On a smoke filled Friday evening in August, Jordon and I took the Prairie Lily on a river cruise up the South Saskatchewan River. It’s a two hour return trip and a great way to spend a summer evening in Saskatoon. Book your tickets here.
Last night was Nuit Blanche in Saskatoon. For the second time, Jordon, Mark, Oliver and I went down and checked it out. Jordon’s ankle is extremely sore so I wasn’t sure how long he would last. As soon as he got a block away from the car, he said, “this was a mistake”. It is a testament to our expectations for the night that he kept going.
As is our tradition, we take the boys down at the start and take them home around 9:30. Then I come back down, find Jordon, and hang out with him until later. I had my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II last night. The 40mm focal length is great for street views and it’s wide open aperture is perfect for low light events like Nuit Blanche. It allowed me grab a bunch of photos that I thought captured the event on 20th Street.
I was also really happy that my favorite store in Saskatoon was open. Soul Paper is a wonderful pen and stationary store that if you haven’t checked it out, you need to.
This installation by the Canadian Light Source is a mini synchrotron. The more times that you push some buttons, the more light streams are added. People were fascinated by it all night long.Hey, it’s NDP Saskatoon West candidate, Sheri Benson who is volunteering with Nuit Blanche. Jordon chatted with her a bit and as she walked away, he said to me, “I feel sorry for candidates who have to run in an election this long.” I hope she had a nice night at Nuit Blanche, she deserves a night off.The new resident of The 525, The King and I.
This kind of disappointed me. Both Mark and I checked it out by getting on the ground and rolling underneath it. Later in the night people started shredding it which wasn’t cool or respectful to the artist.
This was around 9:00 p.m. Jordon was getting him a snack at Ace Food Truck and Oliver had nothing left.
We have been to Rock Creek Tap and Grill numerous times over the last couple of years. The food is what you would expect at a bar and grill. Higher end burgers, pastas, beef, and chicken. The food is good enough to come back for but not remarkable. Then again at the price they are charging, it doesn’t need to be.
The service has always been pleasant when we are in there in the late evening. Our drinks and food are out quickly and are cooked quite nicely. The kitchen does a great job at night which makes it a go to spot to meet up with friends. Service has been attentive throughout the evening.
If there has been one issue that has taken away from Rock Creek, it is that we have had some unpleasant experiences with unruly patrons in the bar. While we have been in the restaurant, they have been loud enough to ruin the evening for everyone else. I don’t know if it is a case where someone came in drunk or they should have been cut off sooner but it’s not an issue that I find at other restaurants and it is frustrating to have to deal with it when you are just popping into the restaurant to meet up with friends.
If you do go, check out any of these dishes. You won’t be disappointed.
At the end of the day, it’s a great addition to Saskatoon’s west end. Hopefully some more restaurants will follow their lead into Blairmore and create a culinary district for all of the westside of Saskatoon to enjoy.
I have been here twice. The first time was so bad that I felt that I owed it to myself to try it again. That was a mistake.
When Cora’s came to Saskatoon, people were lined up outside in the winter to get in. It was that big of deal. All I heard of what how incredible the place was, so we decided to check it out.
The basic structure of the pricing is to sell you a really basic meal and charge you for every little bit extra. Want fruit? That will be more. Want a side? That will be more. I don’t mind that but their base meal is what I pay for all of the extras at another restaurant.
If I am going to pay more, I’d like better food but it was the definition of bland both times. No real care for how the food was presented or even served warm. The service was indifferent despite being completely empty the one time we were there. To be fair, often the morning staff have to work hard to get the restaurant ready but that shouldn’t come at the expense of customers. Sadly she wasn’t even doing that but was talking loudly on the phone and complaining about life. It was one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. In the end, this is why restaurants have managers.
I am told by many that the chain is much better out east. That may be true but I am eating at it here and for this I expect better service and food than what I got. There are so many better breakfast options in Saskatoon, I’d advice that you try one of those out before heading to Cora’s.
My first experience with Five Guys Burgers and Fries came while were in Calgary back in 2012. When it came to Saskatoon, we have checked it out a couple of times since it is right beside Don’s Photo where Jordon works. Since we keep going back, we must like it.
