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5-7 days in Alberta

I second Atlas the fesenjoon and a barg wrap are the perfect lunch.

Jul 17, 2012
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Koob (Calgary)

I too went to Koob and they took some time to explain their offering. I guess you could sum it up as fresh in a word. They focus on fresh meat not frozen, that they season themselves, fresh housemade toppings and sauces and freshly grilled to order. I really liked the two Koobs we had today. It was cool to see how the meat was pulled from the fridge and put straight onto the unique grill. The lamb was perfect not overly gamely like a lot of lamb can be. They made me a greek style wrap with cucumbers and seasoned tomatoes with the lamb and it was superb. Lots of flavor in the meat. A plus was it only took 5 minutes from ordering to eating a fresh cooked wrap. Not like a spit that just sits there all day.

The thing i liked the most was the pomegranate sauce they put on the Beef wrap. Right amount of tartness and sweetness with something else that really went well with the beef. The price of $7 for a full wrap with all the toppings you could want seems solid to me. My only wish would be to maybe add a couple of suggested Koob's for people like me who are not as familiar with this kind of food as when it is busy they may have less time to walk you through and give samples (how i got to try the great pom sauce).

I will be back.

Apr 09, 2012
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

5 Guys Burgers in Calgary?

i would need a phone number

Nov 16, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

5 Guys Burgers in Calgary?

Is it open ? I need to know as I am about to drive down there.

Nov 16, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Ageism is Calgary restaurants

Might be the funniest thing I have read today "poor PhD student". As for ageism, I think this is every place that wants their customers to buy $100+ bottles of wine.

Sep 15, 2010
300rwhp in Not About Food

DeVille, Part 2

Colours location will be reborn as a crepe place and not with new owners.

Aug 22, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

YYC Holy Smoke Bbq

Well I finally got to taste Holy Smoke today and I am impressed. After visiting rockies burger bus on my way back downtown I noticed Holy Smoke, as I was stuffed I did not stop. Next time driving down Manhattan road I pulled over. Unfortunately it was closed but I peaked in the windows at the back. What I didnt see dismayed me, no smoker! thinking the might just be a place that bakes their meat I was worried. Well today when I pulled over there was as before a big black trailer with smoke pouring out a smokestack and it smelt great. A quick look in the open door showed a smoker.

I had the beef brisket, ribs and potato salad. All were great I found the small sandwich to be a good size and along with my sides I was stuffed. I unlike most Q purists like sauce and Holy Smoke caters to that love. They have numerous sauces and are happy to recommend which compliments which dish. I too appreciate the decor and butcher paper service. Ribs had a great flavour and showed the indicative pink smoke ring, also like the Buck a Bone price point. Looking forward to returning, now if only they could be open a little later and maybe on weekends too.

Go try it!

Aug 03, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

YYC - ground espresso for sale in the NW?

good to know. Luckily i generally do not make coffee at home and when I do I only live a few blocks from Kawa and I only make french press.

Jan 28, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

YYC - ground espresso for sale in the NW?

Why not get the op to buy fresh beans and then have the shop grind them( kawa does this for me). Buy in small enough amounts and you should be fine.

Jan 28, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Small Plates tour cut short by Milk Tiger

As someone who is not far from the age and has had to id people under 25, I am not entirely off base. But yes hipsters do tend to look young and fresh or old and haggard. It just seems that the places in New york and London that this place is trying to emulate with these rules can draw on a large enough clientele, not calgary. Whereas Calgary is very much a flames supporting town, which is not something that should be used to segregate.

Jan 15, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Small Plates tour cut short by Milk Tiger

So last night a friend and I attended the Calgary Flames fan forum at Flames central. In terms of food on offer it was rolls, pasta salad, spring greens and tomatoes, and roast beef with a jus. The food was fine especially for the environment. However after we were still peckish so after discussing Taste’s new wine list which features one red and one white from each of their suppliers along with a supporting reason for being chosen we decided on exploring Calgary’s downtown small plates options. Plan was Rush, Milk Tiger, Giuseppe’s, and finishing off at Taste as they are open till midnight.

First stop Rush, I can not think of a better small plates deal. $5 gets your any one of a number of small plates, all are made to order. We had the Maitake Tempura, which is Hen of the Woods mushrooms cooked tempura style. It was very tasty. Next plate was tuna tartare, followed by crab cakes done in a tempura casing. We also had the spring creek beef shortribs, the meat was incased in a flatbread with kimchi on top which really tied it all together. The octopus dish consisted of a herb puree, hazelnuts, some kind of sausage (chicken I think), with small tomatoes. While I appreciated the presentation the octopus did not impart much flavor, then again you don’t want it to taste fishy so not a complaint. Our last dish was the smoked salmon on bread, I know that the salmon was sourced from somewhere as it was highlighted on the menu but I can not recall who it was.

