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Po-ke Special Bowl

Poke bowl from the Kensington Poke location.

Poke bowl from the Kensington Poke location.

Almost a year ago, my friend Skye and I walked past a Poké place on center street – not far from an event we were heading to. We’d already had dinner… but we made a mental note to go in there and try it sometime.

Well… we never did. Instead, while out playing PokemonGo a while ago I was in Kensington, and walked past another Poké place. I was actually on my way to a recommended Ramen place… but it was hot…and I was hungry.. and Poké it was!

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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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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.

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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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Rolled Ice Cream

Bitumen Black Gold rolled ice cream from Scrollio Handcrafted Desserts

Bitumen Black Gold rolled ice cream from Scrollio Handcrafted Desserts

So this summer I tried rolled ice cream at a number of different places – this post is a LONG time coming for sure.. I’ve already blogged about Sweet Tooth Ice Cream here in Calgary, but there is also Scrollio Handcrafted Desserts here in Calgary, and two different locations of Scoop n Roll in Edmonton.

Scrollio

Scrollio is located on 17th Avenue not far from Tubby Dog and Made By Marcus. I visited there first with a friend on a nice warm day and ice cream was a delightful treat. While my friend had a chocolate ice cream topped off with raspberries and blueberries, I had their Bitumen Black Gold charcoal ice cream flavoured with rosewater and topped with ground pistachios. The rosewater in the (otherwise flavourless?) charcoal ice cream was awesome – a lovely delicate flavour.

Scoop N Roll food truck, Edmonton

While I was visiting my friend in Edmonton, we were both in the mood for Ice Cream, and he thought he remembered something not far from where we were. The shop was actually no longer in business (or he had the location incorrect) but a quick GoogleMaps search and I found Scoop N Roll – a food truck that was semi-permanently parked near a bowling alley nearby. It’s not there anymore (I’m not sure where the truck has moved to, or if it’s just seasonal) but we were happy to find it – as was the long line up of others waiting to place their order and get their rolled ice cream.

My friend had a fruit-filled ice cream, while I went for the matcha green tea (of course!) filled with nutella!

Scoop n Roll in Kingsway Mall, Edmonton

On another Edmonton visit we stopped in Kingsway Mall for even MORE rolled ice cream. This time around there wasn’t any line at all. They didn’t seem to have the same menu, so I ended up with a chocolate ice cream with raspberry and chocolate chips, topped off with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The chocolate chips were a bad choice for me, as they were too hard against the nice smooth texture of the rest of the dessert.

Ice cream from Scoop n Roll in Kingsway Mall, Edmonton

Ice cream from Scoop n Roll in Kingsway Mall

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Posted by on December 2, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Out of town - Alberta

 

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Aida’s Bistro

Delicious Majdool cheese from Aida's Bistro in Calgary's Mission district

Delicious Majdool cheese from Aida’s Bistro

A friend introduced me to the delightful (albeit tiny) Aida’s Bistro in Calgary’s Mission district a while back, and I got there with my friend for dinner when our first choice was packed to the gills and was not going to be conducive to good conversation.

Seafood Mezza from Aida's Bistro in Calgary's Mission district

Seafood Mezza from Aida’s Bistro in Calgary’s Mission district

On my first visit, a friend and I shared the Veggie Mezza (she’s a vegetarian) but this time I was with a different friend so we shared the Seafood Mezza which has Hummus or Baba, Squid, Prawns, Feta and Majdool cheese, Fatayer, Grape Leaves, and Falafel. (We went with the Hummus and then she ordered a dish of Mouhammara – which I really need to find a recipe for because it was amazing!)

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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, South-West Calgary

 

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Made By Marcus

Skye and her Made By Marcus ice cream

Skye and her Made By Marcus ice cream

This post is a LONG time coming – not just in how long it took for me to finally get to Made By Marcus – but also in how long between getting there and posting this has taken!

I had tried to get down to the Made By Marcus store on 17th Avenue for a while… but then I got derailed, or put off by long lines. Finally I got there with my friend Skye (from Dyeing For It) and tried the much raved about ice cream after dinner.

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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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