Showing posts with label Dine In. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tim Hortons' Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie: A Delicious Cookie Inception?

Tim Hortons has been serving up coffee and donut combos for years, but lately, they've been branching out into the world of gourmet cookies with their Dream Cookie line. Their newest flavour, the Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie, takes things to a whole new level of indulgence, and it sparked a hilarious conversation in my household!

The cookie itself is a dream come true for those who love a soft and buttery base. It's moist and crumbles perfectly in your hand, offering a delightful textural contrast to the star of the show: the Oreo. Here's where things got interesting for me.

My first bite was pure bliss. The sweetness of the creamy frosting combined with the familiar crunch of Oreo cookies was exactly what I craved. Then, my husband took a bite and remarked, "Why would they make a cookie out of a cookie?" It took me a moment (longer than I'd like to admit) to realize what he meant. Of course, Oreo is a cookie itself! Tim Hortons has taken the classic Oreo and turned it into a decadent topping for their already delicious Dream Cookie base.

Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie from Tim Hortons

This cookie really is a case of "meta" snacking. It's a cookie built on top of another cookie and works beautifully. The Oreo crumbles add a delightful textural surprise, and the frosting perfectly complements the sweetness of the cookies.

Whether you find the concept of a "cookie-ception" funny or simply ingenious, there's no denying that the Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie is a delicious treat. It's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or sharing a fun moment with someone who might need a friendly reminder that Oreos are, in fact, cookies.

So head down to your local Tim Hortons and grab this delightful cookie creation.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse for Sunny Patio Lunch

Happy Thursday! Our team lunch theme this week was Malaysian, but with our HR visiting all the way from Melbourne, Australia, we opted for a classic spot – Browns Socialhouse near the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we snagged a table on the beautiful patio. It was the perfect setting for a casual gathering, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the fresh air.

For lunch, I decided on my all-time favourite – nachos! Luckily, Browns offers a "Little Nachos" option, perfect for a lighter meal. These are your average, run-of-the-mill nachos. The chips were piled wide with a delicious combination of fresh ingredients.

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse
Corn, black beans, jalapeño, cilantro, jack cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole

The base consisted of crispy tortilla chips, the perfect foundation for all the goodness. A layer of sweet corn and earthy black beans added a touch of sweetness and heartiness. Slices of fresh jalapeño kicked things up a notch with a pleasant heat, balanced by the cool and refreshing pico de gallo.

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse
Corn, black beans, jalapeño, cilantro, jack cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole

Jack cheddar cheese, melted to gooey perfection, tied everything together with a sharp and creamy flavour. Then came the real stars of the show: dollops of cool sour cream and creamy guacamole. The coolness of the sour cream cut through the richness of the cheese, while the creamy guacamole added a burst of fresh avocado flavour. Finally, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro added a vibrant, citrusy finish.

Even though our lunch theme wasn't Malaysian, Browns Socialhouse delivered a classic and satisfying meal. The "Little Nachos" were the perfect size for a lighter lunch while satisfying my nacho craving.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Beef Empanada and Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery

Happy Saturday! We woke up after noon, so I made grilled cheese on the air fryer for a quick first meal. After taking a quick shower, we started preparing for Mass. Before going to Church, we stopped by Small Victory Bakery.

For the past week, I've been fascinated by The Georgia Straight's Golden Plate award and decided to make a checklist of which I visited. I have visited the top two in the bakery category: Breka Bakery and purebread. The only spot I have yet to try is Small Victory.

We went to their South Granville location and were greeted with a spacious bakery. My hubby ordered the Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri while I went with the Veggie Turnover. 

What's the difference between the two? Both are turnovers, a general term for a pastry with a savoury filling. Empanadas, however, are a specific type of turnover originating in Spain and Latin America. They often feature a crescent moon shape and fillings like seasoned meat, cheese, or vegetables.

Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri from Small Victory Bakery
Slow-cooked beef chunk cooked with peas, carrots, and onions rolled in a classic empanada dough.

Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri from Small Victory Bakery
Slow-cooked beef chunk cooked with peas, carrots, and onions rolled in a classic empanada dough.

The Small Victory's turnover has a flakier crust than the empanada, but they're both delicious. Of course, the beef was terrific and topping it with chimichurri adds a bit of heat.

Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery
Carrots, red pepper, celery, sundried tomatoes & nut-free pesto rolled in a puff pastry.

Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery
Carrots, red pepper, celery, sundried tomatoes & nut-free pesto rolled in a puff pastry.

For dessert, I spotted and got half a dozen mini croissants covered in sugar. It's such a bite-size guilty pleasure.

Mini Croissant from Small Victory Bakery

Hibiscus Rose Iced Tea and Iced Lemon Black Tea from Small Victory Bakery

Because it's warm outside, we also got a couple of cold drinks: hibiscus rose iced tea and iced lemon black tea. They're not overly sweet and refreshing, especially since the temperature is above 20°C.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Chicken Carbonara and Steak & Stout Pie from The Pie Hole

After a long day at work, hubby and I decided to unwind by taking a walk. We stretched our legs for a leisurely 2.5 kilometres and found ourselves conveniently in front of The Pie Hole's new West Broadway location. Perfect timing!

We couldn't resist diving into their savoury pies. We shared a 5-inch Chicken Carbonara and a 5-inch Steak and Stout. The crust was exactly what you crave in a pie: flaky layers that shattered with a satisfying crunch, revealing a buttery undertone.

The Steak and Stout was a revelation. The rich, savoury filling boasted a robust undercurrent from the dark stout. It melded beautifully with the tenderness of the beef sirloin, creating a symphony of textures and flavours. Hubby, however, seemed less attuned to the subtle beer notes.

Steak & Stout Pie from The Pie Hole
A Pie Hole signature. Slow-cooked beef sirloin in rich, dark stout beer with carrots and onions.

The Chicken Carbonara was a delightful surprise. Succulent chicken pieces nestled in a luxuriously creamy alfredo sauce. The sauce was a perfect balance of savoury cheese and a hint of peppery bite. Bacon crumbles added a salty touch, while peas and onions provided pops of freshness and sweetness. It captured the essence of a classic carbonara but in a warm, comforting, and oh-so-portable form encased in that beautiful flaky crust.

Chicken Carbonara Pie from The Pie Hole
Creamy housemade alfredo sauce, big chunks of chicken, bacon, peas, onions, and lots of cheese are baked into The Pie Hole's signature Double Butter Crust.

By the end of our walk, I felt completely rejuvenated. The fresh air, delicious food, and quality time with hubby had washed away all the workday stress. We savoured the rest of the walk home, taking in the beauty of the day. It was pure bliss. Thank God!

For future me, below is a list of things you have tried in The Pie Hole.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Scottish Shortbread from Elysian Coffee Roasters

Vancouver's coffee scene is bursting with flavour, and today, my tastebuds took a delightful trip to Scotland thanks to an Elysian coffee shop. Their Scottish shortbread was a revelation, and the pairing with an iced chai latte was pure perfection.

For the uninitiated, Scottish shortbread is a buttery, crumbly biscuit that melts in your mouth. Unlike its American counterparts, which are loaded with sugar and extras, the beauty of shortbread lies in its simplicity. Traditionally, it's made with just three ingredients: flour, butter, and sugar. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth indulgence that's perfect for afternoon tea or a decadent anytime treat.

Elysian's shortbread perfectly captured the essence of this Scottish classic. It was rich and crumbly, with a perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of saltiness. Each bite delivered a burst of buttery goodness, leaving me wanting more.

Scottish Shortbread from Elysian Coffee Roasters

Now, let's talk about the inspired pairing: iced chai. The warm, spiced notes of the chai (think cinnamon, cardamom, ginger) cut through the richness of the shortbread beautifully. The cold chai provided a refreshing counterpoint to the warm, buttery biscuit, making each bite an exciting contrast of textures and temperatures.

