Dinner Beyond the Sky | Sky 360 Restaurant Review

City lights and sumptuous fine dining, now that’s a perfect match! If you’re a sucker for a great view plus a phenomenal yet budget friendly food, Sky 360 is your go-to resto. Not to mention their revolving floor, thus, coined from the restaurant’s name. The wonderful view (most especially at night) and wonderful staff who were very accommodating and approachable makes this restaurant a great place for a great meal.


I decided to celebrate my birthday here since I have been hearing a lot of positive reviews about this restaurant, not to mention about the sky line view that is really breathtaking during nights.

calgary tower at night.

Reservation is hassle free. You just have to call their phone number (which can be seen in their website), leave your name, how many seats you need and what date and time you’ll be going.

Revolving floor that gives you a 360 view of the city 💛

The lounge is located at the top most part of Calgary Tower. We took the route in Stephen Avenue. Our journey on our way to the lounge is as good as our experience in the restaurant. YYC Downtown will always have a special place in my heart.

Scenic view from below!

We decided to start dinner at 6pm. If you are late, they give you a 15 minute grace period. We were 15 minutes late on the agreed time. If you’re just like us who are used in rushing and yet always running late, they would send you a text message just like I had. (see photo below)

As soon as we arrived, we were accompanied by the hostess to our table after confirming our reservation. They won’t look for I.D.’s not unless you are drinking of course. 

Main Entrance

Our waiter was very approachable and friendly! He would always check us out if everything was doing okay, some chit chatting and some laughs. We chose the window seat to be able to have a grasp for that beautiful skyline view ❤

 

For starters, we ordered spinach and goat cheese salad which is made with beets, carrots and sliced almonds. (I will include in this review their dinner menu from their website).

 

Nothing special with the appetizer. It was good and you’ll notice that it’s freshly made. Their goat cheese are addicting btw!

For our main entrée, we had roasted chicken barley risottowhich is made with Spolumbo’s chorizo sausage, roasted peppers & spinach. The chicken was well done and you can see it smoking as they serve it to you!

We also had 12 oz of Alberta beef striploin that comes with buttermilk potato purée, asparagus,  cipollini confit, & rosemary. This was my favorite! We actually ordered two of these. One was well done and one is medium rare. The waiter suggested that we should not try well done because the meat becomes a little bit stiff if they’ll cook it well but we insisted because I don’t wat blood in my meat.

The difference of the two was the well done meat tastes a little bit saltier but the medium rare meat was juicier. I also loved the buttermilk potato puree that came with it. It’s creamy just as what you expect from a puree’s consistency. Although I wish they used salted butter because it felt like I needed a little bit of salt (salt bae where were you?!) when I ate it with my meat.

Meat comes great with red wine. We chose Mount Riley Pinot Noir for our beverage. It was quite expensive for a glass of wine because the other fine diner that we had was you could get a full glass for their price, we only got half. Oh well, I guess it depends on the quality of wine. I am not a wine enthusiast so I cannot tell if it’s worth it or not. As long as it’s red, I’m good!

Our waiter recommended their very own salted caramel gelato. We ordered two of those plus s’more cheese cake. Dessert are quite affordable yet yummy! It comes with good serving portion size.

They were very thoughtful to give a birthday dessert for someone who’s spending their birthday! I loved every bit of it ❤

I think for meat eaters, (Since I only got a chance to review about some of their dish), the food is decent. I’ve had better, but was expecting it to be a little bit expensive due to location and the prestige of it. Over all, I would definitely recommend this to a friend!

This was a lovely way to spend a Saturday night! How did you spent yours?

Much Love, J

 

Cafe Alert! | Alforno Restaurant Review

Brunch, dinner, pastries? They got you covered! Feeling lucky to be able to have a review on one of the coolest cafe located at heart of YYC Downtown dubbed to be a hidden instagrammable place that offers a “hippie vibe”.wp-image-567609050jpg.jpg
A gold door that serves as an  entrance will welcome you to satisfy your cravings. Anyone can stop by for a fresh cup of coffee, sumptuous brunch or for its huge variety of sumptuous dessert!


Our group chose this spot to sit and do some planning about our upcoming Europe trip (I can’t wait!). The place is very pleasant & cozy. It’s perfect for students who wish to have that learning environment or for office workers who want to have a break from those paper works. During our visit, we’ve seen a lot of elderly clients gathered in the elevated function hall so I guess they offer reservation for those who wishes to have a private gathering or party.


Their matcha latte is perfect for this cold winter! Its creamy consistency makes me want for more!

Lemon pie meringue is not what I expected. I thought it would be a sweet dessert but it was sour. I don’t know if it was good or bad but at least I know it came from natural ingredients. ( I would appreciate if the staff would inform us about that hehe)

Aside from pizza, I can say that cheesecakes are their forte. We came in late at night but I can still say that their cakes are still fresh. It does not have gooey consistency unlike some other cheesecakes I’ve tried before. It’s not too sweet nor too blunt.



What I love about this bakery is that there is plenty to choose from in the bakery case to eat in or take home.

Their interior boasts a minimalist bar, marble counter, instagrammable corner and wood paneling.

Over all, I loved the place not just because of its minimalist design. The ambiance made by friendly staff, a wide variety of sumptuous (mainly Italian) food, and satisfying desserts are to die for! Be sure to check this place out!

