very satisfactory and we would highly recommend them because of their ‘informed dining’, which is an added service. This service allows the customers to know the nutritional information of the menu and the staff are very knowledgeable of it. As for any food allergies you may have or sensitivity to any ingredients, just let the staff know about it and they will cater to it. And, yes, they do have gluten-free options, too.

Overall, it was an excellent (free) dinner with a bunch of cool, very diverse crowd; and while we all enjoyed the speeches and the brief film clip, and obviously loved the food and ambience; we will definitely treasure each others’ company and the friendships formed for so long as we live.

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada


THE KEG STEAKHOUSE + BAR
Address: 344 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: +1 (905) 680-4585
Website: www.kegsteakhouse.com

Pasándolo Bomba: La Trastienda Tapas

Apart from the magnificent views of the Spanish outskirts that you’ll enjoy, travelling by land from Valencia to Madrid can be fun, enjoyable, and comfortable, too. Thanks to ALSA bus fleet’s modern travel and leisure services. ALSA is a leading Spanish bus operator which caters to the EU states and even to some North African countries.

We booked a SUPRA Class in one of ALSA’s modern buses and the business class-like ride was indeed a superior treat. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the screen in front of you..” Sadly, there wasn’t any actual or onscreen safety demonstration like in airplanes; yet, we had individual screens for movies-on-the-road and a travel attendant who served snacks and drinks during the trip. ¡Qué disfrutando de la vida!

After a seven-hour journey from Valencia, we headed straight to downtown Madrid to have some refreshments by the Plaza de Chueca. Here are some photos of what we had for just a casual dinner for three at La Trastienda Tapas.

Our friendly local host, Juan Carlos (not the former King of Spain), wanted us to try some local Madrileña specialties and if not for him, we wouldn’t have found this gastronomic gem in the country’s capital. This place is secretly situated at one corner, near the fruits and vegetables market, on the second floor of Mercado de San Antón en la Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Madrid.

Mercado de San Antón

La Trastienda Tapas

La Trastienda Tapas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Cesta de pan

Cesta de pan

Degustacion de Croquetas

Degustacion de Croquetas

La Trastienda Tapas

Pan de cristal con tomate

Pan de cristal con tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

La Trastienda Tapas


LA TRASTIENDA TAPAS
Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Telephone: +34 913 300 271
Website