Bars/Lounges · Beer · Brunch · Burgers · Pubs · Restaurants

National Westhills – Best Burger

My husband and I frequent National Westhills. It’s not in our neighbourhood, but we make the trek because of National’s heavy focus on local beers, happy hour oysters and recently, their burger special on Thursdays.

National Westhills is a family friendly venue. My sister-in-law feels comfortable bringing her toddler here – as so many other parents do the same. Personally, as I don’t have children, I would prefer not having kids around. However, I will say at this location, kids and babies are really well-behaved. Actually, I think they are even more well-mannered than me.

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I’ve mentioned about the delicious happy hour oysters here in an older post. What I want to talk now about is the Clive burger. I could tell from the moment it arrived at the table that it would be delicious. The Clive burger is like a high quality Big Mac. There were two beef patties, made from natural grass-fed Alberta beef. Topped with American cheddar, Clive sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, sandwiched between soft brioche buns. All the layers of the burger just melded together.

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I was equally impressed with the Caesar salad. The romaine lettuce was crisp, covered in grated grana padano. The boiled egg still retained the creamy yolk. The large chunks of lean bacon were still warm. The garlicky dressing gave the salad a nice flavor. The croutons tasted freshly and were grilled but still soft and chewy.

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Normally the burger and salad is $17. On Thursdays, you can get this burger and a side and a sleeve of beer for $16.00! Holy moly, what a deal! National on Westhills makes it on my list of favourite restaurants for burgers. Hitting the Sauce gives the Clive burger two fat thumbs up.

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Beer · Happy Hour · Pubs · Restaurants · Seafood

National – Super Bowl Beers

The title of this post is misleading. Yes, I went to National on Sunday, but not to watch the Super Bowl. I haven’t bothered to pay to watch a game of any sport since I met my husband. In the past, my only reason for going to a football or hockey game was to ogle the athletes. Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free?

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Unfortunately, we arrived before happy hour, which meant our pints were $8.50. However, after finishing our first round, the magical time of 3:00 o’clock permitted one more pint at the very sweet price of $5.00. My favourite beer on the list is Electric Unicorn White IPA by Philips. It’s a citrusy, pleasantly creamy beer with a 6.5% alcohol content.

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L and I shared hot wings ($14). If National threw a couple more wings on the plate, I’d say this dish is a winner. But I’m a cheapie, so I’ll just say you pay for what you get. The sauce was hot but not mouth burning. It tasted like perhaps lime or citrus was added to a hot sauce, making it more sophisticated in flavouring than my usual 35 cent wings at Newcastle Pub.

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I wanted something else to snack on, so I ordered tater tots ($7.00). These were hot, munchy and perfectly crunchy. These tots inspired me to stop by Safeway and pick up a whole bag of frozen tots for $2.25 (Compliments brand).

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During happy hour, you can choose from east coast or west coast oysters for only $1.00. Naturally, I picked the west coast because I like my oysters creamy and sweet. Each sea treasure was shucked properly, not one contained any shell fragment.

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What will bring me back to National again and again are the buck a shuck oysters. For now, this is my new favourite place for happy hour oysters.

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Bars/Lounges · Happy Hour · Steakhouse

Hy’s Steakhouse – Happy Hour

My colleagues wanted to get together after work for the holiday season. I suggested Hy’s as I’ve been wanting to try their happy hour menu for months. What’s the big dealio? Bubbles are 40% off, select wines for $8.00 and featured cocktails are 50% off. There’s also a tasty list of specially priced food, including one of the best steak sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. Also note that now until Christmas, you can drop off a Christmas toy for The Magic of Christmas, a charity that gives toys to children in need.

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I started with a Manhattan (2.5 oz, hh $7.50, regular $15.00). I savoured each chilled sip. This was a perfectly balanced martini, a blend of Jim Beam Black bourbon, Cinzano rosso, and Angostura bitters.

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I also indulged in two flutes of Domaine Chandon, Blanc de Noir,
Champagne Blend California NV (hh $8.00, regular $16.00). Oh my goodness. I loved these bubbles, which went straight to my head. My co-worker Patricia agreed, preferring the Domaine Chandon over the prosecco offered by the glass.

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Marvelous Mary ordered the fish tacos (hh, $13). She thought the tacos were juicy, spicy and conveniently bite-sized.

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Our legal representative that night opted for the Beef Sliders (hh, $5.oo each) plus a side of fries. Legal thought the sliders had lots of flavor and she loved the dressing on the bun.

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My friend Cindy loves a good burger, so she opted for the Prime Beef Burger (hh, $13.99). She added bacon, mushrooms, and chose a Caesar salad for her side. Everyone at our office except for me is sick, otherwise I would have tried to snag a bite of her burger. She said she was in burger heaven.

