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Chelsea Lately #5

In the few weeks that I’ve been back from England I’ve posted about all of my adventures (here, here, and here). So now that those are out of the way, I can get back to my regular posting.

I’ve got lots of updates today, so settle down with cup of tea (I’m drinking my English breakfast tea that I picked up at Fortnum & Mason in London – it makes me feel slightly British!) and let’s get caught up, shall we?

Last week I went out for dinner with an old friend from elementary school who I reconnected with through social media. We checked out Burlington’s new pizzeria Son of a Peach, which has been getting rave reviews ever since it opened. We split the Fig & Prosciutto pizza and the Pig & Peach pizza – both were delicious! The combination of peach and bacon was unexpected, but surprisingly good.

Son of a Peach pizza

I also recently went out for drinks with some of my high school friends who I only see occasionally. As I was sitting there I looked around at everyone and it suddenly hit me how much time has passed since high school. Some have jobs, some live and work overseas, some are in serious relationships… it’s like we’re adults or something. Scary.

I still haven’t found a job as a Registered Dietitian though. I’ve applied to a few positions that interested me, but I haven’t even heard back from one of them. And not only is it frustrating, but it’s also a bit of a blow to the self esteem. I’m just trying to stay positive by telling myself that I’m probably competing with people who have loads more experience than I do, and that the right job will come along soon.

And I guess one of the perks of being unemployed is having tons of time to play in the kitchen. One day when I had an entire afternoon free I decided to make homemade rosemary focaccia (I used this recipe and added rosemary). It turned out beautifully and was the perfect accompaniment to Jamie Oliver’s lentil soup.

rosemary focaccia

I’ve also been loving that I have the time to go to the farmers market so often. In the past week I’ve gone twice! Most of the first loot was used to cook dinner with my friend, and the eggplant I used to make this fantastic open faced sandwich with olive relish.

Burlington mall farmers market

But when I’m not job hunting, making bread, or going to the farmers market, I’ve been helping my parents with the basement. Burlington had some nasty flooding while I was in England, and our basement got about 4 inches of water (which is better than the 8 feet that some houses got – I can’t imagine what a nightmare they must be going through). We have to tear up most of it, and also get rid of a lot of stuff, so it’s been busy!

What has been going on lately with you?

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NaRoma Pizza Bar

Growing up in Burlington, we always referred to Hamilton as “the armpit of Ontario”. It had crappy shopping, too many one-way streets, and it ruined the scenery of Burlington Bay with its gross factories. So when I accepted an internship at Hamilton Health Sciences, I did it only because I could live at home in smog-free Burlington while commuting to Hamilton.

Little did I know that this year I would actually start to like Hamilton. I don’t love its rush hour traffic or its ugly factory district, mind you, but I’ve found other aspects of the city I love. One of those aspects is of course its food.

My latest favourite Hamilton restaurant find is NaRoma Pizza Bar (website) on Locke Street.

NaRoma Pizza Bar

I met up with some fellow interns here for dinner last week after hearing good things about it, and we did not leave disappointed! We got there at 6:30 pm, which was the perfect timing because just 10 minutes later the front entrance became packed with people waiting for tables. At that point we knew we were in for a good meal because no one waits that long for just mediocre pizza!

NaRoma Pizza Bar

We decided to go for the “famiglia” sized order, which is 18 slices and allows us to select up to 3 different pizzas on the menu (so you get 6 slices of each pizza). This was perfect because we each got to choose one and split them between us! We eventually decided on:

1) Brie cheese, mozzarella, fig jam, caramelized onions, prosciutto, arugula, and reduced balsamic
2) Tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, and parmigiano
3) Chicken, pesto, roasted red peppers, artichokes

NaRoma Pizza Bar

They were all so good I can’t even choose a favourite! But I will tell you that we all left NaRoma Pizza Bar very stuffed and very satisfied.

Hamilton, you just may win me over yet.

What’s your favourte pizza topping combination?

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Roommate reunion + Pizzeria Libretto

Four years ago, in my second year away at university, I lived with 5 other girls. It was a crappy little rental house with drafty windows, tilted floors, and a bathroom roof that eventually collapsed.

But living in that house was one of the best years of my life. Filled with dancing, staying out til 3 am, midnight pizzas, long chats, matching American Apparel dresses, gross vodka and tea conconctions, and the song “Colt 45”, it was a year of non-stop fun. But we haven’t all hung out together in years, so we decided it was time for a reunion!

This past Monday Marcy, Jill, Steph and I got together in Toronto for a toned down version of our former nights out. We ended up on the Danforth, where we stumbled upon Pizzeria Libretto, which I’ve heard good things about. Everyone was in the mood for pizza, so we decided to stop there for dinner.

Pizzeria Libretto

We split 3 pizzas between the four of us:

Libretto Margherita (with buffalo mozzarella, crushed tomatoes, basil and grana padano): This was good, but probably my least favourite. The crust was pretty soggy and I found the crushed tomatoes to be really overpowering. It was still good though!

Pizzeria Libretto Margherita

Housemade Sausage (with caramelized onion, mozzarella, and chili oil): This one was my favourite! It was simple, but the housemade sausage was delicious.

Pizzeria Libretto Housemade Sausage

Cremini Mushroom (with buffalo mozzarella, gorgonzola, roasted garlic, rosemary, thyme, and pecorino): I really liked this one too – mushrooms and cheese is such a good combination!

Pizzeria Libretto Cremini Mushroom

We demolished them all and were so stuffed, but we somehow found room for Menchie’s afterward. It’s impossible to deny a fro yo craving when it happens, right? So I made myself this mixture of chocolate, red velvet cupcake, and vanilla fro yo with chocolate chips, toasted coconut, mini marshmallows, sprinkles and strawberries. The red velvet cupcake flavour was the best!

Menchies fro yo on the Danforth

The rest of the night was a whirlwind of walking around Toronto, navigating the subway, hula hooping (don’t ask), and playing a round of pool at Madison Avenue Pub. A lot has changed since our time in that house 4 years ago, but at least our fun times together haven’t changed!

Have you ever lived with roommates? What was your best roommate experience?

Favourite kind of pizza?

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