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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.