Monthly Archives: October 2014

Food Review: Mighty Angus with Jalapeños (McDonald’s)

(Originally posted on my “Let’s Eat Out Once a Week” blog)

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Saw an ad for McDonald’s new Mighty Angus with Jalapeños Burger, and decided to try one out on Tuesday.

Well…actually it’s not “new” because they’ve had this burger in the U.S. since 2013, but apparently it’s only available in Canada now for a limited time. Prior to this so-called “mighty” burger, McDonald’s in Canada already had the Angus Bacon & Cheese and Angus Deluxe on their menu.

I regrettably got this at the much-maligned location on Grandview Highway and Renfrew, where the WiFi was finally working on this day. Nothing else seemed to be.

For starters, they apparently ran out of trays at this location – as I was given a to-go bag even though I stated during the order this was “for here.” Second, as far as I knew, their Monopoly’s game ran till early November…but no stickers for the large fries or pop even though we were still in October. Oh, okay, I realize the stickers are available until they run out, but c’mon…..

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Third, the burger looked…fairly ordinary. I wouldn’t call it “mighty” by any means….

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Well, it looked nothing like what they showed in the ad… like I said, fairly mediocre. The one in the ad actually looked juicy, while the one I got looked terrible! It looked like this puny burger that got squished or deflated, or something along those lines.

Fourth, I’d asked for McChicken Sauce with the fries but got none. Typical. I did go to the counter to ask for them, though. (Lastly, their monitors weren’t showing Game Six of the World Series – so I was going back and forth with Carson about the game as he was watching it at home in Victoria.)

As for the taste of this “mighty” Angus, I didn’t feel the kick of the jalapeños until I was two-thirds done with the burger. It was a fairly ordinary burger. Nothing about it blew me away. It wasn’t bad, but it was very ordinary. I mean, the burger contained Angus beef topped with BBQ sauce, jalapeño crisps, jalapeños pepper slices, smoked bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese…but it was nothing special. Definitely not “mighty.”

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I guess it’s probably better to go down to Rupert Street and have a better burger at Boston Pizza – and also get a chance to watch the game. The “Mighty Angus” is pretty overrated.

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
What: 
Might Angus with Jalapeños Burger combo, with a large fries and medium drink
How Much: C$9.19 plus tax (which came to a total of C$9.65).
Where: Grandview McDonald’s, 2909 Grandview Highway, Vancouver, BC, V5M 2E4
Final Thoughts: The burger was okay, but there was nothing “mighty” about it.

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Review: Sea Tea Cafe (West Vancouver)

(Originally posted on my food blog, letseatoutonceaweek.wordpress.com)

Was in West Vancouver on both days during the weekend, and wanted to check out Sea Tea Cafe on Saturday….only to see that it was closed even though it was only 3:30 p.m. (The sign advertised that they were open daily until 7:00, so I guess whoever was on duty was sick… oh well.) The following day on Sunday, they were open so I decided to get a fruit smoothie.

Sea Tea Cafe is located on the corner of 16th Street and Bellevue Avenue, and it seems like a neat little place. There’s no seating inside, but there are a few tables out front and also in a small patio area to the left of the order window.

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I thought it was certainly a nice place to grab a cold beverage and sit in their patio area for a bit. I got their Mixed Berries Smoothie, which was C$5.50 including tax. Yeah, I know we’re in October and it’s a little cooler now, but I simply love my cold beverages!

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Oh yeah, the other flavours they have for smoothies are Mango and Peach.

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I found a table to sit at and enjoy the smoothie – and gosh, it was really good! It was iced cold – just the way I like it – and very refreshing. I’d had a smoothie at the Renaissance Coffee at SFU recently, and it was no contest. This one at Sea Tea Cafe was way better!

And what can I say about Sea Tea Cafe… There were a few tables for people to sit at and hang out, and a couple of older ladies sat at one and chatted cheerfully. There was a portable radio on a square table playing some soothing music from the French CBC. There was this artificial waterfall in the corner next to where I was sitting. Just a nice, relaxing atmosphere. I enjoyed sitting there for a few minutes sipping on the smoothie. It was great! Peaceful, soothing music, iced cold and refreshing beverage…. very good indeed.

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Sea Tea Cafe is also a good place to grab a bite and a beverage en route to a walk along the seawall. It’s definitely a place worth checking out if you’re in the area.

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When: Sunday, October 5, 2014
What: 
Mixed Berries Smoothie
Where: Sea Tea Cafe, 101-1590 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver, BC
How Much: C$5.50 (tax included)

Food Review: Rosie’s on Robson (Yaletown)

(Originally posted on my food blog, letseatoutonceaweek.wordpress.com)

Met up with Adrian Brijbassi on Saturday night to give him a copy of my new book, “Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs,” as a way to thank him as he was one of the people that I had interviewed as part of my research.

We met at the Rosie’s on Robson in downtown Vancouver (which is on the cusp of Yaletown), and sat at the bar to watch the extra innings of Game Two of the San Francisco-Washington NL Division Series – and to catch up as well, of course. The last time we had met up was back in February on the day the Senators played the Canucks in the “indoor”-outdoor game at BC Place (played with the roof closed because of the rain that afternoon).

I ordered their Calamari, which came with onions, peppers, and tzatziki for dipping. It was delicious. I liked it. Very crispy and the sauce was great too.

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There didn’t seem to be a lot of people on this night – we were there from around 7:00 to 9:00-ish as we didn’t leave until the end of the ballgame. The service was quick and friendly. When the bartender switched the game to the Canucks-Oilers preseason game, we asked him if he could change it back to the baseball game and he obliged.

Adrian is someone that I respect immensely, and it was great catching up with him. His wife Julie stopped by the pub to say a quick hello – and Adrian showed her my book. She congratulated me and I stayed humble, but she reminded me that what I had done was a huge accomplishment and I deserve to be proud of it and brag about it. After she left, the game kept going on and actually made the postseason record books for both the longest game in terms of innings (tied for the record) as well as time duration (broke the record). In the 18th, I remarked to Adrian that the game would probably be decided on a misplay or an error. On the next pitch, Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead homer to put the Giants ahead, and then they hung on after a rookie named Hunter Strickland (whom neither Adrian nor me had heard of) pitched a shaky bottom half of the inning to close things out.

Overall, an enjoyable visit to Rosie’s on Robson. Definitely will be packed during hockey season for sure.

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
What: Calamari
Where: Rosie’s on Robson, 298 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 6A1
How Much: C$11.00
Final Thoughts: Good calamari and good service.