Pizza is Always Right

July 9, 2015

May 3rd, 2013. Pizza is Always Right!

panago pizza

panago pizza

 
 
 
 

In the end I couldn’t help myself….my tummy is a happy place for pizza to be!

Hope my car smells like pizza in the morning….lol!

April 24th, 2013. Girls’ Night!

milestones langley

milestones langley

A much needed night out with my girls!

A light dinner at Milestones included the Baked Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic plate. Wow!! When you go to Milestones you are really just there for the atmosphere and the company because for the most part you’re going to be let down by the food…..but this was a huge hit with all of us!

milestones langley

milestones langley




The roasted garlic was so sweet and flavorful, the baked brie was creamy and pungent with the black sesame giving a pleasant nuttiness to it and the spiced cranberry relish and fig jam both added a beautiful sweet note to counter the cheese and the garlic.  Super yum!
milestones langley

milestones langley




We also had the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which was pleasant but not special. I mean, Cactus Club Café does this much better. The Roma tomato sauce felt clunky and almost canned, the pesto was just kinda mild, and the pasta seemed slightly thick.



All in all though, we had a fun time catching up and the food was really just a thing for our hands and mouths to be doing as we bonded and just shared life 🙂

March 23rd, 2013. Capstone Tea & Fondue 

 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

  Since we couldn’t sit down for teas and treats at Soirette we headed over to Capstone Tea & Fondue on Robson instead.  Nab just started working here as the manager and I wanted to be supportive of his new job.
 
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

With a clean, white and green color scheme and plenty of efficient seating space for a small cafe. Capstone offers variations of tea and tea lattes to accompany the chocolate and cheese fondues.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

Since we’re sweet, we went the sweet route with the Chocolate Fondue Sampler 😉  The café states that they offer 56% semi-sweet Blegian dark chocolate for dipping.
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to find out that all their pastries and baked goods are made in house.  Delicious little biscuits, moist cakes, I probably could have just eaten a whole plate of just that!
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

The fruit is your usual fare.  The grapes were slightly difficult to dip because it was so slippery and the skewer kept bouncing off, but I loved the strawberries and pineapple 😀
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also ordered an add-on side of the ice cream truffles and cheesecake truffles!  
 

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

  The fun part was the different kinds of toppings we could roll our fondue dipped treats in!  Compliments of the house 😀

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate had a sort of sheen and coated the items well. We were definitely having fun dipping and noshing on the abundance of goodies!

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

I worried that the ice cream truffles would melt too quickly, but it didn’t turn out to be a problem 🙂

capstone tea & fondue

capstone tea & fondue

 

 

 

 

 

How much fun did we have?  Lots of fun!  The establishment was constantly busy the whole time we were there and the atmosphere was nice and cheerful 🙂  We had  really fun time!

 

 

Chili Cheese Hot Dogs!

November 29, 2013

February 26th, 2013. Chili Cheese Hot Dogs!!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

I had the most ridiculous craving for chili cheese hot dogs.  Like, you don’t even get it, I was salivating just at the thought of it.  Sometimes with cravings I leave it alone to see if it’s a legitimate craving…let me tell you, after a week the craving was even more pronounced!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

It was getting to the point where all I could think of was chili cheese hot dogs….. Hey, don’t judge!  I finally went out to get some ingredients to make some at home.  I had a plan and was ready to put it into action!

I actually do most of my grocery shopping at Superstore and I find the President’s Choice products are not only fairly priced, but very tasty!  Chili?  Let’s give it a go!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

I made tin foil “boats” for the hot dogs so I could pop them in the oven and then take them out and eat them easily.  Best idea ever, if I say so myself!  No dish to wash later!  I scored the smokies and pan fried them and then popped them into the buns.

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

 

I then added the shredded cheese into the sides in between the bun and smokies, then smothered with heated up chili.  Sprinkle some more cheese on top!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

 

Stuck these babies into the oven and let the cheese melt down.  MmmmmmmMmm!!  Yes, hot and ready to devour.  Success!!!

