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Doors Open Toronto

Every year they do something call Doors Open in Toronto where you get access for free at various Toronto buildings or sites. I went this year with my girlfriend and we had some fun. The difficult thing about this event is getting any sort of good photos. So many people, tight spaces don’t make for easy photography. I tried my best anyhow and here are a few from this year.

And here’s the completed rock balancing stuff from last week’s photo (also a good demo how a polarizing filter can mess up your skies, or add effect):

Walked past saw this guy starting to burn like this (on the walk back he was close to his guitar’s color):

Karate Sparring

Most people work out at a gym, lifting weights, treadmills or bikes. I get my work out by training in Karate. To me it’s a lot more fun than feeling like a hamster on a treadmill. And on the plus side if you practice real karate under instructors who know what they are doing you learn something useful as well. The required concentration and perfection of martial arts also appeals to me at a deeper level.

So it’s a lot of fun when things happen in karate that allows me to take photos. Just such an occasion occurred when our senior students finally (some waiting years) got their black belts. As an acknowledgment of their  martial prowess they get to first defend themselves against everyone (one at a time) with various limitations like not being allowed to use their hands. And than they get to spar with some of the more senior students.

A day at the beach

My friend came out to Toronto from Montreal and he mentioned he liked to go somewhere scenic, so we went down to the beach to walk around. Was a pretty interesting walk in that I got some pretty good photos. At one point where we stopped and decide to walk out onto some rocks out in the water, we noticed a lady with a camera taking photos of this girl who was posing in the sand. It looked like the girl was modeling some lingerie as when we walked past them and looked back we sort of noticed her bottom was see through (isn’t the beach a family place?).

Anyhow here are the photos:

Tako Sushi

Tako sushi is located near Don Mills and York Mills. It’s a pretty busy place on weekday and for lunch. For lunch they do decent sets of sushi, sashimi and bento boxes. For dinner they have a 20 dollar special, the subject of this review.

The 20 dollar special at Tako is a huge feast for relatively little money. You get a sushi starter with 3 piece of paired down california roll and 3 piece of sushi (shrimp, salmon and tuna).

Next is the tempura consisting of shrimps and vegetables.

Then comes the main course and the raison d’être of this 20 dollar feast, the lobsters. For 20 bucks you get half a lobster each done the way you like. The only limitation to this deal is that you have to order the lobsters in pairs. This is because the lobsters are fresh (they actually bring it out to show you before they cook it). So if you are going with an odd number of people or someone in your group don’t want lobster you might not be able to get this deal. They do offer you the choice of getting the extra half lobster for about 8 dollars if you really really must have the special. For our group we all decided to get the lobsters baked with portuguese sauce, it is lovely. However, you are free to ask for it steamed, or stir fried with garlic and onions.

Somewhere along the way they brought the clam soup. This is actually quite good with many clams and mushroom in a miso soup. Tastes very refreshing and if you love clams you’ll love this soup.

Finally, the “mains” came. You have a choice of lamb chops, sirloin steak and salmon. At this point you’ll most likely be very very full. Luckily for you Tako is perfectly happy with you taking food away in a doggie bag. So if you just can’t eat this last course you can always have it for lunch tomorrow.

And lastly, and nice to have, they also offer you dessert in the form of either a scoop of ice cream or a custard dessert.

Overall Tako sushi’s 20 dollar meal deal is pretty good value. You can’t help but wonder how they make money when they offer so much food for such a low price. The cooking isn’t top tiered, lacking in presentation and refinement, but they do a good job of making the food tastes good. The Lobsters came to use done just right and very tasty while the lamb was cooked exactly the way we ordered it and the dipping sauce was very well done. The sushi part was the weak part of the meal but with everything else offered in this 20 dollar meal I think that can be overlooked. Easily a highly recommended restaurant for a relatively cheap but belt busting meal. A sure crowd pleaser for birthday and other group celebrations.

Info:

http://www.takosushi.ca/

1300 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON
(416) 391-9188

Plane spotting

I love planes and aircrafts. Someday I hope to be able to have my own and fly around for the fun of it. That’s not where I am right now so I make do with models and taking photos of planes. It’s quite the experience to see them zooming in at high-speed.

Dimmi Trattoria and Bar

A friend of mine had a birthday dinner at Dimmi Tarttoria and Bar located in Yorkville in downtown Toronto. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced which is surprising considering it’s location.

I had the Fettucine Alla Riviera which was excellent and only about 18 dollars before tax. Atmosphere was good and while the interior isn’t large they didn’t crowd the tables so you shouldn’t feel too cozy with your neighbours.

Overall I would recommend this restaurant for people looking for good italian eats near the ROM downtown.

Fettucine Alla Riviera

Info:

http://www.dimmibar.com
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Portraits and such

As I wish to drum up some interest from people looking for a wedding photographer in Toronto. I should show some of my work in portraits.

There are different school of thoughts as to portraits and post processing. Some believe that you should leave it as natural as possible. While others feel that the magic of photoshop should be used to make people look like super models. Personally I am pretty agnostic about this point. I think that sometimes it’s a good idea while other times it’s just nice to have images of people as they are.

First is two photos I took of my sister at her engagement party. I feel they work out quite well.

The following are some samples from other photographic situations.