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La Condesa: The County Meets Mexican Cuisine


Things are getting spicy in the County aka Prince Edward County. There's a new spot in Wellington where if you're craving delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, then look no further than La Condesa. Having only been open for a few days, I had to immediately add this gem to my foodie bucket list after scrolling through my Instagram feed. Yup, that's how I find cool new spots and share with you all - gotta love social media.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

The moment you walk into this Mexican eatery, it gives off a lively vibe with a combination of vibrant decor and feel-good atmosphere. They do an amazing job showcasing the fresh bold flavours that represent true Mexican cuisine and culture but also offers a menu full of locally sourced items and a 100% County wine list.

This new hidden gem is must when visiting the area and chef Sam Valdivia, a native of Mexico and previously Chef at Parsons Brewing Company, has brought a taste of her homeland to Wellington, Ontario with mouth-watering dishes such as queso fundido, enchiladas, tinga tostada, ceviche, and the list goes on.

As my foodie partner in crime and I savoured each bite as we dined for lunch, we'd simply smile and nod in agreement that the food was worth the drive. From the freshly made fish taco with crispy fried County catch perch, cabbage, chipotle, aioli and pico to the perfect watermelon rosé sangria - this spot is now being added to our favourites list for the summer. And if mouth-watering tacos weren't enough, their enchiladas mixcas de picadillo aka rolled tortilla stuffed with stewed local ground beef, topped with cheese, salsa roja and salsa verde was delicious.

Scroll down to have a peek at some of the best tacos I've had in a while.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

POLO ASADO

Prinzen Farms chicken marinated in adobo, onion and cilantro.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

TACO DE BISTEC

Flank steak, jalapeño salsa, guac, onion and cilantro.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

Find this eatery on Instagram: @LaCondesa

Where: 298 Wellington Main Street, Wellington, Ontario
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Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra


Are you a fan of Downtown Abbey or Jane Austen movies? Well if you are, we're already bffs but then you also know quite well that along with the chatter of who fancies who, there's always gossip to be had around afternoon tea.

Oh, the tea and I mean spilling the *tea* ladies and gents - we all love getting around the table and chatting away about what's happening with folks in our circles.

But here's a little history before I dive on into my experience, afternoon tea was introduced in the late 1800s and was meant to be a bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. This pause for tea became a fashionable social ritual and took off like a viral social media post! Because seriously, nowadays with our busy lives, it's nice to take a moment and enjoy a scone and a pot of tea - afternoon tea gives us a much-deserved break from the rush of life.

With working a full-time job and having a side hustle, finding a moment to step back and enjoy the little things sometimes is hard. For someone who delights themselves in tea time, I was thrilled when I received a gracious invitation to try out Aquaterra's new Afternoon Tea experience with my foodie partner-in-crime also known as my fiancée.

Let's just say, it was east coast inspired yet English at heart!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Starting with the basics, traditional afternoon tea consists, in its simplest form, of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and delicate pastries - Aquaterra's afternoon tea, on the other hand, had a twist. Their innovative take had a blend on "Aqua" elements aka seafood with a base of "Terra" aka land ingredients - quite unique!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

THE TEA

Presented with Pluck Tea options such as Apple on the Green, Earl Grey, Just Peachy, Canadian Maple and more - stepping outside of my comfort zone,  I tried a herbal tea. Spa Day (maybe it was hinting I need to take a vacation) was my choice - it's calming aroma simply called my name. Infused with peppermint, chamomile and rose petals intertwine, it was a fitting tea to enjoy before the start of a new work week. Each sip seemed to ease my mind and my endless to-do lists in my head fade away.

Also! If you're looking for something a bit more boozy, try the tea infused cocktails!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SANDWICHES & SAVOURIES

This tier was by far the most impressive. Traditionally dainty sandwiches with either smoked salmon or cucumber would be served during afternoon tea but Aquaterra incorporated a delightful spin with the incorporation of brioche shrimp rolls, smoked salmon blini and chicken Waldorf salad on a brioche bun. You're in for a real treat!

Scroll down, and you'll see what I mean! 😋

Brioche roll with Atlantic shrimp, tarragon aioli, celery, and shallots.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Chicken Waldorf salad on a brioche bun with local Hall’s apple butter, torched brie and walnut dust.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Smoked salmon on Ironwood organics red fife blini, caper chip and dill crème fraiche.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Quiche with local Haanover Farms peameal bacon, spinach, and gruyere.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SCONES & FIXINGS

Crumbly and soft on the inside, the scone with the blend of clotted cream and house-made strawberry jam (my favourite!) was delicious.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SWEETS & ASSORTED FANCIES

Oh, the sweets...they were something else.

A nice balance of flavours, they included lemon tarts with toasted meringue, French macarons to triple chocolate brownies, the showstopper was the raspberry shortbread meringue. Though I will say, by this point our bellies were slightly full but oh, so content.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Where: 1 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario

For reservations or information, call 613-549-6243

Thank you to Aquaterra for sponsoring this post.
Rosalyn Gambhir
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