Oot and Aboot in Canada Eh!

Woo hoo and we’re off again!

Eh-what-are-you-talking-abootBefore leaving for Canada I did a little google search on what to expect when travelling to Canada.
Although I’ve been here a few times before, I just wondered what the opinions were out there.

I was mostly familiar with everything I read, but I did have a chuckle when one page mentioned the “oot and aboot” thing and the article said most Canadians get offended by that. They all deny they do it.

Even though I like to tease my Canadian hubby about it, he doesn’t 27c412b57eb56e05460cfc927fa6638ereally  say “Oot and aboot”. Mostly, it sounds more like “Oat and Aboat”
He wasn’t too impressed with that observation either.

Unfortunately I’d come down with a throat and ear infection days before we had to leave. I blame the sickness on the fact that I almost left my handbag when we went through security! It’s not like I took a few steps and remembered, I was halfway to the gate when I started to think something wasn’t right. I was travelling “light”
Hubby was in his own world when I started hyperventilating and calling out his name.
“I have to go back to security, I left my bag there!!!”
Who does that??

Oh and I didn’t take a pic of us together, but wanted to show you how we colour coordinated our outfits. Not on purpose!!! If we had noticed one of us would have changed for sure. We were both in pink and black.

Flying is a pain in the ass fun isn’t it? The most exciting thing is wondering what nature of food we’re going to be served and how long is it going to take to get to us.
“Have they started yet? I think I can smell something” “What’s cabin crew doing? Have they got the trolley’s out yet?” “Do you think they’ll start from our end or will we be last?”
On one of our flights, we were towards the end of the plane and almost last to be served. The choice was pasta or falafel salad. It wouldn’t take a genius to figure out that the interest in falafel would be low right?

Very disappointed to be told there was no choice. Falafel for us it was.

But I’m sure you didn’t come here to read about how obsessed over food I am.


The flight from Brisbane to Vancouver was thirteen hours.

Such a long time.
The plane was pretty full but it was fairly roomy too so no complaints. It was a 787 Dreamliner if that means anything to you.

We were also at the start of the food serving line AND we found where the snacks were stashed and helped ourselves regularly throughout the flight.

Thank you Air Canada!

Now we’ve got a a long wait before our next flight but it gives us a bit of time to get irritated with each other and charge and recharge our devices and perhaps communicate with any Australians who choose not to sleep during the night hours.

Can’t wait to see family!!! Still can’t believe we’re here. This is Canada mate! Eh!

And remember…

Burger Foundry – Magill

Today on The Dining Diaries,

The drinks menu makes me sad but caramelised onions make me happy,
Late lunches mean a solo dining room experience and
Burgers to make us go mmmmmm

FullSizeRender (57)We were really craving a burger today and many places have been suggested to me so although it was tempting to go to an old favourite, we found ourselves at The Burger Foundry at Magill.

If you go to their website, you’ll notice they have a whole page dedicated to their food philosophy which is pretty impressive. One thing they mention is no brioche buns! That was a tick for me already! I don’t get this whole brioche bun craze…

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into this particular Burger Foundry is the Industrial decor. From the wood to the rusty steel, corrugated iron to the concrete floors it’s all industrial and it’s a look I’m into at the moment.
It was after 3pm when we got there and as such, there was no one else in the dining room. The server was a really nice who took our order and gave us his full attention. I don’t know if he just worked there or was the owner but it seemed he was enjoying what he was doing rather than just going through the motions and that always makes you more comfortable as a diner.

The menu was pretty good if you’re looking for burgers. Lots of different ones to choose from including vegetarian and vegan. There’s also a few side options including fries, onion rings and salads.

I don’t understand how liquor licensing works but I was a teeny bit disapointed that they had three beers and a cider on the menu but no wine.

Easy listening contemporary music was playing while we waited for our order. We were in luck because the day we went in was a Tuesday and they have a 50 cent each wings special on Tuesday! Hubby loves his wings so we ordered a couple of burgers, some fries and ten Buffalo Wings.

The food looked good when it came to the table! It was cooked and brought to us by the same person who had taken my order when we arrived.

I had the Swiss Smith – Foundry grilled meat patty with sweet caramelized onions, juicy mushroooms, thick tomato slices, Swiss cheese, aioli & mesclun greens.

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Hubby had the Aussie Beerenberger – Foundry grilled meat patty with sweet beetroot slices, thick tomato slices, crispy smoked bacon, sunny side up egg, Beerenberg’s relish, matured Cheddar cheese, aioli & mesclun greens.

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So let me say first up that we both enjoyed our burgers. I could smell that caramlised onion even before I brought that burger up to my mouth and it was such a gorgeous aroma. Everything that was in our burgers was quality and delicious.
The only small complaints I would make is that I prefer my bread to either be toasted or at least warm. The bread was room temperature and maybe I wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t so big. There was a lot of bread compared to what was in the burger. I also thought that meat pattie itself could have been a little bigger as it got lost inside that bun and you couldn’t always taste it.
But these are small complaints. The bread itself is made by Burger Foundry and you could tell. Similarly with the sauces in the burger, they’re all made by Burger Foundry. It’s quality and it really does make a difference.
Their website says their food is made with love and from what I saw of the one server/chef today, I would have to agree.

FullSizeRender (55)The wings were excellent value.

All of those wings were five dollars! I love how they served the fries too.

I don’t normally eat wings but hubby, being Canadian, is an aficionado and says they were really very tasty and spicy but he wouldn’t have called them Buffalo Wings. He says Buffalo Wings are more to do with how the wing is prepared rather than the sauce that is on it.

All in all this was a great dining experience and if you’re after a couple of burgers and casual dining I’d recommend The Burger Foundry.


Have you been to the Burger Foundry?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…