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I wished I order the fries myself. These were soft and pillowy on the inside, and crunchy munchy golden brown on the outside. Lightly salted, steaming hot, I could eat a huge pile of fries. I sneaked a few whenever Legal wasn’t looking. She’s skinny, so I figured I was doing her a favour, doing my part to keep her slim.

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Here’s what I ordered – a New York Steak Sandwich (hh $20, regular $29). I ordered my steak medium rare and it came as requested. The steak was so tender, I barely needed to use a knife. The flavor was phenomenal, my steak was squirting with the richness of its own juices. I ordered the baked potato, which was massive and generously topped with scoops of sour cream, bacon and chives. This was the best steak I’ve eaten. I want to come back to try the featured steaks for dinner (e.g. Neptune, Filet Mignon, Oscar).

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My colleagues each brought a kid’s gift for each other to open and then donate to The Magic of Christmas at Hy’s. Some gifts were ethnically charged. Jen, always one to get politically incorrect, bought Asian Persuasion Hello Kitty themed gifts. I bought Marvelous Mary a Monopoly game because I could picture her and her family playing the game (I stalk her family on Facebook). I didn’t get a gift to open because co-worker Meagan who picked my name didn’t show up. This happens to me every year I participate in Secret Santa. It’s okay, I’m use to the disappointment.

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When the bill came, I realized I left my wallet at work. Yikes, I ain’t no scrub! Enter appropriate music here. I booted it back to my office via CTrain and returned in time to pay and get a group photo in front of Hy’s Christmas tree. In my happy stupor, I lost my winter boot somewhere, somehow between the restaurant, Foreign Concept’s grand opening and my time on the Ctrain. I don’t know what I’m going to do with only one boot! Door stopper?

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Hy’s awesome happy hour is no secret. The entire lounge was filled with customers popping bottles and chomping on those delicious sliders, steak sandwiches and oysters. I like this place so much, I’m giving Hy’s two fat thumbs up and putting it on my list of favourite restaurants in Calgary. I can see why Hy’s gets such high ratings on Yelp. Service was excellent and the food was superb.  I’m keen to come again, perhaps on my birthday in January. If you want an experience and are willing to splurge, you need to check out Hy’s Steakhouse now. If you’re frugal (like me) but still want to see what the big dealio is about Hy’s, come by for happy hour. You won’t be disappointed.

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Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Pubs

Hayden Block Smoke & Whisky

I’ve heard good things about the food at Hayden Block Smoke & Whisky. So on a sunny Friday evening, L and I decided to drop by for dinner. We parked on the street right next to Original Joe’s. Who should walk by but his colleague Bottlenick!  He was on his way home, carrying two thoughtfully chosen bottles of wine. For his wife Candy, he selected a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. He opted for an Italian Pinot Noir. I know if L ever thought to pick me up a bottle of wine, it would either red or white and on sale that week at the Highlander. That’s just how we roll.

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Bottlenick asked me if L and I were going to Original Joe’s. I couldn’t tell if he was being sarcastic, serious or condescending. We would have invited him for drinks at Hayden’s, but it was pretty apparent that he had a hot date with Candy. And with a name like Candy, you know the date’s going to be sweet.

L and I ordered pints of Banded Peak ($7.50), but we were positive that we were served a different beer. Oh well. We shared a half pound of pork ribs ($10), brisket ($11), beans, coleslaw and two pieces of cornbread ($2.00).

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The ribs were tender and juicy. I could taste the smoky flavour and I liked the dry rub spices on the top. I didn’t feel like there was a need to put sauce on the top.

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The brisket was a little dry and delicious. There was a trim line of fat that balanced the leanness of the soft meat. Again, I didn’t bother to sauce it up.

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The cornbread was yummy, far better than Booker’s or Palominos. Cake-like, moist, warm and sweet, it was a steal for only $1.00.

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Sometimes I like to include a link to a song to go with the post. In this case, I’d like to say….

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Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart,
The more you eat, the more you fart!
The more you fart, the happier/better you feel
So let’s eat beans with every meal!

Hayden’s version are worth farting for. The baked beans were soft with chunks of meat.

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The broccoli salad was fresh and crunchy. Personally, I’d pass on ordering the salad in the future. I didn’t like the dressing.

The prices are very reasonable for the quality and taste. Of all the other BBQ joints in Calgary, Hayden is my favourite. If you haven’t yet, check it out. Hayden offers specials all week and BBQ meat is half off after 10:00 p.m.

