Happy 2nd last wknd of July’14, everyone :D It’s not a special wknd or anything but it’s a wknd where A Taste of Edmonton is happening! I’ve been an annual visitor since 2011, & unless I’m not in town or ToE isn’t happening OR due to some other circumstances (OR, like Heritage Festival, the tickets/pricing become too ridiculous to me), I don’t plan on missing a ToE anytime soon :P So yesterday, I came here with Clara after I had a morning of badminton. Need to pre-burn those calories before I hit this event!!
Not really a “target” but my plan this yr was to eat the food truck items as, unlike the restaurant booths, these are not around all yr ‘round.
Here’s the 1st food truck we got food at: Bully Food Truck.
& we each got the Bully Mac, aka mac n’ cheese with sprinkled cheese plus the awesome crunchy stuff. Good combo of texture, where you have the soft melting cheese, chewy mac, & the crunchy goodness!
Food truck #2: Canicus Catering (in the form of a fire truck - perhaps to advertise their wood-fired pizzas!)
SEE! Tis real
This line-up was the longest out of all the food trucks… After ~5mins of waiting in line in presence of rain + another 3-5mins of waiting, we got our pizzas. Clara’s prosciutto pizza on the left & my spicy sausage pizza on the right. Both were delicious! Caution to those who are sensitive to spiciness if you’re getting the spicy pizza!
Clara got one of her interested items here @ the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald booth.
The cherry-glazed duck confit taco with jicama slaw. Hmm…maybe we’re just under-educated but we did not taste the cherry-ness in this taco at all =/ however, the duck was yummy & flavorful, & the slaw was quite bland on its own so together, it was *thumbs*
Both of these were on my list of “to eat”: Normand’s Bistro & Mikado.
From Normand’s Bistro, I got the bison carpaccio. A newbie to carpaccios, I thought it was good, just a little on the salty side haha I really liked the sauce. I’m sure it was just some salad dressing but it lessened the saltiness for me. Good job!
& as for the dragon eyes from Mikado. No complaints. I didn’t request the end piece but…that’s my fav part of the roll lol crunchayyy!
Next, the Canadian Brewhouse. Tried the deep fried pickles 2 yrs ago, so this time around, we got the steak bites.
If only .. the portion was bigger :( the texture was great! But mannnnnn… so salty! Was disappointed.
I remember liking the food at this restaurant when I was there for my birthday last yr. Sabor Divino is a new addition to the ToE listing this yr!
Initially wanted both the piri piri prawns & the bacon bullets, I just got the prawns in the end. This was interesting & one of these days, I plan to try making this at home. Seasoned prawns (mostly chili pepper flavor for all I could taste), panfried, & served with mayo. I quite liked the chili pepper x mayo combo.
Food truck #3: Drift.
The Pork Belly Sandwich. Strangely, it tastes like & gives off the vibe of a Vietnamese submarine sandwich. Marinated meat, shredded carrots, cilantro, & daikon. Except this is on a bun bread rather than a submarine bun. Mm nothing too amazing, this one.
Been to the WEM location & thought “this is just (slightly below) average”. But wondered how their ToE item would be like…
Lemongrass beef skewer. I love beef skewers & I like the flavor of lemongrass, but this was below expectation. The scent & taste of lemongrass could only be experienced in the “aftertaste” phase; other than that, it was just a regular beef skewer. Calling it “beef skewer” might be more appropriate. Just sayin’
The Cheesecake Café = where I had the longest marathon dinner of my life (so far)!
Stuffed mushrooms. Besides cheese & some onions, I really couldn’t taste anything else in the stuffing…..but they were GUUD! The sauce went really well with the fried mushroom *thumbs*
Save the best for last @ food truck #4: Quick Meal Mediterranean Food.
We ordered exactly what was advertised: the donair poutine. I love donairs (I can only allow myself to have one per yr) & I love poutines. Together? .. THAT’S IT, I tell you! Amazing stuff!
Most of the dishes I tried were satisfying @ this yr’s ToE event, so I’m happy haha good job, team E-town!
Here we go again with the tiramisu-making. 100% unplanned creation…
I used ~half of the cream cheese (~250g) & ~half of the whipped cream (~100g). I’m at the point where I don’t use/follow a recipe for tiramisu anymore. Not pro, but familiar with the proportions & trying to decrease calories! :D
Coincidentally had these cherries at home. They say “sweet cherries” but I actually found them to be on the sour side. Anyways, I was like.. .”hmm let’s cut these in halves & layer them into the tiramisu ..for fun!” lol
1/3 cup of milk
In the photo, I measured 1/3 cup of sugar but changed my mind last minute & added about half of that… so um .. oh boy, fraction math O_O 1/6 cup of sugar
Mix all the ingredients (minus the cherries) together. Come to think of it though, there’s no reason why you can’t add the cherries here.. duh! All I was aiming for was to incorporate the cherries into my tiramisu…
The usual: instant coffee & lady fingers.
[6-7 hrs in the fridge later]
HEEEEEEEEE. I had fun with the presentation this time ^^ which version do you prefer: traditional bowl, wine glass (restaurant-like), or baby tiramisu shooters (in Asian flower tea teacups)????
My thoughts on the addition of cherries: like I’ve been telling my close friends on my adventurous tiramisu-making haha even with my calories-budget version, tiramisu is a creamy, moist (even “thick”) dessert. Sometimes one may get the “full” feeling really soon. With the (sour-er) cherries in it, it makes the dessert taste more fresh & lighter, if you know what I mean. Altogether, I still like the traditional tiramisu more, but cherry tiramisu works out well too!!