Birmingham's Vodka and Ale House Food Review February 9, 2017 · 8 min. readDisclaimer: While the thoughts and opinions are my own, this article was brought to you by a third party. Also, this article may contain affiliate links.
Although Regina celebrated its annual "Restaurant Week" last week, I missed it while I was travelling through the jungles and deserts of Mexico. Luckily for me, the wonderful culinary dishes of Regina's finest restaurants don't stop getting served just because "Restaurant Week" was over, so I didn't miss out on some quality local food. Only a few hours after landing back in Canada, I visited one of these local restaurants and had an excellent meal.
Or should I say, it visited me.
The day after arriving back home, I opened up my fridge only to discover it was empty, as were my cupboards. I could have made something quick like a Pizza Pop, but after a week of tortillas, burritos, guacamole and tequila, I wanted something a little richer and a little less microwaveable. I then asked Twitter what I should order for lunch, and immediately my brother-in-law tweeted me back and recommended Birmingham's Vodka and Ale House.
For those who follow me closely on Instagram, you'll remember about a month ago I had a mini-adventure in the East End trying to find Birmingham's. I drove around literally for hours trying to find it but eventually I gave up and went home hungry. I felt a little embarrassed and sad by that incident since I really like Birmingham's, so when my brother-in-law recommended it, I decided that would be the perfect place to order from. I hopped on SkipTheDishes, scrolled through their menu and tossed my order together. An hour later I got a text on my phone that my courier had arrived.
The first thing I ordered was some gluten-friendly V-Chips, which were just thinly sliced and fried potato skins.
Although I was pleasantly surprised to see a gluten-friendly option when it came to the V-Chips, I was a little leery before trying them. I've had a lot of gluten-friendly or gluten-free food over the past year that has either been sub-par or down right awful. I decided to take a chance with these, and I was impressed; they were crispy, crunchy and came in a mountain of chips that lasted me until the next day.
The only thing I would change when ordering these again would be to order more sauce. The dill sauce was delicious, but I found I still had about 70% of my chips left by the time I ran out of it. Thankfully, for only $1 more I could have ordered some extra dill dip. Judging by the amount of chips I had left over though, I think I should have added an extra two or three.
Make Your Own Pizza
(Pepperoni, Crumbled Italian Sausage, Bacon Strips and Feta Cheese)
Out of the three items I ordered, the pizza was probably my least favorite. I added the feta cheese for a touch of something different, so I attribute that to why an otherwise wonderfully sounding pizza was only alright. I still ate the whole thing, but I think if I ever ordered it again I'd omit the feta and go with a different type of cheese.
Pizza also has a tendency of being very greasy, so I was happy to discover this one wasn't. It also had a thinner crust, which allowed for more enjoyment of the toppings. I grew up believing the thicker the crust the better, but every time I try a quality thin crust pizza like this one, I am more and more impressed.
The title is pretty self-explanatory, but this was an order of 6 deep-fried Oreos and a side of chocolate sauce. You can either pour the sauce over the Oreos for a wonderfully chocolatey mess, or you can dip the cookies into the sauce instead. While the sauce is hot when they delivered it, I actually found it was better the next day after cooling it in the fridge. Either way, the deep-fried Oreos were delicious and is best enjoyed if you try not to think about how many calories they are.
All in all, this meal from Birmingham's was pretty good. The V-Chips were crunchy, the pizza was tasty and the deep-fried Oreos were, well, deep-fried Oreos. If I was to order this again, I would only change two things - I would get much more dill sauce and I'd remove the feta cheese from the pizza.
There are over 70 restaurants on SkipTheDishes in Regina, with everything from breakfast foods to tacos, steakhouses to vegetarian dishes and just about everything in between. I order from SkipTheDishes probably once a month and am never disappointed with them. Sometimes the wait for the food can be a little long, but they let you know the approximate wait time prior to order confirmation so there are no nasty surprises. You can even pick up your food instead of having it delivered, which is pretty neat!
Have you ever ordered from SkipTheDishes? For doing this review of a local restaurant, SkipTheDishes gave me a $50 + 10% discount code for one lucky reader. You can use this for any location on SkipTheDishes either in Regina, or in any of their additional 19 cities in Canada and the American Midwest. I'll be picking the winner similar to how I chose a winner for my TELUS contest last year. All you have to do to qualify is one of three things:
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The contest will end next Thursday (February 16th) and I'll announce the winner the following Friday. This allows one lucky winner to kick off the Family Day Long Weekend with a free meal of their choice*!
The contest has ended, and the winner has been selected! Thank you everybody for entering!
What would you order from SkipTheDishes if you won the contest? Pizza, burgers, steak, wraps or something else? Let me know in the comments below!
*The discount code doesn't cover delivery fees, taxes or tips, and is only applicable for online payments. I ended up paying $11 for my meal because I used a similar code, which although isn't free, is pretty darn close!
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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If you've ever passed through Medicine Hat, or you're spending a few days in the area, you've probably wondered what to do there. To most people outside the city, Medicine Hat might seem like a sleepy little prairie town in the Canadian Badlands; but for those who live in Hell's Basement, they'll tell you that this city is one of the most exciting places you can explore in all of Alberta.
I've gone to Medicine Hat three times in the past two years, and while I'm no expert on this thriving city, I know where the hidden gems are. If someone I know is passing through the area, I tell them they need to visit Medicine Hat. To help explain why, I put an article together for anyone else interested in visiting the Hat.
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Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
The Island of the Dolls is in Xochimilco, a borough south of Mexico City. While it would be faster to take a car from Mexico City to Xochimilco, the traffic is dense and the roads are very congested. Instead, if you're going there, I'd recommend taking metro, which is easy and the cheapest in the world. What you gain in comfort, however, you lose in speed, as the train ride takes about 2 hours.
Mexico City and Xochimilco both sit in the Valley of Mexico. Until about a millennium ago, the whole region around Mexico City was surrounded by a massive body of water. Over the centuries due to both climate change and interference by humans, most of this water has dried up, for the exception of Xochimilco. With networks of canals crisscrossing the borough, car transportation is difficult and water transportation is essential. I'm sure there were motorized boats somewhere in the waters of Xochimilco, but I never saw any. Instead, canoes and rafts are common on the water. However, the most popular vessel is a trajinera – a colourful gonadal-like boat that is pushed along the water with a wooden pole.
Xochimilco is known worldwide for their Floating Gardens market, which are essentially canoes floating down the canals, selling wares to tourists on trajineras. These include things like food, drinks, silver rings, trinkets, ponchos and sombreros. Occasionally other trajineras full of Mariachi bands will approach tourists and offer to play beside them on the water.