Baillie-Grohman 2013 Pinot Gris
A newcomer to the BC wine scene, this pinot gris hails from Creston-that’s right, Creston, British Columbia. Wildly unique, it’s extreme winemaking for sure. Still identifiably pinot gris, its fruits lean closer to citrus rather than tropical with awesome acids and some tasty mineral. Worth checking out.
— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine
Pizza – Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
Although they change often, the pizza creations at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery never disappoint. This week’s meat pizza was to die for with its toppings of salami, arugula, Dijon mustard, cheddar and green onions. I loved how the mustard gave the pizza a kick, while my friend Jessica made the most poignant observation, “This makes cheddar taste expensive.” Call ahead to make sure they haven’t run out.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
Tinhorn Creek 2013 Gewürztraminer
Versatile wines are rare – something that can be thoughtfully sipped with a fine meal or enjoyed as a solo act on a sunny patio with good friends. I discovered this elusive combination of finesse and fun in a bottle of Tinhorn Creek 2013 Gewürztraminer. Refined aromatics give a nod to BC’s friendly styling, and delicate layers whisper of cool climate Germany. It’s Gewurztraminer grown up, with panache.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting
Bella Burger – Grumans Deli
As Gruman’s Deli’s entry for YYC Burger Week (May 2 -10), the Bella Burger is sloppy, juicy, and delicious. The ground chuck burger is topped with a portabella mushroom, swiss cheese, tomato confit and a garlic aioli. Vegetarian? No problem, pull out the burger and it’s meatless!
— Laura Lushington
BLG Hamburguesa – Anejo
I was selected to be one of the YYC Burger Week ambassadors, meaning I got to preview some burgers before the event officially kicked off today. Out of the burgers I tried, one standout is the BLG Hamburguesa from Anejo. It’s a thick, hand-ground C.A.B. beef patty, topped with habanero mayo, chipotle aioli, Anejo’s signature guacamole, butter lettuce, pico de gallo and bacon, all between a lightly toasted brioche. It’s served with addictive housemade potato crisps, and the cutest little bottle of Tabasco, which you won’t need, because the burger is muy picante! The burger is more than a little messy, but totally worth your trouble.
— Vincci Tsui, contributor, @VincciT