Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

Attention runners! You might just want to check out the latest addition to New Balance's Fresh Foam collection.

New Balance added to its Fresh Foam collection, introducing the Fresh Foam Zante. Data driven design combined with the smarts of a human creator come together to create a smooth ride that gives you a quick feel with all the qualities of Fresh Foam in a different running experience.

Designed from data gathered from runners at a faster pace, Fresh Foam Zante offers a quick, incredibly smooth heel to toe transition thanks to its aggressive toe spring, helping you feel fast, whatever pace you run.


Applying the same software aided process as the Fresh Foam Road and Trail, the New Balance design team took Zante to the next level by studying foot strike and impact tendencies of runners, while moving at a slightly faster pace. Engineered on a new, more form fitting last with a 6mm midsole offset, this update aims to provide wearers with a more aggressive toe spring while bringing them slightly lower to the ground compared to it's 980 counterpart.

Sleek, snug and dialed in for speed, Fresh Foam Zante has a bootie-like design that wraps the foot like a second skin. There is no-sew overlays and a breathable air mesh to complete the clean, technical upper design - Nothing is on the shoe that doesn’t need to be, making it feel like an extension of your foot.

The Fresh Foam Zante is available now for men and women in stores and on line at Newbalance.ca.

What a great looking pair of runners! I am loving the lime-green! (note: there are more great colours to pick from) Now, lets go for a run!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Taste of Toronto 2015 & Ticket Giveaway!

Attention all food lovers - Taste of Toronto will be arriving at Toronto's Fort York next week, July 2-5! In its second year, the only North American outpost of the international Taste Festivals is once again offering visitors unique experiences to interact with the country's top culinary talent.

The Fort York will be transformed into a foodie wonderland with eating, drinking and entertainment. The city's latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest dishes. There will also be over 70 producers of the best food, beverages and premium brands providing a bountiful food market!

FYI, Taste of Toronto is like a city built in a park with its own currency, Crowns. The whole park operates on the Crown system and all restaurant dishes and anything you wish to purchase from the artisan stalls can be bought with your Crown card. So, load your card up and enjoy!

General tickets start from $19, granting access to one of six lunch or dinner sessions from Friday July 3 through Sunday, July 5. Each session last between 4-5 hours, offers the opportunity for festival-goers to sample dishes from over 16 restaurants, browse the artisan stalls and participant in fresh and exciting programming; including the Taste Theatre, Metro Master Classes, the Tasting Room, a Delta Air Lines VIP Lounge and a Music Stage.

Met chef Mark McEwan last year!
Taste of Toronto 2015 restaurant and star lineup:
  • Adrian Niman, Rasa
  • Alvin Leung and Eric Chong, R&D (Thursday and Friday only)
  • Amanda Ray, Biff’s Bistro
  • Anthony Walsh and Michael Bonacini, Oliver & Bonacini
  • Bill Osborne, America
  • Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station
  • Cory Vitiello and Robbie Hojilla, The Harbord Room and THR & Co.
  • Damon Campbell, Bosk
  • David Neinstein, Barque
  • Elia Herrera, Los Colibris and El Caballito
  • Franco Stalteri, Charlie’s Burgers
  • Jonathan Waxman and Matt Robertson, Montecito
  • Ippei Iwata, Aki Urata and Koji Tashiro, Guu Toronto, Kintori Yakitori and Kinton Ramen (Saturday only)
  • Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Toronto
  • Michael van den Winkel, Little Sister
  • Miheer Shete, Bannock
  • Rob Bragagnolo, Marben (Sunday only)
  • Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
  • Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
  • Victor Barry, Splendido
  • Lynn Crawford, Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador, chef-owner of Ruby Watchco and and “The Hearth” at the Pearson International Airport Toronto
  • Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
  • Rick Moonen, True North Salmon
For more info and to purchase your tickets, head over to Taste of Toronto website here.

I've attended Taste of Toronto last year and really enjoyed it and can not wait to go back this year! Pics here are from last year.

Bymark's Lobster Poutine

GIVEAWAY time! I'd love to give you guys an opportunity to check out the Taste of Toronto. One lucky reader will WIN TWO tickets, granting them to access to any one of the weekend sessions.

