The Vin Room

That’s What I Think (TWIT) Review

The Vin Room

I was invited out for my birthday by my lovely neighborhood ladies. Never been to The Vin room and I was excited to go. What gorgeous friends they are!!!

My Friends

The decor at The Vin Room is upscale modern as you can see, beautiful.

We ordered a lovely bottle of white wine and our lunches. The service was very attentive but the meals did seem to come out slowly. I guess good things come to those who wait!! Here is the line up of the dishes we had.

Lamb Kabob Sandwich

Fenugreek tumeric sauce, spinach, grilled flatbread & green salad

Lamb Kabob Sandwich

Seared Arctic Char

Zucchini, carrot, chickpeas, radish

Seared Arctic Char

Shrimp Salad Sandwich

Rock shrimp, cucumber, tomato aioli & green salad

Shrimp Salad Sanwich

Barbeque Chicken

Cornbread, pickled jalapeño and apple salsa,
fontina cheese and bacon.

This was mine and I truly loved it!! Great to have a nice fresh salad to accompany a rich flavor filled sandwich.

Barbeque Chicken

Falafel Tacos

Artisan greens, mint yogurt, corn tortillas “Greek” salad

Falafel Tacos

It was a perfect lunch with the most wonderful group of friends, who spoil me rotten. All of these dishes were gobbled down and thoroughly enjoyed. I will be returning very soon. They have two locations and their website is www.vinroom.com. Come and check out their locations and the rest of the menu. A must visit!!

Vin Room West on Urbanspoon

 

 

Curry Shrimp, Mango, Red Pepper and Onion Kabobs

I had an Epicure party and what fun was that!!! Had a great turn out and lots of yummy foods and dips to try. I was not familiar with Epicure until then but had heard amazing things about it. For hosting the party, right off the start the representative Barb Langille gave me a Mango Curry Dip.We had it for Super Bowl with veggies and dip and it was delish!!

From the second I saw this dip though my mind went right to creating these kabobs and they were so good. Ken was away so it was just Ams and I, so I didn’t put them on the BBQ but used the grill pan with a lid and they turned out great. Easy peasy dinner that didn’t take much time at all. It made enough so when Ken came home the next day he could devour a plate full of them.

I hope you look into Epicure. I can help you with any of your needs, as I am now an Independent Representative. I will be making these again for sure!! Enjoy!!

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Curry Shrimp, Mango, Red Pepper and Onion Kabobs
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Serves: 4
 

A delicious dinner awaits you with these easy kabobs!!
Ingredients
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 whole mango, cut into chunks
  • ½ red onion, cut into chunks
  • 400 gm. 31-40 count shrimp
  • 1½ Tbsp. Epicure Mango Curry Dip
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • Basmati rice for 4 servings
  • Slice green onions for garnish

Instructions
  1. Mix the curry dip with olive oil, lemon juice and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min.
  2. While skewering on the shrimp etc. cook the basmati rice and keep warm.
  3. Using wooden skewers, cut to size if needed to fit into the grill pan, start to slide the ingredients onto the skewer in this order, red pepper, shrimp, mango, red onion. Repeat ending with a shrimp.
  4. Using a non stick grill pan sprayed with a small amount of cooking spray and heated over medium heat start to grill the shrimp. Place a lid on top, askew to help them cook evenly. Cook for 10-12 min. until the shrimp are done. Serve over basmati rice and garnish with green onions.

 

 

 

 

Earls Shepard Flats Grand Opening

That’s What I Think (TWIT) Review

I was kindly invited to Earls Shepard Flats Grand Opening. It has been a long 19 years since a new Earls has opened here in Calgary, so I was very excited to attend. What a fabulous night is was. There new location is stunning with a very open and modern feel. High open beam ceilings contrasting with a drop down ceilings of wood or steel, big comfortable booths and a large bar with abundant TVs.

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The staff is exceptional!! They pull employees from all their other locations for the grand opening to help train the new staff. We even got a private tour of their very organized and immaculate kitchen.

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These little gems are a smaller version of their Bigger Better Burger and are made from Certified Angus beef and garnished with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise and mustard on a house baked brioche bun.

