Tommyfield Gastro Pub – Calgary

FriesAnother date night. I know, two date nights in the same week, even with three kids. Let me tell you parents of young ones, once they are old enough to stay home alone, date nights become SO much easier. So hubby and I decided to go out and celebrate an anniversary. Not of marriage, not even of dating, but of the day we met. Yes, we know the exact date. We didn’t really go to all that trouble, but we did leave the kids at home and go eat some dinner out. I really was in a quandary of were I wanted to go, and if in doubt I always chose a pub. I love pub food. Not to pricey, always delicious. We even went to one very close to where we live to keep the driving to a minimum. As soon as we walked in I knew I was going to love it. It has great decor. Then we got to the menu, and there were so many options that sounded delicious. Always a good sign when you have a hard time choosing what to order. I had the Brick Street Curry. A different curry is served everyday, on the day we went it was Almond Chicken. It was great! Totally enjoyed it! Hubby had the Spinach Salad with Steelhead trout. I didn’t try the fish (not a seafood fan), but the salad was also delicious! Hubby also had a side of fries, with gravy, and that was the golden ticket. Best Gravy Ever. I stole more than my fair share. This is definitely a place we will be going back too!
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La Piccola Napoli Ristorante – Calgary

Veal ParmesanHubs has wanted to find a really great Italian restaurant as his go-to for a while as not only his favourite, but also our second favourite have closed. Always a sad time, when one of your standards closes its door. Hubs is all about the Caesar Salad, and Veal Parmesan, so we were looking for a restaurant that excelled in both. We have found it. Tucked away in Bonavista we found this delightful little gem. It is also really close to the “cheap seats” the discount movie theatre. So this is pretty much the new perfect date night. Pasta and movies, no place to go wrong there. Go for the food, stay for the delightful decor.
La Piccola Napoli Ristorante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eating in Venice, Italy

Pizza in ItalyAs you may have been able to tell from previous posts we have been travelling. We had one day in Italy, followed by a 7 day Adriatic cruise, followed by 3 more days in Venice. I’m not going to lie and tell you it was all sunshine and moonbeams. By the time we arrived in Venice we were tired! The 45 minute trek to our hotel lugging all of our bags didn’t help matters. So we arrived at our hotel, stored the bags and caught a quick cat nap. We were excited to eat, and quite possibly our food expectations in Italy were a bit high. Or we just plain didn’t know how to find the good stuff. So the good , the bad, I’m going to share with you everything we did eat, and how we liked it. After our cat nap we woke up and headed over to St. Mark’s Square the meeting place for a gondola ride and city tour we had booked. This was the only part of our 3 days that was planned. Otherwise we were free agents, roaming the alleys of Venice, wandering at will. Clarke found some pizza on the way and had himself a lovely time eating away. We ate a large breakfast on the cruise ship before we left so I decided to pass on this. After our city tour, we again went back to the hotel for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Then on to dinner. I read a bunch of blogs before I went and the theme of all was 1. Stay away from the tourist spots when eating. Our hotel was quite out-of-the-way so this was easy. 2. Do not eat at places with pictures on the menu, or English, as they cater to tourists, and the food is not as good. This one was easier said than done. We walked, we looked. We did not find anywhere, and finally we gave up! Our feet hurt, our tummies were rumbling, so we went the picture/and English route. Double Whammy.Lasagna

Clarke ordered the lasagna, and I had a pizza. Both were good. Not as good as were expecting.Pizza Primavera

We hit a gelato place on the way home, and that was amazing. Did you know that you can pay .50 extra to have your cone filled with nutella? Um….yes please. Best decision I made the whole trip. Gelato in Italy

Day 2. We woke. We slept, We read. We eventually dragged ourselves out to shop and explore. We were thinking of taking the train to Verona this day, but our lack of energy won out. So we explored around our hotel. We visited the Jewish Ghetto. We had pastries.Pastry Shop, Italy

We bought our kids souvenirs. We wandered through churches. AND we found a restaurant, with no pictures, and no English at dinner time. Apparently the exact type of restaurant we were supposed to look for. We did not like it. Not one bit. Although it was certainly a new experience, not one that I would choose again. We shared a vegetable platter as an appetizer as it was either that or seafood, and I don’t enjoy the fish of the sea. Luckily the waitress did speak English, and explained the menu. Everything was seafood. Bummer. Except, the vegetables we ordered and the “cheese dish”. We did not know what to expect and then the chef came to our table with a large hollowed out cheese, and proceeded to add our pasta and make the sauce with the boiling water and scraping the sides to get it all cheesy and gooey. Sounds good as I describe it, and it was, good. Not the italian greatness we were expecting. Strike two on the dinner front. Cheese Pasta

Day 3. Time to put on our walking shoes and see all the sites. It was our very last day. We missed our kids. We wanted to go home, and still this managed to be one of our best days. We saw the Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Museums, the Rialto Bridge, where we managed to find amazing pizza.Rialto Bridge Pizza

Nestled on one the alleys, right on the bridge there it was. Calling our names. We ate, we enjoyed, Clarke went back for more. Yay, great Italian food. Dinner, we found a little restaurant with dining out doors sat on the water banks and enjoyed our very “Canadian” style ordering of spaghetti and meatballs, and tortellini.Spaghetti and Meatballs

And you know what sometimes, getting something you know you are going to like, instead of experimenting is just what the doctor ordered!Tortelleni

Bazille – Calgary

IMG_1591Dinner and a movie. My most favorite date. We like to alternate picking, so this month I got to pick dinner. Hubby picked Gone Girl, so we had a fabulous night out sans kiddos. Bazille is located in the new Nordstrom’s, the first location in Calgary. So of course I wanted to check it out. Go for dinner, stay for shopping, or at the very least browsing. I remember when I was a kid there used to be restaurants in department stores, so you could stay and shop and eat as well, both Zellers and The Bay had them, sadly a thing of the past. So perhaps it was nostalgia that made me want to try Bazille. Not that I am comparing Nordstrom’s’ to Zellers in any way, but dining in a department store just was a fun idea to me. So we went, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it. Our waitress was great, the menu had so many things we wanted to try, and although our kids weren’t with us on this occasion, I did notice that they have kids menus. The food was delicious, we loved absolutely everything. I had the steak and frites, both the steak and fries were cooked perfectly. They also have a Kalmata olive aioli that comes along with all things fry related, and that was delicious too. hubby ordered the Chicken Club, and was quite pleased with it. All in all, I can’t wait to go back. I absolutely loved this place, and being in the same mall as our most frequently visited movie theatre I foresee this becoming a regular restaurant in our rotation.
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