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May 18, 2012 [Inglewood Adventure]

The first day of Otafest! Otafest is an anime convention that’s always held at my university. I planned to meet my friend there at around noon but he called me at 11 and said that since it’s the first day, it doesn’t open until 5pm. Excitedly, I said we could go to Inglewood now that we know how to get there!!
So we went and walked around and had a great time.

We first went into this store called Espy and ohlala~
Personal shoppers, awesome prices, and very pretty colourful pants. Me gusta me gusta.

Ahh I don’t know what this store was called but oh my goodness I want everything in this picture! Now that I see this, I may go back and actually buy one of them..
The perks of writing two months late.. hurrhurr.

After a good couple of hours shopping, we got hungry and started looking for places to eat. Originally we wanted to try Lolita Lounge because I have a sick obsession with lolita fashion but I was too intimidated to go in with its dark interior and it being upstairs and whatnot. It didn’t really seem open anyway.

So we just ate at Sugo

LOL check out the disclaimer at the bottom.
"Please no separate cheques, if you do not trust the people you are with don’t break bread with them."

Friend got some chicken dish. I forgot to write down what he got T~T

Wild mushroom with truffle oil and parmigianoThe mushrooms were really good! I’m not usually a fan of mushrooms but I thought I’d try this out and I’m so glad I did. The texture of the mushrooms were kind of slimy but it tasted delicious with the oil and the parmigiano was superb! 

Canoli with housemade ricotta cheese
I don’t think I’ve ever had canoli before but I have seen Goddess Anna Olson make them often. These tasted just as good as they look like they should have when I saw them on TV. Sadly, I don’t remember much more than them being delicious haha ^^;;

It was almost time for Otafest to begin so we got our bill and left. 
It was fun to see some people dressed up for Otafest on our way there and surprise surprise, THERE WAS A SAILOR MOON SECTION TO CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY! WHEEHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Too bad we were kind of late and it filled up right away. We weren’t allowed in unless someone else left so we stood outside and waited. And waited. And waited. It was quite possibly the longest 10 minutes of my life. I even made small-talk with the volunteers. They said that the Sailor Moon event always fills up first and quickly and they wonder why they haven’t moved to a bigger room. Finally they saw one empty seat and I was allowed in. My friend wasn’t the biggest Sailor Moon friend so he let me go in while he did his own thing elsewhere. WHAT A HERO. I WAS ABOUT TO NOT GO IN WITHOUT HIM AND THAT WOULD HAVE SLOWLY KILLED ME. 

After the session finished, I found my friend in Mac hall finishing up his assignment for his spring course when I bought us bubbletea.

My friend got mango and I got honeydew with strawberry jelly. Yum yum!
Buying bubbletea was my token of gratitude for letting me go into the Sailor Moon thingy without him. 

It was a really fun day and I learned quite a bit at the Sailor Moon session.  I wish Sailor Moon was its own course in itself. I would totally major in that. 

1214 -9th ave SE

Filed under calgary inglewood espy sugo italian chicken bruschetta mushroom lunch dessert canoli ricotta cheese otafest bubbletea honeydew honeydew bubbletea Sailor Moon I love Sailor Moon

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April 23, 2012 [Banana Ice]
I’ve been really obsessed with watching youtube videos of how to make Japanese food. In particular, I’ve been watching Kumigar, MosogourmetRunnyrunny999Cooking With Dog, and Noza Mama.

When I first watched this video of Noza Mama making Banana Ice [cream], I was debating which part was the best: the girl being so super cute whilst eating or the fact that YOU DON’T NEED AN ICE CREAM MAKER TO MAKE THIS. I made it the day after I watched the video and the results were quite successful. It tasted really good and it was very very easy to make. My only tip if you decide to try to make this is to leave it out for five minutes before you scoop it so it’s easy to scoop and it ends up looking like normal ice cream instead of flaky like in the picture above.

Filed under banana ice banana ice banana ice cream japanese dessert ice cream things i make noza mama youtube inspired

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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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March 30, 2012 [Laurier Lounge]

Went downtown after class. I was supposed to go to a gay club with a friend but other friends joined us and they didn’t want to go so we just shopped around and suddenly somebody mentioned fondue and we all wanted to drink a bit so I googled it and the place with the best rating turned up to be Laurier Lounge. 
Someone had suggested Ubu Lounge but I checked out their menu before and their drinks are like $10 each. That’s craaaaaaaaaaaaay.

