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Red Wagon Café

8 Oct

At long last, we finally got to try Red Wagon after seeing it on Triple D. We had an 11:30 Saturday dentist appt so couldn’t eat until 2:30, which meant Red Wagon only had 8 people ahead of us instead of 800. By 3:00 they had tables ready to be seated.

I don’t usually like pancakes because of the gummy mushy texture, but this is the first time they were enjoyable to me. Salty and sweet, light and filling – they nailed the balance.

The smoked salmon scrambled eggs set the standard. Fluffy and not runny free range eggs. See that skin on the taters? Yes, they were that crunchy! Can’t wait to try more on their menu. The service was prompt and very attentive.

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Fable

21 Sep

Farm to table is their slogan – brilliant! Their Canned Tuna was an amazing multi-layered concoction of flavors to be mixed with salt.

 

Sangria had depth and was so refreshing throughout our meal. The lighting is better in person. The Halibut “Brandade” and chilled tomato was a great combo of savory flavors and texture.

Chickpea fritter with pickled red onion and curry mayo – surprising mix of flavors that just went so well together. Marscopone cheesecake was the airiest cheesecake we’ve ever tasted – as if mixed with whipped cream. The Daily Sweet Bites were made of macarons (so moist!), shortbread/caramel/chocolate, and meringue with fruit. Yes, it was as good as it looks here.

Happy 12th anniversary hubby! I’ve loved stuffing my face with you – thanks for finding this new gem for us!

It was so good I had to come back another day with another friend to try their brunch. We both shared the eggs benny and eggs benny with smoked salmon. PLUS, we yakked on and on after our meal (after I made sure there was no line up) and what did they do? They gave us a cookie!!! Where have you ever gotten that? I can’t wait to try more on their menu.

 

Fishworks

10 Aug

Tender and perfectly cooked mussels. Lightly battered fish and chips. Somehow though, the Salmon Wellington had something lacking. Was it the pan frying after baking that left it flat? It wasn’t dry – you can certainly see the deeper color in the center that shows perfect cooking. Don’t know what was missing that didn’t let it kick up a notch.

Anniversary dinner at Bishops

31 Aug

Celebrated our 12th anniversary at Bishop‘s where everything they serve is organic and locally supplied. Amuse bouche of tomato soup was first served. Surprising packed flavor in such a small cup of soup! Look how clear the liquied is. The local butter still isn’t the same as European butter.


Web site does not list menu option for the corn soup, but can you just make out the mini mushrooms? They were roasted along with corn and other veggies as the corn soup was poured into the dish. Very deep in flavor again.

The two slices of procuitto did not have much meat on it at all – just two strips of fat basically, but the flavor!

Shaved Proscuitto Bianco Orrechiette: fava beans, sapo bravo zucchini, roasted hazelnuts, montana cheese

The elk was extremely tender and not gamey, but I preferred the familiar taste of beef. Hubby liked his dish though. It was hard to pause and take a quick shot of the sliced potato that was roasted and seared till the edge was crispy. Can we say “butter”?

Roasted Rangelands Elk: wild rice and new zealand spinach, baby leeks and beets, black currant jus

My scallops were cooked perfectly, but I didn’t taste the sweetness of scallops I’ve had from other places – good though. AND how many years have I wanted to have ricotta cheese stuffed zucchini blossom? It was tender, airy, yet rich. Deelish! I couldn’t taste the eggplant in the puree. The ratatouille was good but not what I’ve had at other places, which is more stew-like. This is more like roasted to perfection? It had a good bite yet was cooked gently.

Seared Baynes Sound Scallops: rataouille and ricotta tartlet, epazote scented eggplant puree, crispy squash blossom, cascade tomato reduction

Their website menu needs to be updated. Sour cherry pie (more like a tart pastry rather than flaky version) was paired with caramel gelato (not my fave, but hubby loved it). My blueberry sorbet went well with custard and hazelnut cakes. What a nice finish!

Sapo Bravo Cherry Galette: with basil scented caramel, sour cream gelato

Thomas Haas

12 Jan

His reputation precedes him so these are just photos to remember the mouthwatering double baked almond croissant and pear tart and chocolate mocha – which barely got captured before it was gone.

Nitrite/Nitrate-Free Meats

20 Sep

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I’ve recently been seeing Nitrate/Nitrite-free meats around. There is research suggesting a link to it and cancer. No harm in trying to avoid it, but that means no more sausages, bacon or lunch meat. It’s always been my quest to find nitrite/nitrate-free sausages and bacon. Well, luckily there’s Whole Foods! Their meat dept makes nitrite/nitrate-free sausages and bacon.

I recently tried the Maple Sugared Breakfast Sausages. Made by Whole Foods in-house. No nitrites, no nitrates. I am sad to announce that it was SUPER salty. I have read that often salt gets substituted for lack of nitrites/nitrates. But it had a strong maple, sugary aroma, which was nice.
$3.90 for 6 sausage links (not too small, but not super large either).

The Bulk Dry Rub Bacon Smoked was NICE! I’d buy that again. There is also talk that the saturated fat is worse for you than the nitrites/nitrates, but all in moderation, I guess. It wasn’t cheap, six strips of bacon for $4.52 CDN. But it’s a treat and would make me eat less. Nice, thick cut too! Would make fantastic bacon bits 😛

Posted by Mar.

Fishworks Visit #2

30 Aug

Maybe next time we’ll order just the appetizers. Tuna Tataki has all the makings of “the perfect bite” each time.

Albacore Tuna Tataki, Mango-Avocado salad, Bay yuzu vinaigrette – 12
Manila Clam chowder – 6
Queen Charlotte Sablefish, Sake Kasu marinated, Pearl onion, Shitake mushroom – 25
Special of the day: Grouper