Friday, February 26, 2010

WildFlower Grill (Edmonton)

Went out to lunch on last last Monday or something. I only had time today to write this so me and Raeanna wanted to try WildFlower.

Alberta Beef Carpaccio with Green Tomatoes and Arugula and unknown dressing ($12)

It was quite good but the beef could have been better, the dressing was familiar but I could not for the life of me pinpoint the familiar taste. I miss arugula so much and I'm glad to have it here...have to know where you can get it!

Apple Cinnamon Braised Pork Belly ($12)

My appetizer acting as my main. I wanted a place to make a braise pork belly and I found one here. The dish was ligh and refreshing, however I just the pork belly could have been more braised. So braised that it would melt in my mouth so that belly did not lived up to my expectations. Raeanna says it was Asian flavored but I think she has a bias when it comes to pork belly or pork in general.

Raeanna's Main: Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

I'm not a fan of Squash Ravioli but Raeanna is always in the mood to try them. The presentation was okay, but the sauce and the ravioli reminds me too much of Shaw food, so I wasn't too fond of that.

Fruit Dessert: Grilled Pineapple and Pear with Amareno Sour Cherry Tart with a Lavender Blackberry Creme Brulee. ($12)

I personally do not like fresh fruit and it taken to be grilled since to me it takes away its original flavor. Though it was not great, it was ok. The tart was very sour, the tart was good but the sour cherry was too much of a contrast in taste, and my tastebuds did not agree. But the real winner was the Cream Brulee. The Lavender flavor was very strong and surprisingly appealing and refreshing, I could pick up or remember the Blackberry flavor but the Lavender was the winner in this dish.

Raeanna's Pain Perdu: Brioche with pan-roasted apples with stone fruit a la mode ($10)

I do not get the concepted with cooked fruit, it just does not make me want you. Haha...the presentation here was fun and whimsical and the stand out was the brioche. The brioche which tasted like light pancakes along with the vanilla bean ice cream was just delicious. I wanted JUST that! and nothing else matters. It was heavenly.

WildFlower Grill
10009 107 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB
T5J 1J1
(780) 990-1938

Sunday, February 21, 2010

(Edmonton) Soul Soup, Three Bananas Cafe, The Duchess

During work Friday afternoon, Raeanna was persistence to get off work and go for lunch. Since I was pretty full already we just went to get soup. So where else then to Soul Soup for their different soups.

Mine: Fish soup: Jalapeno Salmon and Tomato cream ($4.75)

It was quite good, and lots of salmon pieces and it had a kick to it after it went down, which was quite nice.
Raeanna: Veg: Moroccan Harira with red lentils, sun dried apricots and cous cous

Her soup was a bit on the sweet side due to the apricots. I don't I like sweet soups that much, I'm more for the savory and the salt...haha


Afterward, it was still early and I want coffee with a drawing on top so I suggested Three Bananas Cafe at City Hall. I never been for coffee there so I want to try it out!

Carmel Latte ($4.15)

And look the lady can make a picture with the foam/milk! Wish I can do that, but first I would need a machine! It was quite good and I don't like coffee that much but I think the caramel help with added sweetness!



Today, I wanted to headed off downtown to visit The Duchess, a bake shop. Since reading about it on a blog I wanted to check this "French- Inspired" Cafe myself. For such a small cafe, it has its non-stop of customers.

Cappuccino and Pain au Chocolat - Milk ($4.75)

The Pain au Chocolat was just awesome, took me back to Nice, France. It looks hard and dry but when I took a bite out of it it was not only soft and flaky but moist. The only complaint I had about it was the chocolate was found only the bottom of the pastry, it would have been better if chocolate was found all over the pastry. But I totally would go again just for the pain au chocolat.

Box of Shortbread and Rosemary shortbread cookies. Pistachio and Lemon Macaron ($9.20)

This Pistachio Macaron was ok, though I am not entirely sure of what Macaron was supposed to taste it. I always thought it was supposed to light and airy? It was rich, that's for sure coming from a little thing like that. The filling in the middle was good and sticky..hehe.

