112 South 2nd Avenue
Williams Lake, BC   V2G 1Z6

250-392-6012

Karen's Place on Urbanspoon

Jan 18, 2011

So with the hubbing and the bubbing of Christmas and New Years now well behind me I can finally look forward to enjoying a day off of work with absolutely *nothing* to do… what bliss!  So really, the only thing on my schedule today was lunch with Miss L at Karen’s Place, and my biggest challenge was deciding what I wanted to eat.

You probably know by now that Karen’s Place had undergone some extensive renos in the past couple months and have expanded their space (and if you didn’t… now you do!)  It is much roomier now, while still retaining its homey atmosphere.  A huge mural done by Dwayne Davis adorns the entire back wall of the extension, and they’ve de-cluttered the layout of the original restaurant, even adding in a nice bar for those who want to eat in a hurry.  It’s so reminiscent of a diner!

I suppose the biggest change to Karen’s Place (besides the extra 900 or so square feet of space, of course) is the addition of an all-you-can-eat buffet that’s available on certain days.  I’ve already heard great things about it, and dying to try it out myself, but unfortunately it wasn’t available today.  So instead I decided to order the Chicken Thai Salad, while Miss L had the Veggie Wrap, with the addition of a meatless patty.

It was fairly early when we had arrived, which was a good thing because we weren’t in there for too long before the place literally filled up with other customers.  Goodness… minus 18 weather and people are still venturing outdoors for lunch… that’s what makes living in the Cariboo so great!

After thoroughly warming ourselves with hot coffee, our food arrived and it was a very colourful arrangement.  No one can say we didn’t eat enough veggies today!  Keeping in mind that nothing comes out of a bag, all the veggies in my salad were painstakingly chopped into bite-sized pieces and included carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and romaine lettuce.  A bed of noodle sits on this, and sliced chicken breast is fanned out on top with a healthy portion of their home-made Thai sauce and sesame.

...chicken thai pt 1...

...chicken thai pt 2...

The salad was more about the noodles than the lettuce, but I didn’t mind, and all the veggies were crisp and pleasantly crunchy, to which I gave myself a mental pat on the back for feeding my body something so healthy today.  And although the salad came with extra dressing on the side, I found that there was an adequate amount of it already drizzled over the chicken.  And holy bejeezus did that sauce pack a punch!  Karen makes it herself and she sure likes to test out that scoville scale on her customers!  It was incredible tasty… sweet and peanutty, but strong on the chillies for a wimp such as myself… I must’ve downed 2 glasses of water by the time I was done my meal.  And by the way my face was… glowing… (Okay, so I was schvitzing)… I felt like I had accomplished something momentous like running a marathon, when all I really did was finish my plate of salad (which is actually an accomplishment in itself as far as my Momma would be concerned).

It didn’t take long for me to find my bearings again and as I felt feeling return to my mouth I asked myself… “Would I order this again?”  Oh, heck yes!

Miss L, on the other hand, ate her wrap in a more relatively calm manner.  Her wrap consisted of romaine, cucumber, and green and red bell peppers, as well as the extra meat-less patty that she had asked for.  It came with your choice of sides and she went with the garden salad with the sun-dried tomato dressing.  The wrap was very generous and was packed full with ingredients, and her salad was as equally fresh as mine was.  However, she admitted that she wished that the wrap had just a *tad* more flavour in it, all the while eyeing me down in the state that I was.  I’m pretty sure that she was smirking when she said this, but I was too busy pouring water down my throat to call her on it.

...veggie wrap...

...a salad for your veggies please!...

Unfortunately, we were both too full for dessert, which I kind of regret when I saw the carrot cake and chocolate cake that was sitting in the cooler on our way out.  I promised myself that I can try it when I go back the next time, perhaps after filling myself up at the buffet… hopefully.

UPDATED APRIL 7, 2011 : RESTAURANT CLOSED :(

 

178 Oliver Street
Williams Lake, BC  V2G1L8

250-398-6060

Screaming Carrot Juice and Smoothie Bar on Urbanspoon

September 8, 2010

By the time the third person had told me about the goods things that is the Screaming Carrot, I knew it was time to make a trip.  So Miss B and I decided to enjoy a warm summer’s day and take a nice leisurely stroll here to grab some lunch.  Now, the Screaming Carrot is first and foremost a juice and smoothie bar, but they do have a limited menu which consist of wraps, salads and baked goods available for a nice, quick and healthy meal.  The establishment also shares it space with a muay thai and kickboxing gym so this place is all about being healthy.

Someone had raved about the Yam Wow wrap and really got me all excited about trying it for myself… but it was just after the lunch hour when we arrived and, alas, they had *JUST* sold out on them before I got there!  They appear to make almost all their food ahead of time, so once they run out of an item, they’re off the menu for the rest of the day.  So I decided to try the Chicken Thai wrap instead.  I also wanted to try a slice of their carrot cake, but they were also sold out!  But the Wilderness Lodge cookie looked like a very suitable consolation prize so I got that as well.  Apparently they were another fast seller so I was very pleased that I was able to snag one of the last few.  Miss B also got the Chicken Thai wrap, as well as a Goji ball, and we picked up a couple of smoothies to bring back to the office with us.

The juices and smoothies are made on-site the moment you order them and are super fresh, and they use all organic ingredients.  Raw juices and protein drinks are available here as well, and today we ordered the ‘mango-tango’, which had guava nectar, frozen yogurt, mango, strawberries, and peach; and a berry drink which had raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, bananas, frozen yogurt and apples.

...juicy... smoothie...

The wrap consisted of a whole wheat tortilla wrapped around thin rice noodles, snowpeas, carrot, green onions and chicken.  A nice sweet peanut sauce came with it for dipping and it was absolutely delicious.  It complimented the wrap very nicely, and quite frankly, I would’ve drank the whole container if it wasn’t so inappropriate.

...chicken thai wrap...

The Wilderness Lodge cookie is like a tricked out version of Starbuck’s Kitsilano cookie… it is chock full of oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, coconut, chocolate chips and all sorts of warm autumn spices.  This is a serious cookie and very dense and filling.  And due to its long list of nutritious ingredients, I didn’t feel as guilty eating one!

...cookie goodness...

Miss B’s Golgi ball was a little bit more unconventional.  It was a series of ingredients that have been pulverised together into a paste and formed into the shape that it is.  It includes goji berries, which is supposed to have medicinal qualities, dried apricot, almonds, lemon zest, sesame seeds and coconut.  Now, I was raised to drink goji-steeped herbal soups as a child and hence, goji does not equivalate into dessert for me, so I passed on trying.  Miss B didn’t seem to mind it, and said that you could taste the lemon and coconut more than anything.

...goji power!!...

I can’t wait to go back to try their other food… This time I will be sure to go a little earlier so that I can grab that elusive Yam Wow wrap!  I can’t wait to see what it tastes like!