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: CafĂ© Bicyclette

A nostalgic craving pour les moules de LĂ©on de Bruxelles Ă  Paris led us to visit the tiny French quarter in YEG. Located in the basement of la CitĂ© francophone across the University Campus Saint-Jean, CafĂ© Bicyclette is a charming little French bistro worth visiting if you would like to feel as if you’ve stepped inside a chic parisian cafĂ©.

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Serving petit dĂ©jeuner, dĂ©jeuner et le dĂźner, I’d love to come back and try the menu they offer during the day. Word of caution, you might wanna brush up on your french as the menus are en français although the servers are kind enough to offer translation if you need it. When we arrived, there wasn’t much people at the cafĂ© but that changed in about ten mins. as we saw the small place fill up as dinner time rolled in. Sitting in one of the wrought iron chairs, the place transported me back to the cafĂ©s and brasserie we visited in Paris, the cozy and relaxed atmosphere filled with little snippets of french conversations mixed in with some parisian soundtrack in the background, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place instantaneously.

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The menu isn’t very complicated, the choices are limited to one or two choices per category of meat (ie. chicken/seafood/red meat) so don’t expect a comprehensive menu. The same goes for their wine list, they do have a good selection although it was also limited. I didn’t mind this at all, I feel that smaller establishments offer quality tasting dishes if they don’t have an overly complicated menu as they can focus on the main dishes they offer and make up for the taste. The price for most entreĂ© falls in the $8-20 range which I found was reasonable for dining out, the most expensive item in the menu was the duck confit ($20).

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We both decided on the moules avec des frites and I also had the coq au vin while my husband had the steak. The dishes came out in no time, and we were ready to dig in. The first to come out was the mussels. I was excited and looked forward to this (it was what made me come here after all!). My verdict was that it was delicious but didn’t have much of the broth that I liked as I had to really scoop up the little broth in the bottom of the small pot. I was also expecting some French bread to eat with the soup but didn’t get any (probably because of the fries that was served with it?). The taste like I said, was delicious, a tad salty but it wasn’t overly so, the wine was definitely strong in the dish but I was okay with that. The main dish I had was just so so, I can really taste the wine in this dish but unlike the mussels, I felt this one had a little too much. My husband told me his steak was cooked how he liked it (med rare) but his only issue with it was that it was peppered a bit much. For dessert we both shared a cremĂ© brĂ»lĂ©e and we both agreed that it was delicious although I’m biased and will say my husband’s homemade version tasted better^^

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Overall we felt that it was a good dinner, not extraordinary but it was a hearty meal and the price was not too bad. We give ten points for the vibe of the place, it was definitely trĂšs chic. I decided I’d like to check out the place during day time to try their brunch menu and maybe spend a lazy afternoon and get cozy with a book and some freshly baked pain au chocolat (this would def have to wait though, like after this hectic semester of uni)^^

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Address:
~ CafĂ© Bicyclette – 8627-91st. ~

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