Banana Leaf on Robson

January 22, 2015

April 27th, 2013. Banana Leaf Robson

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

So I felt like a bright lunch would be a great way to go so I had planned for us to go to the new Banana Leaf that just opened up on Robson.

I ordered the appetizer platter as my lunch and I was pretty pleased! I love love love options and this dish came with the Papaya and Pineapple Salad, Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Roti Canai and Calamari.

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

Finger food, check. Sauces, check. Flavor, check! The roti canai was stretchy but with a crispy crust, the calamari was a tad dry, but acceptable with a salty and crumbly crispy coating, the spring rolls were deep fried goodness and while the satay could have been punchier with the flavor, it was still not bad! As for the salad, the dressing was bright, sweet, acidic, and overall was fresh!

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

 

 

Robert, on the other hand, was very disappointed with his curry dish. Being well traveled and also being from LA he’d know!  He said it was bland and forgettable and he even left a scathing comment card! Yikes!

November 28th, 2011. Leaving Korea…

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

  As expected, Korean Air doesn’t disappoint with another bang-out delicious meal!

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

  Appetizer of Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig & Parma Ham.  I was surprised that a Korean airline was serving fig!  Anyways, this was delicious 🙂

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The second course was a Lentil Cream Soup.  I would have liked it to be a bit creamier…and as lentils are, it was very earthy..not my favorite.

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

  For my main I ordered the Grilled Beef Steak w/ Herb Cream Sauce served with Parmesan Potatoes, Mushroom and Mixed Veggies.  I was pretty impressed with the steak.  It was fairly juicy and tender and not over-cooked,  The potatoes were also pretty good.  And I looooved that cream sauce!

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

  I love love love that they serve Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream!

November 18th, 2011. Leaving For Vietnam~!!!
korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)



How awesome is flying prestige business class? Complimentary slippers, blanket, pillow and travel kit containing everything from face cream to eye gel and even a brush! Oh, and they were offering guava juice…I became a guava juice junkie on this trip. LOL!

 

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

The other thing about prestige class on Korean Air is that they keep the food coming   No starving on this flight!  Lunch was a 6 course event.  Literally.  They bring out a tray with a cloth napkin, real silverware, a nice menu…they take your entree order and then you just cool your heels and wait for them to bring on the first course!

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 



Pre-Drink Service: Herb Cream Cheese rolled with Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant.  I would have liked it to be a bit warmer, but it sufficed.  I love cream cheese…how can this go wrong?

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 



Appetizer: Seared Tuna with Soy Sesame Dressing.  Wow.  Extravagance.  Literally, I was wondering how I was going to finish this and then eat the rest of the food to come…haha!  It was well cooked, the dressing was yummy, and I was quite happy.

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 


Soup: Tomato Cream Soup with a Breadstick.  Oh, my….I loved this soup!  I am not always the biggest fan of tomato soup, but I think that’s why I enjoyed this one.  It was more savory and earthy than a straight up tomato soup.  With a pinch of salt & pepper is was quite nice

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Thyme Red Wine Sauce served with Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomato & Patty Pan Squash.  I was impressed that they actually got my steak cooked to medium rare..just like I asked!  As for the veggies…well, there’s only so much airline food can aspire to be…but it really wasn’t that bad 🙂

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)




So, to start off the winding down portion of the meal I got some Camembert & Danish Blue Cheese accompanied by some Cream Crackers and Green and Purple Grapes.  How’d they know I love cheese??

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whew!  Thank goodness for some Coffee 🙂

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

 

 




For dessert I opted for the Raspberry Mousse Cake.  What a nice way to end off a perfectly nice airline meal 🙂

 

 

 


Ahh~~ filling my tummy up as we start a long flight….not a bad way to begin the trip!

May 27th, 2011. Delicious Pizza in Edmonton!

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

  I made a stopover for a weekend in Edmonton before heading into Vancouver.  I figured I desereved a mini vacation before getting back into real life and I also wanted to spend some time with Nabil since I’d never really been able to support him in his military career for the last couple years.

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

 

 

 

  He planned for us to have dinner at Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria, which he claimed to be the best pizza in Edmonton.  Well, I love pizza..so I’ll be the judge of that!  The huge wood-fired bell oven fills the space with an incredibley delicious warmth and aroma of fresh baked dough layered with fresh tomato sauce, meats, herbs, etc.  What a wonderful welcome!  I was in love as soon as I walked in…Let the eating begin!!

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  They have gelato up at the front of the restaurant..and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have an Italian float!!  San Pellegrino Limonata and Green Tea Gelato.

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

 

 

 

  Started off with an appetizer of Roasted Kalamata Olives.  Marinated, oven-roasted olives with oregano, feta and spicy olive oil serrved with traingles of toasty bread.  I loooooove olives!! And these were the perfect balance of salty and briney with the great fresh pat of feta.  The spicy olive oil made it even more yummy! 

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

  We chose..okay, let me backtrack, I chose (hahaha!) the Siciliana.  Italian sausage, Italian ham and baked prosciutto.  Where to start?  The crust was perfection!  Not too thin, not soggy on the bottom, perfect char.  The meats were full of hearty flavor, the cheese had a clean, smooth taste and texture and the pasta sauce was so, so fresh!  I loved that the pizza was filling, yet light, savory and fresh.  What difference fresh ingredients make!

 

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Basil Mojito.  Limoncello liqueur, soda, fresh basil leaves and a lime wedge.  Refreshing!  Cool! 

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

famoso neopolitan pizzeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Panna Cotta.  With fresh blueberries and lemon zest.  Oh, the panna cotta was great!!  slippery sliding down the throat and the lemon zest brought that POP to the panna cotta canvas.  The blueberries were ripe and not too tart

 

  A wonderful way to start the weekend in Edmonton!

November 5th, 2010. St. Augustine’s Bar on Commercial

St. Augustine's Brew Bar & Kitchen on Commercial Drive

St. Augustine's Brew Bar & Kitchen on Commercial Drive

  After an exhilerating night at the Passion World Tour we were famished!! Time to find some eats in the middle of the night..!  It was way too packed downtown so we took the skytrain back about half-way to Commercial Drive where we found a place that was open and could accomodate our large group.

  We proudly showed off our Passion wristbands and enjoyed the Movember mustaches that came with each of our drink coasters!

–>I had the Steak Bites.  Wow.  These were seasoned and flash fried to perfection!  The jalapenos lent a great kick and the steak bites had the perfect illusion of being crispy on the outside while still beinf incredibly tender and juicy.  Loved these!  The accompanying chipotle aioli was great to pair it with.