Gaga Pizzeria

Hubby came home one one day telling me that his foodie coworker friend, Lianne, was raving about this pizza place in the beltline area and claimed that we needed to try it ASAP.  We’ve dined with Lianne before so I trust her opinion and a quick search on Urbanspoon revealed some pretty steller reviews so I was sold.  I picked hubby up from work one day and it was still pretty early in the afternoon – we wanted to avoid getting caught in rush hour traffic (ugh!).

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We walked in and was immediately greeted by one of the owners – Chef’s Gaga’s husband and was offered wafer cookies to snack on.  He was super friendly and since it  was our first time there we asked him what he recommended.  He was super helpful in asking questions about what we liked and if we would be having something to drink with our meal.  He recommended the Signora Gaga to us – mozzarella, spinach, olives, prosciutto, figs and bococcini.  I was pretty much sold when he mentioned figs since I love them in all forms.  So we ordered that and a Mafioza – mozzarella, ham, pepperoni, capicola, garlic, hot peppers and oregano.  We were told that it would take him about 7 minutes to make the pizzas.  Fine with me as I wanted to browse through their grocery area anyways.  Yes, this place actually has a tiny area with a few shelves filled with unique grocery items. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for foodstuff. Continue reading

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Diner Deluxe & Fiasco Gelato

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We were trying to decide what to have for dinner one Friday and Hubby wanted either Vietnamese, Chinese or a burger so we took a gander at Urbanspoon and settled on Diner Deluxe. Neither of us have been to this Calgary institution before but we knew that they’re usually crazy busy for breakfast with waits up to an hour or more. Since we weren’t sure what it would be like for dinner we decided it would be best to get there early. We arrived just after 5:30pm to a mostly empty restaurant – whoo-hoo – no wait!

I knew that Hubby wanted to have a burger but I just couldn’t decide on what I wanted. Their lamb shank sounded really good but it was hot out and I wasn’t in the mood for something braised. Some of their breakfast items were appealing but I had eggs for breakfast every day that week so I wasn’t in the mood for that either. I know, I know – picky! So finally, I just settled on having a burger as well.

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The Bridgeland Burger is just a classic bacon cheeseburger. It was alright – flavors were good, patty was moist and I enjoyed the smokiness and crunch from the bacon. However, this was definitely more of a clean tasting ‘healthier’ burger – not the large messy gooey burgers I love. I wished the patty itself was larger as it was quite small compared to the size of the bun. I have to say that’s one of my pet peeves. When it comes to burgers I feel the patty to bun ratio is extremely important. I absolutely hate taking my first bite only to be met with bun and condiments. I decided to pay an extra $2 for their yam wedges since I’m a huge fan of yam fries. However, these yam wedges fell short of my expectations. They were completely burnt on one side and were very soft and mushy. I did not enjoy these at all – even my toddler wouldn’t touch them.

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Hubby had the Rangeland Burger which was a buffalo burger topped with caramelized onions and Havarti cheese. He felt it was decent but not spectacular. He was craving more of a rustic messy burger that day. He ordered that with a salad and thought it was pretty ordinary – packaged greens with a slice of red onion on top. We both felt that their burgers missed the mark – we’ve definitely had much better burgers elsewhere.

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My toddler had his first restaurant meal of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Potatoes. To my surprise, he actually ate the entire sandwich himself. That’s quite a feat in my books considering that he’s never consumed more than one piece of toast. He didn’t like the roasted potatoes though so hubby and I ate them. They were disappointing as they were quite soft and bland. I was really expecting well seasoned crispy roasted potatoes. The sandwich also came with a couple of pickles which is great if you have an older child but for young ones I thought a piece of fruit would’ve been nice.

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This place gives off a laid back retro diner atmosphere. It wasn’t terribly busy during dinner so next time I feel like having breakfast for dinner I’ll head here to try some of those menu items. The service was average and nothing particularly stood out other than the fact that she offered crayons and a coloring page to my toddler to keep him busy.

Diner Deluxe

804 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E 3J6

Diner Deluxe on Urbanspoon

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We decided to stop over at Fiasco Gelato (just opened next door to Diner Deluxe) for dessert. It was really hard trying to choose a flavor and I ended up sampling almost every one of them (haha – whoops!) but the Blood Orange Gelato was too good to pass up so I went with a scoop of that. It was really nice, orangey and not overly sweet. It was the perfect end to my meal.

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Hubby decided to splurge and go for the Peach Bellini Milkshake which he ended up sharing with our toddler. Hubby really liked it and thought the peach flavor was quite pronounced but was super stuffed after. I see that they’ll have wood fired pizzas in the near future and am really looking forward to trying those.

Fiasco Gelato

802 Edmonton Trail Northeast
Calgary, AB T2E 3J6

Fiasco Gelato on Urbanspoon

Sushi Club K’z

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As you may know I have a slight obsession with raw fish thus why I love sushi so much.  So it may come as a surprise that I haven’t tried Sushi Club until very recently considering they are well known for their fresh fish.  Hubby and I came here for a Friday date night with reservations for 6:30pm.  Upon arriving and getting seated at our table, we were informed by our server that they were very busy and booked up tonight so they needed the table back by 8pm.  I was surprised to hear that such a request was made to us but it wasn’t an issue since we weren’t planning to stick around after our meal anyways. Continue reading

Vendome Cafe

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I love going out for breakfast but I hate having to wait especially since I’m usually starving in the mornings.  My friend J and I met up for breakfast at Vendome Café and I was quite happy to find that they had a steady stream of customers but it wasn’t so bad that we weren’t able to get a seat right away.

I really loved the atmosphere of this place.  It was very inviting and also meant that you could drop in for a quick bite, catch up with friends or bring your laptop and chill out for a few hours.  The space is bright and the seats aren’t so close together that you can hear your neighbors conversation.  It was perfect for us. Continue reading

Cucina

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Hubby wanted to head out for breakfast one Saturday and originally wanted to go to OEB Breakfast Co. I warned him about the ridiculously long wait times and suggested Cucina instead since I’ve been dying to try their brunch menu ever since I had dinner here. He insisted on swinging by OEB first to see what the wait was and was told an hour so we headed down to Cucina. We were seated immediately upon arriving and quickly decided what we wanted to order.

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Hubby ordered coffee and the server dropped off this pretty little sugar bowl. He’s a fan of Phil and Sebastian’s Coffee so he quite enjoyed the brew.

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We started with the Ricotta Fritters ($6). These were deep fried to order and served with an apricot jam. I took one bite and immediately fell in love with them. They were light, fluffy and had that melt-in-your mouth quality to it. They are seriously the best fritters I’ve ever had and I could’ve easily polished off the entire serving. Very dangerous! Continue reading

Sushi Bar Zipang

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My friend W and I met up for lunch recently and decided on going for sushi. I’ve wanted to try Sushi Bar Zipang for the longest time and suggested that we go there. They were great at accommodating a baby and a toddler and even had baby utensils and plates set out for us. Continue reading

Brava Bistro

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I immediately think of their famous lobster poutine whenever Brava Bistro is mentioned. It really shouldn’t be a surprise considering that they won best poutine in the 2012 Poutine Crawl. Yet, all this time and I haven’t even tried it. Well, that all changed when hubby and I headed here for dinner last Saturday. Continue reading