Warm Mushroom Tart – Avec Bistro
It’s a business lunch and it’s Calgary. I’m looking for something very tasty but not too heavy, and the Warm Mushroom Tart with sherry cream sauce and shaved Parmesan at Avec Bistro fits the bill perfectly. It has all that comfort food earthy goodness with short crumbly pastry, and if you add the Artisan Green Salad that comes with tomato, pickled roots and Champagne vinaigrette to share, and your dining companion orders a portion of Frites, then you have the perfect lunch!
Sleight of Hand Cellars was named by Seattle Magazine as one of the “Next Cult Wineries of Washington State” and I couldn’t agree more. This is winemaker/owner Trey Busch’s Bordeaux blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc and 24% Merlot. This lush wine with its well-integrated, fine tannins is made for food (I had it with loin of venison) and will age gracefully for at least another 7 years if not a few more. After Neil Patrick Harris tweeted about this wine, there may not be too many cases left!
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Baguette Sandwiches – Le Petit Mousse
Once you try the baguette sandwiches at Le Petit Mousse, you’ll never look at a sandwich the same way again. The crisp on the outside and soft on the inside baguettes are the base of these classic French sandwiches. Filled with simple, fresh ingredients such as ham, cheese, tomato, egg and lettuce, you’ll want to come back for another the very next day.
On my recent trip to Kelowna, I stopped in at Okanagan Spirit’s distillery on Bernard Avenue. After tasting a few of their top-notch liqueurs, I honed in on their Aquavit. Like vodka, Aquavit is distilled from grains or potatoes but unlike vodka, it is flavoured with herbs and spices such as fennel, caraway, dill, anise, coriander and juniper berry. Try Okanagan Spirits’ Aquavitus in your next Caesar for a spicy kick.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington