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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 - a...

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...

Drinks of the Week

Drinks of the Week

  Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux Superior 2015, Bordeaux, France  Upfront this is all ripe blackcurrant from the merlot, the vast majority of the grapes in the blend at 85%. The good news is that this also makes for a softer and less tannic wine, meaning we can drink it...

Open That Bottle: Stephen Deere

Open That Bottle: Stephen Deere

by Linda Garson  Photography by Ingrid Kuenzel Since finishing the hospitality course at SAIT in 1998, it’s been quite the journey for Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak. Born and raised in Calgary; his father is second generation Calgarian and his mother an...

Tame a Cold Winter’s Night: Tajine Cooking

Tame a Cold Winter’s Night: Tajine Cooking

By Morris Lemire What first drew me to tajine cooking was the spice mix. All my favourites were there: ginger, cumin, turmeric, saffron, cinnamon. It’s a long and rich list. Add to these spices, preserved lemons, dates, dried apricots, and rose water, and I was...

Chef’s Tips and Tricks: 30 Minute Meals

Chef’s Tips and Tricks: 30 Minute Meals

By Anna Brooks It’s that time of year again. Time to go back to school, back to work or if you never left work, time to mourn the loss of summer Fridays at the office.  Whatever the case may be, it seems when September hits, there’s a lot less time to do...

Eats of the Week

Eats of the Week

Northern Chicken  I’ve been dying to try Edmonton’s Northern Chicken since I first heard about it, and I was certainly not disappointed. I’m a confit junkie and once I saw confit legs, I was sold. Still moist and juicy and huge! But of course I had to try the fried...

Eats of the Week

Eats of the Week

Bar Von der Fels  Bar Von Der Fels’ menu changes regularly, so you may not find these exact dishes when you visit, but I have to say recently two of us devoured six dishes here – and any of them could have graced this page - they were all so good! It was a tough...

About Alberta’s Finest Drinks Lists

About Alberta’s Finest Drinks Lists

by Tom Firth and Linda Garson with Stephanie Arsenault, Tannis Baker, and Alita Brown The 2018 edition of Alberta’s Finest Drink List was only our second year, and we were floored by the outstanding response. We saw nearly 50 percent growth this...

Drinks of the Week

Drinks of the Week

Three great value summer wines!    Monte Creek Ranch Foch, Kamloops, BC  This is one of those wines that you'd never guess what it is from smelling and tasting. You’d recognise the nose of raspberry and blackcurrants with a little herby sage behind, and smoke, and on...

8 Road Trip Destinations: Northern Alberta

8 Road Trip Destinations: Northern Alberta

The days are long, the sun is hot, and it's the perfect time to get outta town. It's road trip season, and Northern Alberta is packed with delicious eats!  East of Edmonton, Wainwright’s Honeypot Eatery & Pub (823 2nd Avenue) has been the go-to spot for locals for...

Summer Sipping: Rosé

Summer Sipping: Rosé

Whether you're looking for a delicious glass of wine on the patio with friends, something to pair with your latest BBQ or grilled fish, or just need to relax at the end of a long day, Rosé is a versatile choice that screams summer. Here are three great bottles that...

Open That Bottle: David Yip

Open That Bottle: David Yip

“When I first came to Calgary you could only get frozen fish. You might get a few items fresh, but otherwise people are eating meat, meat, meat. Now people are starting to eat healthy,” says David Yip, co-owner of City Fish. Yip came from Hong Kong to Calgary in 1982...

Chefs’ Tips & Tricks: The Art of Italian

Chefs’ Tips & Tricks: The Art of Italian

Pasta, prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano... there are so many foods unique to Italy that are highly revered (and salivated over) in the western world. Italian food is about quality, but it’s also about connection. Walk into any Italian home, and you’re likely to meet...

Open That Bottle: Dario Berloni

Open That Bottle: Dario Berloni

“We have the best selection of large format bottles (at Teatro) as I call myself a bon vivant, which is about sharing and enjoying the finer things in life – but not by yourself,” says Dario Berloni, President of Teatro Group. “And if you have so many friends like I...

Open That Bottle: Jim Button

Open That Bottle: Jim Button

“It’s hard to always do it the right way. There’s a lot of short cuts that can come along, and to have a partnership group that says, “let’s not take that shortcut” has always been our saving grace,” says Jim Button, co-founder of Village Brewery. Born in Germany to a...

Bee Prepared To Sweeten Up Your Kitchen

Bee Prepared To Sweeten Up Your Kitchen

Honey – there is a reason that people risk their lives for this sweet elixir. This divine ambrosia is filled with vitamins and minerals, rich in antioxidants, and a natural antibiotic – the people’s nectar of the gods. The lighter colour of honey tends to be milder in...

Chefs’ Tips & Tricks: Smoking

Chefs’ Tips & Tricks: Smoking

There’s a signature sign that summer is here in Alberta. It’s not the short-shorts, the blaring sun or even patio beers. It’s that hazy float of backyard smoke in the air that can only come from one thing: barbecue. As barbecue-forward restaurants line summer menus...

Open That Bottle: Terry Andryo

Open That Bottle: Terry Andryo

“My journey started on a farm, and agriculture was always a part of life. I’d never have thought I would have landed back in it, but you fall back into it through passion and love,” says Terry Andryo, Director of Community Initiatives at ATB Financial. A fourth...

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