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Kruse’s Bakery

Delicious rum balls from Kruse's Bakery - located in the Market On Macleod in Calgary, Alberta

Delicious rum balls from Kruse’s Bakery – located in the Market On Macleod in Calgary, Alberta

My last post wasn’t very positive I’m afraid… but in contrast, I’m back writing about Kruse’s Bakery again. I’m pretty sure this is one of my favourite bakeries in Calgary (tied for the top spot with Gluten Free/Paleo/Vegan Nourish Kitchen & Bakery, and Glamorgan Bakery)  There are a few favourite things I get nearly every time I visit (The lemon strudel) and then a few things I’ll pick up now and then… but there are also new things to try too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 17, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Sumo Lounge Eau Claire

Tuna and Salmon sashimi from Sumo Lounge in Calgary's Eau Claire Market.

Tuna and Salmon sashimi from Sumo Lounge in Calgary’s Eau Claire Market.

It’s been a while (January 2018) since I blogged about sushi… and I have a confession, it’s partially because I’ve been lax in blogging, but also because I’ve been eating a LOT less sushi lately than I used to enjoy. I’ve been finding that rice just isn’t agreeing with me, and I’ve gotten a bit bored with just having sashimi every time… so unless I go out with friends, generally I’ve just been not having sushi. So sad! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Aida’s Bistro

Vegetarian Delight platter at Aida's Bistro in Calgary. Read more about what's in this dish on my blog, Happy Sushi Belly.

Vegetarian Delight platter at Aida’s Bistro in Calgary.

Back in November 2017 I visited Aida’s Bistro and blogged about it – well I was back again recently (camera at the ready) with two different friends, and tried something a little different… Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Kawa Espresso Bar

Grilled Cheese from Kawa Espresso Bar

Grilled Cheese from Kawa Espresso Bar

Before meeting up with a friend to celebrate his birthday over drinks, my friend Skye and I (Of Dyeing For It) were looking for a nearby place to grab an quick and easy dinner. I wanted a light meal and a hot beverage, and she wanted a drink… She recommended Kawa Espresso Bar which was close to the bar we’d be going to later. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Shogun Teppanyaki Grill

Shogun Teppanyaki Grill food truck in Calgary, Alberta

Shogun Teppanyaki Grill food truck

While at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo I was excited to hear that a Japanese Fusion food truck was parked super close to the medieval encampment I was volunteering at. It was Shogun Teppanyaki Grill, and I have a few photos today of what I ordered, along with a few thoughts….

Shogun Teppanyaki Grill food truck menu and pricing

Shogun Teppanyaki Grill food truck menu

I was super hungry when I ordered… so I was easily tempted. I couldn’t decide between sweet and savory, cool and warm.. so I went with both. I really wanted the soft taco, the gyoza… and was also tempted by the melon pan a friend had ordered the day before (which would have been packable… ) but ultimately I went with the Okonomiyaki J-Dog (Japanese Hot Dog) and the mochi ice cream.

Okonomiyaki J-Dog

Okonomiyaki Japanese-style hot dog

Okonomiyaki Japanese-style hot dog

The hot dog is topped off with Japanese wasabi-mayo, matchstick carrots, ketchup, and bonito flakes I think… the menu didn’t indicate, and a search didn’t help…

The hot dog was yummy – but too big, and there was a bit too much bun. The bonito flakes are super yummy, but not good with all the wind… I think I lost about half of it to the strong wind…. I didn’t actually end up finishing the hot dog, cus after the ice cream too… I was full. 😦  I would have it again for sure though – maybe in a more sheltered area…

Mochi ice cream

This is a new addition to their menu, little balls of mochi filled with ice cream. The ‘sampler’ has vanilla, strawberry, and matcha flavours. I didn’t really care about vanilla, but the other two were quite good. They were small but easy to eat – though my hands did get covered in powder! I hope that in future they keep them this size, but maybe offer single-flavour options or a mix-and-match option… where you can get a little bowl of how many and whatever flavours you have in mind. I would also prefer to see more exotic flavours… strawberry and vanilla are boring.. what about black sesame, mango, salted plum, coconut, or similar to join the matcha?

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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks

 

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Sushi shop in Kingsway, Edmonton

I could have sworn that I’d blogged about Sushi Shop in Edmonton before – but now I can’t find the post!

I first tried Sushi Shop in Quebec City (a blog pot on that one is still pending…) and was excited to see them with a shop in Edmonton, in the Kingsway Mall. I was back there again more recently, and tried:

Smoked Salmon temari from Sushi Shop in Edmonton

Smoked Salmon temari from Sushi Shop in Edmonton

Smokey Philly Temari (4 pcs $6.95)

Exterior – smoked salmon, Japanese mayo, lemon zest, sesame, nori
Interior – light cream cheese, tempura, green onion, spicy light mayo

I was a bit disappointed in this. I had wanted to try Temari for a while, and expected the interior of the ball to have flavor – it didn’t. It really just seemed like it was a ball of only rice. WAY too much rice. Really terrible rice to flavour ratio….

