I can think of no better first post of 2020 than an OUT post featuring 21c.
Those who follow along on Instagram may be aware that Kenny and I checked into 21c just for a night the weekend before Christmas. My parents wanted to take the kids for an overnight, and Kenny and I had already discussed just having a good old fashion date night as our present to each other this year, so with the free night on our hands, we decided to do it up with a big night out at our favorite place in this city – 21c.
We were booked in the 10th floor suite, a room we’ve been lucky enough to crash in before. This corner spot is just such a swanky one, and it felt so good to be welcomed back into the space that we know and love so well.
Upon arrival, we immediately dropped our things, and then grabbed two drinks from the bar to go walk the newest exhibit – Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance.
The heart of this exhibit lies in “provocative and prophetic personages adorned to confront, transform, and redefine cultural visibility.” From self-portraits to layered felt creations to paintings to a last supper of all women in hijabs, it is pretty undeniable that this one does just that.
These pics only do it so much justice, but do know we spent a good hour plus roaming the exhibit, which was both peaceful and provocative, visually stunning and vibrant. And know it will be on display until July of this year.
After the tour, we then took off for a night on the town. We bounced from Holiday Spirits to 1215 Wine & Coffee Lab, from Idlewild Woman to Abigail Street. It was perfect and festive and fulfilling and fun. And then we crashed back in our suite by 9pm, which was exactly what we wanted and needed. Then in doing so, we popped up bright and early and went to breakfast at Metropole.
It took me all of two seconds to decide on the smoked salmon benedict. Blue Oven toast, sunny side up egg, arugula salad, Aleppo, hollandaise – sold, sold, sold, sold, and sold. And it was as indulgent and delicious as you can imagine.
Kenny went the utterly unsurprising route with the burnt carrot salad, which is such a staple that no matter the time of day, that thing should be ordered. But he then took an utterly surprising turn by pairing that with the fruit smoothie bowl, which too was sweet and tasty and an easy early morning snack. No better way to start your day than with both fruits and veggies.
Again, we were early enough to be the first ones in the house, but putting it all together made it the perfect Christmas present treat. I’ll always want and recommend a night or two’s stay at 21c. We are lucky to have this very special spot in the heart of our city, which allows for getaways for those both near and far. I’m already looking forward to our next stay.
Thanks so much 21c for the room and brunch! I’m lucky and proud to be a 21c Partner.