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Bars/Lounges · Beer · Seafood · Seattle

Seattle – List

In the old days, Beep Beep and I spent most of our time in the clubs in Pioneer Square. This was actually our first time in Pioneer Square sober. So far on this trip, I drank like I was pregnant. I averaged a beer and a glass of wine a night, and that was with Beep Beep’s encouragement. Being back on our old stomping grounds didn’t make me want to drink. Instead of a beer on a patio, I suggested an ice-cold kombucha.

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There was a game going on that day and everyone was dressed up in green. A band played their trumpets on the street. Blue smoke billowed out and then a throng of fans came out like a horde of zombies on Walking Dead.

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When we returned to our hotel, we found out that Beep Beep’s relatives were staying with us – a total of four adults and a baby. The penthouse only had two bedrooms and a pull out bed in the kitchen. On the way to dinner, Beep Beep said she wanted to do a midnight run and head back to Vancouver after supper. Just like the old days when we would manufacture drama. I was game, I found this turn of events exciting.

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To fuel up for our move, we went to my husband’s favourite happy hour spot, List. On Sundays, appetizers are half price all day long. Beers and wine are $4.00. First up was the ahi tuna on a bed of lentils. The seared honey ginger tuna was perfectly rare on the inside. The lentils were too spicy which made it almost uneatable.

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The Baked Broccoli ($8.50) was simple. The broccoli tasted like it was boiled and then pan-fried. The florets retained a nice crunch. Beep Beep liked this dish but I would pass in the future.

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The Octopus Salad ($14) was a winner. The tender pieces of octopus was cut in little pieces and tasted of grill. The citrus emulsion was quite bright and strong.

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The Homemade Gnocchi with black truffle cream ($14) was so good that I ordered two plates. The fragrant truffle sauce and the soft bites of gnocchi melted on our tongue. Be warned – this is a rich tasting dish.

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I read on Yelp that the  Salt and Pepper Calamari ($11) wasn’t anything special and it was too salty. I ordered it and asked for the kitchen to go easy on salt.  For $5.50, I thought it was great. The squid was tender and delicious, nicely fried and the light batter was crispy. No complaints from me.

List is always busy and offers happy hour until 6:00pm and then again later at night. Happy hour is one of the best deals in Seattle for booze and food. I’m already looking to my next visit.

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Bars/Lounges · Happy Hour · Mexican

Anejo Restaurant – Happy Hour

I’ve heard good things about Anejo Restaurant. My boss Tread Lightly told me Anejo makes the best chili coconut margaritas and guacamole. I know What’s Up Hamsup frequents Anejo for happy hour. So when it was time to meet up with some of my husband’s work friends for drinks, we picked Anejo.

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Every day from 3-5 p.m., Anejo offers $5 margaritas and beers, and half off tacos. I don’t particularly care for Mexican food, but I do love tequila and a strong margarita.

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Trojan ordered the Guacamole ($14). Three avocado halves, diced white onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, sea salt and a squeeze of lime were all mixed up together at our table. L and Trojan enjoyed the guacamole. I thought the chips tasted stale.

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Trojan and I ordered our margaritas half sweet. Trojan was partial to the Mango Margarita, which is made with blanco, triple sec, mango pulp, agave, and lime. I tried the Guava Margarita, which was very tart. My favourite was the Coconut Chili. The coconut syrup was subtle and the heat from the habernero was intense. I could really taste the citrus.

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Trojan ethusiastically and authoritatively informed us that Anejo has the best looking customers and staff. He would know, he’s dated half the city. Trojan makes What’s Up Hamsup seem almost monk-like.

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Robin and Batman arrived late due to their work schedule. Our server came up to our table to warn us that happy hour was coming to an end. Both doubled downed on drinks and tacos.

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I tried the chicken, bison, pork and fish tacos. I thought the fish and chicken tacos were the tastiest. The bison was a little dry. Each taco was packed with filling. At $2.50, this was a great price. Sour cream is extra. I noticed we didn’t get the bottles of condiments, perhaps because ordered the happy hour tacos.

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Our server Chad should be commended. He was professional and offered excellent suggestions for tequila, margaritas, and tacos. I wanted to discretely find out his name so I looked at our bill, which stated our server was Estrella. I asked Chad if he is Estrella. He said no, that’s the automatic name which shows up on the bills and it means “upstairs floor”.

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If you love tequila as much as I do, the entire list is 50% off during happy hour. So if you want to try some premium stuff, there is a time and a place for it. Anejo, between 3:00-5:00 pm.

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Fusion · Happy Hour · Vietnamese

Pure Contemporary Vietnamese Kitchen + Bar

Buzzy left our office to take another job. At her going away party, her boss Meeting said that while Buzzy says now that she’ll miss us, once she sees her first pay check, we’ll all be forgotten. Well, Buzzy got paid on Thursday and met us for lunch that day. His ominious premonition proved false.

