Calgary - DINING & NIGHTLIFE
September 23rd, 2011
Living la dolce vita is all about noshing on saltimbocca, sipping Spumante and spending time with friends. Feel free to substitute lattes, gelato or a selection of cheeses for any of the above. Or, have it all at Borgo Trattoria.
Borgo’s menu lets you eat family-style. Build your own meal by ordering small bites, meats, pasta, salads and soups by portion or piece based on the size of your group and the appetites they brought.
Remember living the good life means saving room for panna cotta. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Borgo Trattoria, 818 16 Ave. S.W., Calgary, 403-245-2202, www.borgo.ca
September 2nd, 2011
Think leather tufted banquets, a collage of ornate mirrors and a menu that includes empanadas with braised ox-tail, chorizo with stewed peppers and pan-fried fava beans. Cocktails are sweet and spicy with concoctions including pineapple and passion fruit muddled with mint and rum then topped with sparkling wine and vodka martinis shaken with cucumber, ginger and chilies.
Happy hour just found some Latin soul. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Ox & Angela, 528 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, 403-457-1432, www.oxandangela.com
August 31st, 2011
It’s not a panini. It’s Press’d.
Exclusive to Edmonton, Press’d The Sandwich Company has opened its second location in the Courtyard Block on bustling Jasper Ave. The brainchild of three former University of Alberta varsity basketball players (and yes, there is a Golden Bear sandwich on their hot press’d menu), this healthy little deli has one-upped Subway times three, and introduced local, unique ingredients on a selection of breads baked the morning-of (choose from pumpernickel rye, focaccia, wheat or white), paired with zesty, homemade soups (like the Cream of Potato with Bacon or Tomato Bisque) and flavourful salads with a crunch (like the Broccoli Crunch, that is).
Now, if only their made-to-order sandwiches were made-to-order everywhere. Subway should be feeling the press’ure. —Caroline Gault
Half sandwich ($4.49) or full ($7.49), Press’d The Sandwich Company, Courtyard Block, 11214 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, 780-756-5707, www.pressdsandwiches.ca
August 24th, 2011
This summer Calgary’s food scene got its license to drive. The Calgary mayor green-lit the food trucks, a pilot project to cut the red tape and get us restaurants on wheels. Follow the trucks on Twitter to find out when they are parked.
The pork burger from Charcut that first gained fame when the restaurant started serving it out of their backdoor late at night. @AlleyBurger
Fries and Dolls
Gluten-free fries are named for Hollywood starlets including the Farrah with garlic and the Sophia with parmesan and truffle oil. @Fries_n_Dolls
Eastern European food pockets have simple fillings such as potato and cheese or gourmet stuffings including ground duck and Saskatoon berries. @perogyboyz
Pimentos Mobile Pizzeria
Chef Mario’s pizzeria on wheels has been serving pies topped with pomodoro, fresh basil, prosciutto and more since 2009. @chefmariomobile
Los Compadres MX
This mobile taqueria fills tortillas with sirloin, chorizo, cheese and marinated pork. There are also French baguette sandwiches and churros. @loscompadresmx
August 15th, 2011
Cupcakes enjoyed a glorious reign as the top treat, macarons tempted our taste buds and doughnuts are currently riding a sugar high, but if you need a classic confection that isn’t overexposed, make your next nibble an alfajor.
The traditional Argentinean sandwich cookie has dulce de leche squished between two sweet biscuits. Stop there and you have a perfectly respectable cookie, but Coco Karamel takes the alfajores one step further by rolling it in coconut or dipping it in chocolate to create a culinary experience that simply must be shared across international borders
Don't cry for me Argentina! —Jaelyn Molyneux
From $2 per piece at The Kingsland Farmers' Market, 7711 Macleod Tr. S., Calgary, www.cocokaramel.ca
August 12th, 2011
Our editors had the extremely hard job (someone's got to do it!) of sampling some of the summer's best wines. Kick back, raise a glass and discover which vinos made this year's list.
