Burger Theory Review | Bristol, UK

Burger Theory Review | Bristol, UK

Hello friends,

Todays post is going to be a food review from my time spent in the United Kingdom! I have only done a few of these on my blog, but I should really start doing more because I love trying out new restaurants. People just give me weird looks when I take pictures!

Anyways, todays food review is of a little burger joint called Burger Theory. We went there on our first night in Bristol with my sister and her boyfriend. Obviously they are the ones who suggested it because they live there!

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First impressions of this place – it looks pretty cool and like there might be good burgers inside. Now I will just tell you all, growing up in Alberta, Canada I have had many amazing burgers – to this day I don’t think I have had any burgers better then the ones I have had in Alberta.

But back to Burger Theory. I absolutely loved the vibe of this place. The inside was so cute and cozy however all the rustic wood made it feel like you were about to get a good/hardy meal in you.

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I absolutely loved the wooden roof and the light fixtures that they chose. I feel as if it complimented the layout of the restaurant and the vibe they were trying to achieve. The atmosphere was incredibly warm and welcoming too.

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They had a cool saying written above the arches – in summary, they make most of the food they serve from scratch including their sauces and pickled vegetables – and let me tell you, their homemade ketchup was bomb.

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So of course, the first thing you order at a restaurant is a drink. Since I was somewhere new in the world, I wanted to try a local favourite (or at least a restaurant favourite). My sister and the waiter said this rhubarb cider was the drink to get, so I did. I had no clue what to expect since I have never had rhubarb and cider combined before, but it was very refreshing and delicious! Definitely no potent alcohol taste at all – I would recommend trying one if you ever visit the UK and just want a light drink!

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By this time, we have ordered and are ravenous. I have drank most of my drink and since I have the smallest bladder in the world I ventured out to find the washroom. Every washroom I encountered on this trip was incredibly tiny, so I kept my eyes peeled for the little door.

Oh also, instead of saying washroom most say toilets, which I actually enjoyed quite a bit haha I felt so British saying toilets instead of washroom.

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Anyways! Do you see how tiny this sink is – its one of the largest sinks I saw on this trip. I could almost wash my hands without hitting the sides of it. Most of the sinks I used, you had to wash one hand at a time or you’d make a mess!

Their taps are also different then I am used to. One is hot and the other is cold … so if you want warm water I believe maybe you plug the sink and then wash your hands in there? If anyone knows the reasoning behind the completely separate temperature taps please let me know!

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Since everything is so tiny in the UK, they have signs everywhere saying “mind your head” and you really have to pay attention to it because you will hit your head if you don’t duck!

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Once I arrived back from my toilet adventure the food was there. All nice and warm ready to be devoured!

The Burger Theory has so many options to choose from, you can basically get whatever kind of burger your little heart desires. I believe I got a bacon cheese burger, which is usually my go to, and it was the best burger I had on my whole trip. I had about three burgers while I was in the UK and its not their strong suit. However, this burger was pretty darn good. My sister, and mom I believe, got the vegan burgers and they also enjoyed them. So this restaurant is great for a range of burger eaters. All are welcome!

We were so stuffed from the meals that we didn’t get desert, which is rare for me, but I think my sister probably told me we could get ice cream or something to get me to leave!

This was in total a great first UK burger experience and I would recommend trying it out if you happen to be strolling past one craving a burger!

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Until next time,

xoxo

Exploring the Northwest Territories | Part 3

Exploring the Northwest Territories | Part 3

Hello friends,

Click the links below if you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 yet!

We drove on Ice?! |Part 1

The Journey to Fort Smith Continues | Part 2

So, the adventure continues. Today was our only full day to explore the Northwest Territories and we definitely did just that. Once we all woke up, we headed downstairs to the same Chinese restaurant for breakfast. And no, we did not have Chinese food for breakfast I know all of you were thinking that, we had normal eggs and other breakfasty foods. It actually wasn’t too bad, except my mom tried multiple blueberry jams for her toast and they were all rock solid! Good thing I like raspberry jam on mine! haha

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Passed through a four way stop on our way to the other side of town. I had to take a picture because I though it was really unique that they had all the local languages on it.

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With full bellies and a charge camera battery we were off. First we drove around the town of Fort Smith, mind you its not very big so it didn’t eat up too much of the day! We came to the “far” side of town (literally 2 minute drive from the side we were on) and came up to this beautiful view.

