Archive | January, 2012

Rockford Wok Bar and Grill in Langley

29 Jan

Last week I went out for dinner at the Rockford Wok Bar and Grill.  It opened in Langley a few months ago on the corner of Willowbrook Dr and 197 St (in the building where Moxie’s used to be).  I’d heard about them at a wine and beer tasting event that I went to in the fall, and had meant to check them out eventually.  Finally I got the chance.

The restaurant is very open and spacious, and I think it’s bigger than what Moxie’s was.  The atmosphere is great – there are huge white lamps that hang from the ceiling, and the dark brown wood looks great in contrast.  They have a bar/lounge area as well as a dining room, so if you’re looking to watch a game while you eat, the bar is definitely good for that.

The menu is really interesting.  They have a wide variety of food to choose from, and everything sounded so delicious.  Our group started off with the Steamed Edamame.

I’ve had this dish many times before, but this was one of the better servings of it.  The edamame was steamed perfectly, so it was very easy to pop the soybeans out.  There was just enough salt to give it a bit of flavour.

For my entrée I had a hard time deciding.  I was thinking about getting the Ramen Noodle Bowl, but ended up with the Mushroom Chicken: pan seared double breast in a crimini mushroom cream, with broccoli, fresh basil, grape tomatoes and spinach on garlic mash.

The colours were so vibrant and beautiful in this dish!  The chicken was perfectly cooked and the garlic mashed potatoes were probably the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had in a restaurant.  However, there was something left to be desired by the mushroom cream.  The flavour was very light and subtle, but it could have used a bit more oomph.  My dad had this dish as well, and we both spent some time trying to figure out what would have made the flavour better – maybe wine, butter, more mushrooms?  We couldn’t decide.  This was a great dish, but the cream was a bit on the boring side.

My mom decided to have the Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger, which she really enjoyed.  She commented that there was a LOT of blue cheese (not a bad thing).  The flavours were good, and she loved the picked cucumbers.

Instead of fries she got the Rockford Greens, and she thought the grapefruit-ginger vinaigrette had a unique and delicious taste.  She mentioned that the burger was a bit dry, but overall it was excellent.

We were sitting right near this huge circular table that seats 10 and has a Lazy Susan in the middle, which makes it perfect for sharing.

The bathrooms are pretty cool too.  There’s a fireplace and even a TV, so that you won’t miss a minute of the game! 😉

I really liked the vibe in here, and our server was attentive and put up with our table’s weird quirks very nicely.  I’ll definitely be back again!

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Macaroni and Cheese

21 Jan

The past week has been VERY winter-like around here.  My neighbourhood has had buckets of snow, and freezing cold temperatures (-24C with windchill one night).  I’ve been cooking up a storm of comfort food, as nothing is better than a piping hot meal on a blustery winter night.

The other night I decided to make some homemade macaroni and cheese.  I found this recipe on the Betty Crocker website, and it’s very simple and straight forward.  Since I’m lactose intolerant, I substituted the milk and cheese for lactose-free ingredients, and it tasted fabulous. If you have to limit your dairy intake, this recipe will definitely work with substitutions.

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  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded or cubed Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350.  Cook macaroni as directed on package.

While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.  Stir in flour, salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.  Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.  Stir in milk.  Heat until boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Stir in cheese.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.

Drain macaroni.  Gently stir macaroni into cheese sauce.  Pour into ungreased casserole dish.  Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

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Now doesn’t that look delicious?!

I added some Panko bread crumbs on top for a little crunch, and served it with ketchup.  I know some people find that disgusting, but it adds a load of great flavour.  Even though the weather may be improving around here, it’s nice to have comfort food every now and then for dinner during the winter months.

Dine Out in the Fraser Valley

9 Jan

Every year at this time is the annual Dine Out Vancouver food festival.  Hundreds of restaurants all over the Lower Mainland participate, and it’s a great way to check out new establishments for a very reasonable cost.  This year the festival runs from January 20 – February 5, so you’ll have over two weeks to participate.  Each restaurant will offer a three course meal, and you can chose your restaurant based on the different price points (per person) that are available ($18, $28, $38).  As of today, you can have a look at their website to see the participating restaurants and the menus they’re offering, and make your reservation.

Unfortunately there aren’t many restaurants participating out in the Fraser Valley, which is a huge shame.  This is such a great opportunity, and hopefully more will be able to participate in upcoming years.  Here are the restaurants participating out this way:

Langley:

Surrey:
White Rock:
Various locations (Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey):
It’s too bad that there aren’t more options, but at least there are a few!  If you’re able to go, and would like to write a review of your experience, I’d love to post that here.  Leave me a comment on this post or send me an email at: feastandfare[at]gmail[dot]com if you’d like to contribute.
Happy dining out!