Corner stores used to be dingy holes in the wall where you could get a carton of milk and a pack of smokes. Over the last few years, however, several independent grocery stores have popped up in neighbourhoods all around Calgary, with many offering wholesome and delicious local and organic produce and packaged foods.
The sauce makes the meal. Whether you’re after cooking sauces such as pasta sauce, bottled barbecue sauces and marinades or exotic condiments to dress up everyday dishes, the independent grocery stores, supermarkets and food shops listed here have what you’re looking for as well as much more.
Want to eat healthy but you’re too busy or simply don’t know how to cook? These companies make nutritious, delicious meals that you can enjoy at home or at work, with many delivering right to your doorstep!
Calgary has no shortage of establishments offering well-crafted cocktails and impressive wine lists. This proliferation of superb drinks has fed our fascination with high-quality, accessible liquor and inspired a rise in the popularity of the home-cocktail hour and private wine cellars. Below are a few stores that curate shelves full of outstanding wine, spirits and beer.
Age-old techniques for preserving summer’s bounty during the cold winter months, canning and pickling have seen a resurgence in popularity as a way to enjoy local produce year round. But what if you’ve just got to have your jams and pickles but don’t have the canning equipment or know-how? Satisfy your cravings in a pinch at these shops that sell local preserves, just like grandma used to make.
Whether you’re training to be a cocktail connoisseur, or just want to learn to make a great drink, here’s where to get everything you need from recipes and bitters to syrups and gadgets. [Image credit:]
When it comes to wedding cakes, there seems to be no such thing as traditional anymore. There are so many different flavours, designs and creative options. Couples can choose an array of quirky icing colours, sky-high ruffled tiers and exotic shapes or keep it sweet and simple. Check out these top wedding cake shops and sweeten up your special day with a cake made just for you. Image credit: iStock/k_woodard.
The first cut is the deepest, as the song goes, unless your blade is too dull. Whether you’re in the kitchen or on a backwoods hike, the right knife can make a huge difference in the quality of your experience – and possibly your odds of survival. From elite Japanese steel to a humble multi-tool, these stores have the products and selection to help you slice your way through any situation.
If savouring a great cup of coffee in the morning is a critical part of launching your day, you need the best coffee beans. These city coffee shops and cafés offer a wide selection of premium coffee beans for home brewing.
With eating local being the biggest restaurant food trend ever, home cooks have turned to the city’s butcher shops to supply cuts of Alberta beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game for their own cuisine adventures. A number of excellent meat boutiques carry a wide variety of cuts, locally produced and otherwise.
From confectionary classics to space-age sweets, Calgary’s candy shops feature a profusion of dentist-defying sugar snacks.
Cheese, glorious cheese! From Stilton to brie, from Gouda to blue and goat, whether you’re grilling it in a sandwich or putting together a platter for a dinner party, quality cheese is imperative, and a visit to one of these shops is in order.
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