The one thing that all of us have learned is that we just order the single patty. It is a big enough burger with just one and is just too much beef with two of them. Since you can customize the burger any way you want it, we tend to load up with some combination of ordering a cheeseburger and…
The hamburgers are cooked well done and then there is the fries. The fries are good but we tend not to order them as the burgers are that filling.
It’s a diner so set your expectations for service accordingly. It’s loud in there with the staff calling out your orders and the music is really too loud but our experiences with the service is consistently excellent.
There is a big debate on who has the best burger on 8th Street; Five Guys, Fuddruckers or Jerry’s Food Emporium. I’ll pick Jerry’s but Five Guy’s is awfully close to being the best.
As a mom with a somewhat picky eater for a son, having the ability to customize your burger is a wonderful thing. I know you can do it at other places but it’s nice not to have Oliver going, “I don’t like this because there is a pickle somewhere in the burger”. Maybe that is one of the reasons parents love this place. It’s one less thing to deal with and I appreciate that.
Can I give a restaurant a 7 out of 5 rating? If I could, I would give it to the Konga Cafe.
It is located at the bottom of Caswell Hill in Saskatoon and features an amazing assortment of Caribbean food and fare. Being from Guyana, it feels like I have travelled back in time and can eat some of the food that I grew up with.
When we go to the restaurant, it doesn’t feel like we are going out to eat in an establishment but rather like we are going over to a friends place to eat their excellent home cooking. From the first time we went, we were made to feel at home at The Konga Cafe. It has a festive laid back atmosphere. Not only are you chatting with your server but chatting with other guests.
Of course the food is amazing. Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Curried Shrimp, Spicy Peanut Shrimp, and an amazing steak. If the kids just want a burger or chicken fingers, they have that as well. For dessert, you need to try the key lime pie.
The Konga Cafe has long been a favourite restaurant of both Jordon and I. It is a great enough experience that makes it perfect for a special date night out but it’s casual enough that we can take the kids and enjoy it as a family any evening. No wonder why it is so highly rated on TripAdvisor, Planet S Magazine, and Zomato.
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He will use it to shoot Mark’s football this fall with and maybe some wildlife. I hope he likes it. Of course Mark is super excited as it means that he gets Jordon’s older Sigma 70-210 lens. He sees it as a win-win.
Mark gave him a new Starbucks Travel Mug
Oliver gave him Saskatoon’s Electric Transit: the Story of Saskatoon’s Streetcars and Trolley Buses by Easten Wayman
It’s a used book from Westgate Books.
They also ordered Jordon a 65 litre backpack for our trip to Grey Owl’s cabin. It’s big enough that we can pack Oliver in it and have room to spare.
It is Jordon’s day off today. I took it off to hang out with him. After the boys were off to school, we went for coffee at City Perk and then grabbed lunch at the Spring Roll on 33rd. This afternoon we are off for a long walk as Jordon tried out his new lens and then to Broadcast House where Jordon does his 5:15 roundtable with David Kirton and Cynthia Block.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Jordon is working today but I am not. He did get up early and gave me a new “Canada” spring jacket, a chocolate rose that I wanted and a chocolate rose (my favourite kind of rose). He also took me down to the CP Rail Bridge in Saskatoon and put a love lock on the stairwell. The wind was howling and it was unbelievably cold by the time that we climbed the three flights of stairs. By the time we got back to the car our ears and faces were frozen. I’m glad he did it. It was a great romantic gesture. He does this romance stuff well.
Think of it as lingerie for bald guys. Before you comment that I am horrible at this Valentine’s Day stuff, I actually am and this is what Jordon wanted.
For tonight, we are ordering in. We have tried to go out many times over the years and the food sucks on Valentine’s Day in so many places. They seat us late, rush some food out, and rush us out. Not exactly romantic. There are better nights for us to go out and enjoy being a couple.
We aren’t sure where we are ordering in from yet but I could go for some pizza or Vietnamese food. After the kids go to bed, we’ll chill out over some gourmet coffee and music to chill out to. There is a reason why we have a 60 gig iTunes library.
I hope you are having a good day as well.