They say that variety is the spice of life, and that couldn’t be more true of this month’s plan. The Mediterranean diet not only boasts an array of flavourful, non-processed foods from the diverse cultures the plan is named for, it also encourages spicing up your life by being physically and socially active.
When I was looking for a Mediterranean restaurant for this week’s outing, I found one in the neighbourhood that fit the bill to a ‘T’… and in this case, the ‘T’ stands for ‘tapas’. SPICE Lounge and Tapas in Port Credit takes traditional Spanish cuisine and serves it with a twist and a whole lot of sexy.
Tapas means appetizer in Spanish, so the servings are a little more modest and are meant to be shared – which is perfect if you want to sample a variety of dishes. My friend Cindy, and I stepped out of our routine last Thursday night and painted the town red at this cozy venue… actually, it painted us red. The decor is ultra-stylish and the red lighting cast a warm glow on our meal.We shared the Serrano Ham and Fig (18 month serrano ham, Ibirico cheese, braise red onions and fig jam, drizzled with honey), Grilled Calamari, and Red Stag Chorizo (chorizo sausage, julienne onions and granny smith apples, flambéed tableside in Red Stage Cherry Bourbon). And you can’t have a Spanish meal without a refreshing glass of Sangria… mmmm – muy bueno!We also split the desserts, a yummy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake that melts in your mouth, and the Benjelos (Spanish cheese donuts smothered in homemade dolce de leche and icing sugar) is to die for!
The staff was very friendly, making our dining experience even better. Ryan, the manager, even treated us to dessert when he heard we’d never been to the restaurant – now that’s service!
I haven’t lost a single pound on this plan (yet!) and that’s okay. The Mediterranean diet may not be the way to go for weight loss for me, but it’s definitely in the lead for the maintenance plan when I get to my goal weight.
For my Week 19 food journal click here.