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Wa's Japanese Restaurant - Closed?

Apologies for not indicating that Wa's is in Calgary.

Dec 08, 2013
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Wa's Japanese Restaurant - Closed?

Drove to Wa's for lunch today, and saw a sign posted on the door that said to the effect "Thank you for your years of patronage. Sorry, but we have to close our doors". It's sad news as Wa's was one of the better Japanese restaurants in town.

Has anyone heard if they are, indeed, permanently closed? If so, any news on why?

Dec 07, 2013
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Song Huong, Traditional Vietnamese YYC

Song Huong is one of my go-to Vietnamese places for dishes that are good and different from the usual fare. I particularly like the pork and shrimp tapioca dumplings wrapped in banana leaf, the pork and shrimp dumplings served with Vietnamese ham, the Bun Bo Hue, the slices of raw beef marinated in lime juice, and the spring rolls which are different from other cha gio. From the blog posted below, I am now going to try that clam rice dish.

FYI, this restaurant is the sister of the popular Song Huong in Vancouver (I think that the owners are cousins) that serves the epic Bo 7 Mon (Beef 7 Ways). The one in Calgary doesn't serve this particular dish, though.

Do note that this place is cash only.

Feb 13, 2013
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Chocolate spread in Calgary

I also saw a bunch at the Southport Superstore. Too bad that they're discontinuing it.

Because of your post, I actually picked up a jar (expires July 2014), and have been eating it every day since. So bad, but so good...

Nov 21, 2012
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Chocolate spread in Calgary

If it's the PC Dark Chocolate Spread (no nuts, just chocolate), I saw it at the Deerfoot Meadows Superstore today in the 'peanut butter' aisle next to the peanut butter, nutella, etc. There were a few jars on the shelf.

Nov 13, 2012
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Singapore Style Jerky

Good to know. BTW, BKH does have an online shop. It's pricy ($27.95 for 1lb), and the shipping is a flat $10. But, if you got the craving... :-)

http://www.bkhjerky.com/shop.html

Jul 05, 2012
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Universal Bakery--closed

Heard that the fish market, bakery, and laundromat will be torn down for a new condo-type development.

Apr 29, 2012
Fid in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Help identifying Asian green?

It looks like La Lot leaves (a kind of the betel leaf) that is used for Bo La Lot (grilled beef rolls).

Mar 21, 2012
Fid in Home Cooking

Real, spanish chorizo in Calgary?

The Italian Store should also carry the Palacios brand of Spanish Chorizo: dried, no preservatives, excellent flavour. It's pricier at about $11 for a coil.

Nov 08, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Bad tasting avocados recently?

I just had the last of my bag of 5 (from Chile) today. I let them ripen on the counter until the skins were nice and dark, but every one of them seemed unripe, tough in parts, watery, and had no flavour. Argh!

Oct 23, 2011
Fid in General Topics

Green tomatoes... need help!

Put the green tomatoes in a box in the basement and keep them covered so that it is dark. They will eventually ripen and turn red. This way, you can enjoy fresh tomatoes well into the autumn season.

Oct 01, 2011
Fid in Home Cooking

Chinese Barbeque on 97th Street in Edmonton - Which is best ?

I did go forth and tried a few places a few weeks back when I was in Edmonton. Did an informal taste test and came up with these conclusions:

Jin Li BBQ - My favourite one because of the mix of herbs and spices (you could actually see the bits of ginger, etc. that was in the sauce). The skin was not as red as the others, nor as crisp, but the meat and sauce was full of flavour.

Tasty BBQ - Good, crispy skin, medium red in colour. The sauce had a lot of flavour.

Super BBQ Delight - Pretty good, but more akin to other BBQ ducks that can be had elsewhere (ie. more like a char siu sauce than a herbal one). Very red in colour with medium crispy skin.

For me, "Edmonton Duck" is different from other BBQ ducks in that there is a strong mix of herbs/spices (ginger, anise, etc.) that you don't normally find. So, for me, I prefer the more spiced versions.

