I first discovered Aroma in 2009 during a trip to Tel Aviv and instantly fell in love with their coffee. So you can only imagine how ecstatic I was when they opened one right beside my condo!
This was especially timely as I was pregnant. Always hungry and looking for convenient but nutritious food. So right from the get-go, my son was already enjoying yummy Aroma meals in my tummy!
Good food gets passed down from generation to generation.
After I gave birth, I got promoted to VP of Marketing at the startup I was working for. I ended up working part-time mostly from home for the first 6 months… with baby in tow, I had many lunch meetings and treated my team to Aroma. (They all became obsessed with the avocado sandwich and vegan lentil soup!)
Now my son is a toddler and can finally sit in one spot for a whole whopping 10 minutes! So one of my favourite things to do is go on lunch dates with him. The Aroma we frequent in King West is the perfect spot because it’s stroller friendly and has cozy booths. Plus a secret door that leads right into the lobby of my building. Hey, I’m not lazy… winter is coming!
They have a diverse menu that moms love and picky little palettes can appreciate. At the Liberty Village location, they even have spiked signature drinks! Mom’s boozy brunch anyone hehe?!
Did you know Aroma Espresso Bar has a kids menu? I’ve been going there for years and just found out myself! To bring aware to #aromakidz they recruited a few of us moms to help spread the delicious word.
Find out here why I love taking my son to Aroma for lunch dates… hint: best hot chocolate!
Don’t forget to enter the latest Aroma contest! You can win a custom framed photo of your fam just like this one. Ottawa graphics designer Chelsea Lundy (@chelsdrawsyou) created this drawing on her iPhone. Yes, she drew that on her tiny screen!!! Her style is playful and totally captures the essence of my darling son, CJ and beautiful niece, Quinn.
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 actually offer an extensive food 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.