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Art Cafe in Tallinn

Baked goat cheese, beetroot cream, and strawberry-cashew salad from the Art Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia.

Baked goat cheese, beetroot cream, and strawberry-cashew salad from the Art Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia.

Finland wasn’t the only place I visited while on holiday in Europe this summer. A while ago I heard that it was quite easy to take a ferry from Helsinki over to Tallinn, Estonia, and that a day-trip, especially to visit the old part of town, was an enjoyable trip. I decided to add in a quick visit to Estonia while we were there as well!

The trip from Helsinki’s ferry station not far from our hotel to Tallinn was only about 2.5 hours, and for two of us, the return trip was only 40 Euro (so 10 Euro per person each way) which I thought was a great deal. I do get sea sickness though, so was a bit worried about the trip, but the Gulf of Finland was quiet and the trip was easy.

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Posted by on October 11, 2017 in Out of town - Europe

 

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Street Eatery tacos

… still no milkshake

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Tacos from the Street Eatery in Calgary

A while ago I posted about going to The Street Eatery with some friends for the first time. I was super-tempted by their incredible-looking milkshakes (super instagram-able) but knew that I couldn’t have both food and a shake… so stuck with food. Well I was back there again recently, and once again made the tough choice between savory goodies and tasty treats. This time their taco won out again over a candy-covered drink/dessert.

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Posted by on October 9, 2017 in Downtown Calgary

 

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The Donut Mill

Lots to choose from at the Donut Mill in Red Deer's Gasoline Alley

Lots to choose from at the Donut Mill in Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley

How is it that I’ve been through Gasoline Alley in Red Deer going back and forth to and from Edmonton for years… and it was only recently that I visited the Donut Mill?

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Posted by on October 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Fiasco Gelato singles

Dark chocolate caramel sea salt gelato from Fiasco Gelato

Dark chocolate caramel sea salt gelato from Fiasco Gelato

I’ve been to a few events lately where for dessert… Fiasco Gelato single-serving gelato treats were offered for dessert. Despite the additional garbage that this creates over scoops into reusable dishes… I think this is an awesome way of getting a little ice cream/gelato fix – and love seeing them at events.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Treats

 

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Hot food from Sushi Aji

Agadashi Tofu from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

Agedashi Tofu from Sushi Aji

As I mentioned in my last post, I visited Sushi Aji twice during my visit to Vancouver last weekend. My first visit was wonderful, with delicious sushi and sashimi. This time around though I decided I wanted some of their cooked food, and decided to take advantage of their all-day meal deal – three items plus soup for under 11$. (Oh Vancouver… how you torment me with your affordable sushi…)

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Gyoza (Dumplings), Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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Sushi Aji Vancouver

Ikura (salmon roe) from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

Ikura from Sushi Aji in Vancouver

While I was in Vancouver in late September I popped into a sushi place close to my hotel that was celebrating it’s grand opening.

I ordered a half-order of tuna sashimi, two ikura (salmon roe) and two chopped scallop rolls. They were all pretty much perfect! The meal also comes with free green tea, like most places in Vancouver seem to… different from Calgary restaurants.

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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Out of town - BC, Sushi

 

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September 11 culinary night & medieval applesauce

September 11 was an SCA culinary night. I haven’t been able to attend culinary night in a long time, so was excited to attend again.

The theme of the night was “Harvest Night”.

“pick recipes which highlight the varieties of produce and meat abundant at this time of year from anywhere in the world in period (pre-1650 or so!)”

Since I am not really great at culinary research, and our apple tree is producing really well this fall, I decided to harvest my tree and make some simple recipes easily available online.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Treats

 

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More of the Taste of Calgary 2017

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

In my last post, I had a little teaser at the end for this one…
In today’s post I’ll wrap up some of the things me and my friend tried at the Taste of Calgary in mid-August.

Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

The minute I saw the different things that Dumpling Lab had for sale, I definitely wanted to check them out. I was intrigued by the unique-sounding dumplings, and also to try a Calgary version of poke – something I’d tried in Hawaii a few years ago. I later saw that two other booths also had Poke – it must be a pretty trendy item right now (that and Empanadas… it seemed like everyone had empanadas…)

I started with the Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings – and honestly… was kind of disappointed. They didn’t have a lot of flavour, and were very dry – as if they had been cooked and left too long. They had a sauce, but even the sauce wasn’t sufficient to moisten the dumpling. That being said, I can only imagine how difficult it is to not just have food ready quickly for a demanding festival customer, but then also keep it fresh and hot… so while I wasn’t happy with the dumplings, I still appreciate their flavour variations.

The three dumplings came with a side of soy beans, however these weren’t salted, so I didn’t really enjoy them a lot either. I like them hot and salted and these were neither.

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Unfortunately, despite really looking forward to it, the poke was also disappointing. There was way too much oil and seasoning – it completely overwhelmed the flavour of the tuna or the mango. The minute my friend took a bite, she was ready to spit it out. I didn’t think quite that badly of it, but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. I also thought the crackers it was served with were the wrong side – the cracker also really overwhelmed the poke…

One 18 Empire

Next up, we visited One 18 Empire’s booth. My friend wanted the roasted corn salad, and we both really wanted to try the Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

First up – the salad…. I just had a small nibble and although I didn’t get any onion.. the whole thing tasted like onion to me. We both agreed that the corn didn’t taste “roasted” at all, and had way too much onion to be enjoyable.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

The cheesecake on the other hand… was awesome! It didn’t even need the salted caramel drizzle on top – the flavour of the goat cheese was perfect in the cheesecake. It had the texture of cheesecake, with the flavour of goat cheese. The size was also good for a little bite – though I could totally have gone back for another if I had any tickets left at the end of the day!

China Rose

While I was eating my poke, my friend went and bought sweet and sour chicken balls from the China Rose booth.  These had very little breading and lots of chicken (good!) and the sauce was good, but they suffered from the same dryness as the dumplings above.

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread

We didn’t get there, but I was pretty happy to see Sal’s Flatbread was there with a food truck as well. I really loved their kiosk at MRU, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for their food truck at events in the future!

Sal's Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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Freebies at the Taste of Calgary 2017

I won’t deny that the Taste of Calgary is a pretty expensive event. For about $20 both my friend and I walked away full… but plenty of times I’ve gone and felt like my purse was a little too light. That being said, I love that lots of companies have jumped on board to share their new products as well… who doesn’t love free samples?

This time around there were a few…

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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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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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