Episode 69 Part ONE
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In the next two episodes we are reviewing Sauce, Italian restaurant and market. Located 3326- 17 Avenue SW. This place is located in the Chorus Entertainment Building and is a weekly stop for us to curb our Truffle Popcorn craving. We enjoyed this place so much during our day date – that this episode is broken up into two parts, part TWO will be released next week.
I first went to this place with my GF Jenny she frequented it and we went for supper one night and ever since I wanted to bring Jeff there. So, we finally went one day while have a day date while London was at a bday party…it was worth it.
When you walk in there’s a great deli in one area with ready made meals, small cafe style of tabls ad chairs, Italians and others visiting and drinking espresso. Around this are there’s shelves stocked with Italian foods, sauces, pasta’s olives, italians sodas and more..the stage for the Pcon is highight by their signature bag of Metallic Red, it’s a lrage size and worth the purchase.
There’s crates stamped with their signature ’S’ in red. The sausages and curing meats are hanging yearning to be purchased an dmake into a charcuterie board. Cheses are chilled and sliced in take home wedges. Their dessert bar is so beautirul, corner ceramic stove, espresso machine, pastries and goodies gallore. Workers waiting to help box up your favourite sweets.
Once you mange to get by this stand, you can move into the waiting area for the restaurant and ‘wait to be seated’ We made a reservation…as wer’e siting and kabitzing the waitress pours our water…we enjoy settling in for the next hour or so. When we were heret it was still chilly out we have our new featherlite winter jackets on – as you can hear we are quite happy with them.
Calamari Lobster Risotto,
Here’s what risotto is, think creamy rice but is’ no soupy it’s thick like a good cheesy pasta. Risottos is typicaly made with a lot of butter and cheese, you can make a roux also to help with the richness of this meal, ti’s very good when it’s prepred right
So my hubbys voice is a bit soft but he says, ravioli is not enough food – you know how Ravioli comes out, you get 4 squares place on a large plate – it’s sort of shoking when the price refects like 10 orders. So we pass on this altho it doesn sound good.
We settle on Calamarie to start 5:28
the waitress offeers us bread to sop up the pomodoro sauce I order the fuzili and Jeff orders the Risotto…we enoy thebeautifully decoarted restaurant and our wine…
6:11 the lights in this place are beautiful we are thinking of changing our lights out to somethig more spectaular then our modern, plane square globe style.Something to add some character. Like chandeliers…..
Jeff proceeds to tell a story about the mens washroom listen to this…6:52 so you walk in and there’s a long hallway giant square in the middle with one urnal in the middle of this – which would fit many urinal. he can just see the guy waiting for you. and then one bathroom stall. I too describe the bathrooms – yes the bathrooms are gorgeous.
9:50 (after) so I started making thsi new10:33 quilt for us – for our bed so change things up a bit – you can see pictgures of this on my site but now I”m like erch – what? he doesn’t want this on our bed!!
1017 Jeff explains our quilt on uur bed… He’s right I made that quite testing out a contemporary technique, it ended up working perfectly to our room personality. Again pics of this on our website. This quilt took me years to fimish and I’m pretty proud of it that’s for sure.
10:33 we test and taste eachothers wines. He’s moving into more of the red wines lately where as I’m still on the white wine side of things. He in the end likes my wine and I don’t mind his…you can hear the kitchen wich is just off to the back of where we are sitting. 11:56 – can you smell the garlic
12:28 Candelier cover your cords in fabric or tools or toile. In the end when we hung the chandeliers we didn’t have enough cord to go any longer then we could so this chain link is showing instead of being covered. Best laid intentions right?
Sauce vs Cassis
14:13 We care now comparing this “sauce’ restaurant with Castle – Cassis Bistro another Itelian makret,, restaurant location we’ve been to a few times. 14:27 (after) we were invited to a breakfast paring with my friend Jenny and her bf. It was a bit pricey at a rate of a nice meal in a fine dinig restaurant, they paried all of the course with wines (Italian) and it was delightful. This breakfast was held in Cassis and we were served by the husband and wife team that own the place. They have a movie projector showing old black and white movies up on a big screen at the back of the place. Ths place might hold ony about 40 people. There wa s a 1 person band playing/singling in the background – it was quite romantic. 14:49 so if you’re not familiar with Hello Dollies they are a scrumptious combination of condensed milk, chocochips and coconut and graham wafer crumbs, combined in layers into a sweet dessert bite.
