Sunday, 25 November 2012

Anju Restaurant & Eecha Lounge

This trendy establishment has earned a title for itself in the short time it has been opened. The venue is found between two busy streets in a older style building.  The set up inside was slightly awkward but worked well with the ambiance they were trying to project.  They specialize in transforming traditional Korean ingredients into familiar yet unique modern flavours.

There is so much selection on the menu, I have been here several times, each visit seems to get better and better.  The plating of each dish is precise in detail.

I highly recommend the savoury Truffled Yam fries with gochugaru aioli dipping sauce. The texture of the sauce resembled that of mayo with a tint of garlic and Gochugaru which is Korean red chili pepper powder that gives the dish it's unique spiciness.  The lettuce wrap Broek Acres pork belly is another dish I look forward to spoiling myself again.  If you love bacon, this is a definite dish you must try.  Broek Pork Acres is local farm in Alberta known to raise pastured hogs producing superior quality cuts of pork.  Anju prepares this succulent pork dish along side with fresh butter lettuce, basil and and sesame oil mixture that completes this dish. I've never been disappointed

Give this place a try you won't regret it!

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Monday, 6 February 2012

Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill

This place is a hidden gem.  If you can get past the dark parking lot and through the doors you will find a sports pub with dart boards, big screen T.V.s and Calgary Flames swag on every wall.  I have lived in Calgary all my life, and have never heard of this place until a friend ate there and just could not stop raving about the food.  After verifying his testimony against the reviews found on one of my favourite websites, the ratings alone convinced me that it was worth a try.  I was forewarned that this place was a hole in the wall hidden deep within Calgary's industrial area, but I knew from experience that the best dishes can be found in places where you least expect.
Mug Shotz, without a doubt lived up to it's name for their wings. Fried to perfection, the flavours were not only in the sauce but embedded in each bite of the chicken wing.  Every flavour we tried was unique on it's own.  My favourite was the Mug Shots salt and pepper which consists of an exquisite combination of flavours resembling Chinese salt and pepper squid.  Everything from onions and chilli flakes to julienne red and green peppers, a definite must-try for your first time. They have been rated the best wings in Calgary for a reason, try it out, you won't regret it.

Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Monday, 23 January 2012

Tipperary's Pub

This was a great place to go on a Thursday night to catch the game.  No matter where you sit there seemed to be a good view of one of the many TV's in the venue.  It was an upbeat environment with a traditional yet modern Irish pub theme.

We ordered a variety of the $2 basket of dry rib special, fries and a side of rich, savoury and flavourful gravy that resembled KFC gravy.  For the price and the 13 flavours of ribs to choose from, you really can't go wrong.  This time around the ribs were juicy and plump, not dry and chewy like many other places.

I read the reviews on this place and was surprised at the mediocre response since I had such a good experience. But I guess the success of a pub is based on how consistently they can bring customers back in and consistency is based on so many factors. The cooks, the service, as well as the number of orders running through the kitchen at one time are only a few of the factors that can make these cheap rib or wing nights a hit or a miss. From my experience working as a cook in a fast paced pub environment, just a few extra minutes in the fryer can change any food item from juicy and crispy to dry and crunchy.

I can't speak for all the food items on the menu, but as far as what we ordered, everything turned out really well.  I would recommend trying out Tipperary's, especially on a Thursday.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Calgary Court Restaurant

This is a great Hong Kong style café that offers a quick meal at a reasonable price.  If you have no idea how a Hong Kong style café  might be like, picture an Asian Denny's.  It's a loud and bustling venue with a lot of in and out traffic.  If you like variety, here is where you will find an extensive menu of over 300 menu items.  They have specials on a daily basis which consists of an entree, soup, rice or spaghetti, garlic toast and a drink. All this for no more than $15, tax and tip included.  The service is fast and the food is worth every penny.  When people ask for a good Chinese restaurant recommendation, I often reply with four questions "How traditional?", "How adventurous?" , "Who are you going with?" and "How much are you looking to spend?"  This isn't the place to take your first date, but it offers good food that comes out quick and it is easy on the wallet.  It's not hard to find a dish that is captivating for each person in the party.  There is a wide range of selection from Sweet & Sour Pork with Rice to Deep Fried Pig's Intestine, if neither sounds appealing maybe just settle for a Ham & Egg Sandwich.  Give this place a try, you wont regret it!

Calgary Court Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Five Thousand Dollar Bowl of Pho?

Rumour has it that there is a $5000 bowl of Pho comprised of the finest ingredients and served somewhere in North America.  Since Pho has become one of my comfort foods over the last decade, I had to find out if such a thing existed.  With a little research I found that this was no hoax, this delicacy can be found in Beverly Hills at a high end Vietnamese restaurant named Crustacean.  Ingredients include foie gras broth, white alba truffles, Wagyu Beef (similar to Kobe Beef), blue lobster noodles, and hand raised bean spruts.   Originally this dish was auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Although my love of food and desire to try new dishes has put me one step closer to adding this onto my bucket list, I'm finding it extremely difficult to justify five thousand dollars for one taste of this divine recipe.  It's about the same price for a month long rental of a 4 bedroom villa with a private swimming pool in Vietnam; round trip plane ticket included.  Maybe I'll plan for that much needed vacation and enjoy a traditional beef noodle soup priced at about 30000 dong, which equates to under $1.50 a bowl.  Now that's worth adding to the list!

Share your comments, what do you think?

Note - the picture above is not the actual $5000 bowl of Pho.  This picture was taken at Pho Garden in San Francisco.  
Phở (Vietnamese pronunciation: [fə̬˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).[1] The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Vietnamese basillime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining.

"phở Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 Aug. 2004. <>

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Prime lending rate remains at 3.00%

The Bank of Canada announced that it will not increase the lending rate overnight rate.  The prime lending rate remains at 3.00%.  The next announcement by the Bank of Canada is scheduled for October 25 2011.