Thursday, August 27, 2015

Vegging Out: Veggie Burger at Original Joe's

Veggie burger #yegfood

I ended up at Original Joe's for supper (on 125 Street and 102 Avenue) the other night and ordered a veggie burger. The patty was dense and soy-based, with a rather complex flavour profile coming from the guacamole on the top part of the bun and the hummus on the bottom. As well, a hearty portion of bruschetta was on top. I held the cheese (vegans be aware) and had fries and coleslaw as my two sides. The gravy is also vegetarian, which is just awesome. The coleslaw was very fresh and added some lightness to the meal. A win overall.

Festival Food: Fringe 2015

Chicken tikka Marsala #yegfood

I was once again a volunteer on the Multimedia Team for the 2015 Fringe Theatre Festival so again I hit up some of the food on site. While there was actually quite an impressive selection of food this year, much better than in the previous couple of years, I stuck with the tried and true - I think I was more focused on taking pictures than eating.

I got started with the Chicken Tikka from Zaika. The dish is very flavourful and making it a combo with the samosa really made for a hearty meal.

Spiral potato #yegfood

It would not be a true Fringe experience without eating something greasy, so I went for the spiral potato from Punky Potato. The deep fried, thin slices of potato had a great texture in addition to flavour. Plus, Fringe volunteers got a 50% discount. Can't beat that.

Felafel #yegfood

I tried Quick Meals, which offers Mediterranean and Western fare, because they too were offering a 50% discount. My greatly reduced falafel was fresh and crispy, with refreshing tzatziki sauce that did not overpower the wrap.

Shift 3 at #yegfringe and we're off to a healthy start with mini donuts. #yegfood

Mini-doughnuts are also a staple of the Fringe, and again, the 50% discount for volunteers was more than an incentive. The portion was so huge, I had to share it! And thank you to all of the food vendors who supported the volunteers this year - much appreciated!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grilled Chicken Vermicelli at Pho Huong

Chicken vermicelli #yegfood

The pho at Pho Huong/Mama Pizza (10531 107 Avenue) is so wonderful that I rarely order anything else. However, before going to see a Fringe show last week in a BYOV venue downtown, I had a grilled chicken vermicelli bowl with spring rolls instead. The chicken was plentiful with a deep grilled flavour and some spicy kick. The crunch of the spring rolls (I opted for the veggie ones) added flavour and texture above the huge bed of noodles and salad. I think I will have to have a vermicelli bowl more often here!

Chicken Three Ways at Panda Express

Chinese food for lunch #yegfood

I was in the very far north of Edmonton this week en route to St. Albert and stopped in to Panda Express (16704 127 Street). Not to be confused with Panda Hut Express, which I visit frequently in south Edmonton, this is an American chain that presents a variety of Chinese-inspired fast food. I had orange chicken (supposedly their specialty), sweet and sour chicken, and chicken with mushrooms. I liked the orange chicken the least - it was over-fried and did not really taste much from orange. The mushroom chicken was spicy but had a good, deep flavour, while the sweet and sour was exactly as described. Combined with a huge helping of fried rice, my playte was just over ten dollars - good value for sure.