Archive | November, 2011

Tokyo Sushi in Langley

16 Nov

Today I had lunch at Tokyo Sushi.  It’s a small but fabulous Japanese restaurant in the red-roofed building on the corner of 64 Ave and 204 St in Langley.  I used to eat here ALL the time a year ago.  Back then our office was in that neighbourhood and I’d eat lunch there at least a week.  Now that I’m no longer working in that area, I haven’t been eating Japanese food as much.  I definitely miss it!

Since I had some extra time today and had to pass through that neighbourhood anyway, I decided to stop there for a meal.  I haven’t been there since January, but I was very warmly welcomed by the amazing staff there who even remembered my name!  I was so touched that they remembered my name despite it being close to a year since I was last able to eat there.  It was great to chat with the ladies that I got to know over many years of having lunch in their restaurant.  I’m sure they missed my money too! 😉

I ordered one of my old favourites off their menu – the Rainbow Roll:

The seafood is fresh and delicious, and the two sauces they have on the platter are oh so tasty.  When you order this dish to go, they actually drizzle the sauce over top of the roll:

Crummy cell phone photo from the last time I got takeout there

If you’re looking for a great sushi place in the Langley area, I highly recommend Tokyo Sushi.  They open at 11:30 every day except Sunday, and they have a fantastic and varied menu for either lunch or dinner.  Their prices are very reasonable, and the staff is lovely and welcoming.

I hope to go back again soon!

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White Chicken Enchiladas

15 Nov

Last night I made these excellent White Chicken Enchiladas for a Mexican themed potluck dinner.  I’ve found a lot of fantastic recipes on the Pioneer Woman’s website, and this one is definitely one of them!

I took a bunch of shortcuts (as usual), because I’m all about reducing the cooking/prep time and adjusting things to my liking.

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White Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 12 tortillas (I used flour, but you can use corn or any other variation that suits you best)
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 3 cans diced green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped cilantro

Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and saute for 1 minute, just to start the cooking process.  Add chicken, half the green chilies and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.  Stir together.  Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir.  Add cream and stir, allowing mixture to bubble and get hot.  Turn off heat and set aside.

In a separate large skillet, melt butter and sprinkle in flour.  Whisk together and cook over medium heat for one minute.  Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth.  Whisk together and cook for another minute or two.  Stir in the other half of the chilies.  Reduce heat, then stir in sour cream.  Add 1 1/2 cups grated cheese and stir to melt.  Add 1/2 teaspoon paprika.  Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one.  Top with plenty of cheese and roll up.  Place seam side down in a 9×13 casserole dish.

Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas.  Top with extra cheese if you’d like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle generously with chopped cilantro.

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The chicken mixture, simmering away

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The finished product! I didn’t put extra cheese on top, because it was super cheesy/dairy-y enough as it was.

Since it was a potluck, I only got to have about a quarter of one enchilada, but I thought it was delicious!  I’m lactose intolerant and have to be very careful with my dairy intake, so this isn’t something that I can make on a regular basis just for myself, but it will definitely be something I can make for others.

I often keep cilantro in the house, and had fully intended on bringing it with me to put on top of the enchiladas once I arrived at my friends’ house, but forgot it in my rush to leave for the evening.  Oh well.  It would definitely have added great flavour to the dish, but they were delicious without that.  It would also be fantastic with a touch of salsa or guacamole on top.  You can never go wrong with adding either of those to Mexican food! 🙂

Wendel’s in Fort Langley

11 Nov

This morning I went to Wendel’s for breakfast.  I had a Groupon that was expiring soon, and I didn’t want that to go to waste.  I’ve eaten breakfast there before, but it’s always been after I’ve run the Fort to Fort trail with my running group, so I’d usually choose a super healthy option (fruit plate, oatmeal, etc.).  Today I was in the mood for something extra tasty and comforting, especially since the weather was so horrible.

(image courtesy of the Wendel’s website)

The cafe is in Fort Langley, which is a cute little neighbourhood.  There are a lot of shops and restaurants in the area, and Fort Langley is a historical site, so there’s plenty to see and do within walking distance.  The cafe is also home to an independent bookstore, so it’s a perfect place to spend a few hours, especially if you’re looking for some great reading material.

This morning the place was packed, so I didn’t take any pictures of the inside.  It’s a holiday today, so that probably explained why the place was so busy.  I normally go on Saturday mornings, so I wasn’t expecting the place to be so busy.  Despite the crush of people, the staff were friendly and happy, which is always nice to see.

Even though there were a large amount of people there, I was able to find a seat easily.  I was pleasantly surprised that my meal came so quickly – the kitchen team is definitely efficient!  I ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict.

The eggs were perfectly poached, which I don’t often experience when ordering Eggs Benedict in restaurants.  The eggs tend to be either super runny or over-cooked, but these were fantastic.  The yolks were just slightly runny but firm enough for my liking.  The hollandaise was great as well – it was flavourful and there was plenty of sauce.  The potatoes were piping hot and seasoned well.  My only complaint with the meal was the watermelon.  I thought it was strange to see watermelon on my plate in November – it’s not exactly in season at the moment.  The rind didn’t look that great, and the slice was a little bit mushy.  But that’s a very small issue to have.  Overall it was a great (and filling) meal for a very reasonable price.

Wendel’s serves breakfast from 7:30-11:30am (12:30pm on weekends).  They also have lunch and dinner menus, so you can drop by for a book and a meal/snack until they close at 10pm.

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