Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – Day 1

The Kia Gear Up event was a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Barcelona, Spain, that consists lots of fun and adventurous activities for the global ambassadors to experience. Since Toronto has a Victoria long weekend last week, I had requested to stay for 2 extra days so that I can get to know Barcelona alot more and a chance for me to gather more content and share with my followers and audiences.

For starters, I am going to share my Kia Gear Up daily itinerary with you so that you get a glimpse of the fun activities that I got to experience throughout this entire trip. My daily itinerary will be organized as Kia Gear Up event Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 & Day 5. In the later weeks, you will have a chance to read my in-depth, detailed MoVernie BLOG on all the activities and the happenings throughout this Kia Gear Up event.

By sharing the photos and captions, I hope everyone can get a sense of what’s it like at the Kia Gear Up event and feel as if you are participating the fun activities with me :)

Let’s begin this Kia Gear Up journey, shall we? As Kia Motors slogan states, “The Power to Surprise!

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Worked really hard at the office and then finished up my work and headed to the Toronto Pearson Airport. The Digital and Social Media Manager met up with me and we grabbed a bite before we boarded a red eye flight to Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona! See you in 8 hours! Here we go!

 

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Coke with ice on my Air Canada direct flight from Toronto to Barcelona.

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Dinner was served on the Air Canada flight with bread, cream of chicken, corn salad, a dessert cake and a bottle of water.

 

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After flying in the air for approximately 8 hours, we have arrived at Barcelona Airport! The Barcelona Airport was huge, modern, clean and technological advanced. The airport made me felt so welcome already!

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The moment I got out of the airport gate, the whole Kia Production Crew greeted us. There was the Director, Producer, TV Host (whom interviewed me at the airport) and along with 10-12 Photographers and Videographers. I felt like a celebrity already :) Then, a stylish Kia Sportage (SUV) parked at the VIP area to pick us up from the airport to the hotel.

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Yup, they start filming and taking pictures of me inside the Kia Sportage from the Barcelona Airport to the 5-Star Grand Central Barcelona Hotel.

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Representing the 6ixSide (Toronto). Making sure I look good before I get filmed, lol.

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Welcome to the 5-Star Grand Central Barcelona Hotel, where I will be staying. I can’t wait to check out my own room and the sky rooftop with an infinity swimming pool :)

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Camera crew taking pictures and recording footage of me at the entrance of the hotel.

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Checking into the hotel and awaits my access key from the concierge. During this time, cameraman from behind the concierge desk; in front of me and on the side of me are taking more photos. They were everywhere which I enjoyed the experience alot and feeling quite comfortable with the paparazzi.

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Once I got my hotel access card, I was guided by the Kia Production Crew to enter a VIP Conference Room to conduct my first initial interivew.

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After the initial interview, I was tired but yet curious of what my hotel looks like.

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Once inside, there was a big mirror leaning against the wall and on the other side, it’s a wall that separates the closet area with the entrance.

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My comfy bed with lots of pillows. This room looked very modern, chic and comfortable. There were power blinds at the window with flat screen TV.

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This area was my favourite because it’s a semi-open closet area to put all of my clothes and luggage. Even the coat rack has “Grand Central” labelled on them. I also really appreciate the electronic safe box to put my valuables in there.

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Once I pushed the opaque glass door and I would see the toilet and glass shower stall. It’s quite a good organized concept to the bathroom.

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Here was the sink with bright lights on the mirrors. They also gave me flip-flops which not all hotels provided that, so it was a nice touch!

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Went up to the top floor and here was the rooftop patio with a nice view of city of Barcelona. The infinity swimming pool really elevated the vibe and the mood at this rooftop.

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Here was the view of the rest of the rooftop, with sofas, cabanas and stretched sunbathing chairs.

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The classy Grand Central Hotel Lobby

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There were two elevators but this was the main elevator with glass doors.

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Since all the Global Ambassadors were arriving at different times during the entire day, this day was like a “free-time” day. So, Kia Canada Social Manager and I walked around the city to get to know more about Barcelona. Beautiful weather by the way!

