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Eating in Calgary: Garage Burger

It was big, flavorful and affordable. I’m talking about the bacon cheddar burger from Garage in Eau Clair. If you are ever in Calgary or if you live in the city you should check out this place.


It was probably one of the best fast food burgers I’ve ever had. Garage is located in the food court of Eau Clair market. I’ve seen it dozens of times but never actually tried their food. Famished and craving a burger I decide that it was finally time to give the place a try.

It took about five minuets for my meal to be prepared but it was worth the wait. The burger and fries were delicious. My only gripe was the mustard. It was good, but it was a little too much.

The burger comes fully loaded, so it’s quite a mouthful. It taste like a gourmet burger but with a fast food price.

The fries were also very tasty, crispy on the outside, soft potato on the inside and seasoned just right.

I highly recommend checking out the place.


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One who love you

On a late autumn afternoon, ducks swim out of the Bow River in Calgary to pose for me. They disrupt my read begging for attention. I can’t help but to give them what they want. They waddle around me, or rather strut. They see my camera and model themselves gracefully as possible. ‘Am I not as beautiful as the dancing leaves twirling around you’ is what their eyes, which fixate on me, seem to say. They are.

It is a day of splendor. An autumn romance is blooming. It is between me and nature. We seem to be falling for each other. We can’t keep away from each other. The leaves dash down from the trees the way one runs to their lover after a long absence. The sun kisses my cheeks, my hair, my everywhere. The smell of the earth is perfume, musky and deep, and presses itself into my skin.

The ducks begin to flock to me, quacking and flapping. They are not shy; they are not coy. Their excitement draws the attention of onlookers. They seem to be a third wheel like when you tag along on your best friend’s date.

On this autumn day, everything is beautiful. Sometimes you just need a day to absorb the world around you. You will see that the wind, the trees, the animals they are falling, falling for you.

Song: One Who Love You by Alvvays

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Sushi Showdown


Edo-Kami platter, Supestore– Salmon rolls, Safeway– Dynamite rolls

It’s late Sunday afternoon and my sister and I are craving sushi. We don’t want to wait around in a restaurant, so we decide to grab an already made bento. Trouble is, we couldn’t decide where. This is what led us to the sushi showdown. We decided to compare the pre-made sushi’s from 3 different locations: Edo, Superstore and Safeway. Who won?…Let’s break it down.

Price: Superstore’s (the one in the middle) was the cheapest at $6.99. Safeway’s was  over 7 dollars and Edo came in at over $10

Presentation: With the sushi falling off the rice, Edo comes in last. Safeway didn’t have my mouth watering with their presentation, which left Superstore’s sushi bento as the winner.

Taste: Even though Edo is considered fast food, their sushi was surprisingly fresh. In fact, the spicy tuna was comparable to ones I’ve had in sushi restaurants. The California roll was also quite good, and I usually dislike them. Coming in second was Superstore. Though not as fresh as Edo, it didn’t hinder the taste. Safeway came in dead last. The rice was dry, the roll just had no life to it. I’ve had sushi from Safeway before, and while I won’t give it praise for being delicious, it’s never been quite so bad.

Despite being a little more in price, the next time I’m craving sushi I’ll opt for Edo.


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The Oolong Tea House


We sip tea through bouts of laughter. Amy and I are like that–always full of giggles. We’re also both a bit indecisive but who can blame us when the Oolong tea house has so many options. It’s a popular place to go for people who don’t like going to popular places. Yes, that sounds pretentious but it’s sort of how it is. On an rainy Thursday, we find it quiet, with only a few students as well as Amy and I. It’s not always in this state. Sometimes, it’s bustling. While they do serve other beverages, it draws in tea drinkers and on some occasions, hot chocolate sippers. After some deliberation, Amy and I settle on our tea of choice and settle into conversation.


Mine was supposed to be a caramel matte, but the black tea leaves overpowered whatever caramel was lurking in the pot. Prices can vary, depending on the class of tea, with some as high as 8 dollars for a little pot of tea. Although I was hungry, the oolong doesn’t off much when it comes to actual food. They did have a sandwich that looked somewhat tempting. But the 6 dollar price tag for a little sandwich didn’t seem appetizing. So I resolved myself to my tea.


