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If you’ve been reading Happy Sushi Belly for a while, you might remember some of my previous posts about this Quebec-based chain – Sushi Shop. I visited them first in Quebec City, and then was excited to find a location in Edmonton’s Kingsway Mall. Then, in mid-May I saw a bus in Calgary drive by… advertising the shop!
It turns out, they recently opened a location in Calgary, in Deerfoot Meadows near Jysk. Read the rest of this entry »
Ages ago I posted about The One Sushi – on MacLeod Trail, but I hadn’t been back since the accident where a car crashed into the restaurant. I was with someone who was in the mood for buffet-style food, and I wanted sushi (when DON’T I want sushi?) so we settled on checking out The One.
In April my work hosted a special event at Fort Calgary. I was totally impressed with both the serving staff who kept the food coming – and kept tables cleared discreetly – but also the food itself. The business owner and the event manager are both vegetarian, so all of the dishes selected were also vegetarian.
I thought I’d share a few photos here with you from the event.
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.
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