This combination was a match made in heaven. The sweetness of the shortbread was tempered by the chai's spices, while the cold drink helped to cleanse the palate between bites. It was a delightful symphony of flavours and textures that left me feeling utterly satisfied.

If you're looking for a delicious and authentic Scottish shortbread experience in Vancouver, look no further than Elysian Coffee Shop. And if you're feeling adventurous, grab an iced chai latte to complete the experience. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Chilaquiles from Patrón Tacos and Cantina

Happy Thursday! We flew back from Austin on Sunday, and even though I had Monday off, I was back at work on Tuesday. The vacation was too short.

Anyway, the theme for our team lunch was Mexican, so we went to our favourite spot, Patrón Tacos and Cantina. This time, I took my colleague's recommendation (she's originally from Mexico!) and ordered the Chilaquiles with Chorizo add-on and green salsa. I had chilaquiles in Austin, but it was too salty, so I was on a mission to find a good version. Patrón's did not disappoint!

Chilaquiles from Patrón Tacos and Cantina
Corn tortilla chips soaked in salsa Verde and melted cheese. Topped with feta cheese, sour cream, onions, and cilantro. Served with a side of pork beans and chorizo.

The salsa verde had a subtle heat, and the creamy, savoury pork beans were terrific. This dish was perfectly balanced - not a hint of the overpowering saltiness I experienced in Austin. The chorizo was a great addition, but I'm already excited to try other proteins next time.

Churros from Patrón Tacos and Cantina
Four churros topped with dulce de leche and served with vanilla ice cream on the side.

To end our meal, we shared an order of their Churros. The warm churros paired with cold vanilla ice cream is the perfect combination. Yum!

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Smashed Avocado Benny from Snooze A.M. Eatery

We touched down in Denver, Colorado, for a brief 2-hour layover. Seizing the opportunity, we decided to treat ourselves to breakfast for lunch at Snooze A.M. Eatery inside Denver International Airport.

My husband opted for The Snooze Classic, choosing the chicken sausage – a delightful twist on the traditional. Shaped like chicken-fried steak but boasting a distinct, skinless sausage texture, it arrived alongside perfectly cooked eggs, crisp toast, and hefty, puck-sized hash browns.

The Snooze Club from Snooze A.M. Eatery
Three cage-free eggs cooked any style with your choice of ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo, pulled pork, chicken sausage or soyrizo. Includes hash browns and choice of toast.

On the other hand, I couldn't resist the Smashed Avocado Benny. Served on perfectly toasted English muffins, it featured a delightful combination of ripe tomatoes, creamy avocado, and a perfectly poached egg. The balance of flavours was divine, and the dish was generously accompanied by the same phenomenal hash browns – crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside.

Smashed Avocado Benny from Snooze A.M. Eatery
Our signature English muffin topped with fresh, smashed avocado, Parmesan cheese, seasoned tomatoes, poached cage-free eggs, our house-made smoked cheddar hollandaise and everything spice.

With satisfied bellies, we strolled back to our gate, ready to continue our journey.

Brisket, Pulled Pork, and More from The Salt Lick BBQ

As we say goodbye to Austin and head home today, we knew we had to end on a true Texas note: breakfast barbecue! We ventured into the Austin International Airport and found The Salt Lick BBQ, a classic Austin barbecue spot.

The Salt Lick BBQ inside Austin International Airport

We opted for the two-meat combo, allowing us to try all their offerings: brisket, pulled pork, turkey, and sausage. The sausage was decent, but Cooper's definitely takes the crown there. The pulled pork was a bit dry, unfortunately. The surprise of the meal was the turkey – surprisingly juicy and flavorful, even surpassing the pulled pork. But the star, as always with Texas barbecue, was the brisket. Tender, perfectly seasoned, and with just a hint of juiciness, it was fantastic. The Salt Lick's barbecue sauce gets a thumbs up, too, offering a nice flavour boost compared to Cooper's.

Pulled Pork and Turkey from The Salt Lick BBQ

The meal's sides included the usual suspects: beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. The coleslaw was definitely the winner in this round.

