Chix Eggshop

We found out that Connie DeSouza had opened a new restaurant called Chix Eggshop. It is a fast pace diner located in the Alt Hotel in East Village. It is a block away from one of her other restaurants, Charbar. We were really excited about trying this new adventure.

 

The Interior

It is a surprisingly small location with only fifteen tables and it was very busy when we arrived. The counter is right when you walk in and then to the right it is all tables. Once you walk in, you order your food at the counter, they give you a number and you go sit and wait for your food and drinks.

Where we were sitting you could see right into the kitchen and you can see that they move the food through pretty quickly. Our food came out quickly and it was hot. Got to love that!!!

All around the seating there was family pictures along the one wall. On the other wall there was more of a decorated wall feel.

 

The Drinks

My daughter and I ordered Latte’s for $5.50 and they used featuring Devil’s Head Coffee. They are a local roaster here in Calgary. The day we were there, they were serving a Peruvian coffee that I had never had. Chix Eggshop’s resident roaster is Phil and Sebastian’s which is another Calgary local roaster.

They were delicious. We were very happy to see they were using a local coffee roaster from here in Calgary.

My wife ordered a Earl Grey Tea from Rishi for $3.75 and she was thrilled that they used a higher quality tea than just the basic Twinning’s.

 

The Food

I ordered the Eggshop Poutine for $10.95 and a Bag of Bacon (literally a bag full of bacon, great concept) for $4.95 and it was excellent and who wouldn’t want a bag of bacon?. They use a mix of potatoes with Greek flavoring as well as using mexi-cheese which was so amazing.

The bag of bacon was literally a bag of crispy bacon, pure perfection. It was delicious and very filling. Just so you know, it is about 6-8 slices of bacon, not like other restaurants that serve you 2-3 pieces.

My wife and daughter ordered the Classy Chix for $13.95 each and it was delicious. It came with half a fresh avocado and lots of crispy bacon. It was lots of food and very filling.

My daughter also ordered the Giant Warm Half Pound Chocolate Chip cookie $7.95 and it was absolutely amazing. When it is served warm it is so much better, it was soft and smooth. She said she would order it again.

 

The Service

The service was amazing and quick. When we were just about finished our food, the chef came out and asked us about our food and we were able to ask some questions about our food. We said that we loved that the bacon was crispy and didn’t have to ask to be crispy. The chef’s comments were, “who wants a rubbery piece of bacon, right?”

 

The Hours

Monday to Sunday – 7:00AM – 3:00PM

 

Parking

There is street parking and a lot across the street, depending on the day you go, you will have to pay.

 

Last Words

We will definitely be heading back down there to try some of their other menu items, plus my daughter really wants another half-pound cookie. Go check this place out.

Hoopla Donuts

We had a Friday off and decided to try to head downtown to try Hoopla Donuts. They are located in the Canada Place building. They have a very nice location on the second floor. We also found out that Hoopla Donuts is owned by Phil and Sebastian Coffee.

 

The Interior

Since they are located in a professional building they have a corner lot with amazing colors all over. They have a bunch of tables inside their shop and a couple around the exterior. When we arrived it was quite busy and a lot of people were having donuts as well as grabbing boxes to go.

 

The Donuts

The Donuts are $2.95 a piece, $16.75 for a half dozen, and $29.95 for a full dozen. To me the cost is a bit high.

I ordered the Sweet Potato Marshmallow which had marshmallow fluff inside and it was really good. It was also glazed with brown sugar and topped with candied sweet potato.

My wife ordered the London Fog which had earl grey tea glaze, bergamot and tea infused whipped cream and tea flowers topping the donut. It was really delicious.

My daughter ordered the Cookies and Cream donut which had a vanilla glaze and chunks of Oreo all over the top. It tasted really delicious.

When we left we also ordered a half dozen to go, but we did find out that you have to eat them the same day or they turn hard and gross so we didn’t get to enjoy as many as we had hoped.

They also have a large selection of Vegan and Gluten Free options.

 

The Service

The girl working there was very friendly and was able to let us know all their top sellers. Unfortunately we didn’t try any of the top sellers that day.

 

The Hours

Calgary Place

Monday to Friday – 7:00AM – 4:00PM

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

 

Stephen Ave Weekday Pop-Up

Monday to Friday – 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

 

Sun Life Plaza Weekday Pop-Up

Monday to Friday – 7:30AM – 2:30PM

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

 

Parking

There is only street parking located around the building and since it is Downtown Calgary, you will be paying for parking no matter where you park.

 

Last Words

I can see us heading back down there and maybe grabbing some to go so that we can enjoy them at home. Plus my son is Vegan and he would be able to have a bunch of their donuts that they have. If you want to try something new I would try one of their donuts if you find yourself downtown on a weekday.

