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Where to buy Avjar near Verdun

Whoops. Sorry about the typo. Thanks Hala and SnackHappy for the replies. My sister-in-law says she has never seen it there, but now we can pass along your suggestions.

Aug 21, 2011
truthserum in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to buy Avjar near Verdun

Can anyone please recommend a store near Verdun that sells Avjar (the roasted red pepper spread)?

Aug 20, 2011
truthserum in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where do you get fresh eggs in Calgary?

I'm not sure where they are from, but I noticed some cartons in the cooler with a "Farm Fresh Eggs" sign at Soffritto on Canyon Meadows.

Sep 19, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Highwood @ SAIT

Actually, we were just there today for lunch. The Thursday lunch buffet is $20, with coffee and tea included. Other drinks are extra. They usually have a bar drink and a mocktail feature, and full bar service is available. The selection changes, but as an example, let's see how much I can remember....

The buffet is divided into several sections. The left side has a hot food line, which seems to usually be four vegetable dishes, two starches, four meat dishes, and one carving station. Today had carrots, a cooked cabbage dish, zucchini and tomatoes, beets in a sour cream sauce, a spinach/garlic mashed potato, risotto, lamb cassoulet, pepper steak, halibut, a chicken cordon bleu, and a corned beef carving station.

The center section has many different breads and rolls, with two soups (split pea & bacon and minestrone today), and then the rest of the counter is a rather large dessert section. There are trays with pieces of many different brownies and squares, cheese cake, black forest cake, tiramisu, and then separate dishes with creme brulee, mousse, etc.

The right side has separate trays of beef, pork, fish, and vegetable terrines, several salads, a tray with several different types of sushi rolls, a few different types of cheese, and a few different thin crust pizzas fresh from the oven behind the counter.

Finally there is a flambe station beside the bar, which had crepes suzette today.

We find the food quality to be very good, and with the terrines and dessert selection it is almost guaranteed that there is something new and interesting to try.

The Highwood now books their reservations through opentable.com, but you can still phone and email the Highwood directly too. They seem to release a couple months at a time for reservations, as I think we had to wait for February to book our April reservation.
http://sait.ca/about/organization/dep...

Apr 08, 2010
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Best Day trips/foodie destinations near Calgary?

If you go to Longview, you should really try the Longview Steakhouse, next to the Esso. The building and name are both pretty unassuming, but being a family of internationally trained cooks allows them to put out some great meals.

Apr 07, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Soffritto (Calgary)

Soffritto is still retail -- pretty much the same store, just with a new name.

Mar 12, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Soffritto (Calgary)

The Flavours of the World store in Canyon Meadows has a new owner and a new name.

Flavours of the World has moved on to become more of a wholesaler/supplier, as http://flavoursoftheworld.ca/ now states that they are "Offering the world's finest ingredients for retail and food service professionals" from a location in Manchester Industrial Park.

The store in Canyon Meadows is now renamed to Soffritto. The products are still very similar (e.g. specialty salts/spices/rice/oils and other gourmet ingredients, along with fresh pastas and sauces, vaccuum packed prepared entrees, gourmet cheese and sausage, etc.). Doesn't appear to be a website yet, but the contact info for Soffritto is:

Soffritto
2116 - 380 Canyon Meadows Drive SE
Calgary, AB T2J 7C3
403-278-2728

Mar 12, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria-Calgary

Stopped in at Tu Tierra tonight, and found out that they now have their liquor license. We had already ordered a pitcher of horchata before Diana came around the corner and told us about now having margaritas and beer available. Guess we'll just have to go back again soon.
The chipotle pork chops and enchiladas mole were great as always, and Diana even had the kitchen tweak one of the other enchiladas to make it spicier for a friend that really likes the heat.

Mar 04, 2010
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GOOD Pizza in NW Calgary?

Found an AvaTarA Pizza, http://www.avatarapizza.com/, but the website lists it as 3406 - 3rd Ave. NW, on Memorial Drive beside Lic's Ice Cream. Web page says it is 50% whole wheat crust, baked on a granite hearth rather than greasy pans. Anyone tried it?

Feb 14, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

YYC: Tango Bistro (in Smugglers)

The OpenTable summary lists the following:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00am

Feb 14, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

YYC - Dinner around the Chinook Centre Area

The new tapas restaurant, called Tango Bistro, is now open. I added our first impression in a new thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687975

Feb 14, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

YYC: Tango Bistro (in Smugglers)

The most recent new restaurant to be carved out of Smugglers on Macleod Tr. is the Tango Bistro. They've renovated the front dining room facing Macleod, and it looks much more modern. Lots of dark wood and glass panels, visible wine storage, a large fireplace beside a central bar, and plenty of booths around the outside edges.

