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Having some 1:1 time with CC and I was suddenly inspired to try a new restaurant (I usually wait a bit before going to a new place, just to give them time to work out the kinks, etc.). There were a few options but the name AnnaLena, as well as its menu, intrigued me, so we checked it out on a Friday night.

Food

Its menu is not too big, but with a good variety highlighting a key ingredient in each dish. Between the two of us, we shared a few things:

The Grilled Octopus reminded me of a potato salad, an elevated version that was executed well. The octopus was cut into small pieces so they were easier to cook and could absorb flavours easily. They were tender, and the suction cups were so much fun to eat. The lobster mayo offered a hint of ocean taste. The dill was quite prominent but I liked the fresh element that it brought.

Grilled Octopus

The Cured Salmon was basically a deconstructed lox and bagel. The house cured salmon had a good meaty texture thanks to the thick cut, and it’s not overly salty. The croutons were perhaps a bit too greasy for my liking, but I absolutely loved the chewy texture. Especially when you combined the croutons with the everything bagel spice, it definitely reminded me of the Montreal style bagels we kept on going back for when we visited Montreal this summer.

Cured Salmon

Even though pork belly was supposed to be the star of Tamari Marinated Grilled Pork Belly, what surprised and impressed me was the braised beets. (more…)

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The talks about macarons continued and I started a conversation with Carly of Kitchening with Carly. I decided to place an order and have them deliver to me. Carly graciously offered me the price of $12 for 6 macarons and waived the regular $10 delivery charge (a fee normally charged for orders of less than 4-dozen macarons).

It was even better when meeting Carly in person as she delivered the macarons to me on a Friday afternoon.

Delivery by Carly herself!

Delivery by Carly herself!

Food

Carly gave me the option to choose my own assortment of macarons, so this is what my assorted box included:

  • Pistachio Macaron with Pistachio Butter Cream
  • Raspberry Macaron with Passionfruit Butter Cream
  • Lemon Macaron with a tangy Lemon Curd Filling
  • Chocolate Macaron with Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • Raspberry Macaron with Balsamic Butter Cream
  • Cassis Macaron with Jam Filling

Overall the macarons were great and they all had the proper, chewy texture to it. I decided to include a pistachio one because I wanted to re-discover my love for pistachio. And this macaron made me believe in pistachio-flavoured items again. It was super nutty, the pistachio flavour was very prominent, all the while the almond taste was enhanced.

Half-dozen assorted box

Half-dozen assorted box

And I loved the chocolate macaron! (more…)

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Since I started working downtown, I’ve been wanting to try Mink Chocolates but was never able to find a good time to drop by (they close too early on weekdays to make it happen). During the Hot Chocolate Festival earlier this month, I finally made the effort to swing by. It was the only chocolate shop I visited during the festival.

Food

Of the two offerings, I opted for The Sheba – ganache hot chocolate with pistachio. There’s an option of milk or dark chocolate, and I chose milk.

Hot Sheba Milk Chocolate

Hot Sheba Milk Chocolate

I had to order it to-go. However, I took a sip almost immediately after I received it, to make sure I was trying it at its best form. It was rich and creamy, like drinking a bar of melted milk chocolate, with some additional boiled milk. I wasn’t sure if I could taste any pistachio, though. It may be very subtle, too subtle for me to tell apart. I don’t think the pistachio flavour was prominent enough to call it The Sheba. And it’s certainly not a cheap cup of hot chocolate, and I would prefer it to be slightly hotter. The accompanying 72% dark chocolate wafer demonstrated to me that Mink has some good quality chocolate, which brings us to the 2nd reason why I went to Mink.

My visit was two-fold. (more…)

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