15:39 around us the tables are getting reserved for parties that will be filing in soon. As Jeff menionted it’s only 4:30. The one table has 2 high chairs – they are definitely a family friendly restaura nt. Lots of street parking also on 17 Avenue and all of the off streets around the building.
16:07 have you heard of Tavernatta – its on Edmonton Trail south of 16 Avenue toward the diner delux and where the old OEB used to be. This place is amazing another great option for home cooked pasta, good wines and a great ambiance. It’s bustling and warm inside. Sometimes people are sitting at the outside tables playing bottce ball and enjoying lunch.
Our Appetizer Arrives
17:15 our meal comes…well the calimarie. It’s kind of served in open peppers – sort of positioned so well on the plate, smells amazing – I can almost taste this as I’m writting nad it was very good. 19:00 we are enjoying dipping the bread the waitress suggested in tthe sauces and the oils.
How good is the Calamari?
19:48 read after – wow fantastic Jeff says. One thing about the OMaD (one meal a day) eating regime is that food tasts so much better – first you are hungry, second you want to eat really good food when you break your fast. Youdon’t just eat anything you want food to be really good like top notch super satisfying. 20:13 I dont love it – you want to love food when you only 1 time per day…20:55 sorry about my full mouth but I don’t love calimarie in generally Jeff and London both really like it and typically will just share an order.I prefer to not look a tthe knarley tentacles stikcing out everywhere. Jeff put it right this meal is a ‘adult’ version of Calamarie.
21:44 Who doesn’t like a nice slice of bread, dipped into a fantastic saucee? or just with peanut butter and bananaas lol or bread…wait a side note my massage lady she doens’t eat bread like ever! – hmmm that sounds uspect dont you think?
22:22 are we enjoying the appies…umm yes! the sauce and the bread and the peppers are amazing the pomodor sauce it’s incredible. 31:56 the waitress clears our appetizerplate and ofers anoter glass of wine while we wait for our main course. She has these very funky glasses on and they looked fabulous on there – give someone a compliment once in a while – mean it tho – and make someones day!
23:13 as some of you know I bake bread at home 1-2 times per week. I’ve been doin this for about 5 years. Jeff’s been asking me lately if I can switch up the bread ‘loaves’ style and make maybe smaller loaves or buns instead. Hmm this might work if my bread maker could do this for me…23:56 a mixer.? erch – we don’t not need another applieance in this house. Do you have a bread maker? The beauty is you don’t have to wait around checking for rising and other timed events while makeing bread in a breadmaker – the breadmarker does the timing for you…
26:55 recently I went through a change phases with my glasses being comfortable and some days I just deal with them bugging me all day..sliding down pinching, pressing whatever it is but now I have another optin I went and got fitted for contacts. Do you wear contacts – like them or prefer your glasses – have you been through this – changed from glasses to contacts or flip beween the two?
Moments between Mom and Daughter
28:25 every night i lay with London and we read stories share secrets and things about our day. She gets on these kicks where she wants to learn and hear stories about wh en she was younger so this day..we talk about her ‘baby sisters’ their names were Chooney and Savanna and sometimes she had a brother names Duggen. This went on for quite a while I’d pick her up from day care and they would comment about London’s ‘baby sisters’ knowingfull well London was an only child.
What did you think of part ONE, describing bathrooms – hanging my new chandelier, my new quilting project, other places we’ve been or want to go, our appetizer full of knarly bits and the start of our entre while the rooms wafts of garlic…such a fun day
Part two will come out next week as we sit and make plans and goals for our future. You’ll get more of a glimpse of our life and our dreams. We talk about London and all this is during our day date…what do you and your life partner talk babout