Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Explore Mexico's Best: 3 Awesome Places You'll Love🇲🇽

 Hey travelers! If you're looking for an amazing destination to add to you travel bucket list let me highly recommend Mexico! I recently had the pleasure of exploring this incredible country, and I can't stop praising it. From the mouthwatering cuisine to the perfect weather and lively atmosphere, Mexico has it all.

Let me take you on a virtual tour of three must-visit spots that stole my heart

1. Playa Del Carmen

Imagine sunny beaches and lively streets filled with delicious food and fun music. That's Playa Del Carmen! Take a walk down La Quinta Avenda and check out the tasty Mexican food, colorful clothes, and street artists painting themselves like skulls. It's like a big, colorful party!


2. Cancun
Who doesn't love a day at the beach? Cancun has some of the best beaches around. I went snorkeling and felt like a fish in the sea, especially since I'm from Toronto, where there's no ocean! You can also explore cool caves called cenotes or visit ancient ruins like Chichen Itza. It's like stepping back in time!

3. Mexico City
If you want a mix of old- fashioned charm and big city excitement, Mexico Zocalo and soak up the atmosphere, or visit the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral for some seriously amazing sights. It's like being in a giant, beautiful painting! 

So there you have it! Mexico has tons of awesome stuff to see and do. Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure you'll never forgot!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Business idea: organizing hands-on events of cooking Japanese traditional sweets in Toronto

 Hey everyone, it's Akiko. Today, I would like to talk about my business idea that I want to actualize in the future, intertwined with what I have studied in my home university and during the exchange year. It is to organize events that offer hands-on opportunities to cook Japanese traditional sweets for those who live in Toronto, to spread more and more about how fascinating Japanese foods are. 

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This idea is inspired by the course that I took during the exchange year. I frequently went to historical museums to learn about the history and culture of food in Canada and hands-on cooking and eating experience helped me to profoundly appreciate not only the history and culture of food, but also that of Canada as well. 

I believe that this opportunity to experience cooking Japanese traditional sweets and typical homemade dishes not only attracts those who are interested in Japanese food culture but also those who are eager to try new food as being in such a multicultural city, Toronto.

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Wagashi, a Japanese artistic confectionary that is made by craftsmen, has many varieties. The basis of these sweets are mainly starch syrup, rice cake, and sweet red bean pastes. In Japan, Wagashi is known as the reflection of the Japanese 4 seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter), and the festivals that we have during each season.

The reason why I chose Wagashi out of all the other Japanese traditional food is that I assume these sweets would be appealing to more potential customers, considering the North American trends. First, wagashi is good for the planet, environment, and human health as it is mostly made from plant-derived ingredients. Therefore, it is vegan- and vegetarian-friendly desserts. Second, wagashi would be accompanied by the tremendous matcha boom in Toronto. Wagashi is historically served with tea in Japan, thus, this dessert can be easily accepted by matcha-lovers.

Utilizing the marketing skills that I acquired from the internship experience and that I would pursue as a first career of full-time working in the future, I would like to expand my business by collaborating with food influences on different channels. 

I'm sure this business would success in Toronto, and surely I try my best to realize in the future!!

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this!! See you next time!

Monday, April 8, 2024

Scarborough Museum

 Hi, this is Akiko. Today, I talk about the historical museum in Scarborough where you can learn about how European settlers lived in Scarborough from the 19th Century to the early 20th century for free, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

This is the Scarborough Museum, located in the Thomson Memorial Park. (1005 Brimley Rd, SCARBOROUGH). This is one of the 10 historical museums that are maintained by the city of Toronto.

There are 2 Houses of European Immigration and 1 Carriage shop that was run in the late 19th century, which all buildings were moved from the original location to here for the preservation and education purposes. 

Once you step into this museum, You will be welcomed by the kind staffs. One of the staff members will offer you a tour of this museum if you would like!

【McCowan log House】

This house was constructed in the 1830s and owned by a Scottish immigrant family.
This portrays the life of local settlers in the 1850s.  

Inside, there are open-hearth cooking place and bedrooms. They make scones and lemonade using the equipment and the stove at the time. You can actually enjoy the food and drinks they made!!

You will be surprised how arduous it was to cook in this open stove and how close it was between this stove to other bedrooms.

【Cornell House】

The picture of the white house on the top of this page is Cornell House. This was originally constructed in 1858 for the immigrants coming from New England region of the United States. However, this house now demonstrates the rural village life around 1914.

This house represents the middle-class lifestyle, which includes that the kitchen, dining room, living room and storage as well as the kids' room and parents' bedroom.

Unlike the McCowan log house, this house indicates that middle-class people at the time were able to afford their money to the more elaborate kitchen and dining culture that reflects the British tea party culture. The porcelain tea pots mirrors the British trade history with China.

As a exchange student who have studied food culture and history here in Toronto, it was such an amazing experience to visit these historical sites, recalling what I have learnt in the courses for the past 8 months.

Even though you are not studying the history and culture of Canada, I strongly recommend you to visit these historical museum as a person who currently live in Canada to profoundly understand what had happened in the past.

 If you are coming from the Downtown area, you can take bus 21 from Kennedy Subway Station. The bus stops near the park entrance so that you can get to this museum by only walking 5 minutes from the bus stop.

New Intern: From Japan

Hi guys! I'm Mai Watanabe.

I joined Tenach as an intern two weeks ago, and I'm excited for new experience that I can get by working Tenatch!

Today, I would like to introduce myself briefly as my first task!

 My home city is Fujisawa, in Kanagawa. I was raised in beach city, so sometime miss smell of sea these days because here doesn't have it at all 😂. There is a famous tourist spot called " Enoshima" in my neighborhood. It is island connected to the main island by bridge, and has a shrine, hot spring, and many food stands. You can eat delicious seafood there.

Before I came here Toronto, I was a university student. The most enjoyable memory there was participating in the university beauty pageant. I made an effort to win the competition by making good post via various social media. The covid 19 was in full swing at that time, performance was conducted through broadcast and it was so stressful for me even I didn't speak in front of the audience. However from this experience, I learnt the fun of communication on social media, therefore I applied internship position in Tenach!

Thank you for full reading! I look forward to seeing you again!

Goodbye 👋