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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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…
Rolled Ice Cream – I think I’m a little late to the party, because a friend was trying to get me to try out rolled ice cream LAST summer when there was a food truck in Calgary specializing in it. However… that never did happen. (Food trucks are always downtown during lunch and I don’t work downtown!)
There’s a new little ice cream shop in my neighbourhood, very near Sushi Hanami in the Sarcee Plaza shopping centre.
I popped in there in mid-August shortly after they opened with a friend, and gave a try to their ice cream.
When I went there, they only had four flavours on the menu – a salted caramel, a chocolate, a vanilla, and my choice, an Earl Grey.
Instead of traditional churned ice cream, Nice Cream uses liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze the freshly-mixed ingredients.
Learn more about making ice cream using liquid nitrogen here.
It’s an interesting, albeit faddish kind of idea, but the result is very tasty, smooth, and apparently less prone to those chunky ice crystals other ice creams can get if frozen too slowly. I only had a small size ($3.99 plus tax, with toppings extra) and it was very filling – I actually had to pause mid-way through my dessert, and pop my ice cream in the freezer when I got home – I couldn’t eat it all in one sitting. (Admittedly, I’d just had a great dinner at a nearby Indian place)
They’re so new, that I couldn’t find a website for them – and their Zomato (formerly UrbanSpoon) listing actually directs to a different location on 17th Avenue, but you can find them in the Sarcee Plaza, SW Calgary, near the Vietnamese place, close to Starbucks.
As odd as it might sound, our post about ice cream in Finland is one of the highest-rated posts for Happy Sushi Belly, so since I had a lovely bit of ice cream while in Iceland, I thought I’d share it here too! The Djæf bar was a great bit of licorice on the inside, surrounded by vanilla ice cream, and coated in a chocolate coating.
It was generally a bit too cool in Iceland when we were there in July to enjoy too much ice cream (the soup from my previous post was much more welcome than ice cream!) but this was delicious all the same!
I had originally seen just a tweet from someone I follow on Twitter (@gostlund) mentioning Earl Grey ice cream, and since I was in the neighbourhood (attending the Creative Stitches show) I’d drop on by and grab a scoop… The other featured flavour at the time was Country Pumpkin, so I had a scoop of that two. The Country Pumpkin was fantastic – a mellow “pumpkin pie filling” flavour with pumpkin and spices – but not so intense of a flavour that I got tired of it.
The Earl Grey on the other hand was amazing – I highly recommend it the next time they have it in the freezer! It has the bergamot flavour that really makes Earl Grey tea stand out, and a bit of the smoky black tea flavour too. It’s also super-creamy, which makes it feel really decadent 🙂 After having a scoop, I really wanted to bring back home a pint! (And, if I hadn’t been bussing home, I might have!)
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431 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0W3
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According to a website on Finnish cuisine, ice cream dominates the dessert list. “Ice cream has maintained its place as the queen of desserts for a couple of centuries now, although tastes have changed. A hundred years ago, people favoured ice cream flavoured with fresh pineapple, almonds, chestnuts and other nuts. Ice cream with foreign canned fruits and chocolate sauce was regarded as a delicacy in the 1950s. In the present century, wild strawberry ice cream with a garnish of puréed wild strawberries is typically served as a dessert at lunch.” – http://finland.fi/
For me though, I wanted to try some flavours that I couldn’t try at home…
At the S-Market near our hotel in Helsinki, there was a huge frozen section dedicated to ice cream. There were wire bins upon bins of individual frozen novelties available – so much space that this couldn’t possibly be a seasonal section as far as I could tell, and it was near the front of the store – a popular treat for sure!
It was a hot day, and we didn’t have much for dinner, so we picked out two treats each (ok.. and we love ice cream!) We each selected one of the Magnum treats (mint for me, an unphotographed plain one for my travel companion – who was already eating by the time I got my camera out!). My companion chose a toffee one for the second treat, while I went for the Ingman Lakritsi cone instead…
Of the four treats we had that night, the Lakritsi was the best! My companion had to snag a bite too of course!
The Lakritsi had licorice sprinkles on top of plain ice cream with a licorice core. The Magnum Mint wasn’t so good for me – it was plain vanilla ice cream, and only the chocolate coating had the mint – with tiny mint candies in the chocolate coating. It was crunchy instead of the smooth texture I prefer.
Once we’d tried one licorice ice cream though, we were keen to try another, and this is where it got really good – Salmiakki ice cream. This is a licorice ice cream with a licorice-flavoured coating. I wish we could get these here… I’ll definitely have to keep my eyes open when I get to specialty shops…
As we were leaving Finland, heading to Toronto on FinnAir, to spend the night before returning to Calgary, I went on the hunt for another ice cream treat. I was looking for the Salmiakki ice cream we’d tried before, but the little convenience store in the airport didn’t have it. Instead I picked up this Lakupala bar – which had the same licorice-flavoured coating, but inside was chocolate ice cream. It was good, but not nearly as good as the Salmiakki ice cream bar!