AKA Winebar – Brunchin’ It Up
Mar20

AKA Winebar – Brunchin’ It Up

One fine Saturday morning Fuzzy and I got the chance to have brunch over at AKA Wine Bar.  I’ve heard time and time again, Best Eggs Benny in town, which is my favourite breakfast dish out there. You can find AKA Wine Bar on Breakfast Ave (AKA Edmonton Trail) right across from Diner Deluxe.  It’s a small restaurant but seems to hold a nice amount of people, I believe we were in the heart of breakfast and only waited 10 mins.  You can check out their menu at www.akawinebar.com.  They have a nice variety of dishes that all sound mouthwatering but I was there for the Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict is served on house made Brioche, topped with Tomato, Hollandaise Sauce, and Potato Hash, I also opted for the Pork Belly  on it.  This was a fabulous eggs benedict, eggs poached perfect, delicious hollandaise and the brioche was just perfect.  Fuzzy has the Fried Chicken & Waffles, which was made of confit chicken leg, organic quinoa waffles, poached egg and organic maple syrup.  He was in heaven with that syrup, which he ate every last drop. This is definitely an amazing brunch spot serving up top notch food, go check it out soon!  Forget waiting in long lines across the street when you can get great food here too. What’s In Front Of Us:  ...

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Petite Restaurant
Feb15

Petite Restaurant

Our friends, over a year ago, tried Petite Restaurant for the first time in their old location.  They absolutely loved it they got a gift certificate for me to go try right away, so I booked a table for me and my wife, but unfortunately they had a fire and were forced to close down for around a year.  During this year, local food bloggers Calgary Foodies ranted and raved how wonderful this restaurant is, and right after our meal the other night, I tweeted out…”Now I know why.” The new location is on the corner of 17th Ave and 4th Street SW.  The decor inside was not what I had expected.  I did expect fancier and more modern, but really, decor shouldn’t represent the quality of the food as in this case the food was far more superior.  At first I was unsure of the service but as the night went along, I felt that it was just the waiters style which ended up rubbing off on us well. Now on to the food.  Starters:  Three of us, including myself started off with the Escargots and Salt Spring Mussel Fondue (Chablis and local garlic butter, toasted brioche, brussel sprout and bacon sauté), there is an all mussel version if you don’t like escargots.  The three of us couldn’t get enough of this dish, so good, so tasty, the sauce was just so so good, ask for some extra bread so you can soak up every drop of that buttery goodness.  My wife, for her starter, ordered the Sauteed Scallops (Sauce romaine, potato pave, bacon foam, wild mushrooms), she said they were absolutely delicious and cooked perfect.  Another friend ordered the Lobster and Rock Shrimp Ravioli (Citrus and chervil veloute, black truffle and edamame), I was able to try this, it was very good but I love the fondue more. On to our main dishes:  I went out of my normal self and tried the Roasted Elk Striploin (Parsnip purée, braised red cabbage, wild mushrooms, roasted carrots, porcini jus), the waiter recommended it to be cooked rare, which was just perfect.  Melt in your mouth, wonderfully delicious, sauce was a great pairing to the meat, yummmm.  Fuzzy ordered the AAA Beef Tenderloin (Porchini raviolini, comté potato purée, mustard greens, root vegetable rissole, natural jus), he loved his as well, cooked just perfect and flavours just right.  The other three dishes that our table ordered was the Pan Seared Mageret Duck, Roasted Organic Chicken Duo, and Arctic Char everyone loved their dishes and no one was disappointed.  I did get a bite of everyone’s dish, which were all good, but I liked my...

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CHARPOP – Here one day, gone the next
Feb01

