Canmore & Banff Food Diary

Last month, my parents and I took a week off and went to Alberta to explore the Rockies. The mountains and scenery were amazing.. and the food did not disappoint! (the place we stayed at had a kitchen and dining area, so we did not go out for dinner every night)

Puttanesca with garlic, shallots, olives, chillies, anchovies, parmesan, herbs, olive oil & tomatoes

First dinner after arriving in Camore at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

French onion with a side of bone marrow

Fresh produce at the farmer’s market

More fresh produce !

Blondie’s kale smoothie to quench the thirst

Quick lunch at Town of Lake Louise

Bison short ribs

Last meal in Canmore at Murrieta’s

 

Eative Film Cafe, Kensington Market

It has been a long time and I feel like I’m in hibernation mode. I went to many new restaurants since my last blog post but I haven’t found a new sense to get back into blogging. Since then, I met a guy, and for about 10 months, I secretly told him that I have a blog but would not disclose the website to him. I told him, you know reading my blog is basically reading my diary. I don’t know what happened, but I guess I wanted him to get to know more of me, so I gave in and linked him. Now he knows of my baby (aka this blog). He is encouraging and asked why I stopped. And I told him straight up and told him I’m embarrassed and shy about it. So after some persuading, I (think) I am going to get back into it. And I am going to make him my photographer since he does have the newest iPhone (XS Max?). He says that he’s bad in taking photos but I think he’ll get the jist of it with a bit of training


For a long time, I’ve always wanted to go to random neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto to eat and explore what each neighbourhood has to offer. And although this quick 4 hour trip to Kensington Market was NOT what I had planned out, it was a good start. It was not busy when K and I arrived, which was around 11:30AM on a Saturday in March. I told him that we would have brunch and then just roam the streets until one of us was hungry for some street food or snacks.

We came across Eative Film Cafe after deciding not to wait at Our Spot. I think we made an excellent decision. I totally loved the vibe and the variety of items on the menu. I said that we were having Saturday brunch,  somehow we ended up having an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and an artichoke cheese sandwich. We also ordered tea and coffee.

The menu is really cute too!

There is a white wall that projects your typical Saturday morning cartoons (it was Bugs Bunny). There is a 10% service charge (tips) that you pay when you make an order. You pay first, then you receive your meal. There is free wifi and a code to use the washroom (written on the receipt). 

I would definitely be back for the other dishes. I would classify this as a Japanese-American fusion. The only thing I dislike about Eative is that they use paper cups for drinks, even dining-in.  Though I did see mugs being used, maybe I needed to specify that I wanted our drinks to be in mugs. Then again, how was I supposed to know. 

Click here to read my review on TripAdvisor

Skippa – Seasonal Japanese Cuisine

For my 26th birthday, I knew where I wanted to have my birthday dinner. It was either Skippa (I read an article on the Toronto Star last year about the restaurant) or Ruby Watchco (recommended by my cousin). I was waiting for Ruby’s menu to switch, the restaurant’s menu switches every day. But by the time the new menu was out, I decided not to take a risk..I didn’t fancy the day’s menu so I made reservations at Skippa.

And to my despair, the restaurant was fully booked on the day that we wanted to go. So the manager and I had a brief conversation via email and confirmed reservations for Sunday. And I’m so glad I waited….It was really worth the wait. Even my brother and sister in-law said it was pretty good.

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I usually don’t like raw oysters, but it was to die for!

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The sashimi was too good! Just talking about it makes my mouth water.!

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I never knew tomato salad could be so fresh and the pesto dressing really brings the whole salad together!

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The mushroom salad was too salty and I didn’t find anything interesting about it.

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I think I might cook carrots like these next time I gave guests over. Carrots were amazing.

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Now I cannot recall the sushi that I was served. I’m pretty sure most of the sushi pictured in this post is on the menu (scroll down to find menu).

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Last course was a sweet tofu egg even though I told the waitress that I cannot eat eggs.

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The two desserts really impressed all five of us. The peach ice cream (below) wasn’t overly sweet. And the cantaloupe sorbet was so on point. Every bite was like biting into a ripe cantaloupe.

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You can read my review on Trip Advisor here.
You can also read the Toronto Star article here.

Visit the resturant’s website here.

Skippa is a very small restaurant, I highly recommend sitting at the bar!