Saigon Maxim Vietnamese Cuisine – Calgary, AB

July 10th, 2014

I was actually boycotting the Vietnamese restaurant that we’ve been going to for awhile… we stumbled into Saigon Maxim as an alternative, and we’re glad we did! The food was amazing! With tons of parking, good food, and other amenities – it’s an ideal place to eat!

We started with some Chicken Wings as I’m normally in search for wings on Wednesday. The wings were fried really well here, even though there wasn’t a lot but it was good quality! The wings were a little small as well, but the skin was really crispy!

I ordered rice vermicelli with lemon grass beef, chicken & prawn. It was a large bowl of vermicelli with tons of meat. I’m always nervous about ordering shrimp or prawns or seafood in general at a restaurant I’m not familiar with. The prawns were decent here and the chicken and beef was really good.

Rare beef Noodle Soup and it was exceptional! It really was as flavourful and delicious as it looks! The beef was tender and actually juicy, and there was a lot of them too!

Overall, we loved our experience here. It was close to home and it tastes really good. We’ve been back numerous times already since we’ve experienced it! I recommend this location for Vietnamese food!

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Saigon Maxim Vietnamese Cuisine

8338 18 Street Southeast
Calgary, AB
(587) 353-0033

Club House Family Restaurant & Lounge – Calgary, AB

July 9th, 2014

We met up with a friend for Korean food one evening and we ended up at Club House Family Restaurant which was attached to their lounge. The space was big and there was plenty of parking. The interior of the restaurant was spacious and clean. The workers are actually Korean, so I applaud them for making the food they’re best at!

Right after we ordered, we got our kimchi selection which was unlimited. The servers do come by and ask if you want more, so that’s very nice!

We started with some soup and so we ordered Kal Bi Tang made with a beef broth with beef rib broth and noodles. The soup was so flavourful and the beef rib was tender.

Then, we ordered some Korean BBQ, and choose to have their Bul Go Ki which was marinated beef with gogung special sauce and they bbq’ed it! It was absolutely delicious, tons of flavour and it was tender and perfect with rice.

Lastly, we ordered a dish that I loved the most in the evening. I ordered the Jap Chae which was clear noodle mixed with beef and vegetables. I love noodles and I especially love clear noodles or glass noodles. The taste was just amazing and I could order a order any time and eat it up.

Overall, we really enjoyed our experience here. It wasn’t very busy that night but it was quite late when we got there. The food was tasted absolutely amazing. The prices were a little high, and service was minimal, but the food tasted amazing, and that’s all I’m worried about!

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Club House Family Restaurant & Lounge

5012 16 Ave NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 288-5656

1886 Buffalo Cafe – Calgary, AB

July 9th, 2014

I wanted to go somewhere special for breakfast this one morning and my husbands coworker really enjoys 1886 Buffalo Cafe and so we decided to give it a try. Located right at Eau Claire, its a neat vintage looking place!

The interior also is still antique looking and the space is just fun! There’s subtle things around the restaurant that makes you feel like you’ve been transported back into time.

I ordered the Ed’s Benedict which has 2 eggs that I enjoy soft, with tomatoes and cheese with toast and hashbrowns. This meal is very hearty and delicious and you can taste that it’s home made and made with love!

My husband ordered his Steak & Eggs which has always been something he truly loves. It was honestly an awesome breakfast and with large portions, it is very filling. The steak was grilled to perfection, and it was soft and tender.

Honestly, we really enjoyed this place. The atmosphere was cute and the food was soo good. The prices were a bit high, but due to the location, and the quality of food, it was justifiable! The restaurant is small, and very popular, so chances are, you’ll have to wait for a table and service!

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1886 Buffalo Cafe

187 Barclay Pard SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 269-9255

Shanghai Classic Restaurant Ltd – Calgary, AB

July 9th, 2014

While I was making some dumplings at home, I really wanted to eat some Chinese food for lunch. We did some searching and found Shanghai Classic Restaurant which we were confused as it’s name says it’s both Shanghai and Peking style Chinese food. It didn’t matter though, we still went in for food!

We went at an off lunch (late) time, and we were surprised with the amount of customers they had inside! It was very exciting that they were pretty much packed!

We sat down and ordered all the things I love. We started with Pan fried dumplings which was really nicely done. The flavours weren’t the best, but we have had worse! So, we were still really happy. The skin was a bit thick but the filling was really good.

Then, we had an order of Shanghai Noodles which has been one of my favourites for a long time, and I still liked it here. It was too greasy for my liking, but it was well flavoured and tasted good regardless. At the end, we just picked out the noodles, pork and mushrooms, and left the grease with everything else.

Finally, I like anything with condensed sweetened milk, and I ordered some Steamed Mantou with the condensed milk. My favourite is when we fry it, but it was a greasy enough meal. The bun was supposed to be a “silver thread bun”, but as you can see, it didn’t have too much “thread”, so I’m calling it a mantou. They were quite stingy on the condensed milk too, which was disappointing as that’s usually my highlight!

Overall, it was a decent meal. We enjoyed it, we were happy and full. However, it isn’t worth my trip there as it is at the other side of the city.

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Shanghai Classic Restaurant Ltd

8282 Centre St N
Calgary, AB
(403) 295-1323

Vic’s Hong Kong Style BBQ & Cafe – Calgary, AB

July 9th, 2014

I really enjoy simple Hong Kong style breakfasts and lunches and Vic’s Hong Kong Style BBQ & Cafe is in the old location of Happy Valley Restaurant, which is on the top floor of this building.

