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We did it! It’s been a year!

I’m not a relationship person and I am 100% being honest. I’ve been in a few relationships in the past; a couple sort-of-serious, most of them… not so much. Which was fine. I grew to be independent and someone who knew how to be happy on her own. When I wasn’t single, that’s when I learned all the terrible traits about me when I’m in a relationship. Sometimes I am jealous, sometimes I am clingy, sometimes I am just too much. It never ended well – for me.

Much to my surprise, the person who I wasn’t even looking for was so close and I was just waiting for my chance to be swept off my feet. It is so cheesy, but it is so true. My person made me realize that I didn’t need to be jealous, it’s okay to be clingy and that I am never too much. It’s been a hard journey to get to our year, and things may not always be good, and we are still working on it everyday, but I am still so proud of us.

So as this is the first anniversary I’ve ever celebrated in life, ever, I was really excited to reach this milestone. I told Shahn I wanted to do something nice and he did not disappoint… He planned out a perfect date day and I was so impressed.

IMG_6521To start off, I had no idea what was going on the entire day. I got dressed and brought a pair of just-in-case booties if I needed to dress up. We were driving for awhile so I figured we were going out of Calgary. My guess was Banff, but instead we took an exit to Canmore… Turns out Shahn booked us a helicopter tour! Although it was short and sweet, I really enjoyed the thrill of being up there and seeing another perspective of mountains that is so familiar to people who live in our city. That day, I didn’t mind the butterflies so much.

After taking our photos, we headed back to Calgary for dinner. Of course, I wasn’t counting on everything to be planned so I still had to pick where. I’ve always wanted to try Brasserie Kensington for dinner and it turned out to be perfect as it was near our night-time activity.

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The food there was amazing! I asked for a few suggestions from our server and he was more than helpful, we got Chicken Skin as an appetizer and I went off! It reminded me of Filipino street food, perfectly crispy and so bad for you. For my main, I ended up trying the Bromme Lake Duck Breast. The serving looked quite small, but it was actually very filling. Shahn had the Beef Brisket Burger – also amazing. He mentioned it was on his top five (burgers) and I had no doubts when I tried it. I would also recommend the parm fries, but that’s a biased opinion since I love anything with truffle in it. For dessert, we got their feature which was a Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie. It was great but I found it super rich and it was hard for us to finish one serving of it.

After dinner, his last surprise was Paint Night! It was something we’ve always wanted to go to but never had the chance. Finally, we got to show each other our skills or lack thereof in my part. I could see how it gets pretty frustrating but it was also really fun! Shahn’s was really good and in the end we decided to exchange paintings as a remembrance of our one year.

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An unexpected day turned out to be a perfect date day, and I was also so happy that Shahn finally planned something! Our date was a great celebration of our growth as a couple, and I look really forward to our future and many more adventures together!

KD

boyfriend, Food, yyc

My Favorite Time of the Year

…. the Big Taste!

For Calgary’s biggest foodie festival this year, the boyfriend and I decided to go to Model Milk. The last time I went to Model Milk was years ago for a friend’s birthday, and while I don’t remember much about the food, I do remember that it was a little too expensive for my then 18-years-old self. Which is probably the reason I haven’t gone back since, ha! But what’s a better excuse to visit fancy restaurants that you probably won’t go to other than the Big Taste?! I love this event cause if you have time and don’t want to spend too much for a 3 course meal (like me), then it’s perfect!

This was the 3-course meal that was offered at Model Milk for $35/person. We both got different items when we could to make sure we could try as much as we can.

His: Calamari, Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek and Model Milk Cream Puff

I had a few bites of both the Calamari and the Wagyu Beef Cheek, and they were delicious. The Calamari was a little spicy and even had edamame and croutons which gave it a lot of texture as well. The Wagyu Beef Cheek was probably my favorite and I kept asking Shahn to give me bites of his food, hehe. It was so tender that it quite literally melted in my mouth. The only downside is that the portion was a little small.

Mine: Wagyu Beef Tartare, Model Milk Fried Chicken and Model Milk Cream Puff

Sadly, my meal was not as impressive as his. I really loved the simple taste of the Beef Tartare – it was so soft and melted in mouth, but almost felt like I was eating raw meat (haha!)… It was good nonetheless and I have no complaints. My disappointment was towards my main dish. I got the Fried Chicken and other than being cooked to perfection, it was nothing special. I got one big piece of drumstick and the breading had a strong vinegary taste. It was also insane to me it was regularly $58 for a sharing plate! Totally not worth it, in my opinion.

For Dessert, they only offered one menu item which was the Model Milk Cream Puff. We were both really impressed and enjoyed every bite. It had white chocolate and hazelnuts, the perfect dessert combination!

Other than the Fried Chicken, I enjoyed our dinner at Model Milk but I’m not sure if I could justify coming back again. Sadly, the Big Taste is only on for a week but I do get to try another restaurant on the weekend with my girlfriend’s so I’m v excited for that!

 KD