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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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Street Eatery tacos

… still no milkshake

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Tacos from the Street Eatery in Calgary

A while ago I posted about going to The Street Eatery with some friends for the first time. I was super-tempted by their incredible-looking milkshakes (super instagram-able) but knew that I couldn’t have both food and a shake… so stuck with food. Well I was back there again recently, and once again made the tough choice between savory goodies and tasty treats. This time their taco won out again over a candy-covered drink/dessert.

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Posted by on October 9, 2017 in Downtown Calgary

 

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More of the Taste of Calgary 2017

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

In my last post, I had a little teaser at the end for this one…
In today’s post I’ll wrap up some of the things me and my friend tried at the Taste of Calgary in mid-August.

Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

The minute I saw the different things that Dumpling Lab had for sale, I definitely wanted to check them out. I was intrigued by the unique-sounding dumplings, and also to try a Calgary version of poke – something I’d tried in Hawaii a few years ago. I later saw that two other booths also had Poke – it must be a pretty trendy item right now (that and Empanadas… it seemed like everyone had empanadas…)

I started with the Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings – and honestly… was kind of disappointed. They didn’t have a lot of flavour, and were very dry – as if they had been cooked and left too long. They had a sauce, but even the sauce wasn’t sufficient to moisten the dumpling. That being said, I can only imagine how difficult it is to not just have food ready quickly for a demanding festival customer, but then also keep it fresh and hot… so while I wasn’t happy with the dumplings, I still appreciate their flavour variations.

The three dumplings came with a side of soy beans, however these weren’t salted, so I didn’t really enjoy them a lot either. I like them hot and salted and these were neither.

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Unfortunately, despite really looking forward to it, the poke was also disappointing. There was way too much oil and seasoning – it completely overwhelmed the flavour of the tuna or the mango. The minute my friend took a bite, she was ready to spit it out. I didn’t think quite that badly of it, but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. I also thought the crackers it was served with were the wrong side – the cracker also really overwhelmed the poke…

One 18 Empire

Next up, we visited One 18 Empire’s booth. My friend wanted the roasted corn salad, and we both really wanted to try the Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

First up – the salad…. I just had a small nibble and although I didn’t get any onion.. the whole thing tasted like onion to me. We both agreed that the corn didn’t taste “roasted” at all, and had way too much onion to be enjoyable.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

The cheesecake on the other hand… was awesome! It didn’t even need the salted caramel drizzle on top – the flavour of the goat cheese was perfect in the cheesecake. It had the texture of cheesecake, with the flavour of goat cheese. The size was also good for a little bite – though I could totally have gone back for another if I had any tickets left at the end of the day!

China Rose

While I was eating my poke, my friend went and bought sweet and sour chicken balls from the China Rose booth.  These had very little breading and lots of chicken (good!) and the sauce was good, but they suffered from the same dryness as the dumplings above.

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread

We didn’t get there, but I was pretty happy to see Sal’s Flatbread was there with a food truck as well. I really loved their kiosk at MRU, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for their food truck at events in the future!

Sal's Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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Freebies at the Taste of Calgary 2017

I won’t deny that the Taste of Calgary is a pretty expensive event. For about $20 both my friend and I walked away full… but plenty of times I’ve gone and felt like my purse was a little too light. That being said, I love that lots of companies have jumped on board to share their new products as well… who doesn’t love free samples?

This time around there were a few…

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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

I got to Taste of Calgary on Thursday evening after work, and over the next few posts I’ll share some of the goodies… but there’s still time to get down there yourself!

My friend and I each bought $20 worth of tickets – and we left FULL!

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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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The Street Eatery

Vegetarian Naan Rola from the Street Eatery in downtown Calgary (without onions)

Vegetarian Naan Rola from the Street Eatery in downtown Calgary (without onions)

After seeing them tagged on Instagram, I was totally keen to check out The Street Eatery, located in downtown Calgary. Their Instagram feed is lots of cool fusion food… but what caught my eye were the super-cool over-the-top milkshakes. I convinced some friends to join me one evening. Although I was going for the milkshakes… I couldn’t help myself from the savory instead.

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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Treats

 

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