Ian Doig’s week may include dim sum lunch with friends, rummaging through indie bookstore shelves as well as scribbling in his notepad at Calgary shops and farmers’ markets. It most often concludes with a relaxing Friday evening pint of locally brewed craft beer.
The city’s summer season features a delicious dance card of culinary festivals and events. Many, such as Stampede-time pancake breakfasts, are easy to access the day of, but the various tasting and tippling shindigs listed here can fill up quickly, so purchasing tickets sooner than later for these foodie festivities is recommended. Image credit: iStock.com/kasto80.
The city’s pathway system is one of the longest in North America. Given its lengthy stretches, the occasional rest and snack stop, though few and far between, are a welcome sight when walking, biking and inline skating. Here are a few restaurants, cafés and snack shacks located on or near our scenic cycling system. Image credit: iStock.com/mihailomilovanovic.
The annual YYC Taco Fiesta bursts upon Calgary’s restaurant scene like the tastiest piñata ever invented. From April 28 to May 7, restaurants across the city will serve bargain-priced individual tacos as well as platters, with a portion of profits being donated to local charities. Here are a few of the participating taco competitors. Image credit: iStock.com/rez-art.
Taking Mom out for a relaxing brunch on Mother’s Day is an appropriate way to thank her for all her love, guidance and patient parenting. A number of restaurants are serving extra-special brunch menus on Mother’s Day weekend, 2016. Find one that suits Mom’s tastes and reserve a table early – it’s one of the busiest brunch times of the year.
If there’s a common theme among Calgary’s latest restaurant openings, it’s that many of these new and notable eateries are fun, casual and well priced, but incorporate great ingredients in a wide variety of cuisine styles. However, this list also includes one chicly reinvented steakhouse.
The arrival of spring has Calgary’s restaurants energized and it shows in the sumptuous spreads they’re preparing for Easter brunch on Sunday, April 16. You’ll find a profusion of variations on eggs Benedict, a whole lot of locally created charcuterie, wildly fruity pancakes and waffles, plus bacon, bacon and more bacon and so much more at these buffet and à la carte meals.
With spring’s early arrival, Calgarians are preparing their gear and planning outside outings near and far. As the 2016 summer recreational season gets rolling, The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show sets up its annual show on March 19 and 20 at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park. Here are just a few of the many outdoor gear merchants and travel destinations you’ll find camped out among the event’s kiosks and displays.
The Big Taste is a magnificent, multi-course celebration of the city’s gastronomic trends and favourite dishes. Eighty of the city’s hottest restaurants are serving value-priced, three- and five-course, prix-fixe meals from March 4 to 13, 2016. On top of these specially created daily meals, The Big Taste features 15 one-off, lunch and dinner “signature events.” Here is a tasty selection of eateries serving daily dinners.
You and your lunch mates never have to face traffic or the elements when you choose to dine at a restaurant on the Plus 15. As well, the downtown’s second-level, indoor walkway system will take you directly to a variety of eateries, such as those listed here, that are suitable for takeaway as well as sit-down casual meals with colleagues and business-lunches.
If there’s one thing Calgary’s Plus 15 indoor-pathway system has, it’s coffee spots. But while most of the joe you’ll find along its corridors and skywalks is standard fare, these coffee spots serve a better class of brew.
Long the domain of male chefs, restaurant kitchens are no longer an exclusive boys’ cookery club. Here's just a few of the city’s most talented culinary stars who just happen to be female. [Feature photo: Vero Bistro Moderne]
A raft of new restaurants opened their doors late in 2015, and those listed here are hitting their stride. Among the food trends represented in this batch of notable eateries are tacos, fried chicken and bigger, better burgers, while craft beer and crafted cocktails top drink menus. Another trend that’s here to stay is carefully considered interior design that amps up that all-important eatery atmosphere.
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