Breakfast at Corbeaux Bakehouse

If you live in Calgary and haven’t heard about Corbeaux Bakehouse by now, you are probably living under a rock. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they also make a plethora of bread and pastries that you can take to go (the chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with chocolate chips and coconut cannot be missed). Stop in for a quick pre-workday breakfast and choose from a variety of small plates like toast with cherry preserves (made from their homemade bread of course) or fresh berries with honey and mint. After seeing what Corbeaux has to offer for breakfast, I can’t wait to go back for a meal later in the day!

Corbeaux Bakehouse, 730 17th Avenue SW, 403-474-9214, corbeaux.com, @CorbeauxBake

– Mallory Frayn, contributor and digital media editor, @cuzilikechoclat

Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park

This week we tried a different date night and culinary experience; Heritage Park’s Dinner and a Movie. The premise is that you arrive at the Selkirk Grille for an old movie themed 3-course dinner, after which you adjourn with drinks & fresh hot popcorn to the Gasoline Ally hall to watch it.

Our evening was based on the classic mob movie, Goodfella’s and the menu included Paulie’s Pasta with house made sausage, Jail Pan Fried Steak & Lobster with sweet peppers & gnocchi, followed by a decadent Tiramisu.  Service was excellent and themed wine pairing was available along with all other standard beverages for service all evening.

At the prix fix of $44.95 (+ drinks, tax, gratuity) this was definitely great value different kind of night out.

Heritage Park & Selkirk Grille, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, 403-268-8607 (or book on Open Table), www.heritagepark.ca@HeritageParkYYC, @SelkirkGrille

– Ingrid Kuezel, photographer, @ingridkue

Offerings at Scopa

Scopa has absolutely achieved its mission; it’s a good value, unpretentious neighbourhood Italian eaterie serving that hit-the-spot sort of homey and comforting Italian nosh we all hope for when eating out.

Tagliatelle comes with veal meatballs in a rich tomato and red wine sauce with grana padano. It’s generous and satisfying and perfect with a glass of Collazzi I Bastioni. It’s a dish you’ll return for. Porchetta, from the Rosticceria E Plancha menu choices, is slices of rotisserie pork shoulder with a tomato and bean ragu that includes green beans and fried chickpeas. Try it with Romitorio Morellino, mmm… a fabulous combination!

Tagliatelle $18, Porchetta $23 at Scopa, 2220 Centre St. NE, 403-276-2030, scopacalgary.com, @ScopaCalgary

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

Teeling Whiskey

I’m sitting outside, sipping on Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day. As a bit of a whiskey snob, I find that while I’ll never refuse a shot of Jamesons offered to me on a night out – Jamesons is a whiskey that I find a little too young and green to sip on while reading a book. Teelings, a more recent arrival in Canada – fills that gap. An accessibly priced, bolder and more nuanced spirit in the Irish Whiskey category. Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered with a rum cask finish, Teelings is on the lighter end of the spectrum of aged spirits. Not so challenging as to scare off beginners, but with noticeably richer and more lingering flavors than other young whiskies. I got my bottle at Vine Arts. $52, with taxes.

Also, be on the lookout for an even trendier category of spirit from Ireland that will be getting hot soon. Irish Poitín – which is considered more of a moonshine. There are styles coming into Canada that are aged in assorted styles of casks, such as Sherry and Port. Teelings makes one, though it is has not currently arrived in Alberta, yet. Tell your favorite boutique liquor store that you want them to carry it.

Available at select liquor stores.

— Tarquin Melnyk, contributor, @livelikeburning

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