May 28th, 2012. grilled cheese, egg & spam sandwich!

grilled cheese, egg & spam sandwich

grilled cheese, egg & spam sandwich

 

 

 

Judge all you will, but there’s nothing more delicious than Grilled Cheese, Egg & Spam Sandwich!  Egg and spam fried first then sandwiched in between toast and cheese then grilled in butter…. OH.EM.GEE!

grilled cheese, egg & spam sandwich

grilled cheese, egg & spam sandwich

 

 

 

 

Gooey cheese, delicious egg with unbroken yolk, and that flavorful spam with the crunchy exterior of buttery toast…. It’s an instant blast to the past and a big mouthful of deliciousness!  The ultimate guilty pleasure food 😉

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!

December 11th, 2010. Taphouse Grill

taphouse grill

taphouse grill

  So after a long afternoon of shopping I was facing a 2.5 hour drive home…I was famished and figured I may as well grab a quick bite before heading back up.  Originally I was looking for the Chipotle..but for the life of me couldn’t find it!! So I just opted for Taphouse Grill.  Turns out it was a great idea!

  I couldn’t resist ordering this watermelon drink.  It was supposed to be a non-alcoholic version of their watermelon cocktail; basically they made me watermelon-ade.  It was so juicy and refreshing!!  I absolutely loved it!  And the slice of fruit was a wonderful treat…dessert!!

taphouse grill

taphouse grill

  I just made it in for their lunch special, so I actually got to order an item for only $8.95!!  Well, after a look at the menu it was clear what I had to order…the Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese!  With swiss, cheddar, goat and mascarpone and topped off with a bread crumb top and served with a side option of the tortilla soup.   The mac & cheese was delicious.  Decadent, flavorful, cheesy, crusty…Mmmmmmmmmmit was hearty love in a bowl!  Definitely not a “light” dish…but my, oh my, it was soooooo good!  I was as happy as a clam 😀

Salt Tasting Room

October 5, 2010

August 27th, 2010. Salt Tasting Room   

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

  

 

  So, it seems this summer I’ve organized a few eat-outs.  Eat-Out #2 was to Salt Tasting Room!  This time it was with a totally different group!  Daniel, Joshua, Eleazar and I met up in Gastown.  This was gonna be interesting….bringing boys out to fill up on “ham and cheese”..!!     

 

salt tasting room

salt tasting room

 

  Traffic in Vancouver nowadays is so unpredictable what with all the construction both on and off the highway so it was really no surprise that we all couldn’t possibly on time!  The funny thing is that the people who started driving on time actually only arrived 5 minutes earlier than the ones who left their house much later!  Eventually everyone made it into Blood Alley in Gastown and into the restaurant.  As we opened the door we were greeted by the energetic clamour of people chatting away, plates and glasses and general merriment!  I love how we all just sit at the long, wooden communal tables and rub elbows with each other.  The brick walls and wooden benches and tables and raw light fixtures bring a warmth to the cellar-like space. 

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

  

  

 

  A porcelain pig stands guard over portions of the long tables that have a reservation.  There are lots of different little piggies!  Small, large, spotted, plain, colorful; you name it! 

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

 

 

    The boys were a little bit at a loss for how or what to order, so we all just went for the set platters: The Butcher’s Platter, Cheese Platter and BC Platter.  Joshua was really taken by the menu (who said he wasn’t into media and graphics..lol!) and as we were leaving the restaurant he actually asked and procured a copy for himself as a souvenir! 

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

 

 

  Joshua started off with the Fennel Salad, which he proclaimed was extremely fennel-y!  Meanwhile, Daniel and I had the Mixed Green Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese and a Lustau PX Sherry Vinaigrette.  Daniel and I also had the non-alcoholic flight to accompany our set meal:  Blood Orange, Passion and Lime Fizz. 

 
salt tasting room
salt tasting room

    The BC Plate: Corned Beef (Mike Vitow/Cultus Lake via Brooklyn) with Guiness Mustard.  Chorizo (The Cure/Kitsilano) with Picalilli Relish.  Local Chevre (Salmon Arm) with Similkameen Honey.  The honey was divine!!  It was so well paired with the goat cheese.  I also really enjoyed the relish and the mustard. 

