My 4 Day Road Trip to Washington D.C.

Hi everyone,

How have you been all? I’m good! My today’s post will be about what I did during my Easter break. Sorry, this post was long overdue, anyhow I still wanted to share my experience. I went on a 4-day road trip to Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore with Wonder Travel.

DAY 1

Once arrived in Philadelphia, we decided to go our own way, we didn’t want to go on a tour bus since we wanted to experience it first hand instead of just sightseeing. We were also tired of being seated. We’ve walked to their Chinatown. Their gate looked like ours in Montreal, except nicer since it looked renovated and shinier. It had more restaurants and the Chinatown area was more spread out. We ordered bubble teas at VIVI Bubble tea. The tapioca bubbles were really good. The flavor I had was decent for a black tea bubble tea. I would go back there simply for their bubbles. They were soft, honey taste like and not too chewy.

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One hour later, we had to go back the bus and head to a seafood buffet called Flaming Grill & Supreme Buffet. Our tour guide sold us on the crabs and snow crabs, but once tasted… it was meh… We only had one hour to eat which was not enough. Their ribs were good. The food overall was okay.

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Food from Flaming Grill & Supreme Buffet
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Leaving Philadelphia

DAY 2

After barely 6 hours of sleep, we went to Washington D.C. to visit the first cemetery made in the United States named the Arlington cemetery.  Not very exciting huh? It was although a very nice place except knowing that we were among the dead.  The place was huge and circular shaped. The areas were well maintained and clean. We saw about half of it, which is immensely enough. At the top of the hill, we could see the Washington monument from there. Lots of people were visiting it that day but it didn’t seem too overly crowded since it was a huge park.

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We were brought to the Smithsonian Museums a couple of hours after. I was interested in going there before leaving Montreal, but once there we were really tired of visiting buildings and we were starving like hell. We wanted to do locals stuff and go where local people eat and spend their time. The museums are huge and take up large street blocks. The area was weirdly constructed, no restaurant around the museums, only food trucks.

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We had to walk 30 mins to find a restaurant. We ate at a delicious place called Roti. They serve healthy and Mediterranean food. I had a grilled chicken pita with different types of veggies. I loved it. I wish there was a restaurant like that here in MTL. They even had fountain machines of different kinds of iced tea.

After that, we went shopping at Nordstrom Rack. They had great stuff cheaper than the Nordstrom. I found some Urban Decay makeup. The prices were really cheap. I didn’t get anything since I had enough of lipsticks. I had an eye for a Kate Spade little crossbody bag. It was 179.99$ USD instead of 299.99$USD. In Montreal, they would sell it at its regular price(299.99$CAD) even if it’s an older model. It was a pretty good bargain but I didn’t need it since I’m looking for something bigger.

We found the Chinatown in Washington yes! We thought there weren’t any since my friends looked online and didn’t find it. When we saw the Chinatown’s gate from far we totally got excited. We ate in a great Japanese restaurant called Momiji. I took their Bento box and it was tasty. Every part was good! Then, we went to the bar part of Daikaya Izakaya which is on the second floor. The first floor is ramen. I did not like my cocktail, it was super sour and strong. They even forgot my drink until I asked about it. The appetizers were okay, not wow. I tried the pork belly, the meat was very tender and soft but the sauce was very salty and was bitter due to the black beans inside. The grilled chicken wings were good.

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DAY 3

The next day we jumped on a boat to see Washington D.C. by the water but there wasn’t much to see. Seriously, no cityscapes like NYC. The Pentagon seen from far well it looks dull and flat. The only fun part was seeing tourists taking a bunch of selfies by the water side. Out of boredom, we did the same ahaahha.

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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Washington Monument
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The Pentagon

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After the boat ride, we went to see the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln’s statue was really tall and impressive to see. The view from the top, inside the Lincoln Memorial, was grandiose. The view of the fountain with the Washington Tower was so peaceful and mesmerizing that I could stare at it for hours. A must see the scenery.

Not very long after, we went to visit the Jefferson Memorial. It was one of the specific spots to see cherry blossoms but there were only 3 trees left with flowers. We were all sad that they were gone since it was one of the main reason that we went to Washington.

