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yyc: where can one buy whole allspice berries and whole juniper berries?

Community Natural Foods has bulk spices too

Sep 13, 2014
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Calgary Trip Report - Hot Ramen Facials & More!

Thank you Dennis, that was a great read. Though we are not, and maybe never will be, on par with Vancouver's restaurant choices, Calgary dining has improved immensely since I moved here 17 years ago.

Jul 10, 2014
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Calgary: local specialties, must-try dishes?

Is there a limited part of town you will be visiting?

Jun 07, 2014
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One lunch in Calgary

Charcut does have a 45 minute 'lunch all at once' for busy downtown workers, but if you want even faster, you could try the Carne kiosk on 8th Ave, like a food truck but stationary. http://www.carnecalgary.com/

May 22, 2014
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One lunch in Calgary

I'm with Bill, Charcut is a great choice, but I would also consider Yellow Door Bistro http://www.yellowdoorbistro.ca/
Both restaurants are fun, casual, with good food.

May 21, 2014
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Aloha Hawaii! Please Critique SF Chowhounds' Visit to Kauai and Maui for Next Week!

We just got back from Kauai, and overall, not really a food destination, but lovely anyway. There did not seem to be much for good cheap eats. Notable exceptions were: Hamura Saimin, fun and tasty, odd homemade wontons though, just get the regular saimin and a slice of pie; and Hukilau Lanai, fantastic bargain tasting menu with good wine pairings, great outdoor setting, pleasant service, they only need to learn how to make french press coffee.

May 02, 2014
tibbles in Hawaii

Buy a tortilla press in Calgary

I know this is an old thread, but I have finally tried my tortilla press from Unimarket. It was $20 and works great. It is not non-stick so one needs to line the press with two pieces of plastic (I use a cut in half freezer bag because it is stiffer than plastic wrap). The press is made in Mexico, so it must be good, verdad?

Mar 18, 2014
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Singapore Noodle

We get a decent version at Happy Hill on centre St, but can be variable in quality, usually best if the restaurant is quiet. I suspect there are better versions out there, lets here from the other chowhounders!

Mar 14, 2014
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Chèvre Truffles

Very good, but needed a few tweaks. I just rolled them in cocoa so needed more sweetener, I used triple sec for a hint of orange. I will definitely make again, as they are lighter than cream truffles, and have a more interesting taste.

Dec 21, 2013
tibbles in Recipes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Pecorino

Great recipe, though 1/4 cup oil is crazy, you are not deep frying them. I coat the sprouts with at most a tablespoon, and that worked great. Had to use tuscan pecorino, but was still good, maybe because I added crisped prosciutto.

Nov 27, 2013
tibbles in Recipes

Sushi- fresh vs. frozen [moved from Prairie Provinces board]

Thanks OB! I'm guessing that the poke I ate in Hawaii would not have been frozen, but I never asked. I'm sure that some less than scrupulous shops sell once frozen as 'fresh' fish or that euphemism 'thawed for your convenicence', but unless the fish was caught hours before i eat it, I'd rather eat frozen anyway. Though I've had good oysters here in Calgary, finding fish like on the coast is tricky. Perhaps Banff serves some 'local' fish (walleye, tilapia, arctic char)? No doubt, most or all the sushi in Banff would be previously frozen.

Nov 11, 2013
tibbles in General Topics

Sushi- fresh vs. frozen [moved from Prairie Provinces board]

I think that it is a rare thing for any sushi restaurant to serve 'fresh' fish. Most I believe is FAS, and thawed as needed. Fish needs to be frozen to kill the little buggers that can make one sick. Some fish is served live, or recently so, such as uni and lobster, but the biggies like salmon and tuna, all rock solid when they get to the restaurant. (Check out some of the films of the Japanese fish markets where they bid on the tuna). It is an old trick to have a fish restaurant near the water to fool the tourists into believing the catch is fresher. We were pleased with the sushi at the Springs, and they used real crab, not pollock.

Nov 10, 2013
tibbles in General Topics

Winter Holiday at Banff Springs!

Oh memories of Christmas at the Banff Springs...the great thing about it is, you don't have to leave the hotel if you don't want to. We had great sushi on Christmas Eve, and a wonderful dinner at the Waldhaus (which I thought would be a cliche of raclette etc., but i ate a delicious venison pie), and quick and tasty lunches at the Castle Pantry. Also there will be lots of buffets, we had one at the Bow Valley Grill (good), and one upstairs in the ballroom (better). Try the Banffshire club, if your budget allows (mine did not).

Nov 03, 2013
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Pears

Great recipe, everyone loved it, however, I had no pears and used granny smith apples instead, which worked well.

Oct 22, 2013
tibbles in Recipes

Best dishes in Calgary?

Salted Caramel from Village Ice Cream...

Oct 22, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Best dishes in Calgary?

Lemon meringue tarts @ eclair de lune
Scallops with asparagus and Lemon pepper coconut chicken @ Spoonful
Naan and butter chicken @ Clay Oven
Grilled pork with steamed rice wraps @ Heart of Saigon

Oct 21, 2013
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Beef Wellington YYC

Hi, what restaurant serves beef wellington in Calgary? I have had it at Wellington's (of course) years ago. I want it, but don't want to make it.

Oct 20, 2013
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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Sorry Gromit, they are all sweet potatoes. Yams are big, starchy, tropical vegetables that aren't often seen in our grocery stores.

Oct 20, 2013
tibbles in Recipes

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

TravelGayle, Agar Agar is vegan

Oct 20, 2013
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Chocolate covered gummi bears!

I can find CCGBs in Banff and Canmore, but does anyone know who sells them in Calgary?

Oct 18, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Dry Aged Meat YYC

Anyone tried dry aged (beef, lamb, bison...) in Calgary? Apparently the Co-op sells beef, and Charcut makes a beef steak at lunch. Is it worth the expense, and where else can one find it?

Sep 18, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

The new Thomsons at the Hyatt

Thomsons has reopened after an expensive retrofit, according to Avenue magazine. Anyone tried the new menu yet? Not that there is a shortage of downtown restaurants, but I'm intrigued.

Sep 10, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Cronut in YYC

here is a pic, i stopped eating long enough to take the photo

Sep 10, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Cronut in YYC

Bought a cronut at the sait marketplace today, north campus, not sure if downtown has them. They call them "fried croissants" and they had whipped cream in the middle. $2, expensive for a donut, but worth it, really tasty, not just trendy idiocy, like i was expecting.

Sep 10, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Beignets in Calgary?

The ones I saw at Yann's are doughnuts, filled and iced though they call them beignets. The kind I mean are choux pastry fried and dusted with confectioners sugar.

Aug 17, 2013
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Buy a tortilla press in Calgary

Unimarket SE location 128-50th Ave SE has them. I want one too so I will go have a look at them and report.

Aug 10, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces

Figs in Calgary

To answer my own question, superstore has nice calimyrna figs. $7.96 a flat. They also had small containers of black mission figs too.

Jul 26, 2013
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Beignets in Calgary?

When does Yann make beignets? I haven't seen them there.

Jul 23, 2013
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Figs in Calgary

I haven't been able to find any lately, has anyone seen them?

Jul 18, 2013
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Figs in Calgary

Got some at Costco Medicine Hat, because Superstore was out. They were cheap at Costco ($6.99 for 24) but not nearly as good as SS. But If I need my fix, I will take them over nothing.

Jul 14, 2013
tibbles in Prairie Provinces