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Every block of Barcelona felt historic, all the buildings were nicely maintained and it’s a good scene.

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Ordered this tapas combo, which included a pint of regular size of beer and 3 choices of tapas. I chose the tuna salad, the olive & potato salad a plate of bread, fried potatoes and a sausage. All for $8.95 Euros. I think it’s a good price.

 

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I got to pose with some historic churches and buildings.

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This was a super market called Mercat de Santa Catering. Somewhat like a St. Lawrence Market with seafood, fresh meat and vegetables and other goodies.

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Some fresh seafood inside the mercat. I had never seen this type of fish before.

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We decided to check out the Picasso Museum, which is highly recommended. Lots to see and checking out the history of Pcasso. #MoVernieApproved

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After strolling the city and spending time at the Picasso Museum, decided to take a siesta break with a glass of wine and some more tapas. In case you wonder, tapas is basically a term to describe a small plate of appetizers for people to share, so the group gets to try a little bit of everything. These were what the Spanish referred as Croquette. A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, mashed potatoes and/or ground meat,

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I am fly’in in the Spain with my woes! :) Peeps should know me by now that I love to pose “jumping” shots!

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Beautiful Citadel Park. Just look at the gorgeous golden sculptures!

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Another historical landmark.

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This is the well-known famous Sagrada Família. I told my peeps that if you can only visit one place in Barcelona, you have to visit this. That’s because once you visited this place, it means you have visited Barcelona.

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After all the nice walking touring the city, I got a nice hot shower at my 5-star hotel, then off we went to the restaurant to meet other Global Ambassadors. This Kia GearUp backdrop looked good at the entrance of the restaurants, easier for us to find the spot.

 

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We didn’t know which restaurant we were going so it turned out this restaurant was located beside the mercat that we visited a few hours earlier, that was cool!

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Introducing and meeting other awesome Global Ambassadors. We had a total of 13 Kia Global Ambassadors, so it’s a very Exclusive VIP Group. They came from Panama, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, France and of course Canada.

 

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Lovely fresh salad, just some of the items that we ate that night.

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Awesome creamy rice.

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These were my buddies. On my left, his name is Silvio, he had lots of talent because he was my tour guide, my assistant, my buddy who took care of me for the entire trip. On my right, his name is Andrew, he is the Social Media Manager of Kia Canada and accompanied me from Toronto all the way to Barcelona. I developed a great friendship with both and I thank both of them for their kindness and assistance. Everyday, I was going through different activities and being on camera or video at all times. They took care of me and making sure everything was fine. That sense of peace of mind was greatly appreciated. As Silvio often said “Coool!”. LOL

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After a great meal, I went back to the hotel and sleep. That’s because I worked a full 8 hours, then flew a red-eye & didn’t sleep and went sightseeing, finally, my body took a toll and wanted some rest.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my EPIC Kia GearUp Journey. Stay tuned for my MoVernie Itinerary for Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 & Day 5!

And MoVernie is outta here!

 

 

Andrea Godin & Roger Ortega – Indie Night @ Opera House

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On a Friday night, what’s a good event to go to? My crew & I decided to check out the Indie Night that was held at the Opera House. It was a full lineup of talented artists, performing live on stage. What’s best about this lineup of artists was that, they played different genre of music. It goes from RnB, Hip-Hop to rock music to rapping to pop music and much more, so there was a good variety.

In particular, I came out of my busy schedule to show my support to watch talented Andrea Godin & Roger Ortega showcasing their amazing vocals and their dance choreography, hyping up the place with massive fans cheers.

I met both artists before at an event but didn’t have a chance watch their performances. So, last night was the evening that I could watch them perform live. I must admit, both have amazing vocals and awesome stage presence.

Andrea, her music consists of fast dancing music along with very emotional and touching slow jam, which I really like. I really enjoyed her slow songs because it really showcased her broad vocal range and also it showcased her passion into the song and you could feel that.

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Roger, such an amazing entertainer, hyping up the crowd with a lucky fan got to get up on the stage and do a selfie video with Roger. Lucky fan! I enjoyed Roger doing a cover on Nick Jonas “Chains”, what a beautiful piece and along with the sensual choreography with the dancer, they heated up the building BIG TIME!

