Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar in Calgary

A brand new sushi restaurant called Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar opened up in Calgary just a few weeks ago, where the old Sakana Grill was located. This completely renovated space was revamped from its predecessor with new seating arrangements and built-in tracks to accommodate a high-speed bullet train sushi system.

Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar Interior

The concept is pretty simple, order straight from their menu on an iPad screen, ordering only four items at a time (to fill the available spots on the bullet train), then send your order up to the kitchen using the “Order” button. Moments later, your food will dash to you on the bullet train and stop at your table. The iPad will then notify you on the screen that your specific item has arrived, and you’ll get a sound notification too. Once you remove your plate(s) from the train, the bullet train then dashes back into the kitchen, waiting for its next shipment.

I noticed that although we ordered four items at a time, the train had four slots on it, but only a few of those would actually be filled when the items were delivered to our table. However, that’s not too much of a downside, as you can pretty much order again, straight after sending your four items up to the kitchen.

At the time I was there, there were only 29 menu items available. I’m pretty selective when I eat sushi (pricing and if they have a variety), so I only got a few sushi items plus some non-sushi items to try.

Spicy Salmon Roll from Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar in Calgary

The Spicy Salmon Roll was the first roll I ordered to trial the sushi quality/rice. The place had only opened a few weeks ago but I had a few people mention to me that the sushi wasn’t great, so I proceeded with caution. I had to say, the sushi was good! Not a lot of salmon was inside the roll, however, this roll was only $2.00, so it was a pretty great deal. Usually, a roll like this would cost around $3 – $5 at other places. I was itching to order some more of this because it was yummy and cost-effective, but of course, I had to try their other items to review more of them. Heh-heh!

Salmon Nigiri from Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar in Calgary

I then ordered the Salmon (Sake) Nigiri. It tasted good and the fish tasted fresh. However, the fish did fall apart from the rice very easily. I would still order it again though! The price for this small dish was $3.00.

I decided to take a break from eating rice/sushi and ordered one of my favourite salad dishes… Seaweed Salad. I was super surprised when it was brought out on the bullet train, “this mountain of seaweed was sitting in front of me, and only for $3.00?” is what I thought. Underneath this mountain was some shredded carrots. It didn’t taste that great. It was missing the strong sesame/vinegar taste that I really like about seaweed salad. It wasn’t my favourite dish.

Takoyaki from Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar

Hot food! I was craving something fried and delicious…. and this Takoyaki dish satisfied that craving immediately. I think this was $5.00. It was piping hot like takoyaki should be, and had the right amount of batter with octopus inside. Each portion was pretty small, but it was super tasty!

Point Sushi Bullet Train Sushi Bar Salmon Sashimi

Lastly, I glanced over at another table while trying to catch a video of the bullet train coming down our way… it stopped at the table before us, as they had ordered two plates that looked like they had a heaping amount of sashimi. So… I had to get one! At $6.00, I was really worried about how much sashimi that would get me. It wasn’t too bad for the price, as I got three big cuts of salmon sashimi. They were pretty good!

Now I usually don’t boast about bathrooms… but, they have some cool bidet toilets in the washroom. The bidet has options to wash you after you do your business, and you can control this right from the remote control that’s mounted on the side of the stall. Pretty cool if you ask me. Felt like I was in Japan again! No photo available, because that would’ve been weird to take one… Sorry!

After we were done eating, we had to bring up a piece of paper that had a barcode on it, up to the counter to pay. Splitting the bill was super easy, as we just had to tell the cashier how much each of us wanted to pay on the bill. They also had a huge bowl of fruit candies, great for those with a sweet tooth.

