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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Do you think that this style of graphic works well in the blog?
Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
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
Or check out some of the other places to eat on 17th Avenue!
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
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.
After trying the salt-roasted golden beet dish from Cibo’s Scodellina menu, I decided to give a whirl to dine on for dinner a week or so later. Finding the golden beets was a bit of a challenge, but I found them in the organic section of my grocery store. Although the original included toasted hazelnuts, I opted for pecans, omitted the saba ( a sweet grape syrup used as a dressing) and used a nice soft, creamy goat cheese much like their local goat cheese. With the super-creamy cheese, I didn’t need any dressing. We didn’t roast the beets in salt either, instead we boiled them, because it was a super-hot day and turning on the oven seemed like a really bad idea.
The result – totally delicious, both warm and cool!
I know that it’s been a very long time since I posted in Happy Sushi Belly regularly, so it might seem strange to have the same restraunt featured twice in a row… but that’s exactly what I’m doing today!
After such a nice small meal at Cibo on 17th Avenue with some friends, on my next big walk, I opted to walk from home, down to 17th Avenue, have some lunch, and then walk back again. (approximately 13 km)
My walking companion and I shared five items from Cibo’s Scodellina menu:
white gold ricotta
whipped local ricotta, currant, fennel pollen
– this was incredibly delicious -highly recommended
local goat cheese, garlic confit, sundried tomato
– quite good, though I had others I liked more
grana padano, fried rosemary, capers, roasted chili
– as the eggplant, this was good, but other dishes were better
prosciutto di parma
poached pear, grana padano, aged balsamic vinegar
– really delicious – again!
salt roasted golden beets
toasted hazelnuts, local goat cheese, saba
– like my last post, this was delicious again!
(all photos from my iPhone)
Not too long ago, I was meeting up with friends for a walk, and we decided to meet up for a light dinner before beginning. I don’t know 17th Avenue particularly well, so one of our group recommended Cibo – and their offering of tapas for a light meal.
I had the:
Salt-roasted golden beets
toasted hazelnuts, local goat cheese, saba
– Amazingly good – highly recommended (so much so I had it later too!)
chestnut honey, spiced walnuts
– this I didn’t care for – I found the cheese too strong, and I ended up giving a fair amount of it away to one of my dining companions.