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77
drank Coconut Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

What a bizarre day yesterday. I was supposed to have lunch with a friend, but turns out flaky friends are flaky, and she never bothered getting back to me for days, when we were in the middle of deciding on where to even go/meet. So, of course, life story, I spent hours waiting around my apartment to see if she’d finally respond and confirm that we are indeed still having lunch. Messaged her at 2pm stating that I guess lunch is a no go since I haven’t heard from her. Over a day has passed and still no response, by the way. And she’s done this in the past, agreeing to hang out with me on a certain day but just dropping off the face of the earth when I’m trying to confirm a time and/or place. Actually, as a side note, most of my friends who still live in this city are like this: they’ll talk about wanting to hang on a certain day but refuse to solidify any further (like time or place), then tell me that they’ll let me know later. So of course, like a fool, I’ll wait all freaking day on that day, at their beck and call, not doing anything else with my day since they don’t even have the decency to give me a ball-park time like afternoon or evening, until they decide they’re done with doing whatever else they’re doing, finally get back to me and expect me to be ready to go. Well, if I’m lucky. Many times, they won’t get back to me at all so I spend a whole day waiting around for nothing. Like wow. I could never imagine doing that to someone. Does anyone else experience this?

Anyway, so after being annoyed that I had half my day wasted, I decided I needed to submit some job applications. Hey, how about getting out of the apartment and heading over to Remedy? So I did just that. It was pretty hot yesterday so I ordered an iced Coconut Chai half-sweet with soy milk, plus grabbed a delicious-looking, huge date square . All the places with plug-ins were taken so I ordered my chai to go and figured I could hang out somewhere on campus.

Totally supplementary information, but I ran around for a good fifteen minutes looking for a place to work on my applications and enjoy my Remedy goodies. Walked through a building where I used to spend time writing papers and whatnot in the evenings since those classrooms are pretty much always left unlocked, but thought I’d first try a seminar room in another building I used to have a lot of my classes in—out of nostalgia and comfy-ass seats—but it was locked. The neighbouring library is also getting renovated and closed earlier too, so I ended up in that initial building, making a huge loop. Why is this relevant? The ice in my iced chai was melting from the heat whilst I was running around like a moron trying to find that perfect spot.

So, by the time I hunkered down and took my first sip, this was rather watered down. They sprinkled some coconut shreds on top but that didn’t make a difference in the flavour. The coconut flavour was very weak, and even the spices were weaker in comparison to their other chai offerings. I’d say it had your standard cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, in that quantitative order, but it was nothing outstanding. I actually tried a hot Coconut Chai when they first introduced it—for a limited time— a couple years ago and recall that it was better then. Sweeter than the others, but had more depth than this time around. Again, could also be because it got watered down by the melted ice.

And because a lot of the ice watered it down, that prompted me to drink it faster, so I felt like I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. Oh well, but that date square was delicious so no regrets there!

caile

Yay for yum date squares! :)

Fjellrev

Seriously! I’m totally going to get another one in the future.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, so not doing the waiting around thing anymore. In this scenario, if I don’t hear from someone about same day lunch plans by 10 am, I continue on with my own agenda and no longer answer the phone.

Fjellrev

Yes! That is exactly what I’m thinking of doing. I love that you even consider 10am in that case more than enough time. I think another problem, at least with me, is when I tell a person that I’m free anytime that day, they therefore think they don’t need to commit to a time/place, and seem to assume that I have nothing better to do than twiddle my thumbs and wait whilst they get to frolic around and do other things at their leisure. Like, um, don’t they realize that I actually have other things to do with my day, just like they do, just that I’m willing to accommodate them and plan the rest of my day, run errands, etc around the meet-up? So yeah, guess I need to scrap that too, no more giving them a large window of time to monopolize.

Evol (or anyone else interested in answering), have you ever had anyone get angry at you or accuse you of being the selfish one for trying to solidify plans? Or, in the above case, get angry at you for moving on with your day/not answering the phone because they’re über late?

