Word of the Day: Burgers

Burger Week is officially underway and we’re featuring our UD Detroit Style Big Baby Burger and our Peanut Butter Burger (see pics below). It’s the first day and so far it’s been delicious!

Keep in mind that as a little something extra, and because at Urban Deli we’re big supporters of the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue, for any burger we sell during Burger Week $1 goes to our local SPCA. (This applies to any burger on our menu.) Now, here are the featured burgers …

UD Detroit Style Big Baby Burger

UD Detroit Style Big Baby Burger: Char grilled beef patty topped with corned beef, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and onions.

Peanut Butter Burger

Peanut Butter Burger: Char grilled beef patty, bacon, aged white cheddar, satay peanut sauce, lettuce & tomato.

We also have our other burgers from the Urban Deli menu and please keep in mind that $1 from each burger will go to our Saint John SPCA and that includes any burger on our menu.

  • Urban Burger* – beef patty, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli (add bacon & cheese)
  • Veggie Burger* – grilled whole portobella mushroom, sundried tomatoes, spinach, Swiss, pesto
  • Tuna Steak Burger* – sesame seed crusted seared tuna loin, spinach, tomato, wasabi aioli (med-rare)
  • Salmon Burger* – wild pacific salmon fillet, spinach, tomato, lime caper aoili

It’s day one and we have a full week of burgers ahead. There are 25 restaurants in the Uptown taking part — lots to choose from, and lots of culinary imagination! Make it an adventure and try as many as you can.

Burger Week - May 4 to 10, 2015

Burger Week – May 4 to 10, 2015

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Burger Week Coming to Uptown Saint John

We are all set and geared up for next week: Burger Week! “25 uptown restaurants are ready to serve you some amazing, delicious burgers during our 2nd annual Uptown Burger Week, May 4-10!”

Burger Week - May 4 to 10, 2015

Burger Week – May 4 to 10, 2015

As a little something extra, and because at Urban Deli we’re big supporters of the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue, for any burger we sell during Burger Week $1 goes to our local SPCA. (This applies to any burger on our menu.)

As for our Burger Week features, we have:

  • UD Detroit Style Big Baby Burger: Char grilled beef patty topped with corned beef, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and onions. This burger needs no sauce – come in and find out why!
  • Peanut Butter Burger: Char grilled beef patty, bacon, aged white cheddar, satay peanut sauce, lettuce & tomato (Our satay sauce has a bit of a kick in the ass! And all need a little kick in the bum once and awhile!) :)

As mentioned, $1 from each burger will go to our Saint John SPCA and that includes any burger on our menu.

Get ready for some great burgers next week, beginning Monday. There are 25 restaurants in the Uptown so there are loads to choose from. You’re invited to turn it into an adventure and try as many as you can. It’s fun! It’s tasty! And it’s burgers – in Uptown Saint John!

A few last things … If you missed it last week, read our post Parking Made Simple in Uptown Saint John. We have HotSpot Parking! Also (and by the way), Liz and her husband are big SPCA supporters. They’ve adopted a cat (Whiskers) and two beautiful dogs: Storm and Bear. They love ‘em all. Have a look …

Bear

Bear

 

Storm

Storm

 

Whiskers, adopted from the Saint John SPCA a couple of years ago.

Whiskers

Parking Made Simple in Uptown Saint John

Look for the HotSpot Parking logo on the parking meter.

Look for the HotSpot Parking logo on the parking meter.

We’re excited to be part of something new in Saint John, something we feel everyone coming to the Uptown will be thrilled about – HotSpot Parking! “Parking, made simple!”

It’s mobile app with a great concept. Rather than digging around for change  or your credit card for the parking meter, you use your Smartphone. Remember the winter we just experienced? Simply look for the HotSpot Parking logo on the meter and you’ll know you can use it.

HotSpot Parking doesn’t just eliminate the need for change, it can help you avoid parking tickets, it eliminates the anxiety of constantly checking your watch to see how much time you have left, and it avoids the hassle of running back out to the meter to top up.

When you use HotSpot Parking, the app sends you a text reminding you that your time is about to run out and it gives you the option of adding more time if it’s necessary. You can set it up to remind you 15 minutes ahead of time, then ten minutes, then five. So you know when your meter is about to run out.

It gets better – and this is where Urban Deli helps out and we are happy to be participating in this pilot with HotSpot Parking. If you’re in the Deli and your meter is running down, the application can give you an additional 20 minutes, at no charge to you. Urban Deli takes care of it.

There are many reasons to love this app including one of ours, HotSpot Parking is a New Brunswick company! You’ll find it in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Charlottetown … and it is growing.

