Monday, 27 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

On Tuesday night, Matt and I visited The Cold Pressery, one of my favourite local cafés located in the heart of Mississauga right by Square 1. 

How awesome is this menu board?
The Cold Pressery is an organic juice bar that has a relaxing and laid-back environment, promoting a healthy living.  It's a warm and welcoming space where you will often find people studying/working, swinging by for a post-workout smoothie or hanging out with friends over board games.  The Cold Pressery has a variety of menu options like juices, smoothies, food and snacks.  All the menu items are made from healthy and fresh ingredients and not to mention, the café is 100% vegan!  Cold Pressery also sells fresh nut milks, desserts and they even have a fresh juice program.

Every Tuesday night, The Cold Pressery holds "Cold Pressed Comedy", with no cover!  How awesome is that?! Each week, stand-up comedians from across the GTA come to perform and give you a good chuckle!  Matt and I have had "Cold Pressed Comedy" on our list for quite some time.  We finally had the opportunity to go and decided to head there early to enjoy a light dinner at the café.  

For dinner, Matt had the vegan grilled cheese and I had the chipotle bean tacos.  To drink, we both enjoyed Iced Matcha Lattes. The Iced Matcha Lattes were so good, the perfect amount of matcha flavour, agave for sweetness and almond milk for a creamy finish! 

Chipotle Bean Tacos
The tacos were served on two gluten-free white corn tortillas with a medley of beans, chickpeas, onions, mushrooms, celery & corn on avocado spread topped with diced tomatoes and purple cabbage drizzled with a smoky chipotle sauce. They were so yummy and colourful.  The tacos were light with a delicious variety of texture and the smoky chipotle sauce tied the dish together perfectly.

Vegan Grilled Cheese
Warm melted Daiya cheese sandwiched between two pieces of perfectly golden toast plus roasted tomatoes and spinach.  A classic grilled cheese made vegan! 

Left: carrot cake | Right: mocha
For dessert, we ordered some vegan cupcakes - carrot and mocha.  They were fresh, moist and yummy! Of course, I had to order one of my favourites...the Açaí bowl.  Açaí puree blended with banana, mango and almond milk.  Topped with hemp seed & pumpkin flax granola, seasonal fruit and coconut whip cream.  This healthy and delicious dessert gives any frozen yogurt joint a run for their money.

The food was amazing and the comedy was fantastic.  There were 5 stand-up comedians, including David Andrew Kent and they all had a great lineup that really got the crowd going. The headliner was Paul Thompson, he was absolutely hilarious!  We had such a great time laughing at all the jokes and impressions, it was the perfect weeknight activity.  I love how they have new comics every week, the perfect reason to keep you coming back for more laughs.

We had a fun filled night at The Cold Pressery and can't wait to go back for another comedy night with our friends!

Where is your favourite week night hang out?


Monday, 13 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

Last weekend, my mom and I had a special lunch date together.  We unanimously agreed on Sorelle & Co. a bake shoppe & café, which has been on our list for way too long.

Sorelle is a vegan and gluten, soy, sesame, nut and preservative free bakery!  The idea began with a mother with 5 daughters, all of whom all had various food allergies.  The mother's love for cooking and her dreams of creating a family-friendly worry-free bakery brought Sorelle (meaning sister in Italian) to life.  The bake shoppe is located in Vaughan in the 1845 Historical building built by Thomas Cooke which was the former Carville Post Office & General Store.

Sorelle is the epitome of elegance, beauty and sophistication.  The café is the picture perfect home with white shutters, manicured shrubs and teal sun shades, giving you a warm and bright welcoming.  We were blown away as we entered the shoppe.  The bakery is bright and welcoming with high ceilings, wainscoting and an elegant chandelier at the entrance.  White walls are beautifully accented with pops of pastels, gold detailing and glitz and glam!

All the delicious baked goods are beautifully displayed behind the counter.  With a wide assortment of treats from delicate pastries to donuts, Sorelle has something for everyone!

