Butcher & Baker

If you’re a grab and go person with a more discerning palate, and work downtown, then you’ll want to make a quick stop here at Bow Valley Square Tower for breakfast or lunch. The menu is mercifully short and all built to order – 5 or 6 sandwiches plus a daily special; a couple of salads; a daily changing soup; and mac + cheese with sweet peas and house-cured pork belly. This is definitely a cut above your regular sandwich shop, with everything sourced as locally as possible, and all house-made.

Butcher & Baker, 181, 250 – 6 Ave SW, 403-265-7765, butcherbakeryyc.com, @ButcherBakerYYC

– Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine

Bees Knees Cocktail

Here’s a simple cocktail to #treatyoself to in the spring, or anytime really. It’s one that I like to call a three ingredient banger, so simple is its construction.

1.5oz Gin (London Dry or American style)
1oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon juice
.75oz Honey Water (1:1 dilution honey with warm water) – Try using different types of local honey. I prefer fireweed honey or honey infused with dried chrysanthemum flowers (obtainable in a Chinese tea shop).

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled coupe. There’s a variation called a Gold Rush. Simply replace gin with bourbon and keep the recipe the same. Cheers!

– Tarquin Melynk, contributor, @livelikeburning

Brunch at the Beltliner

You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So it’s only logical to follow that brunch must be equally important, given that it’s essentially a late, lazy breakfast. Now cookies for breakfast/brunch? Those are equally as important! Heck, if it’s a crunchy peanut butter cookie that gives you some necessary protein to start your day, right? Thankfully the Beltliner has you covered – and because cookies are technically dessert for brunch, start off with something more savoury like their tomato soup with basil oil. Then you will really be ready to face the day!

The Beltliner, 243 12 Ave SW, 587-955-1555, thebeltliner.com, @thebeltliner

– Mallory Frayn, web editor, @cuzilikechoclat

Red Olive Bistro & Catering

It makes me happy to discover a new eatery in Calgary – and then to find it’s the new venture of one of my favourite chefs! Red Olive Bistro & Catering is open for breakfast and lunch, serving up an assortment of healthy weekly changing dishes. With a background in Asian cuisine, Chef Avinash, latterly of Mango Shiva, offers well-prepared seafood coconut curry, sandwiches and salads for lunch, to eat in or take away – and my favourite, this gently spiced slow cooked chicken korma with cashew nuts, although he assures me the most popular dish is the Fish Taco Wrap that comes with spiced fish, avocado and apple slaw. I’m game for any of it!

Slow cooked Chicken Korma $14, Red Olive Bistro & Catering, 333 11 Ave SW, 403-294-0115/587-717-5009, redolivebistro.com

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