Bars/Lounges · Restaurants

Bar Von Der Fels

Jaime and I made plans for dinner on Monday night. I've been meaning to go to Donna Mac ever since Soup and Ottawa recommended it. Jaime also hasn't been to Donna Mac. We looked up the menu and saw some dishes that appealed to us, like the porcini and gouda crullers, fried cauliflower, and fried… Continue reading Bar Von Der Fels

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Beer · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

In the morning, our group checked out Harajuku in Shibuya. The area is known for shrines, art museums, parks and what was once a fashionable shopping district. Most of the group took off to Takeshita Street, a gaudy shopping strip packed with tourists taking selfies. Takeshita Street is home to a large Daiso, a dollar… Continue reading Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

17th Ave · Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants · Seafood

Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

I've been meaning to try Las Canarias ever since I saw Gwendolyn Richard's Instagram post (March 15, 2017). I knew it would take 40 minutes for the paella to cook, so I called the restaurant 20 minutes before we arrived to get the dish started. For this post, let's listen to Siempre Me Quedara by Bebe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HKvYDTpoc… Continue reading Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

Fusion · Restaurants · Special Occasion · Vietnamese

Chef Jinhee Lee – Top Chef Canada

I saw on Foreign Concept’s Instagram account that they were hosting a viewing party for Chef Jinhee Lee, a Top Chef Canada contender. Cover charge was $10, with all proceeds going to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. Included in the cover was a complimentary cocktail by award winning mixologist Christina Mah (Klein + Harris Restaurant) and… Continue reading Chef Jinhee Lee – Top Chef Canada

Bars/Lounges · Restaurants · Special Occasion · Vancouver/Richmond · Vegetarian

Nightingale – Vancouver

I was back home for the weekend. I asked Naomi to pick the restaurant for Friday night's festivities. She recommended Nightingale for the ambience and large selection of vegetarian dishes. When we arrived at the restaurant I informed the bubbly hostess that our party of four shrunk to three. She gleefully informed me that as a… Continue reading Nightingale – Vancouver

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Burgers · Happy Hour · Restaurants

Silver Point Pub – Wing Night

I’ve been planning small social meet and greets at local businesses. I picked Silver Point Pub in Silver Springs because the employee on the phone was so accommodating when I called to ask about reservations. In the past summer, a volunteer brought me here so he could use the washroom and ask for a glass of… Continue reading Silver Point Pub – Wing Night

Brunch · Burgers · Comfort food · French · Happy Hour · Restaurants

Brasserie Kensington – Big Taste 2018

Asian Persuasion, Ay Caramba, Office Dad, Lam Jam and I had the most delicious lunch at Brasserie Kensington. For this post, let's listen to a song I listen to rev me up for work - Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkpGJcB0HU We tumbled into a packed restaurant. We were seated near the window, which… Continue reading Brasserie Kensington – Big Taste 2018

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Cabos San Lucas · Cheap Eats · Pubs · Restaurants

Paddy’s Barbecue + Brewery

This winter weather is getting to me. Sensing my mood, L suggested we go out for dinner. I told him to pick a place. He drove past Marda Loop, Mission, Mount Royal and then pulled in front of to Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery in Manchester Industrial Park. For this post, let’s listen to I’m Gonna Be (500… Continue reading Paddy’s Barbecue + Brewery

Bars/Lounges · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants · Special Occasion · Steakhouse

Murrieta’s West Coast Bar + Grill

My colleague Jo picked Murieta’s for her birthday lunch. For this post, let’s play something I listen to on the way to work to pump myself up for the day - Money, Money, Money by Abba. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETxmCCsMoD0 The restaurant is beautiful. The large skylight filters in ample natural light, setting off the stonewalls. There’s a… Continue reading Murrieta’s West Coast Bar + Grill

Bakery · Restaurants

YYC Hot Chocolate Festival

I was contacted by the event coordinator from Calgary Meals on Wheels. Every year they organize the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, a friendly competition that invites local businesses to compete for the title of Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolate and Calgary’s Best Spirited Hot Chocolate. For this post, let's listen to Vianne Sets up Shop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paimTyp83_8… Continue reading YYC Hot Chocolate Festival

Japanese · Restaurants · Seafood · Special Occasion · Sushi

Sukiyaki House – Valentine’s dinner

I took L out for Valentine’s Day. I picked Sukiyaki House because he knows the owner’s son and he’s heard a lot about the restaurant’s legendary special dinner events. For this post, let’s listen to L’s favourite Japanese band, Tokyo No.1 Soul Set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klh5yUdHppg When I received a call from the restaurant to confirm my… Continue reading Sukiyaki House – Valentine’s dinner

Happy Hour · Restaurants · Seafood · Special Occasion

Rodney’s Oyster House – Happy Hour

Barbie and I checked out Rodney’s Oyster House for happy hour. The Calgary location is more upscale than Rodney’s locations in Vancouver. Judging from the exterior, I was surprised to find the restaurant was so spacious. I liked the use of white in the decor, the high ceilings and the ‘catch’ of netted lights in… Continue reading Rodney’s Oyster House – Happy Hour

Italian · Restaurants · Seafood

Garden of Italy – Nenshi Approved

I'm always keen to know where politicians (e.g. Mayor Nenshi) and food writers (e.g. Gwendolyn Richards) dine in Calgary. I'm interested in where they eat and what they order. I swear I'm not a creep. For this post, let’s listen to Mariah Carey’s Obsessed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Yt0xJKDY8 I've taken a class with Richards, so I know she… Continue reading Garden of Italy – Nenshi Approved

Brunch · Burgers · Chain Restaurants · Restaurants · Vancouver/Richmond

White Spot – Part Deux

I asked my father Ludwig where he wanted to go for breakfast. White Spot he responded, without a moment’s hesitation. However, he stressed that we were not to eat at the location inside Richmond Centre. Though I didn’t ask him why, he proceeded to inform me the reason. First, let’s put on some music. As… Continue reading White Spot – Part Deux

Cheap Eats · Chinatown · Chinese · Restaurants

New Tang Dynasty Restaurant

New Tang Dynasty is one of my favourite spots for lunch in Chinatown. The flavours are fierce and spicy. The portions are generous, particularly the lamb dishes. For this post let's listen to Johnny Cash - Hurt. My father loves Johnny Cash plus I did hurt myself at New Tang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc We started off with… Continue reading New Tang Dynasty Restaurant