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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...

Drinks of the Week

Drinks of the Week

With credit card statements arriving any day soon, here are three very different red wines from different countries that share one thing – good value!  Paul Jaboulet Ainé Cotes-du-Rhone Biographie 2015, Tain l’Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France  Warm berry aromas greet...

Open That Bottle: Ivonne Martinez

Open That Bottle: Ivonne Martinez

By Linda Garson Photography by Ingrid Kuenzel Before privatization, Alberta had 209 liquor stores and about 2,000 products available, but now 25 years later, we have over 1,500 liquor stores, and about 25,000 products that any store can order. “Privatization has been...

Beverage Trends 2019

Beverage Trends 2019

By Tom Firth and Linda Garson What's to come on the beverage scene in 2019? Will it be a continuation of the trends we’ve seen this year and last, or will we see some new and dynamic trends emerge? First off, local craft spirits are here to stay. But several years on...

Chefs Tips: Decadent Desserts

Chefs Tips: Decadent Desserts

By Anna BrooksPhotography by Ingrid Kuenzel and Dong Kim It’s holiday season, which means it’s the time of year to unabashedly indulge in desserts. The crisp crunch of gingerbread, the warm spice of a freshly baked fruitcake… there’s nothing more comforting than home...

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 -...

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 year, involving...

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...

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