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CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

I would recommend Ox & Angela. Went there last Saturday night, and I woke up wanting to back and eat each dish we had. Bacalao (salt cod fritters) to start with sherry, the Merguez sausage with the asparagus and Spanish red (sorry, forgot which one we had) We go to Spain fairly ofter, and they have the flavours nailed! Friendly staff, not that expensive.

Aug 21, 2014
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Bakeries in Calgary?

Sidewalk Citizen!

Desperately Seeking Crab Apples

Hi Garden,
I have a crab tree and we probably (likely!) won't use all of the apples. You can come and get some. Not sure how to send a private msg with my info.

Aug 07, 2013
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Does anyone know where I can find 'Bronte pistachio paste' in Calgary?

We ate some of those fabulous bronte pistachios driving around in Sicily, but I wouldn't hold my breath trying to find them or the paste in Calgary. But I could be wrong. I would try the Cookbook Company or Bite. Let me know if you find it. Barring that, I would buy the freshest pistachios you can find, toast them, and make a paste. Good luck!

Jun 15, 2013
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Figs in Calgary

Not sure if they have them now, but the one place I know that has fresh figs the most often is Shaganappi Grocery on 17th Ave and 37th St SW.

Jun 06, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I am surprised that our comments are so heavily moderated. I always thought this was an open forum for discussion about food experiences. Am I naive? Why the need to censor? Are we in China?

Apr 01, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I admit to being more of a lurker than a poster, as we love to cook and don't go out to restaurants that much. That said, I have posted a few reviews, or answers when someone was looking for an ingredient that I knew where to find. The comments that there is not much going on in the Calgary food scene don't make much sense to me tho. It seems there are a lot of new places. I did notice awhile ago that there were no posts by John Manzo. I did enjoy his intelligent posts, and he did post a lot.

Mar 03, 2013
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restos similar to Purple Pig, Avec (Chicaco) Tartine, A16 San Francisco

Thanks for your input!

Nov 21, 2012
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restos similar to Purple Pig, Avec (Chicaco) Tartine, A16 San Francisco

I know this sounds crazy, but for the people that know these restos and the style of food they serve (rustic, not fancy or especially expensive) my husband and his daughter are heading to NYC this weekend, and have a limited budget, but enjoy good food. Any recs for similar style food to these other places? I can't go, but am usually the one that does the research. (: Thanks for any help. They will be staying fairly centrally, and will use the metro.
Thanks for any help; I hope they will come back and tell me of their food adventures. I have suggested Eataly, but that would most likely be for a lunch.

Nov 19, 2012
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YYC - Hamburger bun help needed

Don't think you're crazy at all john. To me if you are going to take the time and trouble to make a good burger at home (i grind my own meat from Hoven) then why wouldn't you want the bun to be as good? I have been making my own twist on "no-knead" bread for baguettes for a year or so now, and often make a couple of buns to go with our burgers. It is that extra step that sometimes I'm too tired to do on a weeknight, but I have yet to find a burger bun that I can buy that I like :(

Oct 24, 2012
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Good Amontillado in Calgary

There is a new brand, Rey Fernando, that is available at the better small stores (J. Webb, Wine Ink, Metrovino) etc. I think it is significantly better than Alvear or Harvey's. Harvey's isn't even sold in Spain, as the Spaniards won't drink it! They also have a manzanilla, fino, oloroso and pedro ximenez, all of which I have tried and love! We have been drinking sherry for years, and have found this to be much better than what has typically available. Salud!

Oct 24, 2012
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Sausage casings YYC

Anyone know where I can buy sausage casings in Calgary. Last time I made sausage Butchers & Packers was still open!

Mar 22, 2012
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Pies and Tarts YYC

Spraggs has fantastic pork. I haven't checked recently, but the price is probably not that much more, for what I believe is a superior product. We buy all our pork there. Especially lots of shoulder, which we grind to make meatballs, pate, etc. They have a "farmer-style" sausage that we got hooked on when they were at the CFM, and we buy it every time we are there so that we always have some, at least in the freezer for an emergency! The ribs are really good, and we got a smoked pork hock recently, which blew me away, as I had only bought grocery store hocks before. I'm all for deals, and we have to spend our money wisely, but I do believe you get what you pay for.

Dec 11, 2011
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Anybody heard about Borgo Trattoria yet?

We've been a couple of times, once for the late-night menu, and once for lunch. Both times, the deep-fried eggplant was excellent. The charcuterie plate was good, but not inspired. For the late-night visit, we had the bruschetta, and it was quite possibly the worst version of this I have ever had. The bread had been grilled, but was cold and obviously had spent time in the fridge. It's not the best time of year for tomatoes, but they could have been jazzed up with some acid, etc., and weren't. We had ordered four, but left two uneaten. The arrancini were very good. The greens were definitely off in the spinach salad, and the lardon were disappointing. Loved the atmosphere, and service was great, but on both occasions we were underwhelmed by the food. Will try it one more time for dinner and some of the dishes other hounders have been raving about.

Nov 14, 2011
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Papa Chocolat YYC

Has anyone been to Mr Callebaut's new location? It's way out there for me, being an inner city person, and I haven't heard anything about it, either here or in the media. Wondering if it is worth a trip.

Nov 05, 2011
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Supermarket woes

Thanks Shazam...I am often better at remembering general concepts than actual details!

