Brown Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chunks {Revisiting a Classic}

Posted on August 25th, by Vincci Tsui in Breads/Loaves, Recipes, Soy-Free, Vegetarian. 2 comments
Brown Butter Banana Bread

Did you know that banana bread is one of the most searched recipes? At least, that’s what my friend Stephanie told me when she and some other fine ladies came over to make candied jalapeños a few weeks ago.

I mean, it makes sense, right? I’m sure at one point or another, most people will have some too-ripe-to-eat bananas on their counter, which is where I found myself a few weeks ago while I was trying to decide what to bring to a potluck. Continue reading →

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches {Adapted from Smitten Kitchen}

Posted on July 28th, by Vincci Tsui in Dessert, Nut-Free, Recipes, Soy-Free, Vegetarian. No Comments
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

When Deb first posted her recipe for brownie ice cream sandwiches on Smitten Kitchen, B. and I were in charge of dessert for a BBQ potluck and I knew we had to make this. B. and I are clearly meant to be together, because he immediately replied that we should do it with Village Ice Cream, which is exactly what I’d been thinking, though it would make for an expensive endeavour.

B. and I didn’t end up getting our shit together for that BBQ, but we finally did for another one. I was sitting at home grumpy about something when he called me from the shop.

“What flavour should we get? Vanilla? They don’t have the chili chocolate and I think chocolate would be too chocolatey.”

“I think the salted caramel would be good, but I think Village Ice Cream’s salted caramel is too salty.”

“So let’s get vanilla.”

“But it’s $9 a pint…!!!”

In the end, B. did get the $9-per-pint vanilla, and in retrospect I think the sweetness of the brownies would’ve played off the saltiness of the salted caramel. Or maybe we could’ve done a mix. Or the Phil & Sebastian coffee ice cream would’ve probably been good too. *Sigh* So begins this “what not to do” post… Continue reading →

This Little Piggy Went to Bridgeland {Black Pig Bistro Review}

Posted on July 7th, by Vincci Tsui in Calgary, Restaurants, Reviews. No Comments
Market Pig: Broek Acres Pork Shank with Sautéed Chanterelles & Brussels Sprout Leaves and Herbed Polenta @ Black Pig Bistro

Black Pig Bistro opened earlier this summer in my neighbouring neighbourhood of Bridgeland, taking over the space formerly occupied by Deville Café. Open only a few short months, the restaurant has already garnered lots of acclaim, thanks to the delicious creations of chef/co-owner Alison Bieber (formerly of Cucina). Chef Bieber (no relation to Justin) recently took home the “Divine Swine” at the Pig & Pinot with her Pork & Beans dish, just one of the many offerings on Black Pig Bistro’s regular menu. Continue reading →

2014 Resolutions Check-Up: April

Posted on May 6th, by Vincci Tsui in 2014 Resolutions. No Comments


Look, Ma, it’s only the first Tuesday in May! Let’s see how those goals are going. Continue reading →

YYC Burger Week {May 2-10, 2014}

Posted on May 3rd, by Vincci Tsui in Calgary, Restaurants, Reviews. No Comments

Disclaimer: As a YYC Burger Week Ambassador, I received a free burger from each of the restaurants I previewed in exchange for writing a blog post about the burgers I tasted. I was not otherwise compensated and opinions are my own.

Sunnyside Flipp @ Flipp'n Burgers

The Sunnyside Flipp @ Flipp’n Burgers

The second annual YYC Burger Week kicked off yesterday, in support of the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary, Made by Momma, and the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

A grassroots initiative, in its inaugural year last year, YYC Burger Week was a runaway success, with 16 restaurants participating, raising over $6,300 for eight local charities. Naina’s Kitchen was voted the fan favourite and took home the coveted title of “Calgary’s Best Burger”. This year, Naina’s is back to defend its title, but this time, against 29 other restaurants offering $10, $15 or $20 burgers.

Of course, you can have a chance at winning something too. When you go to a participating restaurant, ask for a passport and get it stamped each time you go out and try a Burger Week burger. If you meet any of these requirements, you can win a limited edition Burger Week tee!

I, along with several other local food lovers, was selected to be a YYC Burger Week ambassador, and was able to preview a burger from each category before the kickoff on Friday. It was a great opportunity to try three restaurants that I hadn’t been to before – I’ll definitely have to go back to check out what’s on their regular menu! Continue reading →

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