Restaurant Review: NOtaBLE

>> Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October has been a crazy month for us. My son, my mom and dad were all in various stages of illness. So needless to say it was hectic trying to accommodate everyone’s doctor and hospital visits. It just felt like a never ending train of issues. So it was amazing to be able to get out one night and be able to enjoy ourselves at Notables, a nice little oasis in all the madness happening around us.

Atmosphere: Cozy restaurant setting with a family friendly atmosphere. Perfect for a dinner date or a delicious meal with friends and family.

Price Range: Mid $10s - $30+

Food & Wine: Even before we ordered I knew I wanted something from the Rotisserie. If you haven’t heard of Notable’s rotisserie then you’re definitely missing out! They are known for their “Happy Chickens” which are slow roasted on their wood fired grill. If you don’t have time to dine in, you’re in luck! The rotisserie chickens are available for take out, so be sure to check it out! Since it was Sunday while we were there, the feature was the Porchetta! Therefore we decided on smaller starters so we don’t get too full before the main.

Of course we had to get an order of the Wood Fire Grilled Bread with Garlic Confit. The bread is so fluffy and perfect with the roasted garlic. Even my 1 year old loved it just maybe without the roasted garlic for him. Next was the Brant Lake Waygu Beef Carpaccio with peppercorn aioli and served with arugula and multigrain toast. They really kept the flavours of the waygu beef intact. The arugula with the lemon added the peppery tartness. I did find that there was a generous helping of aioli, so I sparingly added it to the beef to ensure it didn’t overpower the taste, which worked out well. Another light start to the evening.

One of the new menu items was the Calabrese Campanelle Pasta with BC Clams, salami and roasted garlic in a tomato basil sauce, which sounded amazing. For those that don’t know, campanelle pasta is little pastas shaped like cones with ruffled edges, making them a perfect vessel for the tasty tomato basil sauce. I really enjoyed the addition of the sweet BC clams and the salami.

Now on to our main, The Heritage Breed Porchetta Roast with a smoky eggplant spread and sautéed vegetables. The porchetta itself was super tender and you can definitely tell that it was slowly roasted because it was melt in your mouth delicious. It was without a doubt the start of the dish. I also enjoyed the vegetables and other accompaniments but even if they weren’t there the porchetta would have still been satisfying. So glad we ordered it!

At this point we were beyond full but couldn’t resist something sweet to end the evening so we ordered just the Ginger Gelato which normally accompanies the Carrot Cake. It was a perfect end to the evening. Cool and refreshing with a hint of sweetness, the gelato was the proverbial cherry on top.

My Picks: Heritage Breed Porchetta Roast

Overall: Everybody had an amazing time that night including my son who just got better from his cold and was able to eat some of the delicious food. I often forget that there are amazing places outside of the core and this is one of them. The best part is, if you’re too busy to dine in and it’s crazy (like the month we had) you can always take the food to go! They call them happy chickens for a reason!

4611 Bowness Rd NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 288-4372

NOtaBLE Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Food Delivery with Foodora

>> Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Over the past week I was feeling a little under the weather and then our son also caught the flu so needless to say, it was a bit hectic in our house. I felt bad for my husband since he ended up having to take care of both of us as I was trying to mom as best as I can without being overly exhausted. Luckily for us we had the opportunity to try a new food delivery service here in Calgary - Foodora! Food delivery is one of the best inventions for people who are a) sick b) tired or c) both sick and tired of having to go out but still wanting tasty meals at home without having to prep it themselves.

Foodora has recently launched and is currently providing free delivery service for all their orders until December 31st of this year! We decided to take full advantage of that and ordered in a delicious mediterranean meal from Cafe Med downtown. I’ve never had their shawarma’s before so it was nice to try a new location. We ended up ordering the different platters which was either chicken, or a mix platter with hummus and a side of pita bread. I also had to try their tzatziki as well.

I was surprised by how tender and juicy the different cuts of meat were. I’m typically weary of trying chicken since it can to be dry, but they cooked it very well. Also the kofta sausages were flavourful and juicy as well. I also really liked their tzatziki sauce, which had a good punch of garlic and was a nice compliment to the platters themselves. Overall we were very impressed, especially since the food did not take long to get to us. Sometimes, delivery can be a bit slow, but I was happy to see that it didn’t take them more than 30 mins to get to us.

There are ton of delivery services available now in town, which is great because they all offer something a little different. In this case, I really like that Foodora is offering free delivery service till the end of the year, so definitely be sure to take full advantage! Feel free to use this link below to receive a free $10 off your first purchase!

Luckily for these food delivery services we’re not just stuck with pizzas now that we’re not feeling well or just not in the mood to cook. that I think about it, maybe I might just need to order something tonight. =)

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Moxie's Downtown Grand Reopening!

>> Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It seems like we are in full on autumn mode here in Calgary. The weather has significantly cooled down and the sun it starting to set earlier and earlier. I feel like all I want to do is hang around indoors. Gone are the patio days and runs in the park. Luckily for me there are lots of great places in Calgary for indoor activities and food. Such as the new Moxie’s that recently went through a full renovation of their space! I was shocked by how different it looks when I was invited down to check them out!

