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Dining Spotlight: Sake Sipping at Ki Modern Japanese

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

“The most common misconception of sake is everything. Most people have only had it warm, and chances are they had way too much,” says Adam Snelling, sake sommelier and general manager of Ki Modern Japanese. Ki serves 41 varieties of Japan’s national fermented-rice drink. Bottles are imported from Japan, but the restaurant also pours American and Canadian sake. The majority are tokutei meishoshu, meaning premium sake. (more…)

Hot Dining in Halifax: Sushi Specialists

 

Sushi at Hamachi House

Hamachi House on Morris Street reinvents the art of Japanese dining in the city. Often voted as serving the best sushi, the chefs use only the freshest local ingredients. Try their selection of teriyaki and tempura, too.

For a more casual atmosphere, try Fujiyama on Blowers Street, which specializes in sushi and hibachi. The menu also includes teriyaki and sashimi. Take out and delivery are also available.

Hot Dining: Top 5 Game-Day Picks

Jets roll from Meiji. Photo by chronic creative.

Local restaurants have caught game-day fever, offering tasty fare to savour in front of the big screen or creative dishes named after Winnipeg’s professional sports teams.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink serves a special events menu before Jets games and other MTS Centre events, filled with share-ables, hefty burgers, and comfort food entrees. 375 Graham Ave, 204-421-9094, website

If soccer is more your speed, join the cheering crowd at Corrientes. The Argentinean pizzeria is abuzz with excitement during World Cup years, but the Exchange District location makes it an ideal stop for pre-game empanadas for skate- and cleat-wearers alike. 137 Bannatyne Ave, 204-219-5398, website

The Jets roll (pictured) at Japanese eatery Meiji salutes the city’s NHL team. Local freshwater favourites—fresh pickerel and smoked goldeye—offer a decadent taste of Manitoba inside each bite of this artful roll topped with avocado, snow crab and salmon. 454 River Ave, 284-3996

Two levels of TVs and games, and a rooftop patio with stellar city views make the downtown location of Tavern United a sports fan favourite. Classic pub fare like fish and chips are done exceptionally well with a crunchy, beer batter coating. 260 Hargrave St, 944-0022, website

Ultra-trendy Nuburger’s “Blue &  Gold” creation is a tribute to the city’s beloved Blue Bombers. Here, a Manitoba lean ground beef patty is topped with gourmet blue cheese, chipotle aïoli, balsamic onion, greens and tomato. 472 Stradbrook Ave, 888-1001, website

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Kamloops, British Columbia

Victoria Street, Kamloops. Photo by Spatial Mongrel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Kamloops, British Columbia, situated in the dry Thompson Valley, a hub for golf and outdoorsy endeavors.

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By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

Make it a sweet start to the day with a cup of fair trade java and a cinnamon Danish roll from Romann’s Swiss Pastries and Chocolates. A mainstay of downtown, this Swiss bakery offers many delights, all made in house daily. And if you’re more of a savoury type, fresh from the oven bread will be another lure – the multigrain Sovital bread will help fuel up for a day of exploring.

Romann’s Swiss Pastries & Chocolates, 359 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC 250-372-2625

Lunch

Whether you’ve conquered the trails of Kenna Cartwright Park or the shopping areas of Columbia Street and Summit Drive, the tasty offerings from Taka Japanese will fit the bill. Plenty of locally-inspired options include freshly-made seaweed salad, BC roll with salmon skin or the Aurora roll (a California roll with salmon, tuna, shrimp or red snapper), or make life easy – order a combination bento box.

Taka Japanese Restaurant, #270-1210 Summit Drive, Kamloops BC 250-828-0806

Dinner

This contemporary boite will encourage switching from Mountain Co-op gear to a new outfit from one of the Victoria Street boutiques. With a nice little wine list and starters and entrees influenced by the cuisines of Spain, France and Italy, diners will have all their senses easily satisfied. Reward yourself with a post-meal stroll to see 400 rose varieties in the Peter Wing Rotary Rose Garden in nearby Riverside Park.

Felix on Fourth Street, 260 Fourth Avenue Kamloops, BC 250-434-4766

Hot Dining: Sushi in the ByWard Market

There's something for every taste at Wasabi.

Wasabi’s elegant dining room is a resplendent oasis in the bustling ByWard Market. With more than 300 items on the menu at this Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, deciding what to order can be a challenge. We suggest their signature shrimp-tempura roll, or the original Spezza Salmon Special conceived by Wasabi-frequenter — and Ottawa Senators’ player — Jason Spezza. Relax in a booth, or schmooze in the lounge, but be sure to stroll past the sushi-creation station where you can see the experts craft each delicious piece. 41 Clarence St., 613-241-3636.

