Dinner at Napolis

Super exciting!!! Last Saturday, my parents watched the kids overnight allowing Julien and I to go out for dinner with our friends AND sleep in Sunday morning. Sleeping in and not having to rush out of bed as soon as your eyes open is such a luxury nowadays. It’s like winning the lottery lol Since our daughter was born we’ve had three overnights to ourselves and I swear I am giddy about it each and every time. Of course, I miss the kids like crazy but it’s so nice being able to wake up, lay in bed for 45 mins, drink a hot coffee quietly and start the day slowly.

This time we were invited with friends to go to dinner at Napolis cafe in Stittsville. I hadn’t been in about six years and didn’t know what to expect but I knew that it would be good. Before leaving for the restaurant, we opened an awesome bottle of Graham Beck bubbly with our friends George and Chelsea, at our place, and enjoyed it out back in the sun. I know we didn’t have the greatest weather this summer but the weather this fall is exceptional! After finishing our bubbly, we left for the restaurant.

Once we entered Napolis, the Manager, Basil, welcomed us and brought us to our table for the evening. He set us up beautifully outdoors on his patio. We had a beautiful long table, with a firepit, and were surrounded by vines with grapes and tomatoes plants. As we walked towards our table, I noticed that he already had a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne chilling. AMAZING. Once we sat down, he poured us a perfectly chilled glass of champagne. Enjoying that first glass was the BEST way to kick-start our evening. For those of you who have read all of my posts, you know that my favourite drinks are champagne and bubbly. There’s nothing better…Ok, I also enjoy a good rum and coke with LOTS of lime but we are getting off topic here lol πŸ˜‰

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While drinking our first glass, our friends Nika and Quinton arrived and the six of us caught up over a variety of appetizers. We ordered their garlic and cheese bread, beef carpaccio, mussels and escargots. I eat pretty much everything except for yogurt, mussels and escargots so I, unfortunately, cannot provide you with comments on them (although the group seemed to love them) but the garlic bread and carpaccio were insane!

Following our appetizers we had our mains. Anyone that is looking to enjoy rich home cooked style Italian food you have to eat here. These dishes were incredible and the portions were huge. I ordered the Pollo Penne and OMG it was delicious!!! It was a pasta dish with chicken breast in a rosemary sauce with white wine, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms.

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Some of the other meals ordered were veal parmesan, chicken parmesan, lamb, fettucini etc. Below are a few pictures of some of the dishes that we enjoyed.

Of course, our main courses were enjoyed with a couple bottles of fabulous red wine. The first was an Amarone and the second a Borolo from their cellars list of fabulous wines. #yum!!!

Overall, this was yet another successful night out spent with our fabulous friends over good food, champagne and wines. We enjoyed the entire evening outside and met the chef (who happened to be Basil’s brother) at the end of the night. Turns out the restaurant is a family affair and the owner’s daughters work there as well. The setting, food and drinks were all delicious and I have to say that this meal satisfied my craving for some good old rich Italian food. If you’re looking to satisfy a similar craving, I definitely recommend the food atΒ Napolis. Finally, the owner, chef and staff were fabulous and made the evening exceptional so a big shoutout to them!

What’s your favourite Italian restaurant? Have you been to Napolis? If so, what are your favourite dishes?

Talk soon.

Ciao,

Ash

Birthdays and dinner parties

Saturday night we celebrated my friend Chelsea’s birthday at her place. Her husband hosted a lovely and quaint dinner party for six. We often go to their place with the kids but this time the party was sans enfants and it was so nice to catch up on our own. Yes, this does mean that the kids were left with a babysitter and NO, ourΒ toddler didn’t go to sleep when he was supposed to lol but it was still worth it.

Chels and George’s home is absolutely stunning and equipped with a beautiful resort style pool, fire pit, and outdoor dining area which made it the perfect setting for a summer birthday party. It facilitates both relaxation and outdoor parties.

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We spent the entire evening out back enjoying amazing bubbly, wines and eating good food. Isn’t it so nice to be able to finally enjoying meals outdoors? There’s nothing like it. We started our evening off with some foie gras, cheese, and Louis Buillot bubbly. If you haven’t tried foie gras OR Louis Buillot’s bubbly, both are a must, especially together. We can thank the French for both. Merci ;). We first started drinking Louis Buillot about four years ago, with Chels and George, and we haven’t turned back. My favorite ones are their Rose and their blanc de blanc. If you dare try them πŸ˜‰ please leave a comment and let me know what you think of them. I don’t think you will regret it. Luckily for us, they are usually available at the LCBO in their vintages section.

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Next, we enjoyed an awesome BBQ dinner. We ate three different types of steaks along with a few beautiful salads. It was not only fresh but very flavourful. To go along with our meal we enjoyed aΒ bottle of Monasterio De Las Minas Gran Reserva 2007. Delicious!

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Of course, with a pool like theirs, the night ended off with a late night swim and like most nights, we had an amazing time. A huge shout out to George and Chels for hosting. The evening was a huge success and so much fun.

Happy birthday lover!

xo