the best thing on miku’s menu

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the salmon oshi sushi – pressed bc wild sockeye salmon, jalapeño, and miku sauce that’s flame-seared to perfection.

you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu since everything is so delicious, but where you can make the biggest mistake of your life is if you don’t order the salmon oshi sushi as part of your meal.

and just in case you were wondering what $300 of salmon oshi sushi looked like…

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crockpot magic: dinner that will make itself, and leftovers for lunch

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crockpots are one of the most incredible inventions of mankind. the greatest thing about crockpot recipes is that most of them require little to no prep, you can toss all the ingredients in there in the morning before work, leave it to cook for the day, and come home to a delicious dinner that cooked itself.

here’s the recipe to a dish i tried last week. i didn’t use measurements as usual, but just felt it out according to my personal preferences and taste-buds (eg. i like garlic, so i put a lot of garlic in there).

ingredients: chicken, black beans, corn, onions, garlic, chicken broth (just enough to almost cover everything), cilantro, avocado, sea-salt, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, and rice.

the only real prep that this recipe requires is chopping up the onions and garlic, which i did the night before. i put all the ingredients (except for the cilantro, avocado, and rice) into the crockpot, and left it to cook for the day on the “low” setting (i turned it on at 7 am and came home to it at around 6 pm). then i shred the chicken up into pieces (with a fork and knife) without taking it out of the crockpot, stirred it around, and left it to cook for another 15 minutes. while it was cooking, i made some rice in my rice cooker, chopped up cilantro and avocado, and then put a bowl together when it was all done.

i also had leftovers for days, and i brought a tupperware full with me to work the next day. bringing my lunch to work is something i’ve never been good at, but managed to successfully do four out of five days last week – it was quite the milestone for me, as this was the first time that has happened in my entire working life. according to this article, people who go out for lunch every single day spend roughly around $2,500 a year on lunch. definitely something to think about.

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penny pinching at its finest

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these fried rice noodles are my favourite go-to for a quick and cheap lunch from tnt. a small bowl costs $5.24 after taxes, and i’ve figured out a little penny-pinching trick (literally) that works in your advantage if you intend on paying with cash. ever since canada abolished the penny earlier this year, stores are required to round up or down. i’ve discovered that tnt opts to round the amount $5.24 to $5.20. so say you choose to get this (or a similar dish of the same price) every single day for lunch: you save four cents a day, and there are five work days in a week, which equals savings of 20 cents a week; in the long-run that means savings of 80 cents a month and $9.60 a year… which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s better than using your debit-card and saving nothing at all (and technically spending more).

just use avocado instead

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there are so many ingredients in dishes that can be substituted with something healthier, without compromising the taste.

take an avocado for example:

  • use mashed up avocado instead of miracle whip or mayonnaise when making a can of tuna (and then throw in some veggies like peppers or spinach)
  • make a pasta sauce with it, instead of a heavy cream-based one
  • make guac for your dips, instead of a heavy, store-bought ranch or french onion dip
  • spread it on your sandwiches, instead of mayonnaise or ketchup
  • put it in smoothies for that creamy texture instead of using bananas or yogurt

avocados contain healthy fats that provide us with a ton of health benefits. avocados are a good source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of the brain that makes you feel full. along with increasing feelings of fullness, the oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels. as chloe says, “get some good fat in you!

meat & bread: pender location

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i love meat & bread, i wish they’d open up even more all across the city.

what a genius business idea! there are only four sandwiches on the menu: the porchetta and corned beef options stay the same, there’s a vegetarian option, and a daily special that is usually pretty good – the menu that’s updated daily can be found here. the bread is freshly baked each morning, and an assembly line makes the sandwiches in an efficient manner so that the huge lunch-rush line that snakes out the door is served quickly. once they’re out of ingredients for the day, that’s it.