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.
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Here’s another Iceland-interuption.. for sushi! (It’s worth it for sushi!) I’ve posted about Big Catch Sushi twice before (one, two) but that was when Big Catch was in Kingsland Market… and now it’s in the Market on Macleod! I heard about the change even before I went on my holiday, but haven’t been able to post until now about it!
No, they haven’t moved, but rather the market has a new name and is under new management…
so if you haven’t been there yet – go check it out!
Me and a friend did back in July (this is a delayed post because of all of those wonderful Iceland posts!) and here’s a little glimpse of what we enjoyed.
The Nine-One-One roll has crunchy wonton bits and tuna topped with salmon, fire sauce, tobiko, green onions and cayenne pepper. It was a pretty spicy roll, though not as hot as I thought it might be.
I’ve had the Zesty Avalanche roll a few times – it’s spicy miso-infused salmon and daikon topped with prawn and avocado served with Japanese mayo.
(Back to Iceland soon!)
I visited Big Catch a while ago, but then over and over again I kept seeing posts, tweets, and reviews raving about the kiosk in the Kingsland Farmer’s Market (just off MacLeod Trail). I had to go back last Friday – and this time Connie came with me!
It took me a while to get back to Big Catch because of their hours. Since they’re in the market, they’re tied to the hours of the market – Thursday – Sunday only. On the Friday when we went, the market closed at 5:00 p.m., but Big Catch is open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thank goodness, because we only just made it in time for 5:00 p.m. after work!
While we were both tempted by the sashimi (they offer 5 pieces of sashimi for $7.50 in either salmon, tuna, toro – fatty tuna, and wild salmon) we decided to go for the rolls that they’re really are known for.
I picked out the Mount Alaska roll that I’ve had before (skipping the onions this time) and the Zesty Avalanche roll, while Connie went for the God of Wind roll and the Meteor Rain.
Even if you don’t usually like green teas, I think you might like this green tea from David’s Tea.
I tried this tea recently when it popped out of the holiday crackers I mentioned in my pre-holiday post. Both myself and the other person I pulled the cracker with both got North African Mint, and it was only a few weeks later when I realized that I had this tea already – it was one of the (many) I had taken to work!
After you enter to win tickets, take a look at the article which recommends you plan your wine consumption to not overwhelm your palate, go early to avoid the crowds, and feel free to ask questions of the people running the booths.
They also recommend that you don’t drink too much, skip the perfume or cologne, and don’t monopolize the booth when there are other people looking to sample.
What’s your favorite Calgary wine or food festival? Tell us about the best ones in the comments below!
I received Honeydew Maté as a sample, which I love because it’s a low-commitment way to try new teas – though at the same time with David’s Teas it’s a bit frustrating too – only because if I really loved this tea, I’d be out of luck, as it’s no longer in stock. I love that they bring in new flavours every season, though I don’t love how they retire teas… couldn’t they keep them on their website even if not in store?
This tea is a green rooibos, with green yerba mate, white hibiscus blossoms, melon pieces (which include sugar, green melon and starch) along with ‘natural flavouring’. The tea is super fine, so of course it just flowed on through my Tuffy Strainer, but at least all of those little pieces sank to the bottom of my cup!
Dry, the tea smells pretty gross. It smells a lot like that artificial watermelon flavoring used in bubblegum. Ew. When steeping up though, more of the smokey scents come up from the rooibos, and when it’s ready to drink, it’s kind of mix of the two -artificially sweet flavour and smokey rooibos. The sweet isn’t too bad though, it’s tolerable… but not fantastic.
Now.. the maté. Maté is known as a stimulant – an alternative to caffeine. I had mine on a Monday morning when I really could have used a pick-me-up… and this tea sort of fell flat. I didn’t get the “buzz” that I did with Chocolate Rocket, or really any ‘stimulation’ above any other cup of tea.
All in all, it’s a general “eh” for flavour and effect. It’s not a terrible tea, but it’s not a great one either. I won’t miss it now that it’s retired… nor will I look for it or recommend it if they bring it back.
