Monday, February 13, 2012

Our Winterlicious Dinner @ The Wine Bar, Toronto

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

Wendy and I hosted 30 of our friends and blog readers for a very special Winterlicious Dinner at The Wine Bar last week. Joining us at our table were Sharon from The Backseat Stylers, Nelia from Style Blog, Tamika from Shop Socials and Gail from Real Sports.

When fashion bloggers get hungry
Winterlicious, presented by American Express, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year with prix-fixe menus at 175 of Toronto’s top restaurants. The event was held over two weeks from January 27 to February 9, and we were lucky to have a big blowout dinner on closing night.

The most popular first course seemed to be the Grilled Calamari (above), served with a toasted baguette, citrus greens & tzaziki that was devoured instantly upon arrival. The main entrée was a choice of Braised Beef Cheeks, Spicy Shrimp Risotto or a Wild Mushroom Polenta

To finish the night on a sweet note, we all shared our Maple Crème Brulee, Bread & Butter Pudding and Egg Nog with Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies with the table. The food was so delicious that we all fought over the French Fries and made it through a couple bottles of wine!

The three-course dinner that night was only $25 and the perfect excuse to catch up with friends inside a cozy wine bar on a -20 kind of night.

Our guests were also surprised with a complimentary glass of wine upon arrival – courtesy of The Wine Bar. And even before Winterlicious started, American Express Cardmembers were also given Front of the Line access to an exclusive early reservation period, making sure they got their top pick of restaurants.

Missed our hugTO Winterlicious Dinner? Here’s the highlight reel of our big night out and our interview with Chef Bryan of The Wine Bar.
Tweet us! Follow along @hipurbangirl and on the event hashtag #DineWithAmex

More Photos! Come on over to our Facebook page to see more photos from our Winterlicious Dinner at The Wine Bar. Want in? To learn of the latest perks Amex is offering its Cardmembers, check out their Facebook page.

Did you eat anywhere during Winterlicious? Where did you go and what did you have?


  1. Girls, I'm so glad you've enjoyed your Winterlicious dinner. The Wine Bar seems like a fine place to savor a perfect dish and the chef has to be a really nice guy. :) I visited a few restaurants throughout Winterlicious and Auberge du Pommier was by far the best. I ordered Salade du Marché (mixed greens, shaved beets, minted yogurt, couscous, red wine vinaigrette) as an entrée. Then I continued with Truite Véronique
    (rainbow trout, brown butter almonds, red grapes, braised cabbage, tasting of cauliflower) and finished with a sinfully delicious dessert called Chocolat Chaud (hot chocolate, marshmallow mousse, French cruller). What more could a hungry tummy wish for at $25 price? Looking forward to Summerlicious.