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This is one of my favorites, have had it the last three times I have been to Earls. It is their Tuna Poke Nachos. It is crisp togarashi wontons, tuna, cucumber, avocado and tomato poke, spicy mango coulis, sliced serranos and crushed macadamia nuts. YUM!!

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I was thrilled when I was presented a jar of their fig jam and will be making something divine for you all with it. When I go back to Earl’s again I will be having this Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta grilled chicken, melted brie, roasted apples, spinach, sweet fig jam, garlic mayonnaise and house baked ciabatta. I had quite a few of these little sandwiches and they are so very good!!

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All of their bread is made in house, like the ciabata, brioche buns and flat bread. So fresh and so good!!

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To wash down all this wonderful fare we had one of Earl’s Signature Caesars. I have done one similar on my site. See the recipe here. I was served by these lovely ladies!!

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To finish off the night we were given Warm Chocolate Banana Cake caramelized bananas, warm chocolate rum cake, banana creme anglaise and caramel walnut gelato.

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I can’t wait to return to Earls to try some of these dishes again. I hope you pop on by to one that is near you!!

Earl's Shepard Flats on Urbanspoon

 

Mouth Watering Mondays

It is Monday again and a little drab and dreary today. Think we might be getting some snow. We have done pretty well this year for winter and now we are in the home stretch!!

I was thinking of breakfasts lately, something a little special but not really full on brunch. Something you may have over the weekend if you had something special going on. Maybe even treat someone to a special breakfast in bed!! Have time to linger, read the paper stretch and yawn again. You know those kind of mornings you dream about!! Try one of these dishes on someone you love and they will love you right back!!!

This is so simple and our daughter loves them!! Ken makes these all the time for her. Now that is love in a basket!! Who’s Hungry calls them Egg in a Basket and they look great!!

Toad in the Hole

Next up is the traditional Eggs Benedict by Local Milk. Now who doesn’t love that!!

Eggs Benedict

A little love can be shown with this big plate of Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes by Life Tastes like food. Love all the fresh fruit with them!!

Banaa Chocoalte Chip Pancakes with Fresh Fruit

To go along with any breakfast, I love love love me some Maple Candied Bacon by Girl Cooks World.

Maple Candied Bacon

I could see everyone jumping into bed to share the love with this wonderful Monkey Bread by The Tart Tart. Flick on a movie and you have a very relaxing morning!!

Monkey Bread

With all this wonderful food I love some fresh fruit for breakfast. Nothing beats a Fresh Fruit Salad by A Food Centric Life.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Thai Curry Coconut Mussel Soup #SundaySupper

If you follow along here you know we are big into soups!! So for this #SundaySupper I jumped right in!! I have made a lot of soups of late so wanted to stray away to something different. Usually Thai cooking can be very exhausting with its endless list of ingredients. Usually it is just small bits of this or that but the list is long!! I wanted to try and avoid that with this soup. Make it easy but still full of flavor. I used my own pickled garlic that I get at the farmers market that I pickle with the small Thai red peppers, so I didn’t need as much heat from the curry paste but you can adjust that to your liking. Enjoy!!

Thai Curry Coconut Mussel Soup

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Thai Curry Coconut Mussel Soup for Souper Supper #SundaySupper
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4
 

An easy Thai soup that is full of flavor!!
Ingredients
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tsp. Thai red curry paste or to taste
  • I-19 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 900 ml. chicken stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 red pepper cut into small strips
  • 1 lb. mussels, cleaned and breads removed
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions
  1. In a soup pot saute garlic in the olive oil for 1 min. Add the curry paste and stir and cook for 1 min. Add the coconut milk and chicken stock, stirring to combine. Bring up to a boil, salt to taste and add pepper strips. Cook for 5 min. Add the mussels and cook for 5 min. or until shells are open. Discard any that have not completely opened. Serve in bowls garnished with cilantro.

 

Here is the wonderful list of contributors for this week’s Souper Supper!! I hope you try many of them!!

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)

 

Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)

 

Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)

 

Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)

 

Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)

Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)

 

Of course once you have seen all of the recipes for the day, you’ll not want to miss our  #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday

We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special soup recipes!

Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun.

Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

Don’t forget to check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite soup, stew, chowder or bisque recipes with us!

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