Everything Niece #2

Further food adventures with my niece K who’s visiting from New Zealand.

On Tuesday night we had dinner at 3 Amigos, a family-run Mexican restaurant in south Edmonton (4035 – 106 Street).

Festive, colourful interior.

Every meal begins with delicious homemade tortilla chips and salsa. We also had a starter of jalapeno poppers – deep fried breaded jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese.

K’s main course was Burritos Nortenos ($12.99),  two tortillas stuffed with chicken, rolled up and covered with salsa verde.

I had Tamales ($13.99 for three), steamed corn flour stuffed with spiced chicken and wrapped in corn husks. It came with rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

K was too stuffed for desert, so I took one for the team and had the Empanada de Pina ($5.99) on my own. It’s a deep fried pouch of crushed pineapple, served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and drizzled with caramel.

Bandamax (a Mexican music video channel) plays on big screen TVs. They seem to play the Mexican equivalent of Country music – every song had either accordions or Mariachi horns.

On Wednesday night we stayed in and made burgers with lots of fixings,

including King Crabby’s wonderful pickled beets (I forgot to tell you how much we enjoyed them, KC).

Burger Australian style. K says that in Australia they put fried eggs and sliced beets on their burgers – even McDonald’s has beets.

Today I made lunch plans to meet up with Crabby and Truly Scrumptious to try out Bubba’s BBQ and Smoke House food truck (featured in yesterday’s Journal), which is located conveniently close to their workplace. We thought we’d get some brisket to go and eat in a nearby park. K was feeling a little “meated out” but wanted to come along to enjoy the fabulous weather. Before we arrived, Truly phoned me on my cell to tell me that she and Crabby were at the truck and the line was so long that they’d have to be back at work before they got their food. We decided to meet at Kyoto Sushi instead (9852 – 63 Ave).

The ever classy King Crabby demonstrates alternative uses for chopsticks. It should be noted that this Kyoto, in a strip mall on Argyll road, is run by a Korean family and is not related to the Kyoto sushi restaurants on Jasper Avenue or 109th Street.

Truly’s bento box included teriyaki beef, sushi and tempura.

K and I had Sushi Combo C ($10.95) which came with a spicy tuna hand-roll, a yam tempura roll, and one piece each of inari, salmon, and tuna sushi.

Our meals also came with soup and tea. Everything was delicious. Barbecue will have to wait for another day.

While Crabby and Truly went back to the office, K and I checked out Argyll Foods Tienda Latina, a Mexican and Latin American grocery store a few doors down in the same strip mall (9844 – 63 Avenue).

Co-owner Bernardo Maldonado was very friendly and enthusiastic. Originally from Mexico City, he and his partner Carlos Isaias opened the store 10 months ago and are starting to break even – ahead of schedule.

You can find just about every kind of dried chili you’d ever need,

as well as presses for making tortillas.

But if you’re not that ambitious, you can just buy them frozen.

K is delighted by the name of this Mexican candy.

We bought some Mexican sodas, grabbed blankets from the car, and went to the park to enjoy the rest of this lovely afternoon.

This is what the sky looked like.

Posted by Jean Poutine

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5 thoughts on “Everything Niece #2

    • Hi Val,
      I didn’t post the pickled beet recipe, but it is generally the recipe in the Bernardin cookbook. I cook and peel the beets while I simmer several tbsps of pickling spice in a cheese cloth pouch in a mixture of vinegar and sugar. After 20 minutes or so I remove the pouch and put the beets in the vinegar mixture until they are heated through. I then process them. Is it similar to your recipe?

  1. I really like Tienda Latina mainly because they have corn tortillas. I don’t like the flour ones you generally find in the chain grocery stores. I am not surprised they are doing so well. They seem to have two types of clients because every time I go in people seem to be buying expensive lotto tickets or people buying large amounts (in the hundreds of dollars) of Latino groceries. I was so jealous you got to enjoy the sunshine. Yesterday and today I was at work until 9pm so I have missed most of the lovely weather.

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