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Much Love, J

 

 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 1 hour

Baking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  1. 4 medium sized potatoes
  2. 1 cup of any kind of cheese (parmesan preferred)
  3. 1 cup of salted butter
  4. 1 tablespoon of flour
  5. 1 cup of milk
  6. 2 cloves of garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon of salt
  9. chopped Parseley for garnish

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Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak

Prep Time: 2 hours

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  1. Rib Eye Steak
  2. 3 tablespoon of canola oil
  3. Salt and Pepper
  4. 4 Garlic Cloves (smashed)
  5. 3 sprigs of rosemary
  6. 3 sprigs of thyme
  7. 3 tablespoons of butter

How To Do It?

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No-Cook Frozen Lemon Salmon Toast

What You’ll Need:

  1. Rye bread cut into cubes
  2. Frozen Salmon
  3. Small slices of Kale or Rosemary (or any kind of herb)
  4. Small slices of lemon

White Sauce:

  1. Sourcream
  2. White Mayo
  3. Minced onion
  4. Minced onion chives
  5. salt and pepper to taste

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My Edible Christmas Trees

Christmas is just around the corner and there’s a lot of gift wrapping, decorating, cooking and of course, EATING needed to be done 😀 While some people don’t have anything to do, I keep myself busy and squeeze in my “me time” in between my two jobs and studies. Here’s what I got in mind.

Since Christmas is getting near and I did not had any chance to join my mom in decorating our Christmas tree, I decided to make my own mini Christmas tree that I could eat. 😀

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A box of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Thin slices of cucumbers
  • Colorful toothpicks
  • Jar of olives
  • Barbecue sticks
  • An apple
  • Fancy plate (optional)

During Decorating:

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Kissing the Summer Goodbye (4 Ingredient Pina Colada Recipe)

Time flies when you’re having rum 😉

Good for: 4-6 pax

What do you need?

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Messy Indoor S’mores

Imagine yourself indulging in the warmth of gigantic bonfire, enjoying meaningful talks with your friends while you warm up those marshmallows and chocolates in a long stick. Warm S’mores is usually enjoyed around a campsite. But when PMS hits you hard in the middle of the night and you suddenly crave for sugar, you can still enjoy s’mores at home! *apparently*

You  need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Fluffy marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars / chips
  • Microwave

Steps to Hyperglycemia: 🙂

  • Place graham cracker in a microwave safe plate.
  • Place a marshmallow on top of the graham cracker
  • Microwave for 10-20 seconds until the marshmallow melts
  • Place a piece of chocolate bar on top of marshmallow. Press gently.
  • Microwave for 5-10 seconds.
  • Add chocolate chips.

*If you still feel sugar deprivation in spite of this oozing sweetness, don’t hesitate to serve with an Oreo ice cream. You deserve it! 🙂

Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough already!

Indian Chicken Wrap

We used to drink with our indian friend who happens to be fond of cooking as well.  This is one of her recipe that we learned from her. It is basically an indian wrap made with chicken. It tastes like curry but we added some ingrediemt not usually found on a regular chicken curry. This is so easy to make and it’s not gonna cost you that much. If you are looking or craving for a different type of cuisine, this one is a must-try!

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Beef Broccoli Recipe

We were college students when me and my partner went out for our first  movie but we only have enough money for the tickets. He was still courting me then. He was too straightforward to me admitting that he did not have enough money. ( Maybe it’s one of the things i liked the most about him. 🙂 ) I planned to pack a lunchbox for us to eat inside the cinema. I know it sounds crazy but the hell who cares hahaha. It was one of the most embarrassing yet unforgettable experience for us. I knew that beef broccoli is one of his favorite dishes so I tried to cook it for him. The night went well and we had big smiles and laughter after that night. 🙂 Continue reading “Beef Broccoli Recipe”

Basic Chicken Arroz Caldo Recipe

We all have that grandmother who loves to cook. This recipe is one of hers. She passed to my mom and passed it to me. This is basically a filipino porridge made with sweet rice and chicken. We usually serve this early in the morning as breakfast when it’s cold just to have something to warm us up. Continue reading “Basic Chicken Arroz Caldo Recipe”

Baked Leche Flan (Cremé Caramel)

Leche Flan or Cremé caramel is a classic Filipino dessert that is enjoyed during festive occasions throughout the year. It is made mainly with eggyolks. Using whole eggs is fine but it’s not gonna be that rich unlike when yolks are used. Continue reading “Baked Leche Flan (Cremé Caramel)”

French Toast Emergencies?

Some mornings are like i-want-to-eat-but-lazy-to-cook. So here’s some grocery shopping notes and procedure not just to relieve those lazy mornings but feeding that monster inside your tummy as you wake up. I know the fat kid inside you is still sleepy so here’s a quick list! Continue reading “French Toast Emergencies?”

No-Bake Graham Cake

There’s tons of recipe for no-bake cakes and here is one of them. Who would have thought you can make cake with just using Graham Crackers? Things that are needed are: Continue reading “No-Bake Graham Cake”

Basic Brownies Recipe

I have work scheduled tomorrow and it’s my sister’s off. People in our work usually bring “outside food” (because i work in the food industry, i use this term to describe products that we do not sell). Since it was her day off, i requested her to bake me some brownies because i was craving for it. Whenever we want to bake or cook something and we don’t want to bug our mom about the recipe, google serves as our helping hand.Here’s what she did. First things first. Gather all the ingredients! Continue reading “Basic Brownies Recipe”