Thursday, December 8, 2016

Happy hour at Bogart's Bar and Restaurant

Bogart's Bar & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Lured down to Bogart's Bar and Restaurant by my friend for happy hour and found it nice and quiet at 4pm. We got our choice of seating -- normal tables, booths, and higher bar chairs around smaller tables. TIP: Some seats are close to the doors, and it being cold outside now, you may want to give those a pass if you can.

Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings" ($8) buttermilk ranch sauce, celery sticks
  • Wow was this salty. But the ranch sauce toned it right down so use it.
  • Mildly hot with a heat that didn't linger in the mouth.
2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - cauliflower

Szechuan Brussels Sprouts ($8) crispy fried, spicy sesame dressing, toasted almonds
  • NOT marked "V" for vegetarian, so there's probably something to the sauce, which had a meaty taste to it (borrowed from steak jus?)
  • So salty!
  • Maybe at one point it was crispy, but after being bathed in that sauce... not anymore.
2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - brussel sprouts

Veggie Burger ($15) house-made black bean, almond, and mushroom patty; aged cheddar; roasted tomato relish; crispy onions; lettuce; roasted garlic mayo; on a toasted pretzel bun; served with your choice of fries, green salad, or daily soup
  • We asked for the burger to be cut in half, and half salad half fries and they accommodated. Also noticed they gave each side a pickle!
  • Somewhat soft patty squished out when I bit into it, so I ended up taking the top off and having this one open face, which worked out quite well.
  • Patty actually quite decent! Tasted mildly curried. Mushroom not ground in, so you occasionally got a slice and could taste the mushroom flavour.
  • Overall pretty decent as far as veggie burgers go, and OK portion-value for $15.
  • NOT too salty!
2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - vegetarian burger

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - vegetarian burger

Sticky Toffee Pudding ($8) Jameson salted caramel, vanilla ice cream
  • Really decent! Not overly sweet even if you heap on the sauce.
  • OK portion for price, and just right for two persons unless one person has a sweet tooth and selfish personality.
2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - sticky toffee pudding

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - sticky toffee pudding

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - sticky toffee pudding

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant - special of the day

2016-Dec-7 Bogart's Bar and Restaurant

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fried oysters a good happy hour deal at @FannyBayOysters

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Not really one for seafood but my friend picked Fanny Bay Oyster Bar for happy hour early dinner. Checking on Yelp, another friend gave it a good review, so I was game.

Seating and table spacing felt kinda tight. Busy too for happy hour on a Saturday! Also, our server gave us a happy hour last-call warning, which was kinda nice.

Pot of mint tea ($3)
  • Looked innocent enough, and at $3 it's about on par with ordering hot tea at Starbucks. Hey look, it's Starbucks tea!
  • Teapot of hot water had what appeared to be (and what I hoped was) leftover tea leaves. No way they didn't see that when they poured in the hot water. FAIL.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - mint tea ($3)

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - inside my teapot before TAZO tea added

Fried Oysters ($7.50 happy hour pricing) Deep fried Fanny Bay Oysters, house made tartar sauce, cabbage coleslaw
  • Ordered this based on a friend's Yelp review, and price for value it's really decent! The sheer number of meaty oysters makes this more filling than a gourmet burger costing 50% more.
  • Very crispy on the outside without the batter being too thick.
  • Big 'n long like chicken wings.
  • Had some green gunk, which is probably the algae feed that hadn't fully flushed out of the oyster. Was worried that it would make the taste gross but it didn't, fortunately, and the dip could smother that flavour if you're worried.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

Geoduck ($18, not on happy hour menu) Sashimi style, watermelon brunoise, basil lemongrass ginger foam
  • On its own the geoduck had a strong sea-salty flavour and crunchy texture.
  • I found the sauce interesting with a mild minty-like buzz.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - geoduck

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - geoduck

Oyster Casino ($15, not on happy hour menu) bacon, jalapeno, roasted red pepper, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese
  • Baked.
  • Sounded interesting, looked less so, tasted even less so. Sort of tasted like nothing special to be honest.
  • You might want hot sauce with that to give it more flavour and help with the possible puddle of oil underneath (from bacon?)
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino (inside)

Complimentary chips
  • A small tin cup of these were brought to our table to start.
  • Not oily on the hand but some looked and tasted oily.
  • Inconsistently salted.
  • Hey, it's free! Hard to complain because of that.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - oily chip

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - menu

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - menu

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - two types of hot sauce you can ask for

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GUSTO Casting Call

Got an e-mail today from Canada-based GUSTO Worldwide Media -- There's a casting call! Here's the blurb:

CALLING ALL TALENTED COOKS!
Gusto Worldwide Media is thrilled to be moving forward with a number of original cooking series and are looking for Canada’s next culinary superstars. Whether you’re a professional chef, inspired home cook or a passionate foodie, it’s time to show off your skills and personality! Gusto Worldwide Media will be producing shows non-stop throughout 2017 and are in search of all kinds of talent in a variety of categories: bakers, globally inspired cooks and/or a fun personality who could host a dinner-party show.

We want to hear from you if:

• You’re a foodie.
• You know how to cook. Like really, really cook.
• You have a BIG, fun personality.
• You specialize in global cuisine (e.g. Korean, Cantonese, Szechuan, Greek, Caribbean, Lebanese, Moroccan, Turkish, etc.).
• Baking is your life.

Culinary hopefuls are encouraged to submit a one- to two-minute video via the form below. Don’t worry about the production, lighting or editing; just set up your phone in the kitchen, hit record and prove that you’re the best at what you do! Tell us about your background, your passion and why you would make the best Gusto star, why you’re the right person to make kimchee simple or baklava achievable.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime; don’t miss out! But hurry, because this casting call will close on December 17, 2016.