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The best Hot Dogs to "cook" at home in YYC?

Nathans are always good for store bought dogs. Illichmans make some great "weiners" like Weisswurst.

Jul 24, 2014
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Shishito Peppers YYC

I had some at Model Milk the other night at the Hawksworth fundraiser dinner, so they are out there somewhere.

Jun 25, 2014
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Peameal Bacon YYC

I buy Freybe brand peameal (cornmeal) back bacon at Safeway sometimes and it's pretty good.

Dec 23, 2013
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Desperately Seeking Crab Apples

Yes. Wednseday is good. Better hurry they are starting to fall off the tree!

You can reach me at pmreid at shaw dot ca.

Cheers

Aug 26, 2013
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Desperately Seeking Crab Apples

We have a tree full in Bowness if you are still looking.

Aug 22, 2013
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Buying a whole Beef Brisket in Calgary & area.

Sunterra (West Market Sq) usually has them. I picked one up on the weekend that was actually too big to fit on my Kamado Joe. It was the smallest one they had and weighed 6.0 kg. I had to trim about 2 kg off to get it down to a size that would fit (trimmings will make good pot roast).

Cooked for 12 hours over charcoal and cherry wood to internal temp of 200F. Turned out perfectly.

Aug 12, 2013
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YYC Garlic

I agree with you about the quality of garilc here. I stock up on fresh and exotic varieties of garlic when I am in the Okanagan in the summer and at farmers markets here in Alberta, but just finished off last years' batch. Can't wait until August.

Which Superstore?

May 21, 2013
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Where to get white charcoal (binchotan) in Alberta?

I've never seen it here. You can buy it on line. This site has 20lb bags for $120. I'm not sure about shipping, but when I import knives from Japan shipping is surprisingly cheap.

http://korin.com/White-Binchotan-Char...

May 21, 2013
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Truffles in Calgary?

Thanks. I will be trying them soon!

Jul 23, 2012
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Truffles in Calgary?

Those look like they are worth trying. I was in Toronto last week and picked up some truffle pate at Pusateri's (98% black truffle, 1oz tube for $26 - ouch). I tried some in a risotto dish on the weeknd and have to say I was underwhelmed. Maybe I didn't use enough.

I still want to find some fresh ones some day.

Jul 23, 2012
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Anyone seen fresh fiddleheads in Calgary?

'Tis the season, isn't it? I don't know if they make it this far west.

May 22, 2012
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BEST FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN CALGARY?

La Chaumiere is my favourite for French.

Feb 03, 2012
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Where in Calgary can I buy butterhorns?

Sweet Home Bakery in Bowness makes good ones too.

Dec 19, 2011
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American whiskey/Bourbon selection in YEG liqour stores?

Kensington Wine Market in Calgary has a nice selection, including Pappy Van Winkles 20yo.

Oct 24, 2011
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Aebleskiver pan

This store (in Edmonton) carries them. You can order on line. Cheap too.

http://www.giftsandgadgets.ab.ca/cata...

Oct 11, 2011
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bhut jolokia peppers

Aug 01, 2011
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bhut jolokia peppers

Are you sure you really want to? Watch this... http://www.break.com/index/little-dog...

Aug 01, 2011
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JoJo's BBQ - Calgary

Why don't you actually try it before you sh*t all over it. Just sayin'

I have never tried Jo Jo's but will make sure I get there soon, but seriously? You can tell the sauce is sugary by looking at a picture?

Jun 23, 2011
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Best Caesars in YYC

The fact it has tomato, clam, spice and lime in it automatically qualifies it as "food" in my eyes ;-)

I haven't been there in ages, but didn't Palamino Smokehouse used to have a "mix it yourself" Caesar bar for Sunday bruches with something like 100 different hot sauces and condiments to try? I'm sure I read that somewhere. Seems like a good idea to me.

I like the way I make them at home best... 2oz Absolut Peppar Vodka over ice in a short glass, lots of Worchestershire, lots of fresh lime, dash of tabasco or hot sauce of choice, top with Motts, ground pepper. No rim, no straw.

Jun 20, 2011
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Notable reservations

They keep half of the restaurant available for walk ins. It seems like they are always booked up at least 3-4 weeks in advance, on weekends at least. Nothing suspicious, but it is a bit odd that they turn away reservations to make sure they have tables available for walk ins. I guess it's working though. It's always packed when I'm there.

Jun 08, 2011
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Chicken Cordon Bleu in Edmonton?

I haven't seen it on a restaurant menu for years, especially not expensive ones. Don't get me wrong, I love the dish myself and ofter make variations of it at home, or even buy the pre-made ones at Sunterra sometimes, but it is what many chefs would consider passe these days. Maybe one of the old traditional steak house kind of places like HY's might serve it.

I'd be concerned that you might get one of those horrid pre-formed frozen ones if you aren't careful about where you are eating.

May 17, 2011
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Peanut Butter - Calgary

I was there at lunch today, even stopped and looked at some of those crazy hot sauces (and bought some La Victoria Enchilada sauce from the Mexican food section while I was there, another seemingly hard to find item in YYC). Did not see any PB&Co though. I asked a girl working there who just pointed me to the peanut butter section.

I'll keep looking. I love this stuff. Now that I have tried it Kraft and Skippy just don't cut it anymore.

Mar 16, 2011
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Peanut Butter - Calgary

Hmmm. None at Sobey's in Millrise, which btw doesn't really have an import/ethnic aisle. Also looked for it at Co-op Midtown on the weekend. Nada.

Mar 16, 2011
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Searching for Bob's Red Mill Products in Edmonton

Planet Organic in Calgary carries a wide selection. I assume they'd do the same up there.

Pete

Mar 03, 2011
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Best wines around town? Favorite Canadian wines?

I'm mostly shocked that Toronto Life is still in business. :o)

Feb 15, 2011
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Pickles in Calgary

Another vote for Strubs here, the Kosher Full Sours, or Half Sours if you can find them. No vinegar, just brine, but I don't find them overly salty.

Feb 08, 2011
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Best wines around town? Favorite Canadian wines?

No insights here. I'm just not a fan of 300-400% markups on anything, especially when there is no value added other than popping a cork. Fortunately some restos let you bring your own and charge a modest corkage fee.

Feb 08, 2011
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Best wines around town? Favorite Canadian wines?

I'm not sure how you'd go about buying wine on-line. There are a lot of restrictions on that here in Canada. Not to mention I don't think I want a case of wine being delivered to my house in minus 20 weather. Calgary has an amazing selection of wines to choose from if you know where to look and what you are looking for. You didn't mention where you are located or what you like. For the best deals I usually go to Superstore, although their selection is not the greatest. Willow Park (main store) has the best selection around and prices are pretty reasonable. As much as I like Kensington Wine Market, J Webb, Metrovino, and some of the other boutique shops, I can't abide by their prices, and they pretty much refuse to carry anything under $18-20. Sometimes (OK, most times) I just want a cheap bottle of Lindemans chardonnay or a $10 Spanish red. I refuse to shop in a store that won't cater to that very basic need.

Lots of really good Canadian wines are on the shelves these days, and they are getting better all the time. I don't know of any that I would consider a great bargain now, but you can certainly find some fantastic wines in the $25-50 range.

I'll reserve my comments on restaurant wine markups for another time. ;-)

Feb 08, 2011
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Coffee Beans - Calgary

I noticed 49th Parallel is now being sold at Sunterra last time I was there.

Feb 02, 2011
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Key Lime

I see bags of them at Safeway from time to time.

Dec 24, 2010
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