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Looking off into the distance you could see how the ice wasn’t completely solid, which kind of sketched me out thinking that we have to drive on ice to get home! haha

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It was still snowing this morning however the sun was trying to peak through the clouds, which it eventually did later in the day.

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The place we stopped at was also where the kids come to snowboard, which I thought was pretty cool! They made a little terrain park for themselves and had it all set up nicely. I guarantee those kids would come home dead and exhausted after being here for a few hours. Snowboarding down would be loads of fun, but if you haven’t noticed yet there is no chairlift or magic carpet to bring them back up to the top!

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They set up a pretty big jump at the bottom of the main hill here, and if you picked up enough speed I think you would launch right into the bush!

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While we were still in that area, we drove down the little road to the water. People do live on that island out there, and one would think hmm there are no roads to get there so how do they come into town? If you scroll down through these pictures you will see that there are little trees on the ice as markers of where the “safe” ice is to come across on. This also helps to mark their path when it is snowing heavily.

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Below you can see the path more clearly that people use. Everyone in these little towns drives quads or skidoos and things like that. Which makes sense to get across ice easier and drive around the small town.

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Once done exploring the town, we decided to drive down the highway looking for wildlife, hoping to spot something really cool….like wild wood bison (spoiler: the finding bison thing didn’t happen). I believe it was only like an hour and a bit into the drive and two massive wolves came flying out of the forest, bounded through the deep snow, crossed the road and disappeared into the bush on the other side. It was an awe struck moment and I didn’t get any pictures of them!! I was actually like a crushed kid on Christmas morning that didn’t get the toy they wanted. I stupidly tried shooting through the trucks front window with a million cracks in it (#Albertawindshield) and my camera freaked out, it was the first time in all my life getting an error message on the camera screen.

I kid you not, I have seen wolves before, but this was a whole new level of jaw dropping amazing. These wolves were probably around 160 pounds and their fur was absolutely stunning. They also bounded through the deep snow as smooth as a fish swims through water, just incredible. By this time the snowfall was clearing and their fur glistened in the sunlight. A moment I will never forget…but also wished I could have captured it.

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So with all of us being awe struck by those two beautiful creatures we continued the drive in hopes of coming across more beautiful animals.

Every turnoff my dad saw he took it, even though on his truck map you could see that it was just a loop. Every time he would get so disappointed that it was just a loop and not a road leading to somewhere cool. Eventually I pointed it out to him that before he turns he could see how long the road is and we all had a good laugh about that. Even after I showed him he kept doing it and then laughing when the road would end saying “oh well I guess I could have looked at the map”.

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At the end of our drive we came back into town to fill up the truck, since tomorrow morning we were heading out. And the back of the truck was covered once again in snow and sand from the drive. My mom and I went into this gas station while my dad was filling the truck up to explore. Inside they had a little Tim Hortons, which I though “of course how Canadian” and the rest looked like a pretty normal gas station just with extremely high snack prices. Now these snack prices didn’t deter my mom and I haha even though my dad wasn’t too pleased with us! Girls gotta have snacks okay!

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We finished the night off with literally the best pizza I have had in my life. It was so good, I could have eaten it for breakfast lunch and dinner. The place was called Berro’s Pizzeria. 10/10 would recommend. I was skeptical thinking oh just another meh meal, but was I ever wrong. They had all the awards he was given up around the restaurant, which was cool to see and they also had local pictures up too. Once the pizza was done and our number was called, we dug right in. There was no time for pictures because we were starving and salivating over it. We ate breakfast that day and then just some road snacks, nothing too substantial, so you could say we were hungry!

After that very satisfying meal, we headed back out for another journey before calling it a night, which will be where I start my next post. Make sure to subscribe if you want to continue reliving my adventures.

What is the bestΒ  pizza you have ever had? I bet it wasn’t in the Northwest Territories! Leave me a comment below πŸ™‚

Until next time,

xoxo

The Grizzly House Review| Banff, AB 2017

The Grizzly House Review| Banff, AB 2017

Hello friends,

Today’s post will be a review of The Grizzly House in Banff, Alberta Canada! The Grizzly House is a famous fondue restaurant in Banff. Ever since I was young I knew what it was but never went there! There is a rustic/casual atmosphere welcoming to both families or couples.