To enter, use the rafflecopter wideget below. If you leave a comment, don't forget to include your email address. When you're visiting my David Chiu's Facebook page, a LIKE to my page would greatly be appreciated. The lucky winner will be randomly chosen with random.org and they will have 24 hours to reply back to my message/email. Giveaway is open to Ontario residents. Transportation to the event is not included. Please make sure that you can travel to Toronto's Fort York. Giveaway closes midnight on Sunday June 28, 2015. Good luck!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Stuff for Father's Day plus Giveaway!

Don't forget, June 21 is Father's day! Here are some fantastic gift ideas for your special father. Stuff that would make father of all ages feel great and styling. Don't forget to enter the TWO gift set giveaway!

King's Crown Shave Case Gift Set


Converse All Star

For the active dad in your life - Bench. have got clothing for his #24HourLife



Just in time for summer, Sanuk have some great looking & casual footwear! Click here to check out more styles.



You can't go wrong with a pair of Chucks! Your father will definitely be styling with a pair of Converse All Stars. Check out some of the latest styles below. For more, click here.

Chuck Taylor All Star Sawyer
Jack Purcell Signature

More than ever, grooming is a great importance to men of all ages. Take a look at the latest products from Gillette and King's Crown.

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology responds to contours for maximum contact and gets virtually every hair. The razor is specially designed to respond to the contours of a man's face, allowing for maximum contact on the curves. The result is a completely upgraded shaving experience that is kinder and gentler to every man's face.

Paired with the Fusion ProGlide with Flexball Techonology, there's the new Fusion ProGlide Sensitive 2-in-1 Shave Gel Plus Skin Care. The can contains Gillette's best shave gel with powerful skin care that leaves the face feeling smooth, soft, cool and refreshed.

Nothing affects dad's confidence quite like breaking into a sweat due to the daily pressures of life. To fight odors and wetness, Gillette presents Clear Gel deodorant and antiperspirant with fast-drying formula which leaves no white marks behind. Gillette Clear Gel will have dad smelling fresh and feeling confident for up to 48 hours.

To give your dad an unforgettable grooming experience, King's Crown provide prestige grooming products for the modern man including grooming tools and skin care. King's Crown's prestigious collection of skin care and grooming products is steeped in a long tradition of quality and craftsmanship established in the 16th century by the Weyersberg family of sword makers.

Inspired by some of the most revered grooming customs, and crafted using carefully sourced materials from around the world, King's Crown offers men an elevated grooming experience fit for a king.

Posted below is a selection of King's Crown gift set ideas. Gift sets and individual products can be purchased online here. Gift cards are also available for purchase.

For the Facial Hair Enthusiast.

For the Connoisseur.

For the Upgrader.

GIVEAWAY time!! To enter the TWO gift set giveaway, use the rafflecopter widegets below. If you leave a comment, don't forget to include your email address. When you're visiting my David Chiu's Facebook page, a LIKE to my page would greatly be appreciated. There will be TWO winners, one for each gift set. The winners will be randomly chosen with random.org and they will have 24 hours to reply back to my message/email. Giveaways are open to Canadian residents and closes midnight Wednesday June 17, 2015. Good luck!

King's Crown kindly provided a beautiful gift set (below) for a giveaway! It's the perfect summer skin care! The Oil Defense Collection - Paraben-free - Formulated for oily and blemish prone skin, the Oil Defense collections controls oil and shine. Powerful purifying ingredients help oily skin regain control without stripping natural hydration and protection. Maintains a matte finish all day long. This collection value is $105, includes a facial cleanser, oil free moisturizer and ultra-rich shaving cream.

WIN this - The Oil Defense Collection! 

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Thanks to Gillette, you can enter below for a chance to WIN all the above mentioned Gillette products:
- Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology
- Fusion ProGlide Sensitive 2-in-1 Shave Gel Plus Skin Care
- Gillette Clear Gel
This gift set approximate value is $30.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Stuff I Wore - Side Zip Hoodie

I love wearing hoodies and own too many of them. However this particular one caught my eyes - and I just had to get. It was the zippers on the sides - the little details that makes me happy. When I first saw it at H&M, I was debating about getting it. I thought about it for a few days, do I need another hoodie? When I decided that I want it, it was too late. My size was no longer available. But surprisingly, when I went on vacation to Korea back in April, I found it! Plus it was on sale! I guess it was meant to be : )

Hoodie - H&M
 Polka dot Shirt - Mossimo Supply Co at Target
Pants - RW & Co.
Shoes - Sanuk
Watch - Nooka