I was recently at a wellness retreat in Whistler that had a schedule packed with yoga, seminars, workshops, and a very natural brunch each morning. My biggest take-away from the weekend was learning to slow down and find balance, especially when it comes to food. Take your time to let your body enjoy a meal, share your table with someone who makes you smile, and no matter what’s on your plate, you will feel so much better when you savour not only your meal, but your experience.
John and I are pretty good at making time for date nights, and 9 times out of 10 those take place at a local restaurant. We satiate our appetites for an emotional connection, to enjoy a space together, try something new or cherish an old favourite.
Vancouver’s own AnnaLena in Kitsilano made Canada’s Best New Restaurants as determined by Air Canada enRoute Magazine. It’s definitely been on our radar since it opened up, and since I’ve read all of the rave reviews.
Andrew from Scout Magazine writes: “It hits that very rare sweet spot, the one that sees killer cooking and quality bartending combined inside a neighbourhood joint that expresses itself – both in static design and service posture – as casually as it can.”
AnnaLena presents modern Canadian comfort food that resonates with diners across the city and while it’s not in our neighbourhood, it sounds like a place John and I will have to make time to travel to for our next date night.
Amex Canada is giving all Canadians the chance to experience the benefits of dining at one of the amazing new Top 10 restaurants across the country, including Pigeonhole in Calgary, AnnaLena in Vancouver and Bar Raval in Toronto. Now you can experience the perks of being a Cardmember too, even if you’re not one!
We’ll be using the premium dining services offered by Amex Canada for our next date night since, as a married couple of almost 10 years now, we know that getting a great deal on an amazing meal also significantly adds to our enjoyment factor.
In Vancouver, you can enter online at www.AmexInvites.ca before November 24th for your chance to savour an exclusive dining event at AnnaLena on December 2nd that includes a prix fixe menu created by an award-winning chef. And, if you’re in Toronto, visit www.AmexInvites.ca from November 26 through December 6 for a chance to attend an exclusive dining event at Bar Raval.
As for John and I, we’ll be making our reservations too to see if this Best New Restaurant becomes our new favourite for date night.