I know I just wrote all about how winter isn't so bad, but this cold snap we're having seems like it will never end. Between the weather and a few projects that keep me tied to my computer, my life as a hermit has officially arrived. My daily goals these days usually consist of wearing as much fleece as possible and eating a lot of pizza. There's something about comfort food in the winter that makes everything a little better.
A few nights ago, I bundled up and headed to The Senator for the comfort food to end all comfort food. Located opposite the Ed Mirvish theatre and right around the corner from the Cineplex in Yonge-Dundas Square, it's the perfect spot to stop in for a homestyle dinner before catching a show on stage or screen.
We started with an arugula, goat cheese, and roasted beat salad topped with pomegranate seeds. The beets are soft and sweet, and the cheese adds some tang. It's one of my favourite classic combinations of flavours, and the pomegranate seeds take the whole dish up a notch.
We were originally thinking of sharing a salad, but when we couldn't make up our minds we ordered two!
Another classic choice: caesar salad. I love the big slices of parmesan in this one and it's great for sharing. I miss having a little bacon in my caesar though... I'll use any excuse to eat more bacon!
For the main course we have an 8oz naturally raised beef burger supplied by one of my favourite local butcher shops: Cumbrae's. This one was ordered with some added blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms instead of the usual bun. It's a gluten-free way of eating that results in loads more flavour! And yes, those are fresh cut fries.
Lastly, we've got meatloaf. I never eat meatloaf. I don't make it at home, and it's not a dish that you see on a lot of menus. But this weather had me thinking meatloaf would be the most delicious thing on the menu, and I was right! It was the perfect hearty-homestyle-comfort-food to tuck into in the middle of February. Creamy mashed potatoes, flavourfully seasoned meat, and rich gravy make me warm enough to brave the frozen streets. There are even some greens on the plate there so you get your vitamins to combat those winter blues.
If you're feeling cooped up and cold, brave the storms and enjoy some quality comfort food. There's nothing like homestyle cooking to warm you up!