Getting my co-workers to a destination, no matter how close, is an ordeal. Meetz and Little Red are like me, they walk fast and don’t get distracted. However, Buzzy, Crazy Girl, Randy, Mindi and Queen Bee would stagger back and get lost around a corner or distracted by a fly. I resorted to playing tour guide to get our group to the restaurant in time. I did a head count out loud before we left the train. To keep the group herded together, I waved them along and pointed to “landmarks” to keep their attention. It was a bit like what I imagine it would be like to work on The City of Calgary’s new goat pilot.

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After what felt like eternity, we arrived on time (after I had bumped our reservations 15 minutes later as I could tell hear them dawdling in the hallway). We landed a semi private room, which was a positive as we are a loud, happy bunch. One thing you need to know about Pure Contemporary Vietnamese is that it was a former club and the changing techno coloured lights remain. You can see the rainbow of colours reflected in our food.

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Randy and Buzzy shared a Char Sui Sesame Donut ($5). Our server Dani kindly asked the kitchen to cut it in half. They both raved about the saucy pork stuffing and the crispy sesame shell.

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A bunch of us ordered the Sate Pho ($11.75). The bowl was bigger than my head! The broth was spicy and rich. There was a ton of bouncy, perfectly cooked noodles and tender slices of beef. This pho is worth the drive from my house in Killarney. I ordered my pho without cilantro and instead, used up everyone else’s basil for my soup.

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Mindi ordered the Chicken and Spring Roll ($12.75). The picture below is awful and doesn’t do the dish justice. I was hungry and I didn’t feel like putting in the effort to take a better photo. Sorry.

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The pho is ridiculously delicious. The spiciness made me cough and choke and cry at times, but that’s cuz it went down the wrong pipe. Good thing I wasn’t on a date. It would likely be the last.

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Crazy Girl sat next to me and let me try her lemon grass vermicelli beef ($12.75). There was an ample amount of beef and onions. The noodles and all the vegetables were very tasty and fresh. A good option for those with a lighter appetite.

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Queen B ordered Chicken Wings ($8.75), which were huge, meaty and crunchy. She loved the seasoning and sauce, which she said was a nice change from the usual pub wings. Everyone at our table was jealous and wished they had ordered wings as well.

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Crazy Girl and Mindi have a birthday coming up. I’m going to book our lunch at Pure Contemporary Vietnamese. Pure can handle large groups and our server Dani was so patient with our table. She was even cool with us splitting the cheques, which I know is a pain in the fanny. I’m also going to bring my office family down here on Tuesday too, after our annual Stampede event on the grounds for happy hour. If you haven’t already, check this gem out.

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Brunch · Burgers · Happy Hour · Patio · Pizza · Pubs

Bank and Baron – Happy Hour

I like the Bank and Baron, with its high ceilings, impressive digs and heritage status. My colleague is getting married soon and at her request, we held her office shower at the Bank and Baron.

I forgot my wallet at home and had a 6:00 pm yoga class that night, so I refrained from ordering booze. However, I did snag a big piece of  Kathy’s pizza (50% off on Thursday) which was tasty. The crust was thin and crunchy. For $10.00, there was absolutely nothing to complain about.

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Our table ordered $5.00 house wine and $5.00 pints of Mill St Organic. Twilight and MacBeth ordered fish and chips ($18.00). This picture doesn’t do the food  justice. The two pieces of cod were huge and the fish was fresh. The fries were plentiful and served hot and crispy. One order is big enough for two people. I will try the fish and chips when I return.

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Unfortunately, the bride to be wasn’t as impressed with her fish tacos. The trio of tacos looked pedestrian and she thought the portion was small for $14.00. She picked at Twilight’s fries instead.

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The food at the Bank and Baron has improved since it first opened. For Stephen Ave, the prices are cheap. If you work downtown and haven’t been yet, check it out!

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Bars/Lounges · Beer · Happy Hour · Japanese

Date Night – Trolley 5 & Red Ember

On Saturday I coaxed L out to try Trolley 5 Restaurant and Brewery. All along 17th Ave, even the most popular restaurants sat empty. However, when we walked up to Trolley 5, the patio was jumpin’. Have you ever heard Destiny’s Child’s song Jumpin’, Jumpin? That’s what the energy was like, though with Alberta adjustments.

