Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Aroma Boozy Brunch Giveaway

By Wendy Kam Marcy

My first encounter with Aroma Espresso Bar was back in 2009 while I was in Tel Aviv. Their attractive café with vibrant red decor caught my eye but it is their signature coffee blend that has kept me coming back, now six years later.

Aroma is not your typical drop-in where you pick up your coffee to-go. For me, it’s somewhere you want to hang out at – the place to setup your laptop and work for an hour or the convenient meeting spot to grab a bite with friends.

For an establishment that refers to themselves as an “espresso bar”, they’ve really outdone themselves with offering an extensive menu. My favourite time to hang out here is weekend brunch. The atmosphere is casual, the food is delicious, prices are reasonable AND the Liberty Village location serves booze!

I recently met up with a lovely group of bloggers for a patio brunch. We are loyal fans of Aroma and call ourselves the #AromaGirls. Needless to say, there was a lot of laughs, gossip and food porn!

So what’s exactly on Aroma’s Mediterranean-inspired menu? Everything from made-to-order salads and sandwiches to pastries baked fresh, all-day breakfasts and gourmet coffee, teas and specialty hot/cold drinks prepared by expertly-trained baristas.

Shakshuka is my comfort food here. Two sunny-side up eggs float on top of a rich warm tomato and pepper sauce. It is served with Tahini and freshly baked bread.

The Aroma Power Breakfast was created to fuel you all day! It includes two eggs any style, mixed greens salad, olives, feta cheese, cream cheese, avocado spread and bread with butter.

Those who prefer to start the day on a sweeter note will savour their classic battered French Toast, topped with fresh fruit, homemade whipped cream, and drizzled with maple syrup. Yum!

This is the perfect grab-and-go meal... egg of your choice and cheese melted in a flaky butter croissant.

One of my favourite food is soup. I can eat it every day! This red lentil soup is the one I always order. It’s rich in flavour and vegan too. I often order the half sandwich & soup combo for lunch. They have the BEST (and softest) bread hands down! It is gluten-free and you have a choice of white, whole wheat or multi-grain.

Aroma serves up 10 types of sandwiches. Everyone in my office raves over the Avocado Sandwich with spicy jalapeno pepper spread. I also highly recommend the Smoked Salmon, Grilled Chicken Breast or the Grilled Eggplant Sandwich (if you are vegan you can swap out the cheese for tofu free of charge). Pair it up with one of their twelve salads and you’ve got yourself a nutritious hearty meal.

What’s this about booze? Yep, you read correctly. The Liberty Village location has a liquor license and a big patio great for people-watching… this is definitely the place to end a busy work day or start your weekend!

Chose your own alcoholic bevy: Ice Mojito, Ice Aroma with Baileys, Iced Rum Berry Tea Lemonade, Irish Cream Latte with Baileys, Affogato with Baileys or the classic Mimosa. Cheers!

Founded in Jerusalem in 1994, Aroma Espresso Bar has expanded to 30 cafés across Toronto with locations in Markham, Mississauga, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Oakville.

At HUG, we are all about sharing fun experiences with our readers! We are giving away a $50 gift card so you can take your bestie out for a boozy brunch. All you have to do is tell us what your favourite Aroma menu item is or one that you can't wait to try.

Include your email or Twitter so we can contact the winner. This contest closes Monday, September 7 at 11pm EST. Good luck!

Photo credits: Ildiko at Sik Photography

53 comments:

  1. I love Aroma's egg salad sandwich @girlstar28

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  2. I always order their Iced Aroma
    graceliu999@hotmail.com

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  3. I love their spiked berry lemonade!! I've had it three times already this summer!? I think I will have one today as it is BOILING OUTSIDE!!
    @melzzzzzzzzz

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  4. My fave Aroma item is the Avocado sandwich, a latte and the coconut orange cake. I would love to try the French Toast!

    YUM!

    @emanuelaisai
    emaz23@hotmail.com

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  5. Fave item is definitely shakshuka! @courtneydishart

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  6. I keep hearing about the Shakshuka.. I really MUST try it! And now that they have booze..... :)

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  7. Fave item is definitely shakshuka! @courtneydishart

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  8. The egg and cheese croissant would be perfect for me to grab and go on workdays! But I would love to try their boozy cocktails! @hello_leesh

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  9. my favs are the fig and goat cheese croissant and an aroma coffee mmmm!! @bripetersen90
    Good luck all great prize - love Aroma!

