Organic Citrus Chili Popcorn at Boxwood

Normally I head straight for the chocolate when I want a snack, but the chili popcorn at Boxwood is something I just cannot keep my hands off of. Addictive and salty, without being over-seasoned, it’s got a bit of spice that keeps you coming back handful after handful, until sadly the bowl is finished. And then you order another one.

$4 at Boxwood, Central Memorial Park, 340 13th Ave SW, 403-265-4006, boxwoodcafe.ca@Boxwood Calgary

– Mallory Frayn, digital media editor, @cuzilikechoclat

Jade Blueberry Green Tea at The Tea Factory

If you’re looking to warm up and get some work done, head to The Tea Factory in Mission. I asked for a tea with high caffeine to help me power through an evening of work and was directed to the Jade Blueberry Green Tea. Soft and inviting, the aroma of this tea got me through crunch time but kept me focused. I’ll be back for another energy boost soon!

At The Tea Factory 1820 – 4th Street S.W., 403-282-8828, theteafactory.ca/tea/jade-blueberry/, @teafactoryca

– Laura Lushington, contributer, @LauraLushington

Chasing Chickens at OEB

I’m guilty of not eating too many breakfasts, so when I get the chance it has to be good! And OEB is certainly that. They go through well over 3,000 fresh eggs a week from their own free-range chickens, with a very large choice of dishes (or substitute for duck eggs). My dish has to have the particularly yummy twice-fried potatoes cooked in organic duck fat, so the very filling Chasing Chickens, one of their Box’d selections, is perfect with its Saint Cyrille curds and brown butter Hollandaise, smoked pulled chicken and herbed potatoes.

$14.25 at OEB Breakfast Co., 824 Edmonton Trail NE, 403.278.EGGS (3447), eatoeb.com, @OEB_Breakfast 

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

Crispy Tofu and Firriato Wine at Anju

I cannot thank Anju enough for the creation of their crispy tofu with house made kimchi. I paired it with a saucy glass of Ansonica by the winery Firriato that helped bring out the sweetness of the fermented cabbage and made the tofu pure silkiness on my palate. Freshly sliced chives brightened up the oily texture of the dish and brought out a vegetal freshness that was most welcome.

Crispy Tofu – $14 at Anju, 344 – 17th Ave SW, 403-460-3341, anju.ca, @AnjuRestaurant

Firriato Chiaramonte Ansonica – $9 per glass at Anju or available at select liquor stores

– Erika Tocco, contributor, ABA wine judge and Wine Director at Vin Room, @corkscrewlady

 

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