G-men Nan Chu – Richmond, British Columbia

August 26th, 2015

I’m actually very confused about the name of this restaurant, but the name on the recipet says the restaurant is called Ramen Bar at NanChuu Japanese Izakaya, however it seems to be called G-men and you don’t see that name as the “dominate” name.

We were brought here by my sister-in-law and her husband, and this place was pretty decent! We started with some Gyozas which as usual, is my dish to order when I’m in the mood for appetizers at a Japanese restaurant. The skin here was really thin, and the filling was amazing! They pan-fried it to perfection!

The other appetizer we ordered was something I’ve never had before, and they call it Okonomiyaki which is Japanese Cabbage Pancake, which is shredded cabbage mixed into a batter and made into a “pancake”. The toppings here was pretty basic as I believe it was just bonito flakes! The dish was pretty amazing and it’s going to be something I’ll order more often!

For ramen, I ordered their Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen and this bowl of ramen is massive! It’s got lots of everything, so make sure you come with an empty belly!

We also ordered their Dan Dan Men which didn’t cross my mind as a japanese dish, as I’ve always associated as Chinese or Sichuan. But, regardless, we ordered a bowl, and it was full of flavour and spice! It was different from what I associate Dan Dan Mein to be, but it was a nice change from typical Ramen – although we were at a ramen place!

Overall, an amazing place! The place is pretty busy and pretty small, so be prepared to wait! But, it really helps build up your appetite as you wait so you can finish everything! Food is quite good, and the prices are very good too!

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G-men @ Nan Chu

1160-8391 Alexandra Road
Richmond, BC
(604) 276-8391

Toad n Turtle Pubhouse & Grill – Calgary, Alberta

August 18th, 2015

We felt like a patio this one afternoon, and found ourselves going to Toad n Turtle on 130th Avenue SE, and there, we got seated on the “side patio” instead of their roof top patio as apparently it was closed. There’s tons of parking especially after hour when the home construction store is closed. We weren’t too happy with the side patio as it’s right next to the street and it wasn’t as pleasant as it could have been, however our experience was still great!

We ordered a few appetizers with drinks, so we started out with my Virgin Caesars which was alright here. The drink wasn’t too spicy yet it wasn’t watered down, so it was fine!

We then got an order of their Rib Bites, which were bone-in pork ribs with salt and pepper seasoning. The ribs were really good and there wasn’t a lot of them either. But, they were really nicely prepared! We were expecting dry ribs, but the sauce wasn’t bad at all!

The other appetizer that we ordered was their Coconut Prawns, and there were 8 coconut coated Tiger Prawns and it came with a delicious ginger/garlic dipping sauce.

Overall, the food and the “inside” environment was really nice. I’m sure we would have really enjoyed their rooftop patio instead of inhaling the vehicles exhaust while having a quiet afternoon. The food although was delicious, we thought the portions were a little small. The service was good, so we don’t have much to complain about!

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Toad n Turtle Pubhouse & Grill

5155 130 Ave SE,
Calgary, AB
(587) 387-2635

Great Bear Restaurant – Lake Louise, Alberta

August 18th, 2015

This one afternoon, we ventured onto the Ski Lift for sightseeing purposes and on our way back down, we decided to stop into Great Bear which is on the upper floor of the Lake Louise Ski Resort. There’s lots of parking outside, but I can only imagine how busy they would be during prime ski season!

We really didn’t know what to order, so the first thing that we saw on the menu that was interesting was their Patroller’s Pie, which was ground beef with vegetables, topped with mashed potato. We upgraded the side salad to include a bison chilli, and this was the perfect meal for a cold winter day. The patrollers pie was quite delicious although it was a little dry. The chilli was really hearty and quite enjoyable!

We also ordered their Stuffed Baby Yorkies which is something my husband likes as he likes Yorkshire pudding. These were stuffed with shaved Beef with horseradish aioli & au jus on the side. These were little pillows of awesomeness! The Yorkshire puddies were crispy on the outside, light and fluffy inside, with tender beef and gravy! There’s nothing not good in this combination!

Overall, the views and atmosphere here was really amazing! The log cabin resort feel, with the ski hills right outside. It was a great time even though we weren’t into outdoor sports/activities.

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Great Bear Restaurant

The Lake Louise Ski Resort
1 Whitehorn Road,
Lake Louise, Alberta
403-522-3555

Myhre’s Deli – Calgary, Alberta

August 11th, 2015

We were wanting to have some smoked meat sandwiches, and we’ve been meaning to go to Myhre’s Deli and so we made our way over here right at their opening. We were assuming it would be as busy as Galaxie Diner next door, but thankfully it wasn’t as bad at the time we got there!

