meiyun's foods & travels

Hii! I'm Anita~ I'm a Medical Laboratory Sciences student at the University of Alberta (Edm, AB). I'm interested in Chinese calligraphy, scrapbooking, collecting scarves, & cooking. I'm a lover of fat panda, decaf mochas, the color purple, Kpop (I'm an A+ B2uty Blackjack InnerCircle VIP!), badminton, Converse All-Star shoes, & art. I love eating & travelling so this is...a personal blog about my food & travel stories~ I hope you'll enjoy your stay, as well as giving me some feedback on my blog, in general, & your thoughts on the places I've blogged about :) thankyouu

Ready for MLS grad bake sale tomorrow & Wednesday!!! I hope they will be a hit :D second floor of ECHA, ppl!

MY WORLD IS FALLING APART :’( on THANKSGIVING, I know… As an A+, .. heartbreaking news last night with Lee Joon not renewing his contract with J. Tune & leaving MBLAQ. To this morning, Thunder is reportedly doing the same thing. Both of them are gonna focus on their acting career, which I totally understand from Joon’s perspective! J. Tune isn’t doing ANYTHING for them; they don’t guest on variety shows, poorly managed, infrequent comebacks that lack decent promotion… J. Tune basically not caring about them *sigh* so.. I’m glad in a sense that Joon (& Thunder) are figuring things out for themselves. Joon has always wanted to be an actor anyways… But it’s just that.. 1st, news came out that they’d be enlisting in the army after the MBLAQ Curtain Call concert in Nov, but…it’s actually this! >.< & now there’s G.O. posting “angry” tweets… nooooo… I really wanted to see the 5 of them on stage one day!!! All over now…

Anyways, since it’s Thanksgiving… I should be thankful that Joon will be doing the type of work he likes best, & that I will be seeing him in the upcoming MBC drama <3

Let’s switch gears & talk about food.

Belated post from Friday, where I had a late-summer lunch @ La Poutine with some members of my school family :) Late-summer…no, not from actual summer, but it was such a nice day on Friday that it felt like we were in the middle of summer again hehe

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La Poutine is located just off-campus, across from the Kyoto/Phobulous/Urban Diner plaza, & adjacent to Sugarbowl/HighLevel Diner, while also being next to Garneau theatre/Kabuki. It’s been on my to-try list for sooooo long!!! Esp since it’s so close-by. I still don’t understand why it took me so long to get here -.-” laziness…

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Come try it, everyone~ It’s limited time only!!

Ok, so everything on their menu are available in regular or large size. Of course, the large is a better deal :P They have a few bar stools/tall tables kind of seating in the small place, but regardless of dine-in or take-out, all their poutines come in take-out boxes anyway.

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^ Meat-Lover Poutine O_O with beef gravy (you get to pick 1 of 3 choices of gravy they have available: traditional, beef, or gluten-free).

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^ Perogy Poutine with traditional gravy (this is the regular size- literally half of the large but costs more than 50% of the price of the large)

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^ Donair Poutine with traditional gravy (ordered by he guy who views vegetables as a fear factor) lol

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Here is mine! The BBQ chicken poutine with traditional gravy :) A decent amount of chicken breast & a lot of cheese. The sauce however… BBQ sauce + gravy was an interesting mix. I actually wasn’t expecting it to be this saucy; I was thinking…chicken breast tossed in some BBQ sauce, then placed on top of cheese & gravy (rather than chicken + cheese on gravy plus BBQ sauce on top???). The combo resulted in a sour-ish after-taste, & definitely very salty!

Maybe due to my poor decision… I am disappointed :( I was expecting  a lot more since it was such a type back when it was 1st around… *shrugs* 7.5/10!

I’m hungry even though I ate so much earlier hehe where did I go? You’ll have to come back & visit me some time this weekend. Another food post by the end of today will not be possible. SORRY!

On Wednesday evening, I had dinner at Café Select in downtown (close to Corona station, the Timmy’s exit) with Clara! It was my 2nd visit at this restaurant. My 1st visit was a few yrs ago, where I had my birthday dinner. The appearance of the restaurant hasn’t changed since then.

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I would consider this place as “cute & cozy” - perfect for small gatherings, girls night out, or date with the significant other. To the left of this picture is the wine & dessert selection area. To the right is a small hallway containing the washroom & emergency exit.

Clara & I were seated on the second floor “balcony” lol it’s basically an area with 2-3 tables that are ~5-6 steps up from the main floor. The kitchen is located behind this second floor dining area, so you can hear some pots & pans in the background, but I didn’t mind.

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Complementary bread. Awkward…that they gave us 3 slices. Not 2, not 4…so we could split it evenly.