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Click here to check out Andrea Godin‘s bios and songs.

Click here to check out Roger Ortega‘s page.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

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Kia Gear Up Event in Barcelona, Spain – MoVernie on the MOVE (Getting Ready)

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This coming week, MoVernie will be on the MOVE going international once again to Barcelona, Spain. The reason? I am flying to Spain as Kia Canada Brand Ambassador to meet other Kia Global Ambassadors to test drive some vehicles on a race track course.

Kia Motors Headquarter from Korea is organizing this global event. It’s a great honour that I was the chosen one to represent Canada to attend this Exclusive Special VIP Event.

Want to know where I am staying in Barcelona? What vehicles and fun activities I am going to drive and attend?

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) with hashtag #GearUp to find out more.

I am super excited! I heard great things about Barcelona from my friends and I look forward to check out this beautiful city. Special shoutout to Kia Canada and Kia Motors for having me!

I just checked the weather for Barcelona, it’s going to be nice and warm. So, I am packing mostly short pants and tees. Oh yes, sandals as well :)

2015 Chevrolet Impala – MoVernie First Drive

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Early this week, I picked up the 2015 Chevrolet Impala from Chevrolet Canada for a week long test drive. So far so good, I am in love with the 3.6L V6 DOHC engine that pumps out a beast mode of 305hp. This is my “First Drive” MoVernie BLOG, enjoy the photos of the exterior and interior of the Chevrolet Impala below.

I would have never thought that in the end of April, that the weather is still so cold in Toronto. But on a good note, I got to utilize the seat warmers and heated steering wheel that keeps me warm. From my first drive, I really appreciate the roominess of this car, it has a large cabin both front and rear. In fact, I think any of my woes who sit on the backseat will feel like a “boss” because it just so roomy all around.

Did you know that Chevrolet is the first and only car company that has its signature state-of-the-art 4G LTE Wi-Fi that connects my smart devices and vehicle to the internet? For a Digital Influencer such as myself, this connectivity is crucial and helpful. And I love a car company such as Chevrolet is ahead of the game with such technology.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my MoVernie Journey!

Front view of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Close up on the HID head lights

 

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The beautiful contrast colour theme in the cabin. Love the light brown & black matchup

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Rich material is evident even on the side door panel

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Rear view of the Chevrolet Impala V6 LTZ

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View from the rear passenger seat

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Side view of the Chevrolet Impala

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Love the big rims & tires on this ride

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Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards – MoVernie Playoff Analysis

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Some peeps questioned my predictions of Wizards in 6. Listen I am a die-hard Raptors fan but I am just a honest person with a rational analysis to the matchup. Just because I am rational doesn’t make me a bad fan, I just stay REAL. Actually, I hope they prove me wrong.

Anyhow, having said that, I am not saying Raptors don’t stand a chance but they haven’t been playing well in the past months and they have to be perfect to beat the Wizards in all areas.

Raptors Strengths:

– They are healthy, all players are healthy with DeRozan & Lowry in full-force
– Raptors have a deeper bench that can score and defend
– Raptors will have to rely heavily on LouWill ability to finish and to score consistently, which can be good and bad coz he will jack up an ill advised 3pter shot from all the way from Trinidad

Raptors Weaknesses:

– not enough frontcourt size against the Wizards BIG. If Jonas V fouled out, there isn’t another legit 7-footer to stop Gortat or Nene or Kris Humphries or Drew Gooden. If Gortat fouls out, Wizards have a luxury to slip Nene to centre, meanwhile we have shorty “Chucky Hayes” who is good at eating chuck burgers

– Inconsistent scoring punch at the starting SF & PF for the Raptors, we don’t know what we get from Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson

– Stubborn, questionable and robotic rotation by Coach Casey

X-Factor Raptors in the playoffs – 1) LouWill 2) James Johnson and 3) Tyler Hansborough

JJ and Tyler will be KEY to our playoff success.