Dreamers

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Hey everyone, it’s Extreme Coffee Freaks daughter and I am in Toronto for a wedding and I thought I would check out a little coffee shop in Port Hope. This is the little town were IT was filmed and I had to check out this town no matter what. I was so excited to arrive in town and find the local coffee shop.

 

The Interior

It was a really small location attached to a store selling a bunch of hodgepodge items. There was only one guy working and it was busy when I arrived, so I hope that it was going to be good.

There was a couple tables where you could sit, but it was so hot in there, that I don’t think I could fully enjoy my drink while being really hot in there.

 

The Drink

I ordered a latte for $5.00 and I found it really pricey for what I got. It was really watered down and could not taste the coffee at all, plus it was extremely hot. The gentleman that was making the drinks unfortunately couldn’t even tell me what kind they were serving. Quite disappointing.

 

The Service

Service was just ok. They were selling a bunch of ice cream and I would keep to ice cream since that was what was heading out of the shop more than coffee.

 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 7:00AM – 5:30PM

Saturday – 8:00AM – 5:30PM

Sunday – Closed

 

Parking

There was parking located all along the street and it was free.

 

Last Words

The guy working there was not the friendliest and he was abrupt and not easy to talk to. I was so looking forward to going and checking this place out and it was a complete disappointment.

The Loaf

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Our final stop for lunch before heading home was at Loaf, a really cute little cafe located on Main Street in Fernie.

 

The Interior

There was a bunch of tables and a large family style table right in the middle. From our table you could see the kitchen and watch the chefs make our meals.

It was very busy and continued to be busy while we were there. It seemed like the place you had to go for lunch.

 

The Food

By the time we arrived in Fernie at 1:30 they were already sold out of a bunch of menu items and we noticed that it was slow service, we had to wait at least 30 minutes for our food.

My daughter and I ordered the CBLT for $16.00 (even though my daughter wanted a Chicken Caesar and they were sold out). The sandwich had Chicken, Bacon, Greens, Tomato, and Aioli on Toasted Sourdough. The chicken was seasoned really well, the flavours were absolutely delicious all together. It was also a bonus that the sourdough was homemade.

My wife ordered the Lunch Burger for $16.00 and it tasted really good. The burger was a house-made patty loaded with greens, onion, tomato and red pepper chutney on a house made ciabatta bun. Unfortunately her burger didn’t have the Chutney since the waiter said it was going to be spicy. It also came with shoestring fries which were good.

 

The Service

Besides having to wait 30 minutes for our food, the wait staff was friendly and accommodating.

 

The Hours

Monday to Sunday – 10:00AM – 10:00PM

 

Parking

There was parking all along Main Street and luckily the parking if free.

 

Last Words

If we were back in Fernie I am sure we would go back and try their Stone Baked Pizza since we seen a ton of them coming out of the kitchen.

Kootenay Roasting Co.

On our way back we stopped in Cranbrook at Kootenay Roasting Co. We heard they were top rated in Cranbrook, so we decided to check them out. They are a coffee roaster that has been around since 1999.

 

The Interior

My first impression of this place when I walked in was that it needed some sort of makeover. The interior looks tired, old, and run down.

On the left there is shelves full of coffee (and I mean a lot of coffee) and on the right there was a bunch of seating.

The main counter was long and had a ton of options for snacks and a bunch of different kinds of beverages to choose from. To me the menu was almost too big.

 

The Drinks

I ordered a Latte for $4.24 and it was made with their 3 bean blend containing Brazilian, Sumatra, and Guatemalan. It was called Kootenay Gold Rush. I found the coffee actually very strong. Just bitter strong coffee. Sorry but I really didn’t enjoy this one. For a place that I had heard lots about and what great coffee they serve, this was not good.

My wife ordered a London Fog for $3.52 and it was made with Twinning’s Tea which was really disappointing. She really wished coffee shops would offer a better selection of tea choices.

My daughter ordered a Raspberry Steamer for $2.86 and it had so much foam. It had really good flavour, but she wished it was hotter. A good portion of the drink was a foamy glob, really unappetizing.

Overall the drinks were less than drinkable. Maybe we caught this place on a bad day.

The Food

We ordered a couple Cinnamon Buns each were $2.86. How can you go wrong with a cinnamon bun? They managed to, they were not so gooey and they were very dry. They were from Fort Steele Bakery, I really hope their other baked goods are better. Maybe they were old, because if this was fresh, they were terrible. We asked to have them warmed up, we were told to do it ourselves over at the microwave.

Fort Steel Bakery, these guys are making your products look really bad.

