Monday, November 5, 2012

Burrito Libre - The Park

Looking for a Southwestern burrito. I found Burrito Libre in the Park "Sherwood Park". Top 10 listed restaurant with good reviews. Located within the shopping center parking lot, fairly easy to find. Cookie cutter concept resembling Taco-Del-Mar and Mucho Burrito all trying to compare with Chipoltle. Burrito Libre fits in the middle puts out a decent product.

Settled on a regular Chicken burrito on brown wrap. Long grain rice, black beans, onions and peppers. Topped with corn, cabbage, hot salsa, and chipoltle. Good size, not overly stuffed were it's busting at the seams.
Side of chips and hot salsa to finish it off. I like that the chips were not greasy. The salsa wasn't overly salty could've had a bit more heat to make it hot. Under $9 for both burrito, chips and salsa. For the price paid I got a decent satisfying meal. If your looking for a cheap alternative take a break from Subway and give it a try.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

State and Main - Lethbridge

Highly recommended by the hotel. State and Main in Lethbridge needed to be checked out. Sister restaurant of Original Joes chain. Recently opened building was an old East Side Mario's. Decent location within the Walt-Mart parking lot. Ordered the Beer Can Chicken, with mixed veg (salad) and stuffed potato. Rub on the outside very flavorful, very dark looked burnt when then put the plate down. More of a blackened chicken. Chicken was chewy with a rubbery texture, slightly on the cold side. Stuffed potato was very dry and cool. Neither were hot almost seemed to be microwaved. The best item on the dish was the mixed vegetables (salad). Service was very friendly and attentive. Popular spot as seating filled up very quickly. Based on the food quality I wouldn't venture a second try. State and Main on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pho Huong Viet Vietnamese Noodle House

Urbanspoon had this New Vietnamese location pop up 145, 1829 Ranchlands BLVD. NW Calgary, Alberta Pho Huong Viet Vietnamese Noodle House. Lots of rave reviews boasting a new best Pho spot to hit the NW of Calgary in some time and customers were lined up out the door to sample their food. Enough said pushed my new years reduced calorie eating plan to the side and headed on up to check this place out.
I was very surprised to see the decor with a modern warm feel with proper seating, when you go to Vietnamese restaurants now they paint with light green, slap down some peel and stick tiles with cast off yard sale lawn furniture. However not here nice interior friendly staff, it was lunch and I was able to snag one of the last tables available happy to see a full house. With a steady traffic of non stop walk in pick up orders, I can only imagine what supper is like here for take out.

When I first looked at the menu I opted for the Taro Bubble Tea I have become a fan of this smoothie style drink, and my first response when they brought it to my table was Oh My! Large portion with thick slushy heaping almost overflowing the glass. If this was any indication to the food I am in for a huge treat, the bubble tea was great one of the best I have had so far great job on the peals loved it.
Ah than they bring me #B13 Vegetarian Spring Rolls on Rice Vermicelli in one of the largest portion sizes I have had in a long time, not for a light weight. Lots of Veg and rice noodles spring rolls were prepared well I was very impressed with the quality of the food and service here pleasantly unexpected. Even though the reviews boasted high praise I always go in expecting plain, bland and not exciting, very good food, good service, clean well decorated I will be back I enjoyed my meal."> alt="Pho Huong Viet on Urbanspoon" src="" style="border:none;width:104px;height:15px" />

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sopapillas - Albuquerque, New Mexico Treat

The Sopapillas thought to have originated 200 years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a deep fried pastry pocket eaten as a desert or savory pocket. I stumbled across this delight about 4 years ago in old Albuquerque one night and asked for a recommendation for desert. I was given these golden pillows served hot and a squeeze bottle of honey, pick one up with your fingers and drizzle honey over top I was hooked! As you bite into the crispy pastry the sweetness of the warm honey and soft inside just melts in your mouth.
The air pocket created by deep frying allows you to use this as a vehicle to fill with  vegetables, taco beef, shredded chicken or pork load up with salsa and cheese and you have never had a taco quit like this before