 
salt tasting room
salt tasting room

   Cheese Plate: Humbolt Fog (California) with Quince Paste, Champfleury (Quebec) with Okanagan Cherries.  Isle of Mull Cheddar (UK) with Castelvitrano Olives.  I was a big fan of the Humbolt and Quince.  Great contrasting flavors!  Joshua took one taste of the Champfleury with the Okanagan Cherries and it was literally like he had a revelation!  He made us all try it 😉 

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

 

 

  Butcher Plate: Saucisson Sec (Oyama/Granville Island) with Okanagan Peaches.  Lomo (The Cure/Kitsilano) with Mediterranean Olives.  Norwegian Lamb Salami (Oyama/Granville Island) with Cornichons.  Have you ever had lamb salami?  I have!  Actually, lamb is not my favorite, and what with all the cheese in front of me I honestly did not get to try very much.  The Okanaga Peaches & Sacucisson Sec, on the other hand: wonderful! Also, I totally loved the salty olives with the fatty Lomo.  Yum!  

salt tasting room
salt tasting room

  

 

 

 

 

  They had to run across the street and gett he desserts from the Irish Heather since the pastry chef there provides the desserts.  Daniel ordered this rich Chocolate Torte with Cherry Reduction.  Very rich, sweet and filling!   

 
 

  

 

salt tasting room

salt tasting room

 

  

  Always one to try something different and sometimes strange I went for the Blue Cream Cheese Cake with Apricot Compote!  Holy moly!!! This is one stunner of a dessert!  The blue cheese is strong but some how the mild sweetness of the compote neutralizes it while the sweet crumble on top add some pizzazz.  I do have to say, because even just one bite is so potent it was difficult to finish this all.  It was definitely a really interesting dessert! 

salt tasting room

salt tasting room

 

  

 

  You know what?  We actually got super full from our little plates!  Really great pairings=flavor explosions in the mouth and tons of smiles!!  The best part was the fun conversations and getting to know each other!  I had so much fun, boys, can’t wait to do it again!!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olive Garden 

August 4, 2010

May 26th, 2010. 6:15 Dinner – Olive Garden

olive garden

olive garden

  Another Wednesday 6:15 Dinner!  This time we were joined by Darryn and his brother Jonathan.  Love that this is becoming a regular eat-out thing 😉 

  I admit it: Olive Garden is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me.  Yes, the entrees are not particularly authentic, and yes, after trying “real”-er italtian food you can quickly tell that this stuff is not freshly made in house or particularly “authentic”.  However…the bread sticks are delicious, the soups are, for the main part good and filling, and the salad is great!  Not to mention…despite my complaint of the entrees being overpriced you do get pretty stuffed from the unlimited bread sticks, soup and salad so you don’t feel like you’re getting gyped TOO much.  This particular night the restaurant was promoting a certain wine and our server actually poured all of us a sample.  I didn’t drink mine since I’m a slow drinker and we were in a rush to eat and go, but how generous! 

olive garden

olive garden

 

 

 

Of course I had the Zuppa Toscana as my appetizer: Spicy Sausage, Russet Potatoes and Cavolo Greens in a Creamy Broth (Yuuuum!). It’s pretty much everything I’d want in a soup: lots of flavor, spicy, meaty, brothy and hearty!  The salad is also pretty amazing too.  I love how even though only one person orders the salad they still bring it out in the huge communal bowl; it’s like they expect us to share anyways 😉

olive garden

olive garden

    My Dinner was the Five Cheese Crespelles (Italian Crepes filled with 5 Italian Cheeses) topped with Grilled Italian Sausage in a Tomato Alfredo Sauce.  Not bad….I couldn’t detect all the cheese varieties, though there was definitely ricotta…and the sausage didn’t taste like they were grilled, more like boiled.  That part wasn’t so good.

Another fun 6:15pm dinner in which we bantered, mocked and humored each other!  Well done, friends, well done 😉