Once we got in, we thought we had to order at the front. Turns out, if you wanted to dine in, you can actually just sit down and there will be table side service which was convenient! There were a lot of people who did take-out, which would have been amazing too. We really like dining in whenever possible as we believe it tastes best fresh!

I ordered their Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich and I got mine in a special – it was still 7oz of juicy smoked meat! The smoked meat was amazing, and the entire meal was fantastic! It was a great special as it came with a drink as well. The serving size was massive!

The other sandwich we decided to try was their Montreal Classic Sandwich which is like my sandwich with lettuce, onions, tomato and mayo. It was more refreshing than my sandwich, but it was still amazing tasting!

Not knowing how large these sandwiches were, we also ordered a Smoked Meat Poutine and was awesome! It was really large, but the meat was fantastic. Freshly fried french fries topped with their fantastic meat, covered in cheese curds and gravy! There’s really not much that can top this for perfection!

Overall, this place was amazing! The portions sizes are massive and tasted amazing. The meat was tender and juicy and their smoked meat tastes great alone or with other items. We really had a great morning here and will be back for more goodness!

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Myhre’s Deli

1411 11 St SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 244-6602

Pho Nam Vietnamese Cuisine – Calgary, Alberta

August 11th, 2015

We were seeking for something on the lighter side for dinner when we drove by Pho Nam and it was located right off of Fairmont Drive. It is basically off the intersection of Fairmont Drive and Heritage Drive, with lots of parking.

Once we sat down, we decided to have an order of their Satay Beef Roll and it’s their salad rolls with satay beef instead of shrimp! The beef was actually really delicious, making the rolls incredibly tasting!

I wasn’t feeling the greatest and really wanted “chicken noodle soup” basically, so I got their Pho Ga and the soup was really good. It tastes like they spent a good amount on time on their soup base! The noodles were quite delicious and it’s a great texture!

My husband had their Satay Beef Noodle Soup as he was feeling the opposite of me and wanted something with lots of spice and flavours!! With the same great rice noodles, this soup was another amazing soup. It’s full of flavours, spice, and sauce! It’s quite amazing!

Overall, the place was quite a surprise. The food tasted better than expectations I have set while walking through the doors judging by nothing really! So, it was nice that we were pleasantly surprised.

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Pho Nam Vietnamese Cuisine

8302 Fairmont Dr SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 255-6444

Madison’s Grill (Union Bank Inn) – Edmonton, Alberta

August 10th, 2015

We got up really early during one of our last trips to Edmonton and was really hungry. I didn’t want to go to a coffee shop, so we walked up and down Jasper Avenue for a while, and right when Madison’s Grill opened, we were pretty much right outside. We went in and they sat us, their first table of the day.

After looking around, we realized that the Madison’s Grill is in Union Bank Inn, was in a boutique hotel, and it was stunning!

I ordered their Breakfast Sandwich which came in a brioche bun, which is one of my favourites! The breakfast sandwich was filled with some greens, bacon, eggs, and cheese with a side of potatoes! It’s a very fantastic and filling sandwich!

We also ordered Smoke Salmon Benedict which is another of my absolute favourites! Their full order is served with 2 eggs Benedicts and I love it when the eggs are runny, and they did it right! The breakfast was so cute and quite delicious!

Overall, the serving sizes here was very generous, the ambiance was amazing, and the food & prices was quite amazing! It was really a cool experience!

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Madison’s Grill – Union Bank Inn

10053 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, AB
(780) 401-2222

Hy’s Steakhouse – Calgary, Alberta

August 5th, 2015

It was our anniversary, so we decided to celebrate it at Hy’s Steakhouse downtown. We did street parking, but I guess there’s complimentary valet parking – that’s the sign I saw when we came out. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it doesn’t matter. Hy’s was decorates really nicely, and with the open kitchen concept, it made it really fun for us to sit and watch them prepare our food!

We sat down, and I decided to order a girly drink, but virgin. I settled for the Pina Colada which was fun as they kept calling it “juice”. It doesn’t matter, it looks pretty and tastes great!

For our starter, we chose their Jumbo Prawn Cocktail which was amazing! The prawns were about the size of my head (each), and they were perfectly prepared and quite fresh!

I settled for their Filet Mignon Beef Wellington which was adorable! The perfectly baked pastry with the steak inside – cooked just the way I like it. It was very memorable and I would claim the best one I’ve had so far!

My husband decided long time ago that he was going to have their Steak Diane which is prepared tableside. As he likes his beef “rare”, it took no time for them to make. The beef was absolutely tender, the sauce was amazing, and overall perfect as well!

Just in case we weren’t full enough, we decided to have a dessert as we were celebrating a special day, and the food was so good, it didn’t hurt to try their Cheesecake. The waiters recommendation was perfect, as the cheesecake was just the way I like it. Light, fluffy and cheesecake tasting!