Soul Soup
140-10020 101A Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5J 3G2
(780) 409-8272

Three Bananas Cafe
9918 102 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5J 5H7
(780) 428-2200

The Duchess
10720 124 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB
(780) 488-4999

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Sugar Bowl and Accent (Edmonton)

Had breakfast/lunch Tuesday afternoon with Raeanna, and we headed to the Sugar Bowl. It was the entire opposite atmosphere when we visited last time. In the morning/early afternoon the area was quaint, quiet and a chill area.

Lunch: SugarBowl Corn Bread Benny ($12)

The Corn bread was great, sweet and with real bits of corn! Along with the poach egg and the sauce it was just a great bite. Though I didn't care much for the back bacon. The potatoes was bite size with a great crunch although a bit on the salty side. And I can eat a lot of salt! It was a filler dish though, and both sweet and savory meal for lunch.


Tonight I headed to Whyte Ave with Silu and I wanted to try a new place I never been. So we headed to Accent just beside Chili's. The area was a bit bare since we there at 5:00 pm and that's a tad early for dinner, but it was also very relaxing, quiet, and cool place to hang.

Tenderloin Sandwich ($16)

I had a Beef tenderloin with a slice of warm goat cheese on open-face ciabatta with pan-fried bacon in a garlic cream sauce with salad and roasted potatoes on the side. It was a filling plate and I took my time. Everything on its own was good, and well seasoned.

Sundried Tomato Chicken Breast ($21)

Silu's sundried tomato chicken breast was served with seasonal vegetables and side of pasta. Her chicken was so good and tender I wanted more....hahah....and the sundried tomatoes was amazing good...HAHA. Usually when I read that on anything I think of dry. Her vegetables look colorful and big and her zucchini was carved nicely too bad I didn't take a picture.

10922 88 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1
(780) 433-8369

8223 104 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6E 4E7
(780) 431-0179

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sicilian Kitchen

Just had dinner with parents, auntie and cousin and we had it at Sicilian Kitchen. It was not too bad, not great either. Bringing the parents out may not be a great idea, not only just for their pockets but their acceptability to try out new food.

antipasto ($17)

This appetizer came with the typical things you'll see: ham, cheese, olives, pickles, artichokes etc. Our whole table found more than a few things too salty and my mom could not for the sake of her come to accept the stinky-ness of aged cheddar cheese. It was all ok, but again all a bit on the salty side...=(

linguine with seafood ($17)

I was expecting my linguine to be awesome, and with high expectations the harder the dish had room to fall. I think I was comparing it way too much to the dish I had at Sorrentino's months past. My linguine, though good, the portion size was huge and really unnecessary. I'm really starting to feel with the giant price you don't have to expect large large portions but I expect great great taste. I don't know I feel cheated....haha. Seafood could have been better instead of just little baby shrimps, and tail pieces of the squid.

In the end, I don't think I will make a stop again to Sicilian Kitchen any time soon or ever. Service was not that great either cause I just found our server a bit off and annoying and not that "great off her feet."

Sicilian Pasta Kitchen
11239 Jasper Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB
(780) 488-3838

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Soul Soup for Lunch (Edmonton)

After my English exam, where I don't have to see that teacher again, I'm happy as a baby!! Hehe, with the extra time I decided to head downtown to pick up lunch before my next class. I headed to Soul Soup, never knew it was so close and I never need and I love soup!

3 Soup options: Meat, seafood, Vegetable

Soup, with bread and butter. Bread so good =9

Tomato Basil with Spinach Cream and Cottage Cream and Pasta

Soup was ok, it was a bit sweet and the pasta was not as soft as I would like it, the cottage cheese swimming around did not like that appetizing. But I will definitely go again and try some more soup!! =)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home and Commerce Place (Edmonton)

Welcome, this blog of mine is dedicated to my ventures out in eating. Whatever that looks good, taste good I will show and give my 2 cent..hehe. So it begins!

At home: Grilled Salmon and Spinach and baby potatoes salad

Commerce Place: Bi Bim Bap ($6.5)

Tiramisu in Chocolate shaped seashell cup..=9

Pork and Shrimp noodles soup for dinner