I also ask because another so-called friend—who has made me wait literally all day in the past because she wanted to hang out with me on a certain day but refused to commit to even a ballpark time—recently, vaguely suggested we meet up for coffee over her three days off work, so I asked her in the nicest way possible to then please let me know a day in advance the time when she would like to meet up, and she hasn’t responded since. Mind blown.

Fjellrev

Sorry for all them words, dear Steepsterites!

S.G. Sanders

Usually, I either go with my wife or alone these days. I have a lot of friends who’re the same. Sorry for your mishap.

Evol Ving Ness

My approach is I am very very flexible, but don’t waste my time and energy. Because now my time and energy has been extremely costly/valuable to me since I became ill, so I had to do brutal reducing of people in my life who feel it is ok to waste both of mine. Ultimately, you are the one who chooses how to be and what to allow people.

If people think preserving yourself and your sanity is selfish, that’s on them Not your problem.

Either people can commit to a coffee or lunch date at a specific time, give or take 15-20 minutes or they are not really interested in spending time with you.

Harsh truth, but there it is. Of course, people do have extraordinary circumstances when they truly need to be flakey (illness, family/friend needs help, on call at work and such), but usually people have a choice. And you have a choice if you allow them to be flakey at your expense.

Fjellrev

R.F. Hill, it seems like that is what one eventually has to do. Sorry you have people like this in your life, too.

Evol, I’ve tried that approach—flexible but don’t waste my time and energy—and unfortunately, it doesn’t work, mostly because they don’t respect the flexibility. But with that said, you’re 100% right in that if one truly wants to see you, they should be able to commit to a time, and effectively communicate, as well. If they can hold a job and follow through with doctor’s appointments, they can do this too. I’m so glad that you are putting yourself first though, since you especially cannot afford the time and energy to deal with this type of unnecessary stupidity. I truly hope you’ve been able to eliminate most of that grief in your life.

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75
drank Pumpkin Pie Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! My mom and I went gallivanting down Whyte avenue yesterday window shopping and stopped in at Remedy for a Pumpkin Pie chai before they go away. When I went for a walk a few days ago, I got so excited when I saw the sandwich board advertising this, so for days I was looking forward to trying it out.

I guess I got my hopes up because it was the weakest chai I’ve had at Remedy yet. I’m not even sure what they did to make this a “Pumpkin Pie” chai since it takes like a watered down version of their original chai. They probably added some pumpkin spice-flavoured syrup since they also currently offer a pumpkin spice latte. I’m sure they use the same for both. We both ordered ours half sweet with soy milk and the liquor looked kind of translucent compared to their other chai with soy. It’s like adding milk to a very weak batch of tea, you know? Nevertheless, I’m sure that would explain why the flavour was weak. “Half sweet” = half the flavoured syrup = half the flavour that was supposed to be in here.

Nutmeg and/or allspice, where are you? That is definitely what I expect for anything labelled ‘pumpkin pie’. And clove too. But I got maybe a smidgen of cinnamon. There may have been some of the aforementioned spices in there but they were clearly buried. They were ghosts. Appropriate for the holiday, I guess? I wanted those spices to haunt my damn palate, though.

You cut me real deep, Remedy.

keychange

Man, that’s rough. ever-higher hopes with sad results…but hey, one less tea in the world to tempt you!

Fjellrev

Yeah! I just hate when you drop $10 on two drinks and this happens, though. Like, that $10 could have gone towards something else. Sigh.

keychange

I know. and then you’re full of liquid you didn’t even like and have to wait to have better tea.

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96
drank Ginger Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

I’m sitting here on a cold, autumn-like day feasting on a Palak Paneer wrap with their scrumptious tamarind cinnamon sauce along with a cup of this chai. I ordered this half-sweet with soy milk and boy, does this one have bite. Definitely the spiciest, in terms of heat, than any of their other ones. I haven’t had this one in many years but I do recall it to not be all spicy when ordering it with the regular amount of sweetness. Methinks this is why this particular cup packs a punch. Plus it’s ginger, yo. Of course it’ll be spicier than their half-sweet Kashmire chai, where Zee (the fabulously genius owner) goes heavier on the sweeter star anise.