This place was really small and cozy and they played some really nice french jazzy/bossanova music that I really really enjoyed. By the looks of it, it’s just a house-turned-restaurant. The outside patio probably could have seated more than the inside but there were stairs leading upstairs so I don’t know if there are seats there or someplace for private bookings. 
Oh and yes, my friend is a cyclops.

Left (friend): Strawberry mojito
Right (mine): The Stanley - Creme de cacao, creme de menthe, Bailey’s and Cream
My drink was really good! It was smooth and creamy with a very subtle taste of chocolate. It was funny because my friend Stanley was sitting beside me. No one in our table know what each other was getting so when I ordered my drink, they all had a fit of giggles. 

Originally we wanted chocolate fondue but the swiss sounded so good too…

After a long time of debating, we settled with the swiss fondue!
MMM so yummy! The white wine was very prominent and the consistency was good so that it was never rubbery. I’ve never had cheese fondue before but this was a great first try.

Crepe Suzette
Orange and Grand Marier sauce, a Laurier favourite!

It was $12 so I was kind of hesitant on dessert but a friend agreed to share with me so of course we got it. 
The crepe was well made, the gelato was delicious, and there was a very strong, sweet orange taste. I’m glad we shared because it was really too much to handle in terms of flavour. It was really overwhelming kind of like when you’re eating pineapples and your lips and tongue start to burn - you want to keep eating because it’s so good but you just can’t handle it any more. That’s how I feel about the sweetness of this dish.

I’d totally recommend this place to anyone who wants a nice place to just lounge around and eat and drink with. I’m totally going back some time to try their entrees!

1111 7 Street Southwest  
Calgary, AB

Filed under calgary french laurier lounge fondue crepe dessert snack swiss fondue drink

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March 9, 2012 [The Big Taste at Piqniq/Beatniq]

OKAY I NEED TO STOP PROCRASTINATING. I’ve pretty much forgotten everything about this day.. 

But anyhow. Thank you to @mylifeinrenovations for telling me about the Big Taste. After he told me, I immediately looked it up and was incredibly delighted to see that Piqniq was taking part of it!
For those not in the know, the Big Taste of Calgary is an event where many restaurants in Calgary give a small set menu for a very low price - just like the menu shown above. However, in order to take part in the Big Taste, you have to call one of the participating restaurants and ask for a reservation for the Big Taste.
I did this for Piqniq and I was also able to book a table for Beatniq later on in the evening for the Ray Charles Tribute Band! Such a luxurious evening.

Our waiter was really nice and enthusiastic about this event. He told us we were getting an amazing deal because a regular meal with the same dishes would be ~$60 so my friends and I were happy to hear that.
Unfortunately, this event was in the middle of midterms for me so I was only able to attend the last day.  

Some bread and butter to start~
The Japanese dish was kind of weird but okay haha.
While we were eating this, we saw quite a few people be turned down because they was fully booked from ~5-9 (or whenever they closed). That really impressed me.  

Fancy water haha. In the downstairs during the performances, they only serve bottled water for $3 per bottle. 

The seasonal soup was organic carrot puree soup with ginger.

Friends got the duck confit.

My trout. The skin had a really nice crunch and I really liked the texture of the fish. There was a really prominent butter taste which made it taste all the better.

Chocolate Mousse~
The glass was really warm and the mousse was really cold and looked a lot like ice cream. It was really soft but not as light as I expected and also very rich so most of us couldn’t even finish our dessert as it was so filling. The bottom had some strawberry puree so that was a delightful surprise.
I found out a few weeks later when I tried to make chocolate mousse myself that the typical mousse recipe calls for gelatin. I repent.

After dinner, we paid and headed downstairs for the performance. It was so packed that they had to start rejecting people near the beginning of the set.

center seats hehehehe

Donals Ray Johnson and the band. John Gray is playing bass and he performed with Ray Charles himself. Donald Ray Johnson is also a grammy award winner. SO STARSTRUCK.

The backup singers hehehe. They were really good!

My friend got mac & cheese during the performance. 
We were tempted to get some dessert too but we were still super full from the dinner. 

