I’m not gluten-free, but I really enjoy the passion and South America food at Heaven. It’s authentic and honest, and it has flavour! I didn’t realise that I could take away cooked empanadas to re-heat and eat at home, but boy I’m glad I found out about them as I polished off this lot in no time! They’re crunchy, tasty and very moreish – especially dipped in the white dressing that comes with them. So go for something new and treat yourself to a bucket of cheese or black bean empanadas!
3 mini empanadas $12, at Heaven Artisan Gluten-free Cuisine
1013 17 Avenue SW, Calgary 403-249-3037
I haven’t been able to wait to try the menu at Deane House – what a pedigree of owner (Sal Howell of River Café) and chef (Jamie Harling of Rouge)! And our first lunch didn’t disappoint. We decided to share three starters and one bigger plate, as well as the Heritage Harvest Red Fife Bread (too delicious, I could come here just for that!).
As well as a delicious surprise shrimp amuse, two of us shared Pickled Poplar Bluff Carrot, which comes with the smoked red lentil hummus similar to the one I loved at Boxwood. We also very much enjoyed toasted hazelnut, and Fairwinds Farm goat feta; Lyalta Gardens watercress overtop foraged and cultivated mushrooms with cider vinaigrette, and Lankaaster gouda shaved all over; Driview Farms rabbit perogies with pickled chanterelles, fermented carrot, and buttermilk-carrot purée; and 7k Ranch Longhorn Beef Tartare hiding underneath charred cabbage, heritage harvest emmer with juniper vinegar. A meal that makes you glad you live in Calgary and can easily come back to try the rest of the menu!
Pickled Poplar Bluff Carrot $12, Lyalta Gardens Watercress $14, Driview Farms Rabbit Perogies $20, 7k Ranch Longhorn Beef Tartare $17
Deane House 806 9 Avenue SE, Calgary 403-264-0595