Since this one is no longer in stock (maybe it will come back at some point?) you can check out all of the maté teas that David’s Teas offers. http://www.davidstea.com/mate-en
I had originally seen just a tweet from someone I follow on Twitter (@gostlund) mentioning Earl Grey ice cream, and since I was in the neighbourhood (attending the Creative Stitches show) I’d drop on by and grab a scoop… The other featured flavour at the time was Country Pumpkin, so I had a scoop of that two. The Country Pumpkin was fantastic – a mellow “pumpkin pie filling” flavour with pumpkin and spices – but not so intense of a flavour that I got tired of it.
The Earl Grey on the other hand was amazing – I highly recommend it the next time they have it in the freezer! It has the bergamot flavour that really makes Earl Grey tea stand out, and a bit of the smoky black tea flavour too. It’s also super-creamy, which makes it feel really decadent 🙂 After having a scoop, I really wanted to bring back home a pint! (And, if I hadn’t been bussing home, I might have!)
Village Ice Cream
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Calgary, AB T2G 0W3
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I’m going to take a brief pause in sharing my photos from my summer trip to Finland, and the meals and treats my companion and I enjoyed while abroad, to bring you a few posts about teas you might like to try as the weather becomes cooler this fall.
Coco Chai Rooibos
Coco Chai Rooibos is a caffiene-free spice-based chai which features cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and pink peppercorns. The “coco” part of this tea isn’t chocolate (cocoa) but instead coconut, and the tea also has artificial and natural flavouring. This is another tea from David’s Tea, and they recommend it ‘straight up’ or made in the traditional chai style infused in hot milk for a delicious chai latte.
I made it up in my Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, and it steeped up strong and spicy, with just a hint of the nutty flavour offered by the coconut. The peppery taste was also pretty dominant in the scent and flavour of this tea – I mellowed it out with warm milk, though I’ll definitely try the warm milk infusion when I get the chance!
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Not long ago, I went back to Village Ice Cream, which I already shared with you a few months back.
As you can see from the menu, the seasonal items were different from last time. I gave the black sesame a taste (ok, but nothing special) while my friend gave the toasted coconut, a regular flavour a taste. After our free tastes, we decided to go with cardamom (one of the ingredients in chai tea) for me, and salted caramel for her.
I had read that the salted caramel could taste “burnt”, but I had a lick,and it was actually just perfect… so delicious! If I were a fan of caramel, I’d go for this on another visit for sure! My companion loved her cone (yep, that’s her in the photo below holding both of our cones) but did say that one scoop was perfect – she was getting a bit tired of the flavour near the end, and two scoops would have just been too much.
I’m going to interupt some of my Finland posts for a little bit. Now that I’m well back in Calgary and have settled into my regular non-vacationing routine, it’s back to tea, sushi, and the other goodies that make my belly happy!
Since it’s summer, I’ve found myself drinking a lot less tea, especially at work where my office has very poor air circulation and it can get pretty warm. Of course, this means that I have to change up my tea routine and select something to have as iced tea instead.
Davids Tea Goji Pop just seems to be meant for drinking iced! Described as a “hot pink tea fill ed with sweet, sweet goji berries, rosehips, citrusy lemon olil, apple, melon, marigold and hibiscus. It’s probably the most delicious longevity formula ever. Which is key, since you’ll be popping it for the next two centuries. Caffeine-free“. The site lists the ingredients as: “Apple, goji berries, hibiscus, rosehips, honeydew melon, marigold petals With artificial flavouring”
The package recommended brewing up the tea extra strong, and simply pouring it over a glass full of ice when it was ready. I did exactly that, though I took a sip while it was hot too….
Hot, it didnt’ strike me as anyting special. Already the taste was really weak. Poured over ice, it wasn’t much better – a slight apple flavour, but only after I added some sweetener.
I tried another glass a few days later and used way more tea (pretty much filling up my Tuffy strainer to the top) and the result was similar. The iced tea was vaguely fruity, with the most dominant taste to me being the apple, but not really the POP of flavour that I was looking for. It’s not like I waited for all the ice to melt and water-down the flavour either… it’s just not an especially flavourful tea. Luckily I didn’t mind the goji beries, as normally I don’t really like them.
There are a lot of teas that taste great iced or hot, and I wouldn’t recommend this one – even with twice as much tea as i usually use (which means twice the per-cup price too…) there still wasn’t a lot of flavour.
What’s your favourite?
What’s your favourite tea to drink iced? Let us know in the comments below! While you’re at it… who’s going to Taste of Calgary today? I posted about it a few days back if you missed the post, but it starts today!