It is not the worst thing in the world to discover that one of Toronto’s hidden gems is (hidden) in your own neighbourhood. Archive is a gorgeous, new(ish) and cozy-yet-light-and-welcoming wine bar dedicated to showcasing a dizzying array of local and international wines (and beers, cocktails, and hard liquors) as well as an ever-changing menu of snacks. I slightly love it.
I love that you can order 3oz, 5oz, or whole bottles of dozens of wines, and that the first night I visited, there were multiple Rosé options for me to choose from.
I love that our waiter/sommelier/supreme wine dude let us try tastes of several wines before choosing what we wanted to order, and I love that if I’m feeling fancy one day, I’ll be able to order a ’2011 Arbois-Pupillon, “L’Essen’Ciel”, D. Desire Petite’ or an ‘Oloroso, “Alimrante”, Marques del Real Tesoro’ for no reason other than those words are fun to say.
I love that you can create a tapas-esque feast from the chalkboard menu, or simply order a few light snacks like lupini beans, smoked paprika almonds, plump juicy olives, and fresh sourdough. I love that if I’m feeling fancy one day, I’ll be able to order dates with manchego and prosciutto or basil gelato and olive oil cake, for no reason other than those words are fun to say.
Yep. Archive. It’s the bee’s knees and I expect to visit frequently throughout winter so as to battle the cold with happiness.
Speaking of happiness…
Last month, Kari darted through Toronto as part of her US/Canada travels, and we were lucky enough to sneak in a catch-up at Fresh. I say “catch-up” because, while we’ve never met in person before, we’ve been chatting via our blogs for years now. It was lovely to finally talk face-to-face.
We met up just after 5pm, which meant that I was able to justify ordering the Muffin of the Month while Kari went for the Tangled Thai salad. (Check out her write-up here.)
I’m starting to feel I shan’t ever again accept muffins that aren’t almost as big as my head. This particular muffin, made by Sweets from the Earth, was a banana and cranberry behemoth, and it was exactly what my soul needed as a snack in between workplace-work and evening-freelance-work.
And that, my friends, brings us to the end of this installment of Toronto Dining.