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Non-Italian food in and around Milan

Thanks to you both for your suggestions! Looking forward to some interesting shopping expeditions...

Dec 27, 2010
irishgirl in Italy

Non-Italian food in and around Milan

I am about to move to a town near Milan - can't wait to get stuck into the local delights! However, having lived in Canada for the past few years, I have a passion for many types of cuisine - Indian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian etc. From previous holiday trips to Italy, and having a friend who lived in Verona for a few years, I know that I probably won't have the same selection of international foods that I do right now. But does anyone have suggestions for restaurants, grocers in or near Milan where I can find 'non-Italian' food and /or ingredients? Would love to hear of an Indian grocery store, for example.

Thanks!

Dec 05, 2010
irishgirl in Italy

Canmore - Aromas Mexican Restaurant

I had breakfast in there over Thanksgiving, and it was also very good. They have about five types of Mexican egg dishes, a couple of breakfast burritos and also fruit etc. I had two fried eggs with two types of salsa (one tomato based, the other tomatillo) with hash browns, I think it was around $11. Coffee was included in the breakfast price, which was a nice touch. Ended up in there with my jetlagged friend because they open for breakfast at 8.00 at the weekend, unlike most other places in Canmore which open at 9.00!

Oct 29, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Where to find pork belly in Calgary?

Spragg's at the CFM usually have pork belly.

Sep 08, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Group lunch near Eau Clair downtown

Prego? Not the most exciting but pretty good food, and I'm sure they would have some veggie pasta options.

May 14, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Family friendly in Calgary

In answer to my own question, FARM is small kid-friendly. We went this evening and our was one of 4 under-3's in there. The general noise level absorbed the kid noise nicely, they have booster seats and the mac and cheese went down a treat!

Apr 25, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Family friendly in Calgary

For breakfast or lunch, Pfanntastc Pfannenkoek Haus is great for kids. They have loads of high chairs, toys and books. We've had dinner in Marathon, Niko's and Globefish with our 18 month old, and all went well - no raised eyebrows or impatience with her.

Anyone have any thoughts on whether FARM or Una would be suitable/unsuitable for a kid of that age? Want to try one or both soon...

Apr 19, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

YYC - restaurants with a focus on local producers

Shef's Fiery Kitchen at the Calgary Farmers' Market (who also do catering I believe) often have local producers referenced on their menu.

Feb 19, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

YYC lunch spots

Yes, Giuseppe's is open in the evening. When I asked until what time, I was told "Until we close" Not very specific! I have tried several of their pizzas and didn't find them too cheesey, but it's a matter of individual taste :-)

Feb 05, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Fine Dining in Banff

I second Bison. We had dinner there on Christmas Day and it was the best meal I've had in Banff.

Jan 23, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Baby friendly in Cgy?

Congratulations on your new baby! My daughter has eaten out all over Calgary in her 15 months. Mostly we go out for brunch/lunch and have found Dairy Lane, Eat Eat, Pfanntastic Pannenkoek House and Cora's excellent. The ladies in the Pannenkoek House and Eat Eat have even offered to hold our baby while we eat our meal! We have eaten dinner with her at Marathon, Niko's, Globefish and Pulcinella's in Kensington - all had high chairs and were very open to having her there. We've also brought her to lots of Indian and Vietnamese places around the city as well, never a problem. The only places I would not bring her to are one where there is a long line up (where you have to wait there, like Galaxie Diner, as opposed to Dairy Lane where we can bring her for a walk while waiting, or the obviously higher end ones like Muse, River Cafe etc). Having said that, we brought her to Maple Leaf and Bison Mountain Bistro in Banff over Christmas as I refused to eat in chains every night! Maple Leaf worked well because it was early and we were in a quiet corner, Bison Mountain Bistro was not so great because it is a very busy space and noisy, but there is a corridor by the washrooms where we took her to walk around and chill out when the noise got too much. Overall I find Calgary is a wonderful place to bring kids out to eat - we spent some time back in Ireland and Italy last year and while people were open to having her in the restaurant they were not so great at having highchairs etc. I really agree that it helps to start bringing them out young and they will get used to the whole setup and hopefully behave well in the future - plus you get to keep eating out!

