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 choice for fave, but I’m a sucker for stuffed zucchini flowers, and they were filled with creamy potato and comte -completely delicious! Although the chicken wings stuffed with morels and schmaltz were pretty amazing too…! 

Stuffed chicken wings $16 and Zucchini flowers $14 at Bar Von der Fels 1005 1 St SW, Calgary, 587-349-2656, barvonderfels.com@barvonderfels


Big Fish  

Anything soupy or stewy with seafood is likely to score highly for me, and the Seafood Pot Au Feu at Big Fish absolutely hits the spot. It’s chock full of perfectly cooked fish – no skimping here – in a really flavourful broth (but then, saffron… always a great flavour in any dish!), and thick slices of tasty grilled bread to mop up all that delicious liquid. A big hit at Big Fish. 

Seafood Pot Au Feu $23 Big Fish 1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, 403-277-3403, big-fish.ca@rangefish


First & Vine  

All the sharing plates I’ve tried at First and Vine have been excellent and full of robust flavours, but the Grilled Romaine Heart Caesar has a special place in my heart. It could be something to do with the unusual, but very moreish, creamy roasted garlic and tahini dressing, or is it those salty white anchovies… or maybe it’s the crispy salami? It’s a brilliant combination! 

Grilled Romaine Heart Caesar $10 at First & Vine 136 1 Ave NE, Airdrie, 403-980-9463, firstandvine.ca@firstandvine 


Flower and Wolf 

What a great addition to Eau Claire dining. The menu at the brand new Flower and Wolf in the Sheraton Suites has lots to enjoy – but the Scotch Egg is standout! The egg is perfectly cooked to just slightly ooze over the good-flavoured sausage meat and the outrageously good truffled red onion jam. And if you visit between 3:00 and 6:00pm, the dishes are nearly the half price for the same portion size! 

Scotch Egg $6 at Flower and Wolf 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, 403-517-6666, flowerandwolfcalgary.com, @flowerandwolf


PaSu Farms  

So impressed with this gorgeous afternoon tea. Who knew this was available? It’s well worth the drive to Carstairs on a Sunday afternoon – get there between 2:00 and 4:00pm, and 20 minutes after you order, a platter of freshly cooked, warm and fluffy, cakey scones, with real clotted cream, raspberry jam and a fruit bowl will arrive for you to gorge on. And there’s a great selection of high quality loose-leaf teas to accompany them! 

Afternoon tea at PaSu Farms, 580 & Range Rd, Carstairs, 403-337-2800, pasu.com@PaSuFarm


Alforno Bakery & Café  

I can’t resist the buttery yet spicy, crumbly jalapeño cheddar scones, at Alforno. They’re large and satisfying – I dare you to eat two! And you can pretend it’s still summer by sitting on your deck or balcony on a Sunday morning and enjoying them with a glass of La Gioiosa Et Amorosa Rosea Brut. This beautiful, salmon coloured sparkler has a celebratory effervescence that stays with the wine for a long time. I’m reminded of strawberries, rosewater and pink liquorice. It’s fruity, fresh and sweet, and dangerously easy to drink. 

Jalapeño cheddar scones $3.25 at Alforno Bakery & Café, 222 7th Street SW, Calgary, 403-454-0306, alforno.ca@alfornobakeryLa Gioiosa Et Amorosa Rosea Brut CSPC + 791422 $18 

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