Ladies leave yo man at home
Trolley 5 is full of hipsters and
They pockets groan (it’s recession time in Alberta)
And all you fellas leave yo girl
With her friends
Cause its happy hour and the brewery is
Jumpin, jumpin

The restaurant was well-staffed. The employees were young and appeared happy to be there. Service from the hostess, bussers, bartenders and our server Georgia C were all friendly and customer-oriented. The uniforms were anti-Earls/Joey/Cactus Club. Staffers wore comfortable shoes, black jeans and tee-shirts.

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Overhead, we witnessed a “trolley” of beer bottles track through the restaurant’s ceiling. I noticed the bottles were empty, so I’m not sure if the bottles are just for show or serve a purpose in their beer-making process. In any case, the marketing for this place is appealing.

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Since it was happy hour, house beers, wines and highballs cost only $4.00. L ordered a 12 ounce glass of First Crush White IPA  (6.2%), which was described on the menu as a white IPA with citrus and hops. 

I ordered the Zephyr Hefeweizen (5%). Too bad it’s only a seasonal beer, because it’s one of my all time favourite beers. A light wheat beer, it wasn’t sweet and it had a pleasant non pedestrian tang.

Though the food at Red Trolley looked tasty (especially the Korean lettuce wraps), both L and I were craving Red Ember. When we arrived, we saw that both Christina and Calvin were working. Though early on a Saturday night, the majority of the tables were reserved. The place seemed popular with parents with kids and couples on a date.

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Calvin made us a special amuse-bouche of raw salmon, creamy avocado, tobiko, underneath a sweet and spicy mango sauce. The bright red flying fish roe gave it a nice salty crunch.

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We ordered an appetizer of tempura ($4.99). The batter was light and crisp. The shrimp was large and sweet. I liked how the dipping sauce was served warm. If you like tempura, do try Red Ember’s version.

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Our chirashi ($16.99) was personalized based on past visits. I received the deep-fried shrimp head and amaebi (sweet raw shrimp) while L received a huge scallop. He traded his scallop for my raw shrimp. The scallop was silky smooth and without a trace of fishiness. L said the amaebi was stellar in terms of taste and freshness.

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All the seafood was served at an ideal temperature, which was cool on the tongue. The salmon, tuna, snapper, clam and octopus were perfect in texture and flavour. The hamachi belly stood out, as each piece had beautiful cuts with a rich, smokey taste. The rice was well-seasoned with vinegar. L and I ate every single grain of rice. With Wa’s no longer in the picture, Red Ember makes it on Hitting the Sauce’s list of favourite restaurants in Calgary.

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For the month of July, Red Ember is having a Stampede special. If you pay in cash, you get 10% off your entire bill! Yahoo! Now that’s incentive to dine at Red Ember. I plan to take my office family here for lunch.

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Happy Hour · Seafood · Special Occasion · Vancouver/Richmond

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

I met up with my friend Tanya and her husband, Doug, at Joe Fortes for happy hour. Just an FYI – the bar area easily fits groups of two, but getting a table for anything more than that proved difficult. I arrived at 4:00pm and I waited until 4:45pm for a table. We ended up sitting at the bar.

The wait was worth it. Though the bar seating was cramped, the bartenders were attentive and friendly. Our $5.00 glasses of house white wine and waters were constantly topped up. The house wine tasted better than the $13.00 dollar glasses I get at my local pub.

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I didn’t want to ruin my appetite for my dinner at Cioppino’s so I just ordered six Dollar Oysters ($6.00). The oysters were cold and fresh and tasted like a west coast variety. Again, these were as good as the full price oysters I pay for in Calgary.

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Doug ordered the Mini Atlantic Lobster & Shrimp Rolls shrimp ($10.95). I took a little bite of the lobster and shrimp mixture. There was a generous amount of seafood in a tangy remoulade sauce. The bread was cute, shaped like a baby loaf. I would order this dish.

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Tanya ordered the Jumbo Tiger Prawn Cocktail, which came with fresh horseradish and cocktail sauce ($11.95). She didn’t say much about the shrimp and kept picking at Doug’s rolls, since he wouldn’t eat the bread.

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If I wasn’t saving my appetite, I would have ordered the Fried Oysters ($8.95), Crispy Calamari ($9.95) and Oyster Rockefeller ($13.95). I don’t know about you, but when I drink on an empty stomach, I tend to get social. I chatted up our neighbours who did order those dishes. They allowed me to snap a picture of their food and told me everything tasted amazing. I didn’t take a picture of the fried oysters, because they already half devoured the dish and the plate was not picture taking worthy.

With the poor exchange and Alberta’s current economy, it looks like most of my vacations will be in Vancouver, visiting my friends and family. It just so happens I’ll be back in March to celebrate The Yen’s bday, so I’ll be returning to Joe Fortes.

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