CHARPOP – Here one day, gone the next

I’m probably the last one to write about the wonderful experience we had at Charpop, but better late than never and you get to hear our take on this night.  If you haven’t heard about Charpop yet, a brief description of what it’s all about.  Charcut Restarant (Connie DeSousa and John Jackson), Grant Van Gameren and baker extraordinaire Aviv Fried opened a stealthy new restaurant at a secret location from Jan 15-17, 2012.  Open one day and close the next.  They will be doing this a few more times in the year so keep an eye out at www.charpop.com.  Tonight, fellow foodie Guy (not Fieri) and myself attended the last seating of the event on the 17th at 9pm.  We got a phone call earlier that day to let us know where to enter from.  Tonight it was the Red back door marked with an “X” on it.  As we entered through the rear of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, it was such a cool atmosphere, it felt like we were at an underground supper club.  We were then seated group by group, the two of us ended up at a communal table with some great new friends that love food as much as we do.  The menu was broken down into four parts.  Sides, Small, Large and Dessert.  Guy and I decided to order 2 dishes from the sides, small and large.  We started off with a Poplar Bluff potato and guanciale gratin, this was a very nice scalloped potato that was rich and creamy, very yummy.  Next up we had the Open face croissant with lamb, sumac, nigella seed and mint, the croissant was absolutely delicious and the flavors were very homey and comforting.  The next dish we decided on was the Albacore tuna crudo, meyer lemon, celery, rosemary and pepper, this was one of my favourites and it tasted very fresh, I could have eaten 10 orders of this.  The last of the small plates was a large baked kale salad with persimmon, king mushroom, farro, pine nut.  I think this may have been the first time I’ve tried Kale, I loved this dish, I actually think about it all the time and wish I could have more, it really was that good!  As for the Large plates, we decided on Beef Cheek with Squash and Savoury Scone, this was very good, home cooked flavours, very comforting food and cooked perfect.  The last dish we tried was the Octopus with toasted Sourdough and N’dula, the octopus was cooked just right, tender not chewy, and had very rich flavours.  After all this food, we read many tweets that we must...

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Bistro 2210 – A Little Eatery on 4th Street
Sep18

Bistro 2210 – A Little Eatery on 4th Street

Bistro 2210 – A Little Eatery on 4th Street. Don’t let the Size Fool You.   Once again, I must proclaim my love for the wealth of restaurant choice in the Mission area. Yes, it is quite possible I could eat, drink and be merry for the rest of my life; all in a mere two block radius. 4th Street… thank you for being you. Mission has another little gem, none other than Bistro 2210. A small, simple and contemporary decor welcomes you upon entering. A perfect setting for a casual dinner with friends or a special night out. A bistro that prides itself on serving French comfort food; need I say more? Oui! Oui! After hearing and reading so much about 2210, I thought it was the perfect choice for my next dinner dine out. Let’s begin with the ‘starters’; appropriate non? I don’t think I could ever pass up Moules Frites; simply known as mussels and fries. For me, it is the ultimate French and Belgian bistro food; at its very best. One day, I will travel the world in search of the top ten restaurants that create this dish. Bistro 2210 did not disappoint. It was a tough decision to choose between two broth options. The Thai Curry, consisting of coconut milk, leek, grated carrot; or the Provencal with garlic, tomato, vin blanc. After a mental flip of the coin, along came the Provencal. The freshly baked bread never stood a chance before being grabbed to schlep the beautiful broth. The mussels were opened to perfection and plentiful. The accompanying fries also joined in the broth schlepping. All in all, a beautiful experience. My guest enjoyed starting with the Grilled Romaine Salad. The presentation was lovely and the garlic dressing was very flavorful. Moving on to the main course. The special was Tenderloin with a Lamb Ravioli Garnish. Ladies and gents, oh yes, I did just say “Lamb Ravioli Garnish”! The flavor combination was brilliant! The quality – outstanding. The other main course ordered was the oh so lovely Braised Lamb Farfalle. A tender and mild lamb shoulder; with olives, capers, tomatoes, arugula and parmesan. For all the foodies out there; food for the soul. Muah! We capped off the meal with with a classic and staple dessert; Vanilla Crème Brûlée. Simple and delicate… burnt cream never tasted so good. Bistro 2210 also delivered with an extensive French wine list. The world is a far more beautiful place with a solid glass of wine in hand. Amen. A wonderful dinner had by all. If you have a chance, drop by Bistro 2210 for a wonderful food experience. The service...

