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Restaurant Review: Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods – Fort Langley, BC

28 Oct

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on social media, you would know that I confessed that I had felt uninspired by what I was doing with this space. So I decided to reinvent what I do here.

I love to write, whether anyone reads it or not, so I knew the blog part of Miss Delish would stay. I just felt like I wasn’t excited to come up with new recipes, it was getting to the point where it was becoming a chore to figure out what I could make next, which made me not want to do it at all. Also, the ads that were on the site were driving me nuts, so they’re gone! Now you can browse without being bombarded by tampon advertisements.

What I post here is still going to be a mix of a lot of things, but I am going to begin focusing more on Restaurant Reviews. We go out to eat a lot. I love trying new restaurants and checking out new places in our area and beyond. So I figured why not share that with you all! I always check out reviews before trying out a new place. Eating out can be expensive and besides that, it is a treat that usually we can only indulge in every now and then. So if you’re going to go out and spend the time and money, you want to make sure you’re going somewhere good! Hopefully I can help with that.

Don’t you worry, I will still post recipes here every now and then, but they will be recipes that I am excited to share with you, and ones I have put a lot of thought and effort into.

Quality over quantity, people.

ANYWAYS. That was kind of exhausting.

Let’s get on to the good stuff, shall we? Fort Langley is a cute little area and it has been that way for a long while, but recently there are a lot of new businesses opening up and changing up the look and feel of the old time-y town. Mangia e Scappa has been in Fort Langley for a while now, but they recently moved from a small location on the main drag, to what I think was an auto repair shop. It’s quite a large space and a section of it is a marketplace, selling Italian foods. They kept the garage doors, which gives it an industrial feel, but the decor is like an old school Italian cafe.

Mangia e Scappa offers, salads, small plates, quite a large range of wood fired pizzas as well as a handful of house made pasta dishes and then a few specials each day. Their beer and wine menu is limited to Italian origin only, which I thought was a nice touch! Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, and offered up her suggestion when I asked which glass of red to get. I ended up with the Sangiovese on their menu, and it was really nice. I would have liked the Chianti but it was offered by the bottle only and I wasn’t feeling that brazen…Chris got a Morretti which is an Italian beer (they also offer Peroni in case you were wondering.)

We weren’t feeling incredibly hungry, so we didn’t order any appetizers, we skipped right to entrees. My choice was the pasta special of the day. It was Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Capers and Red Onion in Rose Sauce.


It was really delicious. The homemade fettuccine was cooked perfectly and the rose sauce was nice and silky. The briney capers were the perfect contrast to the rich sauce.

Chris went for the Gnocchi, which comes as no surprise whatsoever, Gnocchi is his favorite food in the world. This one is a regular item on the menu and comes in a cream sauce with prosciutto, gorgonzola and walnuts.


This dish was also very good, the gnocchi was perfectly pillowy and the portion wasn’t overwhelming. I thought the presentation on this one was really beautiful.

Of course we had to have coffee and dessert. I noticed they had a cute little coffee bar off to the side so we went with some espresso drinks. I had just a regular shot of espresso and Chris ordered a cappuccino. For dessert we ordered the Tiramisu.


Both of our coffees were great and the tiramisu was the perfect ending to a lovely meal.

They offer quite a few other full size desserts and then they also have some smaller bites like biscotti and cannoli from their pastry case. It seemed like during the day time this place would be more like a little market/deli counter. You could pick up your italian pantry staples and then a fresh made dessert to take home.

Our bill came to almost an even $70.00 which I thought was more than reasonable for drinks, dinner and dessert for two. Mangia e Scappa has great service, wonderful handmade food and a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

We will definitely be back to try the pizzas!

*This is not a paid advertisement! We went to this restaurant on our own and paid with our own moola. As always, opinions are all my own!*


Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods Ltd. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wynn Las Vegas – Weekend Brunch Buffet

28 May

Good morning lovelies!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and those of you that are in the US, I hope you had an awesome Memorial day long weekend!

I promised you last week that I would get a little post together about a crazy good meal we had when we were in Vegas last weekend, so here it is! I am going to jump right into it because I have a lot to get done today.

The restaurant I am talking about is the Buffet at the Wynn. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘a buffet? really?’ of all the restaurants in Vegas it seems really odd to review a buffet. BUT I promise you that this will be the best brunch buffet you ever go to. It’s crazy!

They run a regular breakfast buffet from Monday – Friday that I believe costs somewhere around $21, which is pretty much on par with all the other hotel buffets, although I can assure you this one is better. THEN on the weekend, they run their famous brunch buffet which costs $31 (I think.) I couldn’t find the prices posted on their website so don’t hold me to that. I know it is definitely just over $30. Now I know that seems super expensive for breakfast and if you’re not a huge foodie or a big eater, you might not really get much out of it. We originally went with a couple of the other people on the trip and we were the only ones that decided to bite the bullet and go. For the others they didn’t think it was worth it for them personally, and I totally understand that. If you’re a foodie, though, you’re in for a treat.

