Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Calgary and Banff

Below are collages of the food adventures taken in Calgary Milestones, 02 Korean Restaurant, and Banff Tony Roma's respectively

Stampede Burger, Prime Rib, Seafood Fetticune, Basil Pesto Chicken Fetticune, and Seafood Salad

Family style Korean meal: includes bean rice, ginseng and chicken soup, tofu and kimchi soup, spicy korean bacon, kalbi ribs and pork ribs. OH! and off course SOJU!!

Needless to say: SOOO good!! but I felt so BAD for our korean server. We had some many requests and questions for him...hehe

Filet Medallions and Ribs Combo, more ribs and Salad

Snack at Jugo Juice

Friday afternoon before heading out to Banff, I loitered around EC and saw the newly opened Jugo Juice by Second Cup. It was super busy and well worth it, I might add.

Small Sippin' Strawberries and Turkey wrap

Tukey Wrap was refreshing, simple and sooo good. Crunchy wrap thanks to the hot press and sauce for the wrap was a suprising taste. The mango was not very strong and didn't have that particulary mango flavor but still very good on its own. I just wish the spinach was not press with the wrap, it was kinda warm and not as refreshing as it could be.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Basil Leaf Kitchen (Edmonton)

Last Friday afternoon, I went to Basil Leaf Kitchen & Sports Lounge because Tzin was closed =( So noodles was on my mind.

Viet Coffee to wake up!

Thai Soup
Very good, and spicy. Shrimp was very good and cooked just right.

Seafood noodle
More shrimp and squid, so good! But I was getting so full, because of the endless amount of noodles.

Basil Leaf Kitchen & Sports Lounge
10023 107 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5H 4L4
(780) 756-8880

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Packrat Louie

Last Thursday night, I met up with John to catch up, talk and of course eat! We went to Packrat Louie off Whyte for an early dinner.

So cool! This was how they showed the dessert menu. Since the table was covered in paper, they stamp this huge box onto the cool!

Pan Seared Calamari ($14)

Sauteed with Curried shrimp butter and baby spinach, finished with coconut lime creme fraiche and mango chutney.

Both me and John really like this dish, there was a lot of Asian flavors even in the way the calamari was cooked, and I like that. I couldn't really taste the coconut lime creme fraiche and the mango chutney had it's own dimension. The mango wasn't the sweet sweet mango but rather a different type, I remember the taste but just couldn't pinpoint where I knew it came from. I really like the curry sauce and everything just blended so well together and just made me wanted more. =9

John's Dish: Crusted Halibut ($32)
Corn Flake Crusted Halibut topped with dill aioli, sauteed vegetables, and basil-pesto angel hair pasta

John loved this dish, he said it was like an upgraded Micky D's Fillet-o-Fish. The fish itself had a crunchy crust while it's flesh was flaky and just perfect in the mouth. He also was loving the bail-pesto angel hair pasta, he kept asking what made the pasta green since he forgot what the menu said, and I knew it was pesto..hehe. Again the pasta was really good too, and I think he wanted a larger serving of the pasta by itself.

Carmen Creek Bison Duo ($32)
Certified organic Alberta Bison Stirploin and Short Rib with Sauteed Vegetables and Truffled Pommes Puree

Now that I read the menu again, I did not know that there was even any actual Truffled Pommes Puree, instead they tasted and looked like mashed potatoes to me..huh. The Short Rib of the Bison was just a small portion but it just reminded me of the meat texture that is put into soups or stews. I don't like the string like texture of the meat as part if a entree. The Striploin was really good, cooked to a perfect medium rare, it didn't give such a strong meat flavor as beef does but just mildly.

Creme Brulee ($8)

Today's flavors: I forgot the whole name but our server said it tasted almond-like.
And they delivered on that. First bite was kinda weird for me, it was not sweet like previous creme brulee's I have tried but since it was almond flavor there was this tone down bitter taste to it. But this creme brulee grew on me as I kept tasting it and John also really liked this dessert too, which was good because he finished most of it!

A great 2 hour dinner spent with good company and good food. Catching up with good friends, conversation just flows and continues on which is such a nice change. I felt really bad that John offered to pay for the meal because he did so before, but once I get a job and some money, I'll return the flavor! HEHE

Packrat Louie
10335 83 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6E 5C3, Canada
(780) 433-0123

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sugar Bowl

Wednesday afternoon, I was just loitering around at my friend; Donna's flat. We went to buy hair styling supplies, I watch her try to clean and pack. She showed her self narrated basement room in Calgary to me, we waited for her landlord to install a working mircowave and biked in the rain and sun to Futureshop and back to fix her computer. After an eventful afternoon we waited for Doris's friend, Audrey to come so we all could go eat!

I wanted a drink so bad because of a bad, bad midterm in computer class, so I suggested Sugar Bowl..hehe, miss that place! The place was packed full of customers!

Our Drinks: My Mojito, and Donna's Long Island Iced Tea (~$7.0)
Donna's (I thought) was kinda gross but she thought it was ok. My mojito was ok as I keep sipping but not as great as the ones from Las Vegas. Sigh*

Our Dishes!! Looks so tasty...can't wait to dig in! =)

Donna's Steak and Frites
She wasn't as pleased or happy as she could be with her plate, her steak was a tad bit over cooked and that cause the steak to be to chewy for her liking. However, glad to say she did finish her plate like the good girl she is..hehe

Doris's Bison Chili and Corn Bread
From past experience I knew the corn bread was to die for, and her comments of the chili was that it was also great. Great combo.

Chicken and Waffles
Audrey and I both were intrigued by the name of this dish: Chicken and Waffles. But I sad to heard that the chicken was not fried, I never got the chance to try that dish in New York, so I wanted to try this version. The chicken instead was pan-fried and it came with this heavenly and surely terribly bad for the heart Maple Butter. It was sinfully good. Our waiters told us that the Maple Butter is made with just maple syrup and butter, and Doris scrapped the dip plate empty because it was just that addicting. Sad to report that the chicken, for me, failed in execution. First I only had three measly pieces and it was a bit dry as it went into the mouth. But a total A+ just for the Maple Butter!

Bread Pudding
We shared dessert: Bread Pudding, but in hindsight should have shared one between the four of us. We could barely finish! The dessert was a combination of banana bread with raisins, it was quite good but too much for dessert. It was quite a large portion.

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