Atmosphere: Bright, vibrant and contemporary. Definitely not the Moxie’s of old!

Food & Drinks: After a quick look through their menu you can definitely see that they’ve even changed up a lot of their offerings. With Chef Brandon Thordarson revamping essentially every item on their menu you can be sure that what you were used to here at Moxie’s has been given a significant face lift. We couldn’t wait to dig in.

Normally I would totally start with a drink (or two), however I was drawn to their housemade sodas so we decided to or both the Pineapple Lemon and Pomegranate Beet Sodas. I’m glad we did. They were both light and refreshing, not overly sweet, a perfect way to get the taste buds going.

To start we ordered the Tuna Poke in a Jar which came with nori crisps and a zingy ponzu sauce for extra punch. I really loved the nori crisps which provided a nice crunch and great umami flavor. The ponzu sauce on the side definitely added that additional flavor with the green onions and a bit of spice. The poke itself was creamy, with the added avocado, and I really enjoyed how this dish all came together with each of the elements adding something unique to the dish.

Along with the poke we also had the Biryani Chicken Wings, which was a suggestion from our server and I’m glad that he did. They had a good amount of spice and are a bit spicy. I thought they were a nice alternative for those who like dry wings, since the default is typically your usual salt and pepper (they offer those too!).

For our mains, my husband order the Loaded Burger, which true to its name….was loaded with everything! After a couple bites, he mentioned that the sweetness in the BBQ sauce nicely balanced out the salt from the bacon. He’s not huge in to sweet and salty, but this worked for him. I am still amazed that he was able to power down the whole thing because it was definitely a good-sized burger.

I had the Fish Tacos and was surprised to find that they grilled the haddock which was a nice healthier alternative. A lot of restaurants typically deep fry the fish but I enjoyed it grilled. There was two to an order and they were served with a housemade hot sauce on the side. I thought the addition of the corn and bean salsa was a nice addition and went well with the rest of the ingredients. Both of the mains came with sides as well, so I’m glad to report that I definitely got my fill of greens that day since we ordered side salads!

Even though we were beyond full by this point, it was hard to pass up on dessert with Sticky Toffee Pudding and ice cream on the menu. It’s nice that they offer mini versions for those who just want a taster, but I usually go full throttle. The soft warm gooey cake with toffee sauce is perfect for the this fall weather.

My Picks: Tuna Poke, Biryani Chicken Wings

Overall: My surprise continued throughout the meal. One dish after another, they were tasty and delicious and not the old Moxie’s I remember from high school. I’m glad to see that not only have they revamped their design but also their flavours and I’m hoping for more! Chef Brandon has done a great job so far and hopefully he’ll start introducing some new exciting things soon because with the weather the way it is outside, what’s better than getting cozy indoors and enjoying a delicious meal in an amazing space?

Moxie’s Downtown
888 7 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 234-7507

Moxie's Grill & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Restaurant Review: 1918 Tap and Table

>> Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We love walking. Well mostly I love it, but luckily for me, my husband doesn’t mind it and finds it a nice way to past the time. Especially when we’re away on vacation. Walking is a great way to see the city. However, we don’t walk nearly as much as we should in Calgary since we have cars and Calgary has always been known as a ‘car city’. You wouldn’t be able to get anywhere or anything if you didn’t have a car. But luckily for us we live in an area that’s sort of walkable. We could walk to Kensington which is just down the hill or to Amato Gelato just down 19th street. Over the summer, there was a new restaurant that opened right by 19th street and Kensington Rd! I was pretty excited to check it out and was so glad that I got to do so a couple times as a guest of the restaurant. If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about 1918 Tap and Table. The best part about dining at this place? Aside from the fact that it’s close, I love how we’re literally giving back and helping support our veterans. All the proceeds from the restaurant goes towards the Canadian Legion!

Atmosphere: Beautiful dining space with big bright floor to ceiling windows that truly highlight the amazing contemporary room. A great location for dinner, drinks or even to host a special event. Definitely not your parent’s legion. =)

Food & Wine: After their soft opening, I was super excited to be back and check out their lunch selections. To start off our meal we were introduced to some of their appetizers such as the Brined Wings, Hand Cut Organic Fries and the Flatbread made with salami, spinach, mozzarella and basil oil. They were tasty starters and everybody enjoyed them. You can’t go wrong with wings and fries!

We also got to try some of their cocktails and I opted for the No Way Frose, a blended frozen rose wine cocktail with strawberry simple syrup. You can’t go wrong with rose and I’m loving this new frozen rose trend. 1918 does it right by not making it overly too sweet with the simply syrup so you can still taste the essence of the wine. It dangerous stuff because I can probably drink like a dozen of these.

