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Super-delicious Donair from Wycked Deli

Super-delicious Donair from Wycked Deli

Today’s post comes from a fast-food kiosk, Wycked Deli.
I recommend the donair – it’s loaded down with sauce though (which might be a good thing or a bad thing, but it definitely tastes delicious!)

Wycked Deli - fast food

Wycked Deli – fast food

The kiosk has a LOT of different things to choose from though; at times it feels like they’re a bit unfocused and trying to do too many things.

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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in South-West Calgary

 

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Bento Burrito food truck in Calgary

Bento Burrito food truck "Cali-ritto"

Bento Burrito food truck “Cali-ritto”

More food truck goodness at Mount Royal University!
One of the new ones to come to the MRU campus is Bento Burrito, which blends Mexican and Asian flavours – Connie followed a similar offering from California, but I hadn’t yet tried anything like it here at home.
That is.. until Bento Burrito! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Happy Fish food truck in Calgary

Happy Fish mango fish taco

Happy Fish mango fish taco

As odd as it might seem, I’ve never tried a fish taco before. I don’t really like a lot of Mexican-style restaurants (though I enjoy a lot of the Mexican food I’ve tried..) which means tacos aren’t normally on my wish-list. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Food Trucks, South-West Calgary

 

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Sal’s Flatbread

Gyro from Sal's

Gyro from Sal’s

Sal’s Flatbread was previously known as Byblos Mediterranean, and I’m pretty sure that it’s still owned by the same company – the company you’ll probably know for their mass-available Baklava, Byblos Bakery.

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in South-West Calgary

 

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A menu-tasting adventure

A while ago I was invited to be part of a ‘soft opening’ for Wycked Deli, a fast-food kiosk. A soft opening is the opening of a new shop or service, without all of the fanfare of a grand opening – the doors open, service is offered, but there’s no hype.  It means less attention, and less awareness, but it also means that expectations aren’t nearly as high, and those working there won’t face the big rush of customers.


For this soft opening, the kiosk owners offered the opportunity to try a bite to eat, in exchange for filling out a survey about the food and the service provided.

I have a personal connection with someone at the company, and I wasn’t asked to blog about Wycked Deli, so I won’t be speaking about the food or the service here to avoid any biased opinions. Instead I’m just sharing with you a photo of my meal – a grilled cheese sandwich with spinach, tomato, and Havarti cheese on multi-grain bread.

Wycked Deli
4825 Mt Royal Gate
Calgary, AB T3E6X4

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in South-West Calgary

 

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Quick stop at The Hub

Back in June I posted about a contest for food-loving photographers (amateurs welcome) in Calgary by The Hub – the pub at Mount Royal University.

The contest closed on August 15th, 2013, and I figured that I’d pop in for a nibble one afternoon and take a photo.  Because I have a personal connection with The Hub, I won’t give any reviews good or bad about The Hub, so that my reviews won’t be influenced by my own personal bias.

Just a photo of the potato skins… hold the onions, and add bacon!

Potato skins at The Hub

Potato skins at The Hub

The Hub
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
403-440-6403

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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in South-West Calgary

 

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Sushi Hanami has a new menu

Sushi Hanami got a new menu a while ago, but I didn’t take any photos until recently when I visited with a friend.

Tuna Sashimi from Sushi Hanami

Tuna Sashimi from Sushi Hanami

I had an order of tuna sashimi, followed by a Tropical roll with seared tuna and mango.

Tropical roll  from Sushi Hanami

Tropical roll from Sushi Hanami

Although this meal I had in the restaurant, a while ago I placed a to-go order on the phone.  I need to remember not to order on the phone, because for the second time, they got my order wrong. It’s just probably easier to order in person, then go grab a coffee or sit and play on my phone, than get frustrated with the wrong order.

New menu  from Sushi Hanami

New menu from Sushi Hanami

I also got photos of the new menu.

New menu  from Sushi Hanami

New menu from Sushi Hanami

Have you been to Sushi Hanami since they got a new menu? What do you think?

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in South-West Calgary, Sushi

 

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Dining at The Hub

First off, I won’t REALLY be reviewing (as in saying it’s good or bad…) The Hub, because I have a personal connection to someone who works there, and it would be totally biased, however I thought I’d still include a quick photo and some information about The Hub.

The Hub is the pub and restaurant in Mount Royal University.  The menu is intended to be student-friendly, and I selected the Smoked Salmon Salad.

Salad from The Hub

I usually think of smoked salmon as being raw-ish (like the smoked salmon I have when enjoying sushi!)… this is definitely cooked.

The Hub
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB   T3E 6K6
403-440-6403

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in South-West Calgary

 

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Wild Rose Brewery

Proof that I don’t just eat sushi and drink tea!