Please excuse the iphone photos, I chose not to bring my DSLR to Vegas for a couple reasons, mainly because I didn’t want to lug it around the whole time and I was worried it might get broken/stolen/lost with all the shenanigans that seem to go on in Vegas.

I showed you a couple photos of the Wynn in my last post, but here are a couple more of the entry way into the hotel & casino.

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It was so gorgeous! There were tons of flowers everywhere and the trees were all lit up.

The buffet it self is beautiful as well, it kind of has a French garden theme, with topiaries, fruit and more flowers. The tables and chairs were really pretty as well. The atmosphere is definitely elegant yet relaxed.

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See more of the Wynn Las Vegas Brunch Buffet…

What happens in Vegas…ends up on this blog!

24 May

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week!

I haven’t been on here in what seems like forever and I’m so glad to be back.

I sent out a little request for ideas on my Facebook page! I need recipe ideas for next week so either let me know on Facebook or comment below and I may just use on of your ideas!

I have another post to do next week as a little continuation of the Vegas trip. It’s a specific review of one of the awesome restaurants we visited while in Sin City! It was amazing and I will share it with you next week. I even have a little video to go along with it.

For today, I just wanted to drop in and tell you a little about the trip and show you some photos. Just a heads up that I fail at taking photos on vacations, I just tend to focus more on enjoying my trip than taking photos, but I tried to remember to snap some here and there.

Okay, let’s go!

Airplane drinks.

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continue reading…

Romantic Valentines Dinner {Cielo’s} White Rock

20 Feb

Good morning lovelies! I hope you all are having an amazing week so far.

Me? Meh. Things are kinda boring so far, definitely looking forward to the weekend. I know, I know it’s only Wednesday.

I’m doomed.

My last weekend was so busy that I actually needed to come back to work to get a bit of a break!

Friday night Mr. Delish and I went to dinner for Valentines day (which I will tell you about in a minute.)

Then Saturday, I went shopping with Tascha at Metrotown, which was kind of a nightmare. We were there for upwards of 4 hours and barely bought anything. In the end our feet were so sore from walking around all day, we barely made it to the car.

Later that night we went out with some friends for Tascha’s birthday.

Then finally, Sunday I woke up early to make Chocolate Pots for a family dinner and then we finished off the weekend with the Canucks/Blues game.


Anyways back to Friday night. As I mentioned, we had reservations at Cielo’s for Valentines day. I was super stoked because I love that place and it’s just one of those restaurants I always forget about when planning dinner out.

I did however, plan out my outfit, as I always do! I wore a gold sequined high waisted skirt, with a white tee and black blazer. I paired that with some black suede wedges. It was a super cute outfit, unfortunately, the skirt and shoe combo made it impossible for me to walk properly. The skirt cut my typical leg range of motion in half. So I kind of had to shuffle, then the shoes are really high and tippy, so they made things even more interesting. The walk from our car took double the time. Mr. Delish kept looking over and saying “are you okay?”

Like “ya, I’m fine just traipsing around on these cobblestones, TOTALLY fine”

THEN when we finally got into the restaurant, I realized that the tables are all bar height, and so were the chairs!

Dun, dun, dunnnnnn….

I tried to be as graceful as possible when I got up on the seat but I’m sure I looked like a hot mess.

I’m never wearing that skirt/shoe combo again.

I didn’t take any pictures because it was VERY dark in the restaurant and they would have turned out horribly. However, I did want to do a restaurant review, so I will just quickly reiterate what we had.

So basically it is a tapas bar, so they have lots of small plates. Now, one thing you have to know about Cielo’s is the plates are not typical tapas size, most of them are ginormous. We ordered 4 dishes to share but we definitely could have gotten away with 3.

We started out with the bruschetta:

“gorgonzola basted, pesto rub, house dried roma tomato drizzle, balsamic reduction”

In a word, amazing! This is definitely the must order dish on their menu. They do a blend of cream cheese, goat cheese and gorgonzola and they definitely don’t skimp on the cheese! Then it has the pesto, tomato and balsamic all over it. And like everything else, the portion is big, you get like half a baguette! Yum.

Then we had the Marinated Tiger Prawns:

“fragrant mix of lemon, fresh herbs and spices.”

These were really good. They are served cold and marinated in lemon, oil and herbs and spices like the description says. To be honest, I am not sure if I would order them again just because there are better things on the menu.

Next we had the Haida Indian Candy Salmon:

“brown sugar cured and pepper bathed, served atop frizzled onions, red pepper jelly dipping sauce.”