May 12, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Portuguese/European Grocery in Calgary

I actually saw a lot of Goya products at, of all places, Giant Tiger. I saw the Sazon Goya packets of culantro and achiote (coriander and annatto), so they *may* carry the con Azafran.

May 06, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Chinese Barbeque on 97th Street in Edmonton - Which is best ?

It appears that the place is actually now called Jin Li BBQ. It is located at 9655 102 Ave NW, near the Chinatown gate (the building with the brightly-painted Pegasus mural).

Apr 08, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Chinese Barbeque on 97th Street in Edmonton - Which is best ?

Do you know if these BBQ places open on Sundays?

A few years back, I got a BBQ duck from a place on 96th St and 102 Ave, and it was nicely spiced, and was the juiciest, most flavourful duck I have had. It was different from other BBQ ducks I have tried in that the spices seemed to be infused throughout the meat. Now, googling for the place, I discover that it was the old China BBQ, and was notorious for being the most-fined (health violations) establishment in Alberta history! It appears that it is now open under a new name, Everyday BBQ. Has anyone tried it recently?

Apr 07, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Missing candy recipe

Just looked in my Friberg book:

1 pound (455g) sweet dark chocolate
Milk chocolate, tempered (no amount indicated)
6 ounces (170g) unsalted butter
6 ounces (170g) fondant
2 Tablespoons (30ml) orange liqueur
Grated zest of 2 small oranges

Mar 31, 2011
Fid in Home Cooking

Where can I find the best donairs chicken or beef in AB?

Another big thumbs up for Desert Pita. The Shish Tawouk and mixed donair (beef and chicken) are absolutely delicious. Be sure to ask for a side of their chili sauce - it is a perfect accompaniment. Their baklava is also delicious.

BTW, they have a second location now:

5303 68 Ave SE
Unit 109
Calgary, AB T2C 4N3

Mar 20, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

"Chinese" Restaurant for family dinner in Calgary this Saturday

Cheung's Kitchen is a great little family-run place that serves well-executed Cantonese fare. It's located on Centre Street in a nondescript strip mall across from Lina's (3 - 2111 Centre St NW). It's the kind of place that starts your meal with a complimentary traditional soup and finishes it with a complimentary sweet dessert. A standout dish is the crispy chicken with garlic.

Mar 12, 2011
Fid in Prairie Provinces

So Will The Bay Be The City's Next Big Buzz?

Oh, yes, The Malt Shop was where we had our weekly Saturday treat whenever the entire family piled into the car and headed downtown for shopping. We also used to eat at The Bay's Seymour Buffet, and thought it was so sophisticated to dine on roast beef, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, and jello cubes for dessert! Good times! :-)

Feb 03, 2011
Fid in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Wanted: Buttery Croissants in Calgary

For the crispy texture with plenty of layers, check out the ones at Wilde Grainz Artisan Bakery in Inglewood. The one I tried had many buttery layers.

As an aside, the closest croissants to the ones I've had in France are the ones from Thomas Haas in Vancouver (wish they would open a shop here in Calgary...).

Sep 12, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Korean Village Restaurant has moved to new location

Thanks for the report. Wonder if it is still run by the same people - the younger woman who worked there used to 'scold' us every time we went because she thought we were ordering too much food. She was quite a character!

Glad to hear that they are back.

Jul 06, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

FYI, just saw bottles of Grey Poupon Dijon and Old Style (grainy) mustard at the Safeway next to Southcentre Mall.

Jul 06, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Basil in YYC - Best Vietnamese resto in the city (review)

Does Song Huong have any relation to the restaurant of the same name in Vancouver (the one with the famous Bo 7 Mon)? Crossing my fingers that this is so, as they also served various Hue specialties such as Bun Bo Hue, glutinous dumplings, etc..

