Westlake Grill in Red Deer

Recently we had the opportunity to eat at Westlake Grill in Red Deer and the experience and food was so good!

We were in Red Deer for our Annual Coldwell Banker Sales Rally and an Agent from our office, Mr. Perkins,  was told about the Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch.  So off we went!

The Restaurant is located at Heritage Ranch which sits on 207 acres and is absolutley beautiful! Not only do they have a great restaurant but they also offer, sleigh rides, carriage rides and Ranch Tracker.  Heard of Man Tracker? Well put that on the ranch and you get Ranch Tracker.  Call the Restaurant to find out more about that!

Back to the Restaurant, the space is very open and tons of windows…we were seated more in a group section and ended up sitting beside a Book Club that was having dinner and were so funny!

The Restaurant tries to use as many local ingredients that they can and are very bigger supporters of farmers in Alberta.  With our meal we had the option of also doing a wine tasting which came with a cheese board that was all local Alberta Goat Cheese…YES PLEASE! Which was massive…forget an appetizer, I’ll just have cheese please! For dinner I shared the Beef Tenderloin with my friend Ms. Munro and it was so good! It came with Cauliflower puree (which if you know me you know of my love of Cauliflower puree or mashed cauliflower or roasted Cauliflower…okay maybe its just my love of Cauliflower in general! LOL), Smoked Fig Jus and Beef Braised Cabernet Sauvignon Fingerling Potatoes.  It was so good, I didn’t think I could have anything more and then…I saw the desert card…and they had Creme Brulee…HEAVEN…So of course I waited a little bit and then ordered it and fell in love with the restaurant even more.

Just when I thought that the night couldn’t get any better, Joel the owner of the restaurant invited us to take our wine outside to their patio and had a great fire going.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal!

If you are in Red Deer you have to check out Westlake Grill, it will not disappoint!

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Beef Bourguinon

Beef BourguignonThis dish to me might be the perfect winter comfort food! This would be a great dish to make for friends and family.  It can be made well in advance, leaving you more time to enjoy your company.

This recipe is from Julia Child’s Cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.  The recipe calls for stewing beef, however we used Beef Shanks instead and it was delicious!

Whenever possible we like to buy our meat or produce directly from the farm.  I like knowing where the product is coming from and also knowing the quality as well.  We purchased our Beef from an Alberta farm called Rose Ridge Farms.  Check out their website for all of the products that they provide.

If you are going to try out this recipe give yourself plenty of time.  You do not want to rush anything.  Plus the great thing about this is the longer the dish cooks the better it gets! Slow and Steady!

Follow this link for steps on how to make this great dish! Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

Enjoy!

 

Yiannis Taverna – Edmonton, Alberta

Last weekend we went for a great meal at Yiannis Taverna in Edmonton.  It was a celebration for our family with it being my mother-in-law’s birthday and was a chance for the family to be together before Christmas!

My Mother-in-law loves Greek food so we always try to have that for her on her birthday.  Yiannis Taverna had recently been renovated so I was excited to see what they had done with the place and they did not disappoint! The renovations that they have done have made the restaurant very inviting and modern looking! There is a lot of space there, with plenty of room for people to have their Christmas Parties, Birthdays and other celebrations!

Now for the food! We all had ordered different plates and happy to say that everyone was very happy with their food! My Hubs ordered the Rack of Lamb and I think I have to say that that was the winning plate of the night! Great flavour and cooked perfectly!

All in all in it was a great evening with music, food, laughter and great time spent with our family! If you are in the Edmonton area check out this great restaurant!

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Sabor Restaurant in Edmonton

On Friday night my Hubs, sister-in-law and mom-in-law and I went and checked out Sabor Restaurant in Edmonton.  After reading a bit about the restaurant, I was really interested to check it out!  They have influences of Portuguese and Spanish, but they are also an Oceanwise Certified Restaurant.  I was up for having some really good seafood and wine!

The decor and vibe of the restaurant was so nice! From the hardwood floors to the lighting, I loved it all! The restaurant was actually a lot bigger then I thought it was going to be! Whether you wanted to sit in the front lounge area or the in the restaurant, they have the space!

For the Food!

I could have sat there all night just ordering the Share Plates! They were so good and a very good portion that all 4 of us were able to have some of each.  For the Share Plates we ordered Tuna Carpaccio, the Grilled Piri-Piri Prawns, Caesar Salad and the Clams & Pork Belly.  My two favourites were the Piri-Piri Prawns, the prawns were grilled perfectly and the spice was so good! My other favourite hands down was the Clams & Pork Belly…AMAZING! The clams were cooked perfectly and the pork belly was perfectly crispy! I would go back just for that one!

For Dinner we ordered the Seafood Paella, Tagliatelle with Prawns, Chinook Salmon and the Lobster Risotto. I had some of the Lobster Risotto and I think that was my favourite out of the 4!

The one big disappointment was that we didn’t leave enough room for Desert! But hey thats just a good excuse to go back!

If you are in Edmonton make sure you stop at Sabor!

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Anniversary Dinner at Corso32

My Hubs and I had quite a busy summer! But now that it is over we decided to treat ourselves and celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a dinner at Corso 32.  I was first told about Corso 32 from my sister and her husband.  She had been hearing that it was a great new restaurant in Edmonton but hadn’t had a chance to make it there.  So about a year ago my good friend, Ms. Cool, and I went and checked it out! It was awesome! So when my Hubs and I decided to head to the City for the weekend and celebrate our Anniversary I knew exactly where we should go! I had called ahead and asked if we could do a tasting menu for our dinner.  My Hubs and I love doing this, it gives you an opportunity to try more items on the menu and its just something different to.  Some restaurants will have set tasting menus but if you don’t see it being offered, don’t be shy and ask if that is something that they can do!

Corso 32 is a small Italian restaurant…and I mean small! I love how from the outside you wouldn’t even really know that there is a restaurant until you get almost right up to the door.  Once you are inside there are just small tables grouped together in a very cozy atmosphere.  I also love that even though the restaurant is small and the tables are close together it still felt very intimate and no issue having your own conversation…if that makes sense 😉

We decided to also do wine pairings with our meals which was a great idea and I am so happy that we did it! Our server was awesome and very knowledgeable and did not push us or try to hurry us through the courses.

We had 6 course and ranged from a prosciutto and cheese plate to probably the best braised short rib that I have had in my life!

If you are in Edmonton make sure you make it to Corso 32, you will not be disappointed!

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The Marc!

Over the weekend we went to Edmonton to pick up my Nephew and Niece who will be staying with me and the Hubs for the Summer! The play Wicked was also playing that weekend so we decided to make a night of it with the family!

My sister-in-law chose the restaurant for dinner and couldn’t have found a better place! The Marc is a great French restaurant with great food and great service!

Now onto the food!

My Hubs and I decided to try out the Steak Tartar.  I have never had this dish before and I thought that it was delicious! It came with Bread and Cornichons, I honestly could have eaten the whole thing without the bread! But the whole dish was great! For our mains I had the Lamb and Hubs had the Pork Shoulder Chop! The lamb chops were so good and cooked perfectly! They were served with peas and couscous!

The next time you are in Edmonton, check out this restaurant! You won’t be disappointed!

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