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June 19, 2012

A friend and I went around downtown for funsies~

We went to Prince’s Island Park and saw a bunch of geese..



I terrifyingly watched them flock to this one lady. I don’t know why they went to her. I’m glad she’s not dead. They could have very easily committed cold blooded murder in front of me. That’s what birds do, right?

After roaming around, we went to Prego in Eau Claire to eat dinner.

"Chef Davide Gallo believes in ‘family style dining’ - a multitude of foods and flavors served on platters shared amongst family and friends. 
Ask your waiter if you would like to induldge in a perfectly PREGO experience.”


Bread~


Calamari
Tenderly prepared with banana peppers topped with tomato sauce
Banana peppers are spicy ):


My friend’s dish


Tortellini Gorgonzola
Back by popular demand!
Cheese filled tortellini prepared in a  creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce and sauteed mushrooms.
The sauce was really nice and smooth and creamy. It tasted a lot like mushroom soup. I used to hate mushrooms with a fiery passion but it seems my taste buds have changed and they’re not so bad any more. Of course, I still hate raw mushrooms in my salad but sauteed mushrooms on my veggie burger is soooooooo good. The cheese inside the tortellini was super delicious too.


A big bowl/glass of candy on the way out hehe. 

Overall, this place is really good. The service was superb because our waiter checked up on us often and we got our food very quickly. It was really gloomy and rainy all day - weather my friend really seemed to enjoy - but it had a really negative impact on my mood ):
Hooray for good food because at least that made me really happy. 

I’d like to come here and try some of their wines next time. Pasta and wine is always the best. 

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April 21, 2012 [Infusion]

It had been almost a year since I last visited Infusion and I was very excited when my parents told me that we were bringing my Lola (grandma in Filipino) there because she said she was bored.



Baked Camembert $14
Topped with Mango Chutney & Candied Walnuts Served with Crispy Flour Tortilla Chips
The camembert was super yummy and soft. It’s yellow/brown on the outside instead of white because it’s covered and baked in curry powder. It tasted really good especially with the flaky tortilla chips. The salad even had a hint of honey in it and that has inspired me to experiment with honey in vinaigrette. 



Mummy and Lola got the red snapper fish with quinuoa salad and deep fried goat cheese. It’s not on the menu because it was the special for the day.


Veal Burger
Grilled Homemade Veal Burger, Bacon, Tomato, Red Onions, Monterey Jack & Swiss cheese on a Bun With Honey Mustard & Mayonnaise… $16


Green Curry Penne
Penne Pasta and Vegetables tossed in a Coconut and Green Curry Cream Sauce With Shrimp, Chicken or Spicy Chorizo… $18
The combination of coconut milk and curry is right up there with chocolate and peanut butter. Sooo good. 



My Lola got an espresso. It’s such a tiny cup hehe. My dad put his phone (Samsung Galaxy S) beside it for size. Itty bitty cup.


The dessert menu.. my ultimate weakness. I had a coin flippin contest between the  Vanilla Creme Brulee, Sweet Shish-Kebob, and Deep Fried Cheese Cake.



As you can see, the little cream puffs won.
And it was oh-so-delicious.

They played Breathe by Telepopmusik and that made me really happy because I love that song hehe.

23 Balsam Avenue
Rocky View No 44, AB, Canada
 

Filed under rockyview bragg creek appetizer camembert seafood red snapper fish veal veal burger curry espresso drink dessert cream puffs profiteroles infusion

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January 29, 2012 [Globefish]

so @maariellenicole and I went shopping at Chinook mall and we got hungry so we ate at Globefish~~

 
 
I asked for hot water because I had a very bad cough D:
The only reason I took a picture was because the mug was really pretty.




Rock’n Shrimp
Lightly and crispy shrimp served with spicy mayo and green seaweed powder. 
This was so delicious. It was a little sweet and the texture of the shrimp was and the batter was just right. I think it tastes really really good with the seaweed powder as opposed to without it.



Viva Las Vegas
Crabmeat, avocado and red tuna roll topped with smoked salmon. Flash fried in tempura batter dressed in our special BBQ sauce. 
It was really nice and soft and the cram meat tastes really really good and you can distinctly taste the salmon at the end.



Chopped Scallop Roll
Scallop & tobiko with mayonnaise rolled with rice & seaweed
Ever since my cousin introduced me to scallop nigiri at Kinjo, I have been obsessed with scallops and mayo. Best texture ever hnng.


And because we’re good eaters, we had to get dessert.



Chocolate Cake
Hot chocolate cake with melted fudge serves with vanilla ice cream
The cake was pretty good and the the melted fudge inside was a pleasant surprise. 
BUT. canned whipped cream. Seriously. It seeped into the ice cream and made it icky ):

Filed under japanese calgary lunch dessert sushi globefish shrimp appetizer

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August 29, 2011 [A date with Alexia]

I MISS YOU, ALEXIA. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU READ THIS ANY MORE BUT I HOPE YOU DO BECAUSE I MISS YOU AND STUFF AND THINGS AND WORDS.

