Veggies in a steakhouse.

Last night we went out for dinner to celebrate a couple of birthdays and Father’s Day. There is a crazy delicious Brazilian steakhouse in downtown Edmonton that has an equally crazy price tag. We have been to it a couple of times for special occasions so we decided to make reservations. Last time we went to Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse it was for my grandma’s birthday in October. My brother and dad LOVE meat so they have been talking about this dinner for weeks. 

We were joined by some fabulous neighbours and a friend from Port Alberni, BC who is doing an engineering co-op here in Alberta. It was both Sean and Spencer’s birthday, plus Father’s day. A perfect trifecta of events. 

We shared some laughs and conversation and it was a great evening. The only thing that was different for me was that I didn’t eat any of the meat. I will talk about this in a future post because I have a lot to say about it (what else is new?) but I have stopped eating meat for various reasons… so I was the weirdo vegetarian in the steakhouse. Luckily, though the restaurant didn’t have a different price for people who were solely enjoying the salad bar, they did try to accommodate and made me my own grilled vegetable skewer which was really flavourful and delicious!

I also had TWO plates full of veggies, potatoes, and quinoa salad from the salad bar. I mentioned this the last time we went there but this isn’t your typical salad bar… there are so many unique choices and awesome combinations that are delicious. My favourites of the night were the cheesy mashed potatoes, the grilled zucchini, and the tomato slices with fresh mozzarella and basil. 

The rest of the family and friends enjoyed every single ounce of meat they had. If you are looking for a great experience with delectable food this is the place. You can try so many different things and they have something for everyone. The salad bar is fantastic and I would really like something like that in my house, as well as a staff to restock it every day. 

At the end of the meal Spencer had a Liquor 43 which is a liqueur that tastes like butterscotch and supposedly helps you feel less full. They pour it from really high up and even stand on a chair to pour it into the glass. I would never be hired at this place if that pouring skill is required. 

A great night of celebration for Father’s Day too and it was nice to finally have our family together for dinner. Between work and my dad being away we have barely seen each other or had all four of us in the same room! Love this guy.

This morning in order to work off some of zucchini I had last night I hit the spin bike 😉 60 minutes of mostly steady-pace endurance spinning with a few standing climb intervals because my butt was getting sore. I attempted to watch shows on my phone to pass the time but I only managed to watch 14 minutes of an episode during the entire 60 minutes… my phone wasn’t so quick to load this morning. Every time I hit up my gym to spin I causally mention that I am available to teach spin there if anyone needs a sub… no bites yet. 

After spin I did 45 minutes of arms and 15 minutes of my daily physio exercises and stretching. Yup, even months later I am still doing those ridiculous leg lifts and toe touches because after yesterday’s kind-of-sore run, I realized I am probably still sitting on the very fine line between training and injury! Prevention, prevention, prevention. 

If you are going out for a nice dinner where do YOU go? I like trying new restaurants or finding ones that aren’t chain restaurants and are unique and delicious. 

Favourite dining-out meal? Anything I can’t make myself… sushi, curry, etc. 


  1. I would be fired the first day if I had to pour drinks from a chair!!! That food looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! I love the Keg and I only go there like once a year. Now I want to go out to eat. 😀

  2. We ate at Vivo a few months back. It’s a traditional family-style italian place. The food was really good and comes in large portions that share with everyone at the table. I’d say it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t been there before, and they had vegetarian options as well.

    – Shawn

  3. Looking forward to your vegetarian post! I’ve dabbled with vegetarianism but I always seem to find my way back to being an omnivore

    1. Ya, I have done it before but this time it just seemed like a natural thing if that makes sense! I can’t wait to write about it!

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