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Washington Monument
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Lincoln Statue
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Lincoln Memorial
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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Thomas Jefferson’s Statue
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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Inside of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

After visiting all the memorials, we went to the Union Station for lunch. Me and my friends we all tried a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. It was really tasty.  I couldn’t finish half of it since I thought I would be hungrier. I would definitely want to try their other types of sandwiches since it was really good the one I had.

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One hour later, we left to go to Baltimore’s harbor. It seemed to be a nice place to be, people playing music outside. There was even a submarine that you could go in and see fishes underwater. There was also dragon-shaped boats which seemed fun. It had a lobster and crab restaurant that looked great to eat at. We tried to make the most of it within 30 mins of visiting. I wish we could have stayed longer. After getting back to our hotel, we wanted to go out on our last night before going to back to Montreal. We decided to go to a shisha place called the Maya Hookah Lounge. It was very well decorated for a lounge with nice couches. Great service and friendly. I was really pleased with their type of shisha. It had iced tubed handle that filters the smoke. It felt like i was smoking a vapor cigarettes because the smoke was clean unlike the ones in MTL. The MTL shisha systems leaves pieces and bits of ashes into the mouth once sucked which is unpleasant and annoys the throat. It makes you want to cough. A spot to go back to.

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DAY 4

On our last day in the states, we visited the West Point Military Academy before going back to Montreal. I expected it to be a normal big school but in fact, it was much much more bigger than I thought with many different departments. We had a guide explaining to us the history of the school and requirements of enlistment in the bus while rolling in the restricted area. They had 3 different churches: protestants, Catholics, and Jewish. We only visited the catholic one. It was really nice and patriotic. She explained to us that many wedding would happen a lot after graduation(4-year program). During lunch time, the students would only have 20 mins to eat. They would start and finish all at the same time to minimize the chit chats. We finished the tour by going to a park showing a part of the Hudson’s Bay which was really nice to see.  It was important to place during the first world war, it was vantage point to see enemies coming from above. A lot to learn from this place, I didn’t remember it all but I enjoyed it a lot. It was an interesting and enriched experience.

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Catholic church
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West Point Academy (the catholic church on top)

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Hudsons’ Bay river

I had a great time with my friends during my trip. I can’t wait to travel again.

Thanks for reading my long post and hope you all had a great easter break.

Zoé Dessert | Review

Hi everyone!

I’ve found a new popular dessert place from my friends that opened about 4 months ago, so i decided that it was my next place to visit. It is located in downtown Montreal on St. Mathieu street, where Nos Thés was previously situated.

Upon arrival, there was no free seated place for our group of 7 people. The waitress inquired the people next to a free table for 4 and came back to us saying that they were going to leave soon and that we can now sit at the free table until they leave so that we can also take their table.

The decor of the restaurant is simple and modern. From the entrance your eyes sits on the light bulbs attached to one another and twisted in almost a lettering shape hanged on one half of the brick wall. On the other half of the brick wall, it was decorated with plated New York photographs. The room is filled with small squared wooden tables with black contemporary funky chairs. The restaurant has a clean and fresh feel and was very welcoming. It was filled with people even on a rainy day. At the end of the room, there was a counter filled with aligned cute emoticon cushions which made the atmosphere very friendly. I saw people taking pictures with them which made me want to do the same thing and post it on Instagram.

To see pics of the place, check out Jeff on the Road’s webpage. There are really great pics!

They serve Hong Kong style cakes, ice creams, bubble teas and hot and cold beverages and special desserts. They even have a Tiramisu Potted Plant cake which is in a pot and looks literally like a plant. it can only be taken once you’ve ordered in advance. I took the most popular desserts which are the matcha layered cake and the egg puffs with ice cream. Both desserts were great. The matcha cake is preferably eaten with hot tea or a drink, since the top is dusted with matcha powder and makes the mouth dry. The cake itself is rather soft and a bit dense but easy to chew. I chose the black sesame ice cream to go with my egg-puffs dessert. I loved the egg puffs which were crunchy and soft, the sesame ice cream was okay and a bit too sweet for me. The ice cream was semi hard. I personally prefer soft ice cream. The one thing that i didn’t like was the fact it had those multi coloured cake sprinkles onto the ice cream, which i hated in my mouth which made me enjoy less the ice cream.