Mr. Delish LOVES smoked salmon, and if you haven’t had candied salmon, it is amazing. If you like the whole sweet and salty combo, it’s definitely something you would enjoy. They also stack them up like lincoln logs, just what I like in my meal :)

Lastly, we had a pot of their famous mussels, we ordered the curry style ones:

“sweet curry, garam masala, white wine sauce.”

They also have a white wine and herb style as well as Cajun chorizo style. We loved the ones we got. The curry really stood up to the bold taste of the mussels. I would say this was my favorite dish of the night. I liked it even more than the bruschetta!

We finished our dinner with their delicious Creme Brulee Boat. Yum!

All in all, it was a fabulous dinner as usual, Cielo’s has a wonderful atmosphere, it’s so nice and cozy! The service was excellent and we will be back again!

If you live in the lower mainland or are planning to travel here soon, you should really check this place out. The menu can be found here.

Thanks for reading guys, talk to you soon!

Restaurant Review: Stonegrill Vancouver

3 Aug

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going for my Birthday dinner at Stonegrill in Vancouver. I made a reservation first and then a few days before my Birthday I figured I should check out the reviews on Urbanspoon as I always do when I dine at a new restaurant. After I read the reviews I was really unsure what to expect. The reviews were very mixed, some good, some bad and the overall average rating was fairly low (currently it’s sitting at 59% of people that liked it.)

Now as much as Urbanspoon is a fantastic site and a great tool, you do have to remember a few things when browsing all that it has to offer (these applies to ALL types of review sites.)

1. Reviewers will often base their opinions on personal taste and what they are used to.

2. Many people will critique certain things that the restaurant cannot control. For example “It was really busy and we had to wait a long time to get in” or “there wasn’t a good view.” In the case of hotels I have seen people complain about anything from the weather to the fact that there were no good restaurants close by. This really skews the ratings because people are basing their review on things that are totally irrelevant.

3. Regulars at a restaurant will rarely leave reviews because they wouldn’t think to do so. They know the place is great because they eat there all the time.

and most importantly,

4. People are ALWAYS much more likely to share a negative review than they are to share a positive review.

This all being said, let’s get to the review.

I started dinner off right…


with a half litre of Chianti…yes a half litre.

Moving on.

Mr. Delish had a beer as usual, I believe he went with one of the Granville Island Brewery varieties but I am not sure which one. It was fitting because the GIB is just the river from Stonegrill.

We shared an appetizer of coconut curry mussels.


The mussels were pretty big guys which some people may like but I am not a huge fan of the larger ones as they tend to be chewier. However in this case they were very tender and we both really enjoyed them.

Now for the entrees, the whole Stonegrill thing is that most of the items come served on a hot volcanic stone that you use to actually cook the meat. The only seasoning is a sprinkling of salt on the stone itself, but other than that you just get to taste the meat. They do offer different sauces to go with your meal depending on what it is that you order.

Chris chose the rack of lamb for his entree.


The rack of lamb was served with a mint sauce as well as mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes.

Chris really enjoyed searing his own food and cooking it the way he wanted. He always complains when we go to places and he asks for his steak to be rare, that it always ends up being cooked more than rare.

This way he could control it himself, and I guess he only had himself to blame if it was overcooked! haha.

I chose the New York steak and prawns.


It was served with garlic butter for the prawns as well as mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes.

The steak was super tasty although I was only able to eat half of it because it was so large. The prawns were really great cooked on the stone as well, because the stone is so hot, they cook really fast and get a nice crisp crust to them! Yum.

I did learn fairly quickly why they don’t use any oil or butter on the stone. I decided to dip my prawn into the garlic butter and THEN cook it. Bad idea. I had about 30 seconds of crazy splattering hot butter! Woops.

I guess that shows just how hot that stone is!

We opted out of dessert because we were both very full after our dinner but we did take some time to sip wine and check out the beautiful view of False Creek and Granville island.

There is lots of action out on the water so you can check out all the boats and kayaks floating by as you enjoy your dinner.

All in all it was an excellent dinner. I think the price was in comparison to other mid priced steak houses so I disagree with the reviews that said it was too expensive for what it was.

The service was prompt and friendly, but not pushy or overbearing.

The view was excellent the scenery tied in with the ambiance makes it a great place to go for a date or romantic dinner.

My only complaint would be that a table nearby was a family eating dinner with their kids, and the kids were all playing on cell phones or electronic games, and they had the volume turned on so for half of our dinner all we could hear was beeping and music from their games. We could have easily complained but by the time it annoyed us to the point of bringing it up to the waiter, the family was on their way out of the restaurant.

Other than that, everything was great and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I will be back next week with some new recipes.

Stonegrill on Urbanspoon

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