Saturday, December 20, 2014

Aroma, Oooooohhhh Mama!

It's no secret we love Aroma, the incredible restaurant in the Saskatoon Radisson hotel.  This is definitely one of our favourite restaurants, and it should be on a list of some sort of one of Saskatchewan's best

Chef Trevor invited us in to try some new dishes on the house, and last night we took him up on his offer.  We grabbed our usual table in the lounge, and were pumped to see that Paige would be our server - she's our usual when we come in at night, and we love how she always has a smile on her face, and she's always so cheerful and positive. 

We were given three appetizers to try:

One was a charcuterie board, with a few different kinds of cured meats, cheeses, crackers and housemade brioche crisps, local lavender honey, a tomato fennel jam, pickles, grapes, and golden beet.  The beet was an incredible addition to the charcuterie board, and something we've never had before.  It paired so well with the blue cheese, and the other soft cheeses.  There were so many fun taste combinations to play with.

The next appetizer was a take on shrimp cocktail, with garlic butter prawns, and two sauces to dip them in, Saskatoon berry ketchup, and horseradish mayo.  Umm, horseradish!?  YES!


The prawns were perfectly cooked, and full of garlic butter flavourPrawn perfection.

The third appetizer blew our minds, and we wondered why we hadn't ever ordered it before.  It was Pineview smashed potato poutine.  Clearly someone must have known how much we love poutine.  And bacon.  And deliciousness. 

This thing was insane.  It is made with smashed, local baby potatoes, chicken, bacon, and cheese curds, and smothered in an incredible gravy.

I tried to hoard it all, but Christopher kept having bites.  He's lucky he's cute!

I loved how crispy the potatoes were.  This was such an interesting twist on the classic poutine, and it was very, very satisfying.  We'll definitely be ordering this dish in the future.

And as if that wasn't enough, Paige brought us out this gorgeous dessert board, with Kahlua pot de creme with fresh beignets, that were so warm and soft.  They took us back to New Orleans.  Also on the board was peanut butter pretzel cheesecake, which was one of the best desserts I've ever had.  I am not big on sweets, but this wasn't overly sweet, and it had such a lovely crust, and smooth center. 

All these incredible dishes ...

And there wasn't a speck of food left.

Thank you to the amazing team at Aroma - you guys are the best!

Needless to say, we went back for breakfast.

And, lucky as we are, Kelly, our favourite day-time server was there to greet us at our table.  We're always happy when we start our morning out visiting with her, and eating the well-rounded breakfast.

If you live anywhere near this place, do yourself a favour and visit it soon!  Order a wood-fired pizza, the best spaghetti and meat sauce ever, any of the food pictured above, or anything else off of the menu, and you won't be disappointed.  If you're feeling saucy, you might want to try one of their caesars to drink too ... it's like a meal in itself.

We're already excited for our next visit to Aroma, which will likely be for a late-night pizza tonight.

What are you up to this weekend?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1)  We might have eaten an entire back of ripple chips and all of the dip in one sitting. 

'Tis the season!

2)  We made and jarred some kimchi recently.  Yum yum!

3)  If that's not "cabbagy" enough, we also cooked up some cabbage rolls.

4)  I absolutely loved this article I don't know about 12 kids ... but I think the parents did a great job! 

5)  We took my dad out for dinner this evening, just because.  We had a nice visit, and some laughs!

6)  The weather has been beautiful the past couple of weeks, which is amazing for Regina in December.  It's also been making Christopher's long delivery days a little better than usual for this time of year.  Regardless of how long his days have been, he still got up early on Saturday and made our breakfast :-)

7)  Homemade perogies with sausage made a great meal recently, and even better leftovers for lunch.

8)  We are so ridiculously excited to skip town for Christmas and see what Vegas holds for us! 

9)  After our dinner guests on Saturday, and our brunch guests on Sunday, we had more guests!  Yay!  We love our family!  My dad, and our favourite little guy came over for coffee and dessert, since they were out and about together that day.  Our nephew is one sweet kid!  I love that he's still snugly with me, and I sure hope he never grows out of it.  Christopher's looking forward to teaching him some drumming in 2015, now that the little guy is just the right height.

10)  There is a new Pho place in town called Pho Milu.  We shared the spicy beef soup the other day.  It was decent, but not the best Pho we've ever had.

What are your Tuesday things?
How is your week starting out?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Family Breakfast

On Sunday morning Christopher's parents came over for breakfast. 

We had breakfast skillets with potatoes, bacon, veggies, cheese, fresh herbs, and egg.

On the side, we had a bit of toasted homemade bread, fruit (kiwi, strawberries, dragon fruit), and a shot glass smoothie.

We sipped on cranberry mimosas (and coffee of course).

The food was good, but the company was even better!  We love hanging out with our parents!

Will you be seeing all your family this Christmas?

Ten Thousand Villages: A Great Place for Gifts

I've always loved shopping at Ten Thousand Villages.  They are the largest and oldest fair trade organization in North America, selling food products, personal items, home decor, and gift items.  Also, they are a non-profit organization.  I bought a great book called "If the World Were a Village" while we were at this store in Montreal in August. 

The kind people from Ten Thousand Villages offered to send me a few products to try this holiday season.  One was Zatoun extra virgin olive oil made in Palestine.

This oil is very flavourful, and was great in the hummus that we made on the weekend.

They also sent a little dish that is really pretty, and would be perfect for displaying Christmas chocolates.  It is a crackle glaze square plate, made in Vietnam.  It is available for $12.

The other product we tried was Za'atar, a beautiful spice mixture that is perfect on our morning breakfast potatoes.  It's also great in the olive oil as a dip for bread, or sprinkled over a salad.

It is a mixture of thyme, roasted sesame seeds, sumac and sea salt.  You can buy the spice mixture alone for $6, the olive oil for $20, and they are purchases you can feel good about, knowing that the men and women of Palestine are getting a fair dollar for their products. 

Have you ever shopped at Ten Thousand Villages?
Do you have one of these stores near you?

*Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Family Dinner

On Friday night we went out for my work Christmas party.  We were out late, but up early to bake and cookLast night we had Steve and Mel over for dinner; we've been trying to get together with Christopher's entire family this month, as we'll be missing family Christmas this year.

We started with some appetizers, including shrimp fresh rolls:


And some cheesy snacks:

Next up was hot and sour soup:

The main course was an Asian noodle dish:

We had a couple desserts, including double chocolate merlot cookies:

And pumpkin gingerbread with spiced butter cream:

It was a wonderful evening!  Before bed we set the table for the breakfast guests we had this morning - post to come soon!

How was your weekend?
What did you do?