Category Archives: restaurants

Sushi at Sumo, Eau Claire mall

Synopsis: sushi was good, but I had good sushi in nicer restaurants. We went to Sumo in Eau Claire Mall (200-136 Barclay Parade SW) because of a Groupon I bought some time ago. For some obscure reason, I thought this restaurant was spacious and modern inside. I do not know why I would entertain such thoughts given the location (the Eau Claire mall needs a serious revamp).

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Ox and Angela for dinner

On his birthday, I took my husband out for dinner at Ox and Angela. If you go there, do yourself a favour and get the ‘spanish table’ meal. You won’t regret it (and you won’t have to look like a fool not knowing what you have ordered, since most of the items on the menus are tapas). Unfortunately, I do not have pictures to back it up – the food was great, the ambiance was perfect, and we were having a great time, so there was really no time to think about taking pictures.
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Dinner at Wurst

We tried Wurst (2437 4th Street SW) for dinner a few evenings ago. We had been there for brunch, but somehow the idea of ‘wurst’ is not the most appealing to me. Granted, given the name of the restaurant, one would be entitled to expect a wide range of sausages on the menu. If that’s what you’re after, then the restaurant will disappoint.

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Lunch at 80th & Ivy

A few weeks ago, we gave 80th & Ivy a try for lunch. I had been waiting for an opportunity to try this place ever since it opened up (1127 17 Ave SW, Calgary): it looked good, great patio for people watching and I really liked the big windows. I did not know there’s a ‘back’ that looks more like a bistro than a pub – lots of natural light, simple and clean decorum, view of the kitchen and lots of plants.

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Restaurant view.

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Smashburger

After months and months of trying to make it to Smashburger, we finally had lunch over there last week. Disclosure statement: I don’t like burgers. I know the picture this paints, but here you go, I live in Calgary and burgers are not my type of food.

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Smashburger logo

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La Boulangerie – Bakery Cafe

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Pastries and coffee, La Boulangerie on 4th Street.

 

I have meant to try La Boulangerie for a long, long time! So when our friends suggested it for brunch, I was very excited! This is the type of cafe we should have every other block, including those dreadful suburbs. Then I’d finally be happy with Calgary (though I can’t promise I’d stop complaining about it!).

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Have you tried Double Zero Pizza yet?

Update: January 2013. We went back to Double Zero Pizza two years after we first tried it. Again, I loved the place but was not impressed with the pizza.
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Dinner at Social Restolounge

First of all, there are no pictures for this post. It was too dark inside and the phone couldn’t snap a proper photo. Second of all, this place is in the middle of nowhere (i.e., Aspen Woods), so unless you live in that neighborhood, don’t bother. The food was fine, though we did have to wait for around 45 minutes for it to arrive. Continue reading

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Shawarma at Babylon Qithara

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Babylon qithara

My favorite shawarma is way down in the SE; when we don’t feel like driving all the way to Dessert Pita, Babylon Qithara is our next choice. This little mediterranean foods place is located right next to the Sundridge Cineplex (#311, 2555-32 St. NE). It’s clean, with plenty of room to sit and they’ve done a decent job decorating it. If you are not a fan of shawarma, donair or kebab, you can still find something to enjoy – falafel, fried eggplant, chicken, soup. Since we’re trying to be careful when eating out, we ask for humus-only chicken shawarma (no other sauces). The regular shawarma is $6.99 and the large one is $8.99. With a pop, lunch costs us $20 with GST and tip.

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Dinner at Model Milk

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Model milk.

I should confess I’m biased: I do like Model Milk. I like the concept, I like the food. Now that you know where I stand, you can go on reading about our dinner there last week.

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