Saturday, January 19, 2019

Hestia

Cafe: Hestia
Address: 66 Wellington St. W
Phone: N/A
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 7:15 AM - 4:30 PM, Sat-Sun CLOSED
Website: https://en.hestiatea.com/


Interior



Menu

Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all, including oat milk!
- Hestia has their own tea blends, straight from Montreal
- Coffee beans from De Mello Palheta
- Milk is steamed in all the lattes
- All drinks can be iced upon request, no extra charge

Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Baked goods from Desmond & Beatrice, La Bamboche, and Bunner's






Review


Hestia is a Montreal tea bar that opened their second location in Toronto last August. It's located within The Path, so it's only opened during office hours on the weekdays. If you are not familiar with The Path, it's an underground network linking different business buildings and subway stations together. It can be quite a maze for someone who doesn't work in the Financial District. I looped around a couple of times trying to find Hestia, which was tucked away in a corner.

Hestia's mission is to serve you the best tea possible, with blends sent straight from Montreal. They serve the finest selection of tea and their matcha is the highest grade from Kyoto, Japan. This location does have espresso-based drinks for people that need their coffee before work. However, try the tea lattes if you can! Each tea leaves have already been measured out in vials, so you can guarantee that your drink will be steeped just right.

I definitely recommend their Matcha Latte and Chai Latte. They normally don't change out their menu because they want to do the classics. However, you can expect at least one seasonal drink on the menu. Hestia is perfect for tea lovers that are looking for their perfect blend that isn't from a teabag.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Haam


Restaurant: The Haam
Address: 342 Adelaide St. W
Phone: 416-977-7258
Operating Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM - 3 PM & 5 - 11 PM;
Website: www.thehaam.ca


Menu

Cerviche, $14


Seaweed Sashimi Salad, $12


Spicy Chicken Karaage, $14


Panko Soft Shell Crab, $14


Miso Eggplant, $10


Unagi Pressed Sushi, $15


Tokyo Rose, $11 (front)



Review

On their website, The Haam states that they serve Korean food. In actuality it's more like Asian fusion with a mix of Korean, Japanese, and Mexican. I had the chance to try a few of their appetizers. I quite enjoyed the Panko Soft Shell Crab ($14) and the Miso Eggplant ($10), but I thought all the appetizers were quite good.

I got the Tokyo Rose cocktail, which was quite pretty look-wise but taste-wise it was simply a-ok. By the time my Unagi Pressed Sushi ($15) came out, I was already quite full from the appetizers alone. The Unagi Pressed Sushi is still an excellent dish and I wished I had more room in my stomach to enjoy it properly without overstuffing myself.

The restaurant is not that big so I suggest you make a reservation if you go in the evening or weekend. I think the diverse menu and atmosphere makes it a cute date spot. It's not overly fancy or intimate but the space is small enough to give you that cozy feeling. Not to mention they have some adorable menu covers, ranging from Studio Ghibli to Disney!

Monday, November 19, 2018

[Product Review] Moscow Muled Mugs


Company: Moscow Muled
Product Type: Copper mugs
Website: www.moscowmuled.com

Do you fancy having your kitchen full of aesthetically-pleasing, but functional kitchen products? I had the pleasure of trying out some cute copper mugs that would fit into your dream kitchen from Moscow Muled, a Vancouver-based company.

The owners of Moscow Muled noticed a lack of copper mugs with interior nickel lining in the market. Many copper mugs you see are not lined with nickel, therefore acidic fluids (that could be found in cocktails) would cause a chemical reaction with the copper. This leads to copper ingestion and a negative impact to one's health. Moscow Muled aims to provide safe-to-drink and stylish copper mugs.

I received a couple of mugs to try out for this post. The mugs are handcrafted and hammered individually to create a lovely, yet simple pattern. Thus, making each and every mug unique.


Since I don't make cocktails at home, I decided to use it for some ice cream.  It took three huge scoops of the maple-flavoured ice cream to reach the top. Each copper mug holds 16 ounces of liquid. So despite appearances, one mug holds a lot of liquid (which is perfect for when you are at a party). I added some Hershey's cookies and cream chocolate pieces, rainbow sprinkles and a Pirouette stick to complete this homemade treat.

I don't recommend using the mug for hot drinks. It will heat up really fast and burn you. So these mugs are best for cold drinks or of course, your Moscow Mules. If you would like to be creative, these mugs could be used as decor or holding office supplies as well!