Calgary Restaurant: Shibuya Izakaya

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What would be a casual place to meet up with friends and have a drink? If you were in Japan, you look for izakaya (i.e. Japanese bar). A few izakaya could be found in Calgary, Shibuya being one of them.  Click to read more!

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Taiwan Restaurant: 老貳樓串燒居酒屋 Old 2F Bar & Grill

Taiwan is a heaven for foodies. Especially Taipei city, which is packed with excellent restaurants. There is always new restaurants to try. And that’s basically what I did when I went back to Taipei- finding new restaurants to dine in.

One thing I couldn’t live without in Taiwan is the internet data plan. The road system is so complicated and confusing. Unlike New York City, the city is not laid out in a grid and the streets are not numbered. It is difficult to navigate without having Google Maps in front of you all the time. On my last trip back to Taiwan, I was being cheap and didn’t buy a data plan. I thought I would be fine if I pre-planned all my trips at home. And guess what? I was wrong!

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Taiwan Restaurant: VIVO Spanish Tapas 光癮時尚餐飲

I know it has been a while since my last post (we’ve been too busy going on trips and planning the next trip…), BUT I promise this post will not let you down.

When I went back to Taiwan in March, I happened to visit a newly opened restaurant in Taipei, recommended by my ex-colleague. It can be easily accessed by metro as it is located conveniently in the vibrant Da-an district in Taipei city. Serving moderately-priced Spanish tapas, VIVO had instantly sparked my curiosity. (It is not easy to find restaurants that serve European cuisine in Taiwan, with the exception of Italian food)

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First floor, bar area

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Calgary Restaurant: Ox and Angela

I am back~! A new year, a new look to the blog!!! It is much more organized and easy to navigate. I hope you like it 🙂

I was quite depressed after our Christmas trip to Las Vegas, which is not only a Sin City, but also the heaven for foodies.  It has been 2 months since we are back to Calgary and I still can’t stop thinking about the great food we had there. (preview: to share with you the hidden gems we discovered, I will post one LV restaurant review every week)

What motivated me to get back to writing the blog is the brunch we had at Ox and Angela last Sunday. The restaurant is on the 17th avenue, very close to our place. Whenever we walked past in the summer, its patios was always busy. Last weekend, we finally decided to give it a try. Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Una Pizza + Wine

Just got back from Vancouver, didn’t know what to cook at home (our fridge was all empty). Kev and I decided to try out this pizzeria on 17th avenue which we heard serves some delicious thin crust pizza.

We got there just before dinner time so we could grab a table without waiting. The restaurant was a bit small and crammed with lots of people. There is so little space between tables that I had to walked cautiously trying not to knock things over on the neighboring tables. Despite the crowdedness and noisiness, I love its upscale, modern design, esp the bar and kitchen area. The cooking aroma from the kitchen made us feel very hungry.

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The pizzas are the main reason we were there so we didn’t order any salads or appetizers.  I’m not sure if that was the reason, we waited for a long time (approx 20 mins) before we got our Salami and Prosciutto pizzas.

Salami Pizza

Salami Pizza

Prosciutto Pizza

Prosciutto Pizza

I really love the crust of the pizza, very thin and crispy. I like the salami pizza more than the prosciutto pizza. The mozzarella cheese and san marzano tomato sauce were just the right amount- they were not too heavy that you would get overwhelmed. The chilies spiced it up a little. On the other hand, the prosciutto was too salty from the prosciutto itself and the provolone piccante cheese. Also, I do not like the bitter taste from the arugula. 

Their pizzas are good but a bit overpriced. It is a good place to dine with friends once in a while.

My review: I will rate this place a homemade chocolate bar- somewhere you can go with friends to share the food and enjoy the ambiance, but the food takes a long time to make. You can get the same quality somewhere else with a cheaper price.

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