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  10. My favourite Aroma drink is their Iced Aroma and because I can't just choose one, I also love their Quinoa salad!

    shannon.luckynumb3r7@gmail.com

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  11. Love that ice lemon mint with a little cookie on the side and seriously thinking about how great it might be with an extra kick!
    @jenn_ivy

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  12. WIthout a doubt, my favourite at Aroma are the chocolate croissants! Hands down, the best in the city! I would also love to try their breakfast burreka!
    @torontoluvspz

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  13. Definitely the Mediterranean sandwich - love the eggplant!
    nsserrano@hotmail.com

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  14. Love their apple cheese tartlet! Delish!
    @amandaaaq

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  15. absolutely love their bureka treats! <3 great as a snack or can even be a meal if you want something small @sophiachang27

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  16. My favourite item is ice lemon mint -- hands down. A simple and refreshing treat! Runners up include ice aroma and ice chai latte :) @ngietr

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  17. I would love to try the Avocado Sandwich! @sassygirlcanada

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  18. i would love to try the Shakshuka! Looks delish! @scarletdiva12

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  19. I want to try their Avocado sandwich! Love their hot chocolate on a cold day! @steflau

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  21. steak sandwich. man i do love steak @KoroushSensei

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  22. Oohh! I'd love to try their battered french toast! It's always a perfect brunch treat :) @aprillx

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  23. My favorite item would definitely be the ice lemon mint! Super refreshing - perfect for the hot summer!
    junjun@hotmail.ca

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  24. I've never been to Aroma, but I cant wait to try their chocolate croissants ! :D
    @Soni_Kuri

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  25. All their beverages are amazing...especially the Chai Latte

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  26. Sorry I forgot to include my twitter handle in my previous comment @avalen1

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  27. Ice lemon mint has been a life saver these past few hot weeks. No one has anything like it! @gretchtweet

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  28. love the ice lemon mint and the alfajores cookies
    @citygal28

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  29. I can't wait to try their Sweet Potato Lentil Salad! They have great ambiance and it's a chill place to hang out with friends!

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  30. I love the mixed greens salad @wannawin4

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  31. I've always wanted to try Shakshuka

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  32. Grilled Chicken Sandwich with the Red Lentil Soup @Seaway77-Linda

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  33. Red Lentil Soup with the Grilled Chicken Sandwich-@Seaway77

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  34. I love all of Aroma's salads, but the Quinoa and Sweet Potato Lentil salads are my favourite.
    I have always wanted to try the Shakshuka.

    @rkrantman

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  35. LOVE LOVE LOVE their grilled eggplant sandwich! - @SocksandStripes

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  36. Love the Ice lemon mint! @jbutlermcphee

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  37. Would love to try that lentil soup! Looks amazing. Lisa_lagace@hotmail.com

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  38. My favorite item from Aroma is the Warm Grilled Chicken Salad --- @foodaholic_101.

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  39. I can't wait to try the French Toast! @cassey48

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  40. Would love to try the avocado sandwich!
    @erikakomori

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  41. My fave Aroma items are the Ice Aroma during the summer, the hot chocolate (made with real milk chocolate!) during the winter and the chocolate croissants all year round. I especially like to get a chocolate croissant after the gym and it doesn't help that Aroma is always within a stone's throw from my gyms #treatyoself

    @niftytastic

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  42. I'd love to try the Smoked Salmon sandwich since it sounds super delicious
    @kris_tinaD

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  43. I can't wait to try the avocado sandwich. Didn't know they had upped their food game! @jesswroblewski

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  44. I can't wait to try their french toast and a yummy latte
    Thanks for the chance
    @marlibu on twitter

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  45. I love that Aroma is close to my office for lunch and my fave things include their Mediterranean pasta salad paired with their Ice lemon mint drink!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Twitter: @JoanneAngelina

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  46. My favourite Aroma menu item is the ice lemon mint! @eldolai

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  47. Steak sandwich! Delish. Kim H
    kimkx100@gmail.com

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  48. I adore their shakshuka, it is so delish! ninasp at hotmail dot com

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  49. I was going to say any of the croissant (egg and cheese, yum!) but that Aroma Power Breakfast looks delish! #musttry @iamjazzy

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  50. love the Mediterranean sandwich! @soneatronit

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  51. I've never been to Aroma, but I would love to try their salads. Especially the warm chickpea salad. @FabAndSassy

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  52. French Toast is usually a winner so I would love to try their version :) mcatgan@gmail.com

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  53. Yeah I also love their spiked berry lemonade. I usually visit this place to have delicious food that is quite affordable too. For me it is the best boozy brunch nyc venue. I am glad that you also had wonderful experience over there.

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