We enjoyed everything and due to Rush being downtown it was not busy so we received good service, something sorely lacking in this town. We also learned that Rush offers complimentary valet, so for those of you out of downtown it is easy enough to drive down and not worry about parking.

Upon leaving we stopped in to see a friend but her restaurant had a private party buyout. So we moved on, our next stop was to be Milk Tiger somewhere my friend had not only never been but had also never heard of. Milk Tiger has a neat small plate concept, which fit well with our intended small plate tour. The place had about 10 people or less and so we took a seat along the wall. Having come from the Flames Forum my friend was wearing his Flames Jersey, along with a suit and dress shoes. The server quickly explained that Milk Tiger has “house rules” which include no sports apparel. She did also explain that everyone there loves the flames, but could he kindly remove his jersey. Which he considered doing until our server explained she actually likes the canucks, along with some of their other house rules, which included no one under 21 years of age, nor hats. Well a quick scan of the room confirmed that it was unlikely that everyone was 21 or over on top of which one person was wearing a hat. Needless to say we left having felt a little outside of the scene they were trying to cultivate.

My friend remarked to me that having just eaten at what is Calgary nicest dining room Rush and not once being asked to change our dress why would a business prejudice itself by turning away customers. We also noted that there are a great many restaurants and bars that have dress codes etc… in Calgary but they all accommodate the home town team. Some may agree with the stance Milk Tiger took and we were willing to comply until we noticed we were being singled out. So my two cents is head down to rush and take advantage of the wonderful $5 small plates menu, park for free, get great service and eat well for cheap.

Jan 15, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Mango Shiva is open (calgary)....

I have heard that Mango Shiva does a lunch buffet, if so does anyone know how much? Does it cost less for the buffet after a certain time?

I tried calling but no answer and am thinking of going tomorrow.

Thank you

Jan 04, 2010
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Honeycomb in Calgary

really $8/.4 of a pound. Honey comb requires no processing/ unlike honey which requires separation etc... So why are people paying more for it than for honey?

Dec 10, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

FARM (Calgary)

Really, beyond the fact that they are different beasts (even though farm couldnt happen without SALT's success) what disappointed you about SALT?

Great wine list from regional producers ( numerous products you will never see in alberta)
Great wines from around the world that demonstrate great thought in constructing a wine list, where as FARM no such luck.
Great Sherry list as opposed to the meagre FARM offerings.
Price points that are define quality authentic product in every selection
Same goes for cheese
$15 for 3 choices with a choice on sides without an extra charge for certain options
All you could need bread.
Some of the best chefs in Vancouver making products for you ( Pied a Terre Duck Liver pate)
Great Service

FARM is expensive small portions I dont know how anyone could argue you get good value there. The food is good and i have been numerous times but have never found it to offer better value than SALT. Nor has FARM convinced me to try some amazing wine or cheese whereas Kurtis at SALT or other staff members who are passionate have.

If you want to compare apples to apples (not SALT to Farm) try au petit chavingol amazing selections of cheese and pretty good wine list. Prices Points to match FARM but better portions and better cooked food.

Nov 18, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

What is your regional food snobbiness?

Points to highlight: they do actually fish tuna off of Vancouver it is called albacore. And your comment regarding a "Calgary version of Banh mi or ginger beef" is illogical, why would you look for a calgary version of something outside of calgary? ginger beef is a calgary dish not a "place x" dish.

Sushi places do not get fish in the same time frame as vancouver as the port of entry for the vast majority of fresh fish used in sushi from Japanese markets is Vancouver.

Oct 20, 2009
300rwhp in Western Canada Archives

"Sour Mix" for bartending...where to buy in Calgary?

Well I like Jeffrey's work alot. But you will notice that he does not have any of his own cocktails use sour mix. In fact the closest thing to recommending it is a dig at how to make a cairprihna.

http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/20...

Just do as people suggest in the link you posted and squeeze fresh lemon/lime when they are called for.

Aug 24, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

"Sour Mix" for bartending...where to buy in Calgary?

Do not ever use sour mix even as it is specified above. Cocktail recipes that call for it are second generation inbreds of versions that would have called for lemon or lime or some combo of. Just buy fresh limes/lemons and juice them for each cocktail you make, ensuring the best and freshest product. Which like peter.v notes will not have silly additives.

Something that might pique your interest,
http://www.drinkboy.com/Articles/Defa...

Aug 23, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Help with Victoria dining itinerary

for tofino the restaurant "shelter" is highly regarded. As for pastries yes Habit has some and next door is mole and next door to that is a breakfast place that serves cold food only i think but done by the mole people. also if the weather is nice go for ice cream at the place across the street from the gap downtown on government. I think it is called Sweet memories, you will be able to confirm this via them not accepting anything but cash and making waffle cones fresh.