Hot Dining: Turning Japanese

•  Hamachi House on Morris Street: One of Halifax’s most popular sushi destinations; also offers tempura, teriyaki
and more.
•  Fujiyama on Blowers Street: Picked by Where editors as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants; specializes in sushi and hibachi.
•  Sushi Nami Royale on Dresden Row: Japanese fine dining with traditional and fusion sushi; exotic cocktails.

Hot Dining: Editor’s Choice

Every year, the editors of Where magazines across Canada present a series of awards honouring the country’s Best New Restaurants. This year’s pick for Halifax is the latest in the wave of Japanese restaurants. Fujiyama’s intimate subterranean dining room on Blowers Street was the home of the legendary nightspot La Cave but a graveyard for new restaurants since. Fujiyama is breaking the curse, though, thanks to a rich menu (specializing in sushi and hibachi—but the oft-overlooked sashimi and teriyaki are sure things too), cool setting and hot vibe.

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $100 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part III.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. Headphones by Roxy and JBL
Plush ear pads with an audio capacity of 40 mm. $79.95 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.

2. Glass Sushi Dish
Measuring at 3/4” of thick glass, and paired with stainless steel chopsticks. $79 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

3. Classic Tigger
A limited edition, powdered marble and resin figurine designed by European artist Peter Mook. $99 at Artesano Galleria (1218c – 9 Ave SE).

4. Murray McDavid Scotch Whiskey
Malts distilled in different types of barrels and casks, like this Dufftown 1997 blend, aged in two casks: a traditional whisky cask and a California Zinfandel cask from Ridge. Limited edition runs. Bottles range in price from $58 – $90 at Bin 905.

5. Bella Bracelet by Sugarlime Jewellery
A seven-inch sterling silver bracelet with a Swarovski crystal bevelled heart and sterling silver wolf charm. Inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. $89 at Honey B’s.

6. Wind in the Willows
A Folio Society copy of this classic story by Kenneth Grahame. In its 5th printing, high-quality bound with linen pages and award-winning artist Charles van Sandwyk’s illustrations. $100 at Arts on Atlantic.

7. Men’s Shaving Kit
Antique-inspired chrome-plated shaving kit with a badger-hair brush. $89 at Plaza Mercantile at Heritage Park.

8. Amelia Mini Purse
Made with 300 hand-crocheted recycled pop tops.  Lightweight and lined with silver satin. $85 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

October Editor’s Picks: Dining

Splendido1. When acclaimed chef David Lee left fine-dining destination Splendido to focus on a new endeavour, Toronto foodies understandably questioned whether the award-winning Harbord Street staple would survive. They needn’t have worried. Now co-owned by chef Victor Barry and manager Carlo Catallo—both of whom were integral to Splendido’s past success—the restaurant has re-opened with a bright new look and a tasty, more affordable dinner spread. A cross-Canada photographic mural and a prominent display of preserves replace chandeliers and gilded mirrors in the dining room. On the menu, locally sourced mains like Yorkshire pork chop ($32) from Cumbrae Farms and Lake Huron pickerel ($26) are complemented by chef Barry’s fresh-daily pastas, and lovingly presented by the exceptional servers for which Splendido has long been known.

10-09-HotDining(YUZU)2. This city’s reputation as a raw fish–lover’s haven continues to grow as Japanese restaurants such as Yuzu stake their claim on the local sushi scene. Situated on the edge of the financial and entertainment districts, the cozy boîte offers both bankers and theatre goers an extensive selection of sashimi, maki and more. Of course, freshness is key when it comes to uncooked seafood; if co-owner Bruce Bu’s other hidden gem of a sushi house, Japango, is any indication, high-quality ingredients are assured. And be sure to try one of Yuzu’s signature cocktails, given a kick with a splash of premium sake.

The Queen & Beaver.

The Queen & Beaver

3. It’s easy to eat well (and affordably!) at the latest nosh spots to open near downtown’s Yonge-Dundas Square.

>> French import The 3 Brewers is known for its five made-in-house unfiltered beers, but its brasserie-style fare, including crisp Alsatian tartes flambée ($9.95 to $13.45), is equally satisfying.

>> Thoroughly British, The Queen & Beaver offers dishes like cider-braised leg of duck ($17) and beef short ribs ($23) amidst rustic, club-like ambience.

>> Expansive Woo Buffet Restaurant & Lounge presents a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines—everything from dim sum nibbles to barbecued pork ribs—as part of a lavish buffet spread.