Easy to Get and to Use

UD owner Liz feels HotSpot is a good way to eliminate parking tickets!

UD owner Liz feels HotSpot is a good way to eliminate parking tickets!

The HotSpot Parking app is easy to get and is available for most of today’s phones: Android (Google Play), iPhone/iPad (Apple App Store), BlackBerry (Blackberry World), and Windows (Windows Store).

You can also just enter www.htsp.ca on your phone’s web browser. Once installed, you’ll find it’s easy to use:

Arrive at a parking meter or kiosk open the HotSpot app and press “Park”. You will notice that there is a number assigned to each meter/ kiosk, here you will enter the number and find that the first 30 minutes is free. The option to provide a payment method is presented following the use of this free 30 minutes.

Go on your way and enjoy yourself! HotSpot will remind you when your time is about to run out so that you may add more time to your session.

Didn’t use all of your parking session time? Press the timer count down on your app and you’ll see the “refund” button in the top right corner of the app.

More Information

For more information, see hour page HotSpot Parking in Saint John or visit the HotSpot Parking website.

Support for the SPCA on Rothesay Ave.

If you’ve made it down to Rothesay Ave. chances are you’ve seen this ad:

SPCA ad on Rothesay Ave.

SPCA ad on Rothesay Ave.

We’re proud to be co-sponsor of the ad along with Spicer Jewelry for the Saint John SPCA! Our owner Elizabeth and her husband have three rescues in their family: Whiskers the cat, Storm the dog, and their latest rescue, a sweet dog named Bear.

Hopefully we’ll find a home for Bruno and all the other beautiful pets the SPCA has. We invite you to show your support for the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue by adopting one of their animals. :-) Because we believe every pet that needs an owner should have one!

(Thanks to Andrew at PATTISON Outdoor Advertising for sending us the picture!)

Why Uptown Saint John Is a Great Community

Chop Chop 2015 logoIf you remember this year’s Chop Chop Week (and who could forget?), we were all battling winter’s snows and the Uptown was under a state of emergency. (And this memorable winter still isn’t done with us – at least not yet.)

Despite the conditions, Saint John’s inexorable foodies wouldn’t be denied and came out for the best the city’s chefs had to offer.

We were thrilled to find out that Uptown Saint John was able to present Lunch Connection a cheque for $3,774 on behalf of the Chop Chop restaurants of Saint John and SJ foodies!

“Lunch Connection is a program which provides a free hot meal at lunch time in a safe environment at our local schools in vulnerable neighbourhoods.” We were glad we could be part of Chop Chop again this year and are grateful to be part of such wonderful community of restaurants, food lovers, and fine, fine people. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Chop Chop cheque presentation to Lunch Connection

Chop Chop cheque presentation to Lunch Connection

 

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding Recipe

On Monday I wrote a post about some of my favourite nostalgic childhood foods. I promised to try the rice pudding recipe from my mother and report back, keeping in mind that the last time I had this recipe was 35 plus years ago! So, I made it.

The house smelled great and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Tasting it was EXACTLY as I remember it as a child. The creamy custard-like topping from the eggs, sugar and vanilla is the key – my blast to the past!

(See more, including the recipe, below the pic.)

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding

Some like to pour milk on top when it comes out of the oven, but not me. Eat it warm. The hard part was saving some for others.

Speaking of others, I was so excited that it turned out I wanted others to share in my excitement. Others, like my husband who returned home while I was out.

With enthusiasm and eagerness in my voice like a kid at Christmas, I called to tell him that I had just made the rice pudding from my childhood years and it was on the stove. There was laughter in his voice as he said, “I know!”

I immediately asked what was so funny, thinking that he ate most of it because it was so friggin’ good. He said, “I don’t like rice pudding.” My heart sank.

Well, I brushed off my bruised ego of enthusiasm and then took some rice pudding to my business partner Gord’s house for dessert after dinner. He said, “I don’t like rice pudding.”

OMG. Is there anyone who likes it?

So, I brought it into work. With 10 people on staff, finally it was eaten.

What did I learn?

The majority of people I know don’t like rice pudding, bread pudding, or tapioca.

Not everybody gets excited about all foods like I do. (Remember that I ate worm poop in Italy two years ago.)

I eat everything and when I meet fussy or discerning eaters, I don’t get it. I hope you give it a try (if you like rice pudding). Or give it to someone who does.

One substitute for me: All I had was brown rice, which I made but then decided not to use it. Searching my cupboards I found Carnaroli rice in my cupboard. It’s the same as arborio rice or better known as ‘the caviar of rice’…who knew?

