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 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
September 27th, 2013
Downtownfood boasts the city’s first eco-driven rooftop garden that currently supplies 40 types of vegetables, herbs and fruits and two rooftop hives for the bistro to make its own honey, meaning these guys actually grow food in downtown Calgary.
The menu features a combination of Canadian ingredients and flavours mixed with an Asian twist and changes with the season so everything is current, local and 100 per cent Oceanwise.
And of course we can’t forget about cocktails featuring herbs from the garden. Our favourite? The Watermelon 3way with vodka, citronge, apple juice, watermelon and lemon grass.
This roof is on fire. —Sara Samson
Downtownfood, 628 8 Ave. S.W., Calgary, 587-353-3474, www.downtownfood.ca
May 24th, 2013
We love a savoury Mexican meal. The question is, where to find one?
While fast food joints are plentiful and tequila houses are popping up throughout downtown Calgary, Xocolat is doing something a little different. A self-proclaimed posh restaurant, the recently opened spot is creating incredibly unique dishes and proving that Mexican food is more than just tacos. Our must-have share dish is the Trio de Marisco ($19) which features shrimp, scallop and octopus.
Flavourful and fresh, we’ll be hanging out here all summer with a Dos Equis in hand. —Kait Kucy
Xocolat Posh Mexican Cuisine, 816 11th Ave SW, Calgary, 403-264-6555, http://xocolat.ca
February 22nd, 2013
The daily ritual of tea-drinking is one bandwagon we are ready to jump on (and with a stack of Downton Abbey seasons ready to watch, it couldn't be better timing).
The newly opened David's Tea in the heart of downtown is our favourite spot to caffienate minus the espresso. We couldn't get enough of the tasty Daydreamer Tea, a green tea with mango, guava and mangosteen ($7.00 for 50g).
Pinkies up, ladies! —Kait Kucy
David’s Tea, 203 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, 403-264-0325, www.davidstea.com
January 17th, 2013
In the heart of downtown Calgary lies a tiny Italian bistro stocked to the brim with market fresh edibles and fine wines.
The newly opened Cucina Bistro has been welcomed into the downtown gourmet community with open arms. Directly across the street from Holts, it is the perfect spot for café au lait and dessert after shopping the day away. We went for something a bit heartier, the daily Market Fresh risotto with mushroom, leek and zucchini risotto.
Now we're ready for another round of retail. —Kait Kucy
Cucina Bistro, 515 8th Ave. SW, Calgary, 587-353-6565, www.eatcucina.com
September 26th, 2012
SAIT has launched its satellite culinary campus in the heart of downtown Calgary at the Scotia Centre. Fully stocked with top of the line equipment, the new 10,000 sqare foot campus gives the professional cooking students a new place to call home.
While we all daydream about being Top Chef Canada, we will happily settle for their fun and exciting evening classes including Duets: Beer and Food Pairing or learning how to can and preserve.
And to appease our immediate needs, we are off to pick up a box of freshly-made French macarons! —Kait Kucy
SAIT Culinary Campus, 226, 230 8th Ave SW, Calgary, 403-284-8535, www.culinarycampus.ca
September 11th, 2012
Take advantage of style experts, massage therapists and makeup artists all week long to perfect your fall look. The Downtown Style Van is at it again bringing you the best in downtown luxury and culture.
September 11 – Hotel Le Germain’s deluxe spa, Sante will be out on the Avenue in the van doing massages, manicures and pedicures. Could your lunch hour be any more glamourous?
September 12 – Learn more about heart disease, watch a fashion show and get your lips done up in a ravishing red with Heart Truth as they take over the Van for Wednesday.
September 13 – Get a complete new look before heading back to the office with The Bay. They are doing free cosmetic makeovers showcasing some of the latest trends for autumn colours. —Kait Kucy
Downtown Style Van, 720, 304 8th Ave SW, Calgary, www.downtowncalgary.com
July 16th, 2012
Finally, a set of wheels when we really need them.
Car2Go brings the eco- and wallet-friendly car sharing alternative to Calgary. A one-time membership fee gives users access to a fleet of shiny new Smart Cars parked throughout the inner city. Once you're behind the wheel, you are charged $0.35 per minute (to a maximum of $65.99/day). So if you need to stock up on groceries or want to take a road trip to Banff, this beats the expense of car ownership by a mile.
Fingers crossed, a bike sharing program is next. —Kait Kucy
Car2Go, 1107 Eighth St. SW., Calgary, 1-855-454-1002, www.car2go.com
July 10th, 2012
Downtown’s Devonian Gardens have finally re-opened after nearly three years of renovations and the welcome respite from downtown's hustle and bustle was worth the wait.
The spectacular indoor garden space is home to an abundance of beautiful plants only found in Calgary due to the indoor nature of the garden. The perfect place for a lunch break or a cheap date, entry to the garden is free for all. Encouraged as a community spot to relax and enjoy all year round, the re-opening marks the full completion of The CORE shopping centre.
Rumour has it that a well-loved local restauranteur will be opening up a new dining spot in the gardens, raising the bar above the typical food court fare nearby. —Kait Kucy
Devonian Gardens, 324 Eighth Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-268-3830, to book a private event visit www.calgary.ca/parks/devonian