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The fate of Red Lobster

Delicious scallop from Sushi House Banff

Delicious scallop from Sushi House Banff

The other day I shared my unexpected happy surprise with the flavour and texture of gyoza at Joey’s Seafood.  While writing that post, I also happened to be looking at my news feed – and saw that another popular seafood chain is totally re-vamping their menu in order to focus more on seafood… to get their customers back and increase dwindling sales.  The thought is that people are opting not to  visit Red Lobster because they no longer seem to specialize in the seafood people used to go there for.  News reports also indicated that they’ll also be reducing the discounted prices for BOGO meals, and plating their meals differently moving forward with these changes…

My last experience with Red Lobster wasn’t a good one.  In fact, it turned me and my companion off returning. Was it the plating? No. Was it whether or not the food was on top of the rice or beside the rice? No. Was it the cost of the meal – nope.. not that either.

It was the service, and the food.  Both weren’t great.  There weren’t enough servers/staff, and the food came out cold, overcooked, and underwhelming.

Other than the biscuits – the biscuits were still great.. but who goes to Red Lobster just for the free biscuits?

It kind of reminds me of another restaurant – where they keep tweaking things, changing menus, changing the decor.. but at the end of the day, I don’t go because 3/4 meals I’ve had there have been bad.  (Oh, and in one of those menu changes, they took off the 1/4 that was ok…)

So what do you think?

Have you been to Red Lobster recently? Will a more seafood-heavy menu bring you back if not? (or are you just going back for those biscuits?)

Want to read more about these changes? Check out this article on WTVR.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Gyoza from Joey’s seafood

Joeys Gyoza or Dumplings

Joeys Gyoza or Dumplings

I don’t always love gyoza, but I’m still constantly on the look out for really good gyoza. I found it – in a very unlikely (and very un-sushi-like) place – Joey’s Seafood!

These are their Shrimp Gyoza, described as:”Shrimp, veggies and herbs fill a sautéed Japanese Dumpling accompanied by a Ponzu sauce and drizzled with Hokkaido mustard.” - they had great flavour, great texture – and were easy to eat (rather than the ones that fall apart when you try to bite into them.  All in all, I was really impressed.  Of course, we had a whole meal, but really, it was the gyoza that I’d make a point of going back for.

I tried them in their High River location – so here’s hoping that they’re just as good at a Calgary location!

Joey's Seafood Restaurants High River on Urbanspoon

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Gyoza (Dumplings), Out of town - Alberta

 

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Jamaican Jerk food truck

Jamaican Jerk Food Truck parked at MRU

Jamaican Jerk Food Truck parked at MRU

My lunchtime tweet when Jamaican Jerk came to the MRU campus got a lot of attention – probably because of the brightly coloured meal from the Jamaican Jerk food truck.

I’ve had some challenges with food trucks coming to campus – there’s a monthly schedule of when each truck is coming to campus, but there seem to be more that miss their spots than those who make it – so it’s starting to be harder to see them – and I’ve been tweeting them in advance to make sure they’ll actually be there! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Iceland confectionary

Giving "sugar skull" a new look - skull-shaped candies in Grýtubakkahreppur

Giving “sugar skull” a new look – skull-shaped candies in Grýtubakkahreppur

So here’s another short, kind of boring post while you await my latest holiday treats… this time it’s candy from Iceland (from my July 2014 trip.. yes.. I took THAT many photos..) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Chocolate in Iceland

Chocolate from Iceland

Chocolate from Iceland

I have another super-short post for you today – more (and more recent!) posts to come soon! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Lakkris in Iceland

Eittsett candy bar

Eittsett candy bar

I mentioned in my last post that while in Iceland we were constantly on the look-out for licorice.. well we found it in a few different candy bars along with those delicious meringues.. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Desserts in Iceland

While I’m on holiday, I have a few posts to share… and when I come back  - I’ll hopefully have posts from my trip too!

Desserts in Iceland

Rather than doing a whole bunch of short posts about some of the desserts my travel companion and I tried while in Iceland, I thought that I would do a bit of an all-in-one post about a few of them… I’ll also do a bit of one on candy and treats later in too…

Chocolate mousse

If you are in an Iceland grocery store, you might see this – for us it was in the section with the amazing Icelanic yoghurt, Skyr (with which we both developed a fast obsession…) but it’s not yoghurt, instead it’s mousse!  So creamy and delicious!

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Happy Sushi Belly is off… to France!

Macaroon at the Butchart's Afternoon Tea

Macaroon at the Butchart’s Afternoon Tea

How’s that for an exciting post title?

I’ll fill you in on the details when I return… but for now just stay tuned, and please forgive me for not posting for a while…

In the meantime, how about a French macaron? (From my Afternoon Tea at Buchart Gardens in August)

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Out of town - Europe

 

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Beacon Drive-In – Victoria, BC

Breakfast at Beacon Drive-In

Breakfast at Beacon Drive-In

One morning while we were in Victoria we decided to go to Beacon Hill Park – a lovely seaside park basically in downtown Victoria. It’s a large park, and connects to other open areas for jogging, biking, walking, and dog-walking to enjoy lovely seaside sights on one side and glimpses into Victoria on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Out of town - BC

 

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Argyle Attic – Victoria, BC

Watermelon, feta & mint salad at the Argyle Attic in Victoria, BC

Watermelon, feta & mint salad at the Argyle Attic in Victoria, BC

The Argyle Attic was around the corner from our hotel when we visited Victoria, BC – we were in a great area with lots of selection, but twice we visited, once for lunch (when our feet were far too sore to go anywhere else) and once for breakfast (when we wanted breakfast close to home the next morning). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Out of town - BC

 

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