For lunch, we ordered the vegetable & chickpea falafel and the roasted vegetable panini.  Of course, we made sure to order a sweet treat for dessert!  We made our way to the second floor to enjoy our food and have some girl chat.  The second floor seating is elegance at it's finest, with large comfy chairs and marble tables. The food is served on white plates with scalloped edges or beautiful detailing alongside gold utensils.

The vegetable and chickpea falafel was served with jasmine rice, crispy onion and a light curry sauce. The savoury dish was light, fresh and delicious.

The panini had roasted vegetables, onion jam, black olive and red pepper hummus with vegan cheese alongside a mixed green salad.  The dish was so yummy and we couldn't believe it was gluten free and vegan!

How adorable are these mugs?
We both enjoyed cappuccinos with coconut milk served in gorgeous mugs.  The cappuccino was perfection, the best we both ever had!  My mom and I are avid black coffee drinkers and enjoy a strong cup of caffeine.  Often times, cappuccinos are so filling and have way too much milk.  Sorelle's cappucino was light and flavourful, the perfect balance of milk and espresso.

Paris Brest
 Seasonal Cranberry Tart
For our sweet treats, we indulged in the Paris Brest and a seasonal cranberry tart.  The Paris Brest is a French pastry with praline flavoured cream.  The pastries were so delicious and flavourful! It was the perfect was to finish off a fun mom and daughter date.

My adorable mom!

We had a fabulous experience at Sorelle & Co.! The service was warm and friendly.  The food was absolutely light and delicious, yet flavourful.  We felt satisfied and guilt-free.  In addition to the fabulous food and hospitality, the café is such a beautiful setting which tops off the perfect experience.  We both cannot wait to go back to Sorelle for another lunch or even afternoon tea.

What is your favourite place for a mom and daughter date?


Monday, 6 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

A few weeks ago, I went bridesmaid dress shopping for my best friend's wedding.  Alongside the bride, Courtney was Heather, Charlotte and baby Ellie.  We had quite the successful shopping day and decided to go for a girl's lunch at Toast Wine Bar.  What better way to celebrate than with food and wine?  

Located in downtown Hamilton, Toast Wine Bar was opened by Christine and Sara.  The two friends are the perfect match...Christine has the passion and knowledge of wine and Sara has the love for cooking!  Together, they decided Hamilton needed its own wine bar and they brought their idea to life.

Toast is a beautiful restaurant with high ceilings and a vintage vibe with modern touches.  The restaurant is decorated with beautiful art and gold accents throughout.  I particularly love the ambience of the wine bar, which has a beautiful brick wall and a stunning wine rack.

We started our celebratory lunch with some mimosas!

For lunch, we each ordered something different and enjoyed a lovely glass of wine.  Charlotte ordered the bread and spreads, presented beautifully on a slate serving board.  Courtney had a smoked ham sandwich with beet-poached pear, dijonnaise and arugula.  

Heather enjoyed the harvest salad with brussels sprouts, butternut squash, smoky black beans, goat cheese, maple mustard vinaigrette.  For myself, I ordered the power bowl with brown rice, kale, sweet potato, beet, chickpeas, savoury granola and tahini dressing, alongside a glass of Pinot Gris.  The power bowl was the perfect combination of flavours with crunchy, sweet and savoury...I really enjoyed it.  Together, we also shared warm garlic and herb olives.

Bread and Spreads
Harvest Salad
Power Bowl
Toast Wine Bar has many events at the restaurant and their dinner menu includes a variety of fun shareable toasts to enjoy.  Toast has a wide selection of wines from some of my favourite wineries in Ontario.  The wine bar has a glass for every wine drinker, whether that is subtle, velvety or robust.  

Overall, we had the perfect girls day.  We all enjoyed the delicious food and wine.  Most of all, we enjoyed each other's company.  There is absolutely nothing better than chatting over fabulous food and wine with your closest girlfriends!

What is your favourite wine bar?

Select photos taken by Heather R.
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