The Block Kitchen and Lounge

Happy third anniversary to The Block Kitchen and Lounge tonight! I was so lucky to be invited to celebrate thanks to Parker PR! Did you know that they’ve survived three floods? But don’t worry, all plumbing issues have been fixed so hopefully they won’t have to go through a fourth!

There were many delicious bites tonight from their fall menu. It kinda saddens me to think that summer is almost over and cooler days are ahead. We’ve been quite spoiled this year with all the spectacular weather! These delicious meatballs have a mixture of pork and beef and tossed in their house sauce and topped with Parmesan. So moist and tasty!

These house made potato chips are so light and crispy! Nothing beats freshly fried chips!

The beef tartare was such a tasty bite made with Alberta beef tenderloin and local mustard served on top of potato chips.

A very nice selection of antipasto and prosciutto! The house made bruschetta is delicious!

The wild boar penne bolognese truly hit the spot! It reminds me of the best comfort food!

They also have a large selection of pizzas! All done well and on a fine thin crust-just the way I like it!

The Block Kitchen and Lounge is a lovely spot to hit up with family and friends. They’re kid friendly which is a huge bonus in my books! Check out their harvest dinner coming up on September 28th for $55!


Ten Foot Henry

The Calgary dining scene like any other is forever changing. For quite some time now I’ve noticed a shift towards small/big plate and shared family style dining. Honestly, for a foodie like myself I love it. It means that I get to try multiple items on a menu and it fulfills the “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” syndrome. If that’s even a thing.

But seriously, is there anything better than sharing food? Not in my books. Friendships are made and laughs shared over food. I love it.

We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Ten Foot Henry and I’m so glad she picked this place because it has easily become one of my favorite restaurants in the city now. We started off with this lovely Roasted Carrot dish with avocado, pea shoots and pistachios. The dish was excellent with a nice combination of flavors and textures.

I’m not gonna lie. Whenever I see Asian ingredients incorporated in a menu I start to get worried. Most of the time it’s either a hit or a miss for me. This Pan Roasted Gai Lan dish was amazing though and my worries faded away. The tahini miso sauce paired perfectly with the slight bitterness of the gai lan while the fried shiitake mushrooms added a nice textural contrast and even more umaminess to the dish. This dish is a must try in my books.

The Whole Roasted Beets were done well and the dill added an interesting element to the dish. It was cooked well but not my favorite.

I always have a special place in my heart (or is it stomach, ha!) for pasta. Probably because it resembles Asian noodles so much and it’s the ultimate comfort food for me. The Caico e Pepe Bucatini was impeccable. The al dente pasta was perfectly coated with pecorino and black pepper. I’m afraid I might have been able to polish off the entire dish myself if we weren’t sharing. So good!

The Spaghetti Pomodoro was another splendid dish. Light tomato sauce with a hint of spice. It provided a nice contrast to the creamy and cheesiness of the Cacio e Pepe.

The Adobo Chicken was incredibly flavorful and  tender, literally fall of the bone. Oh, and the sauce…sublime. This is a dish that you want to eat with a bowl of rice to mop up all that sauce. Delicious!

Now that’s a beautiful dish there with the pink steak against those bright greens. The Chargrilled Hanger Steak was another well executed dish. I like my steak rare and this was perfect. The truffle Dijon sauce helped to cut the richness of the meat. The real winner of this dish for me were the grilled mustard greens. I’ve never had mustard greens grilled before and it blew my mind. Growing up, my mom always just stir fried it or put it in soup. I love that slight bitterness of mustard greens. Let me tell you, I’m going to start grilling my mustard greens from now on. Utterly amazing and superb!

We were beyond stuffed at this point but it was a birthday celebration after all and you really can’t go without dessert. We decided to share the Avocado Chocolate Torte. The avocado chocolate filling was smooth and not too sweet. The raw crust wasn’t really to my liking however. It reminded me of an eat more chocolate bar crossed with a larabar. I guess this dessert was just too “healthy” for my liking. I think next time I’ll try the coconut cake or the butterscotch pudding.

We really enjoyed our meal here and it was thumbs up all around. If there’s one thing Ten Foot Henry does well is cook vegetables and showcase them in new and unique ways. This is an excellent place to bring vegetarians. I’m already counting down the days to my next visit. For any parents out there, kids are welcomed here and they have at least one high chair. However, they cannot accommodate parties larger than eight.

Dutchmen Dairy Chocolate Milk 

I’m not a huge dairy milk drinker. I’ll have it in my coffee and tea but by itself I don’t even think I drink a glass of it a year. However, that all changes when it comes to the stuff from Dutchmen Dairy. Their chocolate milk is unlike any other. It’s so creamy, silky and not overly sweet. There’s just enough chocolate flavor to round it out. I just can’t get enough of this stuff. Simply amazing and delicious! Seriously, what do they feed their cows?

