Though the ocean is definitely my element, I recently found a kinship with the Valley of Fire in Nevada. Maybe it’s because I found a place who’s colors matches my fiery mane… 😉 The one thing that’s for sure, is that the day I spent at Valley of Fire, was one of the best days of my life. Seeing 4000 year-old petroglyphs, 150 million-year-old petrified logs are just some of the things that make this place so amazing! If you have yet to give this place a visit, you’ll want to make the drive out there next time your in Vegas!
I learned so much this past weekend from visiting the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. It was so beautiful and interesting to walk around all of these vintage symbolic neons. I’ll be talking about my experience in Vegas on an upcoming travel blog, so stay tuned! One thing’s for sure, some of my favorite discoveries were the story behind this beautiful Stardust sign and also the Moulin Rouge sign. Did you know that the Moulin Rouge (pictured above) came to Vegas? Though it only was around for a couple of months, it was the first casino in Vegas that was against segregation and allowed everyone to play and go to the casino. How amazing is that? Frank Sinatra was also a regular at the casino.
It was a beautiful day in Toronto today. I’ve been enjoying being home these past couple of weeks because I rarely get to be home for more than a couple of days. Plus, it’s a great time of year to be in Toronto, there’s so much going on and so much to do. Though it’s slowly starting to get cold, there are still some beautiful evenings like tonight, which are already made me nostalgic about summer. I feel like summer went by in a flash this year, more so than in recent years. Maybe it was because of the mostly cold and rainy weather or maybe because I spent most of the time away on the road. I’m still not fully ready to put away my summer wardrobe and want to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can, while I can!
Been on the road this past week for work in Quebec City. While I was there, I got to see some amazing shows including Tegan and Sara (hello dreamy sunset!), Serena Ryder, Mozart’s Sister and Phantogram (best show I’ve seen this year, hands down!! In case you haven’t checked it out yet, go read my 5 Questions With: Sarah Barthel of Phantogramhere). Happy to be home for a few days before heading to NYC!
Last Friday, thanks to a twitter recommendation from Chic Darling. Offner and I tried out the new Cibo Wine Bar that opened up just over two months ago on the corner at King and Brant Street in Toronto. We were looking for some good food to enjoy after a long week at work.
Reservations were super easy through Open Table online. Even if we reserved the afternoon of, there were still some spots available.
Right when we walked in, I noticed that the place had completely transformed from the trashy club that it used to be. The big wall of wine bottles, the dim lighting and the wooden walls gave it a very homey and nice atmosphere. I liked that you could see the kitchen from the dining room, the wood oven and also where all the in-house pasta are made.
As expected, the wine bar had a pretty big selection of wines. We let our waiter recommend us a wine, something we rarely do but figured it’d be the place to do it. To our surprise, the wine he recommended from Napa Valley was delicious! Though a little pricey for the bottle in our opinion ($65), it was worth it in the end.
The menu was pretty extensive. They had a variety of Italian food – a full pizza list, pasta that was made in-house, others that that weren’t, a list of salads, soups, fish and also some cheese and charcuterie boards.
We opted for an appetizer each: I took the cheese platter and Offner, the fried calamari. Though his calamari was good it was a little undercooked and too chewy for his liking. I was really excited to try their cheese board as it was recommended to me. The presentation was nice and the portions were good for the price ($17). That being said, the cheese itself wasn’t very original – they served Brie and a form of Mozzarella, basically cheeses that are not only easy to find, but unoriginal. The rest of the cheese was a little better/tastier but being a big cheese connaisseur, sadly I was disappointed with their overall selection.
For our main course, Offner ordered some shrimp pasta made in-house, which he really enjoyed and myself, the endives salad, which was tasty and reasonably priced. Though the dessert menu looked very appetizing (hello Nutella pizza!!), we were too stuffed to order any.
The one thing that really stood out and gave the restaurant an edge was what I noticed on my waiter’s feet…
Yup! Some good ol’ chucks! I think having all the waiters wear chucks gave them a cool laid-back vibe.
Overall, a good experience at Cibo Wine Bar. I think they could improve their cheese selection (Terroni in my opinion still offers a better selection of cheese for the same type of Italian cheese board) and perfect some of their dishes a little more but all in all, we had a pleasant time. The restaurant now also serves brunch on the weekends, something I’d be curious of trying out some time!