Brisket and Sausage from The Salt Lick BBQ

Overall, The Salt Lick BBQ was an excellent way to end our barbecue adventure in Austin. However, after trying three different spots, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue remain our top picks in the city.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

After devouring some melt-in-your-mouth barbecue at Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, we took a leisurely stroll along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. When we reached the Rainey Street Historic District, the sun had set, and a cool Austin breeze made for a perfect walk.

Rainey Street lived up to its reputation as Austin's "party capital." Upbeat music spilled out from converted bungalows lining the street, and the air buzzed with the energy of people enjoying the nightlife. Food trucks were everywhere, offering a mind-boggling variety of options – from tacos and mini donuts to gyros.

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Our original recipe for almost 60 years: a boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, freshly breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil, and served on a toasted, buttery bun with dill pickle chips.

Walking down a closed-off 6th Street was an experience in itself. The air crackled with excitement as people hopped between bars and live music venues. Bachelorette parties added to the celebratory atmosphere while stand-up comedians and bands vied for our attention. It was a sensory overload in the best way possible!

Cookies & Cream Milkshake
Our creamy Cookies & Cream Milkshakes are hand-spun the old-fashioned way each time and feature delicious Chick-fil-A Icedream® dessert, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Finally, we decided to cool down at Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain we were eager to try since it's unavailable in Canada. We opted for the classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, paired with a Cookies and Cream Shake to beat the Texas heat. The chicken reminded me of KFC, but the waffle fries and Chick-fil-A sauce were definite highlights. The sauce itself was like a mild barbecue chipotle sauce, adding a smoky-sweet kick to the sandwich.

Brisket, Sirloin, and More from Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

The Bullock Texas State History Museum completely captivated us! We spent a surprising six hours engrossed in the exhibits.  Afterwards, we took an Uber to Saint Mary Catholic Cathedral for Mass.

Feeling famished after our museum adventure, we decided to take a detour for some legendary Texas barbecue at Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, conveniently located downtown just a few blocks from our hotel.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

True to its name, Cooper's offered a classic Texas BBQ experience. I dove in with a trio of meats (quarter pound each): brisket, sirloin, and jalapeño and cheese sausage. The sides - coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, and boiled corn - were all winners. The sausage had a nice kick, and the sirloin, while a bit dry, was still well-seasoned.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

The real star, however, was the brisket. Tender, juicy, and flavorful, it held its own, though LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue still reigns supreme in my book.  This unplanned stop at Cooper's was a delicious reminder that Texas barbecue boasts a range of styles, each with its own unique charm.

Chipotle Pork Chilaquiles from Corner (Flavors of Texas)

Good morning! We planned to grab breakfast at Foreground, a food hall near our hotel. Unfortunately, they don't open until 11:00 am, which was too late for our rumbling stomachs and plans. So, we ended up at Corner (Flavor of Texas) in the JW Marriott lobby.

I opted for the Chipotle Pork Chilaquiles, hoping for a taste of Texas with a Mexican twist. It came as a bowl of tortilla chips smothered in chipotle pork, ranchero sauce, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and a perfectly over-easy egg. While the pork itself was tender and flavorful, the ranchero sauce was overwhelmingly salty. I could only manage the pork on its own.

Chipotle Pork Chilaquiles from Corner

Hubby went for the All-American breakfast: toasted bread, fluffy scrambled eggs, filling breakfast potatoes, and crispy bacon. It was a classic done perfectly.

All American from Corner

To cleanse our palates from the salty chilaquiles, we shared an order of churros. They arrived warm, with a darker exterior than expected. Despite the colour, the inside was soft and delicious, especially with a dip in the chocolate sauce. Yum!

With satisfied bellies, we're off to explore the Bullock Texas State History Museum!

Friday, May 24, 2024

Whataburger in Austin: A First-Timer's Experience

A trip to Whataburger is a must-do when visiting the state of Texas so after an exciting (but bat-less) evening watching for the Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony, we ventured to our first Whataburger experience.

Try the unsweetened (or sweetened) iced tea from Whataburger 

What Did We Order?