Overall, I’d recommend going here for the experience of having a bullet train deliver sushi to you. It’s a great place for those who are on a lunch break as well and need somewhere quick to grab a bite to eat alone, or if you’re just really craving sushi. The food was delivered quite quickly and the prices are budget-friendly. I actually went here again a week after with some more friends, and some of the prices actually were much lower! They do have a bit to work on, like adding more items to the menu and the quality of some of the food, but I would definitely recommend this place. 🙂

 

Beanpod Chocolate in Fernie

Earlier this month I got out of my comfort zone and traveled to Fernie with some cool people for a weekend getaway.

While most of my friends went to go check out the slopes at Fernie, my friend and I decided to go on an adventure and explore the downtown area. We came across many ski/snowboard shops and quite a few interesting gems…

One shop, in particular, caught our eye and our stomachs. This was a chocolate shop called Beanpod Chocolate. When you walk into the store, you’re first greeted by these bean-shaped couches in vibrant purple and red colours. I thought I was walking into a kid’s playroom… and as soon as you walk in you’re also greeted by the smells of milk and dark chocolate processing in the back of their factory. That’s what we were there for!

All of the chocolate is made on-site and there was such a wide variety to choose from… my friend and I had such a hard time deciding on which chocolates we wanted to take back with us!

Since we were taking a long time to decide, the owner gave us some samples from what looked like a neverending tap of chocolate coming out of a faucet! It was milk chocolate, and it really stimulated our taste buds. Then we tried a sample of their dark chocolate, at that moment I was SOLD.

I decided to buy just one chocolate bar that day… I took home the Gingerbread chocolate.

I had to resist eating it on the last night of our trip, so I ate some at home and it was SO delicious! It was not too sweet and tasted very similar to a gingerbread cookie. After eating it all a few days after (I had to hold myself back from eating it all at once!) – I told myself that I should have bought more. It makes me wonder what other chocolate shops are out there.

 

What’s your favourite chocolate? Have you gone to Beanpod Chocolate before? Let me know in the comments!

New Year, New Resolutions

Hey readers! It’s been a while. Looking back at 2017, I kept up with my resolutions as much as I could, but of course there were a few months where I was too busy and unable to post any content. My most active times were during the summer and during the fall, where things slowed down a little bit and there were a lot of new products coming out that I wanted to try, or new fashion items that I wanted to wear.

I have actually been working on something different this month… I never posted this on my blog, but my dream for this blog was to grow it to the point where it could be my full-time job. It hasn’t gotten to that stage yet (lol) but I’m at a point in my life where blogging is actually going to have more involvement in my everyday routine.

I’ve decided to work for myself/remotely. This is probably one of the biggest decisions I’ve made, but I have always told myself to wait things out, save up and then go ahead with these passions of mine once they take off. That was really difficult for me to do, because I wanted to spend more time on my passions but with a full-time desk job, that was something I could only pursue after work. So, I’ve made the decision that I will be doing my own thing from now on and trying this out, and blogging is a part of that journey!

Here are my resolutions for the new year:

  1. Post at least once per week

    I had this resolution this year, but I want to try it again. I have a lot of content ideas and a lot of time to devote to this blog, so I will try to make this happen!

  2. Post some tech and how-to posts

    I’ve really thought about what kind of content I want to put on my blog and channels. I am quite the nerd when it comes to tech, and because I can’t really review too many things (no more disposable income!), I should really make some tutorial posts – It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, but I felt that I didn’t have enough time and energy to do them, but now I do!

  3. Make some more YouTube & Instagram Content

    I’ve had my YouTube account for a long time now and this year I didn’t post a lot to it. I want to use my background in film (I have a film degree!) and put it to good use and create more content… as well as keep my Instagram updated more frequently. Perhaps one video per week and at least 3 – 5 posts per week on Instagram?

  4. Be more active and eat more healthy

    This year I have had lots of healthy meals, but I felt that I ate a lot of junk as well. I would like to improve my healthy eating habits in 2018 and also maintain a healthy physique by going to the gym more often. This is always a resolution for me… it’s probably the toughest one to keep up with!