We went to Wild Rose Brewery not too long ago – ok, I just had water, but at least my companion had a beer! We also shared an appitizer and had our dinner there, and of course I took a few quick photos to share on Happy Sushi Belly!

Pistachio Goat Cheese starter

For our appetizer, we ordered a pistachio-encrusted goat cheese dish with WRaspberry vinaigrette (WRaspberry is one of their beer flavours). This was fine, though not particularly flavourful. I suppose it’s because we are used to tangy goat cheese (more specifically, feta cheese) rather than mellow, creamy cheese. Plus, we usually have salted pistachios. With no tang to the cheese, no salt on the nuts, and the drizzle of raspberry sauce on top being also really mellow without the usual tangy bite of raspberries – the whole thing was just sort of… boring. With that being said it was easy to split up and share at least.

Salmon Gravlax with Wild Mushroom Soup

For my meal, I ordered the Gravlax. I have had this here once before, and really liked it – the salmon was very tender – no chewy/stringy parts when I bit into it, which is really good. The cream cheese was mixed generously with dill and tasted delicious. They describe the dish as “Our salmon gravlax, cured with Velvet Fog and fresh dill, is made in-house. Served on a bagel with red onion, cream cheese & capers and potato salad on the side.“ though I didn’t really taste the Velvet Fog (another of their beer flavours) in the salmon itself. Of course, I love those tiny little capers too… yum yum yum!

With my bagel, cream cheese, and salmon, I ordered their mushroom soup as a side. (Originally I was going to have a salad, but when my companion asked about the soup, I changed my mind!) I was actually really disapointed with the soup. I had expected something more flavourful, and perhaps more creamy. This really felt like unevenly chopped mushrooms in oil and water. There really wasn’t much flavour to the soup – and without flavour, at least I could have hoped for a pleasant consistancy, but was without luck. Plus, there was a whole mushroom in my soup – which seemed like a really odd choice. (And, having been boiled with the soup, it was tough and rubbery…)

Chicken Bacon Mushroom Swiss Melt with Wild Mushroom Soup

My companion ordered the Chicken Bacon Mushroom Swiss Melt. She also had the soup on the side, and was as equally disapointed in it as I was. Her thoughts on the Melt was that it was fine, but not worth the money spent. She also agreed that the mushroom soup was nothing remarkable.

Service

Although the focus is really on the food – it’s noteable to talk about service at Wild Rose Brewery.

A while back, I was talking with a group of people about having an event at Wild Rose and although those who were chatting were satisfied with the location, more than one individual brought up having poor service when they had been there in the past.

When we were there, the small patio was almost full (though by no means crowded) while the taphouse was nearly empty. There was one server spending time watering the flowers outside (which of course has to be done, but perhaps not at the beginning of the dinner hour…) another server who seemed to be chatting with friends most of the time, (although it’s possible he was an owner or manager and not a server at all) and our server. Our server seemed very distracted and didn’t seem to really listen to us.

We took menus, figured out what we wanted, and then waited a very long time for our server to return to actually take our order. Almost a “throw down enough money to pay for the beer and let’s go” long time. She didn’t seem to understand that we would want food. (Despite having taken menus, and having said that I didn’t want a beer until I had ordered food when she was taking our drink order.) The food took a while to arrive (though that’s much more the duty of the kitchen rather than our server) and when we were done, we again waited a very long time for our server to return to bring the bill.

I know more than one person who really enjoys Wild Rose Brewery, most often as a casual place to go with a group of friends for a drink and a nibble, but it’s not the kind of place I’d want to go to for a meal. There are other nearby places with better food and better service for the price.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in South-West Calgary

 

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Sushi: Grey Eagle Casino

To start off, I can’t even believe I went here to begin with, but my companion really wanted to go to the Grey Eagle Casino back in May (yes, this is a scheduled post!), and despite my misgivings, I grudgingly agreed.  Every Wednesday they have an Asian buffet, which was advertised as having ‘hand-rolled sushi’ featured as a dish.  Now.. what kind of sushi do you expect at an ‘Asian buffet’?

If you said anything other than “lousy”, you fail this little test.

My first issue came with the smell of the Casino. The stench of stale, recycled cigarette smoke was nearly nauseating.  My stomach hurt though I didn’t actually get sick, mind you I had my nose covered for most of our wait in line to get into the buffet.  It seemed poorly organized to have a line-up wait to get in, but you pre-pay to go in, and then I suppose pay later for your drinks. (We didn’t order any drinks, so no worries there…) More than one till might have been a good idea, or a more efficient process perhaps.

