Calgary Restaurant: Corbeaux Bakehouse


Corbeaux, the French-inspired bakery-cafe on 17th Avenue, is a (relatively) new kid in town. I’ve visited a few times on my own over the past few months. The desserts and pastries were wonderful beyond descriptions. Sitting along the south-facing windows and bathing in sunlight, I immersed myself in tranquility.  Click to read more!


Seattle Restaurant: La Carta de Oaxaca

Mexican food is one of the cuisines that I’ve come to like during my studies in the states. Burrito, taco and quesadilla are some of my favorite Mexican dishes. After visiting Tacos el Gordo and El Camión, I continued my search for authentic Mexican food.

As the 2012 winner of Best Mexican Restaurant in Seattle, La Carta de Oaxaca had immediately caught my attention. And since it was conveniently located in Ballard (where we spent most of our evenings), we decided to visit the place.

The restaurant was nuts at dinner hours. Inevitably, we had to wait in line before being seated. Luckily, the famous Hot Cake Molten Chocolate Cakery was just next door. To enjoy the best of both worlds and use our time effectively, we split into 2 groups – one waited for a table at La Carta de Oaxaca and one picked up the orders from the dessert store. We had no problem at all for having hot chocolate cake as our appetizer 😛 Click to read more!

5 Cheap Eats You Can’t Miss in Seattle

One thing I really like about Seattle is that there are so many food choices. It can satisfy everyone, regardless of whether you’re eating on a frugal budget or you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience. This summer, we discovered a few great places in the city that serve tasty food at a valuable price. Below I listed out 5 spots that Kev and I will definitely go back next time we visit Seattle! Click to read more!

A Taste of Vegas (North Strip restaurants)

I know, my posts on Las Vegas were long overdue. I finally have time going through the photos taken on our Las Vegas trip. Looking through those food photos makes me want to go back there right now. Ah, so many nice restaurants. I can’t wait to share with you!! Click to read more!

Calgary Restaurant: Los Chilitos Taco & Tequila House

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There aren’t many Mexican restaurants around in Calgary, but there is one in town that our friend said has the best fish tacos he’s ever had. Los Chilitos is hidden on the 17th ave, in between 12 and 13 st SW. In the winter, the patio is closed which makes it quite unnoticeable. When we visited this place for the first time last Friday, we were suspicious if we arrived the correct location because it looked like someone’s house from the outside. When we opened the main door and realized that it was fully packed, we knew that this is the place. We didn’t make reservation beforehand, but we were lucky that it only took us 10 minutes to get a table for 4.

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The restaurant is quite small, could probably accommodate 9~10 tables of customers. The orange-painted and colorful decorations made you feel as though you were in Mexico.

Mexican Soda (from right to left, fruit punch and mango flavor)

Mexican Soda (from right to left, fruit punch and mango flavor)

It is always fun to try exotic drinks whenever we are at a place that serves foreign cuisine The mexican soda ($2.95/bottle) was artificially flavored (as you can tell from the vivid colors), bubbly, and tasted very very sweet.

Nachos Libres

Nachos Libres

We ordered the Nachos Libres as appetizer. The serving size was large. Even though we knew that we should save some space in our stomach for tacos, we couldn’t help eating all the nachos. Everything–the salsa sauce, avocado and  bean paste–was so fresh. I particularly liked its homemade corn chips, which were thicker and crispier than the usual tortilla chips.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

The fish tacos has a serving size of 3 tacos. Each is fully filled with fresh ingredients like lettuce, salsa, mayo, jalapeno, and breaded basa fish. The fish was very fresh and soft. The only problem I had while eating was that it was difficult to wrap each tortilla nicely and eat it courteously without the ingredients falling out.

Quesadilla (pork)

Quesadilla (pork)

The quesadilla came with corn chips, guacamole, salsa and sour cream on the side. The tortilla from the  was a bit thicker and floury. The pork was tender and had a smoky flavor to it. It reminded me of the dry pork jerky I had in Taiwan.

At the end, Kev and I couldn’t finish 1/3 of what we ordered so we had to pack the leftovers. The food are a bit pricey there, but reasonable given its portion and quality.

My review: My experience at Los Chilitos was like the macarons. The restaurant doesn’t look fancy itself, but you will be amazed by the quality of the food it serves.

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