The tag line on Opentable is that "Tango Bistro serves small plates/share plates in a vibrant modern casual setting". Most dishes seemed to be in the $8 - $10 range, with small shot glass dessert cakes at $2.50. There was a full page wine list, and another page with cocktails and beer, including several less typical brews (e.g. Duvel, St. Bernardus, Innes & Gunn, etc.).

We enjoyed the following:
-Korean Bulgogi, came in a bowl with half a dozen pieces or so, with kimchi
-Shortrib Sliders, came 3 on the plate with a small bowl of baked beans
-Boar Bacon Flatbread, with mushroom and tomato jam, which was sliced into about 5 or 6 strips about an inch wide
-Pork Empanadas, three on the plate with a pineapple salsa
-Turducken, three portions, which seemed to have started as a roll or log, and then sliced with lollipop sticks in each round piece
-Chocolate lollipops, two with rasperry flavored filling with a hard outer chocolate shell
-Mango Tres Leche Cake in a shotglass

The menu also had quite a few other items. From memory, there was a twisted fish and chips with eel, prawn and mussel dishes, meatballs, proscuitto wrapped dates, salad rolls, yam fries, and probably a dozen more.

The items arrive as they are ready, so some items ordered together may not always arrive at the same time. We chose to order a couple at a time, and then order the next ones when the past order arrived. This kept a fairly steady flow, without jamming the table with too many plates.

All in all it was an enjoyable meal, with lots of different items to try, friendly service, and a much improved decor.

Feb 14, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Almond Flour in Calgary?

Pretty sure I saw it at Community Natural Foods the last time I was in the Chinook Station location.

Feb 05, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

YYC - Dinner around the Chinook Centre Area

If Mexican would fit the bill, I'm sure you could get to Tu Tierra (on Fairmont just south of Heritage) well within your 10 minute drive time.

Or how about Chinese/Szechuan? If so, there is Leo Fu's just a few blocks south of Chinook on 70th Ave.

Feb 03, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria-Calgary

My wife and I stopped in at Tu Tierra last night as well. Diana said it was a "soft opening", as they were down to the wire with the last inspection just before they opened. There were also a few other last minute glitches they were working through (credit card payment machine seemed to be having some issues, liquor license hasn't come through yet, and a problem with one oven). Those wrinkles should all be ironed out very soon and then they will have a more public launch.

I would definitely echo nonlinear's comments. The new place looks great, and much larger (Diana said the capacity is 79 seats). Hector is still making magic in the kitchen, and the portions are certainly bigger. The table beside us had enchiladas, which now come with three instead of two. Many of the previous daily specials like chiles rellenos and the pork chop in chipotle sauce are now on the menu too. We had Sopes to start, and ended up taking some of the pork chops home (lunch will be very good today).

Congratulations to Hector, Diana, and the rest of the team at Tu Tierra. Hector always spoke about wanting to share authentic Mexican cooking with more people, and adding Tu Tierra should make that a lot easier to do.

Jan 29, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria-Calgary

Called again today, and Hector is working away in the kitchen getting prepped for opening tomorrow (Thursday).

Jan 27, 2010
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Mi Tierra Tu Taqueria-Calgary

Last week Hector thought they would be open by Monday, but when I called yesterday they said it would open on Wednesday.

Jan 26, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

bottarga

Stopped in on Saturday, and the order he had from Wednesday was sold out already, but he expected more this coming week. Seems to be a pretty regular order for him, but probably best to phone when you're back.

Jan 25, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

New places in Cgy

Perhaps related, there is a new Great Canadian Pizza and Fried Chicken location on 4th Ave. SW, next to Glory of India. Menu is pretty varied: whole pizza and by the slice, fried chicken, shawarma, indian dishes, samosas. They've been getting rave reviews from the office lunch crowd, and I think they are open until the wee hours of the morning too.

Also, Mirchi opened last week in the old Sahara location on 2nd Ave. SW, just East of the corner with 7th St. SW.

Jan 20, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

bottarga

Stopped in at Flavours of the World on Saturday and the owner mentioned he would probably have his next shipment of Bottarga by late Tuesday or on Wednesday.

