Creamy Butter Chicken Pizza at Pizza Hut

Butter chicken is probably the most popular Indian dish in the North America. It’s a very creamy dish usually made with tomato, various spices (including tandoori masala) and has a slight smoky flavour.

I’m generally not a big fan of fast food chains, but this pizza surprised us. We ordered this from 17th Ave, 9 st, Calgary. Firstly the pizza bread itself  was very fresh and soft. This Butter Chicken Pizza was exactly as described: Creamy Butter Chicken Sauce, grilled chicken strips, roasted red pepper, red onion and pizza mozzarella.

The butter chicken sauce replaced the tomato sauce, but I felt that it wasn’t so creamy. In fact it was very smoky. Somehow, it didn’t even make the base soggy.

The grilled chicken was good regular chicken (not the tandoori type in which is normally used for butter chicken).

Overall, the flavours went really well together. So far, Calgary really sets its bar high in terms of fast food such as pizza, fried chicken and oooooooo burgers (that I’ll tell you later ;))


Coconut Chai Latte at The Coup

Once again The Coupe did it for me.. This time I just got a takeout of their popular Coconut Chai Latte. It’s like no other chai latte that I’ve had…I just don’t know how they make something that’s generally  ordinary to something extraordinary!! I only know one other vegetarian restaurant that does this: Prashad Indian vegetarian restaurant in Bradford, U.K.

Nevertheless, I can now officially say that The Coup is my favorite restaurant in Calgary! And my favorite vegetarian non-Indian restaurant! 


Buttermilk Waffles, Calgary


Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle


Rachel’s Waffle

This is a new place that opened up on 17th Ave, 3rd St.

I honestly didn’t expect much from this counter-serve eatery place; especially since I had liege type of waffles from various places in Montreal and Europe.

They have a seasonal menu (from which I ordered the strawberry cheesecake) as well as a regular menu. They also do movies on a weekly basis so that customers can enjoy eating waffles while watching a movie.

The strawberry cheesecake wasn’t so much “cheesecake”. It was a waffle topped up with “Village” ice cream, fresh raspberries, whipped cream and a little cheesecake sauce. However the waffle itself was really good: very, very soft on the inside and warm, and slightly crunchy on the outside. It had a slight sweet taste that wasn’t overpowering!

The Rachel’s waffle was topped up with pecan nuts and toffee sauce. My hubby said it’s the best he’s had.

They also do savory waffles but there’s only 2 choices on the menu.

Service- I say it’s strictly average. Even though it’s a Nandos style ordering system, the cashier wasn’t that helpful in helping us to choose a waffle. When I asked about a particular waffle, she didn’t describe it but pointed towards the walls. The seasonal menu was not on the regular menu, so a little bit of guidance would’ve been helpful.

For a price of 2 waffles for $14, I’d say it’s not bad for Calgary. Ideally I plan to get my own waffle machine and make my own, but until then, I’ll surely visit this place again!


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie @ Tim Hortons


 I’m generally not a big fan of “Timmy’s” as I don’t drink coffee.

To those non-Canadians, Tim Hortons is a Canadian fast food restaurant, known for its coffee and doughnuts! They’re basically everywhere and stuff are highly affordable.

However this double chocolate chip peanut butter caught my eyes today and I simply couldn’t resist! After eating half of it, I realized that I should actually blog it! 😀

Very soft on the inside and chewy on the outside. What makes this different to other cookies is that it has a layer of soft, creamy peanut butter inside it. The richness of the chocolate and the creamy peanut butter really did it for me 🙂

I think this is seasonal, so I suggest to try it out while it lasts!


Bagel at St Viateur, D.D.O, Montreal


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St Viateur and Fairmount are 2 of Montreal’s famous bagel shops.  Since St Viateur had opened at another location (in the West Island area), I decided to pop by.  This was located at the corner of Boulevard Brunswick and Avenue Tecumseh.

To my surprise, there were a lot of seating spaces and a large parking lot.  As you enter the door, there is a counter where they sell bagels (and other products) to go.  The cafe was on the right far end of the shop.

I ordered the “Traditional” bagel (smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, capers and lemon) and my friend ordered the “Wow!” (spicy marinated eggplant, lettuce, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto).  Both were served with fruits.

Both the bagels were really good and filling.  The only slight complaint was that the bagel wasn’t that hot; perhaps because the filling was cold.  However, the bagels were toasted in front of us.

We both ordered cappuccino and it was really good! Service was very fast too.

At a total cost of around $26 for 2 people (2 special filling bagels and coffee), I’d say it was worth it. It’s a nice place to hang out in a calm area with lots of natural sunlight! We need more places like this in the West Island of Montreal!


