It’s not often I get to write about food on The Souls of My Shoes, after all this is a fashion and footwear blog. However, every now and then an opportunity presents itself which allows me to step out of the box and in this case combine two major F words, fashion and food, because you definitely can’t have one without the other.
Recently, Anita (I Want – I Got), Hawley (Sidewalk Hustle) and I hosted a fashion dinner at one of the city’s premiere restaurants NAO Steakhouse. The name of the restaurant is an acronym which stands for ‘New And Old’ where it combines the traditional notions of a steakhouse with an Asian-Pacific flare, or what I like to describe as a meeting of eastern flavours and with western roots.
Our guests were: Andrew Sardone, Editor of Globe Style Advisor; designer Philip Sparks; Michelle Bilodeau, Digital/Special Projects Editor for The Kit, and fellow fashion bloggers Nelia (Style Blog), Sharon (The Backseatstylers), Gracie Carroll and Anya Georgijevic (I’m the It Girl) – we were in very fashionable company for dinner.
Anita, Hawley and I worked with Executive Chef Stuart Cameron to create a mouth-watering three course menu which included beef and tuna tartar, 24 oz. strip loin steak, whole branzino, and an array of sides and desserts, such as shredded kale salad and baked Alaska, that would make you shout “Mercy” because the entire meal was really that good. The service was top notch and provided an intimate experience, each dish was explained in detail with some created on the spot. For example, the beef tartar was prepared table side and drew a paparazzi-like crowd.
A steakhouse isn’t usually my first choice of go-to food establishments for a fashion-inspired meal, but the atmosphere, food and beverages at NAO has made me reconsider this thought and is a restaurant you should definitely visit.