DEER + ALMOND, MY SUMMER TREAT

I was at Dear + Almond sometime in the summer and was pleasantly surprised. My girlfriend and I had often walked or driven past their establishment without giving them much thought. The clean white exterior with Deer + Almond in black did not do much to lure us in. We were curious, but not enough to take than next step until one day Saturday afternoon we decided to drive to the Exchange to try something new.

Looking at the menu was like reading Greek to me. Thanks to my able assistant Mr. Google, I settled on grilled romaine with feta, sikil pak and pumpkin seed vinaigrette. Sikil Pak, Google told me, is a delicious thick pumpkin seed dip used in place of guacamole. Google wasn’t wrong to call it delicious. It was a smooth, smokey  and sweet thick paste-a delicate taste. I would choose it any day over guacamole. Although I should probably learn how to pronounce it.

When the chore of ordering was done, I sat back to enjoy Deer + Almond’s ambience. The restaurant has an air of elegance and warmth with a hint of quiet buzzing from conversations around our table.

Most of the tables in the small room were occupied. The diners seemed to be enjoying their meals and conversations. Some were sharing while others ate only from their own plates. It was interesting to observe the meal sharing as I had never been to a Tapas Bar before. Our waiter brought us a bowl of cinnamon popcorn on the house to enjoy while awaiting our meal.

When my food arrived I was a little confused. I mean, I knew it was going to have some lettuce in it. I just didn’t realize lettuce would be the entire meal. I should have known, I suppose. It was a starter, under the title “smalls” on their menu-plus it literally said ‘grilled romaine lettuce’.

I hesitated to take a bite.

After analyzing the food I equipped myself with fork and knife bracing for that first bite. I was transported to another world. That was definitely the best first bite of anything I have ever eaten. The romaine letters were just right, well grilled but crunchy. The thick sigil pak and pumpkin seed vinaigrette added a sophisticated sweetness to the grilled vegetables. The feta added that nice tangy salty taste that brought everything together. It was delightful. And quite filling. For a plate of lettuce I was a rather stuffed. I had no room for the main course or dessert. My girlfriend and I ordered some drinks to wash down our meals. And that was our lovely evening.

Deer + Almond turned out to be a treat. I will certainly pay them another visit!

I'm Healthy Weight and Maybe a Little Hungry

It’s been several months since I last let my creative juices run. I’ve been working so hard day in day out, burning the midnight oil… well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been at a loss for words. Not because there’s nothing to write about, on the contrary a lot has happened since I was an active blogger. Often times I struggle with words, not knowing how exactly to phrase things or how much to share. Is there such a thing as sharing too much? I’m so hungry I could eat a cow but my fingers are going crazy here. You should see me, I’m typing away furiously. You know those jobs where they want you to have a typing speed of 75WPM, I could probably get hired on the spot if they were watching me right about now. I think it’s some kind of withdrawal thing happening, what with not writing in months and all. Continue reading “I'm Healthy Weight and Maybe a Little Hungry”

Just For Foodies- JFF (Guest Post)

Hello Foodies!!

Okay tomorrow is a new day, a new day to explore and discover more food and drinks. Just for foodies is going to be part of this new discoveries, JFF is going to be a continuing segment on MOFAK starting today. My idea for JFF is to post pictures of foods and drinks that I experience for the first time or that i have experienced before and would like to share with my fellow foodies. Okay, so here’s the fun part 🙂 you guys get to participate as well. You guys get to send us pictures of food or drinks that you experience in your everyday lives or during a trip or whatever the case might be. Continue reading “Just For Foodies- JFF (Guest Post)”

My Nectarous Week- Tea Story

Hi Guys,
You may have noticed the major revamp chela and I did on the blog and I am so excited about the food and drinks section. So today is Friday and its kind of a dull evening for me so I thought I’d share my food filled week with you guys. First up is my unplanned trip to Tea Story in Winnipeg, this little restaurant is super cute and very modern located in the popular Osbourne village. Continue reading “My Nectarous Week- Tea Story”

My Blissful Sunday Morning

English: Sun Rise on the Mt. Fuji
English: Sun Rise on the Mt. Fuji (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday morning is always a gift. I dare say it is my best day of the week and the only morning that I jump out of bed with zero reservation. I love my Sundays. I have a special routine, I chose to call it my Sunday ritual. It is nothing extraordinary, simply my special way to unwind.
Every Sunday morning I wake up around nine o’clock and start to brew my coffee. As I wait for it to get ready, I sit by my kitchen window enjoying the beautiful view, watching the sun rising and taking in the exquisite warmth of the rising sun, all the while sniffing in the sweet offering of coffee odor as it brews in the pot. Once my coffee is good to go, and I have had my fair share of Vitamin D thanks to the rising sun, I serve myself a huge mug, grab a fashion magazine, my bathtub pillow and take to the bathroom where I spend a good hour or two. Oh blissful morning, a little slice of heaven it truly is.
What is your Sunday morning routine? Do you have one? Or do you choose to sleep in or simply go with the flow?

Happy Valentines Day: How About a Different Approach This Year?

An array of Valentine's Day-connotated candy d...
Yes, I am a romantic. I am into the whole celebrating each other facade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was little, February the fourteenth was all about birthday presents, candy, cake, candles and lots of balloons. All I knew was that it was my birthday. I never once wondered why the world celebrated with me. I must have thought that was the norm for everyone, or something like that. Then in my teens, the fourteenth meant handmade cards from boys, chocolate bars and maybe once or twice holding hands with my new boyfriend.
I vividly remember when I turned eighteen thinking excitedly that finally I would receive bouquets of red roses, boxes of heart-shaped chocolates, bottles of red wine and dinner dates at exotic hotels. And I did cross out some of those wishes off of my bucket list. Memories, memories! Truly, those were the days!
Yes, I am a romantic. I love the idea of spoiling your partner and being spoilt in return. I am into the whole celebrating each other facade. As my beloved mother frequently points out, life is really short so make the best of it while you can. I enjoyed my late teens immensely. I also picked up on a few things, I must say. Valentines, is not only about your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife , husband or your partner. Valentines is about expressing your love to others. While candy and flowers are very vital parts of the celebrations, there is a lot more to it. It is also a time to hang out , spend some quality time together. On valentines day, the universe gives you the chance to tell a brother you love them, send an appreciation card to a friend and of course a bouquet of roses to your mom. A little love goes a long way!
A toast to an all rounded Valentines day!
Be sure to share with us your valentines day experience. What have you been up to?
~ Val