Jun 23, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Sea. Mckenzie Towne Calgary

Unfortunately, it is true as I happened to be in the area and saw a sign posted on the door stating that it is closed until further notice due to a family emergency. Also, there is an ad on Craigslist for the sale of the business. Hopefully, the new owners will be able to keep the restaurant going at the same level of quality.

Apr 19, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Sea. Mckenzie Towne Calgary

FYI, I wanted to try Sea this weekend, and, upon searching online for some info, discovered that it is closed for the time being and the owners are selling the business due to a family emergency. It's too bad as it sounded like a cool place.

Apr 18, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Bagels in Calgary Sought

For anyone who tried to go to Montreal Bagels last week only to find out that their oven had broken down, the oven has been fixed and they are baking once again.

Feb 23, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Bross Sushi Bar and Grill - Calgary

Thanks for adding the link.

Also wanted to add that Bross just opened about 5 months ago, and is Japanese-run. The decor and ambience is like a small eatery that you would find in Japan, with dark wood, dark grey walls, nice ceramic dishes, etc.. The price points are also lower than most Japanese restaurants in town (eg. assorted tempura (3 pcs shrimp, 2 pcs fish, 4 pcs vegetable) was $8.50; the "Cruncky" soft-shell crab roll was $6.50, the priciest one on the menu).

Feb 20, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Bross Sushi Bar and Grill - Calgary

#26 11440 BRAESIDE DRIVE SW 403-238-3770
(Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-14:00; Friday 11:30-14:00, 16:30-20:30; Saturday 11:30-15:00, 17:00-20:30)

Every time I would go to the bank in a strip mall in Braeside (SW), a little nondescript Japanese Izakaya would catch my eye. Finally, I tried it out today for lunch, and am extremely pleased to say that it is a real gem in the far Southwest that is bereft of top-notch restaurants (especially Japanese ones).

Their specialty is kushiage items (breaded, deep-fried items on skewers), but they also do noodle dishes (udon, soba, yakisoba), tempura, onigiri, and sushi. We had a couple of rolls (BC, Creamy Scallop, and "Cruncky") - all were very well made, with the "Cruncky" being a large soft-shelled crab creation that included cheese in the filling and came atop a salad of romaine lettuce, radish, etc.. Also tried a Bacon Scallop kushiage that was tasty and came with a choice of a wafu (Japanese tonkatsu-style sauce) or chilli sauce.

All in all, it was very satisfying to find such a cool restaurant in the South. It is a small space with only a long sushi bar type counter that overlooks the open kitchen. The staff were very friendly. Upon enterring the place, you will see water, and hot and cold mugi-cha (barley tea) set out for you to serve yourself. Although it is called an izakaya, it doesn't look like they've got a liquor licence yet, as there was no alcohol on the menu.

Feb 19, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Best Vietnamese/Pho Place(s) in Calgary?

I highly second this recommendation for Sunrise (aka Pho Bin Minh). They are consistently good, offer culantro along with the regular basil, and have an extra type of chili paste that is pretty tasty. Another good place is Pho Rang Dong at 45th St and 8th Ave in the strip mall with Lucky Supermarket.

Jan 16, 2010
Fid in Prairie Provinces

Best Value Dining in Calgary

For a great sit down value meal, my go to is Mirch Masala, a fabulous little Indian restaurant in the strip mall across from Sundridge Mall/ Superstore (same one as the Reef 'n Beef). They have a set meal of one meat, one vegetable, rice, naan, and a soft drink for $8.99, $9.99 if you want the two meat version.

The rest of the dishes on the a la carte menu are great and reasonable compared to other Indian restaurants' prices. The Bhaigan Bharta is outstanding, as is the Bhindi Masala. The service is friendly, and the interior tastefully decorated.

I also second Banzai as a cheap but good alternative. They even have a stamp card that allows you a free meal every 6 or so stamps you receive. The staff is always enthusiastic and efficient.

Nov 29, 2009
Fid in Prairie Provinces