Thirsty Bear Saloon – Waterton, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

We recently took a road trip and made it to Waterton where we called it a night. We weren’t too hungry but we figured we should go grab something to eat regardless, so we figured we’d go to their local place and grab some wings. We walked into Thirsty Bear Saloon outside the Bayshore Inn hotel.

Once we were inside, we were the only table, but apparently we were their first guests for the season! They just opened for the May long weekend, and it was pretty neat! It definitely looked like it was the place to go for both tourists and locals at the end of the night!

We just ordered our drinks and some Chicken Wings and we had them in Honey Garlic flavour which was very tasty! The wings were really good and quite unique as we were expecting a saucy wing but it wasn’t! We really enjoyed them dry and flavourful with some dipping sauce on the side.

We really enjoyed our experience here and we haven’t stopped talking about returning to the Waterton area soon again!

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Thirsty Bear Saloon

111 Waterton Ave
Waterton, AB
(403) 859-2211

La Boulangerie – Calgary, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

I still really love bakeries and cafes and when we drove by Le Boulangerie I knew I wanted to try this place and enjoy my snack on it’s patio. So, we parked our car and paid a fortune for coming here. I should’ve parked further away and taken a stroll over, but that’s the price I pay sometimes!

This cafe is quite popular and it’s busy! Even at the odd hour that we went, it seemed like it was packed. The selection of goodies inside was huge, but we opted out for our favourites as its just a little snack. You can order things from their hot menu items or sandwich items as well as their bakery/pastry selection. I decided to have their Hazelnut Eclair which looked quite delicious. I was worried about it being too sweet, but it was very subtle. Unfortunately, it didn’t taste very fresh although it was tasty. I could only imagine how wonderful it would be if it was fresh!

The other thing we ordered was their Almond Croissant which didn’t look that appealing. It did have almond flavour but it too wasn’t very fresh. It was quite crispy on the outside but it wasn’t light and fluffy on the inside. I’m not sure what’s going on, besides thinking it wasn’t too fresh.. or I was just overly excited and being to hopeful.

On a positive note, our drinks were very delightful! I ordered a cup of Chai Tea Latte and it was really fragrant and delectable! It was really nice to enjoy a nice hot drink on a breezy summer day on the patio!

My husband also enjoyed his Hot Chocolate which was decadent and delicious! Our drinks really hit the spot and it was good!

Overall, I think if I do return, I will order something from their savoury menu where they have to prepare it – like their crepes! Now that I read other customers reviews, it looks like crepes are a popular thing here! So, I could be back for that and some hot drinks!

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La Boulangerie

2435 4 St SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 984-9294

Kiro Sushi – Calgary, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

We decided to go to Kiro Sushi for lunch this one afternoon, and we’re happy we did. Just located off 130th Avenue in the southeast, it makes it pretty easy to find dining options, so it was nice that we came here.

I found that the interior quite interesting and it reminded me with the interior that was here before Kiro came!

We started with some Spicy Tuna Sashimi which was quite spicy and the tuna was pretty good and very well seasoned.

Then, we had a little plate of Assorted Sushi with salmon, surf clams and inari! The sushi was quite satisfying!

One thing we love eating most is udon, so we ordered a bowl of Beef Udon, and when it came, it was a large bowl of soup. The beef wasn’t too tender but the flavours of the broth was quite delicious.

Just when we thought we were full, and we were ready to leave – we totally forgot we ordered the Pineapple Express sushi roll, which turned out to be the best dish of the visit!

Overall, it’s a nice sushi place to eat! It’s a nice sit down sushi place that offers decent food!

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Kiro Sushi

4600 130 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 726-9132

Starlight Chinese Restaurant‎ – Airdrie, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

We found another small town restaurant that offers Chinese & Western buffet so we didn’t give up the oppertunity to try them out. This time, we found ourselves in Airdrie at the Starlight Chinese Restaurant located in a strip plaza off Yankee Valley Blvd with tons of parking, it’s a great location!

The buffet was a pretty decent sized buffet, with delicious options, but one thing that stood up for me was the quality of the food. Even with soups, they had both wonton soup and hot & sour soup!

The food here was really good and it actually got quite busy around the noon hour! It was a fabulous experience!

Overall, we loved the experience here and we know we’ll be back!

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Starlight Chinese Restaurant‎

960 Yankee Valley Blvd SE
Airdrie, AB
(403) 912-7887

Tea Funny – Calgary, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

We were looking for a gathering place for a bunch of us friends to gather for a little snack and someone mentioned to us we should go to Tea Funny located right on Centre Street. Parking isn’t the most convenient, but we found some street parking and walked on over.

Once we were inside, we noticed that their menu system is on an ipad which makes it kind of easy to order and personalize what you want. The ipads were a little damaged but they have the ipads embedded into the table where it can easily be damaged as you put food on top of it, or you can accidentally spill your drinks onto it. It was a very neat concept and modern!

I didn’t actually get a picture of my drink, but I ordered their Milk Tea with nothing in it as I really like Hong Kong style milk tea, and for some strange reason I always think places that are like this would have it. The drinks are quite delicious and they come in a good sized cup. We ordered some snacks to share and we started off with Chicken Wings and those were quite good! Really nicely fried and seasoned!

We also ordered some Fried Squid tentacles which is a dish I’ve always loved. It wasn’t done poorly here so that’s very exciting, although it was not the most tender it was still tasty.

The last thing we ordered and shared was some Fried Udon with Beef which wasn’t a large dish, but it’s a snack place, so it made sense. The prices were a little high, but the food was quite decent and the atmosphere is quite nice.