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary while we were in Banff for New Years and he made us reservations at The Grizzly House! Now our reservation was for 8 o’clock or something so very late after a long day of snowboarding out in the cold! However, it was definitely a cool experience and I recommend it to all who visit Banff!

I will say however it is a more expensive dinner. If you want the fondue meal (which we did obviously..duh) there are a few options that you can pick from. It is a four course meal where you have options for every course! For the fondue dinner option, at least 2 or more people have to be ordering it.

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This was what I chose for my first course. It was their french onion soup. Now, before this meal I have never tried this kind of soup, but I always heard of it. And I will be honest I thought it was something completely different! haha I was expecting this creamy delicious onion soup … it was nothing of the sort. Well, kind of kidding. It was pretty good! The flavour was awesome, but those chunks on top were bread and I am not the biggest fan of soggy bread in my soup (same goes for soggy crackers .. ew!). Underneath there was more of a broth with caramelized onions in it, which i did enjoy!

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Here is a flat lay of the table when we got our soup. We had our wine, which was delicious! I ended up ordering the same one on New Years haha it was a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. They gave us each a million forks, which lets be honest, who knows what fork is for what! Not me! So I just guessed haha still had one left over at the end so I probably did it wrong.

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Anyways now we are onto round 2!Β  I mean course 2 .. oops! When I get a four course meal it almost feels like I am doing different battle rounds with the food.. which one will defeat me?! We will not know until my stomach says “No More!”… spoiler: this time I made it to the end πŸ˜‰

So back on topic, we ordered the cheese fondue. Very good choice I must say. It was made with some type of red wine and came with nice fresh bread to dip in it! It also came with fully caramelized garlic cloves. The waiter said that if we like garlic we could add a few and smoosh them around… we added them all! haha SO good!

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Next came out the main course … all the meat! Sorry vegans hahah (aka my sista)

So for the meat course, there were 6Β  different ones you could choose from depending on what meat you wanted/how many oz you wanted in total. I ended up getting the Hunter Fondue Dinner which had buffalo, wild boar and venison (my favourite) and my boyfriend got the biggest, and most expensive, plate of course, which was the Exotic Fondue Dinner. It included buffalo, venison, shark, kangaroo, alligator, frog legs, and rattlesnake. It was suppose to come with ostrich, but they were out so he got kangaroo instead!Β  So much food, but very cool to try!

I didn’t get a picture with the hot rock (what we cooked the meat on) fully loaded because I was starving and it got the best of me…next time I will do better! haha To cook the meat you can choose either the hot rock or hot oil. The hot rock is what they recommend though and it was more appealing to me since I am not a huge fan of very oily food!

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With the meat came four different sauces: onion bacon, spicy tomato, horseradish dijon, honey garlic, and teriyaki abbe! The listing goes from right to left with the teriyaki abbe in the middle. My boyfriend was most excited for the horseradish one and the teriyaki abbe got me! My least favourite was the spicy tomato, but all still good! Definitely tried everyone as should you if you ever go πŸ™‚

 

 

Next we move onto desert. And yes yes I know the restaurant is for the cool meat and everything, but honestly the chocolate fondue at the end was so utterly amazing!! It was a melted toblerone bar!

 

 

To dip in this delicious melted goodness was strawberries, banana, melon, orange, apple, and wafer chunks. Personally the strawberry and wafers were my favourite to dip! I set one wafer piece aside till I was done with everything else to dip so I could finish with my favourite haha does anyone else do that? We tried to finish all of the chocolate because it was so good but we simply couldn’t.

By the time we finished up with this we were so full! I tried to pace myself throughout the meal, but its quite hard when everything is so good!

The tables that they had were pretty cool too because they were all made of old corks put in this coating to hold it all together. Very neat!

Rating: 8/10

Yes I know some of you may be shocked..”why only an 8?!” First of all, the restaurant was freezing cold, I ate with my coat on for most of the meal. Not sure if the heat wasn’t working, but damn when its -28 outside you need heat! So that made the meal less pleasant. There are also these phones placed all around the restaurant that ring and you can answer them and I guess talk to another table? So that is kind of cool, but also annoying to have phones ringing all throughout the meal. Lastly, I am not a huge fan of cooking my own food when I go out to eat. It was a kind of cool experience, but I wasn’t quite sure how to cook some of it so I ended up with a few raw pieces that I couldn’t eat. Once they see that you have no more meat on the hot rock they take it away, so I could not even throw it back on!