 

The Service

The young lady at the counter was very friendly. The guy doing the roasting was not that pleasant. I walked over and introduced myself and tried to ask a few questions and I basically got we roast every day, about 400 lbs a day. Not sure if the guy was having a bad day, but he certainly shouldn’t be a spokesman for this place.

 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:00AM – 5:30PM

Saturday – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Sunday – Closed

 

Parking

There was a bunch of street parking located on either side of the street. The parking was also free which a bonus.

 

Last Words

We always pride ourselves on finding some positives when we visit places, sorry I have nothing positive to say about this place. Based on the quality of the drinks and some of the staff members, I can honestly say that we would never go back there.

Cast Iron Cafe

Driving around Calgary on Saturday, we were trying to find a place to have breakfast when all of a sudden I remembered this place I had seen on Instagram called the Cast Iron Cafe. A little cafe located in South Calgary, straight up from Chinook Mall.

 

The Interior

The location is large and open with lots of large windows letting plenty of light in. It has kind of and eclectic feel to the place. I love to see places that have mismatched tables and chairs.

It is also really nice that that they had cloth napkins (no waste here).

 

The Food

I ordered the Chicken and Waffles for $16.00 which was absolutely delicious. The waffles were sweet and came with an orange jalapeño sauce which was really good. I thought because of using jalapenos the sauce would have had a little more zip to it. It also came with maple syrup for those who are less adventurous. The chicken were tenders which was a nice change from having chicken thighs at most places.

My wife ordered the Needless to Slay for $14.00 which was delicious. It is their version of a Vegetarian Bennie with zucchini, red peppers, red onions, and mushrooms. The veggies were really crunchy and delicious.

My daughter ordered The Biggie for $16.00 which was also delicious. The maple glazed boar bacon was a great addition to the bennie. She said she would have liked to have a sharper knife because it was hard to cut through the boar. Who knew wild pig would be hard to cut through??

With each of the meals there is an option to get a side, each of us had the hash browns which are the mini potatoes with onion and peppers which was absolutely amazing. Such terrific flavor.

They are also licensed.

This is the food from our second trip there. I had the burger, my wife had the waffles, and my daughter had a polish breakfast.

The Service

Everyone working there were very friendly and amazing. We also found out that they started using their new menu the day that we were there. The food was enjoyable and satisfying and it was the right amount of food.

 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 7:00AM – 3:00PM

Saturday and Sunday – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

 

Parking

There was a lot of parking on all three sides of the building and it is all free.

 

Last Words

This is a cafe that I can see us visiting again multiple times in the future. There is a bunch of menu items that we would like to head back and try.

We have been back since this review was written and tried a couple different menu items and they were really good.

John Ward Fine Coffee

Our last stop before heading back to Calgary was John Ward Fine Coffee. This cafe was suggested to us by No. 6 Coffee. This café is located in in the heart of downtown Nelson.

 

The Interior

We got there right when they opened and it was already busy. They had a giant farm table and a bunch of other tables. Every table and chair was different. It was a very charming eclectic cafe.

It seemed like this cafe was more of a grab and go kind of place since a good portion of people were coming in grabbing a drink and a snack and heading to work.

They also had a small patio located to the side of their shop which was very welcoming and would have been nice to sit on but it was a little chilly that morning.

 

The Drinks

My daughter and I ordered a Latte for $3.80. The latte had some bolder chocolate undertones. It was a little too dark for myself. Overall, it wasn’t too bad. They were using Origins Coffee Roasters. Origins is located on Granville Island in Vancouver.

My wife ordered a London Fog for $4.30 and it was good and smooth, there was no teabag which was very good.

They also use Josephine Teas, this is their own line of certified organic and fairly traded teas. The teas are named after John Ward’s wife, Josephine Ward.

On the way out my wife also ordered a Chai Tea for $3.80 and it was a house made and smelled amazing. It was authentically made and there was no sugary after taste which was delicious.

 

The Food

I ordered a Lemon Blueberry Scone for $2.75 and it was absolutely delicious, unfortunately it lacked lemon flavour. Which is too bad, because other than that the scone was really good.

My wife ordered a Ginger Snap Cookie for $2.00 and it had a good texture and tasted really good.

My daughter ordered a Richety Uncle for $2.00. It was like oatmeal in a bar, which was really delicious.

 

The Service

The staff was very friendly and helped in answering all our questions.

 

The Hours

Monday to Saturday – 6:30AM – 5:00PM

Sunday – 7:00AM – 4:00PM

 

Parking

There was parking all along the street, but unfortunately you do have to pay for parking.

 

Last Words

This is a really cool little cafe and I am really glad the guys at No.6 recommended it to us. Next time we are in Nelson I can definitely see us visiting John Ward again. If you are in Nelson, make sure you stop here for a beverage.