Overall, we enjoyed this place and we’ll probably be back especially during weekends and evenings when parking will be easier to find. I’m not sure about the winter though when the sidewalks will be piled up with snow, but we’ll see when time comes.

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Tea Funny

123-1323 Centre St NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 978-5888

Cochrane Palace Restaurant – Cochrane, Alberta

July 27th, 2014

There’s something satisfying about small time Chinese/Western buffets which I know it as smorgs as we use to have a family restaurant in Medicine Hat. Now, as it’s not available to me, I find myself craving it, so we’re been driving around Alberta small towns looking for smorgs where we found one in Cochrane called Cochrane Palace near their downtown. Tons of parking and the space is large!

Once we were inside, we were seated for buffet and basically they release you to the buffet! There are tons of options at this buffet and their food was simple – which is how it’s suppose to be!

We had a few plates of food, tried their wonton soups and we left satisfied. The dim sum didn’t have a lot, but it’s something unique here as dim sum’s are not normally in Chinese/Western buffets!

We enjoyed the selection of food here as they offered some roast, some dim sum, and their fried foods was really well fried! I did find the food to be a little on the bland side, but a dallop of hot sauce can go a long way!

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Cochrane Palace Restaurant
22 Westside Drive
Cochrane AB Canada
403-932-199

Crazyweed Kitchen – Canmore, Alberta

July 25th, 2014

I’ve heard many great thing about Crazyweed Kitchen so we recently went there to try them out! We made a reservation which turned out to be a good idea as they were very busy! We got seated right away and the staff was extremely friendly!

We started with their Soup de jour which was a curried butternut squash soup which was a little bowl of tons of flavour! The soup was excellent and we weren’t sure why they bothered giving us some bread with the soup as it was paper thin, we couldn’t even get butter on it and if it touched the soup, it just disintegrated. So, we just enjoyed the soup as is.

I ordered the Albacore Tuna Sandwich which was an openface sandwich made on crispy ciabatta with garlic aioli, arugula topped with green olive tapenade served with duck fat potato skins. The sandwich itself was absolutely delicious while the duck fat potato skins sounds awesome, it was soggy and too greasy. I would’ve devoured the entire plate if it was crispy!

My husband ordered the Chicken Pot Pie which was really hearty, more like a chicken stew which was absolutely delicious and warming to the soul! The pie was made with mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, peas, truffle, tarragon, thyme, topped with buttery crust served with greens!

Overall, we loved Crazyweed as much as everyone else! The price was about the same for any dining option in Canmore. It was an absolutely amazing dining experience and I am sure we will be returning one day soon again!

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Crazyweed Kitchen

1600 Railway Ave
Canmore, AB
(403) 609-2530

Peking Peking Riverbend – Calgary, Alberta

July 25th, 2014

I wanted to eat some “Western Chinese Food” this one evening and we ventured to Peking Peking Riverbend that’s just off of 18th Street and Glenmore Trail. It’s a little location and it looks like they do a buffet as well.

We started by ordering a Wor Wonton as it’s something I’ve made recently myself and I wanted to eat it again – without making it! This wor wonton had noodles in it which is weird as it’s not a wor wonton noodle soup that we ordered (so we thought), but it’s okay. The wontons were flavourful, but I’m not sure what flavours they were. The soup lacked a little bit of salt, but it’s an easy fix by adding some soy sauce!

We then ordered a plate of Fried Noodles with Beef & Vegetables which came in a large plate. It tasted really good, but it was quite greasy. The beef was really tender and almost a bit too tender, but it was good. This plate was so large we even got to bring some home for the following day – but the grease settles which made the bottom not so good.

Overall, the food was alright. It wasn’t what I had expected or wanted, but it must be because they are from a different area as their cooking techniques are quite different from what I’m use to. The prices was average and so was the food.

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Peking Peking Riverbend

8338 18 St SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 279-8134

Vendome Cafe – Calgary, Alberta

July 24th, 2014

I got to go out and eat breakfast one morning at a local restaurant in Kensington at Vendome Cafe and I loved it. The service is exceptional here and the food is divine, made with real and fresh ingredients.

I started my breakfast with a cup of Hot Chocolate that tasted absolutely amazing!

I ordered a half order of Mushroom Eggs Benedict and the mushrooms were amazing! This has got to be one of my favourite eggs bennys as it tasted like what it’s suppose to! The picture really doesn’t do its justice but it tasted amazing!

With the eggs benedict, I had their soup du jour which was a Barley Soup and it was very savoury and flavourful! It was a very hearty soup and it was warming for a chilly morning!

My overall experience here was super! The atmosphere, the food, the service and the community really puts this place on the map! What a great find!

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Vendome Cafe

940 2nd Ave. NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 453-1140

Skoki’s Waffle and Frozen Yogurt – Banff, AB

July 24th, 2014

We were wandering around Banff, when we stumbled upon a new frozen yogurt place which was neat as we’ve been seeing a lot more of these places pop up. This particular one is called Skoki’s and it’s located right on Banff Ave, which is an optimal location!

Once you walk in, you walk along the left wall to the back where you pick up a cup or line up for a waffle bowl. The waffle bowls look pretty thin, but I wasn’t hungry so I opt’ed for just a normal bowl. As you walk along the wall, you come to the wall with all the frozen yogurts. Fill it up with as much or as little of your favourite flavours!

When you’re done picking your selection – you can go to the topping bar and load your cup with toppings! Then, you get your bowl weighted and paid.

Finally, you get to enjoy your custom created treat! The yogurt was really good and the topping selection was quite large. It definitely was a great little treat!

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Skoki’s Waffle and Frozen Yogurt

109 Banff Ave
Banff, AB
(403) 985-2220