Cappuccino at Café Blanca

Enjoying great food and drink is as much about atmosphere as it is about flavour. The coffee is rich but not over-roasted, allowing the milk a supporting role. The space is, well, you just have to go there and see it for yourself. Great (and for now, quiet) spot to get some work done offsite while sitting on cushions on a wood bench with natural light and whimsical design features employing colour, as well as hanging and mounted decoration. Very productive!

Cappuccino, $4.65 at Café Blanca, 240 Riverfront Ave SW, 403-460-2002, www.cafeblanca.ca

– Matt Browman, contributor and operations manager at Highlander Wine and Spirits

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

The new Pampa is definitely raising the bar for rodizio dining; for dinner eleven differently prepared meats are slow roasted over a Brazilian rotisserie grill using lump hardwood charcoal, and carved tableside for you. The quality and flavour are top notch, and there’s a wide and deliciously tempting choice of in-house made salads, veggies, sauces and hot dishes too to accompany. Love the picked watermelon! Try one of Pampa’s creative Caipirinha cocktails or get to know Brazilian wine from the extensive list, but the best advice of all -wear your stretchy pants!

Lunch $29.95, Dinner $54.95 not including dessert at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, 10, 521 10 Ave SW, 587-354-3441, pampasteakhouse.com/Calgary, @EatPampaYYC

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

 

 

 

Risotto at The Living Room

Typically when you think risotto, you think creamy, rich, decadent, and over-the-top. Not this risotto. Admittedly, I did ask for a dairy-free version (otherwise it comes with mascarpone cheese), but it was a light alternative regardless. Loaded with plenty of peas, wild mushrooms and topped with fresh veg (broccolini, asparagus, Thumbelina carrots and beets), it doesn’t just taste good, it’s good for you!

$23 at The Living Room, 514 17th Avenue SW, 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.com, @LivingRoomYYC

– Mallory Frayn, web editor, @cuzilikechoclat

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