Saturday night I forced my husband to accompany me to a vegan restaurant here in Ottawa that recently opened on Wellington St. (formerly located on Bank St). I had never been to Café My House and was eager to give it a try because I often wish I was vegetarian (vegan is a little much for me), and want to eat less meat...but my husband does the cooking so I'm pretty much shit out of luck. That and their Instagram photos had me mesmerized.
(I forgot to take a photo of the outside so I stole this off of their FB account - taken by the lovely Ottawa Vélo Vogue - another local IG fav)
The weather was GORGEOUS so we opted to sit on the back patio aka jungle. It was beautiful and we got to watch a squirrel going to town on an apple growing on their apple tree. (Sorry for crap iPhone pics - my Fuji X10 was at work)
They have a REALLY cool cocktail menu - Jeff had the Smoky Red Pepper (Tequila. red pepper juice. Chipotle pepper. lime. bitters.) and I had the Ginger Mojito (Dillons Gin. bitters. mint. lime. cucumber. ginger beer.) OMG it was GOOD!
A little amuse bouche - zucchini with dill oil
I had the Butternut Squash Cakes (Butternut squash cakes. rosemary and pistachio pesto. roasted apples.). LOVED this.
Jeff had the Maple & Miso Roasted Brussel Sprouts (Roasted brussel sprouts. crispy tempeh. Coriander peanut sauce. mung bean salad.) This is where to my shock and amazement that he proclaimed he loved tempeh.
We both had the Yam & Sage Gnocchi (Gnocchi. beet merlot reduction. dried cherries. roasted beets. walnuts.). DAMN the sauce was GOOD. (Photo taken after I dumped my mushrooms on Jeff's plate - I detest mushrooms)
We then had the Dessert Sharing Plate (I think it was butternut squash cheesecake, key lime cheesecake, coconut tiramisu, carrot cake and strawberry basil cheesecake). All fabulous. And we had it with coffee that Jeff adored, made in a Hario ceramic drip coffee maker that he now wants to buy.
Awesome meal, for those into vegan food and those that aren't. :-)
We have a new advertiser on the blog, Genie of Etsy shop GenWoo, and she lives here in Ottawa! She makes the cutest tissue garland (or as mobiles, among other things) and they are so adorable. Perfect to use for decorations at a party, or for no reason at all! The one below is my favourite colour combo. I would love that to decorate the library nook on my third floor that doesn't exist yet. ;)
On Sunday Jeff took me to Whalesbone for my birthday dinner. We had never been (embarrassing since it is the only cool fish/seafood restaurant in this city) and it was awesome! My only disappointments were that they do not have A/C so we were HOT. So very hot. We sat at the back right in front of the kitchen (cool spot though) so my silk Rick Owens shorts started sticking to my legs.
Thankfully my sister warned us about the temperature situation and since it was 35 degrees out I wore the lightest outfit I had. Another bummer was there were no cocktails. I am a sucker for a funky cocktail. I had beer instead. Anyhoo, minor details. I highly recommend this place. Here is what we had...
I started with the special - a tomato salad that isn't on the menu I brought home so I don't remember ingredients. Fab!
Jeff started with 1 lb mussels / coconut / lime leaf / chili / garlic / peanuts / thai basil (the sauce was divine!)
My main was the mackerel / eggplant / smoked tomato puree / putanesca / basil
Jeff's main was the steelhead trout / carrot / cauliflower / burnt honey / apple / fennel / dukkah
I always make room for dessert - banana cream pie. OH YESSSSSSS.
Jeff got the churros with chocolate sauce. YUMMY.