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Giddy Up! Five Alberta Ranches

Giddy Up! Five Alberta Ranches

Calgary isn’t known as Cowtown for nothing. While oil and gas seems to dominate Albertarelated news, the agriculture industry is a major economic driver and source of pride for the province. The largest cattle-producing province in Canada, Alberta makes up for 44...

Book Review: Inspired Cooking

Book Review: Inspired Cooking

20 Of Canada’s Greatest Chefs Present: Inspired Cooking Fresh Air Publishing 2016 It’s very hard not to get inspired by this book. The heartfelt survivor stories of each individual’s struggles with cancer invoke compassion and respect. These stories reinforce that...

Wines of the Week: Bench 1775 & Joel Delaunay

Wines of the Week: Bench 1775 & Joel Delaunay

Bench 1775 Malbec, Okanagan Valley, BC Yes - you read that right! Malbec from the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley! And it’s a fruity beauty (try saying that after a couple of glasses). It’s no wallflower at 14.7% ABV but as a tribute to the winemaking skills at...

A Guide to Alberta’s Kombucha Makers

A Guide to Alberta’s Kombucha Makers

It wasn’t that long ago when buying a health-conscious drink commercially in Alberta meant a blended juice or smoothie. Quietly but quickly over the past few years, retailers have started stocking their shelves with another tasty option – kombucha, a fermented sweet...

Chefs’ Tips: Working with Smoked Foods

Chefs’ Tips: Working with Smoked Foods

No greeting beats the sound of crackling wood and the smell of savoury smoke when you walk into one of those special eateries dedicated to smoked foods. Normally we associate fire and smoke with campfires, a pitched tent and stretching out under the stars, but smoking...

Hot Okanagan: The Classics Edition

Hot Okanagan: The Classics Edition

The British Columbia wine world is old enough to have produced a handful of veterans, and young enough for us to still welcome new faces each year. While it’s all well and good to point out the shiny and new, growth in the B.C. wine community owes thanks to wineries...

5 Ways to Prep Like a Chef

5 Ways to Prep Like a Chef

Long before you arrive at a restaurant, the chefs have already been in the kitchen for hours preparing your meal. They’ve made lists, tested recipes, ensured all their ingredients are sized and cut properly, and ensured the kitchen is ready to flawlessly produce...

Cocktail Corner: Five Ingredient Spirit Specialties

Cocktail Corner: Five Ingredient Spirit Specialties

When we’re making cocktails at home, we’re always looking for creative and delicious recipes, but ones that are relatively simple without too many hard to find ingredients. As we’re all about ‘5’ this month, we asked two Alberta mixologists for recipes that involved...

Eats of the Week: Cactus Club, Tango & Pizza Brew

Eats of the Week: Cactus Club, Tango & Pizza Brew

Cactus Club Café Definitely worth mentioning again – we just love the Tuna Stack at Cactus Club! The Albacore tuna and avocado are meltingly soft, and perfect partners for the umami flavour of sesame as well as a great foil to the citrus tamari vinaigrette. The crispy...

11 New Alberta Food Spots and Events

11 New Alberta Food Spots and Events

World Fair Trade Day A cause close to our hearts, Calgary’s first World Fair Trade Day festival is taking place at Eau Claire Market, May 13, 10-4 pm. There are fairtrade vendors, store specials, fairtrade roses for Mother’s Day, day-long entertainment, giveaways,...

Letter from the editor: Celebrating five years running

Letter from the editor: Celebrating five years running

It’s our fifth anniversary – and this is my 51st letter to you! Gosh, when I think back to November 2011 when we started our journey, and to May 2012 when our first issue came out, just how far we’ve come, how much we’ve learned, and how much we’ve grown in the last...

Wines of the Week Uruguay, India & Australia

Wines of the Week Uruguay, India & Australia

Paul John Edited, India What do you imagine when you think of Indian whisky? Be prepared to be very impressed when you try Paul John single malts. From Goa, on India’s west coast, and using 6-row barley from the foothills of the Himalayas, are a range of three...

Win tickets to Chef Meets BC Grape!

Win tickets to Chef Meets BC Grape!

Chef Meets BC Grape is coming back to Calgary on Wednesday, May 10. Experience your choice of 150 BC VQA wines and small plates prepared by top chefs from 12 top Calgary restaurants. Be sure to drop by the Ocean Wise Bubbles & Seafood station, and don’t forget...

Eats of the Week: Pad Thai & Millstreet

Eats of the Week: Pad Thai & Millstreet

Pad Thai Restaurant The menu at the new Pad Thai Restaurant is huge, but I feel like you could order any dish and be very satisfied, it’s all so good. We tried a lot of different plates, all notable so you’ll be completely spoiled for choice, but some stand out as...

Open that Bottle: Nicole Gomes

Open that Bottle: Nicole Gomes

“Calgary afforded me a lot of opportunity, and I’m super fortunate that it’s been so supportive as a community for my business; people are so kind here,” says Nicole Gomes, Top Chef Canada contestant, and proprietor of Nicole Gourmet and Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver. Born in...

South America:The New Old

South America:The New Old

Old world, new world. Such common wine terms, but what do they mean? Old world (European) style wines are typically earthier, lighter, more firm and food friendly. The new world styles (anywhere else) boast pure fruit, bigger body, softer edges and go down easier on...

Wine Opening 101: Finding the Perfect Corkscrew

Wine Opening 101: Finding the Perfect Corkscrew

Sure, Winston Zeddemore wasn’t talking about corkscrews when he said that in Ghostbusters, but having the right tools for the job is just as important in enjoying fine wine, and perhaps the knowledge of what you like and why. Corkscrews and wine openers come in a...

The perfect D-I-Y Calgary Poutine Week restaurant crawl

The perfect D-I-Y Calgary Poutine Week restaurant crawl

Looking back to its humble beginnings in 2011, many people might not know that Calgary Poutine Week started out simply as a poutine pub crawl (of sorts). One bus full of excited foodies were led by Calgary Poutine founder and social media maven, Karen Richards, all...

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