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Craft Cider: A Revival…

Craft Cider: A Revival…

by Linda Garson and Tom Firth Now Alberta has become firmly established as an ideal location for breweries and distillers, what’s next for our province’s local beverages? Could it be cideries? Cider can be made in any brewery from bought apple juice, or brewed under...

Opening Our Eyes to Canola Oil

Opening Our Eyes to Canola Oil

Ask just about anyone to pass the EVOO and they’ll know that you’re talking about the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s the primo pick for many, sitting on the counter at-the-ready to be used for cooking, dressings, marinades and more. It’s hard to compete with the...

Craft Beverages Continue To Grow In Alberta

Craft Beverages Continue To Grow In Alberta

craft noun- an activity involving skill in making things by hand. verb - exercise skill in making (something).Oxford English Dictionary They started appearing on Alberta liquor store shelves a couple of years ago, viz. specialty spirits, beers, ciders, meads, and...

Chef’s Tips: Spring Proteins

Chef’s Tips: Spring Proteins

There’s so much to look forward to come spring - fresh herbs, fully stocked farmers’ markets, and a diet not so reliant on parsnips and potatoes. Food-wise, most of us associate spring with all things green: arugula, asparagus, chives, spinach, and peas. But almost...

April Spirits

April Spirits

It’s spring… finally! And aren’t we all glad. But now comes the uncertainty. Is it sunny and warm, snowy and icy, or blowy and rainy - or all of the above? We’ve been looking for cool products whatever the weather throws at you, and here are a few of our April...

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in an Easter Basket

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in an Easter Basket

Cook with hard boiled eggs too using these four applications! Easter; it’s a holiday known for food traditions like baked ham, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and yes, hard-boiled eggs. Despite the fact that these are usually not for eating, painting Easter eggs...

Open That Bottle: Gino Marghella

Open That Bottle: Gino Marghella

“Saturday we got married. Sunday, Italy won the World Cup, then Monday we opened up the Southside store. 2006 was a great year,” says Gino Marghella, General Manager of the Italian Centre Shops. In true romantic Italian style, his mom went to Italy on vacation, fell...

Drinks of the Week

Drinks of the Week

Three red wines for sharing with your loved one when it’s cold outside, and you’re inside!  McWatters Collection Meritage 2013, Okanagan Valley, BC  This opulent wine is so seductive on the nose and draws you in drooling. There are ripe berry aromas to greet you on...

Cooking the Cheaper Cuts

Cooking the Cheaper Cuts

These are cold, lean months, and everyone is in financial recovery from the holidays. Cooking with the cheaper cuts of meat will help stretch your grocery dollar, while not compromising on any flavour. Drumsticks are typically the overlooked part of the chicken in the...

Chocolate and Spiced Beers

Chocolate and Spiced Beers

By David Nuttall As we head into the depths of winter, most of the people who don’t escape to the far south think of curling up to warm fires while enjoying hot beverages or wine. Very rarely does beer enter the picture. But hold on, isn’t hot cocoa and hot spiced rum...

Producer’s Story: Bear and the Flower

Producer’s Story: Bear and the Flower

By Elizabeth Chorney-Booth One concern of many farmers in Alberta is whether or not younger generations will go into agriculture and carry on the tradition of the family farm. Christopher and Jessica Fasoli, the couple behind Bear and the Flower, a free range pork...

Long-Established Restaurants

Long-Established Restaurants

By Linda Garson 70 new places to eat and drink opened in Calgary alone last year – it was an amazing year for foodies, lovers of wine, beer, cocktails, tea and coffee – you could have tried somewhere new every week and still not have visited them...

Drinks of the Week

Drinks of the Week

With credit card statements arriving any day soon, here are three very different red wines from different countries that share one thing – good value!  Paul Jaboulet Ainé Cotes-du-Rhone Biographie 2015, Tain l’Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France  Warm berry aromas greet...

Open That Bottle: Ivonne Martinez

Open That Bottle: Ivonne Martinez

By Linda Garson Photography by Ingrid Kuenzel Before privatization, Alberta had 209 liquor stores and about 2,000 products available, but now 25 years later, we have over 1,500 liquor stores, and about 25,000 products that any store can order. “Privatization has been...

Beverage Trends 2019

Beverage Trends 2019

By Tom Firth and Linda Garson What's to come on the beverage scene in 2019? Will it be a continuation of the trends we’ve seen this year and last, or will we see some new and dynamic trends emerge? First off, local craft spirits are here to stay. But several years on...

Chefs Tips: Decadent Desserts

Chefs Tips: Decadent Desserts

By Anna BrooksPhotography by Ingrid Kuenzel and Dong Kim It’s holiday season, which means it’s the time of year to unabashedly indulge in desserts. The crisp crunch of gingerbread, the warm spice of a freshly baked fruitcake… there’s nothing more comforting than home...

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

Little gifts are a wonderful way to show the people around you that you care about them without requiring you to go on a spending spree. If you are looking for a cute little gift for the foodie in your life, look no further.   Sabonete How cool and cute is this -...

For The Love of Entertaining

For The Love of Entertaining

By Kelley Abbey Entertaining is an art form. It has many colours and textures that meld together (hopefully) to create an enjoyable occasion. Some welcome the challenge of having 10 people over at the last minute on a Friday night. To many, it’s an inconvenience, a...

The Gift of Beer

The Gift of Beer

by David Nuttall The holiday season is the time for giving, and there is no better occasion for beer lovers than the period where autumn turns into winter. Not only are there remnants from the fall/pumpkin beers still hanging around, but the new winter warmers and...

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