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Result of ambient lighting + forgot my camera & had to use my super old cell phone >.< these are mussels in a tomato sauce if you can imagine lol Not the best deal on the menu, I realize… but they were delicious! I wished they served bread or crackers with this (or even delay the complementary bread so we’d have that to go with this appetizer) cos there was so much soup left we finished all the mussels :( & it was really tasty~!

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Coquille St. Jacques = scallops & mushrooms in a white wine cream sauce with Duchess potatoes. YUM! A decent amount of scallops for the price it was asking for. Really rich & quite filling. I heard they got rid of this dish for some time, but decided to bring it back. It’s now located under the “The Classics” section of their menu, as opposed to their mains. I don’t know if it’ll go away anytime soon… You should definitely come try this!

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The Select Burger. I heard from a couple of ppl that this was a must-try. They gave good advice :) the beef patty was slightly too salty for my own taste, but it was bearable. I just found the fries to be a bit too soggy. Too spoiled by my Costco fries lol

Excellent service & food~ Additional feature is the online reservation option on their website. Super useful!! 10/10!

Happy Friday, everyone! Lots of blog posts coming this weekend cos it’s finally the long weekend, & I will have time to write, write, write!! That includes my research project proposal…

Anyways, this is a belated post for Canteen - the restaurant that Susan had her birthday dinner last Saturday :P It was on my “to-try” list for a long time, so I was really excited about coming here.

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Unless you knew the area well (ie 124th Street), or if you randomly stumble just in front of this place, you would likely miss it bcos the exterior is simply not too outstanding. It wasn’t bad/shady or anything, but it’s just…the place is small & the name is visible but still hard to see, if that makes any sense at all. You could very well drive by without realizing that it’s…HERE.

[get ready for some OCD artist rant] The interior. It’s very much like Woodworks - shared similarities like having an open bar area on the left side of the restaurant, dim lighting (this place was slightly better than Woodworks), few tables, simple yet sleek utensils & plates, modernistic sources of light/candle holders. Quite neat, actually! Or you may think… Details later! Keep reading :P that being said, I loved the little luggage tag-like tag that wrapped around the napkin (which contributes to the urban-esque feel of the restaurant).

For now, let’s take a look at the menus.

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La left side of the menu (left seems like a feminine sort of thing lol).

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Le right side of the menu :P

Not many choices. I actually went with 1 appetizer + 1 small plate instead, cos then I could try more things!

Ok so more… OCD artist rant. Modern interior for the most part, then you get these recycled-material menus =/ like the ones where you could see fibres of recyclable material?? THAT! So it was weird…

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Here was my tuna tostada. It was greattttttt!!! I loved it! The piece of rare tuna was actually quite thick; almost 1cm :O it was soy-glazed, with some pieces of citrus fruits (orange + grapefruit). Overall, it was a great combination of flavors! The broccamole was interesting too~ I didn’t quite like the raw green onions.

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That block of wood from the previous picture was actually the holder of my corn fritters - fried corn + batter, served with a maple dipping sauce. I LOVED THIS TOO! More than the tuna tostada :D

…but the presentation…… oh my goodness, when am I gonna stop with my artistic pickiness? -.-’ I really didn’t like the chalkboard-like plate, nor this wooden block. I mean…the 2 pieces of serving material didn’t even match each other… I can see the purpose of the chalkboard, but THIS… Again, the decorative stuff in this place just didn’t match - they were not in alignment with the overall “theme” of the restaurant, which I have yet to determine… Maybe you can help me out with the following photos.

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A not-so-modern yet not-so-“vintage” presentation of Diana’s stuffed dates, fennel sausage, & double smoked bacon

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A successful vintage-inspired presentation of Diana’s smoked trout with capers, avocado, crème fraiche, & brown butter crumble.

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The birthday girl’s grilled lamb chop. Ok, now it looks like we’re at a fine-dining restaurant with the classy square plate… I must say, white square plates are versatile but hard to really…perfect its use. I really liked the look of this dish.

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The return of the chalkboard… Dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate, toasted hazelnut with ice cream.

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… Camera flash was weird & I apologize for that but the dessert didn’t look that much better even if the camera flash was better (it honestly looked like leftovers)… Here’s the rhubarb, strawberry, crispy meringue, hibiscus syrup & poppyseed cake. (PS: I don’t think anyone was liking the presentation of this…)

Altogether, I enjoyed the company of my friends, & I was really happy that Susan had enjoyed herself =) the food was excellent, & service was great! Without taking presentation into account, 9.5/10!

Ahhh sorry I havent been on here, updating you all on my food life :( busy with school.. . Will post about food soon, I promise! For now, enjoy the autumn leaves & breezy weather, Edmontonians. Remember to stay hydrated & put on lotion ^^ my brother got me these delicious smelling lotions from Thailand - so convenient to carry them around :)