Tuesday, May 08, 2007

this is not helping with the flab-fighting efforts

Oh that Bubs! He's going to be no end of trouble, I can just tell. First with the creepy clowns, then getting us all mad that we don't all have personal gyrocopters as promised by the Jetsons, and now he's doing his darndest to compromise my efforts to sculpt my flesh from winter flab to summer fabulous by making me think about my five favourite eating places in Calgary.

Fortunately I am an eater, and one who loves to think about food. I have lost a great deal of my fascination with all the trappings of food preparation over the years (every night they want to eat supper!); the menu planning, the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning have lost whatever modicum of allure they may have once had, but I still enjoy the eating part. I love being able to choose from a menu and I love having someone serve me. That said, we do not go out to eat nearly often enough, and when we do, it's generally to our local places, as getting back home again ranks nearly as highly as going out, with certain members of the household.

But here's the dealio on how this thing is played:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/province or state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Lulu (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Chris (Boyne City, Michigan, United States)
AB (Cave Creek, Arizona, United States)
Johnny Yen (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Bubs (Mt Prospect, Illinois, USA)
Barbara (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

2. List out your top 5 favourite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/provinces or states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

So, here are my picks for my favourite eateries around here, in no particular order:

Arirang House - tiny little family-run Korean restaurant within walking distance of our place if you are willing to hoof it a little. It's got lime-green walls (good) and they are always out of Koren beer (bad), and you always come out of there smelling like bi bim bop (that has its pros and cons). You are guaranteed the tasiest burps all evening long.

Sushi Ginza - almost within walking distance, it has a slightly cheesy, but charming atmosophere, with tatami rooms, a sushi bar, and a little stream with a waterfall in the middle of the restaurant. You have to walk over a little bridge which crosses the stream in order to get to the sushi bar. The best miso soup and the crispest tempura.

The Lazy Loaf and Kettle - I've actually only eaten in the restaurant itself twice, which is a restaurant/bakery and they have wonderful toothsome breads and killer baking. It's close to my work, so they often cater our weekly meetings. Their specialty bread has slivers of carrots in it.

The Clay Oven - back in the day when both Jerry's office and IKEA were both located in the northeast quadrant (and I still used to go to IKEA), I would sometimes meet Jerry on my days off and we would head for this family-run Indian restaurant in an unremarkable-looking strip mall in the business/light industrial zone. Their lunch buffet was one of the best ev, with the fluffiest freshest naans, consistently wonderful tandoori chicken and a rice pud that would give you a little mouth orgasm with every spoonful. I miss that place.

The Newport Grill - this really is within walking distance. There is a manmade lake in our neighbourhood upon which a restaurant juts out over the water. It used to be a rather staid place, but a few years ago went through an extensive renovation and upgrade of the decor, the atmosphere and the menu. It still has three walls of floor to ceiling windows that overlook the lake and it is glorious at sunset, but now it has a slightly edgy hip look to the place and the most awesome bathrooms I have ever frequented. I love that bathroom! Oh and the food rocks too.

And since I am supposed to tag people who are well beyond the 403, I am going to tag Danny (because Japan is almost as far from Calgary as you can get), Beckeye (because I hear New York has some pretty decent restaurants), John ((because I am very curious about where one goes for a good bite in Nunavut), Just A Cool Cat (because he and the Wifey always seem to be going out for supper), and Deb (because she had a photo of some awesome-looking fried stuff on her blog recently).

Great, now I'm hungry again.


Joe said...

Wow. I just thought of something. I have to go back through the list of people who did this before us and look for people from Asia on there. I want to see if they have as many western favorite places as we all have Asian restaurants.

You made me realize I don't have a favorite Indian restaurant any more since. I need to remedy that.

Allison said...

This post made me hungry, time for a midnight snack. Too bad I can't order it from one of those fine picks here. You've reminded me I haven't had sushi in a bit, I must change this soon!

Toccata said...

I was all for the Lazy Loaf until I read their specialty was slivers of carrots in their bread. Indian food, anytime anywhere.

Nicole said...

mmm the newport grill sounds good..and I too want to visit their toilet now..got any pics of it??

ps thanks for doing hte tag and hope you had fun! if you know of anyone else doing the tag please feel free to send me a message and I'll update you guys on my list

Anonymous said...

Family restaurant is always cozy and nice. Hahaha.. best with the bi bim bap. I can remember the taste each time the wind blows on me :D

Sushi Ginza sounds like a nice ambience place. and the Newport Grill ah.. reminds me a lot about the LAKEHOUSE show :D

Thanks for doing the meme :D

Danny Tagalog said...

Hi Zombie,

Thanks for the invite!

I'll do the eaterie thing once I've chomped my way out of this heap of unwanted work piled on my plate.

Johnny Yen said...

Does the Korean place make their own kimchee? I love kimchee!

I like the idea of the restaurant on the lake. Sounds gorgeous.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a really good question, Bubs. And I certainly hope that the answer is not MacDonald's, as that would make me infinitely sad.
Agreed, everybody needs a favourite Indian restaurant or two.

These food posts are going to be the death of me, Al. I'm guessing you had a lot of sushi while in Vancouver, not so much in Kingston or Sarnia, although there certainly are enough fish in those great lakes.

The carrot bread is really yummy, Toccata! I will defend it to the death. They also have great soups there (hence the Kettle in the name), but I am completely behind you on the Indian cuisine.

Hi Nicole, welcome! Thanks for starting this meme, it's loads of fun, even it gives me perma-hunger.
Sadly I have no photos of the awesome toilets at the Newport Grill, but if I ever get one, I shall send it your way. I'll be sure to let you know when others start joining in.

Hi Velverse, welcome! It's great finding out about everyone's favourite spots all around the world. We sure do love to eat!

Danny, so sorry that it is work piled upon your plate instead of your favourite nosh. I will look forward to your restaurant offerings!

They DO make their own kimchee, Johnny! And they sell it by the pound to take home, which we often do. (I love kimchee too)
The Newport is a really lovely spot. It's our anniversary meal place.

JustRun said...

Oh yum! I am hungry just reading about food. Then again, I am usually hungry just about any time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hear ya, sista! This restaurant thingy is going to be my downfall, Justrun.

mellowlee said...

Wow, I read your post as soon as I got home from work, and had to run out to buy dinner straight away it made me so hunger :O)

Nicole said...

So barbara, what research do you do?? so interesting to meet my fellow researcher!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ouch, sorry Mel - I guess I owe you a dinner for that. Actually that's not a bad idea.

I can't believe we are both doing stroke research, Nicole! I don't actually do any real work - just look after the money and the research protocols and such.

Dale said...

I joined the fat lazy hillbilly club a while back too and pound for pound, I'm good at it!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's pretty much what I do best, Dale. I could take you in a fat lazy hillbilly contest, I'll bet.