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Afternoon Tea in Calgary area.

That's the address, as Sharonanne says, but you may be having difficulty because that one street in Okotoks has three different names as it progresses through town. When you come down the hill into Okotoks, the set of lights at the bottom is Elizabeth. Turn east there, and just go straight on down. Elizabeth becomes McRae and then North Railway. You'll see Tea & Time on the left hand side some little ways down.

Jul 13, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

Afternoon Tea in Calgary area.

Here in Okotoks, there is a great little place called The Tea & Time Emporium. They boast over 100 types/flavors of tea and have a really nice high tea service beginning at 2 pm daily. We've gone earlier in the day, however, and if they aren't too busy they are very accommodating in allowing you to have high tea for lunch too. It includes your tea of choice, a tray of finger sandwiches (your choice of fillings), absolutely wonderful scones topped with raspberries and whipped cream, and an assortment of desserts, our favorite being the petite lemon tarts with the lightest, airiest crust we've ever tried. I can't tell you exactly, but I believe the bill comes out to be approximately $15-16 per person when we order high tea for 2 or 3. We've been there four or five times now, and have never been disappointed. Good luck in your search.

Jul 11, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

Cora's opening in Northland Mall (Calgary)

Glad to be of help! We are apparently getting 13 new restaurants in Okotoks in a matter of less than 6 months, Cora's being one of them. It seems most will be chain restaurants but we're looking forward to whatever new dining experiences we can get out here. The only one we've heard about that sounds like something new and exciting is one that is advertising itself as authentic New Orleans style. Could be interesting! As an aside, welcome back from wherever you've been. We've missed your voice on the boards of late!

Jun 28, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

Good food, something "different" - Calgary?

How about the Sultan's Tent? I haven't been myself, but my daughter has and raved about the experience as much as the food. It's supposed to be an authentic Moroccan place.

http://calgary.wikia.com/wiki/Sultan&...

That will give you more information than I could provide.

Jun 28, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Cora's opening in Northland Mall (Calgary)

I don't know what part of town you're in, yen, but if you're looking to try Cora's, heading south is also a possibility. There is a Cora's in McKenzie Towne, and there is one soon to open out here in Okotoks as well. I love the Eggs Benedict and my wife swears by the crepes, with many variations available.

Jun 24, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

Restaurants and Bars with Clever Names (moved from Chicago)

The one that came to mind when seeing this thread is a bar called The Office. As in "Honey, I have to stay late at the office tonight"?

Jun 10, 2008
GaryR in Not About Food

Foraging - Into the Woods

Just wanted to add a quick thanks to both coastie and Nyleve for your help with drying our extra morels. They dried beautifully in the dehydrators and only took about 4 hours for each batch. We will be enjoying them right through to next spring I'm sure. Again, thanks so much for your input!

Jun 07, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

Foraging - Into the Woods

How do you go about drying them? I lucked into more morels than I can possibly use in the near future, and would like to dry them for later use. I have a dehydrator if that works well for them, but don't know if there is prep work involved or how long to run it for, etc. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

Jun 05, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

BBQ Etiquette

I had an uncle whom we all dearly loved who was never at a loss when it came to guests who had outstayed their welcome. He would turn to his wife and say "Well, Mother, let's go to bed so these nice people can go home".

Jun 04, 2008
GaryR in Not About Food

Chocolate and Salt

Our mail-ordered package of Vosgee chocolate bars arrived last week, and we too were blown away by the wonderful blending of diverse flavors. My wife's favorite is the sea salt & chocolate, and I'm loving the chocolate & bacon most. In any event, we are savoring them all with just the smallest of bites to make them last as long as possible before incurring another shipping/customs expense. I wish we could buy them here. Maybe it's a good thing we can't. I think we'd be addicts with a too-readily available fix!

May 29, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

Food Obsession and Significant Other

In our relationship, I am the one who was initially uninspired where food was concerned. All food had to be was good tasting and recognizable. Finding the woman who was meant for me, I thought, was all the luck this guy would ever need. Instead, I came to find out just how lucky I am to not only to have found her, but to have her introduce me to worlds I'd have never discovered on my own. And it was such a natural progression, I never really even realized how much things had changed. Dishes I had always eaten, she would change, slightly at first, with different ingredients, or sometimes just with better ones...like putting in fresh roma tomatoes instead of the cheapest canned ones...or mache lettuce instead of iceberg...or using free run farm fresh eggs instead of the cheapest eggs at the supermarket. Over time, I came to crave the new ways of things instead of the old tried and true standards I grew up with. All this time later, we now actively explore together...new restaurants, diverse cultures and cuisines, every little market or store we ever see anywhere, never missing a farmer's market that's anywhere nearby, and cooking up a storm with all sorts of ingredients, some of which we know nothing about when we find and buy them. All this must have rubbed off, because our kids grew up loving all food, the only criteria is that it taste great, nothing else matters. And to that end, our youngest decided to become a chef and keep right on exploring and creating. They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I'd have to say my wife reversed that and found her way to my stomach through my heart!

