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Descaling an espresso machine in edmonton

In my Gaggias (Swing Up and PURE machines), i use a citric acid solution. 40 grams of citric acid to one of the machine's water reservoirs (full of warm water to allow for dissolving). Citric acid I've purchased at Amaranth in Calgary; is also perfect for using in the dishwasher every now and then. According to a Chemist at U of C, citric acid has a double action agent offering up superior results! He was impressed with my implementation :)

Jan 15, 2014
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Flooded restaurants YYC

Great news! We ventured down to Sumo in Eau Claire on Sunday and all looks completely normal. Cleaner than ever and no trace of anything untoward, parkade included.

Jul 02, 2013
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Figs in Calgary

I bought two flats of Black Mission Figs this past weekend at the Italian Store (next to Scarpone's). $7.99 ea and gorgeous! We got home from SoCal a week ago where we had fresh figs at the local farmer's market, and the figs I picked up here were just as good, hence the second flat.

Jul 02, 2013
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Himalayan Salt Plates in Calgary

I bought mine at Chapters of all places. It is roughly 12"x5"x1".

Jun 26, 2013
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Inexpensive wine recommendations

I was at Costco Beacon Hill this past weekend and picked up Catena Malbec (my goes-with-spaghetti big(er) red) for $13.19. For another inexpensive red, I go for Liberty School ($14-$15). At SS I recommend Guigal's Cote du Rhone (again $14-$15). IMO if you're getting under the $12 mark, you're headed for the likes of Apothic and getting a lesser product for not much less $.

I find the staff at Costco Beacon Hill (Liquor store) is exceptional. Lee (in particular) and Ron are insightful and helpful. My standard question of them when they ask if they can help me find something is "what do you have today that is worth than what you're charging?" With a few parameters mixed in such as varietal and price, those guys "get it". The stock at Costco is switched up often so new options are available. Lee will certainly be able to tell you that Brazin for example is $21 but is worth, or is similar to, another that is $35. With only a few exceptions, I generally agree with him. He will also tell you that Gnarly Head "isn't terrible". He's honest, and I like that. The staff at SS (Country Hills) however "is terrible". I'm not entirely sure they've ever consumed vino.

Re: Seghesio's Zins, they start at $20.99 so sadly outside of the range the OP asked for. Don't get me wrong, it's still good value. Brazin for $20.99 at Costco is another great value and has become a standby at our house.

Apr 29, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I also noticed John Manzo's absence. it seems he's moved over to urbanspoon to write reviews.

Mar 04, 2013
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Sushi Pizza in YYC?

Many thanks plateofshrimp, I sincerely appreciate the suggestion and will seek out Red Ember pronto!

Mar 04, 2013
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Peanut Butter- Calgary

I was at Safeway in Beddington today and White Chocolate Wonderful is in stock. It's even in the regular peanut butter aisle!

Feb 24, 2013
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Sushi Pizza in YYC?

I realize there are tons of threads regarding sushi, but my question to 'hounders is regarding Sushi Pizza specifically. Any suggestions in YYC?

The first place I encountered this dish was at the Vanilla Pod in Peachland BC (joy!), and then again at Ajisai in Panorama Hills (yum!). On a quest, I learnt that Sushi Boat in Crowfoot offered this dish and made a special trip. IMO: horrible.

The Vanilla Pod served their version on round, individually shaped rice patties that were lightly fried and topped with either salmon or tuna; garnish eludes me. Ajisai fries their rice patty as one large round, then cuts it into quarters to add a crab mixture topped with salmon or tuna and garnished with a wasabi sauce and balsamic reduction. Sushi Boat however chose to firmly deep fry nigiri sized portions of rice and top with one piece of salmon or tuna, your choice, no embellishments. Rice was crunchy hard.

Any suggestions where in YYC I might seek out another's version? I would rather avoid 17th (parking nightmare), but if it's worth it, I'm in!

