Snap Happy Bunny Eats: Under the High Wheel

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Now that I’ve baited you in with that delicious looking plate as the cover pic, do keep reading on^^ you might just find your next favorite spot.

I have a hunch that after this article is published on the blog, some people might get mad at me for divulging this gem of a place. Sorry introverts and foodies, your secret is now out. I’ve stumbled on this cozy cafĂ©/bistro on my hunt for new places to explore in YEG. Let’s face it, livin in this city for a while, you need to branch out of the usual eating spots to add colour in your life amiright? I don’t know about you but I get excited scrolling through the #yegfoodie, #yegfood or even #gastropostyeg pages on IG just so I can get my fill on new places popping up around YEG. I’m kind of slow on the loop here so I’m not really sure how long this place has been operating but my guess is not that long. I’m talking about Under the High Wheel, yep, even the name sounds a bit weird. Don’t worry, it’s nothing like that inside. In fact, the interior of the place is very warm and inviting with wood accents and earth tones throughout. The decorations aren’t outlandish.. except for maybe that huge old-fashioned bicycle hanging on the wall, hence the name I suppose, nonetheless; I was sold!

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This noshery and catering establishment shares a space with D’Capo cafe and gelato. Just a quick tip, the entrance is shared with Da Capo Caffe so don’t be confused like I did and circle all around the building trying to find the door that says Under the High wheel! I was there to meet J before the lunch rush and the place was practically empty.

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This is us harassing the waitress to snap our picture.

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Since it wasn’t busy we placed our orders right away and was served in no time. I ordered the chai latte to drink …this is one of the best chai I have consumed thus far. I love the balance of the creamy and spicy flavours in the drink, just a touch sweet but I love my drinks on the diabeetus side.

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J ordered a latte I believe, but a taste of my drink had her asking the waitress if she could do a switch…no luck though 😩 she just had to unfortunately ogle mine as I happily sipped all that goodness 🙂 (next time J, you know what to get!)

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The menu was not as extensive for the breakfast portion, but there was lots of choices for lunch and even a good selection of dinner eats. I saw the words crepĂ©s on the menu and the hardest choice was picking sweet over the savoury kind. I went for the crepĂ©s beautifully dressed in chocolate and coffee sauce and loaded with a mĂ©lange of fruits… Yeap, me, and my diabeetus choices. My logic told me to go for the buckwheat crepĂ©s rather than the plain white one for some added health benefits….

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The dish was not overwhelmingly sweet as I thought initially and was quite good. The fruits, mainly different berries, were refreshing. Even though most fruits right now aren’t in season, these babies didn’t really have that tart or sour taste. The part that I had a bit of an issue was the firmer texture of the buckwheat crepĂ©s. I was hoping fluffy and soft but it took a couple times with my fork trying to cut a piece of the crepĂ©s. J ordered savoury crepĂ©s and she said the dish was delicious as well. 10/10 for us, yay! I’d definitely go back for a second round…. I needed to try that Belgian waffle on the menu after all^^ thanks Under the High Wheel, you did not disappoint \(^_^)/

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Overall, the experience was great and I can’t wait to bring the other girls here for brunch on Saturday 🙂 We wrapped up our girl talk and stuffed the last bites of our crepĂ©s happily and headed to our appointments. As I was still early for my appointment, I decided to walk around Whyte to waste some time. I was amazed at how different it looks in the day time as in the evening when the party crowds mingle the streets. I realized I needed to do this more often as I saw some quaint little stores to explore. So come join me next time then! Ciao!

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SnapHappyBunny Eats: Nomiya

So it might seem that all I ever blog about is food but I will post some travel related blog from our trip to Europe last spring soon, promise..^^

The sudden drop in temperature called for slurping some nice, hot ramen. If you live in YEG, you know you don’t have a lot of choices regarding places to eat ramen so a quick google came up with a few results for locations and we picked Nomiya Tapas Sushi Ramen based on positive reviews. Hubby and I are both ramen virgins so we came with no expectations about the taste except only with the little knowledge we know about this Japanese soup dish and what we have seen in anime shows or television. I guess we won’t be able to give a proper comparison but we figured we better expand our palate and hype ourselves for the ramens we will be eating in Japan in a few months T_T

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Nomiya is a small restaurant located by Calgary Trail, in a strip mall area and right next to Wild wings. As we entered the resto we were pleasantly greeted by the server who sat us immediately in a small booth along the wall. This place isn’t too big really, the sushi bar takes up most of the space and the whole restaurant offers a few booths and table seating or the sushi bar area. At lunch time, the place wasn’t overly crowded so I was happy that our orders shouldn’t take long. We were given the lunch menus with the ramen menu separated and since I was coming for the ramen, I disregarded the other menu as I didn’t want to distract myself with too many options to decide with (especially since the rolls and appies looked really good). My husband and I chose the Tan Tan and the Tonkotsu
ramen. While waiting for our order I got a chance to take a look around the place and what caught my eye was the way their booths was separated and designed with minature torii gates that I had to snap a picture. I thought that was something new I hadn’t really seen in the Japanese restaurants I’ve eaten at around YEG (but correct me if I’m mistaken as I’m sure I haven’t tried all of them).

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Ooops looks like I got photobombed by someone’s bald head lawl

As soon as the ramen came we both immediately dug in. I had the tan tan ramen and the savoury and peanuty broth brought warmth and satisfaction to my taste buds. This ramen has crushed peanuts and peanut based broth so for those allergic, stay away. I forgot to add that on the menu, you can add extra toppings to your ramen and I chose to add an egg, extra green onions (since I LOVE onions), and the naruto (a type of kamaboko which is made out of cured fish surimi) to complete my ramen experience. I have to add that the soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked as it had the runny consistency that I liked but not too runny.. If that even makes sense^^ Karlo’s ramen, the tonkotsu, was also a rich and creamy broth except the color of the broth was milky white. The taste was pretty good he reported, but his complaint was more of the serving of pork as he felt he didn’t get enough for the price that he was paying for in the bowl (of course he’s also a guy so he likes his meat haha). I ate mine quickly as it was such a delight to eat something warm on this cold day and I was surprised that I finished the whole thing as the bowl looked huge to me. Our order left us (or just me), no room for dessert so we gladly asked for our bill.

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Overall, I thought it was a decent first experience and just like any other firsts, it should be given another chance to redeem itself ^_* check them out and tell me whatcha think!

Address:
Nomiya Tapas Sushi Bar
3803 Calgary Trail NW