Lobster Meal Ideas

Every year around Father’s Day there’s a fellow in Calgary that ships in fresh Alantic lobsters for sale with proceeds going towards a charity. This year, proceeds went towards The Calgary Humane Society. I’m always on the lookout for different ways to serve lobsters aside from eating them boiled and dipped in butter. Last year, I made lobster rolls and two types of Chinese style dishes. One was lobster stir fried with green onion and ginger and the other was lobster in a creamy sauce served over noodles. It was great but I was looking for something different this year. 

This year, I used them in three different dishes again. The first was your typical surf and turf meal. Pan seared rib eye with roasted asparagus, buttered lobster and lobster tomalley toast. Do you eat the tomalley in the lobster? I love it but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s definitely quite high in cholesterol. I toasted some french bread, buttered it and spreaded on the cooked tomalley. Yum! This dish was hubbys favorite. 

The second was lobster eggs benedict and it was my favorite out of the three. It was really good and I think my favorite variation on eggs benedict that I’ve made between crab cake, smoked duck breast and prosciutto. The sweet and buttery lobster was fantastic with the poached eggs and lemony hollandaise sauce. I served with a lightly dressed arugula salad to cut the richness of the eggs benedict. 

Lastly, I made sushi with the lobster meat. Lobster, crab meat salad, masago, cucumber and avocado. It was excellent and a favorite with my son. He scarfed it down. 

So what are your favorite lobster dishes? I’d love to hear from you! 

Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale 

I’m not a huge soda person as I find them too sweet for my liking. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with making my own flavored syrups to mix with club soda or carbonated spring water. So far my strawberry rhubarb and ginger syups have turned out fantastic and I’m looking forward to trying more flavor combinations throughout the summer. 

My friend recommended Fever-Tree’s Ginger Ale to me claiming that it was really good despite the higher price tag. I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It was truly excellent. Refreshing, bright, clean flavors and unlike the mass marketed ginger ales out there. It’s no wonder considering there’s no artificial flavors, sweeteners and preservatives in it. I’m a huge fan of ginger and thankfully this has a distinctive ginger taste. Absolutely delicious! 

Haitai Calbee Honey Butter Chips 

Listen here, I’m not the type to boast about products but I recently discovered these honey butter chips at my local Korean grocery store, Emart, and I am in love. Like lovey dovey head spinning, can’t see straight love. They are just simply delectable. Thinly sliced potato chips covered in this sweet and savory honey butter flavoring. My mouth is literally drooling just talking about them. They are just amazing and so so good. Seriously life changing! I’ll never look at a potato chip the same way again. 


I’m always a sucker for crispy deep fried foods. I mean who isn’t? When Katsuten popped up on my radar I was just counting the days until I tried it. You can count me in for crispy crunchy pork loin anyday.

“Mom, what should we order? I’m hungry.” “Don’t worry, sweetie. I already know.” I was watching a Hong Kong food show not too long ago where a group of celebrities ventured to Japan to try a variety of foods to review/showcase them. One of the dishes they tried really stood out to me due to its uniqueness. It was a Japanese curry udon with a piped potato cream on top. It looked absolutely delicious and I was already planning to recreate it at home when I saw that Katsuten offered it on their menu. Well, surely I had to try it!

We started off with the Lotus Root Salad. Thinly shaved fried lotus root chips sitting over a bed of shaved onions and dressing. It was quite tasty although I’m not sold on naming it a salad. There’s nothing that shouts salad to me. It’s more like lotus root chips. It was also on the pricier side at $6.50 for the portion.

The Katsu came with a miso soup. This one is pretty standard. It was piping hot with firm pieces of tofu.

This is the Loin Katsu made with Glamorgan Bakery bread crumbs. Now if you haven’t tried Glamorgan Bakery’s famous cheese buns, you’re missing out on some of the best cheese buns hands down. But that’s for another post. Their breadcrumbs added a nice fluffy and crunchy coating to the pork loin. My only disappointment was that the bottom of the katsu was soggy. Shame. The pork itself was quite tender and juicy. The shredded cabbage side was a nice addition topped with a sweet dressing. It almost tasted like apple sauce to me.

Now, the dish I came to try, the Creamy Curry Udon. The server told us to expect hot curry noodles underneath the cold potato cream. I could barely wait to dig in.

The potato cream on top was heavenly. Imagine whipped cream but instead the creamiest potatoes ever. Underneath was a mild curry with udon and vegetables. I ended up mixing it all together and slurping down every last bit of it. That is after I ate a few spoonfuls of the potato cream alone. Simply delightful ! I wished the portion was larger! 

Overall, a tasty meal. I would return for the creamy curry udon however I found the portion sizes to be on the small side. I feel like you would need to order three entrees between two people to fill up. They seemed to be consistently steady through lunch time on a weekday. The restaurant itself is small so I wouldn’t come with a large group. The plus side is that they do have high chairs for those parents dining with young ones. 

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