Over a cup of tea…

By Monday, November 18, 2013

If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d have a lot to tell you. With last week’s post being overtaken by Remembrance Day (and rightly so – thank you so much for all your love and support), I’ve got two weeks of news to share! Here we go…

If we were chatting over a cup of tea this morning, I would have to tell you my David’s Tea addiction has been re-ignited. My friend Cat gave me a gift card for my birthday, and then I spiraled out of control, to be frank. I have invested in the large steeper (which is so much better than the small one – I have two of those) and at least a dozen more teas. Just when I was getting down to a manageable amount, too! My new favourites include pink lemonade, organic peppermint amour and movie night. Yum! Unfortunately I am heartbroken to hear that my all-time favourite, amaretto, has been discontinued! In case you’re interested, my top five are probably organic cocoa canela, honey bee and alpine punch, amaretto and organic super ginger.

Anne of Green Gables movie  trilogy

If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d tell you about a little walk down memory lane. A few weeks ago I saw the Anne of Green Gables movie trilogy at Costco for $30 and I just HAD to have it! Although I only just read the first novel this year, I grew up watching the Kevin Sullivan movies and almost every teacher I had compared me to Anne (it was a combination of the hair and temperament). I also played Marilla in my musical theatre debut… which is what spawned my love for the stage and acting. Megan Follows is just amazing in the movies. My Other Half watched a bit of the first movie with me and found Anne totally over-the-top, just like me! He said “well this explains a lot,” referencing how dramatic I am and was as a child. Anyway, is there any better love story than Anne and Gilbert? I cried like 10 times while re-watching the trilogy. The best.

Absinthe Fondue Night

If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d tell you about our incredible experience sampling Absinthe’s new fondue night! We were invited to try it out before they launch it regularly on Monday evenings and it was delightful. There were three courses of fondue – cheese, meat and chocolate – and each course was equally delicious. The variety and portions were excellent as well as the execution. I particularly enjoyed the wine pairings, so if you go, definitely get that too. The craziest part was that we were the only “civilians” there – and what I mean by that is we were the only non-restaurant chefs there. We sat with Arup Jana, the chef at Allium, who was awesome. I recently visited his restaurant for the first time for their famous tapas Monday and it was awesome. But seriously, everyone else at the fondue night was a chef. Murray Street, Oz Kafé, Town, Atelier and The Wellington Gastropub were represented, to name a few. It was a great experience and I learned about Knives Out Ottawa, a culinary collaborative between the above-mentioned Ottawa chefs. Their events sell out on Twitter almost immediately, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled to grab a spot for the next one!

If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d also mentioned I finally tried Fratelli in Westboro and Oz Kafé. Both were great! I went to Fratelli for lunch because I was craving Italian, and they never disappoint – solid traditional Italian menu and solid service. Oz Kafé was interesting. It’s been around for a long time and in all my years of restaurant-hopping in Ottawa, I’d never been. I really enjoyed the beef tartare (which I always order at any restaurant).

If we were chatting over a cup of tea this morning, I’d tell you about the best gender-reveal party every! Our friends Kristy & Brandon are expecting and decided to have the ultrasound technician seal the baby’s gender in an envelope (so not even they knew). They then took it to the Sens Store and had the staff package up either a pink or regular Sens jersey, depending on what was in the envelope. Then then held a party for close friends and family where they opened the package – it was amazing!!! They wanted a girl because they already have a son, so we were overjoyed to find a pink jersey in the box. I cried, obviously. I’m such a sentimentalist!

Last but not least, we leave on our cruise in FIVE DAYS!!! So I will be taking a week off from blogging (crazy, I know). We can’t wait!

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