I recorded some of their performances:
I Can’t Stop Loving YouGeorgia On My Mind, and Makin’ Whoopie.
Overall it was a pretty amazing night. Great people, great food, great music. I can’t think of anything better than that.

Filed under calgary dinner dessert drink jazz beatniq piqniq ray charles

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March 2, 2012 [Cafe Koi]

I can’t recall why a couple of friends and I wanted to go here but we had a reason. 
Anywho, it’s a very neat place. Right beside a couple of shisha bars. 

We went in and it was moderately filled. We had reservations so we were seated right away. It’s pretty dark inside and all the tables are very close together. There’s a stage on one side so I looked a bit into this place when I got home and apparently, they hold a few shows quite often (scroll to the very bottom for the schedule). From live performances of jazz to comedy nights to open mic nights. Pretty awesome if you ask me. 

I got a fuzzy navel to drink.
It’s a pretty ridiculous name but it’s very delicious.

A friend got some cranberry drink. I ate a cranberry. Never again. NEVER. AGAIN.

our signature yam wedges served with our own garlic curry and miso dip

This was totally not what I expected. The yam was soft and I expected it to be deep fried. The dips were really interesting. The curry was kind of spicy and buttery and the miso dip was kind of like steak sauce with a nice tang.

The Lee Pacino
homestyle tomato sauce simmered with penne, spinach and topped with vegan  bean balls and asiago cheese
I don’t know if it’s just me or if the bean balls were burnt but they didn’t taste all too great. Nothing about this dish was special to me. 

friends’ dish.

After we were finished with our entrees, it took a while for the servers to come back to us so we could ask for the dessert menu. They were busy cleaning up the restaurant because we were one of the last ones to go. 
The servers were all very kind but we waited a LONG time to get the dessert menu and when we finally got it, we waited quite a while for them to get back to us to get our order for dessert.

Warm Fruit Filo Crisp
hand crafted filo pouches with fruit filling dusted with cinnamon sugar and oven-baked. served with ice cream, chocolate and caramel. ask your server for daily fruit flavor 
Awwww man I forgot what was inside. It was either peaches or apple although I’m pretty sure it was apple. It was quite good but cutting the filo was a bit difficult. 

Personally, I felt the food was overpriced for what it actually was. It makes itself seem to be Japanese themed restaurant but the food had no hint of Japanese whatsoever. Music was good though. Indie. Yay. 

1011 1 Street Southwest 
Calgary, AB

Filed under calgary dinner cafe koi entree dessert drink

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February 20, 2012 [Part 2/2: Alloy dessert]

We wanted to go have some coffee afterwards but one look at the desert menu and there’s no going back.

pumpkin spice creme brulee
fresh fruit . rum whipped cream 
ugh yes so good. The entire plate was warm too. The whipped cream was absolutely delicious and everything tasted so good together *O*

Lemongrass panna cotta
lulo jalapeno . mago habanero . guava chilli
Goodness gracious was this delicious. The first thing I noticed was that the plate was icy cold. The taste of the lemongrass was so good and the little spice from the pepper sauces made each bite interesting. I would totally recommend everyone to taste this. 

220 42 Avenue Southeast  
Calgary, AB

Filed under dessert calgary alloy panna cotta creme brulee

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February 17, 2012 [Part 2/2: Ricky’s]

After we finished eating, we still wanted dessert. Someone suggested going to the cheesecake cafe so we drove around for a good 20 minutes trying to find it only to realize it’s been closed for a long time now haha. It’s some Indian restaurant now or something. We walked around Sunridge Mall for a bit and decided on going to Ricky’s for dessert. 

I was sharing with a friend and we wanted the cheesecake sampler but a friend got the last one ;~; They were all the way on the other side of the table too so no sharing with them. In spite, we got two desserts between us instead of just one. 

Apple Cheesecake (their seasonal cheesecake)

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Two layers of delicious spiced date sponge cake, each drenched with rich, buttery toffee sauce and separated by a generous layer of mellow whipped cream. Sinfully creamy!

Canned whipped cream. ugh. I was surprised my friend didn’t eat the whipped cream haha. I was proud of him for this little act.

Both desserts were good. Nothing special, really. 

Filed under calgary dessert ricky's cheesecake apple cheesecake pudding toffee pudding