Getting your own personalized Coca-Cola can is awesome. They had a kiosk today at Eaton Centre. I was there early in the day so the line up was not that bad, only waited 20 minutes in line vs. others who waited over an hour during peak time. It only took 15 seconds to print my name on the Coke can. It was a smaller size can, not the regular size. It was worth the wait since my name is not popular that I can find in the grocery for their campaign.
Every time I pass by this place, it is always so noisy up at the patio so this time it was my turn. The dinning room on the main floor was very dim and dark, and very stuffy so we decided to go upstairs to the open area. It was too bad that all the tables were booked, so there was only the bar seats along the skylight. But it was still outdoors in the patio looking down on Portland St. It was clear blue skies and it wasn’t that humid today so there was a nice breeze.
I ordered the Estate pizza – prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, fresh heirloom tomatoes, arugula, shaved parmigiano, basil oil. The pizza came was not hot, the crust was only a little warm and the crust was so tough, it was impossible to cut up and the tear off. So I ended up eating it like a salad. The wood fire pizza was ok, not that impressive. My friend ordered the pasta dishes which was better. Mafalde ai Funghi – portobello, porcini, oyster mushrooms, truffle, cream sauce. It was very rich and filled with taste of portobello taste. The other pasta dish was the Rigatoni Lucani – braised ontario lamb, tomato, green olives, pecorino, gremolata. The lamb was still tough, so the portobello dish was better. But both the pasta came only luke warm as well, would have tasted a lot better if it was hot off the pan. It was definitely better than the pizza though.
The atmosphere here was great though, we had a great time catching up and chilling with a jug of sangria. If it wasn’t the waitress giving us the bill to free up the seats, we might have stayed a little longer. Overall, food was alright, service was good, atmosphere was good.
101 Portland Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2N3
I’m back again here for another addition of High Tea Fridays. This time we did the Afternoon tea instead of Twilight Tea. The tea I picked this time is the Chai Arms – Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper & Organic Black. I expected it to be a little more “chai spice” taste but it was pretty light. The scones were the best, still a little warm when it was served. The sandwiches were ok the second time around, it fell like there wasn’t much filling in the sandwiches, can’t taste much other than the bread.
For the sweets – there was a blueberry tart, marshmallow, brownie and chocolate cake. I must say, it wasn’t anything fancy, was not impressed. I think a cupcake would have tasted better than the selections we got today. But the atmosphere was nice, beautifully decorated purple / white room. I will try another afternoon tea place next time.
Windsor Arms Hotel
18 St. Thomas Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1L7
I was browsing at Bath & Body Works store and they were doing a promotion of the 3 wick candle – buy 1 get 1 free. The summer collection candles smells so refreshing, very fruity, love it! It was hard to walk out without buying it. I like it a lot better than the other collections they have. Even when it is hot weather, I still like to light it in my condo. It actually doesn’t heat up the room and it smells good. Usually, the candles that I light up, it smells good when I buy it but when it is lit, I don’t smell the fragrance anymore. This one, you can actually smell the same fragrance when it is lit. My favourite so far is the mango coconut. Good deal.