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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Let's Eat: Windsor Arms - Winterlicious 2016 Preview

Though winter has been kind to us (so far) I'm always on the look out for fun things to do in the city that don't involve being outside. A great event that is happening in Toronto, January 29th - February 11th is Winterlicious - a culinary celebration offering an opportunity to discover delicious cuisine at more than 200 restaurants and experience unique culinary events - INDOORS!!! And what could be better than this? How about an invitation to preview the Winterlicious menu for one of my fav places for tea - Windsor Arms. It has been years since I've eaten at WA and was excited to get to see their Living Room restaurant and taste some mouth watering food.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words - so for all you foodies out there enjoy: 
a sampling of what Windsor Arms is serving up to its guests for Winterlicious 2016.

Lobster Bisque

Roasted Baby Beets, Peppery Citrus Salad - with aged Balsamic reduction

Wild Mushroom Veloute and Black Trumpet Mushrooms Croquette

Crispy Calamari - with heirloom tomato salsa

Chicken Roulade - stuffed with spinach and mushroom, polenta,vegetable tempura and thyme jus

Pan Seared Sea Bass - with beet ravioli, shaved fennel and lemon butter sauce

Braised Lamb Shank- with sweet potato puree, glazed root vegetables and French beans tempura

Marinated Beef Rib - butternut squash and rosemary fingerling potatoes with horseradish jus

Vegan Truffles, Lemon Trio, Creme Brulee

This is just a small sampling of the scrumptious dishes on the menu. You can find a full lunch and dinner menu here.

My picks: Crispy Calamari with Heirloom Tomato Salsa - the light batter was perfection and the calamari were cooked just right; Lobster Bisque - creamy, rich, smooth - my fav; Roasted Baby Beets, Peppery Citrus Salad with aged Balsamic reduction - I'm not a huge fan of beets but I have to say this salad had me enjoying bite after bite. Marinated Beef Rib - tender, moist, melt in your mouth - my fav; Braised Lam Shank - fall off the bone goodness; Chicken Roulade - light and tasty. Vegan Truffles - surprisingly yummy - loved the pistachio; Lemon Trio - the sorbet definitely had a cleanse your palate kick - the lemon pie - tres pucker lemony - my fav;

Seating fills up quickly so don't be disappointed and make your reservations today! Windsor Arms Hotel is located at 18 St. Thomas street, Toronto, ON - tel: 416-917-9666 or visit their website 

How amazing is this decor?
Relaxed, elegant, casual, funky all wrapped up together.

For more photos of my evening with some awesome Toronto lifestyle and food bloggers, pop on over to my instagram here.

Will you be checking out any of the 200 restaurants that are participating in Toronto's Winterlicious 2016? Is there a similar event where you live? 

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Week's Highlights in Pictures

Planning the week ... it was a busy one

Catching up with a long time friend  Elsa at Nespresso ...

The standard start each day this week ...

Getting ready for  the day ...

Learning how to pick a Signature Scent ...

Mixing a little blogging assignment with catching up with Janice ...

Let the weekend begin, discovering a new breakfast place with Mr. G.

Happy Saturday lovelies, the weather in Toronto has been a cold one, thankfully Mother Nature has spared us the snow (for the time being). I've discovered this past week, with a little Buckley's and a positive attitude you can get through a busy week.

What were the highlights of your week?

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Step out of the cold and into Windsor Arms for a cup of hot tea - Toronto

Long time readers of High Heeled Life know that I love a good cup of afternoon tea and Windsor Arms is one of my favourite spots in the city to enjoy a leisure afternoon with my girl friends over a cup of tea anytime of the year! And with the temperatures in Toronto remaining steady below freezing, it was a welcomed invitation to escape to such as fabulous place. 
Image credit - Google and Windsor Arms
The Windsor Arms is located on a quiet little side street off  Mink Mile just south of Bloor street. This neo-gothic building with its brown brick, cast stone trim, and a royal looking crest sets the mood that you are going to be transported from the fast pace of city life/shopping to a magical place back in time, when people actually took time for themselves regularly to re-energize. As you step through the entrance, you find yourself  in the most welcoming lobby. Staff greet you with a smile and welcoming hello, your transformation from hectic to calmness begins instantly. 

WA offers three spectacular areas to take tea. The French-style lobby tea room brings back memories of some wonderful salons de thé I have experienced during my trips to Paris; the Purple tea room - with its dark egg-plant walls, luxurious velvet seating, art on the walls and the original working fireplace which dates back to 1927 - is where you will find me taking tea on most of my visits; and The Russian Red tea room with its vibrant red walls, gold trim, glamorous chandelier and decor, is the perfect choice for small private gatherings - think girl outings, bridal showers, birthdays, I'm thinking it would be perfect for a Resilientista inspiration gathering. 

I invite you to take a little pause in your day and come along on a virtual afternoon tea with my friend J. and I as we settle in the Purple Room to enjoy a hot cup of tea and some sweet and savory treats, on this cold Toronto day.

With an extensive selection of loose-leaf teas there is something to satisfy everyone.

My friend J.s tea selection: was a Ginger described as:
Imagine the white tea is Fred, paired with Ginger we present a smooth, effortless, elegant cup that is certain to be a classic. Gentle nuttiness with the perfect hint of tea. Ms. J. was delighted with her selection and savoured every sip. 

How gorgeous is this setting ... 
My tea selection: Chai Arms - a perfect blend of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, pepper and organic black tea. It was exactly what I needed to warm up on this cold afternoon. While this tea is a wonderful complement for milk, I chose to have my as is. 

 Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon, RosettePinwheel Egg Salad,Vegetarian with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese,Croque Monsieur

 Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Tart , Fresh Scones
 Petits Fours
 This is simply DIVINE! - yes my favourite ...
 The warm tart is smooth, creamy and delicious just the right amount of
caramelized shallot and goat cheese.

Preserves and Devon Cream
The scones are light, soft and the perfect vessel for the Devon cream and WA homemade sweet preserves.

Tea at Windsor Arms has been synonymous with elegant, afternoon indulgence, since 1927. The majestic Purple room with its original fireplace takes my breath away each time I take tea in there.  
The crystal chandelier is beautiful and photos do not capture its full brilliance! 
Located inside the French-style lobby tea room you will find a hat rack with the most exquisite hats. For a $5 donation (proceeds benefiting Look Good Feel Better, in support of women affected with cancer) you are welcome to borrow a hat to enhance your magical tea experience. And let's be honest lovelies we all have an inner child in us, and what better way to let her play than with a little dress up and tea party.
I hope you have enjoyed your virtual tea and pause in your day, as much as Ms. J. and I did. This winter get out of the cold, and create memories with friends, family, and colleagues with tea at Windsor Arms.

Disclaimer: this afternoon tea was sponsored by Windsor Arms - all opinions are strictly my own and based on my personal experience.

You can read about some of my previous tea experiences at Windsor Arms: 
HereHereHere, and Here 
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