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In My Mirror

When I look in the mirror
I do not see beauty
I see all the things wrong with me
All the things that make me undesireable

But beauty is only skin deep
A mirror doesn’t just reflect the physical
A mirror shows you the cruelty behind my eyes
The lines of a frown
Permanently etched into my features

Why is it when you stand by my side
The hatred, the cruelty, the ugliness disappears?
What is that you bring that I do not have?
Standing next to you I’m perfect
Standing next to you makes me want to be better
A better version of myself
A better version for you
For our future
For our children

You made me believe
Brought out the best
Of who I could be

When I look at you
I see perfection
Still as can be
And true as true

How did a girl like me end up so lucky
To find someone as darling as you
What did I do to deserve this?

Regardless of it all
I love you
For what you have made me
For what you’ve brought to my life
And most of all
I love that you’ve opened my eyes
And allowed me to love myself

 

 

 

 

The Taste of Happiness

They always say
Never let your happiness depend on another
Do not let the environment determine your mood
That happiness is internal, that it originates from within you
That you alone control it

But clearly they’ve never met you
They don’t know what it’s like to be loved by you
To have you by their side
Through the roughest of times
And to be there to share in our greatest triumphs

Clearly they do not know
What it’s like
To live
In a world so interconnected
That each vibration
Along the web
Are felt by the heart strings
Thousands of miles away
Thousands of years later

All I know is that I love you
I love you more than the sun and stars
I love you more than you’ll ever know
I want to love you more
Give you more
But I’m still afraid
Haunted by a past that just won’t disappear

Love Eternal

If I die here tomorrow
I want you to remember me this way
I want you to remember the smile on my face
And the way I glance at you when I think you’re not looking
The way my fingers dance across your skin
And the way my breath catches in my throat when I see you

If I die here tomorrow
I wonder if you’ll remember these times
Of the hopes and dreams we’ve made for the future
Of the laughter and joy
And the tears and frustrations
That made us who we are

If I die here tomorrow
I wonder if you’ll just move on
Forgetting all that we’ve built
In the sun lit dew mornings
And the moon dust clouded nights
Trying to erase all memory of the pain I will cause

Will you remember what it feels like
Lying next to me in the dark
Feeling me tremble
From the cold?

Will you remember what it feels like
To wake up in the morning
To roll over with me there by your side?

Will you remember
The lies we told ourselves?
The grand adventures we went on?

Or will you give up all you had?
Will you return to the death like state you once embraced?

You and I
Belong together
In life and in death
There will be no separation
For we can never go back
For nothing will compare
Nor fill the void
That we have now made for one another

You can try to replace me
Erase me
Forget me
But you and I both know
The day I died
You followed me

All the Right Things

He’s the kind of boy you always dream of sweeping you off your feet
He’s the kind of guy you take home to mommy and daddy
He isn’t like the other boys you’ve had
He isn’t the mistake you wake up regretting

He makes you stay up late
Not because you are his latest distraction
Not because he forces you to keep him company when the world is still
He leaves your nights together with a certain tenderness
That makes you ache for more

No day
No night
Is long enough
To contain the passion

You wake
Tasting him in the sunlight
Wishing for nothing more
Than a life lived with him

 

Shattered Together

Who would have thought, when we first met that day
That you would soon become my heart and soul.
I never once imagined such a role
You’d come to have. For always, I’ve pushed away
All those who dared stir the dormant fray
Of passioned zeal that lies within my coal
Black coffer. Too long have I let its toll
Run its course on me. But I had to play
This game to learn who I was, to give you
The best of what I could be. Too many failed
Attempts on both our parts have left us hurt.
But now we know what is meant to love true
And I forever promise to prevail
In sickness and in health to Love’s exert

Restaurant Review: Carino Bistro

Location: 709 Edmonton Tr NE
Website: http://carinobistro.ca/

From the first time I saw a review of this place in a food magazine, it was on my list of place to go. Last night I had the chance to try it out. I’d like to call this “date night” officially, as this felt more like the traditional, stereotypical categorization of what a date looks like.

