American Express COBALT card launch party / by Didier Young

Photo by Elaine Fancy

Photo by Elaine Fancy

It is no secret that I love enjoying some of the finer things in life. As a millennial, my lifestyle makes me more inclined to spend money on experiences and to eat out and order in often. 

In an attempt to build up my credit score, I charge most of my expenses to my credit card. In the past, I earned a small rebate each year, however, I wasn't able to reap many benefits from all of the spending on food, travel and entertainment that I was regularly doing. While there is a large variety of credit cards out there, I’ve struggled to find one that truly fits my lifestyle and needs, until today.

Photo by Elaine Fancy

Photo by Elaine Fancy

Photo by Elaine Fancy

Photo by Elaine Fancy

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Luckily for me, American Express Canada recently launched the Cobalt Card , a card that seems like it was designed specifically with me in mind. On top of the classic perks that Amex offers to its Cardmembers, like Front Of The Line, Cobalt lets you earn points for the purchases you’re already making, like 1X the points on everyday spending. However, the card goes beyond just that. As an avid foodie, I was delighted to learn that Cobalt offers 5X the points on eats and drinks. It doesn’t matter whether I am shopping for my groceries, picking up my morning coffee (Or the midday one. Or the afternoon one for the matter) or if I am eating out at a nice restaurant, my credit card manages to track it all down and make sure that I receive my 5X the points. I know that you’re all wondering what I could possibly use those points for? The amazing thing is that the points can be redeemed for anything - like booking trips with Amex’s Fixed Points Travel Program, applied to any Card purchase for a statement credit with Use Points for Purchase or used towards gift cards. The card is just rewarding me for the purchases I’m already making in my life. 

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To celebrate the launch of the Cobalt card, Amex graciously invited me to an exclusive launch party. Hosted in Kensington market, the launch event featured a dinner curated by none other than the amazing chefs Gordon Ramsay and Antonio Park. The five course dinner started with a Quebec Duck confit and egg yolk chive Ravioli in the most delicious Kamo Dashi consomé. The second course was an equally delicious Miso glazed Kobe beef ribcap with Morimo carrots, turnips and koji pickles. A vegetarian dish came next in the form of the Park bowl with braised tofu, six ontario local vegetables and brown wild mountain rice with basil sauce. To finish off our mains, we were served a plate of Binchotan Park spice grilled BC albacore, Shima Aji New Zealand Ora King Salmon and Tosazu sashimi. Dessert came in the form of the lightest chocolate mousse and fresh mint sorbet. 

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Needlessly to say, having a meal created by those two food geniuses was a highlight of my life and I couldn't thank American Express Canada enough for this wonderful experience. AMEX always enabled me to create the most wonderful memories and this one was no exception.

-Didier