Feb 23, 2013
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Peanut Butter- Calgary

As per DeeDub, Sunterra in Westhills carries PB & Co. If you haven't already tried it, Dark Chocolate Dreams is ... dreamy! For the longest time I unsuccessfully scoped out Planet Organic, Community, & Amaranth until finally making the request of Sunterra management to carry the brand. Happy days! Also, I have spotted PB & Co. at Safeway of all places. It is NOT however in the PB aisle; look for the organic aisle. In Beddington it is across from the Perrier display (logical: no).

Feb 20, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I thought the same thing, but if you search for "Naina's" in the field above incl the past 12 months (or 5 years), all that comes up is THIS thread. If however you use Google, a Chowhound thread comes up where entries are made citing Naina's on Jan 11, 2013 (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565908). Admittedly, the OP is from 2008, but there are several posts from Jan 2013 within. From my perspective, this isn't helping CH.

Feb 14, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I completely agree cleopatra999. Postings here seem to be few and far between. Has everyone gone over to Urbanspoon? I preferred Chowhound as it is more conversational and spontaneous; I've happily tried many new restaurants as a result. The search function seems to be manifesting problems; I was trying to look up Naina's in Ogden (and others) but no results would come up. I'll do my part and post!

Feb 12, 2013
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Fresh Lobster in YYC? Price vs. Quality?

Sobeys has a deal on for Valentine's: Live lobster for $9.99/lb. I often buy from them when there's a sale; Larry (the seafood guy at Coventry location) tells me they get the lobster from Billingsgate, and truthfully I have yet to be disappointed. My two lobsters came in at $28 yesterday and were tender, sweet, and the claws full.

On that note, I bought a live lobster the other day from Stupid Store, and it was exactly opposite. The meat in the claws was minuscule and the shell was surprisingly soft to the point I could crack it with my hands w/o injury. Won't be going back to SS for lobster. There was something hinky about that critter...

Feb 11, 2013
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Sherry vinegar in Edmonton?

Try Safeway, they're my best source for Sherry Vinegar in particular (Borges brand).

Aug 20, 2012
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2012 Calgary food trucks.

Dear gardengorilla, regarding your pet peeves I agree 100%. I'm going to start bringing my own container! And yes, the Perogy Boyz are grossly greasy (at $1/perogy to boot?!?) I've tried twice; not again.

I've been bringing my own (tupperware) for a while now for any potential leftovers from establishments such as Overeasy, Notable, etc. and the servers have been thrilled. Discretion is of course vital from these later establishments. Not so much from a food truck.

Jul 25, 2012
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5-7 days in Alberta

I've also heard that Steve's Cafe in Helena MT is worth stopping for (and only one block off of the I-15). Voted the best breakfast in Montana! @ 1225 East Custer, Helena MT.

Jul 18, 2012
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5-7 days in Alberta

Having driven the route you mention, and the desire to keep the Calories in check (all too easy to get out of control when you're out of the home element IMO), my recommendations for the Calgary area are thus:

Notable: easy one. Michael Noble offers a gorgeous menu. Plus, you can ask for a bit of customization to allow for Calories. For example, the monthly burger inspiration can be had with a mixed greens salad (it comes with heavenly pickled veg) and get the dressing on the side. From there I personally ask them to hold the bun (freshly made but 200+ Cal) which they happily will do. The presentation is just as pleasing. The Tuna Nicoise is mouthwatering, the Breakfast Pizza is balanced and filling (I ask for poached egg over fried), and the simple poached egg w/Prairie Mill whole grain toast (no butter for me) and aforementioned salad is perfect for breakfast.

OverEasy Breakfast: Why has no one mentioned this? On Edmonton Trail, these guys have an extensive menu so you can order as light or heavy a meal as you wish. "Breakfast in Tuscany" is a fave of mine; I just abandon the extra starch.

Diner Deluxe: Great spot, smaller menu than OverEasy, heavier fare, but altogether enjoyable. The Fried Oatmeal w/lemon curd, Stuffed French Toast, and Pulled Pork Hash are standbys in our house. The buckwheat pancakes are not light, not at all (just so you know).