Our overall experience here was top notch! We haven’t found a better place for steak yet! We know a few places that come close, but I have to put them at the top of my rank books right now!

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Hy’s Steakhouse

751 3 St SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 663-3363

Spice Hut East Indian Cuisine – Canmore, Alberta

August 4th, 2015

We made it to the top of Sulphur Mountain yet another time, and this time it got cold as we got to the top, and figured some nice curry would really warm us up. We went to Canmore, Alberta, where we stopped into Spice Hut East Indian Cuisine which is located right on Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, and there’s tons of parking in front of the restaurant.

Once we got in, we ordered some Indian Chai Tea which is one of my favourite teas and I love how everyone has their own special blend, and it make it fun to taste!

We eat Indian curries family style so we order a bunch of food and put it in the center of the table to share. We started with their Mango chicken Curry which was amazing! I really like the taste with the mango paste, with the ginger! It was something I don’t get to taste often that I love!

The other dish of curry that we enjoyed was their Beef Korma and it was also very tasty! Fragrant with a hint of spice, we really enjoyed this! This dish has boneless beef cooked in a whipped cream sauce with their spice. Not too spicy but full of flavour.

We ate these 2 curries with some stuffed naan, were we ordered their Beef Keema Naan which essentially is ground beef cooked in a tandor stuffed naan. It was really amazing to eat on it’s own, or with curry!

Our overall experience here was very satisfactory! It really hit the spot, warmed us up, filled us up! It was delightful!

Spice Hut East Indian Cuisine

1310 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, AB
(403) 609-9997

Kane’s Harley Diner – Calgary, Alberta

August 4th, 2015

We got up really early this one morning to play a little prank on a friend. Afterwards, it was still really early and we were getting hungry, so we went to Inglewood, and went into Kane’s Harley Davidson Diner which is right on 9th Ave SE. It’s an old school looking diner from the outside, and there’s some street parking, especially if you go early.

Looking around the restaurant, it was pretty neatly decorated and I love the retro style of the place! Although bikes aren’t “my thing”, this was still an exciting place to go! They had other sorts of antiques around which made it fun for me!

I was quite hungry as mentioned, we got up early. I decided to go for their Biker Bowl which was a giant portion of hash browns topped with 2 eggs, ham, tomato, green onions, cheese and hollandaise sauce. To make the meal even bigger, it even came with toast! At first sight, it didn’t look like much, but as you keep digging into this bowl, you really notice how full you’ve become! It tasted really good and the hash browns were excellent, until the last one!

My husband ordered their Classic Fueler which was another large breakfast that consisted of 6oz of Alberta sirloin steak and 2 eggs, over hash browns. This “steak and egg” breakfast also comes with toast! The steak was well seasoned and cooked well! It was tender and flavourful, so it was perfect in our books.

Overall, the dining experience was quite a unique one! They really thought out the details from naming the dishes, to decorating the diner. The prices, that was awesome for the amount of food you get! We left here with a really full belly and we were really satisfied.

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Kane’s Harley Diner

1209 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 269-7311

Home Restaurant – Salmon Arm, British Columbia

July 6th, 2015

We were traveling home from Vancouver this one day and we figured we should stop halfway and grab some lunch. We stopped in Salmon Arm and basically drove to whatever was opened as it was a late Sunday afternoon. We stumbled into Home Restaurant which turns out to be a small chain in BC!

Once we sat down as there was a little bit of wait, they told us the soup of the day was their Seafood Chowder and coming from a place where I had lots of seafood, it was what I wanted! I ordered a bowl of their seafood chowder and although it wasn’t the heartiest, it was really filling and it hit the spot. I really enjoyed the flavours and texture of this chowder.

For the actual meal, I couldn’t get my mind away from having their Fish and Chips and this amazing classic specialty comes with 2 pieces of their fried fish with a mountain of fries and coleslaw! You really get a large meal for the small price! It was amazing as the fish was fresh and fried to perfection! Tender and juicy fish with a really light and crispy coating!

The last thing we ordered really didn’t go with my “seafood” theme, but it’s alright – it was pretty awesome anyway! We had their Schnitzel Champignon which was pork schnitzel with mushrooms and it is one of my husbands all time favorite schnitzel! This mushroom topping was made from fresh mushrooms and a gravy on top, with a side of mashed potatoes and more gravy! It was really amazing and the gravy made the vegetables seem extra amazing!

Overall, we left here feeling so full and satisfied we felt like that was the perfect meal to end our road trip! Sometimes just randomly stopping into places you find hidden gems and we lucked out here!

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Home Restaurant Salmon Arm

2801 – 10th Avenue N.E.
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2S3
Tel (250) 832 9991