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Monki Bistro

Trio of chocolate mini- domes from MonkiBistro

Trio of chocolate mini- domes from MonkiBistro

I am pretty sure that half of my recent restaraunt visits lately have come directly from Instagram… between neat ice cream places and cool eateries – there’s also Monki Bistro. (Seriously… check out the Monki Bistro Instagram feed. Maybe not on an empty stomach though…)

Well, I put the idea forward to the little foodie group I’m a part of, and one Sunday afternoon we headed there, en mass.

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Posted by on June 23, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Poké dinner at home

Home made poke salad

Home made poke salad

After visiting Poké in Kensington, I had my eyes open for some tuna.. now Safeway NEVER seems to have tuna in stock, so I didn’t think too much about it – but on 15% Tuesday (the first Tuesday of every month) … there it was… gorgeous Ahi Tuna!

Destiny!

The Kitchn had a recipe with a bunch of ingredients that sounded super tasty.. their recipe suggested that you could marinate the tuna for 2 hours for the best flavour – but that it would stay in the fridge for about 2 days. They said it would be best eaten the same day it was made though… however a bunch of other online recipes were  a lot more simple, and said the mix only needed to marinate for 5 minutes… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in South-West Calgary

 

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April 2018 Culinary Night

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde. Read more on Happy Sushi Belly to learn about the dishes themselves.

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde

In the SCA barony I am a part of we have a culinary group. It’s an unofficial group, but the people who unofficial lead it try really hard to do a themed potluck dinner nearly every month. In April the theme was the Iberian Peninsula, and a luckily it was in a location I can relatively easily get to, so I was able to attend.

(They’re rotating the locations now which is great – both for me to be able to attend a little more, but also for those with kids who would like to attend but have childcare concerns.)

I had actually gotten a little confused about the theme, and am not great with culinary research, but wanted to participate all the same. I made muhammara using blood orange olive oil from Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar. I couldn’t find much about the dish, only that it was “really old” which since it was what I WANTED to make.. was good enough. (It’s more about eating interesting food with good people and learning more from them about medieval dishes for me, than treating it like an Arts & Sciences project.)

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde. Read more on Happy Sushi Belly to learn about the dishes themselves.

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde

The dishes presented included (roughly top to bottom, left to right in the photo to the side):

  • A potato ‘cookie’. I liked hearing about this – it was supposed to be fried but the cook decided to bake it instead, turning it from a potato dumpling kind of thing into a potato cookie. I actually ended up not liking the taste of it – but it was still neat to try.
  • A soft-style of rosewater-flavoured marzipan-like sweet. The recipe suggested rosewater to counter the oils in freshly ground almonds, but the chef opted to use pre-ground almond flour, so the dish ended up softer than anticipated. I really, really liked this one – but I love the flavour of rosewater.
  • Onion soup, I did have a little of this, since frequently heavily cooked onions don’t bother me like raw and near-raw ones do. I thought the broth was nice, but of course couldn’t really enjoy it like those who like onions do.
  • A second attempt at the marzipan-like sweet. The chef used far less rosewater on this one, recognizing the almond oil issue with flour vs. freshly ground. This one ended up quite hard and crumbly, and of course a lot less flavoured with rosewater. I liked this one as well… but still prefer the softer, rosier one.
  • Watermelon juice. Literally a juiced watermelon. This was cool and refreshing. I think it would be super yummy mixed with lime juice or served with mint!
  • A pomegranate sauce served with roasted chicken. The original medieval recipe would have had the chicken served in the sauce, but the chef opted to serve them seperate so folks could control the amount of sauce.
  • My red pepper dip served with store-bought pita bread. The consistency ended up similar to hummus – (maybe a little less firm) and I really liked it. I used a recipe my friend sent me, but instead of using a jar of roasted peppers I roasted my own fresh, and toasted the walnuts in it. I also used twice the walnuts and half the bread from her recipe, since I really loved the nutty flavor and thought they’d have a near-similar impact on the consistency.
  • A Spanish style cheese, served with store-bought bread and preserves.

Making my dip

I took a few photos while making the dip and loaded them to Instagram. If you click the link you can go through the three photos, or use the arrows on the sides of the photos if your browser shows them.

SCA

If you’re in the SCA or any other historical reenactment group, do you have a group that tries different historical recipes? Do you participate? Have any favourite recipes? Share some links with me in the comments below!

 

 
 

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Kruse’s Bakery

Delicious rum balls from Kruse's Bakery - located in the Market On Macleod in Calgary, Alberta

Delicious rum balls from Kruse’s Bakery – located in the Market On Macleod in Calgary, Alberta

My last post wasn’t very positive I’m afraid… but in contrast, I’m back writing about Kruse’s Bakery again. I’m pretty sure this is one of my favourite bakeries in Calgary (tied for the top spot with Gluten Free/Paleo/Vegan Nourish Kitchen & Bakery, and Glamorgan Bakery)  There are a few favourite things I get nearly every time I visit (The lemon strudel) and then a few things I’ll pick up now and then… but there are also new things to try too. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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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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New menu items at Big Catch

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ with tuna sashimi from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

I kinda love Big Catch, and they recently added a few new items to their menu that I wanted to try out.

Autumn Haze  ($13.25)
Sweet-mirin glazed torch seared salmon-toro topped with mizore-radish

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare 'rolls' from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

Autumn Haze and Solar Flare ‘rolls’ from Big Catch sushi in Calgary

The salmon didn’t really have a lot of flavour, and I thought that the ratio of fish to rice favoured the rice WAY too much. The overall flavour was pretty bland; even the radish was sort of…’eh’. I tasted it on it’s own, and it didn’t really seem like anything at all.

Solar Flare ($13.25)
Miso braised tender pork topped with onion-ginger garnish

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

Solar Flare sushi from Big Catch in Calgary

The pieces are also topped with a little slice of (cherry?) tomato. Despite the website saying it’s pork… it’s actually red tuna – and they were out of red tuna so swapped out white while I was there. Confusing. This also had way too much rice, and overall was pretty lacking in the intensity of flavour that I’m accustomed with at Big Catch.

I also added an order of Tuna Sashimi ($7.75). The pieces seemed smaller than I’d anticipate for the price.

Overall I was kind of disappointed with my dinner from Big Catch. That being said.. with all of that rice, it was very filling – it took two meals to finish off my order!

See the complete Big Catch menu on their website, or read my previous posts about Big Catch here, and here.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Chewy meringue cookies

In my post a week and a half ago from November Culinary Night I mentioned making Meringue cookies. Oddly.. I don’t really LIKE soft meringue, and actually think that a lot of meringue cookies are too sweet… but lately I’ve been totally into making these. I don’t know why. When I had four egg whites leftover from the medieval-style egg nog… I figured I’d make meringue cookies for Culinary Night too.

I first got started on this kick while remembering the delicious (and huge) light meringue cookies I had while in Finland and Iceland. They were crispy on the outside, and just a little chewy (and almost sticky…) on the inside. I wanted that…

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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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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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