Wow, ground ginger is in the foreground, rather than fresh ginger root. I think there is cinnamon and nutmeg in this, as well. I’m wondering if he also adds a pinch of black pepper? As I’m getting towards the bottom on the mug, it’s getting spicier and spicier. There’s even a layer of spicy sludge on the bottom. Awesome.

Last sip and my throat is burning. I love it.

MissLena

Sounds sooo good. Such a great day to have this one too!

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100
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

I have to behave myself because I am surrounded by people, but in my mind, my arms are flailing and I’m swooning all thanks to this wonderful chai which has been generously topped off with a ton of ground pistachios this time around. Such a crazy evening leading to this chai, which I planned on having five hours ago.

My mom is out and about and took the only keys to the apartment with her, and I decided that instead of being a loser trapped inside, I’ll venture out and have a chai (and try their newer coconut chicken curry wrap) since I have not been to a Remedy since October. Walked past it to notice that it was ridiculously packed, so I wandered around for a while wondering where oh where to go? I’m famished, I need sustenance and I’ll allow myself to have a cheat day, so finally I went to a sandwich place. Had a fantastic chicken-spiced-apple-Brie-fig-jam-thing-of-glory-on-rye. With a side of chili for extra protein. Score. Ok, so now I’m full but I need to kill a few more hours and this place is closing at 8. Hmm, ok, then I might as well head to Tim Hortons, partake in roll up the rim (0/1 damn!). As it got a little later, sketchballs started hanging around and being sketchballs. Have to pee from large double-double. Sketchy people in washroom. Ok, Sobeys down the street it is. Get there only to discover it closed over an hour earlier due to Family Day. Ugh. Fine. Walk to Safeway only to discover that their public washroom doesn’t exist anymore. Seriously? So I book it to Remedy, which I know has a non-sketchy washroom, is now a lot quieter, and now I’m finally enjoying this glorious chai. Trufax.

The prominent star anise will always make my day. Half sweet, soy milk, and rose petals to accompany those ground pistachios. I even redeemed one of my free drinks on my stamp card since I already spent enough today. Normally, I get the entire card stamped out before redeeming any of my free drinks but not this time. Lesson learned after misplacing my last stamp card which had four free drinks on it. Tsk tsk.

Long story short, delicious free chai at my favourite cafe!

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a pretty fab day. And sandwich! And chai! Good stuff all round.

tea-sipper

that sandwich sounds ammmazzing.

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100
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

Going to Remedy on a Sunday around supper is a pretty bad idea, as it’s so busy. The lineup was soooo long, which deterred me from browsing their wall of loose teas and opted for my trusty Kashmire chai. I’m not sure if it was the employee himself, or because it was busy, or because they’ve expanded and are hence cutting corners, but the chai was a little weak this time around. Last time I had it, it was a little more flavourful, but I think it’s a combination of all three aforementioned possible factors. Their food in general has been less spicy, and over the past couple years, they haven’t been as generous with the ground pistachio and rose toppings, or with the concentration of the spice in the chai, as well.

Sigh. But I’ll give them credit that their Falafel Sabji wrap was really tasty yesterday, and that was the first time ordering it in six years. Yep, not as spicy, but it was still delicious.

Let’s hope my next cup of Kashmire will be better.

On another note, seeing that it was so packed there, I sat at the bar for the first time in ever, and studied their beer cooler, which is generously filled with a nice array of beers from near and far. It prompted me to stop in at a liquor store on the way home and pick up some of those beers that interested me (boo, couldn’t find the Alley Kat Pumpkin Pie Spice ale that Remedy was stocked up on!). Although it wasn’t at Remedy, whilst at the liquor store, a tall green can of Carpe Noctem Melonball strong beer caught my eye and I thought, “Melon?!” so I grabbed one. I blame Butiki’s Cantaloupe Cream for making me semi-obsessed with melon-flavoured things. Long story short, this may very well be one of the worst beers I’ve ever tried in my life. So incredibly artificial-tasting, like a concentrated melon Push Pop but with even more chemical. Damn. Give me some melon-flavoured tea or a Melona bar instead, please.

keychange

I cannot articulate my level of dismay at not being able to drink CaC ever again.