We've been working through some of the spice mixes and teas at Flavours, and he keeps adding more cheeses and sausages, along with fresh pastas and sous vide entrees, so there is always something to try. Thanks to howlin and Sarah for giving me something new to look up and learn about, and Flavours of the World for carrying it!

Jan 17, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Unusual Eggs Benny? (YYC)

Jacqueline Suzanne's in Inglewood has a fairly large Benny selection in their weekend brunch menu: Back Bacon, Florentine, Vegetarian, Bacon/Tomato, Mixed Seafood, a low carb version substituting tomato for the English muffin, and one with smoked salmon served with flying fish caviar.

Jan 15, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

best indian food calgary

Circled the block to take a peek at the new Firewater, and spotted that Mirchi now has a second location too, with a full dining room. It's on 2nd Ave. SW, just East of 7th Street, in the downstairs spot that was most recently Sahara.

Jan 14, 2010
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Current best/old faves in YYC

If you're willing to detour down south a bit, but still keep the mountain views, the Longview Steakhouse (in Longview of course) has always been great for us. The Monday - Friday lunch menu has a great steak sandwich and other daily specials in the $10 - $15 range. We've had great dinners too, but you lose the view to darkness this time of year.

Dec 18, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Canmore - wedding

Not sure if you need lodging in Canmore too, but if you do some of the smaller inns may offer you a good lodging and meal combination. A friend had their wedding at the Bear & Bison Inn in October, and had the entire lodge for their wedding party (there are 10 rooms if I remember correctly). Breakfast was served each morning, lunch baskets were provided midday, and dinner was served after the ceremony. It felt like having a large log home all to ourselves, but without having to cook. The mountain view was great, most of the rooms had fireplaces, jet tubs, and balconies, and the food quality was very good.

Dec 08, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Kefi Greekhouse & Ouzo Bar Calgary

Looks like the reno work at the old Sante Fe Grill location on Macleod Trail has been completed, with the space now reborn as Kefi Greekhouse & Ouzo Bar.

There is a blog posting from earlier today at http://www.sweetspot.ca/SweetLife/eat..., but otherwise there doesn't seem to be much of a web presence yet. Has anyone been there?

Nov 10, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Calgary Off the Menu Group Dinner

Just to let you know, we ended up having our group dinner at Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro, http://www.jacquelinesuzannes.ca/, in Inglewood. They have a private loft space in the back, and rearranged it to give us one large table for 17. It is an older building so the loft ceiling is a little lower than normal, but after you're up there for a few minutes you don't even notice it. It's normally several square and round tables that seat up to 20, but the single large table worked well, and gave us a little room to stand and mingle with drinks before dinner.

They allowed us to order off the menu, and the group covered a fairly wide range, including salads, escargot in a parmesan cream sauce, crab cakes, a neptune beef tenderloin with king crab, the daily special chicken breast, and several of the prime ribs, to name a few. The prime rib is served Friday and Saturday, and the 10 oz and 15 oz servings both seemed very generous. The entrees also all arrived together, so kudos to the kitchen staff. The day's dessert specials included several flavors of creme brulee and cheesecake, along with tiramasu and baked apples.

The service was top notch (even with having to bound up and down the stairs) and the meal was a fantastic accompaniment to an evening of catching up with old friends and colleagues.

I had looked at several other places, but they were much more stringent in their requirements (e.g. Saltlik downstairs required $1500 minimum, Vintage needed a $500 deposit and set menu). Ric's Grill was willing to let us order off the menu, but their private room holds up to 50, so we would have been sharing it with another group.

If you have a group of similar size, I would certainly recommend Jacqueline Suzanne's.

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Jacqueline Suzanne's Bistro
1219 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0S9, CA

Nov 07, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Cocochine(?) - CGY

For anyone trying to look up info the full name and contact info is:

La Cochinchine
130 - 3220 17 Avenue Sw, Calgary, AB T3E 0B3
(403) 452-9696

Nov 06, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces

Turkey fryer rental in Vancouver?

Not sure if it is available locally, but Char-Broil now has an infrared turkey fryer for those that want to do without the oil adventure.
http://www.charbroil.com/Consumer/Pro...

Nov 02, 2009
truthserum in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant Gift Certificates from Costco

The Calgary South Costco also has certificates that can be used at either Belgo or Chicago Chophouse.

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Chicago Chophouse
604 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G5, CA

Oct 30, 2009
truthserum in Western Canada Archives

Calgary Off the Menu Group Dinner

Thank you for the added info!!!

Oct 23, 2009
truthserum in Prairie Provinces