Sarah Bancroft, Editor-in-chief
Township 7 Un-Oaked Chardonnay
Chardonnay is the LL Cool J of wines: "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years." But these days, chard has shed its buttery, oaky rep for cleaner crisper granny smith apple and melon, characteristic of Oliver's vineyards. Mama said knock you out. $22.44 at Inglewood Wine Market, 1139 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-262-4663, www.inglewoodwine.com
Kelsey Dundon, Lifestyle editor
Montecillo Rioja Reserva
A red in summer? Why not! Hot August days remind us of the warm Spanish sun, which is exactly what these grapes were grown under. $19.99 at Willowpark Wines, 4012 Worcester Dr. SW, Calgary, 403-777-123, www.willowpark.net
Dirty Laundry Gewurztraminer
Sweet but not too sweet, this BC wine is as light and fresh as our favourite summer days. $29 at Inglewood Wine Market, 1139 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-262-4663, www.inglewoodwine.com
Anya Georgijevic, Beauty editor
Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon
This spicy Cabernet Sauvignon is just as free-spirited as its adorable label. It’s always a palette pleaser, especially when served with salami and cheese. $25.99 at Kensington Wine Market, 1257 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, www.kensingtonwinemarket.com
Joie Farm Noble Blend
Although I try many whites, I always go back to this delightful blend. It was served at my wedding reception last year so it holds a special place in my heart. $33.49 at Kensington Wine Market, 1257 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, www.kensingtonwinemarket.com
July 26th, 2011
Just when you thought you’d never have the chance to drink a cocktail out of a boot, Local Public Eatery came along and poured you a potion with some kick.
Try the El Caesar ($8) for its pepperoni-stick garnish on their beach-style patio (again, sans the beach), while you double dip their unbelievable pork gyoza dumplings ($10) in arguably the best soy sesame sauce in Western Canada.
They say it’ll be the talk of the town. —Caroline Gault
Local Public Eatery, 1820-99 NW St., South Edmonton Common, Edmonton, 780-989-5898, www.localsoco.com
July 21st, 2011
After our successful first foray into adult popsicles using Caramilk liquor, we started searching around for other icy recipes to help us beat the heat with a bit of a buzz.
We found recipes for mango-mojito popsicles from Erica’s Sweet Tooth, sangria ice-pops from Emily Bites and these fab vodka-spiked ices made with fresh watermelon by culinary goddess, Giada de Laurentiis. We used these stunning stainless steel molds from Onxy Containers to make our ice-pops, but you can go green by freezing your libation of choice in a thoroughly cleaned yogourt container with a lid.
Just make sure that the kids don’t find them, or there might be tears at happy hour. —Jennifer Nachshen
July 19th, 2011
Tired of that drab old salad? Give it a whole new lease on life with Nonna Pia's Balsamic Reductions.
Like every great balsamic, the story of Nonna Pia’s vinegar begins in Modena, Italy where it’s cultivated. But once it arrives to Whistler, B.C., it's aged for six years, and then slow-cooked for hours while infused with fruits like figs and strawberries, herbs and all things delectable through the process. And Nonna Pia herself? She is the family’s matriarch and culinary inspiration behind the recipes.
Oh, la dolce vita! —Anya Georgijevic
July 15th, 2011
The patio must be pretty, pleasant, popular and playful.
Rain or shine, this contemporary downtown art gallery is throwing unmatched rooftop patio soirees every Thursday evening until August 18 alongside a rotation of incubator artists and fresh DJ’s. Latitude 53, 10248-106 St., Edmonton, 780-423-5353, www.latitude53.org
Just off 124th Street, stroll on over for brunch, lunch or dinner on a private, muraled, garden-style patio and you’ll feel like you’re holidaying in 1950s' Europe. Urban Diner, 12427-102 Ave. NW, Edmonton, 780-488-7274, www.urbandiner.com
Nestled in the heart of Old Strathcona, don’t let the squeals from their Patio Pig Roast ($60) fool you. This classy place is elegance personified. Packrat Louie, 10335-83 Ave., Old Strathcona, Edmonton, 780-433-0123, www.packratlouie.com
Leva Café & Bar
Quaint and set in the old Garneau District, here’s where the best Italian cappuccinos, pizzas and gelatos lull patio tenants into summer comas. Look for the yellow umbrellas. Leva Café & Bar, 11053-86 Ave., Edmonton, 780-479-5382, www.levabar.com
The Black Dog
Playing canopy to the mainfloor bar and the grungy-but-popular Underdog, the renovated, elevated Wooftop patio on Whyte Avenue is guaranteed to be heaving on hot summer nights. This is the nightlife. The Black Dog, 10425-82 Ave., Edmonton, 780-439-1082, www.blackdog.ca