Thursday, July 18, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The need for a mid-afternoon snack led me to Jeffrey's Cafe and Wine Bar (9640 142 Street) today. I ordered the featured wrap, which was turkey, cucumber, tomato, and lettuce with a lime and tarragon aioli (I held the cheese).
The wrap was grilled slightly, giving the outside a pleasant crunch. Lots of smoked turkey and the associated veggies filled it out. However, the shining star of this wrap was the aioli. It did not have a strong taste, but added balance and a unique twist to what otherwise would have been a plain turkey wrap. I hope this aioli will be available for other sandwiches and wraps.
I added a small bowl of cream of turkey soup - thick, hot, and fresh. It almost had the consistency of a chowder.
Rosie's (10475 80 Avenue) is a Whyte Avenue dive. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It's as close as you are going to come to find greasy spoon diner food near the main drag of Whyte. Prices are also very reasonable.
I had the steak sandwich, which at $12 was one of the most expensive items on the menu. It was cooked almost perfectly to order and was served alongside very crispy fries, a couple of onion rings, and a vegetable medley (frozen veggies, but at least not overcooked). Just plain, basic food, adequate service, and no frills ambiance.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Swiss 2 Go is a popular sandwich shop that recently relocated from the east part of the city to the west end. It sells mostly sandwiches, soups, and salads.
The selection of sandwiches is as unique as the ingredients, which include dried roast beef, apple crisp, brie cheese, and many other savoury delights - and one sweet Nutella option! I went for a regular-sized Matterhorn, which has the dried beef, avocado, cilantro, and I held the jalapenos and butter.
First of all, the regular size is enormous. A large sandwich, served on a larger bun, would be nearly impossible. Oh, and the bun - it is a fresh pretzel baguette topped with lots of kosher salt. The roast beef almost had the texture of jerky without being quite as dry. The avocado was fresh and in chunky slices, while the cilatro was also coarse.
The beef was definitely an acquired taste, but the food here is very fresh, and service quite friendly. I would perhaps give another sandwich a go. Speaking of going, this is mostly a take-out place with a few tables and no apparent washrooms.