Minnie personal history time!
Alexia is a friend of mine whom I met in High School. We met some time in grade 10 and now I consider her one of my close friends (: 
Because she moved to Vancouver to go to UBC while I stayed in Calgary, she and I decided to go somewhere to eat before she left. We met up in Eau Claire in the afternoon and decided to check Urbanspoon for a nice place to eat. We ended up going to the River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park. It was a beautiful day and there were tons of people walking around and kids playing in those kiddie pools. It really was a perfect day. Okay no I lied there was some kind of aphid apocalypse this summer and I was scared they were stuck in my hair while I walked. But besides the aphids, it was gorgeous! 

 
What a lovely sign to attract customers, no?


Bread was cold that’s all I gotta say. 




Rare Grilled Albacore Tuna
Broxburn Cucumber, Radicchio, Lemon, Mint

hnng hnng so good. It was the best fish I had ever had the pleasure of eating. I just ordered this on a whim so I didn’t really read what the menu said until I got home. Since I didn’t know what I got, when I found out that the outside was cooked but the insides were raw, I was shocked but also filled with eternal delight. It was a good surprise :3
I wasn’t a big fan of the radicchio though because it was really, really bitter. Everything else was great though. 

I remember thinking all the way home about how unsatisfied my hunger was and I started to complain to myself about how small the portion was but then I remembered it was because I ordered from the appetizers part of the menu instead of an entree. Le fu~

I ate cereal when I got home. 

25 Prince’s Island Park
Calgary, AB
 

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June 23, 2011

Day of the potluck/picnic/birthday party~
We went to Boston Pizza for dinner.
had to cancel the reservation for our other place because not everyone could go that far  >___>

 
had some cactus cut potatoes as a starter
Spicy and thinly sliced fried potatoes served with our mouth-watering cactus dip – a rich blend of crushed chilies, green onion, sour cream and parmesan.

it was interesting. The potatoes were a bit.. air-ier? The dip was really good though. I liked the small amount of spicy it had.

This dinner was intended for our friend whose birthday it was and I planned on getting all of us to pay for his meal but I totally forgot to tell everyone and I totally forgot about paying.. I don’t know if he payed for his own stuff though..
MY. BAD. FUU.
Still gotta get him something nice for my stupid blunder >__> 

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Lunch at Tea Time with my pops. 

As an appetizer, we got deep fried bread with a sweet green tea sauce and some sugar on the size. The bread was really good, it reminds me of the deep fried bread at Shangai Classic but much smaller. The thing the really impressed me about this was the green tea sauce. It was basically just condensed milk with some matcha powder mixed in but it was sooooo good and I thought it was just a neat idea to combine them. The taste of the matcha wasn’t too strong and I’m totally gonna try to make this one day!
Beside the bread was my drink, hot almond milk with pearls. It is quite possibly my favourite drink of all time.. 

My dad, on the other hand, got a cup of jasmine tea. $4 for a cup of tea.. my drink was the same price.. I will admit the taste of the tea is a bit different than just steeping a normal bag of jasmine tea in hot water but it’s not a great difference and that cup was definitely not worth the price. 

For an entree, I had an eel and rice dish. It was sososo good! I always had eel barbecued and I was never too fond of that but the way they cooked the eel here was just great. Also, they added some sweet corn sauteed in butter and that’s one of my favourite foods. So simple but so yummy haha.
My dad for some deep fried chicken. He was really impressed with the entire dish and he especially loved the sauce that was on the rice. I tried it but I didn’t really taste anything special. But that’s just me.. I was too happy with my dish to let another flavour invade. 

A+ for presentation on all the dishes though. It makes me happy just looking at the pictures..

Filed under tea time lunch calgary eel appetizer bubble tea tea cafe appetizer

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I’ve never really eaten indian food before but this restaurant totally made me obsessed with it! It’s called Tamarind and there is absolutely nothing bad I can think of to say about this place. The atmosphere is nice, the service is great and the setup is very aesthetically pleasing. The main reason why I wanted to go into this restaurant in the first place was because it looks so nice, elegant and sophisticated inside. I remember passing by it once and peering into the windows and thinking “oh my gosh this place is so classy. Their food MUST be good!”I can’t recall what this dish was but it was one of their appetizers. Just writing about this now makes me want to go and eat some tomorrow.. If only I could drive I would be there quite often. In this dish was deep fried praws each with their own batter. I can’t remember the flavours exactly but there was a spicy one, a mild one and a sweet one. It was very good and quite filling! After eating this, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish my entrée =S
1110 Panatella Blvd NWCalgary, Alberta

I’ve never really eaten indian food before but this restaurant totally made me obsessed with it! It’s called Tamarind and there is absolutely nothing bad I can think of to say about this place. The atmosphere is nice, the service is great and the setup is very aesthetically pleasing. The main reason why I wanted to go into this restaurant in the first place was because it looks so nice, elegant and sophisticated inside. I remember passing by it once and peering into the windows and thinking “oh my gosh this place is so classy. Their food MUST be good!”