They have newly renovated the place so it looks simple, masculine and clean actually! It’s very comfortable and you still get the Hong Kong style ambiance.

This visit, we went quite late for breakfast and yet too early for lunch… so we just ordered whatever we felt like. I ordered one of my favorites which is with preserved vegetables (zha choy) with pork in rice vermicelli! I have always loved this dish and I ordered it – and loved it!

My husband ordered what he loves most – which was stuff from the BBQ, where he picked roasted duck with roasted pork belly over rice. It’s normally called a 2-item combo from here. The BBQ wasn’t the best but its’ always a delicious treat to have anything from the Chinese BBQ! Overall, he inahaled his dish as I inhaled my bowl. We loved it!

We have actually been back a few times since this place opened. The food is decent and the prices are really good. It’s a Chinese place, so we got the Chinese service! It was a good time!

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Vic’s Hong Kong Style BBQ & Cafe

100D 3 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 237-7321

Beamers Coffee Bar – Canmore, AB

July 8th, 2014

I really enjoy doing nothing with a cup of caffeine or hot drink and this time was no exception while in Canmore, Alberta. We stopped in Beamers Coffee Bar as it was recommended by a good friend. Although just off Main Ave, this little establishment is very popular!

The menu is very extensive and delicious. The prices are quite reasonable as it is competitive with many coffee shops in the area. There is lots of hot food as well as drinks and snacks available.

At the end of the day, we enjoyed a delicious flavoured latte and it was brewed really nicely. I hate it when my coffee is burnt or overly sweet, but they have managed to make my latte the way I like it!

I am sure I will be back and relaxing here again as the experience was right up my alley, plus the coffee was amazing!

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Beamers Coffee Bar

737 7 Ave
Canmore, AB
(403) 609-0111

Tom’s House of Pizza – Calgary, AB

July 8th, 2014

I’ve been wanting a decent pizza recently and I asked an old co-worker where to go and he suggested to me to try Tom’s House of Pizza located on Macleod Trail.

We started with an order of Hot Wings and the wings were tender and very flavourful. It does taste a lot like tabasco sauce drenched wings, but the wing was nicely cooked.

Then, we ordered our CJ’s Combo Pizza which consisted of Italian sausage, beef, onions, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, salami with cheese and tomato sauce. The crust was thin and there was tons of toppings. It was a good pizza!

Overall, our experience was good! There wasn’t much service as you walk up to the front, put your order in and they bring you your pizza. But, what kind of service do you need at a pizza place!? The food was good but the location was limited in parking spaces.

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Tom’s House of Pizza

7730 Macleod Trl S
Calgary, AB
(403) 252-0111

Vietnamese Beef Stew Noodle House – Calgary, AB

July 4th, 2014

Vietnamese noodle soups and Vietnamese submarines are things I like to eat when I want to eat out, and eat “lighter”. We found ourselves at Vietnamese Beef Stew Noodle House and found very limited parking, but the place was full of customers!

We sat down and wanted to order some appetizers so we had an order of Crispy Chicken Wings, which was really nicely fried. The order was quite small for it’s price, but the size and quality was really good.

I ordered a Satay Chicken Vietnamese Submarine which was quite delicious. The Vietnamese bun was excellent and the filling inside the sub was ample and delicious and very flavourful.

With the name of the restaurant called Vietnamese Beef Stew, it wouldn’t make sense if we didn’t try their Beef Stew Noodle Soup and we’re glad we did. All the customers that came in, either for takeout or dine in all ordered some sort of noodle soup.

Overall, the food here was delicious. The price was a little high, but still in the reasonable range. The food was good and so we loved it. The noodle house was small and simple but it’s all you need!

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Vietnamese Beef Stew Noodle House

Norbrent Shopping Centre – 3616 52 Ave NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 220-0681

Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub – Banff, AB

July 4th, 2014

Everyone who knows me know I love Banff and I love perogies. It just happened that one day walking by Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub I noticed perogies were on special – so we ventured in to eat. This little pub is located on the lower level off Banff Avenue.

Once we got seated and got our drink, as mentioned I already knew I wanted to have their Perogies which are potato and cheddar stuffed perogies served with sour cream, garlic and bacon dip. These little perogies were quite good.

The other dish we ordered was their Steak Sandwich which is an 6oz sirloin steak sandwich served on garlic toast. The steak was tender and juicy so it was absolutely delicious.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. It’s a great place to dine and watch the people enjoy their time in Banff.

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Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub

120 Banff Ave
Banff, AB
(403) 762-8888

Rockin Horse Cafe – Balzac, AB

July 2nd, 2014

A really neat place we stopped at for breakfast one morning was the Rockin Horse Cafe in Balzac and it’s a gas station with a cafe in it. It was actually really neat and it’s just off the highway pass the railway tracks.

We were here to grab a quick bite breakfast on the beginning leg of a road trip. I had ordered the Breakfast Sandwich which was like a sandwich with egg, bacon and cheese. It was really good actually! I love grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon in it, so this was one with an egg!

My husband decided to try the Rockin’ Horse Original which was a breakfast with 2 eggs, ham, home fries and toast. It’s almost like a Asian breakfasts so he really enjoyed it!

This was a great little stop and definitely a place where the locals go, as everyone seemed to know everyone – giving us really funny looks. The food was good and quite cheap as well! I would recommend Rockin Horse cafe if you’re in this area looking for breakfast!

Rockin Horse Cafe

10070 Twp Rd 262
Balzac, AB
(403) 275-8777