Lox Benedict, Grumans Catering and Deli
I hadn’t been to Grumans Deli before and was looking forward to trying brunch there. It certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Lox Benedict is a very generous, tasty and attractive plate of two poached eggs, cooked how you like, and covered with lemon hollandaise, atop house-cured lox with red pepper artichoke spread on potato latkes. It comes with Grumans’ home-style hash browns and fresh fruit salad, which for $13 is superb value!
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher
Seasonal Velouté – Q Haute Cuisine
A soup and salad for lunch is usually the perfect combination for me (with a side of bread, of course). With Calgary’s recent cold snap, I’ve been indulging in soups across the city but none quite hit the mark like chef Michele Aurigemma’s velouté at Q Haute Cuisine. Poured right at the table, the silky smooth velouté incases your bowl with richness. One spoonful and I was hooked.
Q Haute’s $15 express lunch includes a main course and a starter so I chose the salmon cakes to accompany my soup. You’re in and out in 45 minutes, and get a view of the Bow River as you eat. Now that’s what I call fine dining.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor
Clos de Fous 2011 Cauquenina
An unusual blend from Chile, made by a “terroir-iste” on some fringe vineyards, is a blend of malbec, syrah, carmenere and other grapes. Gren cane, bell pepper, floral notes, dill and a bit of black liquorice twist. Some beautiful fruits are there with sour cherry, raspberry, and a finish without too much tannin and a touch of smoked meat. Food-wise, serve with grilled meats, anything with green peppercorns and beefy stews.
$25 at Vine Arts, J Webb, and other fine shops.
— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor
Thin Vermicelli Patties – Pho Tai Vietnamese Noodle House
Normally, when it comes to ordering at a Vietnamese restaurant, I am a pho guy through-and-through, but this week I was introduced to this delicious roll-your-own platter.
The #47 at Pho Tai will get you a stack of rice paper rolls and plate with minced beef wrapped in leaves, spiced pork sausage (of sorts) and cooked shrimp paste. Wrap it up to your liking with noodles, greens, mint, basil and whatever sauce you want.
It’s like customising salad rolls to your liking, but approximately 100times more delicious! Yum!
$13.95 at Pho Tai Vietnamese Noodle House, 3168 Sunridge Blvd NE, 403-769-9401
— Dan Clapson, contributing food editor