Friday, July 27, 2012
This confection is a one-bite wonder, with a solid chocolate bottom, filled with mousse delicately flavoured with coffee, and topped with a chocolate straw. No chocolate lover can go wrong with this!
The combination of sauteed beef, bell peppers, and onions were delectable. The peppers in particular were thoroughly cooked and soft, while retaining their natural flavours. I would have wishes for more beef, but the portion size was decent.
My first "taste" was from The Canadian Brewhouse. I only had a couple of the Angus Gold Steak Bites with Steak Sauce, but they were lean, soft, and delicious. The steak sauce was sesame-based, and almost superfluous - the flavour of the beef here really stood on its own.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I decided it was time to take the leap and try some Lingnan food. The Dry and Spicy Chicken is a popular dish, and I found it delicious. The chicken was fresh and tender, the batter flavourful, and it wasn't even overwhelmingly spicy. It was simply addictive.
What a let down. The shaved prime rib was fatty, had hard parts that were impossible to chew, and wasn't even all that hot. The horseradish sauce underneath tasted like it had merely been purchased off the shelf in a grocery, and the puddings themselves were just bland. The poor quality of the meat made it nearly impossible to eat all three components together, which may have made some difference, but overall this dish was a disappointment.
I certainly hope she found the experiment a success, because I was definitely impressed with the fried chick pea patties. They were fresh and crispy, but what made this dish unique were the pickled red onions and house made tzatziki sauce. Honestly, I could have downed a shooter of that creamy tzatziki. Total win - I want a full sized one soon!
The fritters are thin slices of potato that have been saturated with curry, then breaded, deep fried, and seasoned. They certainly pack a flavour punch, but be sure to use plenty of the sweet tamarind sauce, as they are also somewhat dry. The portion size is shareable as well.
The version of their Pad Thai being served up this year is vegetarian, with tofu as the protein. The noodles are springy and coated in the delicious sauce. I would definitely want to try out a full portion based on this sample.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
My main dish for lunch the other day at Ninh Kieu was the vegetarian chicken vermicelli bowl. It was every bit as satisfying as its meat counterpart.
The soy chicken substitution tasted very authentic and had the right texture. I used soy sauce on my noodles - the accompanying fish sauce was the real thing, which is important for strict vegetarians to be aware of.
Ninh Kieu (107 Avenue and 98 Street), one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants. I love how their menu has expanded inr ecent years to include a variety of vegetarian fare. I also love how some appetizers are available as a half portion. Perfect for when I am dining alone!
The vegetarian salad rolls were packed with lettuce, noddles, and tofu. I would have liked a bit more cilantro - the rolls were a bit bland, making the accompanying peanut sauce all the more important.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Enticed by a recent episode of "You Gotta Eat Here" on I headed to the Sugarbowl for its famous Chicken and Waffle brunch item.
I don't usually consider chicken to be a brunch item, but this take on a southern dish would be satisfying at any time of the day. I loved the chicken's breading in particular. My only wish is that is was more crispy. The maple butter, while delicious, was a bit too generously poured over the two juicy breasts. I would have preferred a more reserved drizzle, perhaps with some more to the side for dipping.
Speaking of the side, that is where the salad should have been (like it was presented on television). Putting it between the breasts and waffle made for a warm, wilted mess. A tasty mess, though, with the maple butter as dressing.
Presentation flaws aside, this was definitely a meal to remember - and I will be back for more.
Monday, July 9, 2012
I did not want to miss too much of the Blues on Whyte 100th birthday party, so I decided to keep my culinary adventures within the closed off blocks of 103 and 104 Street.
My second trip to The Pourhouse, the place was packed and the busy server was trying to stay on top of the flowing drink and food orders. My Rock Creek Cider was served right away, but waiting for my Tenderloin Bites took almost a half an hour.
No complaints about the food though - the bites were cooked to perfection, tender, and the cooked onions and mustard aioli really elevated the dish from simple steak bites to something far more delicious.
A blazingly hot afternoon on Whyte Avenue led me to crave more Tutti Frutti, as I set about enjoying the Blues on Whyte celebration.
I mixed red velvet with TF's Tart, and actually enjoyed the tart flavour the best. It tasted exactly what I expect frozen yogurt to taste like. The red velvet was sweet and pleasant, but not very distinguishable.
My toppings included granola, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Honey Nut Cheerios. I love cereal toppings!
Friday, July 6, 2012
I was still thirsty from the heat and riding my bike this afternoon, so I stopped in to Jeffrey's Cafe (9640 142 Street) on the way home.
My lime Italian soda was large (for the $3.50 price tag, I expected as much). Most of the syrup settled to the bottom of the cup, and no matter how much I stirred with my straw or wooden coffee stir stick, I could not get it to rise. As a result, I drank mostly soda water before hitting the very, very sweet bottom.
Cococo Chocolatiers is the company that got Bernard Callebaut Chocolatiers out of receivership. The new Cococo Chocolatiers shop at 10103 124 Street sells Callebaut chocolate, decadent desserts, coffee, gelato, and some Cococo branded items too.
This afternoon, I was hot and wanted some gelato but also needed a mid-afternoon caffeine fix. The solution? Affogato! My vanilla gelato was so frozen the hot espresso did not totally melt it, and there was still plenty to drink after I made my way to the bottom of the cup.