The topping was fine, but nothing special. I couldn’t taste the lemon or sesame, and you can see the nori is just a tiny pinch. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Out of town - Alberta

 

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New menu items at Big Catch

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

I kinda love Big Catch, and they recently added a few new items to their menu that I wanted to try out.

Autumn Haze  ($13.25)
Sweet-mirin glazed torch seared salmon-toro topped with mizore-radish

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

The salmon didn’t really have a lot of flavour, and I thought that the ratio of fish to rice favoured the rice WAY too much. The overall flavour was pretty bland; even the radish was sort of…’eh’. I tasted it on it’s own, and it didn’t really seem like anything at all.

Solar Flare ($13.25)
Miso braised tender pork topped with onion-ginger garnish

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

The pieces are also topped with a little slice of (cherry?) tomato. Despite the website saying it’s pork… it’s actually red tuna – and they were out of red tuna so swapped out white while I was there. Confusing. This also had way too much rice, and overall was pretty lacking in the intensity of flavour that I’m accustomed with at Big Catch.

I also added an order of Tuna Sashimi ($7.75). The pieces seemed smaller than I’d anticipate for the price.

Overall I was kind of disappointed with my dinner from Big Catch. That being said.. with all of that rice, it was very filling – it took two meals to finish off my order!

See the complete Big Catch menu on their website, or read my previous posts about Big Catch here, and here.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Goro + Gun Bento box

Bento box from Calgary's downtown Goro + Gun. Read my review on Happy Sushi Belly

Bento box from Calgary’s downtown Goro + Gun

I’ve blogged about Goro + Gun before, but this time I was there during the day and tried their bento box for the first time.

I got the sashimi bento for $16 which featured the chef’s selection of sashimi, along with 2 pieces of lobster california roll, fresh greens, steamed rice, and miso soup.

As much as I like the ramen bowls at Goro + Gun… the bento box was a huge disappointment.

The sashimi was tuna, salmon, and a single piece of prawn. Nothing special.

The rice was fine.. but I don’t really eat a lot of rice.

The lobster roll – well you could have surprised me… it wasn’t any different from a California roll…

The salad – was the worst part of the dish. It was pretty much drowning in oily dressing. Inedible.

Goro + Gun miso soup. Read my review on Happy Sushi Belly

Goro + Gun miso soup

The miso soup was fine, but way too salty to enjoy I’m afraid.

Check out their menu online… and pick something other than the Bento box.

If you love bento… click the Bento Box tag to see some other alternatives instead!

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Sushi & Co – not what I ordered…

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Not long ago I met up with an online blind date downtown – and sushi was on the menu! Since I am rarely downtown during the day anymore, I selected Sushi & Co – which specializes in an after-work and lunchtime crowd…they are never open on Sundays when I’m in the area.

Sushi & Co in Calgary

Sushi & Co in Calgary

I ordered a Rocky Mountain Roll… but it was NOT what I expected. The Rocky Mountain roll is supposed to have Prawn Tempura, cucumber and cream cheese with baby scallop tempura and masago… topped with lemon sauce, sweet sauce, and tobiko. As you can see from the photo, it’s not at all what I got.

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

Roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary

What I ended up getting is a prawn tempura, with cucumber, spicy crab, and there was even a jalapeno in there, all topped with salmon! It came with spicy sauce, which I totally didn’t need because this was WAY too spicy. Reading their menu, I’m not even sure what I DID get – but definitely not what I ordered. (Super disappointed.. I ended up not eating it all because it was WAY too hot for me.)

I was a bit surprised that while my sashimi (below) came with ginger and wasabi – the sushi roll didn’t.

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

I also ordered tuna and salmon sashimi which was WAY better and more as anticipated. I was a bit bummed that the tuna was quite small in comparison to the salmon, and there was more salmon than tuna…. (since tuna is what I like better right now..)

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

Tuna and salmon sashimi from Sushi & Co in Calgary

I didn't like the taste, but this mystery roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary is photogenic!

I didn’t like the taste, but this mystery roll from Sushi & Co in downtown Calgary is photogenic!

They also included a miso soup, which I didn’t anticipate. Unfortunately we didn’t eat right away so when I got to the soup… it was already cold… (so I didn’t eat it either).

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Chewy meringue cookies

In my post a week and a half ago from November Culinary Night I mentioned making Meringue cookies. Oddly.. I don’t really LIKE soft meringue, and actually think that a lot of meringue cookies are too sweet… but lately I’ve been totally into making these. I don’t know why. When I had four egg whites leftover from the medieval-style egg nog… I figured I’d make meringue cookies for Culinary Night too.

I first got started on this kick while remembering the delicious (and huge) light meringue cookies I had while in Finland and Iceland. They were crispy on the outside, and just a little chewy (and almost sticky…) on the inside. I wanted that…

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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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