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Donegals Irish Pub

In SW Calgary

Fish tacos from Donegals for taco Tuesday

Fish tacos from Donegals

Part of the Calgary’s Best Pubs chain, the Donegals Irish Pub is one of my favourite casual places to go for good food with a group of friends. I was planning on hosting a gathering with a bunch of people not long ago, so stopped in to see what the place would be like for a group of 20+ people. Of course.. while I was there I also had to have dinner….

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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in South-West Calgary

 

Nordic “Stone age” bread

Nordic nut and seed "bread"

Nordic nut and seed “bread”

While looking for food to take to one of the SCA events I was going to, I looked for things that would pack well and be pretty versatile. I came across this recipe for “Nordic ‘Stone age'” bread, billed as a “Viking bread” on Pinterest.

Not quite Viking Age…
Well… it isn’t Stone-Age or Viking-Age as-is… because it has sunflower seeds in it, and sunflower didn’t go to Europe until the 1500s from North America. It also has pumpkin seeds in it, which also didn’t go to Europe until well past the Viking Age.

Pecans are noted as an optional ingredient, but also weren’t brought to Europe from North America until the 16th Century.

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in South-West Calgary

 

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Lemongrass West restaurant

Beef Sate skewers from Lemongrass West restaurant in SW Calgary

Beef Sate skewers from Lemongrass West restaurant in SW Calgary

Lemongrass West isn’t too far from me, but the first time I visited for a bowl of Pho, I was pretty disappointed. It took a friend’s rave review to bring me back again.

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Posted by on August 2, 2017 in South-West Calgary

 

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Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in SW Calgary

Sweet triple chocolate "pancake" from Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

Sweet triple chocolate “pancake” from Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

When I was out with a group of friends in early April the topic of neat, unusual, interesting restaurants came up.. and with it, Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in Calgary’s SouthWest. Luckily, it’s not too far from where I work, so one day I went there with a friend after work for dinner. (It’s really a good place for any meal, since their dishes are pretty good breakfast, lunch, or dinner.)

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Posted by on June 24, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Nice Cream – liquid nitrogen ice cream

The ice cream maker at Nice Cream creating our frozen treats

The ice cream maker at Nice Cream creating our frozen treats

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen the sneak preview of this – liquid nitrogen ice cream from Nice Cream, a little shop not too far from where I work. I’ve been here once or twice before, but thought I’d share here on Happy Sushi Belly.

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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Kruse’s Bakery

Lemon strudel from Kruse's bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

Lemon strudel from Kruse’s bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

Every time I’m down at the Market On MacLeod (usually to get sushi!) I swing by Kruse’s Bakery too. There are a few things I love every time I go – like their lemon strudel or the hockey pucks – but I also usually am coersed into trying one or two other things too. Luckily I don’t have a gluten/ dairy/ egg intolerance, so the bakery-world is my tasty oyster!

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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Fast food sushi disappointment

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

I really should know better. Every time I’ve been to Sushi Ginza in Chinook Centre over the past few (years?) I’ve been disappointed. The worst part of it is that the rice is dry, but I also feel like there’s very limited selection.

 

But I don’t learn my lesson apparently – and once again while at the mall to do a little shopping (see my Instagram feed for my shopping scores) I was hungry and popped to the food court for a bite of dinner. The food court was PACKED and I hoped that since it was the busy period, this meant that the food would fresh- no more dry rice. I was wrong. I hate leaving bad reviews, but I really need to remember how disappointing this fast-food sushi is.

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

You might remember that I’ve also had GOOD experiences with fast food sushi… click the category tag below to get the highs and lows.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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New image style for Instagram

Gravlax and super tasty mustard from the cafe in Ikea - so pretty too!

Gravlax and super tasty mustard from the cafe in Ikea – so pretty too!

In my previous two posts I showed off the new style of images I’ll be using for Instagram (come follow me!) and there are a few more I thought I’d share here… ones I won’t necessarily be blogging about, but thought are pretty all the same.

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

Take out sushi from Sushi Ginza at Chinook Centre

The style doesn’t translate perfectly to the blog… but what do you think? Do you think you’d click a post with these graphics – or do you like the regular, unedited style better?

Lemon strudel from Kruse's bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

Lemon strudel from Kruse’s bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

Do you think that this style of graphic works well in the blog?

My companion's meal at Ikea - meatballs.. yummm

My companion’s meal at Ikea – meatballs.. yummm

Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Carrot-cake "muffin" filled with cream cheese icing from Kruse's bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

Carrot-cake “muffin” filled with cream cheese icing from Kruse’s bakery (located in the Market on MacLeod)

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Midori sushi lunch

Happy Sushi Belly has been pretty light on the sushi in the last little while, so I’m just sharing a quick photo from Midori, where I popped in for a quick lunch last week.

I haven’t been a fan of Midori in years I’m afraid, but a friend re-recommended them recently, for speed and a good price, so I figured I’d pop in between a meeting with some friends and my walk home. I ordered two pieces of chopped scallops ($3.50 each), and an Alaska roll ($8.00). While the roll was well priced, the chopped scallops were on the high side of regular pricing – nothing special there. The scallops were tasty for sure, but the roll was pretty blah, and the rice seemed a bit undercooked.

Unfortunately… my original opinion of Midori stands – I’m not super impressed. The cost wasn’t super-affordable, and the taste/quality wasn’t especially good. I want both (great quality/taste and great price) but I’m willing to run with just one… having neither doesn’t impress me. I’m glad that I checked them out again, but I think I could have had better sushi somewhere else – there are so many other sushi places on/near 17th Avenue!

Check them out yourself

Midori Japanese Cafe

1054 17 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
T2T 0B4
(403) 244-3787
http://www.midorijapan.ca/menu.html

Or check out some of the other places to eat on 17th Avenue! 

Midori Japanese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Downtown Calgary, South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Viking dessert

In late August, I attended a pot-luck gathering with a medieval theme (those readers who also follow my Dawn’s Dress Diary blog know more about this!) and for it I decided to pick two recipes from a Viking Age Norse cookbook. (Found online; I don’t actually have the cookbook, nor have I done any research to see if these recipes are well-documented.)

The cookbook can be found here. (PDF)

The first was honey-nut cake, and the second was wheat & hazelnut pudding.

Honey Nut Cake

The Honey Nut Cake

The Honey Nut Cake

I chose to alter the recipe as recommended, using both hazelnuts and walnuts. (the original had more egg, and no walnuts, and the poster said it was too thin). From what I’ve read, hazelnuts were grown in Viking Age Scandinavia, while they imported the walnuts. Shells of both have been found in Viking settlements, and walnut shells were also used as dye.

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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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