Calgary - DINING & NIGHTLIFE
December 5th, 2013
It's never too cold for a little gelato.
Fiasco Gelato's delicious seasonal offerings include Frozen Hot Chocolate (our favourite!), Classic Eggnog, Holiday Gingersnaps and for the dairy-free, Cranberry Orange sorbetto.
We also love the variety of gift boxes filled with gelato, accessories or hot chocolate. The Drinking Chocolate Gift Box ($25, pictured), with a new and improved hot chocolate recipe, homemade marshmallows and Fiasco Gelato mug, would make the perfect Secret Santa or hostess gift.
And a little holiday treat for yourself. —Sara Samson
Fiasco Gelato, A20 416 Meridian Rd, SE, Calgary, 403-452-3150, www.fiascogelato.ca
November 29th, 2013
There’s a new place for power lunches in Calgary
At the base of Canadian Western Place and with a connection to the Plus 15s, Korq Winehouse and Kitchen is a prime location liquid lunches and after-work drinks (without venturing into the freezing cold).
The multi-level winebar has a cool lounge for meeting up with a group, a slick looking bar for meeting a sexy stranger and cozy booths upstairs for closing business deals. And as the name suggests, the wine and cocktails don’t disappoint. There are 16 red and 16 white globally-sourced wines to choose from, as well as an extensive beer and cocktail list.
Don’t worry, they won’t tell your boss about your little lunchtime nip. —Sara Samson
801 6 St. SW, Calgary, 587-352-5677, www.korqwinehouse.ca
November 22nd, 2013
From cherry to spiced, the city’s local breweries are offering up some new brews for the season
Big Rock Brewery is putting out a limited edition Lumber Jack Pack with a trio of Canadian inspired beers for the outdoorsy type. Included is the Spruce Goose Strong Ale with a citrusy and slight spruce taste, Hibernation Strong Ale with a woody and slightly fruity taste and the full-bodied Twisted Antler Strong Dark Ale
Out for a limited time this winter is the Village Monk: Chai Winter Porter, the perfect swap out for other wintery drinks like eggnog. This full-body chai beer has hints of caramel and chocolate malts and we can’t think of anything more perfect for the holiday season.
While we usually associate cherries with the summer, Wild Rose’s Cherry Porter uses ripe B.C. cherries for a lush flavour that’s creamy with sweet chocolate notes - think Black Forest cake.
Bottom's up. —Sara Samson
November 15th, 2013
It's the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water - whether you like classic cup of Earl Grey or a partake in some of the trendier flavours like Birthday Cake, a nice cup of tea feels oh-so-grownup.
Just in time for the holidays, our favourite cookware line, Le Creuset, has expanded their Café Collection to include ceramic teapots and presses. The Large Teapot comes with a stainless steel infuser ($60) for loose leaf teas, it’s great for entertaining and looks pretty sitting on a stack of coffee table books. The Tea for One set ($40, pictured) includes a teapot that sits atop of a teacup, perfect for those cozy afternoons alone.
It's tea time. —Sara Samson
November 8th, 2013
Made by Marcus has us addicted to macarons (seriously, you have to try the peanut butter and jelly, pictured), but now he has us hooked on his ice cream and sorbet, too.
The ice cream flavours change seasonally to incorporate locally sourced ingredients; right now you can get vanilla bean and salted caramel or mint chocolate chip made with a base of free range eggs from J&M Farms in Lethbridge and organic dairy from Rock Ridge Dairy in Ponoka.
Oh and did we mention the ice cream sandwiches? —Sara Samson
Available at Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, 1017 16 Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-229-0900, www.jbfinecheese.com
November 1st, 2013
If you love Bonterra and Cibo, you’ll want to try Posto Pizzeria and Bar, the newest addition to this family of Italian-inspired restaurants.
Chef Ben Mills has created pizzas and entrees that had us planning our next visit before we even settled the bill. Try the potato pizza, a delicious combination of potatoes, crème fraiche, leeks and pancetta baked on top of Cibo’s signature pizza crust. Or, dive into the squid ink ravioli. End your meal with the pistachio encrusted cannoli for another “It’s sooo good” gasp.
Oh, and don’t forget the wine. Choose from one of Posto’s 10 reds or 10 whites or ask for next-door neighbour Bonterra’s wine list — they’ll be happy to bring it over.
Now that’s family spirit. —Laura Lushington
1014 8 St. SW, Calgary, 403-263-4876, www.posto.ca
October 25th, 2013
This popular all-day breakfast spot has found a second home
From its new Ramsay location Red’s Diner use farm-fresh ingredients to serve up our favourite comfort food. The ever-popular all-day breakfast spot has the same favourites as its 4 Street counterpart, like smoked salmon eggs Benedict and hazelnut crepes. Or stop by for lunch or dinner and sample a Caprese salad or a Sirloin burger and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
The most important meal of the day, any time of the day. —Sara Samson
1101 8 St. SE, Calgary, 587-353-1188, www.redsdiner.com
October 18th, 2013
Summer turns to fall, and salad turns to soup (at least for our lunch routine).
Just in time for the big chill, Happy Planet has released a line of Canadian-sourced, locally-inspired soups that are heat-and-serve ready. We've tried the Chilliwack Broccoli and cheddar (with florets sourced from Chiliwack, BC) and the Fraser Valley Mushroom and Mascarpone Soup - both tasted fresh, savoury and subtle.
We'll get around to making our own stock one day, we swear. But until then… —Maria Tallarico
October 11th, 2013
Fall weather calls for a frosty pint and some comfort food.
From its prime Kensington location Midtown Kitchen & Bar is serving up old-school favourites like gourmet grilled cheese, crispy fried chicken and fish and chips (made from Pacific cod) made from locally-sourced ingredients, including bacon cured in-house.
We dug into the small plate style oysters, meat and cheese boards and flatbreads and spent a while perusing the extensive beer and drink list before settling on a spiked watermelon cocktail.
Now, about that house-cured bacon…. —Sara Samson
Midtown Kitchen and Bar, 302 10 St. NW, Calgary, 403-474-2555, http://midtownkitchen.ca
October 4th, 2013
Two of Calgary’s top food connoisseurs have new books. Who's hungry?
My Favourite Restaurants: Calgary, Canmore and Beyond (8th Edition): One of Calgary’s most recognized food critics, John Gilchrist, reviews and recommends almost 300 restaurants, food trucks and bakeries in Southern Alberta. This handy little guide will ensure you always know the answer to, “where’s good?” $14.40 at indigo.ca
Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook: This beautiful recipe book by local food writers Julie Van Rosendaal and Pierre Lamielle is a collection of illustrations, recipes and photos, sure to inspire home chefs. Whip up a batch of crumpets or toffee buns for your own tea party. $21.91 at Indigo.ca