Sophies Pizza: Johnny has opened a second location in Airdrie, but the main store on Richmond Rd is perhaps more accessible. I haven't had a pizza from here that I haven't liked. Greek style; thick crust, lots of toppings; the opposite of Neopolitan style.

Pulcinella: For a thin crust/Neopolitan style pizza, absolutely. Pulcinella is more of a restaurant in my mind while Famoso has a chain-feeling about it. Something about ordering at the cashier and finding a plastic seat (@Famoso). Don't get me wrong, Famoso has tasty pizza, but not up to Pulcinella's offering IMO. Advertised lately is that pasta is coming to Pulcinella?

Sidewalk Citizen: This is the epitome of a single location store, and I acknowledge it may be a stretch for you as Aviv is open to the public only on Friday and Saturday mornings/early afternoon (10-2 or like). His sandwiches are amazing (handmade on the spot by Chef Colin) and there are usually three choices. The scones are rich and change constantly, and his bread can be purchased at the same time for picnics. Then there are the cheese sticks (mmm). Calories? Yes, there are lots of those. But they may just be worth it.

Peters Drive-In: Hounders are not a fan of this joint, but for an old fashioned burger dunked in bbq sauce, basic accompaniments, and wrapped in foil, I think of Peters as "summer". The fries are one of my favourites, but stick to a small size (they will feed 2 IMO with some left over). Shakes I can't comment on as they have 900+ Cal ea.

Phil & Sebastians: No question, great place. Either the Marda Loop location or the new spot in Chinook Centre.

Lic's Ice Cream: Down on Parkdale Blvd, Lic's is an institution that offers up somewhere around 40 flavours. You can then have the pleasure of licking your ice cream in front of traffic demonstrating that you have an ice cream and they don't.

Caffe Artigiano: This is the only chain I'll recommend in this post (Vancouver based). There are two locations in Calgary, both downtown. I thoroughly enjoy their espresso!

Java Jamboree: If you're in Cochrane (west of Calgary by 40 km or so, this independent offers up lovely espresso/lattes, and is now serving Manuel Latruwe pastries (local belgian patisserie)

McKay's Ice Cream: If you've ended up in Cochrane for whatever reason, McKay's is a long standing tradition for ice cream seekers. They offer somewhere around 50 flavours, and while it's not my personal favourite, people generally gravitate here either for the 'scream or the small-town-ice-cream-shop ambiance.

Sunterra: If you've had enough of restaurants, menus, and tipping, I recommend a grocer. Sunterra is among the more eclectic in the city and unlike Safeway in that it is much smaller, has fewer offerings, but they are higher end and more interesting. There is also a bakery, lunch spot, deli, and cafe. When on vacation, my SO and I will often purchase cooked prawns from the seafood dept, pair it with some mixed greens, add lemon, a baguette perhaps, and we're good-to-go. Sunterra's fruit salad is fresh and made right there; great paired with greek yogurt from the dairy case for breakfast and some freshly squeezed oj.

In advance, welcome to Canada!

Jul 11, 2012
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Smashburger Coming to YYC

How sad to respond to my own post, but it must be said. I returned to Smashburger for a do-over of the Grilled Chicken Spinach and Goat Cheese Sandwich. I was highly anticipating this particular lunch, and (argh!), never again. They completely omitted the goat cheese (not a scrap to be found upon pulling the sandwich apart), three baby leaves of spinach and chicken that had gnarly portions. Of course, I had ordered takeaway so I didn't find out until I was long gone. I had a promo code for a free side and had decided to try the fried pickles which I wouldn't repeat just on the lack of crispiness. That's not to say they were outright soggy, but close. I was so bummed.

Jun 09, 2012
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Anyone seen fresh fiddleheads in Calgary?

Cherry Pit @ CFM has them. $7.99, I believe.