May 28, 2008
GaryR in Not About Food

Anniversary Dinner for 8; with Atmosphere.. Calgary

I'd recommend Q Haute. We just had dinner there on the weekend (I'm planning on writing up a more detailed report on that experience for this board soon) and it was a very memorable night for us. The food was very good, the service and attention was exceptional, and the decor and location made for a really nice setting. In addition, you could reserve one of their private dining rooms for a group of 8. (and we're from Okotoks!)

May 28, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

squirrel (Moved from Ontario Board)

I agree on the comparison to rabbit for recipes. Most any way you would prepare rabbit you could substitute squirrel. That being said, my favorite preparation was always in a stew with lots of potatoes, carrots and onions. We always enjoyed the flavor of the meat itself so went very light on additional seasoning, usually sticking with just salt and pepper.

May 28, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

Server Pet Peeves?

I had taken my wife and 20 year old daughter out for lunch one day, at a nicer establishment. With our meals, the two women ordered iced tea, and I had a coffee. The waitress came around fairly frequently topping up my coffee, but there was no need to offer refills to the ladies as they were sipping at their drinks, making them last throughout the course of the meal. When we were finished eating, my wife still had about 1/4 of her drink remaining, so she drained the glass as we were putting on our jackets. We were all three standing already when the waitress appeared and plunked two full glasses of iced tea on the table. I said "ummm...we were about to leave." She said "oh sorry, I didn't notice you were finished eating. I only noticed that your old lady here were sucking back her drink like there was no tomorrow, so figured they must be dying of thirst, so I brought more." Food was good, service was good, there had been no issues whatsoever, and I had already put a 20% tip in cash on the table. I reached across and removed half of it and put it in my pocket. I think I was a good sport to leave her 10% after such a rude final comment.

May 28, 2008
GaryR in Not About Food

Any foods you now like that you once hated?

Only two things leap to mind. Liver, which was served at least once a week, and I always cringed at, and now I could have it every other day and still be looking forward to it. The other is grapefruit. I used to hate having a half grapefruit to begin breakfast even though it wasn't even a weekly occurrence. I found it so sour and bitter. Now I eat a whole grapefruit every morning...and sometimes another one before bedtime!

May 19, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

Longview Steak House

If you are anywhere near the Longview area, I would strongly recommend you give the Longview Steak House a try! It has long been one of our favorite restaurants and we have never had less than terrific food and service. They do steaks, of course, but in all honesty, we've talked about it before and can only conclude that they chose the name to attract the ranch and farming families that populate the area, because they are so much more than just steak. We have had beautifully done seafood, chicken, pork, duck, lamb, etc as well as beef, and we have never once left the premises without being glad to have chosen to make the drive once again. Anytime we have out of town company, it is our choice of restaurant to take them to, and everyone we've ever taken there has also enjoyed their meal immensely. I'm not saying they're the greatest ever, but add in the scenic drive, the cozy/quaint atmosphere, the friendly personal service from the staff, the quality of the food, and the low price that invariable accompanies, it's right up there for us. If I could make one recommendation, they have a daily specials board (usually four different dishes each day) and we have found that anything ordered from the board will end up being that day's freshest ingredients and seems to be prepared with a little extra attention or flair because it's not their everyday menu and they really want their specials to be "special". We've tried lots of specials on lots of occasions and have never been disappointed in the choice. I really do hope you enjoy it as much as we always do.

May 18, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

JoJo Bistro in Calgary - just go.

We were at the CFM today and decided to have lunch at JoJo Bistro after having read this thread. I'm sorry to say that we'll never get to try what sounded like a wonderful restaurant. It was closed up, the windows are covered over, and there are signs on the windows saying an Indian restaurant will be opening in that location this summer.

May 09, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

"Do not miss..." at the Calgary Farmer's Market

Thanks for some great tips, folks! We're going this morning and will be on the lookout for some of these new treats. We're excited to try some new things we hadn't experienced yet. Thanks once again.

May 09, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

"Do not miss..." at the Calgary Farmer's Market

For unfortunate reasons we will be unable to get to the CFM after this weekend for quite some time, and so I would like to stock up on some of our favorites, and find ourselves some treats that we perhaps have yet to discover. We never miss Gull Valley for tomatoes and eggplant, or Sylvan Star for some aged gouda, and we love the shortbread booth, among others. What would you be sure not to miss and recommend that we try? Thanks!

May 07, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Cattle Baron NE?

We haven't been to the one in the north, only the one in the south. I've heard that the north Cattle Baron takes reservations, and the south does not. Can't imagine what the thinking is on this, but I know the last time we were at the south location, there were people jamming the entire foyer as the lounge was already full and we decided we weren't going to wait who knows how long. If the north does take reservations, I would definitely recommend making one.