We opted for the classic Whataburger, their signature offering. This burger features a tender beef patty, layered with tangy mustard, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, dill pickles, and diced onions, all nestled in a toasted bun.

Whataburger from Whataburger

The Verdict: A Solid Burger, But Not a Revelation

The Whataburger was good. The beef was cooked to a nice tenderness, and the toppings were fresh and flavorful. However, it didn't quite reach the level of deliciousness I was expecting and hoping.

Whataburger from Whataburger 

So, Should You Try Whataburger?

Absolutely! While my personal experience didn't result in burger nirvana, Whataburger offers a solid fast-food experience with fresh ingredients and a classic flavor profile. Here's why it might be worth a try for you:

  • Fresh, High-Quality Ingredients: The use of fresh vegetables and a soft beef patty elevates Whataburger above other fast food options.
  • Customization Galore: Whataburger boasts an impressive array of toppings and add-ons, allowing you to tailor your burger to your exact preferences. (Think honey butter chicken biscuit or a bacon & jalapeno cheeseburger!)
  • Texas-Sized Portions: Portions are on the generous side, ensuring you leave satisfied.
  • A Local Favorite: Whataburger is a Texas staple, and experiencing it allows you to connect with the local food scene.

French Fries from Whataburger 

Overall, Whataburger is a good choice for a quick and satisfying meal. While it may not be the most extraordinary burger you'll ever have, the fresh ingredients, customization options, and Texas-sized portions make it a worthwhile experience.

Brisket, Pulled Pork, and More from LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue

After a fascinating morning exploring the Texas Capitol, we grabbed an Uber to LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue to taste authentic Texas BBQ. With so many options, I chose this spot because their portions seemed manageable (you know, "everything's bigger in Texas"!). My waistline and heart would thank me for avoiding a more meat-heavy experience.

We opted for two meat plates with sides, allowing us to sample four different offerings. We went for the classic sliced brisket, chopped beef, pulled pork, and directly smoked chicken. For sides, we ventured beyond the usual with kale Caesar slaw, beef fat potato chips, a Texas red chilli frito pie, and pork hash rice.

Two Plates from Leroy and Lewis Barbecue

The sliced brisket truly stole the show – melt-in-your-mouth tender, juicy, and bursting with flavour. The chopped beef and pulled pork offered a contrasting texture but lacked the juiciness of the brisket. The chicken, while good, was definitely best enjoyed near the skin.

Sliced Beef and Chopped Beef with Kale Caesar Slaw and Beef Potato Chips from LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue

Now, onto the sides. The Texas red chilli frito pie was a bit too salty for me. The pork hash rice, however, was a delightful partner to the chicken, probably due to my Filipino heritage and love for that flavour combination. The kale Caesar slaw and potato chips were definite winners, and I'd happily order them again.

Pulled Whole Hog and Direct Smoked Chicken  with Texas Red Chilli Frito Pie and Pork Hash & Rice

With a satisfied belly and a newfound appreciation for Texas BBQ, I hope to squeeze in visits to one or two more spots before leaving the state!

Migas Taco from Veracruz All Natural

Happy Friday! We're in Austin, and my husband's event has just wrapped up, so we have the next couple of days free to explore the city.

We started our day with some incredible breakfast tacos from Veracruz All Natural. Their Migas Tacos were terrific - fresh corn tortillas overflowing with fluffy eggs, melty Monterey Jack cheese, crisp tortilla chips, juicy tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and creamy avocado.

El Breakfast Taco from Veracruz All Natural 

We also tried the El Breakfast Taco, a heartier option packed with savoury bacon, refried pinto beans, and tender potatoes. As a big fan of beans and potatoes, this one was a winner.

Migas Taco from Veracruz All Natural

After breakfast, we're fueling up for some sightseeing with a one-kilometre walk to the iconic Texas Capitol.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Miso-Honey Glazed Salmon from Koriente

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had no plans for the day and was carefree. After breakfast at Forthright, I decided to explore the University of Texas at Austin. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library was my first stop, and I spent a fascinating three hours immersing myself in the life and legacy of the 36th president.

