Taste “it” Parlour Adds New Menu
- On December 2, 2013
On a shorter visit to Toronto this summer Parlour quickly became my favourite lounge. A great crowd, eclectic room that reminds me of Hotel Costes, always a fun DJ to stir up the room and the little dance floor, and an outdoor courtyard – and when Toronto can be a bit of a concrete jungle it’s an oasis in the heart of the city.
Parlour has been an evening go to spot for ‘those in the know’ for two years and its next evolution is to become a cozy dinner get away. I was joined by UK partner-in-socializing, Jeff Stuit (Waverton), to do a Tasting Teaser of the New Menu.
Quinoa Canoes – Belgian endive, marinated vegetables, honey Dijon vinaigrette.
- She: They’re just plain fun. And if you were on a date they’re easy sharing. No mess.
- He: It was even better without the honey Dijon vinaigrette. Cleaner individual flavours that weren’t as overwhelmed by the sweetness.
Beef Tartare – Dijon mustard, truffle aioli, cornichon
- She: The best part is that there is actual truffle in it, not just oil.
- He: It got the thumbs up, but he was occupied by the meat balls.
Chicken Empanades – glazed chic
- She: These were my favorite, with the tartare a close second.
- He: Fresh, spicy, and uplifting. The chimichurri adds authentic flair.
Meatballs – beef/lamb/or vegan – pasilla pepper, infused olive oil
- She: I was too busy polishing off the tartare. What he said.
- He: Meatballs have a touch of sweet from the caramelized onions and make a great treat with cocktails.
And we both devoured the Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Maybe it was the house pickled grapes, or maybe the truffle honey. As for yummy cheese selections ask if they are serving the Saint-Paulin – it’s a soft cheese made by Trappist monk’s who apparently know what they’re doing. That sealed the deal that we’ll be back for more than just cocktails!
About Chef Frank Ghanavati
Turkish native Chef Frank Ghanavati studied at George Brown College, and after completing a prestigious apprenticeship at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel continued his global culinary education at Alta Societa in Italy, Nega Culinary School in Thailand, CESSA Universidad in Mexico, and Sunrise Global Chef Academy in Singapore. Frank honed his skills in high profile kitchens around the world, including the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore, Hilton Hotels in Mexico City and Burnaby BC, and The Royal Bank of Canada Executive Dining Room in Toronto before finding a home with the Vitale brothers at Parlour.
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One of my faves right now is this BCBGeneration Winter Veil Beanie.
P.S. There are a ton of DIY ideas out there (like this one).
This is for all my girls who really hate those tops and dresses that make it almost impossible to hide our bra straps. Well designer Christine Ko brilliantly devised a Kaiio a sparkly solution–gorgeous crystal bra straps you won’t want to hide!
Kaiio offers gorgeous one-of-a-kind crystal straps that replace traditional bra straps and become the perfect accessory to add a little sparkle to your Holiday Season.
Three years ago, Christine Ko, founder of Kaiio, made her first crystal jeweled strap solely to give her work uniform a little something extra. After numerous compliments and customers asking to buy her pieces she became determined to launch her own company to share her sparkle with the rest of the world. In August 2013, Christine Ko and Quinton Van Der Burgh partnered to create a dazzling line of crystal jeweled straps known as Kaiio. From humble beginnings, Kaiio was destined to be the finishing touch to the little black dress.
“There’s no such thing as too much sparkle…it gives women the option to add a wow factor to a little black dress or a hint of glam to a blouse and jeans.” Designer, Christine Ko says.
No wonder I’m over the moon excited for Deighton Cup, Vancouver’s own version of the Kentucky Derby at Hastings racecourse.
Growing up, my fave movie was My Fair Lady. One of the most iconic scenes of this classic was Professor Higgins’ and Elisa’s day at the horse races. Every hat, dress, glove, and umbrella – equally eccentric and elegant.
The indulgence tantamount with the era of Gatsby will flood Hastings. All the stylish ladies and dapper gents will be vying for ‘Style Stakes’ (best dressed) to have their name imprinted on the coveted Deighton Cup. It’s all about the hat:
- Goorin Brothers in Yaletown has an amazing selection of dainty fascinators to show-stopping wide-brimmed hats. They can help you pick a hat that best suits your face shape and makes you feel the most comfortable.
“The most sophisticated and playful event of the summer” – Erin Cebula, ET Canada
“…One of the summer’s must-attend, see-and-be seen fashion and social events” – Fred Lee, The Province; Vancouver Courier
“The most stylish event of the summer” – Huffington Post
- Use quirky pieces to create your look – add a feather, jewels or scarf for drama. Dominique of Hive Mind Millinery offers “Fascinator Parties” where you can even build your own.
- Take a cue from last year’s Style Stakes winner – Erin Cebula – and have fun with your look! Use pops of colour in your accessories to create a show-stopping look.
Guest Writer ~ Heather Oliver