Duck breast with cassis jus, haricot vert and duck fat frites at The Brasserie.

I loved it because, well, it’s duck. And fries. The fat on the breast was perfectly crispy, the meat was perfectly cooked, and they avoided the common error of including a sweet sauce. Though it is a cassis jus, it was savoury, with suggestions of the fruit flavour without the sweetness. The whole thing was perfection. That night I fell asleep counting ducks flying over fences.

$28 at Brasserie Kensington,1131 Kensington Rd NW, 403-457-4148, brasseriekensington.com@The_BrassKens

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

Vegetarian Pad Thai at Juree’s Thai Place

You don’t need shrimp or chicken in your pad thai when it’s as complex and exciting as the pad thai at Juree’s Thai Place. Loaded with bean sprouts, green onion, eggs, tofu, peanuts, and of course, rice noodles, it’s a dish that you will surely inhale. I don’t know if it’s exactly what you will find in Thailand, but if it is, I need to book my flight over their ASAP. 

$14 at Juree’s Thai Place, 2055 16th Avenue NW, 403-264-6477, jureesthaiplace.com

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

Carpene Malvolti Extra Dry NV Prosecco, Italy

I’ve been a fan of this Prosecco for some time now, and every time I try I, I wonder why I waited so long to have it again. Plump, lush fruits, with biscuit, lime, and bright mineral notes shine through, while palate wise-quite dry with a fine mousse and an easy quaffable finish. Try with scallops, or oysters…

$20-22 at select liquor stores, CSPC 745114

– Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine

Lunch at Blink

It always feels like a treat when I get to go to Blink Restaurant. Lunch is consistently and predictably good. I chose roast sea scallops with sweet potato purée, crispy shallots, sesame, soy and horseradish vinaigrette for a starter ($14.50), and it was so good I could have eaten it twice. But I kew that it was soon to be followed by roast fillet of arctic char that comes with new season cauliflower purée, brussels sprout leaves, brown butter, capers, lemon, chives & almonds ($19.50) – with a perfectly crispy skin that has me licking my lips.

Blink Restaurant, 111 8th Avenue SW, 403-263-5330, blinkcalgary.com, @BlinkRestaurant

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

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