Reviews

Girls Night Out With Famoso

Nothing is better than a night out with the girls. A few years ago, that would have meant getting all dolled up for a night of dancing at the club, but these days I much prefer to catch up over some cocktails and good food. What better place for a night of indulgence with some of your closest girls than Famoso, which is exactly where me and some friends met up last Thursday.

Famoso

If you haven’t been to a Famoso before, you should probably check it out. They coin themselves a “fast casual style restaurant”, where you sit down and decide on your order, then take your order to the counter and let the staff continue to serve you from there. You can pay right at the counter when you order, or start a tab if you want to keep going. I have to say, even with the casualness, the service at my local Famoso has always been impeccable. I’ve never once had a bad experience and always leave completely impressed and satisfied.

Famoso Drinks

We started off with some drinks and appies. When I heard limoncello lemonade was on special, I had to have one. Typically they’re one of my favourite cocktails, but the other girls kept talking about how amazing the sangria was and made me really wish I’d have ordered one of those too! For appetizers we shared the Mediterranean Flatbread (oven baked flatbread with garlic, oregano, feta, EVOO. Served with house-made tzatziki and Tuscan-style hummus) and Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls (Fior-di-latte wrapped with prosciutto, baked in Campania tomato sauce, fresh basil, and pecorino romano. Served with flatbread.) The mozza balls were good, but the flatbread was TO DIE FOR. I could have ate nothing but that and left satisfied.

Famoso Dinner

Onto the next course. Some of the girls ordered Caprese Salad to go with their pizzas, but I knew that I wanted dessert at the end of the meal and wanted to make sure I had room. I ordered the Cavoletti pizza (oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, prosciutto crisps, gorgonzola cheese, dates, walnuts, drizzle of honey) which is probably the best pizza on the menu, in my opinion. Not your average pizza toppings, but guaranteed to blow your mind. Are you up for the challenge?

What I love about Famoso pizza is that it is authentic, Italian style pizza made with ingredients imported straight from Italy, hand stretched, hand tossed and then baked in a fire oven at 900 degrees for 90 seconds. The result is one of the best tasting creations your mouth has ever experienced.

Famoso Dessert

Oh wait, the dessert might be a close competitor for the best tasting creation your mouth has experienced. Can we talk about how good gelato is? And it’s plentiful at Famoso, making it hard to nail down just which flavour to choose. It’s tempting just to sit and sample them all instead of actually ordering a scoop. As if we hadn’t indulged enough with our first and second course, but we couldn’t go without a Nutella pizza to share and a scoop of gelato each. By this point my stomach was sore, both from all the food and all the laughs from good company. I just couldn’t resist the seasonal gelato flavour…pumpkin spice! I definitely needed to be rolled home that night.

The food, the drinks, the service, the ambience, and most importantly the company was just what I needed for a great night out. Most of us have tiny humans at home that make it hard to get together like we used to, especially as a group, so I was especially thankful we were able to coordinate a time to meet up. Nights like these to happen a little more regularly, so let’s not wait so long until next time, ok ladies?

Whether you are looking for a quick lunch, yummy dessert, or a nice meal, Famoso has all of your bases loaded. Keep them in mind for your next girls night, office lunch, date night, or your quick take out meal on your way home. I promise you will be just as impressed and satisfied as me.

Disclaimer: We were invited to enjoy a VIP dining experience from Famoso. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Random

Weekend Recap

That weekend went by way too quick for me! Can I please have one more day?

Friday
I came home to an empty house, ready for some relax time. I had considered hitting up the new Hunger Games movie, but knew that Saturday was going to be a busy day and I was still trying to fight the last of my cold. I opted for a bubble bath and the latest episode of Parenthood. Can we talk about this show for a second? How can they end with an episode like that and not air again until January!

Saturday
I slept in a little before heading out to help with set up for my company Christmas party. Once that was done I grabbed a much needed coffee, went to pick up some paint samples for Liam’s room (omg, I can’t make a decision!), stopped at Cassandra’s to pick through her dresses, and finally stopped at Alix’s to get my makeup done. I went home to attempt to do my hair. I’m so not a girly girl because I just can’t do my own hair and makeup. I had a minor meltdown when my hair turned into a mess and I didn’t have time to wash it or start over. I think in the end it turned out half decent, but not without a fight. Before long it was party time.

Sunday
I wasn’t feeling my best Sunday morning and slept much later than I had anticipated. I picked Liam up just before lunch and we hung out watching some cartoons before going for dual naps. Liam slept for a good couple hours, but that meant we wouldn’t be able to make it to paint some pottery at Color Me Mine like I’d hoped. We went for groceries, came home and made supper and then it was bed time again. Seriously, the weekend went by too fast!

Anyone else watch Parenthood?
Do you have any Christmas parties to attend this year?

Healthy Living

What I’ve Been Eating Lately

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, so despite the mostly paleo recipes I’m going to share, I have to admit my diet has gone off the rails. Stress and being tired makes me turn to comfort foods, which are definitely not paleo for me. I’m also getting really sick of eggs for breakfast so I’ve been eating some Stoked Oats instead. Again, not paleo, but still healthy. I usually aim for 80/20 rule, 80% paleo, 20% not. I know that paleo eating is what my body reacts to the best and when I eat more grains and starches I feel more bloated and sluggish. But it doesn’t affect me enough that I deny everything off plan.

That being said, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been eating lately:

Paleo Cabbage Roll Casserole via Health Bent. I had cabbage in my vegetable share and thought I would try something new. I didn’t love it though and now I have two more heads of cabbage to use. Any suggestions?

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Drumsticks via Skinny TasteSaw this on Alison’s blog and thought I’d give it a try. It was super yummy. Will make again.

Grilled Kohlrabi. Another vegetable share item. IMG_9507

Rustic Bacon and Pumpkin Soup via The Paleo MomI have a bunch of various squash, including three or four pumpkins, from my vegetable share so I was searching for a good soup recipe. This was a major win. I think I died and went to soup heaven when I tasted it. Almost wish I would have made a double batch!

French Toast – It’s a weekend tradition for Liam and I to have pancakes or French toast. I’ve been gravitating to the French toast lately, adding coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut flakes to the batter, then topping with fruit and coconut butter. This particular plate was especially heavenly.

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Paleo Chicken Bacon Alfredo via PaleOMG Again, another recipe I tried because of my abundance of squashes. This one called for a delicata squash, which I’d never heard of, but said you could substitute an acorn squash, which I did have. Turns out the next week’s vegetable share contained two delicata squash. I’m tempted to remake this.

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Also, all of the beets, carrots, potatoes and leeks that I could ever imagine thanks to the fall vegetable share. I have an abundance and am really running out of creative ideas on how to use them. Any ideas are welcome!

What are some great recipes you’ve tried lately?
Do you stick to a certain diet or meal plan? If so, what?