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It’s Not How Big Your Greens Are…

It’s Not How Big Your Greens Are…

...it's what they can do for you that counts! Microgreens may be tiny but they pack a big flavour punch; they’re nutrient-rich, and you don’t need to be an expert to know how to use them. They’re also quite easy to come by, gracing the shelves at farmers’ markets and...

Sheet Pan Suppers

Sheet Pan Suppers

Sheet pan suppers are all the rage lately. Everywhere I look, be it flipping through food magazines, wandering the cookbook section of the bookstore, or reading my favourite blogs and Instagram feeds, the world is in love with ideas for dinner using only one pan. And...

Open That Bottle: Karen Anderson

Open That Bottle: Karen Anderson

“I'm a ‘momtrepreneur.’ I grew the business as I grew my son; he's six-foot four and 220 pounds now - so my business is getting big like him,” laughs Karen Anderson, President and CEO of Alberta Food Tours. It has been a convoluted journey for the little girl who grew...

Open That Bottle: Darren Maclean

Open That Bottle: Darren Maclean

“I love Asian food, period. It's the food I grew up eating with my neighbours. People think of terroir as the taste of place, but terroir is heavily influenced by the people who settled there,” says Darren Maclean, chef/owner of Shokunin. Born in Innisfail, MacLean’s...

Brewery Patios

Brewery Patios

Patio Season…. two magical words in Alberta’s all-too-short summer. So much so that grabbing the few scant seats available becomes of paramount importance on a sunny day. But the good news is you can now add some new locations for your outdoor dining and drinking...

Keeping Cool With Gelato

Keeping Cool With Gelato

Whether you’re looking for respite from the summer heat or just want a reason to smile and celebrate, nothing beats a frozen treat when the mercury hits the high 20s. And with the resurgence of dedicated ice cream shops, finding a frozen dessert on your next stroll...

Open That Bottle: Bill Robinson

Open That Bottle: Bill Robinson

“People are drinking slightly less beer and spirits, consumption rates are down, but they're also drinking tastier things. They're looking for quality over quantity, which is a very healthy choice,” says Bill Robinson, president of Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF). Born...

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...

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