Since getting my opentable account, I’ve been wanting to go to more restaurants to earn points that could in turn be redeemed at select restaurants as a credit, so to speak. I had made my reservations at Carino about a week earlier. I had made the reservation for about 5:30 giving us plenty of time to get lost and/or account for any unforeseen delays. After a rather uneventful day at work, we arrived early to the restaurant to find the door still locked. The building is very easy to miss, we drove by twice and nearly walked past it. You have to really be looking for it to find it. Not only were we early for our 5:30 reservation, we were so early the place hadn’t even opened yet! We returned to the car to wait and as usual conversations and time spent with Braeden often flies by far too fast. Before we knew it, it was time to head on in.

When we arrived, only one family was seated near the window, all the other tables displayed a “reserved” sign. We were promptly seated and handed menus. Though I had looked at the menu before hand, I still had no idea what I wanted. In the review I had read, it had suggested the Duck! Duck!! Duck!!!, but that also happened to be the most expensive menu item and I wasn’t sure how much foie gras I could handle. I’ll save this dish for next time I visit with my sister because I know if I can’t finish it, she will. The waitress came by three or four times, but I still couldn’t decide on what it was I wanted. I finally decided to go with an appetizer to share (which really turned into me eating most of it) and “combine” two appetizer for my main entree. Braeden decided on the Teriyaki Wagyu Beef Burger with some modifications: regular mayo instead of wasabi mayo, no mushrooms, opting to go with a brioche instead of rice bun and adding bacon. Unfortunately, they missed adding the bacon with all the other requests they had to account for (and luckily it was not added to the bill).

The appetizer I had chosen was the Ahi Tuna Poke served with tortilla chips. In my opinon, they weren’t exactly tortilla chips, more like wonton crisps, but that increased it’s deliciousness (following more of an Asian theme, tortilla would have thrown the entire dish off in a completely different direction and as this is an Italian-Japanese-French fusion restaurant, Mexican doesn’t really fit into the picture very well). It was well seasoned, although a bit salty, it worked for the poke. The addition of arugula, the Italian twist, really worked for me; it provided a different flavour profile to the dish, giving it a much needed fresh lift. With the meal beginning on such a high note, I had high expectations for the subsequent dishes. There wasn’t too long of a wait time between the appetizer and the mains, which I was to be expected as we were currently the only other table in the restaurant. As I said earlier, Brae made so many modifications that when his burger came out it kinda looked boring (I would have really like to have tried it with the mushrooms on there because I love pretty much all kinds of mushrooms with the exception of canned mushrooms and straw mushrooms). The wagyu beef blew me away. The seasoning was spot on, the burger was succulent and chockful of onions, giving it a sweet, aromatic, depth (but as Brae doesn’t like onions, that wasn’t great for him lol). The first thing I noticed was that the ketchup tasted different from most other places, in a good way; it was sweeter and was enhanced by the hint of herbs. I ordered the goma (sometimes spelled gomae) caesar salad adding in the calamari. If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll know I’m in love with calamari and intend to try them at all the restaurants I go to. Although the portion size looks small, it was very filling. I enjoyed the inclusion of slices of Fuji apple. The calamari provided the oil component to the dish, the apple the sweet, the kale the bitter, the dressing and bacon the salty, the jalapeno the acid, and the aioli for the calamari the spicy. My biggest problem with it though was that the salad was way too overdressed. At first I could manage by scrapping the vast majority of the dressing off, but eventually that became unbearable and I was unable to finish the salad.

Despite those minor hiccups, I’d say it was a pretty good meal. The waitress was ever attentive to us, making sure that our glasses were almost always full. Yes, it was a bit pricy, but that’s the cost of getting good quality food and service. I will most certainly return and next time I will try one of the mains I had been eyeing. Based on my experience this time round, I’d give it a rating of 3.75/5

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Carino Interior

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Carino Interior

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Ahi Tuna Poke

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Teriyaki Wagyu Beef Burger

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Goma Caesar Salad with Calamari

By My Side

I’ve told you all my problems
Spilled out my very soul
I’ve pored over each an every insecurity
And expressed to you my anguish

Yet you still stay
To listen to my pain
To promise to be there
No matter what happens

Despite all these things
Designed to push you away
They draw you in closer
They make you love me more

You’re more a man
Than I ever gave you credit for
For though you have seen
All the damage done to me
You persist

 

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