I also tried my friend’s soft vanilla ice cream mixed with diced mangoes inside a bun shape like dessert which was very delicious!!! ;-P

Here are 2 pics that i took of my desserts:

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Black Sesame Waffle Ice Cream
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Matcha Layered Cake

Overall the experience, the service and the desserts were really good! I will definitely return to try other treats.

Here is their Facebook page if you wanna learn more about them: http://bit.ly/2lElVR4

Thanks for reading and I hope you had the chance try or that one day you will their desserts because they are really good.

Long awaiting visit to the Crew Collective Cafe

Hello everyone!

I love finding new places to go to drink or eat, relax and chat. The Crew Collective Café was one of the places that i definitely wanted to see and try their drinks. I finally went there this weekend. Yééé 🙂

It is situated on Saint-Jacques street in the Old Montreal. Built between 1926 and 1928, it used to be occupied by the Royal Bank of Canada and used to be one of the tallest building with ceilings of 50 feet high in the British Empire.

Now it became a co-working place where people come with their laptops and work together or next to each other. The main room contains large wooden tables with plugs under the table and boxed safes with a digit code to protect your belongings if you are leaving for a while. There are individual small rooms and larger rooms that you can reserve for the amount of 25$, if you need to work more privately. There are even inside balconies with sofas available with reservations. The only thing is missing would little lamps on each table for darker days or night times, since it’s a little dark to read or study.

The ordering of food or drinks is done online to minimize conversations and noises for the working people. I ordered a green tea matcha with soy milk. It was not bad, creamy but I honestly preferred Starbucks’ version since i mostly taste the soy milk rather than the matcha. It was also weirdly served, in a large low cup of glass. I mean really? There’s so many nice cups available and it is served in like a regular water glass cup?

I also ordered a scone, which was pretty good. I tried my friends burned marshmallow latte. It was not bad, but the coffee was bad. I don’t like coffee in general due to the fact that it has too much caffeine in it and it makes me shake. I can still somehow handle iced coffee frappuccinos or cappuccinos. Although i’m not much of coffee connoisseur, the coffee was bad. My friend who loves coffee didn’t like it either.

Anyhow, i came there to see the place which was really nice to see. The ceilings embossed with golden patterns and chandeliers all around were marvelous. The architecture is just wow, grandiose! Crew Collective Café kept the place as it was and used the building to their advantage.

Here are some pics taken with my cell phone that describes much better than my words.

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It’s still a nice to place to study or visit, even if the drinks were so-so. I will definitely go back there to shoot pics with my DSLR.

Have you ever been there? What did you think of the café or their concept?

Thanks for reading and see you in my next post 😛

Tarte skincare travel set review

Hi makeup lovers!

Makeup is important yes so is the skin. I’ve come across this great Tarte skincare travel set that i absolutely love. The Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is really great. It doesn’t leave my skin dry after wash. Love the citrus fragrance. It is obviously not for make-up removal nor does it exfoliate. It only washes the face for a regular daily use.

The Maracuja Oil, is still up for trial for me since i find it heavy for the face. Once you apply it, even a thin layer, you feel like you have this weight of the oil on your face it’s rather bothersome. But to rejuvenate the skin it’s great, of course not to be used on a daily basis i think. It would feel like it would block my pores. If i feel there’s too much on on my face, i would simply remove some with a tissue paper.

The Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist is awesome. I spray it directly after i have finished washing and dried my face. Therefore before putting my daily cream on. It makes my face firm, slick and gives a natural shine to it. It’s also a good to use before applying the primer to make the makeup stay longer.

The Amazonian clay highlighter is great to brighten parts of the face. It gives a little beige chrome looking to the applied part of the face. The texture is soft but it stays well on the skin. To put after you applied your foundation.

The Cabana Boy lipstick is soooo smooth. I love it. I thought the colour would like a beige. Turns out it’s like a beige purple. It’s perfect for a nude looking makeup with a bit of edge or where the most attention of the makeup is drawn to the eyes. It’s different from i ever had. The texture of the lipstick is reallly SOFT. I’m really surprised and impressed by it.

I’m really happy that i got this travel set. I would definitely use it a lot. Have any of you bought this travel set? What did it do to you? Do you love it as much as i do? Please share you comments and critiques. I would be happy to hear about it 🙂

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