Tea cups and pots line a shelf next to me and my eye catches a lovely black and floral one. I’m not at all surprised that Amy finds it charming as well, as we have similar taste. We begin browsing through the tea house for merchandise, but our indecisiveness helps keep our money in our pockets. We sip, we laugh, and we get lost in atmosphere of the Oolong teahouse.


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Review: Maria’s Market in Calgary

vanillacake1 I’m not the biggest meat eater, so I don’t go to the deli very often. This is why having friends is a good thing; they can get you to do things that you don’t normally do. When my friend and I decided to grab a bite to eat she suggested Maria’s Market, which is a deli shop. Well, to be honest it was me that said I had never been there and that I wondered what they sold. She then said we should try it out. Maria’s Market is a small deli shop, but it’s packed with a variety of different items–including dessert! Now I’ll admit I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I love dessert. While my friend browsed the meat counter, I salivated at the desserts…of which there were plenty.


Maria’s Market also makes dishes such as perogies, cabbage rolls, chicken stew, and other dishes that customers can either purchase to go or eat in the shop. There were a number of people having an early lunch when we got there. I found the prices to be fair. Not overly pricey, but not a huge bargain either. But when I stop to think about how everything there (except some of the prepackaged chocolates and snacks) is handmade from scratch with raw ingredients the prices are very reasonable. It is a bit of a mini market. People were coming in and out, purchasing everything from yogurt to sausages. The most impressive thing about the eatery was the service. The lovely ladies who worked there patiently tended to each and every customer, no matter how crowded it was. They talked to me about all the desserts; how they make them and ingredients they use. It was obvious they had a passion for their work and establishment, which made the whole shopping experience a real pleasure.

After browsing, I settled on a soft pretzel (no pic sorry) which was very delicious, and a vanilla cake. The vanilla cake was exactly the way the shop lady described–a pudding type texture with a flaky top and a smooth vanilla taste. At first I didn’t really like it, but once I let it chill a bit more in the fridge it was scrumptious.

The only complaint I have about Maria’s Market is that a lot of their desserts contain nuts–an ingredient I’m allergic to. There were a number of desserts and even snacks that I would have loved to try, but they were loaded with nuts or were made with a nut oil. Other than that, it’s a place I plan to go back to.

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Review: Pubstone Pub Calgary


There are places in my city that I often walk by without ever considering to enter. Local pubs are among these places. I don’t drink so I don’t have too many reasons to go to a pub. However, pubs do often have great food, so when my friend suggested we go to the Pubstone Pub in NE Calgary, I thought “why not.” I’d finally walk into a place I usually walk past.

Well, maybe I should have kept walking by.

I mentioned that some pubs have delectable dishes that make going there a nice change from restaurants, Pubstone is not one of those pubs. Here are some thing I did not like place.

1. Bland food. The food at Pubstone is greasy and tasteless. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza and the crust was awful! It’s possibly one of the worst crusts I have had. It was like eating stale old bread, that was at the same time overly chewy. The sauce was salty but the toppings themselves wouldn’t have been so bad if the crust was decent.
My friend ordered a pasta dish, and he complained that his kid brother could do a better job. I had to agree with him because it was greasy and tasteless. The only thing good about his meal was the garlic toast.

2. Wrong order. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza which was supposed to be topped with pepperoni, red peppers, green peppers, onions and mozzarella. The pizza that came out had sausage, ham and onions. If the place had been packed, I could maybe understand a mix up, but we were the only ones there besides an old man who was drinking, not eating, and four guys who  were playing pool, also not eating. It also took forever for our wrong order to come.

3. Horrible service. The waitress was nice but a complete airhead. Not only did she not take our order down right, she took forever to bring us something as simple as water. She kept going on about how she wanted her boyfriend to come and take her home, while she flirted with the guys playing pool. When it was time to pay, she stood at another table swearing and complaining about her boyfriend forgetting about us. And that was what really annoyed me about her, she seemed to forget about each of her customers, except the four guys who just happened to be friends with her boyfriend…who she couldn’t stand. I had never met a more scatterbrained waitress. She was friendly, but she should not be a waitress, especially since she was complaining to anyone who would listen that she hated her job.

What I liked

The only nice thing I have to say about Pubstone is that it was clean. It’s also spacious.

The poor quality food and service does not warrant a second visit from me and I don’t recommend it to anyone else either.