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YYC Food Truck Spring Frenzy

Sticky Ricky's Food Truck

Sticky Ricky’s Food Truck (I don’t know that they’ll be at the ‘Frenzy’

The YYC Food Truck Spring Frenzy is coming up soon, April 25 & 25, 2015 down at the RiverWalk plaza down in Calgary’s East Village.

I won’t be going; truth be told, I’m kind of “over” the YYC food trucks. After having them scheduled to come where I work, and having day after day of them not showing up… I’m just kind of over it. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m out at an event and there’s a truck that appeals to me, and I’m hungry… I’ll probably still get something, but I’m not going to go out of my way to visit them anymore.

With that.. I’m not planning on attending the Food Truck Spring Frenzy. BUT… if you ARE still excited to see what the food trucks have to offer – you should consider going!

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks

 

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Tea: Iron Goddess – Tieguanyin

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

I brought one of my little tea-chests to work not too long ago, mostly filled with gifted teas – one of which is Iron Goddess.

Since it was a gift, I don’t know where it comes from (though I have my guesses..) but I found a few write-ups online about this oolong tea, including a charming story on Enjoyingtea.com:

Legend of Iron Goddess:
Centuries ago there lived a poor farmer in the Fujian Province of China. He lived by a temple that was dedicated to the Iron Goddess of Mercy. The temple was in poor condition since it wasn’t kept by anyone for a long time. The farmer cleaned the temple and burned incense to honor the Goddess. Touched by the poor farmer’s devotion to her temple, the Iron Goddess appeared to him in a dream and told him to find a treasure left for him behind her temple. The farmer woke up and searched all over the temple for the treasure only to find a small tea bush. When the farmer made tea from this bush, he noticed a unique fragrance and wonderful sweet taste. Delighted, he grew this tea bush and gave some of it to his neighbors so that they can also enjoy this treasure from the Goddess. Word spread of this wonderful tea and thus the Fujian Province became famous for the origin of this tea.

The taste is just slightly sweet, and very mellow.  I am not a huge fan of green tea, so oolongs seem to split the difference for me – plus they have less caffeine than black teas!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Tea & Beverages

 

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Wycked Deli

Super-delicious Donair from Wycked Deli

Super-delicious Donair from Wycked Deli

Today’s post comes from a fast-food kiosk, Wycked Deli.
I recommend the donair – it’s loaded down with sauce though (which might be a good thing or a bad thing, but it definitely tastes delicious!)

Wycked Deli - fast food

Wycked Deli – fast food

The kiosk has a LOT of different things to choose from though; at times it feels like they’re a bit unfocused and trying to do too many things.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in South-West Calgary

 

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Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

This is just another super-short post. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time right now to write here, and I haven’t been checking out many new places to eat in Calgary lately either. :(

Dark Iron Budda from Banff Tea Company is really good – mild tasting oolong tea – I’d get it again (the next time I’m up in Banff that is!)

 
 

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The One Sushi (AYCE)

Oysters from The One Sushi

Oysters from The One Sushi

Unfortunately I don’t have much in the way for new posts for you right now, but in the meantime, here are two photos from The One Sushi, one of my new favourite AYCE sushi places in Calgary – largely because along with sushi they also have a wide variety of other dishes too – really excellent for when going out with folks who don’t love sushi.

Roll and garnish from The One Sushi

Roll and garnish from The One Sushi

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in South-East Calgary, Sushi, Uncategorized

 

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Sushi Ichiban

Sushi from Ichiban sushi

Sushi from Ichiban sushi

If you’re a regular follower of Happy Sushi Belly, you probably have noticed that it’s been a while since we updated this blog. Unfortunately I don’t have much to share with you, and don’t anticipate that changing for quite some time.

Love Boat at Ichiban sushi

Roll boat at Ichiban sushi

In the meantime, here are two photos from Sushi Ichiban; where I visited with two friends a while back. We shared a platter (boat) full of rolls, and then each also ordered some favourites.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Private for Happy Sushi Belly contributors: Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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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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