Apr 09, 2009
300rwhp in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Help with Victoria dining itinerary

for thursday dinner of your choices Zambris is the only one worth eating at. Victoria downtown is small so you dont need to be close to these restos for a cafe. So I recommend Habit, perfect place to relax and adjust. It is at 552 Pandora. Friday Lunch hernedez is pretty good but maybe closed so if not there try Red Fish Blue Fish or Pig ( also maybe closed but very close to hernedez.) Skip having dinner at the Bengal Lounge overpriced and nothing special. Go to the best value in town Brasserie L'ecole on Gov't street. Really excellent. Oswego hotel may have good food, i went once and it was horrid so i have not been back but have heard some good puff pieces on it. But nearby is an artsy cafe called "the superior". For drinks i would suggest solomans or ferris' upstairs. Dont go to Il Terrazo. Also Victoria has a great brewpub culture that you may or may not like. Canoe has some great brews as does Swans and Spinnakers.

Apr 09, 2009
300rwhp in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Stephen Av. "Specials"

i dont think so as it is a private party event.

Apr 07, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Stephen Av. "Specials"

Rush is free fest is by invite, so how does one get invited?

Apr 07, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Good places to eat in Kelowna?

Memphis blues for decent southern bbq. Give it a try.

Jan 26, 2009
300rwhp in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

choklat

I dont think discussing white chocolate (not chocolate) is relevant here. When i mention lindt i am referring to the excellence line. Higher cocoa solid content will result in more flavour compounds. Which is my main criticism of the ocumare from choklat, it has the mouthfeel and taste of milk chocolate not dark. There is a lack of complexity.

Jan 26, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

choklat

you can judge alone by colour, and run of the mill is not something you should associate with the lindt bars. The ocumare is the colour of milk chocolate, which is indicative of the amount of cocoa solids used. The ocumare states they use 40% cocoa solids and 30% cocoa butter. Hence the colour/mouthfeel and lack of complex taste. At a price twice that of the lindt bars I wont be buying any more choklat. Save my money for Amedei which for all but chuao is the same price as Choklat and sublime.

http://www.thenibble.com/REVIEWS/MAIN...

Jan 25, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

choklat

I cant believe how all the users posts above extol the virtues of this chocolate while professing to be chocolate lovers. I went today and I am by no means an expert but with the types of beans they claim to offer the chocolate bars do not do it service. I mean the 70% ocumare looks and tastes like milk chocolate (albeit with good undertones of fruit) which is no comparison to a similarly styled Venezuelan dark from amedei. Ultimately at the price point I question how much cocoa solids actually enter the bars for them to be 70%. Do yourself a favor and buy the Lindt & Sprüngli excellence 70% or better yet step up to a 85%. Bitterness can often be the sign of a good bar.

http://www.seventypercent.com/chocop/...

Jan 24, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Mt Everest's (Cgy) closed?

There has also been a place in Victoria called the mint that did tibetan and nepalese.

Jan 17, 2009
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Calgary grocery/butcher complaint/help

I plan to try again so thank you all for your recommendations.

Nov 26, 2008
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Calgary grocery/butcher complaint/help

where is the other t&t ?

Nov 26, 2008
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Calgary grocery/butcher complaint/help

So I am trying to make a relatively simple dish. the ingredient are as follows;

Ingredients

1/2 calfs foot
salt and pepper
1 whole shank Bone in
2 tbsp olive oil (not evoo or if not olive use canola)
1 tbsp butter
2 medium onions sliced thin
1 carrot 1 cm cubes
1 tbsp tomatoe paste
1 tbsp flour
1 cup wine (white or red)
2tbsp wine
zest of one lemon
1 bouquet garni
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2sprigs parsley (flat)

TO be served with a rich creamy polenta. Made out of Parmesan cheese, cream, and cornmeal.

You would think that none of these ingedients would be impossible to come across. But after calling coop, safeway and second to none i still could not find a regular shank or foot ( or lamb not frozen). So off to china town, no luck, so i head to where i know i could find these items in vancouver, T&T in the Pacific Place mall. No luck there they had shanks but not bone in. So quick call to second to none they have a veal shank bone in, upon arrival they want $60+ for it. Given it was 6 pounds of meat and bone, but seriously $60! Next on my list off hard to find, cornmeal. Why is this so hard. Specialty bakery store with many types of flour no luck, same goes for the places I had visited or called above.

Here is the thing that gets me the most, my girlfriend spent $23 dollars buying up all of these ingredients except the wine and balsamic(some more than she needed for the recipe like the foot, shank, cornmeal) in one store no less. I spent $20 and went to numerous stores and I didnt even get the shank or foot. What gives calgary? I mean we slaughter beef just down the road.

Why dont we have a fairways market here? they are cheap and have wide selection. Where should i have gone?

Nov 26, 2008
300rwhp in Prairie Provinces

Where to buy Beef Shank in Victoria?

I suggest you go to fairways market and save yourself a bunch of money compared to the places in oak bay.

Nov 26, 2008
300rwhp in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)