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On to the B-Side Bistro
Sep11

On to the B-Side Bistro

B Side is a new Bistro, formerly known as the “lounge side” of the Bears-Den.  Located at 254028 Bearspaw Rd. in Calgary’s NW (plenty of free parking), this relaxed, but classy bistro, features a lounge area and lighter menu. Accompanied by my wife and daughter, we had reservation for 7pm on a Saturday night, so as to take advantage of the live entertainment offered on the weekend.  The atmosphere was casual, comfortable, but with an upscale feel. On a relatively busy night, the service was friendly, attentive, but without being overbearing.  The live entertainment is not as intrusive as to interfere with conversation, so perfect for enjoying a Martini or glass of wine. The menu offers a very good variety of appetizers, smaller plates –which are great for sharing, and entrees. Just in case you can’t find something that suits you, they also offer the Bears Den fine dining menu upon request. That didn’t happen here, plenty to choose from, and the food is prepared in the same kitchen, with the same fresh ingredients. We started off by sharing 3 small plates.  The crab croquettes, served with a light and fresh tomato sauce, were excellent.  We thought that they were a very nice variation on the traditional crab cake.  Equally pleasing was the Calamari, which was bar food brought upscale. Lovely rings served with a garlic aioli, cooked properly unlike the rubbery renditions in most pubs.  We also tried the Prawns Corn Dogs, but all of us agreed that they were a bit too doughy, but then again, I guess most corn dogs are, so not a personal favorite. As for our main entrée, I had all three sliders being offered.  The first one was the Bison slider, served with onion rings and cheese.  I only had bison once before, but can say that this one was cooked to perfection, and quite tasty. The next one was the chicken chorizo slider, served with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.  Again, great combination of flavors, but found it a bit greasy. The last slider I tried was the one I was actually least excited about initially.  However, the Halibut slider with spicy corn relish was hands down the slider winner for me tonight.  My wife had the lamb ragout, which consisted of a generous portion of very lean lamb, ratatouille and fresh pasta. She thought it was one of the best comfort food she has had in a very long time. Our daughter had the burger, and she quite enjoyed it, nothing fancy, just a good burger. For desert, we shared a Lemon Mascarpone Crepe, which had just the right amount of...

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Tango Bistro
Nov30

Tango Bistro

    Restaurant: Tango Bistro Cuisine: Casual Dining Date Visited: November 26, 2010 at 8:00pm Location: 6920 MacLeod Trail South – Smugglers Inn Building at the front Hours: Monday to Thursday Lunch: 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm  Friday and Saturday Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner: 4:00pm-12:00am  Sunday: 4:30pm-10:00pm Contact: 403-252-4365  www.tangobistro.com    Price Range: $6 to $14 Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook/tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 4.5/5 Service: 4/5 Ambiance: 4.5/5 Overall: 4.5/5 Additional Comments: Tapa’s/Appetizer “small plates bistro” concept  Very nice atmosphere, clean, and well laid out  Great re-design of the old Smugglers Inn  Part of the Smugglers group  Large parking lot but it is used for 4 restaurants  Great service and quick  Great for dates or group outings  Excellent twists on desserts  This was my first visit to Tango Bistro and it won’t be my last.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to get out in the evening without the kids and  it was a great experience.  The last time I was in this section of the building was when it was Smugglers, Tango did such a great job with the renovations to make it a modern, fresh and inviting bistro. There is an excellent selection on the menu and it was tough to decide what to eat.  The waitress explained to me what Tango Bistro was about and what the best way to tackle the food.  She told us to order a few items on the menu and as we go along, order more.  What a great idea!  All the dishes we had were great, fresh, perfectly seasoned, and plated beautifully.  The chef at Tango looks to have thought out each plate through.  I’m looking forward to going back and continue my quest to try everything on their menu. What’s In Front Of Me: Warm Herb Naan Bread: 4.5/5 Hummus, Goat Cheese with Olive Oil, and Olive Tapenade with Naan Bread wedges Delicious Hummus and Olive Tapenade, the Goat Cheese was outstanding Try this, put all three dips on the Naan and you will be smiling $9 for the order   Wonton Crusted Prawns: 4/5 Served with a Spicy Togarashi Mayonnaise Perfectly cooked, great taste and the accompanying sauce worked very well $12 per order   Striploin Steak : 4.5/5 Cooked to your liking, mine was perfect medium rare Perfect seasoning Parmesan Frites are excellent with the Garlic Aioli dip Nicely plated with some asparagus $14 per plate   Braised Short Rib: 4/5 Short rib was...

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