Monday, 30 January 2017

Aloha Foodies,

I recently visited Calii Love on King Street West in downtown Toronto, with one of my best girlfriends, Courtney from La Belle Sirene for a fun girls date.

Calii Love is a super cool Hawaiian and L.A. inspired quick service food and cafe bar.  This trendy hot spot is filled with Hawaiian-inspired decor like palm trees, pineapple wallpaper, tropical fruit and surfboards.  You are surrounded by colourful ocean-like colours, which create the perfect escape on a dreary or cold winter day.

Calii Love is nothing short of character and originality.  According to their website, Calii is derived from a Hawaiian name meaning "strong woman" which also ties into their influences from the Californian/L.A. lifestyle.  In addition to the warm and cozy setting, comes great hospitality.  The staff is warm, welcoming and have a laid back surfer style vibe..."good vibes only", as their super cute cups say.

Their motto is "Eat Good, Feel Good, Do Good" and that is exactly what we did!

Deciding what to order was the biggest debate of the day.  Calii Love serves tons of fresh, healthy goodies like wholesome bowls, poké and smoothies.  As you know, poké is one of the latest food trends out there.  Originating from Hawaiian fisherman, Poké bowls are vibrant and colourful bowls of rice, fresh fish, and fresh toppings.

We couldn't wait to dig in! As part of their Feel Good attitude, all their items are named after a positive feeling/emotion.  Your order is served up on a tray which indicates your name and what you're ordering (or feeling!). I was feeling "hopeful" and Courtney was "creative".

My hopeful poké bowl was filled with salmon, avocado, wakame, sweet onions, jalapeños, sriracha aioli, pickled ginger, cherry tomatoes & black rice.  Super yummy and not to mention, they photograph beautifully! Courtney packed her creative bowl with all her favourite delicious toppings from the food bar.  The perfect addition to our poké bowls was a heart-warming matcha latte.  Our meals were fresh, delicious and colourful to say the least.  

What a satisfying and plentiful lunch!  Calii Love is definitely a new addition to my "favourites" list and poké bowls are seriously my newest addiction!

Mahalo, Calii Love for a great girls day and not to mention...the most delicious poké bowls and matcha lattes.  I can't wait to go back and try more fresh and healthy treasures!

Have you tried poké bowls yet? Where is your favourite spot?

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