Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

bruleetoday's Profile

Title Last Reply

Beard Papa open yet? (YEG)

I went there Thursday and tried the vanilla filling, it was good but a little runny as others have mentioned. Also, it took a bit of investigation to find the shop as the directories in the mall aren't updated to show the shop location yet. It's behind the Body Shop near the Ice Rink.

Jan 29, 2011
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

YYC South Centre area lunch spots

Sushi Ginza – Willow Park Shopping Centre just north of Southcentre. Fresh fish and some good rolls.
Crave’s Cupcakes – Willow Park Shopping Centre, obviously not lunch but a snack.
Pies Plus – does soup, sandwiches, quiche as well as pies, CASH ONLY,(really!!!) Avenida Centre just south of Southcentre.
Mina’s for pho – not bad pho, busy place – Avenida Centre near Original Joe's

While not restaurants, Springbank Cheese Co. and Northsea Fish Market are also in Willow Park. beside the large Willow Park Liquor Store.

Dec 02, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Tuscan Kale YYC

I did not realize this type of kale had so many names, I've asked for it as "Dinosaur Kale" in some grocery stores and gotten blank looks. Thanks for the other names and the places to find it.

Nov 23, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

What's Your Earliest Conscious Food Memory?

-As a five year old I remember picking raspberries in a berry patch and looking up at the sky to see if I could an Apollo spacecraft flying overhead, it was the summer of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. I could see the moon but not the spacecraft, bummer, but the berries where sure good.
-same year during the fall, my family picked oysters from the beach and brought them home. My Dad then used a screwdriver to try to open them. After conquering the frustration of his screwdriver slipping, he finally had them all shucked. They were then coated in bread crumbs and fried in butter and we kids got to eat them. They were exquisite. We had to watch out for pearls though, every once in a while you’d find one inside an oyster as you were chewing. Not the round glossy pearls you find on a necklace, but a rough irregular shaped one. Kind of like the prize in the Cracker Jack box.

Nov 20, 2010
bruleetoday in General Topics

looking for Szechuan peppercorns yyc

I saw some at Silk Road Spices in Ramsay

Nov 05, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Roasting Chicken in YYC

I buy mine at "Bite"as well. Firm, meaty birds with with some actual taste to them. Just butterflied one and grilled it on the BBQ tonight. Delicious!

Oct 23, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Can't decide, Lumiere or Bishops for tonight???

I know I’m too late to assist you with your dilemma but for future diners faced with the same decision, I would agree with the recommendations for Bishop’s. We dined there after listening to John Bishop speak at the Granville Islands Farmers Market during the Spot Prawn Festival in May last year. He’s is all about using fresh local ingredients in his restaurant and lets the public know about them. When we went to the restaurant, there were the seasonal prawns featured as well as other local ingredients on the menu. He came by our table and chatted to see how we like the food. My dining partner was so impressed with the Berkshire pork entree, best flavoured pork experienced in a restaurant and told John this. John thanked us for the comments, left and came back later with a signed copy of his latest cookbook. I’ve been told that that’s the way he is and has been for a long time. Pretty impressive.
Lumiere, - I haven’t been there since Rob Feenie left so can’t comment on it.

2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

2563W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

Favorite coffeehouse/cafe with wifi and why?

I bought 49th Parallel at the original Farmers Markets locale when they first opened. I tried to find a local small roaster then to no avail so I’m pretty happy that P & S are roasting and serving their own, coffee nirvana, just need some comfort aspect to complete the sit down experience.
Re: Nelson, no.
FYI : For coffee geeks, P & S are going to start tours in their roastery located in Inglewood soon. That will be interesting if they do cupping and tasting seminars, much easier than going to Transcend in Edmonton.

Oct 15, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Favorite coffeehouse/cafe with wifi and why?

It is hard to find a place that meets all of your criteria, I like the coffee at P&S, when they were using 49th Parallel’s coffee from Vancouver it was good and now that they are roasting their own it also very good, however the decor is rather boring at both places. No artwork, or anything that catches your eye. More like a doctor’s waiting room minus the magazines. Even the menu at the new location requires you to look waaaay up, it seems to have been designed with no thought as to how customers would use it. Odd! But they definitely have good coffee. It’s hard to find a place in Calgary that has a cozy coffee house feel to it, the closest I’ve found is Cafe Rosso. I’m forever spoiled as I came from a small western city that even 10 years ago had 2 coffee roasters, one with a coffee house attached that also rotated local artist’s work on its walls.

Oct 14, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Alaska Gems

Mosey's Cantina
Soap Suds Alley, one block up from the cruise ship dock
(907) 766-2320
Haines, AK

This was the best mexican food I've had outside of mexico. She has fresh chiles roasted in New Mexico and brings them up to the restaurant. Also had the fresh sour cherry pie, the fruit had just ripened on the trees outside the restaurant (middle of August) So good I had to go back the next night for more.

Mosey's Cantina
, Haines, AK 99827

Oct 13, 2010
bruleetoday in Pacific Northwest


I agree!

The sticky buns are really good. You can have them with or without nuts. Great to grab one to go before you start out shopping in Inglewood. I also like the pastries, they seem to feature a new one each week with whatever fruit is currently in season. I've had a peach and a plum one. Wow, could of swore I was in France.

Oct 13, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

chanterelles in calgary

I bought some last week at Lina's Italian Market on Centre St. at 22 Ave N., I've also found them at DJ's as well in September.

Oct 13, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces

Hunting for a budget espresso machine

I bought my Gaggia Classic a few years ago after doing alot of research as well, I was able to find a Canadian supplier in Richmond, B.C ,called espressotec.

They offer many different models besides Gaggia and they offer free shipping on orders over $250. They were excellent to deal with and they also sell grinders as well. Don't know if you have heard this but getting a good burr grinder is as important as the espresso machine itself. The cheap blade grinders do not grind the coffee beans evenly or finely enough.

Mar 01, 2010
bruleetoday in Prairie Provinces