Thursday, August 27, 2015
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Kyoto. The beef was tender and succulent, while the chicken was crunchy with a mild teriyaki sauce. The tempura had a nice variety of vegetables (I asked for no seafood), while the salad and rice rounded out the flavour profiles. Good portion, good price, nice place.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Guru. I went for the Rada Paneer, large chunks of homemade cheese in a curry sauce built up with chopped vegetables. It was spicy but not hot, and tasted much different than other vegetarian East Indian sauces I have experienced. Unique, with flavour. It went well with the saffron rice and naan we shared.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
I attended the 2015 Edmonton Folk Music Festival from August 6-9, and once again food was a part of my activities. Padamandi. Kasim also threw in a spring roll and veggie chicken drumstick. The flavour and texture of the "beef" is a pretty good imitation of the real thing. Numchok Wilai. The curry tasted great but was a bit too hot for me. Very satisfying portion size. Langano Skies before, but tried the split pea curry with injera from their booth. Tasty without being spicy, although a bit of a challenge to eat in such a setting. Sailin' On to be flavourful and refreshing. My only suggestion is to have the avocado better integrated - it could have been pureed and seasoned and presented more like a dressing as opposed to a few plain chunks here and there. Calico Baking Company is a new vendor on the scene, selling its local creations at various events and farmer's markets around the city. Their fare was perfect for the morning/early afternoon workshop sessions. The mint water was especially wonderful on a hot day, and simple - water infused with mint leaves. My muffin was supposed to be banana sourdough with chocolate, but was actually more like bran. Hoang Long satisfied that craving. New Asian Village. A hearty portion, although the pile of saffron rice satisfied my need for carbs better than the cold roasted potatoes.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Pint downtown over the weekend prior to heading to a video shoot. Instead of a meal, I decided to order a couple of my favourite appetizers. The mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and gravy is the ultimate comfort food, and you can't find it in many places. The mustard and horseradish on the side made for some fun dredging. I also ordered a pound of boneless wings with honey mustard sauce, and guacamole as the dip. This combination actually worked better than I thought it would, with the creamy avocado and sweet honey mustard working together.
Olive Garden last week for supper. I ordered one of the mix and match, pick your pasta pick your sauce combinations, which in my case was three-colour vegetable penne, with the primavera sauce, and I added a grilled chicken breast. I was happy with the price and portion size (and took some home, which does not happen often), and found the sauce to be a bit on the sweet side. The best part were the large pieces of vegetables. I also found that the sauce has some parmesan in it, so it is vegetarian, not vegan. The chicken breast was cooked to perfection and actually paired well with the sauce. Of course, the unlimited salad and breadsticks brought me back in my mind to coming to the restaurant with my family as a kid.
Famoso last week after doing a video shoot with a friend. I was absolutely famishes so went for a full-sized BBQ chicken pizza, with sweet BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onions, and cilantro. The onions and cilatro were very fresh and added after the pizza was baked. There was certainly a lot of chicken and the sauce worked well in place of a tomato sauce. The thin, pliable crust which is Famoso's trademark also lived up to expectations.