September 15th, 2014
A once in a lifetime opportunity came to me, so we took it. The Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Alberta books up fully quickly and they’re only opened seasonally! Although the price tag was a large one, it was a memorable stay – especially if you have a love for historic and rustic things.
We stayed on the 5th floor, queen bed room which was neat as the elevators only go up to the 4th floor. From there, you go to the wing you’re assigned to and go up. The bellman is very helpful if you need assistance as well. The room was tucked away and we even upgraded to a lakeside room. Our room was very basic as it really has just the basic. Thinking about it now, there was no TV in the room!
I also had the opportunity to poke my head to the room beside us (509) and I would say the rooms although had a different layout, it was similar in size!! I took a picture of their room too – just to show you! I liked our room more as it had more windows to enjoy the view.
The view I’m talking about is this breathtaking and there was balconies at each room (although they were fire escapes, they don’t mind you standing out there!)
The bathrooms were a little more rustic and sometimes a little creepy. The hotel was shut down during WWII for and was used for soldiers and officers who were wounded. It does have an industrial feel to it – but at the end of the day, you’re not in the bathroom that long!
Overall, it was a fantastic and memorable stay! We did all our dining options from the hotel and the service was excellent, the food was pretty good as well! It was a stay to remember for a lifetime!
Just because I can – here’s a room of the standard rooms with lakeview. It is complete with a little bathroom closest to the balcony door, with a queen bed and a seating area. There is a sink in the room – and I’m not sure if there was a sink in the bathroom!
August 27th, 2014
We were driving across Edmonton when we ventured into Sherwood Park and found ourselves hungry. We stumbled upon Bak Hauk Orient Delight kind of in a strip plaza. There’s tons of parking here and the restaurant is very spacious in size.
I love places with Hokkigai which is surf clams, so I had to order some, kind of like an appetizer. I know it’s werid, but it was decent!
For the actual meal, I ordered their Pineapple Chicken & Beef on Rice which wasn’t bad! It was a large plate of rice with chicken and beef stir fried with pineapples.
My husband had their Malaysian Laksa which looked and smelled delicious. The soup was actually kind of watered down and the shrimp was actually soggy.
Overall, it was a decent experience although I do not recommend their laksa.
Bak Hauk Orient Delight
120 – 270 Baseline Rd
Sherwood Park, AB
August 27th, 2014
We originally wanted to eat something else along Whyte Ave, and it was full – so we wandered around for a little while when we walked into Tacos La Mexicana. On the wall, there’s a board of all the “compliments” they get. So, it was quite promising. The restaurant is very little and it doesn’t have AC. It was quite stuffy for a hot summer day.
We were quite excited to be here as last time we randomly walked into a taco place it was very delightful. We ordered a burrito each and I got the mixed fajita burrito where they didn’t actually ask which kind of protein I wanted, so they gave beef. The burrito was warm in the inside and the beef was quite tough making it a little tough to eat. The burrito was stuffed with some onions, peppers, rice and of course beef.
My husband ordered their Chili Cheese Burrito with beef and it was decent. It was really hot and heated through – as it should be so the cheese was melted. The ground beef was really ground up it was almost like a paste. It wasn’t too bad at all, but it was loaded with onions and cabbage which seemed a little weird.
Overall, it’s probably a good place to go if you’re just not wanting to wait in line anywhere else. Otherwise, the burritos were average.
Tacos La Mexicana
8123 104 St
August 26th, 2014
We were lucky to unwind a week in Edmonton, Alberta where we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express – Edmonton International Airport which is just outside of the actual city in Nisku/Leduc. The hotel is easy to find and it’s right by the train tracks – which could be noisy when the train goes by.
The room was really large and offered a seating area. The suites are relatively quiet except when a train goes by. The train doesn’t go by too often which makes this a nice hotel for business or personal. There is also complimentary breakfast with the hotel.
In the event of not wanting to eat complimentary breakfast, or you missed it, or you just have something else in mind – this hotel is ideal as it offers both a mini fridge and microwave! You can do almost anything!
The bathrooms are quite standard as any other hotel bathroom – and they use really nice bathroom amenities. Bath and Body works was the brand of their choice which is a lovely brand and growing in popularity!
The beds are so comfortable and the pillows were plush yet firm. We had a great night sleep and wouldn’t mind returning to this hotel again! The hotel itself offers amenities like dining, and pool & hot tub. Unfortunately during our stay, the hot tub was down and I was going to use it to soak the stress for the week away.
The video shows the room walk through – which was a fantastic room!
Holiday Inn Express – Edmonton International Airport
1102-4th Street Edmonton International Airport
Nisku, Alberta T9E8E2 Canada
1 877 660 8550 |
August 26th, 2014
One relaxing weekend while in Edmonton, we decided to change up our routine and go out for breakfast instead of enjoying “complimentary breakfast” at the hotel. We ventured to Barb & Ernie’s Old Country Inn which is located right on 72nd Ave and it looks like a German house.
We ordered both sweet and savoury breakfast, so I picked their Breakfast Special which was mango crepes filled with mango cream cheese, then topped with some mango and raspberry coulee. The portions were huge, the food was fresh and delicious!
We also ordered Breaded Pork Schnitzel which was much thicker than the schnitzel that I’m use too, but it was a delicious fried pork chop!
Overall, the breakfast was extremely filling and delicious. We enjoyed our experience here and everyone was so friendly and happy.
Barb & Ernie’s Old Country Inn
9906-72 Ave. NW
August 18th, 2014
We got to stay at the Executive Royal Inn hotel in Leduc, Alberta which is just right outside of Edmonton – close to the Edmonton International Airport. We checked in quite late but we were lucky that the hotel was easy to find. It’s actually the hotel that says “INN” everywhere on it!
