food + friends = goooooood times

If you’ve been reading my tweets or status updates, you’d know that I’m in the midst of a pretty busy week. Looks like I’ll have 3 days off in a 22-day period. That itself is energy draining enough. To top it off, I’ve been stressing because of things I have to deal with at home for the upcoming month. I guess with everything going on, my mind & body got so tired that it decided to shut down on me. Between Friday and Sunday night, I slept a total of 30 hours this weekend. So besides working, commuting to and from work, and showering, I pretty much spent more than one full day in bed. Crazy, eh?!

Besides working all weekend (and sleeping, of course), I did manage to get in some time with friends. I know it’s been a while since I last posted pictures from my outings, so here they are.

[ Thursday, February 3, 2011 ]

To celebrate my buddy John’s birthday, a few of us got together for a small dinner at Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill. I had been to the Markham location a few times years and years ago (come to think of it, I had my 18th birthday there lol) but it was my first time at the Don Mills location so I didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully, it turned out to be pretty good. It had a nice atmosphere and it was fairly clean. I would probably go back there again.

It was nice seeing my friends from Bayview, and we had a great time like we always do. We almost couldn’t stop laughing when Anna asked, “Do you guys eat your kiwis hairy or shaved?” Yahhhhhh, I have funny friends… hahaha

[ Saturday, February 5, 2011 ]

I only had plans for one Winterlicious dinner this year due to everyone’s busy schedules so I was really hoping this dinner wouldn’t disappoint, and luckily it didn’t. We had a bigger group than usual because Adrienne & Robin invited their friend Ella, who also invited two of her friends.

It was my first time at Marquis Lounge & Bistro, located on the 2nd floor of the Hilton Garden Inn. Unlike the more popular restaurants, this one wasn’t on the radar for many people. Making reservations with them was almost painless and we were able to take our time without feeling rushed. It was a nice cozy restaurant with great service (until they got really busy at the bar towards the end of the night and we had to wait half an hour to get our bills).

Before we even ordered our dinners, I had already fallen in love with their bread. Then I started with the potato soup, which was particularly good with garlic croutons. My love for lamb can not be put into words, so seeing lamb on the menu made it easy for me to choose my entree. I had the Ontario Lamb Osso Buco with barley, braised baby carrots and cipolini onions. Delicious! Lamb tends to be made with a hint of mint at most restaurants, and although I love mint, I hate it in my lamb. That’s why I was quite happy to know there were no traces of mint that night.

My favourite part of the meal had to be the dessert. I loooooooooooved the Pistachio Chocolate Crunch Cake with berry coulis, mainly because of the crunchy bits of chocolate or rice crispy thingys on top of the cake. So yum!

After dinner, we decided to hit up this local hot spot called Snakes & Lattes for some drinks and board games. It’s a great little place to just hang out and play games. You pay $5 on your way in and you can spend as much time as you want there playing any of the 1500 different board games they have there. I like that you’re not obligated to buy drinks or food from them, although I did end up getting a hazelnut hot chocolate. My milk came with a hazelnut flavoured chocolate on a stick for me to dip into my milk. That was kind of cool.

We started with a simple game…Jenga!

Then we played this game called Would You Rather…? I remember watching this episode of Wong Fu Weekends where the guys played a similar game called “You Gotta Be Kidding!” and thought it was pretty funny, so I suggested we try this game. Some of those “would you rather…” questions were pretty sick but hilarious at the same time. I mean, c’mon…who would’ve ever thought to ask, “Would you rather crap out of your mouth OR eat through your ass?”

Robin was the first to get a “challenge!” card and he was required to do one of the 6 things listed on it. They were all pretty ridiculous and embarrassing things. He ended up choosing to “smell the armpit of another player for 30 seconds.” We volunteered Danny’s armpit for Robin to smell. We all couldn’t stop laughing, and I’m pretty sure everyone else in the room thought we were crazy. Danny also later got a challenge card where he had to do a strip tease for 30 seconds. Although it wasn’t quite a strip tease and was more like he simply took his shirt off, we let that one go because we didn’t think it could ever be funnier than smelling armpits. haha The game kept us entertained for a good 2 hours. I would highly recommend the game just to look at all the “would you rather…” questions. Some of them are just SO funny! Check it out if you get the chance :)

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