Afterward, I strolled around the beautiful UT campus and stumbled upon The Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. The vast collection of photographs dedicated to sports history was truly impressive!

Lunch plans changed course — instead of Costco, I treated myself to some delicious Korean food at Koriente, a highly recommended spot I found during my research. Apparently, La Condesa and Koriente are must-tries in Downtown Austin!

My Miso-Honey-Glazed mahi mahi order had a little twist — their supplier didn't have the fish, but the salmon they offered as a substitute was incredible. The flaky fish on perfectly cooked rice and fresh greens, drizzled with a spicy-tangy sauce, was a flavour explosion!

Miso-Honey Glazed Salmon from Koriente

I couldn't resist adding an order of pork dumplings to the mix — the chives really elevated the flavour of the filling. Feeling incredibly satisfied, I walked the short distance (about 1.2 kilometres) back to the hotel under the Austin sun. My trusty umbrella provided much-needed shade, but it was hot to the touch.

Pork Dumplings from Koriente

A peek inside the Pork Dumplings from Koriente

I'm back in the room, charging my phone, before heading to the pool for a relaxing dip.

Texas Pastrami Hash from Forthright

Good morning from sunny Austin, Texas! Having a leisurely vacation morning is a rare treat — I usually pack my days with activities. But not today! My husband's busy with his conference (the whole reason we're here), which means I have a free day to explore at my own pace.

Slept in until 8 am without an alarm, a real luxury! After a relaxing shower, I strolled down to Forthright for breakfast.

I was torn between my usual Chicken & Waffles and the tempting Avocado Toast, but the Texas Pastrami Hash ultimately stole the show.

Texas Pastrami Hash from Forthright 

Seriously, the smoked pastrami is insanely juicy and tender. It complements the medley of veggies perfectly, and the creamy egg yolk ties it all together. What a phenomenal start to a beautiful day!

Texas Pastrami Hash from Forthright

The funny thing was I had to remind myself to slow down and savour the moment. My first few bites disappeared in a flash! Thankfully, I caught myself and started to truly enjoy the delicious food and the peaceful atmosphere. Thank God for all the good things.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Queso Flameado and Huarache de Huitlacoche at La Condesa

We arrived safely in Austin, Texas, and after settling into our hotel, we walked straight for La Condesa, eager to experience the city's food scene.

Our first choice was the queso flameado, a delightful symphony of black beans, rajas (roasted poblano peppers and onions), Dos Lunas cheese, and a vibrant avocado salpicón (relish). The corn tortillas perfectly complemented the rich melted cheese.

Queso Flameado from La Condesa

While the queso flameado was a tempting shared starter, my main course stole the show. I opted for the Huarache de Huitlacoche, featuring a bed of black beans and Dos Lunas cheese topped with earthy mushrooms and fragrant epazote, all nestled in a beautiful oval-shaped corn tortilla. It was a vegetarian masterpiece, bursting with flavour in every bite.

Huarache de Huitlacoche from La Condesa

La Condesa's ambiance surprised me. While I envisioned a cozy, hole-in-the-wall eatery, the restaurant boasted a warm yet sophisticated atmosphere. The prices leaned a bit upscale for the portion sizes, but the quality and taste of the food absolutely justified it.

Inside La Condesa 

This delicious first meal has me incredibly excited to explore what else Austin's culinary scene has to offer. Stay tuned for tomorrow's food adventures!

P.S. Blogging from my phone – who knew it could be so easy?

Avocado Toast from Canucks Bar and Grill in Vancouver International Airport

Even though it's still early (good morning from Vancouver!), we're already on our way to Austin, Texas! We woke up at the crack of dawn (4:30 a.m., to be exact), and by 6:00 p.m., we were navigating the exciting world of Vancouver International Airport. We checked our bags and had the most delightful interaction with a US Border and Customs agent.

Agent: "Where are you going?"

Me: "Austin, Texas"

Agent: "What are you doing there?"