Nov 05, 2011
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Supermarket woes

I don't have a Sobey's near, so I never shop there. I have read in the news recently though, that they have signed a deal with Walmart to be their local "fresh food/produce" provider in our market, not sure if that is Calgary or Alberta, or Western Canada. Not sure what that means. Maybe short-term bigger business for Sobey's, but more manufactured-type foods in their stores?

Nov 04, 2011
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Lunch In Banff

We live in Calgary but don't get to Banff often. We are hosting friends visiting from Madrid, and staying at and having dinner at the Post. Any recs for lunch in Banff?
Thanks for any help. They so carefully consider where we should eat when they host us in Europe, so would like it to be really good. It doesn't have to be fancy or formal, just someplace with a reasonable wine list and delicious food.

Jul 08, 2011
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Juicy Lucy Burger (a.k.a. Jucy Lucy)

A Canadian question: what is "American cheese"? You say that cheddar will also work. Is American cheese Velveeta?

Jul 02, 2011
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DC Newbie

Thanks for your replies. I posted late, only a day before we went., and just got back last night. We went to Proof, which was okay, not great. Zaytinya was pretty good. The lamb chops with smoked yogurt was really good. We wound up going to Fiola twice, because our lunch was so good. The ricotta gnocchi pasta with eggplant and dill was fantastic, as was the simply grilled sea bass. The freshly made doughnuts (can't remember the Italian name) were really good, had them both times. Dino was with a large group (20) so for me it was so-so, but it was served family style, and maybe too large a group to give a fair rating. It was also picked by some locals who had a hard time finding a place for a large group.
Thanks again fellow chowhounders, ktmoomau especially for steering us to some great food!

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

DC Newbie

In DC for almost a week and have no idea where to start. We love Avec in Chicaco, A16 in San Francisco: that kind of rustic style.. Doesn't have to be either formal or cheap, just really good. We are staying two blocks from the White House, but haven't had time to research anything. If there is a post about central DC that someone could direct me too, that would be good too. Thanks for any help.

Blends Coffee YYC

Anyone know anything about Blends Coffee? They set up coffee stations in other businesses.

Apr 06, 2011
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Where to find Grazin Acres Meat in YYC

They have a space they are working on that will not be open until May. You can source them at Second To None Meats, or if you email them at they will bring in an order for you to pick up at Wild Rose Pub, near the old Calgary Farmer's Market site.
Love their stuff!

Mar 28, 2011
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Burrata YYC

Anyone know where to find burrata in Calgary?

Mar 28, 2011
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Looking for inexpensive duck fat in Calgary

I've seen it at the Cookbook Co, don't know the pricing. Maybe at T & T? I'm leery of Chinese ingredients though: always have thoughts of Melamine......
Maybe try calling L'Epicerie or Bite.

1325 1 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5L1, CA

Jan 28, 2011
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Puerto Vallarta - Mid-day meal recommendations needed

I have been going to PV for the last ten years. I have tried to go to the Red Cabbage, but never found it to be open at lunch, and tried but never got it together to get in at night. We went to Arrayan, but were underwhelmed. From what I have heard, have never even wanted to try La Palapa, for lunch or dinner. I have never had good luck with "high end" restos there, but lots of good, although not fancy places for lunch. Joes's Fish Shack, in old town is one of our favourites. Try to sit upstairs, if you can. Their ceviche trio has always been outstanding, and we have liked everything else that we have had. They are famous for their fish and chips, and I'm sure it is good, but it's not what I am looking for, so haven't tried it. I have had a good meal or two years back at Daquiri Dicks, where you can be outside overlooking the ocean. If you want to go "down market" go the the Calamari Aventuroso, and have their shrimp tacos with beer, outstanding, and the first meal I will have there when I get there this Feb.

Jan 19, 2011
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This is another from Vitold Twardowski (sp?) formerly of Mescalero, Divino, Cilantro, Ranche, etc fame. He has always been great on concepts, and then brings in the follow-up team for food and execution. Let's see how this one works...

Dec 14, 2010
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Buying a new range

I have had a Kitchenaid for 5 years or so and am quite happy with it. It has four gas burners, with an electric oven. It has convect broil and convect roast, which are great for meats when it's too cold to grill outside. There is a grid over the entire top, which I like, as you can slide pots around without an "up and down" motion, potentially tipping things. I have seen other Kitchenaids with more of a raised grid, which I don't like. My one quibble is that it doesn't have a "simmer" function, and the burners run quite hot, so I would look for that if I was re-purchasing. Of course, if money and space were no option, I would go for a 6 burner with two ovens, but my kitchen is too small. I've heard good things about "Wolf" brand, so you might check those out.
My guy had a stove with an infra-red feature, where you could broil/flash-roast meats up to 700-800, which he liked a lot. I don't remember the make. Good luck with your reno!

Nov 30, 2010
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Food in Literature

The Auberge of The Flowering Hearth
I read this 20 odd years ago, must reread it!

Nov 25, 2010
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chanterelles in calgary

While I would agree that you have to watch what you buy at Dj's, because they have a lot of non-local produce there, they do have some great produce, and at great prices. Buyer beware...I think they are a nice family trying to make a living. Check where it came from, if that is important to you (it is to me) but also check carefully if it is fresh. I don't think they are trying to rip people off; they are just selling a wide variety and I always go around the store and give things a hard look before I choose.

Nov 24, 2010
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