Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. What can be disappointing with many that we've tried in the past are the too soft, mushy noodles and a dry sauce. This recipe produces a dish with rich flavourful creamy cheese sauce, a crispy panko crust and roasted cauliflower.

Our first slow cooking experience to put it bluntly was a failure. Eager to put another of our wedding presents to good use I threw together a delicious Thai green curry that was to slowly braise during the day and be ready when we returned home from work. With our penchant for ignoring instructions the ceramic crock cracked immediately upon cooking as we forgot to let it come up to room temperature before applying the heat. The result was the delicious curry sauce burning to an aromatic crisp on the heating element.

Determined to redeem ourselves we decided to make a classic pot roast in a new slow cooker we received for Christmas. This simple recipe uses beer as the braising liquid and yields the most succulent and tender meat you've ever tasted. Served alongside the rich aromatic braising liquid you have a complete meal waiting for you after a long day of work.
Note: If you don't have a slow cooker this recipe works just as well slowly braised in a 250 degree oven for  8 hours (Just remember to add more liquid as necessary)

Happy New Year!  Looking back, 2011 was a great year, we started this blog and had the opportunity to share our recipes and restaurants experiences both local and in New York and Hawaii.  Thank you to all of you who show us support by subscribing and checking out our posts.  We know you're out there, so feel free to comment and let us know what you'd like to see more (or less) of.  Feedback, questions, complaints and compliments are all accepted!

As we move ahead we'd like to work on a few things and expand our horizons.  Here are our "Food Resolutions" for 2012...

Lake Louise, AB
Overall - 8.5/10
Food - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Ambiance - 9/10
213, 211 Bear Street, Banff Ave, Banff, AB.
The Bison on Urbanspoon

We recently had the opportunity to take a little holiday away to Banff and Lake Louise after a very busy holiday season.  Fortunately we are only an hour away from Banff which means The Bison Restaurant is a place we'll be able to come back to more often.

Overall - 8/10
Food - 8.5/10
Service - 8/10
Ambiance - 8/10

Happy Valley Restaurant on Urbanspoon
 BBQ Platter = Hells yea

Happy Valley Restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown, serves up quality Cantonese style dishes at great prices.  Located on the second floor of a corner building, the restaurant feels comfortable and has large windows offering patrons a great view of Center Street.  The service is both efficient and friendly.