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100
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

I didn’t even know that you can get order this “half sweet” until my friend told me a few weeks ago, so I’ve had it that way the past few times with my usual soy milk and it’s just as tasty. There’s more of a spicy bite with every single sip, especially regarding the star anise. As usual, the ground pistachios and roses petals on top seals the deal. I’m going to have to submit reviews for a couple of their other kinds of chais one of these days but I always want to make sure I have an adequate photo taken.

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100
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
1494 tasting notes

OMGWTFHABS. 5-1? Seriously? There is no reason why they should be heading to game 6. Ridiculous.

But at least I got to go to Remedy and check out their newly renovated original location earlier today. I chose this with soy milk and I could drink it over and over again. Lots of ground pistachios were left at the bottom of the mug. That star anise lingers on the tongue long after you finish the last drop too. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my hole punch loyalty card thing, which already had two free cups worth, so I had to start another one. Hope I’ll find it!

Patricia

Last night’s game was heartbreaking :(

Fjellrev

I know, right? WTH happened? Besides players on both teams constantly screening Price, of course. Poor guy. Fingers crossed they’ll win the next game and put this series out of its misery. :(

Patricia

Price seemed off last night, like his head was somewhere else … And since most of the Habs’ success depends on him, we’re screwed without him.

Fjellrev

I definitely won’t argue with that! I mean, Tokarski did well when he had to step in last playoff season, but Price’s absence ultimately killed it. Let’s hope both he and his teammates will get their shit together next game.

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92
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
1429 tasting notes

While in Edmonton the past few days, Remedy Cafe’s Kasmire Chai (their spelling) has come up several times as a ‘must-try’. So today I found one said café (there are three in town), that happens to be just a few blocks from my hotel. I arrive, ask about the chai, and if I can buy some to take home with me.

“No, it’s a super-secret recipe, and it’s simmered for days in-house only”.

Well, crap. So I vow to come back after dinner – they’re open until midnight on a Sunday!! – and try out this infamous chai. I see signs on the walls saying it’s decaf and has nuts (pistachios) in it as warnings. Most of the people in the place are ordering/drinking the chai, and it’s surprisingly busy.

When I return, I order it “normal” (normal milk and sweetener). I find out later I can have it with several different types of milk, and any variation of sweetness. I do find it too sweet with the simple syrup used, but otherwise? Wowza.

I can see rose petals in the liquid itself, and eat them – surprising for me since I normally avoid rose petals in tea. I can also see and eat chunks of pistachios in every sip, which seem to add to the experience in very good ways. The rest I can only guess – I’m thinking standard chai spices, zero tea. Some call it “spicy” and while I can see why they’d say that (there is a lot of spice in this) it’s a 1 on a scale of 1-10 for spicy heat, like chili’s.

I really, really wish I could get some to take home with me, it’s that good and unusual. I may need to try and see if I can concoct something similar at home.

Fjellrev

I know, right? Remedy is my favourite place to hang out and eat in Edmonton. I practically lived there while I went to U of A. This is my absolute favourite chai in the world, and they’re the reason why I’m so damn picky about chai. I’m glad you were able to try it.

MissB

It really is quite amazing, and I’m bringing my friend tomorrow to try it too. He works near the downtown one, so I may be enabling a new tea drinker to shy away from their coffee addiction a bit. ;) I also saw on their website they’ll be selling it in restaurants soon, so I’m guessing/hoping they start selling it loose as well.

Fjellrev

I doubt they’d ever sell it loose. They used to make a concentrate, and you could buy a jug of it. Not sure if they do that anymore. I remember the owner saying that this one has something like thirty different spices in it, and they import them from India.

If you like Indian food, I hiiiiighly recommend the wraps. Drool. Palak paneer wrap and a Kashmire chai. OMG, my dream meal.

Sami Kelsh

Dammit, why isn’t this available where I live? Why didn’t I know about this place when I was visiting Edmonton?

MissB

Sounds like a plan for later today. Thanks! :) Sami, I only found out about it by asking a lot of people, “Where should I go while I’m here?” and it kept coming up.

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