‪#‎MoVernieAnalysis‬

Burning Question: If Raptors get kicked out of the 1st round again, will this be the final dagger to the firing of Coach Casey?

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Pan Am Games Official Store – Now Open

Peeps! 2015 Pan Am Games is just around the corner, starting on July 10 to be held in Toronto. The official Pan Am Games official store is now open inside the Eaton Centre. Remember the entrance of the former Sears entrance? They have setup a booth there and you can’t miss it! Merchandize from plush toys, t-shirts, backpacks, key chains and any other typical items are available for purchase.

Check it out!

Below are some of the photos that I took so you get an idea what it looks like.

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Game of Thrones

Game Of Thrones Season 5 Has Arrived

by Shaf Bashar

Here we are, another season of Game of Thrones!!

Bring out the beer, bring out the smoked bacon and bring out whatever else you can find to snack on.

This season like any other season will be epic!

Just on the side note, sources tell me that 4 episodes of GOT has been leaked onto torrent sites.

Now don’t you be downloading them! I don’t approve

So what happened last year in Game of Thrones?

Oh yeah, that’s right!

I was telling you about how Tyrion Lannister would survive to see the next season. And was I right? Was I???

I think it’s customary at a time like this to say:

told you so

See here’s the thing.

You would think Tyrion Lannister escaped the clutches of his twisted family, arrive somewhere safe and continue being his awesome self…right?

I think not.

It’s reasonable to think his life will go on the way it was. But here’s the thing, where else in Westeros do you find more action, more suspense, more harlots than King’s Landing?

No Where

Not north of the Wall

Not Winterfell

Not anywhere

So in reality Tyrion left the action and adventure far behind.

Where ever he is I bet the only action he gets is watching his beard grow.

Proof: There’s his beard in full growth

That little monster is out there somewhere drawing breath - Cersei Lannister

“That little monster is out there somewhere drawing breath” – Cersei

Alright let me land the dragon with Tyrion… I think this is Tyrion’s last season.

His Last Season!

(I haven’t read the book in case you’re wondering).

It just feels that way to me.

In any case, lots of things to look forward to this season. New characters, new plots, and definitely new surprises.

Just several hours away from the first episode fans!! Just several hours away…

Delta Toronto – Part 2: SOCO Kitchen + Bar – MoVernie VIP Experience

Delta Toronto MoVernie VIP Experience – a 10-Part Series

Intro:

A few weeks ago, MoVernie and his brother, MoKenny were kindly hosted by Delta Toronto for an Exclusive MoVernie VIP Experience. Within the MoVernie VIP Experience, they each got a high-rise hotel corner suite room, a big tour around all the facilities and amenities that Delta Toronto has to offer. Fine dining at SOCO Kitchen + Bar was part of the VIP Experience and of course, a relaxing Whisky Bar 101 at Char No. 5 was also part of the agenda.

In this 10-part series, MoVernie will share his adventurous journey of his VIP Experience with his followers and audiences.

Part 2 – SOCO Kitchen + Bar

It was around 7:00 pm and that means dinner time! Delta Toronto had made a reservation for us at its restaurant called SOCO + Kitchen Bar. SOCO Kitchen + Bar is a modern restaurant that features the best ingredients, prepared with thought and care, yet simplistic but with creative twist to it.

SOCO Kitchen + Bar is managed by head chef Daniel Craig. I was told that he is like the James Bond of the food world, showcasing the secret culinary skills along with secret ingredients. Chef Craig is an internationally trained and award-winning Chef that brings his love of local ingredients and simple, yet elegant, food to SOCO Kitchen + Bar. He basically let his ingredients speak for themselves, letting his creations to bring out the best of its natural flavours.

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At a push of an elevator button, off we go from our 33rd floor and down to the main lobby. There was a huge SOCO Kitchen + Bar signage that you can’t miss it. There are two ways to enter the restaurant. If you are already inside the main lobby, you can access it from inside. If you are walking outside the hotel, coming from the Bremner Blvd, you will see the “SOCO Kitchen + Bar” signage and enter from the street level.