  5. Start networking

    Something I’ve always wanted to try was networking, but I didn’t know where to start or how to even network. Just a few weeks ago, I went to an event for work and instead of using it as a network opportunity, I was mostly just there for the food! Now that I’ve kind of had a taste of what things are like at networking events, I want to try more of them and also network with other bloggers too.

What are your new years resolutions or goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

 

VIDEO: Vlogmas Day One!

This time of year is one of my favourites! Every year I do a Vlogmas series over at my YouTube channel, PhixienVlogs and I try to vlog everyday up until Christmas and I sometimes do some vlogs afterwards until the end of December. This year my December is full of exciting events and activities going on, and not all of them will be on camera, so I’ll be doing as many vlogs as I can as possible!

Check out my newest vlog and the first day of vlogmas here:

Do you take part in vlogmas? Share your vlog links in the comments!

GU Japan Sailor Moon Luna Purse – REVIEW

One of my favourite anime to watch as a child was Sailor Moon. I watched it in English on YTV, and managed to find a French dub and Japanese version of the series later on. After a few years,  I no longer had new episodes to watch so I watched the live action drama and the new Sailor Moon Crystal. As soon as I found out GU Japan was having a collaboration with Sailor Moon, my inner fangirl screamed with soooo much excitement! But of course, it’s difficult to get things from GU Japan overseas… luckily we have JBOX Japan which helps customers like me get the products we want and love from Japan.

When I saw that JBOX had some Sailor Moon items, I knew that I had to look no further. I purchase this super cute Luna purse.

It is the perfect size to hold a few items, such as my cellphone, wallet, keys, lip balm and even other small items! The purse is made with a very sturdy pleather material and the crescent moon on the front of the bag with the engraved eyes makes it look and feel authentic. It’s definitely an eye-catching purse and I get a ton of compliments on it all the time!

It retailed for $30 USD. Unfortunately the Luna bag isn’t in stock anymore, but I was also thinking of purchasing the Artemis purse which you can find here. If you’re a fan of Sailor Moon, I’d recommend getting the purse fast because these items are limited edition. A lot of things in Japan are limited edition and they really don’t come back… which is sad, but that’s what makes the items so unique, right? 🙂

Do you have this purse? Are you a fan of Sailor Moon? Let me know in the comments!

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OOTD: Autumn Bells

This year I decided that I would try to incorporate some fall colours into my wardrobe. Maybe I was too early, but I couldn’t find a lot of fall colours that I enjoyed… then I stumbled upon this beautiful dark crimson top from Simons, and decided to make an outfit around it.

Top: Simons / Socks: Either from Ardenes or Japan / Shoes: Aldo / Shorts: Asia Fashion Wholesale

This outfit was actually inspired by Rin from Fate/Stay Night. I always wanted a nice crimson top like hers and I adored the zettai ryouki (absolute zone) style she had going on with her black skirt and thigh highs. My outfit is a variation, but it incorporates all the elements. If I had black hair I would have also done some twin tails too!

The top is a great fall staple. It’s warm, and makes you feel like a wizard cruising the cold winds!

What kind of outfits are you inspired by? What is your favourite autumn outfit? Let me know in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading my post today 🙂

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I just really like Simons. 🙂

Video: Simons Fall Clothing Haul

It’s been so long since I last made a clothing haul. Fall is here now and so I thought about adding some more autumn items to my wardrobe this year. I have been obsessed with this Canadian store called Simons lately and I couldn’t resist the sales that they are having right now. There are some pretty good markdowns on clothing that I have been eyeing! You can watch my haul video on YouTube by clicking on the preview below!

What are your favourite clothes to wear in the fall? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: This video and post was not sponsored. I just really like Simons 🙂

I went to CAMP 2017!

