Monday, July 30, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
For awhile we found ourselves having sushi every Saturday and soon we started to look forward to "Sushi Saturdays"! We've chronicled our love of sushi here, here and this epic sushi meal. Sushi seems to just hit the spot in the summer: light, refreshing and so healthy. So we were very excited to try a new Japanese Bistro just a short walk from our house.
Housed in a newer building along NE Alberta Street, Japanese Bistro Hana was modern and sleek. We weren't sure what to expect, but we were happily surprised by how affordable the sushi was and that we also arrived during happy hour! So we let our eyes order, which included 2 appetizers - pork gyoza and karaage (fried chicken). Both were good, not memorable in any way, other than the chicken was untypically sweet.
Again, excited by how affordable the sushi was we let our eyes do the ordering - a combo platter which included nigiri (fish/seafood draped over rice), sashimi (just fish/seafood) and a roll of your choice (we chose spicy hamachi). The menu of rolls was huge, so we ordered rolls that had completely different ingredients - the Black Pearl (cucumber, avocado, eel, black tobiko, topped with fried sweet potatoes and unagi sauce) and the Spicy Tataki roll (spicy tuna and cucumber topped with seared albacore, scallions, roasted garlic, and ponzu sauce). We'd never had a sushi roll topped with shoestring fried sweet potatoes or roasted garlic before and it was really good.
Thankfully Hana's menu of rolls is so large because we'll be hitting up that happy hour again soon!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Otto has a cozy feel with an open kitchen and staff that were overwhelmed with the almost full restaurant for brunch. We tried to squeeze into the front window booth, but it definitely could not fit 4 people. We ordered a delicious corned beef hash, a veggie hash and a small plate of curry wurst.
The creamy potatoes made the hashes much more memorable than others and the corned beef was definitely superior, but what can you expect when you are in dining in a room full of antlers that the owner's father shot.
The currywurst were also delicious. Mixed with fried potato croquettes, shaped long and tubular like the sausage was a nice surprise. Served with tomato ketchup we were happy with this pre-brunch snack.
Otto, definitely a good option if you want typical brunch done well, in a cozy and convenient location.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
caipirinhas all summer long!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Here are pictures of what we saw. The cutest tree house.
Someone else in the neighborhood has hairhat lanterns, a whole fence full!
The coolest VW bus/truck.
HA! This made us laugh. It was part of some random house's 4th of July decor.
We walked through the park and there were a ton of people out celebrating. It made us wish we had planned a burger picnic in the park too.
Monday, July 16, 2012
We started with a nice steak cut that was super fatty as instructed by the video.
Then came the chopping by hand.
All chopped and ready for seasoning.
We stuffed our with a shredded cheddar-chopped bacon mix.
Once the coals were hot and ready to go we slapped the hand-built burgers on the grill!
We also grilled an onion, which we sliced and placed on the burgers while they were still on the grill and then topped them with a slice of swiss! I know! Crazy!
Burgers are great because they can be personalized and stacked however you like them. One of us doesn't like ketchup on their burgers, while obviously the other person does! And of course the condiments can be arranged however you like.
MMMMMM....Juicy Lucy Burgertime!
Hope everyone is getting serious grill time in this summer and if you get a chance try chopping your own burger meat, it's totally worth it!