As we entered the entrance from the main lobby, the hostess immediately greeted us and guided us to our reserved table. Our reserved table was located in a quieter, private area that was near the bay windows. I love the table as it was more private and I also got to check out the pedestrians and cars moving along the Lower Simcoe street. Along our walk, we spotted the kitchen area where the chefs and kitchen staff were working hard to prepare the meal for the patrons. Then we walked pass the bar area that had a nice long bar counter and long lineups of flat screen TVs, showing a variety of sports games. If you are on your own or with a buddy, I highly recommend the bar area because you can watch the games on TV as well as interacting with the friendly bartenders.

Our server came and introduced himself and welcomed us to SOCO Kitchen + Bar. He asked how our stay was so far and also gave a brief introduction about this restaurant. As a social media digital influencer, having a fully charged smartphone is KEY to me. Our server told us that many of the booths or dining tables at SOCO Kitchen + Bar have its own individual outlet, so that we can plug our cord to it while dining. Furthermore, throughout the entire Delta Toronto, it’s FREE Wi-Fi. With Delta Toronto motto of  “Expect Even More” slogan, free Wi-Fi is a nice gesture. Delta Toronto doesn’t believe in charging its own patrons and customers with extra internet service. Instead, they want us to have a good stay and a good meal without worrying about data usage on our phones. I am sure many patrons would really appreciate that.

The restaurant was lit by individual candle lights on each table, giving it a chic, modern, positive vibe for the patrons. As I looked around, I saw a good mix of demographics of patrons dining here. We could see couples enjoying a romantic dinner. Friends who were having a few pre-drinks and shareable before heading to the Air Canada Centre to catch a Leafs game. I also saw family of four having pizza and burgers. I think SOCO Kitchen + Bar is a very versatile restaurant that caters to a variety groups of people.

As our server handed out the drink and food menu, I realized SOCO Kitchen + Bar have a good list of wine, beer and specialty cocktails. I told our server to surprise me with a specialty cocktail and he got us a refreshing Cucumber Collins. The pour was generous, yet the proportions were perfect. Really enjoyed the drink to start off the evening.

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As we glanced over the food menu, the list was concise yet adequate. A great restaurant shouldn’t be offering hundreds of crazy items on the menu, but instead, provide enough variety so the chef can focus on preparing the high quality of food items to its patrons. I realized that most of the food items on the menu were food that was familiar by most people, nothing crazy or out-of-this-world. Instead, Chef Daniel Craig wants to bring out the best flavours from these high quality fresh local ingredients with his great culinary skills. Furthermore, SOCO Kitchen + Bar also offered vegetarian food items.

Here is the list of food items that we had selected as we wanted to be able to taste the variety of food items made by the chef:

Appetizer:

MUSHROOM SOUP – wild mushroom sauté / feta cheese / truffle oil

OYSTERS (half a dozen each) – mignonette / tobasco + lemon / horseradish

HAND-CUT BISON TARTAR – egg yolk emulsion / black pepper jam / crisp parmesan / mache

Shareable:

MARGHERITA Pizza – fior di latte / tomato / fresh basil / san marzano

Entree:

ROASTED SCALLOPS – housemade truffled mortadella / hazelnuts / sunchokes

MoVernie vs Food Verdict:

The mushroom soup first arrived and from a distance, you could see the steam coming out. I love hot soup & having it nice and hot is key to a delicious soup. This is one element that many restaurants often neglect and presented with a warm or cold soup, which is a no-no in my books. So, with the fresh ingredient of the mushroom soup, it’s nice and hot, good texture and colour. I thought there was a bit too much of the feta cheese, if it can cut down a little bit, then it will let the mushroom shine a bit more, otherwise, it’s a good soup. And of course, I love anything with truffle oil.

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NOTE: This soup has become my MoVernie MUST-HAVE food item whenever I eat at SOCO Kitchen + Bar. If I am super hungry, it’s a good appetizer. If I am not that hungry after watching a Raptors game for a post-game meal, the soup is a good snack. You can’t go wrong with a hearty hot soup in any situations.

