Monday, May 20, 2019

A Long Weekend Away

On Thursday we flew to Edmonton for a long-weekend getaway.  It's such a quick flight, so it's a nice place to go for a short four-night stay.

We stayed in the West Edmonton Mall, at the Fantasyland Hotel, which is so convenient, especially since we weren't driving.

After checking in we went for dinner to The Old Spaghetti Factory.  This place isn't great, but we were feeling like pasta, and it hit the spot.

After sharing a cinnamon bun on Friday morning, we went to spend a good part of the day at the World Waterpark.  My sister, Riley, and their kids were all there too, so we did some water sliding with them, and had a fun time splashing around in the wave pool.  Christopher and I are just like kids again when we get in a wave pool - so fun!

That evening we went out to Biera for dinner.  This restaurant came in at #32 of Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, and we were really, really impressed.

The dishes are meant to be shared.  We ordered four of them, including the endive with pear, and a pistachio crema:

Chicken with cabbage:

Risotto, which was absolutely outstanding.  Instead of rice, they use sunflower seeds, and we were pleasantly surprised by how delicious this was; I'd order it again for sure.

And, finally the nuggets, which are chunks of fried sourdough bread, with a cheese/beer dip that is incredible.  This is another one we're going to have to go back for.

Oh yeah, and we had some crunchy malt too:

After dinner we had tickets to a concert (an industrial metal band), and we had a blast dancing at the show.

On Saturday we ate a strange breakfast of food court poutine and pho.

This fueled us for a day of walking.  We took an Uber to the Strathcona Farmer's market, and spent some time looking around there.  This beer cheese was a standout for us:

And we also liked this waffle/shortbread cookie hybrid:

After visiting the farmer's market, we walked and shopped down Whyte Avenue, and then kept walking all the way to Jasper Avenue.  

In the evening we went to Guru for dinner.

The cauliflower appetizer was great:

And we loved the butter chicken, coconut naan, saffron rice, and spinach cheese kofta.


The leftovers were even better as a late night snack.

On the topic of late night snacks, check these out:

Vegetarian chicharron = yummmmmmm!

Sunday was spent in the West Edmonton Mall.  We ate a crepe:

And a poke bowl:

We shopped a bit, and also tried one of the coolest things ever at The Void in The Rec Room.

It's a hyper-reality experience, complete with sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion.  We just put on vests and a headset, and the next thing we knew, we were moving through an incredibly realistic world, feeling, smelling, and interacting with the environment and the things within it.  It's something you have to try for yourself; we loved it!

We also tried the 9D virtual reality pods, but they were no where near as cool as The Void.


On Sunday evening Christopher's aunt Dolores picked us up, and took us out to Louisiana Purchase for a Cajun dinner.

We shared some oysters to start:

And then I had the delicious fried chicken dinner; the buttermilk mashed potatoes were perfect.

It was nice to catch up with Dolores, as it had been four years since we saw her last.

This morning we enjoyed breakfast at Jungle Jim's.

And lunch was a perogy pizza in the airport.

Now we're back home, and looking forward to the week ahead.

How was your weekend?  Was it a long weekend for you?

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Sounds like a super fun weekend! The pool time with your family sounded awesome. I am also like a kid when I get in the water. I can't wait for Paul to be old enough to go to water parks as I will be all about that on a hot summer day! I wanted to take my nephews to one years ago when I took them on an aunt date but the older nephew said he only does stuff like that with his friends. :( Womp womp.

It was not a long weekend for us but the upcoming weekend is. I live for long weekends! I like my job but I really like my time away from my job. ;) The weather was pretty crappy this past weekend so we were cooped up inside. I went to my nephew's guitar recital which was awesome. He wrote his own blues song and performed it with his teacher. The recital was awesome as the studio gives lessons on all kinds of instruments - drums, ukelele, guitar, vocals, piano, violin, etc. It was very enjoyable. Sometimes kid recitals can be a bit of a drag as it's the same stuff over and over but this studio seems to let kids pick music that interests them. I think that's a super good strategy instead of forcing them to play classical music (which has it's place, of course!).