Sushi selection from the Grey Eagle Casino

When we got in, I went for the first table of items – a small buffet table with two sushi roll flavours (a BBQ eel roll and a crab/radish/cucumber/salmon roll that I thought was salmon/mango…) two small platters of sashimi (which was already well picked over by the time I got there, with salmon, tuna, octopus and mackerel, a platter of nigiri-style steamed prawn sushi, and a bowl of raw oysters.  I love raw oysters, but something about seeing them buffet-style turned me off.  There was also a small section for condiments with cocktail sauce, lemon wedges, wasabi, soy sauce, onion soy sause, and ginger.  (The ginger had already been ‘contaminated’ by a piece of shrimp by the time I got there too.)

I tried the:

  • eel roll (dried out as though it had be rolled a few hours earlier)
  • salmon/crab/cucumber/radish roll (which I found kind of gross, and picked off all the cucumber before having the second piece which wasn’t much better – the radish was just the wrong flavor for the salmon – mango was what I had expected, and would have been far preferable!)
  • salmon sashimi (inedible because of several small bones still in the fish)
  • tuna sashimi (the best of the first batch)
  • mackerel (very ‘fishy’ – though I don’t often eat mackerel, so I don’t know if this is normal. It was cut strangely, and sort of fell apart on it’s trip from the platter to my plate.)

So round one was a disapointment, and I wasn’t too keen on going back for seconds of anything from that buffet table.

Next I headed to the salad buffet table where there was a large selection of (mostly mayonaise or dressing heavy) salads.  I picked a Greek salad and a hard-boiled egg, then looked at the hot Asian food items. (Clams, pork, chicken, shrimp…) None of them appealed to me in any way – they were missing my favorite standards like sesame chicken, ginger fried beef, chicken balls, or salt-and-pepper squid, so I skipped that entirely and stood in line for the hand-rolled sushi and sashimi.

I would love to be able to review this properly, but after standing in line for 10+ minutes, only two or three people had been served, and I was behind about another 7-8 people… this didn’t bode well.  I decided to skip this, go eat my salad (I’d eaten my egg while in line…) and let my companion go get her next plate of dinner… (We always trade off at a buffet, so that we don’t have to carry our purses, or worse still, leave them behind!)

When I was ready to go refill my plate, the line up for the hand-rolled sushi had barely moved.  What a terrible system!  I could see that they did have ingredients to make my favorites, but it was insane to be lined up for 20-30 minutes… since only one chef was working.  This could be done so much more efficiently.  For instance, you could have a menu sheet, write down your order, and your table number, and have the (ample) servers deliver it, or have more chefs working, or something.  I didn’t even see a menu of what you could order – though perhaps I just never got close enough.  Also, the line up completely blocked one side of the hot food… Very poorly designed!

There were a few pieces of ready-made sushi rolls nearby though, though the platters were completely picked over and apparently weren’t being replenished.  I took a single tempura roll piece with a strawberry on top – which was terrible, so I didn’t go back for more!  Instead I headed to the desserts.

Dessert – much better than the rest of the meal

So, my sushi experience at the Grey Eagle Casino was, in a word, horrible.  I wouldn’t ever bother going back again for food.  However, the desserts were much better.  I had:

  • A small slice of red velvet cake (good, but the icing was too sugary and not cream-cheese-y enough for me)
  • A little cake ball that I thought was a rum ball, but was actually a diabetic-friendly nutmeg cake thing… it was surprisingly good!
  • A square of chocolate cake (quite good)
  • A funny doughnut unlike the Tim Horton’s doughnut with a FAR superior chocolate icing on it
  • .. and then we went for some fruit (strawberries) and mini-cream puffs from the chocolate fountain in the middle – which was wonderful.

My advice, if some cruel, sadistic person insists you go here, skip the food and go straight for the chocolate fountain.  It was the best thing about the meal.

The few positives… If you really like Asian Buffets and want to eat a LOT of food (and don’t mind limited selection), and can tolerate the smoke/etc – this might be ok.  There were several families there with plates piled HIGH with food, who seemed to be enjoying their meals.  Also, there were AMPLE servers, and my water glass never went empty before it was refilled, and my used plates were usually (not always, but usually) taken away swiftly.  The door staff seemed overworked and irritable, but the servers were very pleasant.

So, not a place worth going or that I would ever go to again.  While the stench of smoke wasn’t really noticeable within the restaurant, just the walk past the untended garden-turned-enormous ashtray outside should have been a signal that this was not going to be a place I would enjoy.  And I didn’t.

Grey Eagle Casino Buffet
3777 Grey Eagle Dr S.W.
Calgary, AB T3E
(403) 385-3777

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in South-West Calgary, Sushi, Treats

 

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