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

Leo Burrito Tacos – Radium Hot Springs, BC

July 24th, 2014

We didn’t know what to eat during out trip out to Radium, BC and we decided to eat at Leo Burrito Tacos just off of the highway. It’s really easy to find, but the parking lot is a little small.

I ate their Pork Taco which was sold individually and it’s pretty small. This taco basically has pulled pork, some salsa and pickled onion. The evening we went, they were out of pineapple salsa which was the one it’s suppose to come with – but I got mango salsa instead. It was a good taco and very fresh. The meat was tender and juicy.

As my taco was a little small, I ordered a side of Leo Gems which was basically tatertots. It looks like it comes in a small bowl, but there’s actually lots of Leo Gems hiding in the bowl! They were fried really nicely as it was still crispy when we got to the end.

My husband ordered the 12″ King Kong which was a giant burrito which had all my husbands favourites for a burrito: slow cooked beef, cheese and sour cream!

This trip, I went with my sister and her husband. My brother in law enjoyed a salad while my sister had a Suzy Q Burrito which was a good sized burrito stuffed with roasted bell peppers, mushrooms and guacamole!

Overall, this little restaurant was really quite good! It was relatively cheap, the portions was quite reasonable for burritos and Leo gems and the best thing was the food was extremely fresh and delicious! Another great thing about here is their opened late!

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Leo Burrito Tacos

4951 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, BC
(778) 527-4999

Bighorn Meadows Resort – Radium, BC

July 24th, 2014

I’ve been very fortunate and got to take a weekend trip with my family to Radium, BC which is just over 3 hours (driving) away from Calgary where we stayed at the Bighorn Meadow Resort just off of their Main Street.

Here we stayed in a 2 bedroom suite which offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a dining area, kitchen and living space. It’s like a condo, but it’s a resort. Once we opened the door, we were greeted with a giant entrance way with tons of storage.

Then, in the master bedroom, it offered a giant king bed and an en-suite bath. The room itself has a TV in the room and the bathroom offered a rain shower head standup shower which is super sized! All the bathroom amenities was by Bath & Body which was really nice for the skin and nose!

The second bedroom was smaller but it had 2 single beds and instead of an en-suite, there was a general main bath just across the hallway that offered a giant corner soaker tub. Both the bathrooms are extremely spacious and luxurious. In the suite itself, there’s washers and dryers – so you can do laundry if you’re doing an extended stay!

The main living area was the best, with an electric fireplace, built in speaker, and really comfortable seating area – we sat and enjoyed some movies during our stay!

The kitchen was very impressive, with a full function kitchen, with dishes, pots and pans and your basic utensils, we even got to make ourselves breakfast during our stay. There is a dining area which seats 6 people comfortably as well.

Overall, our stay was more than we could ask for. It was spectacular and much more than we could have imaged! The resort does say there are movies that you can borrow, but it didn’t actually specify there’s a fee to borrow them – so just be careful! But, we left with tons of great memories and we hope to be back soon!

Bighorn Meadows Resort

10 Bighorn Blvd
Radium Hot Springs, BC
(250) 347-2323

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