Besides those few not amazing things, the rest was great! I would recommend to try it out if you are ever in the area and want a more expensive/unique dinning experience. Like both of the fondue’s were amazing, the cheese and chocolate, and they are a fondue restaurant so they nailed that!

Let me know if you have any questions about the restaurant and I will do my best to answer them! Also a question for all of you, have you ever been to The Grizzly House? If so, how was your experience? I would love to know! Also, if there are any other cool fondue restaurants you’ve been to!

P.S sorry for the iphone quality pictures, we were on a fancy date so I didn’t wanna bring out the big gun!

Until next time,

xoxo

Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg, NS

Hello friends,

Todays post will be about my time spent in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia! I was there for two nights and it was quite a lovely town if you ask me. We stayed at the Rum Runner Inn. This hotel was very nice and it was located on a main street so we just walked to get dinner and snoop through all the little shops. It is also right by the water so you get a nice view. We even got a little deck with a few chairs to sit out at!

If you drive to the other side of town (where the golf course is) you get a beautiful view of all the colourful houses and shops of Lunenburg. Thats the main tourist attraction, all the colour of the maritimes.

It was an overcast day, which is quite usual, however I did manage to get a few shots of the colour that this town contains. Hope you enjoy!

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And yes, the grass really is that green. I noticed that all throughout Nova Scotia actually. No matter how gloomy the day is or even when it is sunny, the grass is always very vibrant! I give credit to all the rain!

Anyways, until next time!

xoxo

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Part 2

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Part 2

Here is the second part of my Peggy’s Cove post. These were taken the next morning when the sky cleared up and it wasn’t typical Nova Scotia weather, which is rain and gloomy clouds.

It was difficult to get these pictures of the famous lighthouse without any one in them because when its nicer out, more people tend to lead their little caves. I am very happy I went here and toured around Nova Scotia in May instead of during the tourist season, which starts mid-june. I have heard from almost all tourist places that peggy’s Cove is literally jam packed with people during the summer. Therefore, my suggestion to you, is that if you want to visit, go during the fall, winter or spring… just not in the summer!

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*Warning: Injury and death have rewarded careless sight seers here. The ocean and rocks are treacherous, savour the sea from a distance*

Legit take note of this. You may think those black rocks (as they call them) are not slippery, but they are. As well, a wave may not look large but when it hits you, you’ll reconsider that thought. Just be cautious and admire from a far…and away from ledges!

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That large building is the gift shop as well as a restaurant. While you eat you have a beautiful view of all the surrounding water and rocks, definitely worth a visit.

Although if you do go in, my advice is do not buy their salt water taffy. For some reason it tastes funny….

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Looking out into the distance. It was such a beautiful day… well until about mid afternoon when it started to rain again! Oh Nova Scotia weather, how I will not miss you.

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This is a lobster fisherman throwing a cage out. When you look off into the water at Peggy’s Cove, there are many orangy-red buoys that you can see and they are all lobster traps. It is actually quite amazing and impressive to watch these boats drive around and pull the cages up and put them back down. Let me just say, they are very good at keeping track of what they have already checked!

If you did not know, lobster season is not in the summer as most would think. It is actually late fall to the spring. If you are interested in the lobster in Nova Scotia here is a link.

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If you are interested, click here to find out more about Peggy’s Cove.

Or if you missed part 1 of this post, click here.

Until next time,

xox

The Port Pub Bistro | Port Williams, NS

The Port Pub Bistro | Port Williams, NS

Hello friends,

Today I wanted to write about an amazing restaurant I went to the other night called The Port Pub.Β It is a wonderful restaurant that uses local food and beer. Their cocktails are to die for and the beer is so smooth… went down a little too easy if you known what I mean.

We got their Korean BBQ style chicken wings for an appetizer and let me just say, I have not had wings that good in a while! Then for the entree I got a Thai style breaded chicken burger with their house cut fries and my boyfriend got their regular burger with the same house cut fries…nothing survived. We demolished those meals.

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Lastly we split the apple crumble for desert. It was warm when it came out (my favourite) and was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce. So good.

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My verdict: if you are ever in the small town of Port Williams in Nova Scotia, its a must.

Until next time,

xoxo