Once we checked into the room, it was really welcoming and the room was spacious and clean. The room offered basic amenities. This room has a nice LCD TV and a desk area for business workers.
The bed was a giant comfortable bed with really tall pillows! They were fluffy but they were firm! We did have a very restful sleep at the end so we were pleased!
The bathroom was quite nice as well – although it was weird the toilet seat was lifted when we got there. Most of the time when we check into a hotel, the cover is down. It was just a strange detail that caught my attention after doing the walk through. Like a lot of hotels out there, this one uses the luxiourious Bath and Body works amenities which I really like!
Our overall stay was good! Check in took a long time even though there was only 1 party ahead of us and 2 check-in agents. The bar service was really slow as well, but I’m staring to think it must be the atmosphere in this hotel. We did hear and see the train go by from our window but it wasn’t too bad!
Executive Royal Inn Leduc-Nisku at the Edmonton Airport
8450 Sparrow Drive
August 17th, 2014
During one of our stays in Edmonton, Alberta, we got to stay at The Sutton Place hotel in downtown Edmonton. The main entrance was a little confusing at first as it looked like it was the entrance to their restaurant – but it really was the front door.
We got checked into our room and we were on the top floor – which was pretty high on the 26th floor. The room itself was quite nice and the pool was a set of stairs right across the from elevators. Although I didn’t go and enjoy this pool, it was a quite a spectacular looking one!
The room was quite spacious and make it a comfortable stay. It offered your basic hotel amenities and that’s really all we ever ask for when we stay anywhere!
Our room had a large comfortable bed. It was really a good bed but there was some motor or something that made pumping noises throughout the night. I’m not sure if it’s from the elevator or from the pool above but it was loud and distracting.
The bathroom was pretty standard as well. Lots of counter top space and quite a large tub – even though we used the shower. The bathroom amenities were very nice as well.
Overall, the location of the hotel was really nice and the price was right. However, due to the noise level in the room – I got absolutely no sleep. I’m sure other rooms further down the hallway or on other levels won’t be so bad. Self parking costs just over $30/night as well, and it’s in an underground parkade. That elevator doesn’t even take you to the main lobby either, so it’s a little bit of a hike.
The Sutton Place – Edmonton, Alberta
10235 – 101 Street,
Canada T5J 3E9
August 12th, 2014
Edmonton is a neat place for dining and I must say, I don’t mind dining in Edmonton! We went for breakfast bright and early at the Sugarbowl and it was already busy with a bit of the lineup outside their doors. We decided that we didn’t really want to wait for a table inside – so we sat outside!
As we were outside on a breezy morning, I started with a nice cup of tea! The tea was quite unique as it wasn’t a brand I’ve seen before. It was quite fragrant but not overwhelming. I think it would have been nice with honey – I just put sugar in mine.
This restaurant is known for their Cinnamon Buns so I ordered one and it was the size of my head! Although it doesn’t look very appealing, it was very fresh and soft and fluffy. It tasted really delicious with brown sugar topping and butter on the side. It’s like a fresh loaf of cinnamon bread but better!
The other breakfast we ordered was their Chicken and Waffles and this was another great choice! The chicken was not greasy, well seasoned, and pan-fried to a nice tender crisp – and still super juicy! The waffles were light with a hint of sweetness. The maple butter was definitely a nice condiment and it completes the dish!
This was one of my favourite breakfast places in Edmonton. Although parking can be a bit tricky, we’ve been lucky enough to find street parking and the weather was nice enough for us to walk to. The service was a bit lacking – but what lacks in that department really makes up in the quality of food! I’m sure this is a place I will return to!
10922 88 Ave NW
August 12th, 2014
Another long trip means we were craving food at odd times. This time was around 4pm when we made it into Peace River and basically the only thing opened was Peace River Garden Restaurant which dishes out Chinese/Western food.
I felt like something light and soupy yet filling so I decided to order Wor Wonton and yes the bowl was as full as it looked! Complete with tons of veggies and at least 10 wontons, this was an awesome choice!
I’ve also been talking about Veal Cutlets lately and I guess I made my husband crave it. He was really excited that he saw it on the menu and ordered it. The waitress even giggled and asked why he’s not ordering Chinese food! His story is that I use to eat it in our old family restaurant… which is true, and has absolutely nothing to do with him. Oh well!
I gotta say, food and service was not bad! There were a few other tables that came in to eat during our odd hour visit. The owners knew a lot of their guests as well, so they got some loyal customers and that makes me happy!
Peace River Garden Restaurant
10016 100 Street
Peace River, AB
August 11th, 2014
We were off to another road trip when we figured we’d stop into Pho Anh Huyen for something to eat before we took off. The location isn’t hard to find, but it definitely has limited parking spots. Once you enter the door, it has a scent of “washrooms” which seems to have disappeared quickly.
We started off with Pork and Shrimp Salad Rolls and it’s not as good as my favourite place, but it was decent. The sauce they gave was primarily diluted peanut butter so I added some hot sauce into it to make it tastier for myself as I like the kick to it.
Then, I ordered a bowl of Beef Stew Noodle Soup as I had no idea what I wanted, and this was one of my husbands favourite… so if I didn’t like it, I can always trade with him! It turns out that this was really good, both the beef stew and the soup broth had tons of flavour and the noodles were really well cooked! It didn’t stick together yet it wasn’t soggy and breaking apart!
My husband ordered himself a bowl of Rare Beef with Brisket Noodle Soup and it was quite a different soup. As clear as the broth looked, it also had a really good flavour it the soup. The portions were large and they were really generous with the amount of meat given (in both bowls actually!)
Overall, the prices were average as other Vietnamese noodle houses. The food was decent although not the best we have had. Generous portions of both soup and meat which makes it a good deal!
Pho Anh Huyen Noodle House
1403 Centre St NW