Me: "Tour. Eat barbecue."

Agent: chuckles "Well, have a great trip!"

Gotta love a friendly customs agent! After spotting our gate, we enjoyed a quiet breakfast at Canucks Bar and Grill.

Avocado Toast from Canucks Bar and Grill inside Vancouver International Airport

I opted for the avocado toast (swoon-worthy!)—marble rye bread, grape tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and a perfectly poached egg, all served with a side salad. While it was delicious, I have to admit I secretly wished for two slices of bread and some arugula on top.

Avocado Toast from Canucks Bar and Grill inside Vancouver International Airport 

Hubby devoured the Gameday Breakfast Scramble - a farm-fresh egg scramble with bacon, caramelized onions, BC mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and breakfast potatoes. Scrambled eggs and mushrooms? Yes, please!

Gameday Breakfast Scramble from Canucks Bar and Grill inside Vancouver International Airport 

Now we're patiently waiting for our flight, hoping to get this post out before we take off for some Texas fun!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A&W's Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher

A&W's Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher is here to excite your taste buds. Hubby and I recently embarked on a flavour adventure with this fiery sandwich.

We opted to share the Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher. The star of the show was the crispy boneless fried chicken, nestled perfectly within a toasted brioche-style bun. It delivered a delightful textural contrast – a satisfying crunch on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside.

Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher from A&W
Made with super-CRISPY and JUICY breaded chicken with a spicy Nashville glaze, complemented by Chubby mayo and sweet bread and butter pickles, all sandwiched between a perfectly toasted brioche-style bun.

Now, the real intrigue lies in the Nashville glaze. This spicy concoction coats the chicken, promising a fiery kick. For me, it offered a pleasant warmth. It wasn't overpowering, but it definitely added a mild layer of heat. However, my hubby (who freely admits he's a spice lightweight) found it manageable. This is where things got interesting – for those who crave serious heat, you might wish the chicken itself packed a spicier punch.

Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher from A&W

To complement the sandwich, we opted for a side of both onion rings and sweet potato fries. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious on their own, but the real star was the accompanying spicy chipotle mayo. This creamy sauce offered a delightful smoky flavour with a touch of heat, the perfect dipping companion for the fries and the onion rings.

Onion Rings and Sweet Potato Fries from A&W

Overall, the Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher was a delicious and satisfying meal. The crispy chicken, the flavorful glaze, and the perfect sides made for a delightful dining experience.

The Whistle Dog returns to A&W

Calling all hot dog lovers and A&W fans! Get ready for a taste of nostalgia because the Whistle Dog is back for a limited time! After disappearing from the menu in 2017, this iconic hot dog sandwich is returning to participating A&W locations across Canada.

Whistle Dog from A&W
A perfectly cooked pork wiener—from pork raised without the use of antibiotics—is grilled and split down the middle. It is filled with mouth-watering bacon, real cheddar cheese, and sweet cucumber relish, all loaded into a freshly toasted hot dog bun.

The Whistle Dog has garnered a devoted following over the years. For some, it's a cherished menu item, a reminder of happy childhood meals. For others, like myself, it's a brand-new experience. Regardless of your nostalgia level, one thing's for sure: the Whistle Dog is a delicious hot dog sandwich that deserves a try!

Whistle Dog from A&W

The Whistle Dog's beauty lies in its simplicity. A hot dog nestled in a bun is dressed to impress with three key ingredients: crispy bacon, melty cheddar cheese, and the true star of the show – sweet cucumber relish.

Now, I'm usually a purist when it comes to hot dogs. Ketchup and mustard rarely grace my hot dog sandwich. But the Whistle Dog is a game-changer. The combination of savoury bacon, creamy cheese, and the sweet and tangy cucumber relish perfectly complements the hot dog, making for a truly satisfying meal.

Whistle Dog from A&W

Whether you're a seasoned Whistle Dog aficionado or a curious first-timer, don't miss your chance to experience this legendary hot dog sandwich. Head down to your nearest A&W location and grab a Whistle Dog (or two!) before they're gone.

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