May 23, 2012
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Smashburger Coming to YYC

Went back for a second visit yesterday, this time trying the Grilled Chicken Spinach and Goat Cheese Sandwich. Bearing in mind that my expectations of just about any chain restaurant is limited, I was exceedingly pleased with this offering. Tickled even; I would go back for this menu item happily and often. From my first visit I had a survey code for free Smashfries which I utilized yesterday. Double-Meh. The Grilled Chicken Sandwich made up for it though. Double-Yay!

May 22, 2012
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Sushi Pizza in Calgary?

Last night we returned to Ajisai for their Sushi Pizza specifically. It was as good as ever and cost $10.95. Their Aburi Scallop Roll is terrific as well!

May 19, 2012
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Nathans hot dogs at Safeway...what varieties (Calgary)

It's true, I saw Nathan's at the Market Mall location of Safeway this past weekend. There were two varieties, but I have to admit I didn't make note of what they were specifically. They were in packages such as Schneiders, and 5 or 6 links per package. Hope this helps!

Mar 28, 2012
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Calgary Groupons: Anyone use them?

Thanks Jetgirly, I wrote to Living Social for a refund. I was sooo bummed when I went down to Kensington to just find them closed.

Mar 19, 2012
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Ice Cream -- it is a problem (Calgary)

When we were last at Lic's, the tubs all said Chapman's Ice Cream, and they had a Double-Chocolate-Brownie-Fudge Ice Cream that I later found at Co-op (in a smaller size of course). Totally yum!

Feb 21, 2012
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New Mercato in West Calgary (Aspen?)

We were in to the new Mercato on Saturday in which the restaurant was open (right hand side of the building), but the deli/market wasn't opening unit the 21st (left side of the building). The address for the complex is: 873 85 St SW, Calgary, AB. Parking is looking superb!

Feb 21, 2012
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Authentic Greek Yogurt

Safeway has recently added a Fage-like offering from Skotidakis. There are two flavours, Honey, and Blueberry/Pomegranate. The "jam" is separate like Fage, and the yogurt is 0%. IMO it isn't quite as creamy as Fage, but a solid offering it is. I'll be heading back for more, even if it is $2.19 per container!

Feb 08, 2012
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Real, spanish chorizo in Calgary?

The Italian Store next to Scarpone's (McKnight & Deerfoot) has dried Spanish Chorizo, but it does have kick. I love it on pizza! The links are roughly 4" long, and cost in the vicinity of $1 each.

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The Italian Store
5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

Nov 08, 2011
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Supermarket woes

I completely understand tatiana131. Country Hills Sobeys used to have better than average produce (not to say it rated alongside Farmers Markets), but no longer. This has been going on for longer than a few weeks though. Produce quality has been declining for the better part of a year. I watched one of the stock boys filter through the sweet peppers weeding out the old and wrinkled, only to realize he had left only two peppers remaining. So he deposited half back again, and IMO he wasn't wrong in the first place. Product selection has also declined to the point that some basics like Free Run eggs aren't stocked nor more than two flavours of Liberte Greek Yogurt. This may seem picky, but are merely an example of likely another frustrating shopping trip. A bland nightmare indeed.

Nov 04, 2011
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malted milk powder in yyc

There was a past discussion regarding Malted Milk Powder, perhaps it will help!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731484

Oct 25, 2011
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Pumpkins for Roasting? (Calgaryj)

I believe what you're looking for is a Sugar Pumpkin. Emeril Lagasse recommends this type of pumpkin for cooking/roasting as they are far more flavourful than the "jack-o-lantern" variety, and are readily available. I've purchased them several times and have a few spares in the basement! You can get them at local farmers markets, as well as the Cherry Pit at CFM. They are sometimes called Baking or Cooking Pumpkins, they are orange, round, just generally smaller than one you would use at Halloween. They are $0.99/lb at the Cherry Pit ($3/ea). Good luck!

Oct 12, 2011
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