Today Jenny brought me to Banh Mi Boys Sandwich Shop after convo.
It is located on 392 Queen West, a bit west of Queen and Spadina.
It is a restaurant specialized in Banh Mi, which is a type of Vietnamese sandwich.
The restaurant itself isn’t too big and it’s really busy, but it is also very fast flowing, so it didn’t take long for Jenny and I to find a seat.
The interior design is quite similar to a fast food restaurant, but a tad bit nicer with cool modern light fixtures. It has a nice wall mural which is quite relaxing to look at. =P
Jenny and I ordered 2 different flavours so we can share. We had the Five Spice Pork Belly Sandwich and the Squid Sandwich.
Squid in a sandwich sounded weird at first but it’s actually really good. It’s like calamari and banh mi all in one.
Pork Belly is their no.1 sandwich, it has a strong pork taste to it, but it works well with the salad in the sandwich. The sourness of the vege balanced the taste of pork well. Although I personally like the squid sandwich more.
For those who never had Banh Mi before, you should really try it because it really is a nice inexpensive treat that’s also quite filling. It’s something fast and easy =D.
This review is also brought to you by a very satisfied Jenny =]
Back when I first got my succulent from my aunt early this year. I got interested in them and found out that Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club has a annual show on the first Sunday of June…. and it’s finally the time! (sounded nerdy =P)
it was held at Allan Gardens Conservatory, haven’t been there since my Uni biomimicry class.
There were a lot of unique show plants and nice people who would answer your questions.
The plants there are out of this world. Living rocks, flowering cactus, spiny succulents… It’s really something special =]… if you happen to be in Toronto in June next year, you should totally check it out.
The honey badger is extremely well adapt to its environment. It don’t have a lot of predators and all the other animals fear of it. In fact, even larger predators such as hyenas and lions fear it. It has a couple tools to make it so fearless.
First of all it is one of the few animals in the world which is immune to cobra venom. Snakes are one of its usual snack.
The honey badger also has really thick and loose skin. Because of the thickness of its skin protects it from bee stings, so it can easily raid the African Honey Bees’ hive unharmed. The looseness of the skin allows it to turns around to bite its attacker if it is ever being attacked.
Like skunks, the honey badger has powerful anal glands which can produce a suffocating smell.
Lastly, it has strong claws for digging. Destroying homes of the unlucky preys.
Fun Fact: Some researchers suspect that through evolution, Cheetah babies have developed a set of fur that imitates the fur of honey badger. This increases the survival rate of the cheetah baby because no animal in its right mind would attack a honey badger.
On this week’s Nature Sunday, I bring you Jellyfish Lake. What? a place?
Jellyfish lake, or Ongeim’l Tketau (local Palauan name meaning “Fifth Lake”) is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau.
Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of ancient Miocene reef. However the lake is sufficiently isolated from the neighbour lagoons. This condition reduces the diversity of species in the lake. The lake is mainly occupied by millions and millions of Golden Jellyfish (Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni). Another resident of the lake is the Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia sp. Despite)
One cool thing about these jellyfishes is that because of the lack of predators, sting cells are no longer needed. And through the course of evolution, their stingers have gotten so mild that it can’t be felt by human touch.
My laptop has such a temper. He has be constantly giving me the the beach ball of death for the last 2 weeks. Just when I started looking into getting a new laptop, he starts working fine again >=[. It’s like he is playing with my emotion =[.
This week we have the Kakapo (Strigops habroptila) from New Zealand, it is also known as the owl parrot.
The Kakapo is the heaviest specie of parrot in the world. Is is also the only flightless parrot.
The Kakapo is critically endangered. In the past, because of the isolated environment and absence of mammalian predators, it lost the ability to fly. However, during Polynesian and European colonisation, predators such as cats, rats, ferrets, and stoats were introduced into the environment, the Kakapo was almost wiped out.
Now the surviving Kakapo are kept on three predator-free islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchor and Little Barrier islands, where they are closely monitored.
The Butcher Bird is native to Australasia. It has a large, straight bill with a distinctive hook at the end which is used to skewer prey.
Butcherbirds are insect eaters for the most part, but will also feed on small lizards and other vertebrates. They get their name from their habit of impaling captured prey on a thorn, tree fork, or crevice. This “larder” is used to support the victim while it is being eaten, to store prey for later consumption, or to attract mates.
The Pig-nosed Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) is a funny looking little guy native to freshwater streams, lagoons and rivers of Australia and New Guinea.
It is a really special specie not only because its snout resembles the one of a pig’s, but also because it is the only living member of the family Carettochelyidae.
The Pig-nosed Turtle is almost entirely aquatic. In fact, it is the best adapted fresh water turtle to an aquatic lifestyle. It has a leathery skin outside its shell, and flippers similar to those of sea turtles.
Fun Fact: The Pig-nosed Turtle is omnivorous, it eats pretty much anything. From different variety of plant, fruit and leaves to crustaceans, molluscs and insects. They even eats fish and the bodies of kangaroos, cattle and other animals. (if they happens to be in the area.)