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding

by: Margaret Harriman

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 3 cups milk (370 ml can of Carnation Evaporated Milk + 1.5 cups water)
  • 1 Tbsp. margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg (I personally prefer cinnamon)

Directions:

  1. Place raisins and cooked rice in buttered deep dish.
  2. Heat milk and margarine to scalding.
  3. Lightly beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and stir into heated milk.
  4. Then pour over raisins and rice. (do not stir)
  5. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cover with lid.
  6. Set dish in shallow pan surrounded with hot water.
  7. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

(This could easily feed 10 for dessert after a meal.)

(This post written by Liz.)

Childhood Memories of Food (Maritime Edition)

Customers often ask if they can have the recipe for one of our Deli menu items. I’ve received emails from as far away as England and Australia for a recipe. People usually want comfort food dishes like our meatloaf sandwich. Our meatloaf sandwich simply stated is comfort food. It’s food you crave.

As I thought about comfort food I began to also think about some of my childhood comfort foods.

I remember leaving home as a young adult and returning for visits. My mother would ask me if there was anything I wanted.

Aurora Diced Tomatoes

I always said macaroni, which meant macaroni, ground beef and canned diced tomatoes. I’m not even sure if there is a ‘technical’ recipe name for this dish.

Do you recall how something just tastes better based on the atmosphere it is consumed in? My macaroni always tasted better at home.

My husband likes me to add a can of tomato soup but what I’ve come to learn is if you use a good canned tomato like Aurora diced tomatoes you don’t need the tomato soup. (Aurora tomatoes can be bought at Sister’s in our City Market…go see Di).

Another one of those childhood favourites was rice pudding. I remember eating rice pudding as if I was a contestant in a food eating contest because there were five kids at home and nothing lasted long.

A friend of ours, Kristin, remembers, “After church on Sundays we used to go the Riviera Restaurant in Saint John for a coke and rice pudding.” Sadly, the Riviera was lost in a gas explosion in April, 1986.

April 1986 - Saint John Gasoline Explosions

April 1986 – Saint John Gasoline Explosions

I’ve tried rice pudding brands from places like Costco but I don’t get those fleeting childhood memories. Not even close. So a couple of weeks ago I asked my mother for the recipe she used to make for us.

Carnation MilkIt came as no surprise that there was Carnation Evaporated Milk in the recipe because that alone is a childhood memory. Who in my old hood doesn’t remember giant bags of puffed wheats and Carnation Evaporated Milk in the cupboard?

(The powered milk sat beside the puffed wheats and on the label it read ‘from contented cows.’)

I am making the rice pudding recipe she gave me today and I will post on the results. It’s been over 35 years since eating this particular dish from my mother. I can’t wait!

More childhood foods that bring back memories

  • Salted fish, boiled and drained a couple of times, Carnation Evaporated Milk added to the final round of fish water, then spooned over mashed potatoes with yellow and/or green beans
  • Cream peas and/or tuna on toast – hahaha
  • Red Rose Figurines

    Red Rose Figurines

    Red Rose tea with the animal figurines in the box

  • White peppermints – My grandmother use to hide them in her top drawer. I was her favourite so she would take me in her bedroom and sneak me one on every visit and tell me not to tell my siblings :) (She was Elizabeth, my namesake.)
  • Overcooked roasts (plus mushy peas from a can)
  • Fondues – They were a treat in the 70’s.
  • Puffed wheats
  • Milk in glass bottles delivered from the milkman (rare for us)
  • Eggs in the hole
  • Ben’s white bread
  • Potato pancakes (with apple sauce!)
  • Beans and wieners
  • Kraft Pizza Kit (in a box) – I bought one for nostalgic reasons and will make it soon. (Our friend Kristin recalls cut up wieners being put on the pizzas.)
  • Divinity Fudge
  • Pop Rocks
  • Stew – Omg….I use to drink a glass of water for every bite of the vegetables in the stew, especially turnips. Hated it. Now, vegetables are my favourite items on my plate.
  • Chicken fricot with dumplings (love, love, love dumplings)
  • Biscuits – I recall them being made in mere minutes using the Tupperware rolling pin that you filled with water and a big plastic sheet also, from Tupperware, for rolling them out on. It actually had the biscuit recipe on the sheet.
  • Birthday cakes with a quarter in them – Whoever got that piece was the old maid /man. Hilarious when you think about it in today’s world.

What are your childhood food memories?

Better still, if you have a dish that you want to challenge us to make, send us your recipe (or add it to the comments below) with the childhood memory it stirs. If you live in Saint John, we are more than happy to invite you over to test our take on your recipe.

We’ll give your recipe a try and share it with you on our Blog. And yes, of course we’ll give you the credit :)

(This post written by Liz.)