Thursday, May 21, 2015

Honey & Hot Sauce: May 26 Pop Up Dinner @ The Common [GIVEAWAY]

Back in 2012 pop up dinners were immensely popular and The Common was the main restaurant to host these one-night-only type of events. From Korean food to breakfast for dinner, if there was a pop up at The Common, I was there too.

On May 26 pop up dinners are returning to The Common and the theme this time around is honey & hot sauce. Sweet and Spicy is a classic pairing and is perfect for summer weather. I can't wait to taste what Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier has planned for the menu.

For the pop up two seatings at 6:00 and 8:30PM are available and the night will consist of 4 courses for $40. It's such a great deal! I've always had great experiences at The Common both in terms of food and service, so Honey & Hot Sauce should make for a great night!

One thing I love about pop up dinners is the element of surprise. If you want to be surprised, stop reading now! Otherwise, continue :). The menu is often kept a secret until you're seated at your table, but here's what will be on the menu for Tuesday evening:

  • Wings ‘n Things: Chicken wings, sweetbreads & rabbit wings with honey walnuts, sriracha, and green onions
  • Honey Glazed Bacon with hot & sour cabbage salad
  • Chili rubbed lamb popsicles with honey caramel
  • Chili chocolate doughnuts with foraged honeysuckle

The menu sounds fantastic, right? I'll be there on Tuesday night and The Common has given me the opportunity to give one of my readers two tickets to the 6:00PM seating. All details are down below, but if you don't want to take your chances, some seatings are still available and you can make your reservation for the pop up through Kyla at kyla@thecommon.ca.

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THE GIVEAWAY

Two Tickets to Honey & Hot Sauce at The Common - 6PM Seating
$80 value

Mandatory Entry: To enter, tell me which pop up menu dish you're most interested in by commenting on this post. Please make sure you leave a valid email address in the giveaway widget as this is how I will be contacting you.


ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

1. Follow me via Twitter (@littlmissandrea) (+1)
2. Tweet about the giveaway: "I'm excited for the Honey & Hot Sauce Pop Up at @TheCommonYEG! Enter @littlmissandrea's giveaway for tickets #yegfood" and link back to this post (+2)
3. Follow me via Instagram (@littlmissandrea) (+1)
4. Visit my Facebook page, like and share the giveaway post (+3)


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This giveaway is open to anyone 18+ years of age. You have until May 24 to enter and the winner will be selected by random and be contacted via email. Good luck!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Original Joe's 2015 Summer Fresh Menu [GIVEAWAY]

Spring is definitely here to stay, which means summer is just around the corner! Sunshine, 30 degree weather, and cocktails on the patio are just some of the things I'm looking forward to. What are you favourite things about summer?

To celebrate the coming of the warmer months and the launch of summer menus, Original Joe's wants to send one of my readers a $50 gift card to check out their new dishes this season.

Some of the new dishes include Shrimp Tacos ($14/3) featuring garlic cajun shrimp, cabbage, fresh pico de gallo, cilantro and lime crema on grilled flour tortillas. Served with a mixed green salad, this seems like a perfect pairing for a drink on the patio.

A hit from last year, steamed PEI Mussels ($14.50) are back on the menu. A full pound of mussels are steamed in a light beer cream sauce with garlic, onion, chilis, and lemon juice, and served with a side of bread.

Continuing with the seafood trend, the Miso Salmon Salad ($16.50) is what I'm looking forward to trying. Wild pacific salmon is baked in a miso-sake marinade. served with mixed greens, cucumber, pea shoots, matchstick carrots, sliced avocado and cilantro in a sesame vinaigrette.

Last winter Original Joe’s & Mealshare partnered up to turn dining out into helping out. An incredible 21,684 meals were raised for people in need, so Original Joe's is back at it again with the Summer Fresh menu. For every purchase of the Steamed Mussels or Miso Salmon Salad this summer, a meal will be provided to someone in need. How fantastic is that? You get to eat and someone else does too!

As as child I absolutely hated brussels sprouts. You couldn't get those things near me! But I'm slowly learning to enjoy them and the Baja Brussels Sprouts ($8) sound pretty appetizing. Brussels Sprouts are flash fried with red pepper and chopped bacon, tossed with fresh lime juice, parmesan and chilis, then garnished with lime crema and fresh cilantro.

Last but not least is the Mediterranean Chicken Wrap ($15.50) with shwarama style grilled chicken breast served in a garlic naan bread with lemon feta spread, shredded lettuce, onion, tomato, banana pepper, pickle, chopped parsley and topped with tzatziki. Want to try out the Summer Fresh menu? Check out the details below!

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THE GIVEAWAY

One $50 Gift Card to Original Joes

Mandatory Entry: To enter, tell me which summer fresh menu item you're most interested in by commenting on this post. Please make sure you leave a valid email address in the giveaway widget as this is how I will be contacting you.


ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

1. Follow me via Twitter (@littlmissandrea) (+1)
2. Tweet about the giveaway: "The patio is calling! Enter to win a $50 GC from @littlmissandrea to try the @originaljoes summer menu! #yegfood" and link back to this post (+2/one tweet per day)
3. Follow me via Instagram (@littlmissandrea) (+1)
4. Visit my Facebook page, like and share the giveaway post (+3)


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This giveaway is open to anyone 18+ years of age. You have until May 29 to enter and the winner will be selected by random and be contacted via email. Good luck!