My Montreal Express Trip!

I went for a 5 day trip back to Montreal (the city where I lived for about 7 years before moving to Calgary).  Other than my family (husband’s side) and friends, there is one thing that I miss the most: FOOD.  I’ve never experienced a wide variety of food (from different countries) other than in Montreal.

As a foodie, I had a “foodie list” for Montreal, which I’d like to share with you!  I could have written a longer list, but I tried to be realistic for 5 days and it was a tight one.  At the end, I could not go to every place on my list, but I did enough; even more than what my stomach could handle 🙂

  1. Macarons – In general, Montreal offers a large selection of macarons from different boutiques.  Although I admire the ones from La Maison du Macarons, I go to the one near to where my family lives: Chocolats Privilege.  At $10 for 6, I find it affordable! I love the dark chocolate ones, but they didn’t have any at that point.  The raspberry ones were just as great (as recommended by my 5 year old nephew!).
  2. Café Myriade – I just love everything about this coffee place, except the seating (there are never any seats free!!).  This is the best mocha that I’ve ever had (made from real chocolate rather than the syrup) and the smoothest, caramelised feeling lattes.  I also love their brownies and muffins!
  3. Juliette et Chocolat – This is probably the best hot chocolate in the world.  I opted for the seasonal pumpkin brownie…mmm
  4. Cacao 70 – They sell the best chocolate cake in the world (I’d call it more like chocolate pudding because of it’s layers of mousse, coffee, cake and sauce).  If they’d open one up in Calgary, I’d be the happiest person on earth…well almost! 🙂
  5. Chinatown – There’s nothing like Chinese in Chinatown!  We went to La Maison VIP where they sell grilled lobsters.  So much choice and more affordable than the west of Canada.
  6. Pushap – Although it’s a “cheap eat” kind of place, I do miss this place.  They are known for it’s affordable, homemade vegetarian food.  My favourite is the Thali, which comes with 3 curries, rice, salad and bhatura bread.  The atmosphere is homely and service is good.  At $6 a meal for really fresh food, you can’t go wrong.
  7. Poutine at La Banquise– I’ve never been a big fan of poutine because I just don’t like cheese curds, but La Banquise famous poutine place offers mozzerella cheese instead of the usual cheese curds.  I like it because of its variety of toppings and freshly cut french fries.
  8. Chocolates – Montreal has a lot of chocolate boutiques that sell some of the finest chocolates. Les Chocolats Belge in Pointe Claire sells Neauhaus (Belgian) chocolates.  Other places such as Leonidas, Chocolats Grandbois Genevieve and Divine Chocolatier are great too!  Too bad, I did not have any time to have chocolates there!
  9. Bagel at St Viateur – Montreal is known for its fresh bagels.  Luckily, one opened up in the west island area and this requires a review on its own!

Other than downtown, I love to hang around Pointe Claire Village.  It’s an area near the lake which has small lovely boutiques. I normally like to go there for ice cream in the summer at La Bilboquet (and there is Wild Willys ice cream too!).  This time I came across a very cute decor shop and an NHL shop “La Cabane D’Oiseaux” (that sold all kinds of merchandise).

As well as my list above, we also went to a Pakistani restaurant (Salateen), Afghani restaurant (Fenêtre Sur Kaboul read here for the full review) and a Schezuan Restaurant (La Perle – buffet).  All were amazing.

I can’t wait to return next year! And next time, I’ll aim to try out other coffee places and chocolate boutiques! Afterall, there is nothing like enjoying coffee and chocolate with friends 🙂





New Vegan place at Copperbranch, Montréal 

This is a new vegan place that has recently opened in various locations in Montréal.

We ordered the following:

  • Asian Fusion Powerbowl: that had smoked tofu and vegetables 
  • Burger 
  • Carrot Keftedes 

The Powerbowl was a huge portion. The tofu was very tasty, but everything else was slightly on the raw side and was little cold.  It contained very little seasoning, but it was served with a sauce (which didn’t help that much).

The burger was quite small; so if you’re really hungry, you have to order more food.  This is a quite popular dish here and is meant to taste like meat, but I found the party a bit dry and a little tasteless.

I was told that the Carrot Keftedes was really good. This was sweet but was not cooked, nor raw. It wasn’t that warm either.

Service- very slow, but the sales lady was quite new and she kept apologizing for the delay.

Ambiance – consisted of wooden chairs and a few benches; no music. It’s more of like a subway kind of place but brighter.  However for a “higher than subway price”, I would expect a little more from them.

I wouldn’t come back because of the poor ambiance and the somewhat cold food. I would try other vegan/ vegetarian restaurants in Montréal.