Last night my friends took me out to Il Mercato in Bedford for dinner. It was exactly what I needed! Sometimes you have to recharge those foodie batteries by being pampered and indulge in beautiful food with wonderful company.
I have been to this Il Mercato a couple of times now and each time the food was delightful and the service was excellent. I had the spaghettini sautéed with seafood which I was assured was a very popular dish and I can see why. The seasoning was perfection and the subtlety of the olive oil and spices allowed the seafood to shine.
Dinner was light enough for me to indulge in the Tia Maria Coffee Toffee Crunch Cake with some of the best decaf coffee I have ever had. All my friends adored their dinners and were thrilled with the fabulous coffee which we drank copious amounts of last night.
Our server was helpful, fun and attentive without hovering. After we paid the bill we were not pressured to leave. It was the perfect dinner.
We are such a wild bunch, hanging out Freak Lunchbox after dinner. I had heard of this store over and over again, filled with candy from our childhood but I had been in many similar stores and they never had the chocolate bar of my kid dreams. Shockingly, Freak Lunchbox had something very similar!
I could not believe it! Now from the packaging, I couldn’t tell it was the same chocolate bar but as soon as I touched it and felt the odd chocolate-covered toffee braiding inside, I knew I had to buy Cadbury’s Curly Wurly. Sure enough, it looked very similar. I thought it was wider and these seem very frail in comparison to the ones I used to eat as a kid.
I remember the original packaging having a cowboy on the cover with a lasso. The idea is that this was like a cowboy’s rope but I have been unable to confirm this is exactly the same chocolate bar. The cool thing is that as I was eating it in the parking lot of Sunnyside Mall I could still take a bite and have the chocolate bar expand with the caramel which got longer and longer as I pulled. That is a childhood memory I have been wanting to experience again for a long, long time.
Thanks to my friends I am feeling much better inside. Sadly I had a fibro flare last night in my ankle and could hardly walk but it is feeling a bit better today. A good day to stay inside and make soup because yes, it is cold and dreary but at least now I can indulge in candy nostalgia (I bought several Curly Wurlys) and reminisce while making new foodie memories.