I can’t recall what this dish was but it was one of their appetizers. Just writing about this now makes me want to go and eat some tomorrow.. If only I could drive I would be there quite often.
In this dish was deep fried praws each with their own batter. I can’t remember the flavours exactly but there was a spicy one, a mild one and a sweet one. It was very good and quite filling! After eating this, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish my entrée =S

1110 Panatella Blvd NW
Calgary, Alberta

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This was way back in November of 2010 so I can’t exactly recall what this was called. However, I do remember numerous other things but before I delve into that, I would like to apologize for the blurry picture ):Anyhow, this was taken at a place called Ajisai Japanese Cuisine. The reason I went here was because my friend wanted to celebrate her 17th birthday here with a few of our friends. It was a pretty cold day… I don’t remember if it was snowing or not but there was a ton of snow on the ground.. But yeah, we met up at her place and walked to the restaurant because it’s about a five to ten minute walk. To get there, we had to cross some nasty field where the snow went up to my knees. We were jumping and playing in the snow and and it dark and cold and it was a beautiful night. By the time we got to the restaurant, all of our feet were frozen and our socks were soaking and we were hungry. The way the restaurant was arranged really caught our eye. It was very minimalistic with taupe walls that had the silhouette of tress and birds painted on. The choice of furniture was very nice and simple and everything was arranged nicely. The staff was also very friendly and patient wish us because we had to keep moving our reservation back because my friend I and came straight from the mall to her house and getting there took much longer than expected..This picture was actually one of our appetizers. It was deep fried shrimp with sweet wasabi sauce topped with a little bit of tobiko and cilantro (? might have been parsley..). Well I remember not being impressed with this dish. There was nothing special about it and the wasabi sauce was a little too sweet. There was no hint of spicy at all! I was somewhat disappointed.The entrée I  ordered was some kind of vegetable udon soup with assorted tempura on the side. Again, was not as good as it could/should be ): Even though the noodles were good, the soup was bland. I didn’t taste a thing and not to mention, it was just warm. I’m the type to like my soup steaming hot and fresh because, well, isn’t that what all soups should be like? (excluding cold soups, of course). The tempura was good though but tempura isn’t really a difficult or special dish..Overall, this restaurant failed to impress me. On the other hand, my friends who ordered sushi dishes were amazed and delighted with their food. I always told myself that I would come back to see if the sushi was any better but I have yet to return…750 1110 PanatellaBlvd. NWCalgary, Alberta 

This was way back in November of 2010 so I can’t exactly recall what this was called. However, I do remember numerous other things but before I delve into that, I would like to apologize for the blurry picture ):

Anyhow, this was taken at a place called Ajisai Japanese Cuisine. The reason I went here was because my friend wanted to celebrate her 17th birthday here with a few of our friends. It was a pretty cold day… I don’t remember if it was snowing or not but there was a ton of snow on the ground.. But yeah, we met up at her place and walked to the restaurant because it’s about a five to ten minute walk. To get there, we had to cross some nasty field where the snow went up to my knees. We were jumping and playing in the snow and and it dark and cold and it was a beautiful night. By the time we got to the restaurant, all of our feet were frozen and our socks were soaking and we were hungry. 

The way the restaurant was arranged really caught our eye. It was very minimalistic with taupe walls that had the silhouette of tress and birds painted on. The choice of furniture was very nice and simple and everything was arranged nicely. The staff was also very friendly and patient wish us because we had to keep moving our reservation back because my friend I and came straight from the mall to her house and getting there took much longer than expected..

This picture was actually one of our appetizers. It was deep fried shrimp with sweet wasabi sauce topped with a little bit of tobiko and cilantro (? might have been parsley..). Well I remember not being impressed with this dish. There was nothing special about it and the wasabi sauce was a little too sweet. There was no hint of spicy at all! I was somewhat disappointed.

The entrée I  ordered was some kind of vegetable udon soup with assorted tempura on the side. Again, was not as good as it could/should be ): Even though the noodles were good, the soup was bland. I didn’t taste a thing and not to mention, it was just warm. I’m the type to like my soup steaming hot and fresh because, well, isn’t that what all soups should be like? (excluding cold soups, of course). The tempura was good though but tempura isn’t really a difficult or special dish..

Overall, this restaurant failed to impress me. On the other hand, my friends who ordered sushi dishes were amazed and delighted with their food. I always told myself that I would come back to see if the sushi was any better but I have yet to return…

750 1110 PanatellaBlvd. NW
Calgary, Alberta 

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