Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Vietnamese style lemongrass pork recipe - bite size or pork chops!

I love lemongrass. It adds a touch of fragrant lemon flavor to dishes without the tartness, and its essential in Vietnamese cooking.  I was inspired by my Viet girlfriend's kickass lemongrass chicken wings that are fantastic when slowly BBQ'ed over charcoal.  The marinade works for chicken wings too, but using pork is a bit healthier, and you can make these either on the BBQ or on the stove in a pan as bite sized chunks of flavourful awesome or as a pork chop if you're entertaining.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Embarcadero Wine & Oyster Bar, Calgary, AB - delicious oysters and Italian fare

Named after the waterfront district in San Francisco, Embarcadero means "wharf" or "landing place" in Spanish. Known for the widest selection of oysters in the city, they boast at least six varieties of northern Atlantic and Pacific fresh oysters on the half shell... on the night we went, there was 15 delicious varieties to try!  The cuisine is an interesting blend of Spanish, French, Italian and Asian influences, which was surprising as Chef Arthur magically manages to add in touches of each without muddling and elevate the menu items to a new level. On to the food!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lazy Sheppard's pie recipe, Shepards? or Sheppards? whatever, its tasty and easy!

However you spell it, Sheppard's pie is a homestyl comforting dish that brings back childhood memories.  While its usually layers of seasoned ground meat, maybe some vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes +/- butter and cheese and herbs and +/- smothering it in a lot of gravy.  Like the classic mac and cheese, there's a bazillion versions of Sheppard's pie out there, and I'll be adding mine to the lot with this lazy version my mom used to make.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Menyatai Japanese Ramen, Calgary, AB - fab takoyaki balls and ramen

On a recent trip down to Calgary (lots of wedding planning so lots of trips between Edmonton and Calgary since the bride and groom's parents live in different cities so there's gonna be a bit more Calgary restaurants reviews than the usual for the next little while), my cousin, his fiancée and I hit up Menyatai Japanese Ramen for lunch. Its Korean owned, and it's name Menyatai means kiosk or fast food. Since ramen is the quintessential fast food as in quick (not grease and calorie laden as it means in North America) in Japan and Korea, its aptly named as service is friendly and super fast!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Turkey and pork cranberry meatballs recipe - taste of turkey dinner in one bite!

I was craving turkey dinner. The full on turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy and mashed potatoes and... it was nowhere near Thanksgiving nor Christmas nor Easter (okay, its Easter now by the time I posted this lol!), so ack when then, I wasn't going to be able to get my hands on a whole turkey easily. But you can usually get fresh ground turkey year round. Then it hit me.. why not try making meatballs that incorporate the taste of a turkey dinner in one bite? And so, my turkey dinner meatballs recipe was born!