Then the oysters arrived in a circular metal tray along with the horse radish and sauce. First glance, the oysters were in season as it was big and juicy and the water within the shell was fresh. Everyone who follows me on Twitter knows how much I love fresh oysters.

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Then came the hand-cut bison tartar. Usually, it’s either beef or tuna tartar, bison tartar is a nice twist. The plating was great as I could see the egg yolk sitting on top of the tartar. After mixing all the fresh ingredients together, the first bite was unforgettable because the bison tartar was rich in colour and texture. It was tender, juicy and melt in your mouth. This was a great dish, coupled with the crusty bread, it’s the perfect combo. The bison tartar was definitely a great dish to share.

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After munching down all the delicious appetizers, I had finished my cucumber Collins, so my server asked me what else I would like to try. I told him I love beer, in fact, fresh pint of beer. He recommended me “Blanche de Chambly” brewed from Quebec. I recalled I had a great experience with this beer when I was visiting Quebec City so I opted for a pint of this beer. (It’s great SOCO Kitchen + Bar is providing some unique beer and not all the mainstream ones which they still provide but I like a good variety).

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As for the shareable, the margherita pizza was fresh off the oven. I could smell the fresh aroma coming out from the pizza. When I was in Rome, Italy, the locals often told me that margherita pizza is the best. The simplest pizza is the best way to test out the culinary skills of the chef and I totally agree. This margherita was a great dish to share among friends. The cheese was perfect in portion, not too much or too little. It came with a thin crust but its perfect thickness. I hate those thin crust pizza by other eateries that it was so thin that you couldn’t even lift it up and all the toppings splattered on your plate. I love my toppings being supported by a solid thin crust and being able to consume it in one bite without leaving a mess. I think the chef at SOCO Kitchen + Bar was able to achieve that.

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Both MoKenny and I love seafood and when the food menu offered roasted scallops, we jumped on the opportunity and we both ordered the same thing. Each scallop was nice and big. The first bite was fresh and juicy and not overcooked. Scallop, overall, is quite a difficult ingredient to prepare, you want it to be cooked and not be too raw, yet you don’t want it to be over cooked and shrink and being overly chewy. Chef did a perfect job with the scallop. One ingredient that aren’t always be served by chef was sunchokes, but I love it. I think it worked perfectly with the scallops. To me, sunchokes looked somewhat like a mini-ginger but yet the texture was like mini potatoes.

All-in-all, the food items being prepared at SOCO Kitchen + Bar was top notched. It’s amazing how the team was able to retain the freshness of the ingredients and provide a delicious list of food to its patrons. The perfect combination of awesome food and a great vibe makes SOCO Kitchen + Bar a great hotspot for family, couples and friends. It is also a perfect place for people to come before or after watching a concert, Leafs or Raptors game.

Also to note is the prime location SOCO Kitchen + Bar is located. If you walk around the Lower Simcoe area, there is currently isn’t much to offer. There maybe a few fast food eateries but a sit-down, modern restaurant isn’t really available around this area. So, SOCO Kitchen + Bar is a great place to have a nice meal after checking out an Auto Show at the Metro Convention Centre or a CN Tower tour or even a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre.

Click here for more information on the SOCO Kitchen + Bar.

Follow me on Instagram (@RealMoVernie) and Twitter (@MoVernie) for more awesome pictures and videos on my adventurous journey!

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Special thank you to Delta Toronto for your kind hospitality, providing a unique, customized VIP Experience for MoVernie & MoKenny.

Click here for more information on the new Delta Toronto.

Check out my previous article here – Delta Toronto – Intro: MoVernie VIP Experience

Also check out – Part 1: Hotel Room – MoVernie VIP Experience

Raptors Social – MoVernie interviews Morris Peterson (MoPete) 2.0

A few months ago, the Toronto Raptors held its annual Raptors Charity Gala Event called “Raptors Social“. It’s an opportunity for Raptorsfans to meet & greet their favourite Raptors players in an off-court setting. Raptorsfans purchase the tickets and all net proceeds of the evening benefit the MLSE Foundation & the Regent Park Athletic Grounds project. For this year’s Raptors Social, the event was held at Muzik Nightclub. This event is always a BIG hit because the fans got to meet the entire Raptors roster all under the same roof and some lucky ones even get a drink or two prepared by their favourite players. That’s because some of the Raptors players such as Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry (just to name a few) stood behind the bar counter, serving and mingling with the fans. It was a great evening for a great cause.