Luckily, they were about to serve the mains and it drew my attention away from that delicious frose cocktail. My main was the Seared Salmon with a white bean puree, wilted spinach, summer squash in a tomato broth with fresh herbs. The salmon was cooked nicely, perfect sear on the outside without drying out the fish itself. The broth was a nice touch and made it a relatively lighter dish, perfect for lunch. The suggested pairing for the dish was the Vina Mayu Sauvignon Blanc, a nice crisp white that doesn’t over power the delicate flavours of the fish but instead enhanced the flavours of the tomatoes and white bean puree.

For dessert, I had the Chocolate Truffle Cake served with Saskatoon Coulis. Since my main was a bit lighter I decided to indulge a bit for dessert. The cake was velvety smooth and would definitely hit the spot for any chocolate lover. It very decadent and a decent size, so it would even be perfect for sharing.

My Pick: Seared Salmon

Overall: The meal was really good and not something you would think is served at the Canadian Legion. I was pleasantly surprised plus, I still can’t get over how beautiful the space is, perfect for a wedding reception or even to host a birthday party! And you don’t even need to cater in the food! So now there’s even more motivation for my husband to walk with me because now we can walk down to 1918 to grab a bite AND we’re supporting our veterans so what’s not to love?!

1918 Tap and Table
1918 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 209-1918

1918 Tap & Table Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Chevrolet's Positivity Pump Experience at Chinook Honey!

>> Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It’s been an amazing summer so far and I’m fully capitalizing on it by spending as much time as I can on our patio. Even my son is growing an affinity for the outdoors. He just started walking not too long along ago and every day he stumbles towards his shoes, points at them, sits down and tries to shove them on his feet. Of course, he misses his feet 100% of the time and the shoe never actually goes on, but it’s cute and we get the hint. So outside we go.

While outside we walk around our garden and point out all the flowers, vegetables and rocks (kid loves rocks). If we’re lucky there will be butterflies and lots of bumblebees as well as honeybees. He doesn’t quite understand what everything is just yet, but it’s exciting for him to see all the colors and hear the different sounds. For me, I love watching him discover this new world to him. It also reminds me of the amazing opportunity last year when I got to discover all about the honeybees myself when I was lucky enough to be a part of the Chevrolet Positivity Pump Campaign.

As part of that experience I got to visit Chinook Honey farms and spend a day bee keeping and learning how to make honey. I’ve been reading up on the extinction of honeybees here in Canada so it truly was amazing to learn all about them first hand. I truly did luck out because it wasn’t up to me. People have been asking me how it all came about and well it just so happened that my blog popped up when they were looking for someone who would fit the role for Chevrolet’s Positivity Pump Campaign. However, I didn’t know where I was headed and what I’d be doing for the day. What is the Positivity Pump all about? It’s to celebrate positivity and to get people talking about how to be positive as part of Chevrolet’s Fueling Possibilities campaign.

When the time came, I drove up to the gas station which rated my positivity score, allowed me to ‘pump’ gas (hence positivity pump) and told me where I was headed for the day as part of the experience. When I looked down it told me that I was going to be making honey for the day and I couldn’t believe it! How exciting!!

After my drive, down to Okotoks, I pulled in to the Chinook Honey farm and met my film crew. It’s not every day I can say that I met my film crew (I'm also not used to seeing myself on included). I got suited up in my bee keeper outfit and off we went to spend a day with the bees!

We drove out to the fields where all some of the beehives are located. There are several different places to allow the bees the best movement between their hive and where they go to collect their nectar. First off, we had to smoke them a bit, by using a bee smoker. The smoke makes them less aggressive which makes it easier for us to retrieve the honey. Then we remove the lid on the stacks and remove the honeycombs. It was majestic hearing all the humming of the bees and I found it strangely tranquil. After that I got to use a leaf blower essentially to remove the remaining bees from the honeycomb. All the while trying not to injure any of the bees, maybe that’s why I didn’t get stung!

After all the honeycombs were removed from the hives it was time to retrieve the honey! We drove back to the processing facility onsite and moved all the honeycomb inside. It’s amazing what a great workout it is to lift the honeycombs. It’s like they can start a honey workout session. =) To extract the honey we needed to scrap off all the wax that covers the honey before putting in to in a spinner that uses centrifugal force to extract all the honey. Then the honey is strained to remove any wax and other particles. The pure honey is then bottled and ta da…you get the delicious honey that we all enjoy!

Writing it now it seems simple, but the process is a lengthy one because the bees need to collect their nectar and slowly form each and every honeycomb. Then us humans get the pleasure of collecting and enjoying the fruits of their labour. It truly made me appreciate every step that went in to a jar of honey and reminded me the importance of bees not just for honey but for pollination. Here in Canada, our bees are becoming extinct. My husband and I always talked about starting our own colony because every little step counts right? Every year we plant bee friendly plants to draw in pollinators and hope to help support the bee population.

Athough our son isn’t quite old enough now, I can’t wait to teach my son about the importance of the bees. Therefore, this has been an amazing experience for me and thank you so much to Chevrolet for allowing me to do so and hopefully I have shared a bit about supporting our local establishments like Chinook Honey Company and help spread the word about the importance of our bees! Check out the video and I would love to know your thoughts on how to save the bees!

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