Archive for May, 2017

Empanada Lunch @ Corrientes Pizzeria

It’s my birthday today and since I had the afternoon off, I took my Ma out to lunch. ¬†It’s my belated Mother’s Day treat for her. ūüôā ¬†A while back, Diane from work, has mentioned about the empanadas at this place called Corrientes at Bannatyne Avenue and how she really liked the empanadas. ¬†So I thought I’d try them and that’s where I took Ma for lunch today.

We went there at around 1:00 pm, after the mid-day mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. ¬†I had checked the day before if I needed to make a reservation. ¬†The girl, who was our server today, said that it¬†should be okay if we were coming at 1:00 p.m. since it is after the lunch rush hour. ¬†There wasn’t a lot of diners at that time, and we chose our own table, somewhere in the middle of the main room.

We studied the items on the menu and we both chose the Empanada lunch (you get 2 empanadas of any flavour ) with side salad.  Ma ordered the Beef empanadas (beef, onions, olives and roasted red peppers) while I opted for the Chicken empanadas (chicken, tomato sauce, onions and roasted peppers).  Then we swapped empanadas so we could each try both flavours.  The empanada filling was not greasy nor salty, just how I like it.

For the salad, we both ordered the Olmedo salad with Artisan greens, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, croutons, Bocconcini and balsamic reduction. ¬†This salad was very savoury. ¬†We both like the sundried tomatoes. ¬†Now this is funny. ¬†There was a white meaty ingredient in our salad which I thought could have been chicken, but then I thought it doesn’t quite taste like chicken. ¬†It was kind of bland to be chicken. ¬†Could it be some kind of cheese – feta or goat cheese – they put those in salads, don’t they? ¬†And Ma was like, could be some kind of animal. (?) ¬†Eww! ¬†So before she actually took a bite of the white meaty stuff, she called our server and asked her. ¬†That’s a kind of cheese called bocconcini, she said. ¬†So there you go. ¬†Tastes kind of like chicken, not salty at all. ¬†The chocolate-looking drizzle on top of the salad, I found out later after looking it up on Google, is the balsamic reduction, and it is what has added a sweet taste to the salad. ¬†I like it.

I ordered green tea for my drinks –¬†big leaves steeped in hot water. ¬†I think I let my tea sit too long, it was quite bitter. ūüė¶

I am a light eater and I was full after eating one empanada and the bowl of salad. ¬†I asked our server to put the other empanada in a doggy bag. It was a nice post-Mother’s Day/Birthday lunch!


 

May 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Long week-end project

I originally planned to use the light green trim. But I wanted a more dramatic effect, so I opted for the dark green. It took me a while to figure out how to put everything together. I wanted to be able to remove the bows when I wash the covers. I came up with the sewed on loop fastened by a button. I hope the reinforcements at the back will be enough to hold the heavy double bows. I finished the end of the¬†strips by hand. I’m happy with the result. ūüôā

May 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment


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