Birmingham's Vodka and Ale House Food Review February 9, 2017 · 8 min. readWhile 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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Part 12 of my cross Canada series takes us to the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island. However, don't let the name confuse you: PEI is actually 232 islands!
PEI also happens to have smallest population of any province in Canada, with only 146,300 people as of 2014. This means this province has less people than my hometown Regina!
Being so small, however, it was difficult to find images on Instagram. That isn't to say there's nothing there worth seeing! Quiet the quandary, actually. PEI has a few very unique locations that drive their tourism. One of them is the gorgeous themed village of Avonlea, named after the village in the hit novel "Anne of Green Gables" published in 1908. This story, and the subsequent stories, follows Anne, a red-haired "fiery" orphan who grows up on PEI. The story is an international bestseller, and is strangely very popular in Japan (or so I've been told)!
It's the time of year people start heading south to Mexico to escape the winter blues. About two years ago I took my first trip to Mexico too, but I went to the Mexico City and Puebla instead of a beach-front destination. While preparing for my trip to Mexico I remembered that Xochimilco is just south of the Mexico City, and that this Venice-like community was home to the famous "Island of the Dolls."
I've written about my time to the island before so I won't go into too many details in this article. Instead, in honour of my almost two-year-anniversary of my trip to one of the creepiest places in the world, I put together a list of my Top 10 Creepiest Dolls From The Island of the Dolls.
(I would say "enjoy", but c'mon now, you know this is going make your skin crawl.)
Frank Albo is known to many as "The Dan Brown of Canada". He gained this informal title through his many decades of research, interviews and investigations into the secrets of the Manitoba Legislature. Through his work, he claims that Winnipeg was meant to have a much larger role in Canada – going so far to say that it was to be the "Jerusalem of the New World".
It may sound odd, but there are a lot of strange motifs within the Manitoba Legislature that otherwise wouldn't make sense. These include being the exact dimensions of King Solomon's Temple, having medusas and demons guarding the entrances, and a "black star" of sacrifice beneath the rotunda. Stranger still is that none of these symbols are in the visually similar Saskatchewan Legislature which was constructed about the same time and for the same purpose. For some reason, the Manitoba Legislature was uniquely created in this manner.
Albo's research has not only gotten a lot of attention in Canada, but international attention too. One of these people was His Excellency Konstantin Zhigalov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. While visiting Winnipeg in 2014, Zhigalov attended Albo's tour. After it concluded, Zhigalov pulled Albo aside and invited him to the capital of Kazakhstan. The request was peculiar, but the moment Albo arrived, he knew exactly why he was chosen.