My husband L organized a weeklong conference. In the past two weeks, I only see him if I attend one of his events. In light of the Stampede, let’s listen to country music.
On Sunday, I dropped by L’s hoedown at the University of Calgary. The catering staff recommended he move his outdoor venue inside due to a severe thunderstorm warning. I’m glad L made the decision to not risk it, as it did end up storming.
Before dinner started, Chest Pump walked by me, already indulging in Fiasco gelato. His colleagues reprimanded him and said that it was too early to eat dessert. Chest Pump smirked and retorted that it was a palate cleanser. I said that a palate cleanser is meant for in between courses. He thought for a nano-second and responded that there was no rule for how long it had to be in between courses. I can’t argue with that logic.
When it was our turn to go to the buffet, Chest Pump mentioned he had food restrictions. Specifically, he avoids flour and wheat. When he grabbed a gluten-free bun, I mentioned that I’ve never eaten gluten-free bread because I heard it is more calorie dense and not that tasty. He agreed and decided to ditch his bun in an empty container, right next to a container full of regular buns. Chest Pump said he doubted anyone would eat it anyway. I disagreed but I said nothing.
I went back to the buffet to check to see if someone did pick up the cast off bun. It was gone! I told Chest Pump that I felt sorry for the person who accidentally ate his gluten-free bun. Chest Pump was remorseless and said he didn’t feel sorry for that person, as they would experience how he feels all the time.
The pulled pork was tasty, the coleslaw fresh, and the company cheerful and fun. The U of C crew did a great job setting up inside on such short notice, as well as solving issues that come up during the event. Hitting the Sauce gives L and U of C catering team two thumbs up. Yahoo!
I had a team meeting at Jamesons in Brentwood. I didn’t really want to go on a Friday afternoon but that’s not very team-oriented to say to my boss! At this time of the year, things get a little crazy at the office. So let’s play some appropriate music…
Happy hour entails $5 glasses of house wine and 12 ounce glasses of beer. I was pleased to see Shock Top on the list of draft beers. We ordered a party platter ($33) which consisted of calamari, sausage, dumplings, wings, riblets and vegetables. I wanted hot wings but Rascal and Ayecaramba are wimps when it comes to spice. Tread Lightly asked for hot sauce on the side, cuz he’s a problem solver. For the riblets, the consensus minus my opinion was Greek-style seasoning. I thought it was a bit odd that the platter came on a baking sheet. I noticed the nachos arrived on a baking sheet as well.
My favourite items were the sausages and calamari. The sausage was grilled on the outside, the interior was juicy and flavourful. The batter on the calamari was light and the squid was tender. The gyoza was better than what you get at Safeway but about the equivalent of what you find at T&T Supermarket. The riblets were dry as were the wings.
Tread Lightly ordered ham flatbread ($11.99) that looked tasty. I wasn’t hungry enough to try it but it looked good with its layer of gooey cheese and crunchy thin crust.
Overall, Jamesons is a good university pub. The restaurant itself is nicer looking than your average pub, with lots of natural light and new furniture and fixtures. Add in happy hour pricing, and it would be a regular hangout for me if I lived nearby.
Based on the Zomato reviews, it looks like students are pickier than I am when it comes to pubs. I have always like Moose McGuire’s when I was a student and lived nearby. In particular, I liked the wings and burgers, which I think are better than the nearby pubs (Kilkenny Irish Pub, The Den, Last Defence, and Jamesons). After a late work meeting last week, I was able to rekindle my love for Moose McGuire’s.
L and I happen to visit during wing night. Kudos to our young server Ashley W. I’m not usually impressed with service at a pub because often the environment is chaotic and it hard to get anyone’s attention. However, Ashley was personable, helpful and did things she didn’t have to, like split our burger when she found out we were sharing and ensuring we sure we had enough napkins for the wings.
For 35 cents each, these wings are awesome. We ordered wings with hot sauce. L thought he could taste a little cumin in the sauce. The wings were meaty, crispy and tangy with a spicy heat. I would have just eaten a basket on my own and been full.
The cheese and bacon burger tasted like a Whopper from Burger King. That’s a compliment not an insult. The bun was different and didn’t taste like a generic type you get from a bag at Safeway. The bacon was crunchy, the lettuce and tomato cold and refreshing against the juicy beef patty. The fries are nothing to get excited about, but it was served hot and crispy and I didn’t get the tiny, brown crispy pieces that remind me of the leftover stuff in a fryer.
L and I left full and pleased with our bill. We both agreed that we need to start dropping by more often for wing night. When we do, I doubt we’ll venture past our standard order of a burger and wings.