Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

It's becoming a bit of a tradition to order in pizza on Halloween night, and tonight we decided on Pizza Hut.  We've had two lowly Coke's hanging around the house for about a year, as we don't usually drink pop.  We cracked them open tonight to enjoy with our pizza. 

Dinner was followed by the original Nightmare on Elm Street

I hope you all had spooooooooky Halloweens!

How was your Halloween?  Did you hand out candy?  
Take little ones out?  Did you dress up?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar

We were very honoured and excited to be invited to an exclusive pre-opening tasting last night at a new local restaurant in town.  Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar is located in the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in the location of the old Regina Inn.  Chef Geoffrey Caswell-Murphy, his team, and a few fabulous hotel executives, treated us like royalty, wining and dining us and touring us around their gorgeous new space.

The evening began with beverages and an array of perfectly presented hors d'oeuvres, each a small sampling of appetizers available on the restaurant menu.

Duck confit spring rolls with Sriracha mayo:

Tuna tataki:

Pave truffle potato cubes with Saskatoon berry ketchup:

Cactus cut beef sliders with Saskatoon berry ketchup:

Tiger prawns with pernod cream, spinach and penne pasta:

We nearly filled up on these tasty bites, as we could just. not. stop. - they were fantastic.  My favourite was the pave truffle potato cubes; I'm pretty sure I ate about six.

We had a great time mingling, eating, drinking and laughing.

We got a sneak peek into the kitchen before heading into the restaurant itself for even more food and drink.

Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar is based on a farm-to-table concept, with many local partnerships, including farmers and a brewery.  

The food and drink is locally sourced as much as possible, and the quality is top-notch.  The dishes are cooked using state-of-the-art equipment, with progressive cooking techniques not yet seen in Regina.

We started with pieces of both a veggie pizza and broken meatball with bocconcini pizza.  Each of these were cooked in three minutes - perfect for the downtown lunch crowd.

Next up was Dory Lake white fish flan with burnt lemon and feta sauce.

A Saskatchewan favourite, perogies, were served up next.

The main course was a selection of vegetables, mashed potatoes, and different cuts of locally sourced beef, all cooked to perfection.

The chef found out that one of the diners doesn't eat beef, and his team prepared her a seafood dish instead.  

Wild Sage believes in the philosophy that "[their] menu is your menu", and they will accommodate dietary needs, restrictions and wishes. 

And just when we thought we couldn't possibly eat another bite ...

Caramel vanilla crème brûlée:

Cookie n cheesecake ice cream

Le Kit Kat bar:

Wowzers!  We feel very fortunate to have been thought of and included in this pre-opening event. We would like to sincerely thank Chef Geoffrey Caswell-Murphy, his talented team, and the hospitable executive team from SilverBirch Hotels and Resorts for treating us to this memorable meal and evening.  We look forward to frequenting Wild Sage in the near future to try each of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.  Wild Sage will open to the public on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Take your Regina dining experiences to the next level and visit Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Things

What a great weekend!  
On Saturday morning Christopher made a yummy breakfast:

We were out of coffee, so we went for a walk to a local coffee shop and picked up a latte and an  americano to-go.  

Later on Saturday evening we got dressed up and went out to a Halloween cabaret.  Our costumes were pretty simple - a cave girl and a skeleton, but our favourite costume was our friend Matt's:

We could not stop laughing the entire night as Matt went "ooooooing" past us all "ghost-like", and when he told me that the pizza I was eating was FULL of gluten, and that I'd "... be inflamed for months." 

On Sunday morning we went out to Fireside Bistro for breakfast.

Last night we went to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi at the library, and now I totally want to visit his restaurant in Tokyo, even if it's over $300 per person!

Did you dress up over the weekend?  
Are you planning on dressing up this Halloween?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dinner Guests

We had some company over for dinner this weekend.  Vicki and Will came over for a (mostly) Korean themed dinner.

We started with Korean tofu pockets, filled with seasoned rice.

We also had tuna sashimi.

Next we had a kimchi soup.

The main course was dak galbi, which we ate family style from the wok.

Dessert was orange vanilla creme brulee.


We had a fabulous time eating, visiting, and laughing.  

How was your weekend? 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Five on Friday

1)  On Sunday evening I did some cooking so we'd have dinner for that evening, as well as some lunches for the first part of the week.  I made beef stew with dumplings, and stuffed pasta shells.

2)  Last weekend we did some yard work, but since most of the leaves have not fallen yet, I see more yard work in the future.

3)  Red Lobster dinner:

4)  Lovin' my new coffee mug from Christopher's parents:

5)  I always hated Hamburger Helper as a kid.  We had it every once in a while when we needed something quick and easy, and I thought it was narrrrrrsty.  Yesterday we needed a quick dinner, and had a cheesy Tuna Helper, which I thought was pretty darn good!  We added peas, because we like peas.

What are your five on Friday?  
What do you have planned for the weekend?