Bar Isabel

Last week, one of my friends and I decided to hit up Bar Isabel, a new restaurant and bar on College street just east of Ossington in Toronto. I’ve been hearing lot’s of great things about the place from my friend @jbsmith. Her boyfriend Josh is responsible for all the great drink creations there.

We arrived just around opening time (6pm) on a Wednesday and there was already people lining up to get in. Since we didn’t have time to stay for a full meal, we opted for some drinks and appetizers. What I really liked from the get-go, was everyone’s welcoming and friendly attitude. The place was nicely decorated. The wood and colored lights gave a very homy feel to the place. Only a few minutes after we sat down, Bar Isabel was already packed!

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The menu was simple but very well divided. They had a big choice of starters then vegetables, meats, seafood, bar snacks, cheeses, cured meats and desserts. Being a vegetarian, I appreciated seeing a “vegetable” section. I know that next time I go, I will have a few different plates. Everything on the menu is also very reasonably priced. One of the things I loved most, were the slogans on their drink and food menus.

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We each ordered some tasty drinks and for our appetizer, we opted for a selection of three cheeses from the chef for $16. Our really kind waiter asked us if we wanted bread with the plate and we said yes, not knowing that there would be a surprise in store for us on our bill. Being a pretty big cheese fan, I was expecting a decent cheese selection from the chef. The cheese we did get was good but pretty standard for a cheese platter, nothing too creative or different. The thing that made us really less stoked was to see we had gotten charged $4 for the bread the waiter had offered us. Now, usually if you’re going to offer a cheese platter on your menu, you’d want to offer some type of bread, cracker, jam, fruit, nuts, biscuit or something to go along with it without charging the customer but apparently not at Bar Isabel. Though the bread was really delicious, it’s absurd to think they’d charge a customer especially when ordering a cheese platter. That unfortunately left a bad taste in my mouth… though not enough to never return. I undoubtedly want to give this place a fair chance: get some more drinks, mains and desserts next time.

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All in all, mixed feelings about my first experience at Bar Isabel. Maybe I just wasn’t lucky with the cheese so I definitely want to try a full meal next time because I’ve heard so many amazing things about them. Have you been to Bar Isabel? If so, how was your experience?

Friday Flowers #DailyOutfit

Last night I attended my first ever Toronto Cocktail Week bartender HogtownShakedown competition at the Drake Hotel. I’m by no means a drink expert so it was a really interesting to see five super talented bartenders from the city make some custom drinks for a panel of judges and explain to everyone the story, ingredients and idea behind each drink. Bartending can be so creative and is definitely an art form. I was rooting for Josh F Lindley, my friend Jessica Blaine Smith‘s man and bartender at Bar Isabel. Though he didn’t end up winning, he definitely had the best stories, best glasses and is a fantastic barman. Worth checking out next year!

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Plans for the weekend? It’s supposed to be a rainy one here in Toronto, so I bet I’ll be spending lot’s of time reading and catching up on Netflix and the latest movies.

Rocking the knee-high socks again today with a dress! Not only are they stylish but they also keep my legs warm 😉

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H&M black flower ruffle dress 

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

OIA Jules Gold Curb multichain bracelet (similar one here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)