Yesterday was my favourite day of this summer so far! Why? Because my best friend Lauren just got back from 5 months of studying abroad in England! She was doing research in Southampton, but she also went on a cruise from Italy to Greece to Turkey. Sounds amazing right?
After our joyous reunion involving shrieking and hugging, we headed off on our bikes for lunch downtown. We decided on The Martini House (website) because we had really nice weather that day, and Martini House has a great outdoor patio.
We both ordered a glass of Humberto Canale Black River malbec from Argentina. Our waiter recommended it to us, and it did not disappoint. It was light, sweet, and fruity – just how I like my wine!
And then we split an order of bruschetta to start. I can’t even remember the last time I had bruschetta, but I’m glad Lauren suggested this because it was so fresh and delicious.
Lauren ordered the pasta special of the day, which was a pappardelle with broccoli, red peppers, shrimp, and an herbed olive oil. She gave it the thumbs up!
For my entree I got the vegetable wrap with grilled market vegetables, roasted red pepper hummus, and fresh pesto. But they had to leave out the pesto because it may have been cross contaminated with nuts, which was a little disappointing. It also came out a bit soggy, but the wrap stayed intact, so it was still easy to eat. It was okay, but I wish I’d ordered something different!
We stayed for a while after our meal to finish off our wine and continue catching up. There’s nothing better than sitting out on a sunny patio with good wine and my best friend to chat with!
What’s your favourite appetizer to share?