May 01, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Muse Restaurant - Calgary

My wife and I had such a memorable experience at Muse in Kensington on Saturday night, that I just had to share. The service was excellent, friendly without being overly familiar, with the timing of every dish just spot on. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine menu and was easily able to suggest some excellent choices to accompany our meal. We were seated at a corner rounded table that afforded us a somewhat private space without feeling completely separated from the general atmosphere of the room. All of these were definite pluses, but the food itself was the undisputed star of the show (or perhaps more aptly the chef and kitchen staff were the true stars!).

We had chosen the 9 course tasting menu, and after our server ensured that we had no food allergies or foods we were disinclined towards in any way, we were presented with one delight after another. Neither of us has been able to narrow it down to just one favorite dish of the night. Heck, we can't even narrow it to a top five. Every dish was one we'd happily order again were it on the regular menu. What we had was:

- gourmet popcorn with butter, sea salt, cracked pepper and white truffle oil
- fresh oyster on the half shell with a dollop of horseradish
- cumin and corn soup finished with creme fraiche
- bread (which we likened more to baking powder biscuits) with Parmesan and parsley
- organic braised globe artichoke in vegetable/wine broth with roma tomatoes and finished with buffalo mozzarella
- BC striped shrimp with plum tomatoes and avocado drizzled with infused olive oil
- pan fried halibut with celeriac puree topped with sauted fiddleheads
- panco crusted sweetbreads and shimiji (sp?) mushrooms served with a vermouth and cream sauce
- seared foie gras on a Belgian waffle square with berry glazed pear chutney
- green tea marinated duck breast on a bed of lentils finished with fava beans
- strawberry granita
- grilled lamb tenderloin with sauteed king oyster mushrooms and Yukon Gold potato pancakes
- white chocolate whipped cream mousse with passion fruit jus, topped with dried strawberry chips, lemon cracker crumble, fresh raspberries and mint leaves

While the popcorn and bread are quite likely part of the service with every meal, we have done tasting menus at other restaurants where they have counted the amuse bouche and the palate cleanser as courses. We were therefore surprised when this was not the case at Muse. Also, we have often found tasting menu course sizes can be quite small. Again, this was not the case at Muse. Every course was of more than sufficient size that you never felt like you didn't get enough. The chef even came out for a brief visit before the dessert course and to ask our opinions of the various offerings. He offered to add in an additional course so we could enjoy a selection of cheeses and accompaniments before we moved on to dessert, which we sadly had to decline as we were already questioning our ability to find room for even a small dessert. We left feeling more than sated, completely thrilled with the experience, and fully intending to return before too much time passes. The only thing we're likely to change on our next visit is we'll try the 7 course tasting menu instead, and hopefully leave a little less stuffed but equally enthralled. We heartily recommend Muse!

May 01, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

I received a copy of Last Desserts at Gramercy Tavern!!!

Apr 28, 2008
GaryR in Food Media & News

What was your "first" exotic dish?

I don't think you were dumb, Caroline, just young and naive as most of us were in one capacity or another once upon a time. We live and we learn, no? Just as an aside, I wanted to say how much I enjoy your stories. Keep them coming.

Mar 25, 2008
GaryR in General Topics

Best Pizza?

I can definitely second the Garwood Grill on Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg. It seems like a lifetime ago since I was last there, but I remember the Garwood as the only place our college crowd considered for late night gooooood pizza, even though it was not near the college. If they're still there and still making those same pies, they're probably busier than ever in their less than stellar surroundings. I'd go for one tonight if I still lived in the 'peg! - Mrs. GaryR

Mar 24, 2008
GaryR in Prairie Provinces

Delivery man yelled at us for not tipping 20%

I'm thinking nbermas meant "gauche" when using "gosh". Just a guess.

Mar 24, 2008
GaryR in Not About Food

Food gift for a hostess -- irresistible and found only in Vancouver?

I've bought some at the fish counter at Sobey's here in Okotoks, AB.

Mar 08, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Ultrafine silver or gold edible foil

Yeah, that's what I meant about their shipping policy. We must be punished for an improved dollar value! :) As far as the searches go, just lucky, I guess.

Mar 05, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Ultrafine silver or gold edible foil

Sarah,

Looks like this one isn't here but ships to Canada, though I think their shipping policy might be a little hard to take. However, they do have silver leaf as well as gold, so I thought I'd pass it along and leave it up to you.

Good luck!

http://www.fancyflours.com/edible-sil...

Mar 05, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Ultrafine silver or gold edible foil

Happy to have been of help, as you were helpful for me on the "hard to find ingredients" thread. So thank you to you too!

Mar 05, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives

Ultrafine silver or gold edible foil

Just did a google search and found this, Sarah. I hope it helps.

http://www.chocolat-chocolat.com/c210...

Mar 05, 2008
GaryR in Western Canada Archives