I recently got the opportunity to attend CAMP 2017 – a design, art and technology convention held annually in Calgary. This year was the fourth year and it was my first time attending. I am really looking forward to next year’s festival! Here’s why:

They had a ton of inspiring and motivational speakers. I felt so enlightened after coming out of each of the panels I attended. Panels I really enjoyed included: The Evolution of Our Relationship with Technology by Riccardo Giraldi, Stop Looking for Inspiration: Be Your Own Muse! by Lauren Hom, Remote: Hacking the World’s Genius by Robyn Larsen and Entertaining Design: It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice by Emily Oberman. I made sure to take notes so that I can apply their ways of thinking and expert advice to my own creative adventures.

There was definitely a lot of opportunity to network with different individuals in the industry. Not only did people who work in the industry attend, but students did too! I didn’t really network with anyone because I am actually really shy… I noticed a lot of people did go to the conference with a friend, group or their co-workers, so I would love to try that next time. Talking might be a bit easier in a group!

The festival was for only two days (there was a third day with workshops, but that was a little bit more expensive to participate in) and I honestly wish it were a bit longer! It was reminiscent of going to lecture days at the university. I learned a lot and a few weeks later, I am still inspired.

I highly recommend the festival to anyone who’s looking for some motivation, inspiration and to learn new things about design trends and technology!

Outfit of the Day: Stars and Plaid

I went to the zoo the other day. It was 33 degrees Celsius… which is FREAKING hot!! I normally go for a cardigan or jacket to wrap around (I don’t like tans), but it was just too hot that day, so I opted for a simple t-shirt and a skirt… and a giant water bottle to keep me hydrated throughout the day, which also kept the sweat at bay.

Stars and P;aid Outfit

T-Shirt: Simons – Skirt: Mariposa – Shoes: Payless Shoesource

 

The inner punk rocker in me screamed in excitement when I saw this gold star shirt at Simons for only $14.99 CDN. I was looking for a new graphic t-shirt, and was so happy to find this keeper! The red plaid skirt with black lace trimming has been in my wardrobe for quite some time now. It’s from a store called Mariposa, which I believe has closed down now. Can you guess how long I’ve had this skirt for? 13 years! When I was much shorter back then this skirt was probably closer to my knees… but now it’s pretty much a mini-skirt, but I still enjoy wearing it.

What do you like to wear when it’s really hot outside? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Skincare + Makeup Haul

It’s been a while since I ordered through the online Sephora store. I’ve been wanting to re-establish my VIB status for months, but nothing really caught my eye and I didn’t feel like I needed to replenish my collection or try something new for a while. Lately I have been trying a whole lot of samples for skincare, such as different face moisturizers as my current one hasn’t really been helping with my dry patches around my nose area. One of the samples I tried was for the Origins GinZing SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer. My sample lasted me a good week and a half, and after seeing a few reviews on it, I decided to purchase a tube of my own. A little amount goes a long way and it’s just the coverage that I need for weekday wear. It’s super quick to put on my face, smells great, wakes me up and is quite moisturizing! It’s also great for the summer and those sunny days with the SPF 40 included.

I got a deluxe sample of the OLEHENRIKSEN Face the Truth Gel Cleanser. I love the smell of this, it’s smells like oranges and is so refreshing. It foams up really quickly and I use it with my Sephora Silicon Pad. It helps remove leftover makeup that my coconut oil could not get rid of, and I am really enjoying it so far. The deluxe size has lasted me for a few weeks already. I think I will purchase this product once I run out!

I ran out of the soap that I got from work (lychee and orange soap! :D) and so I headed over to my favourite body/bath products store, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and bought two bars of soap. The Floral Abyssinian soap bar smells like those candy rockets we would eat when we were children, and is quite refreshing to use in the bath. I also got the Geranium soap bar as geranium is one of my favourite scents (it’s in my deoderant!) and I also have dry skin… so hopefully it’ll help moisturize my skin.

I used Ebates to gain cashback on my Sephora purchase! I highly recommend it, buy a bit, get a bit back!

What did you get in your most recent hauls? Please share it in the comments! 🙂