During the media session at this event, I got an opportunity to interview my favourite Raptors of all-time, Morris Peterson (MoPete), it was my second time interviewing MoPete. I still recalled the year before, when I interviewed MoPete, my legs were shaking. I had never got nervous interviewing anyone before but with my idol, MoPete, that was another story. This time, for MoVernie interviewing MoPete 2.0, I was more calm.

Check out my interview conversation with MoPete below:

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “MoPete, do you recognize me?” (me with a chuckle)

MoPete HS MoPete: “Ya man! Wait, no no….How are you doing man?” as MoPete playfully inspect my fedora to act if he isn’t sure if he recognizes me.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Ha! Ha! Good to see you man! This is MoVernie on the MOVE. Beside me is my idol, MoPete, as always. Last time, I don’t know if you remember, my legs were shaking, but this time I feel alot better. But nice to see you again.”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thank you! Nice to see you again! You dressed pretty well tonight.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You are the same Mo!”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thank you. Thank you.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You know, this year is the 20th Anniversary, they showed alot of highlights about you, like the miracle shot, now seeing the purple coming back, what’s it feels like being part of the 20th Anniversary?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “It feels good. Coz this organization has done alot for the city and being 20 years shows resilience, I have been to lots of ups and involves in lots of downs, this city keeps fighting man. And for 20 years, it’s special. There are a lot of guys that came through this organization over the years, like we look at a guy like Muggsy, Al and Antonio, those guys showed me the way, showed me how to be a professional”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “So, what kind of message do you tell the younger players on the roster?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Well..I just tell them to stay focused and stay ready because in this league, it’s all about opportunity, it’s all about minutes and earning playing time and that’s what I try to encourage.”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “You have a lot of highlights but what was the highlight that really stick to your mind?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “One of my highlights was when I met you last year man”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Wow! MoPete man, that’s amazing!”

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Well…tonight is for Raptorfans donating for Regent Park and charity, what type of message do you want to give to the Raptorsfans?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “The Raptorsfans, well, I think this charity is good, you know, what we are trying to do is build courts around the city because basketball is big here, there are a lot of draft picks, a lot of people really watch basketball and part of that is, help building communities, have these parks available, so they can play basketball and achieve their goals.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Last question, my mom is a big fan of MoPete as well, she wants to know. Hey!, what is he doing right now after basketball?”

MoPete HS MoPete: “MoPete is here chilling with MoVernie. Hey mom! How’s everything? Your son dress nice and look cooler than me. But it’s ok.” (MoPete with a smile)

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “I always see you coming back to Toronto, doing alot of things.”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Oh! Definitely! Toronto is my home, it’s my second home. I look forward coming back, the people always show me a lot of love and respect. I think they respect the blue collar work ethic. And I told people that Toronto reminds me of Michigan. First of all, the people are great, they have the joy and the passion of what they do and they stick together. And that’s the big thing, sticking together through the good times and the bad times. I tell you what, this team is playing awesome this year, they have matured, they are feeding off the energy from the city. I think they got a taste from last year with the playoffs and now you can see it in their eyes that they are actually come ready to play at the beginning of the season.

MoVernie HS MoVernie: “Thank you man! MoPete & MoVernie interview 2.0. Thank you!”

MoPete HS MoPete: “Thanks Mo!”

I would like to thank MoPete for his valuable time and thank you the MLSE TeamUp Foundation for the interview opportunity during the Raptors Social.

Did you know? MLSE 2015 Players’ Gala is happening this coming Sunday, March 29th at Real Sports Bar & Grill? Due to popular demand, tickets for this gala are SOLD OUT! However, if you want to donate for a good cause, you can still do so by clicking this link.

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