Jan 21, 2010
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Kensington gossip - Calgary

The food is very good. I've been a couple of times - have had the lemon tart (not quite Ladybug level but nearly as good), apple caramel muffin and blueberry loaf - both lovely. On Sunday we had lunch there, I had the chicken pot pie, very tasty chicken and veggie 'filling' with a yummy pastry rectangle balanced on top. My husband had the veggie panini, which was nice but very strongly lemon-flavoured (it does say with lemon zest on the menu but he missed that). Planning on trying the duck confit panini next...

Oct 13, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

help on 2and 11th ave cowtown

The food is basic but cheap at the canteen on the 2nd floor of the Transalta building on 12th Ave between Centre St and 1st St SW. Sandwiches, grill, hot meals etc. I also used to go to the Drum & Monkey for their burgers.

Oct 11, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Wild Mushrooms in Calgary

I got fresh chanterelles at Blush Lane at the Calgary Farmers' Market last year.

Sep 30, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Savannah with a baby

Thanks Lala!

Savannah with a baby

Hi all,

I am spending 5 days in Savannah in a few weeks with my husband and 11 month old baby. My husband will be working during the day, so I am looking for some lunch places for myself and baby, and then places for dinner for all of us that are also child-friendly. I really like the sound of Mrs Wilkes for lunch but not sure how it would work with the communal tables and the baby! Any thoughts?

We are staying at the Inn at Ellis Square, won't have a car, so only places that are walking distance or easy to access on transit will work. We eat anything, so all suggestions welcome!

Thanks!

"Experience" restaurants?--Calgary

Slow (rather than bad) service has been a feature of every Ethiopian restaurant I've eaten in, in several countries, so I'm assuming it's a cultural thing. I recommend Marathon in Kensington and Fassil on 17 Ave SE. I've heard bad things about Blue Nile, and the last time I passed it Queen of Sheba looked closed. We usually go to Marathon and get one of their mixed house combinations, as you get to try lots of different things. It's not a place to go when you are absolutely starving and want food in front of you in 15 minutes, but it has been faster the last few times I've been - we were eating 30-40 minutes after sitting down rather than 40-60 minutes.

Sep 11, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Family Dining in Calgary?

I can highly recommend the Pfanntastc Pfannenkoek Haus - I've eaten there several times with my baby daughter and with my friend's little girl. The staff are very friendly and welcoming to kids, they have loads of high chairs and toys, and of course the pancakes are delicious!

Aug 19, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Sour Cherries & Curry Leaves in Calgary!?

Cookbook Co. has curry leaves, they may also have sour cherries.

Jul 30, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Mac & Cheese - Calgary

I second Avenue Diner, it's divine. The mac & cheese at Bumpy's looked good the last time I was there, mus =t try next time.

Jul 22, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Beltline in YYC - Looking Up!

This is great! I work in that area but have been on maternity leave so missed all the new developments. Does anyone know when the Sunterra will be open?

Jul 21, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Barclay's - Calgary

I would also recommend Cafe 1886 at Eau Claire for a fantastic breakfast (and same menu for lunch). Barclay's is nothing special, and is more expensive than any of the places John has recommended.

Mar 16, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

river cafe, still one of the best?

I was there last in September, having been to Muse the week before, and River Cafe really suffered in comparison to Muse both in terms of food and service. It was disappointing as every previous time I'd been there I was really impressed, with the quality of the service even more than the food. We were waiting for our (reserved) table for four for over half an hour as they were apparently too polite to ask the two people who were lingering on at the table to move to the bar. Instead they had us sitting at the bar, trying not to glare too much at said couple! Maybe it was because I was heavily pregnant at the time, but we were not especially interested in drinking that night (sitting up on the bar stools was also a challenge), so it was annoying. I expected that they would comp us the pre-dinner drinks (based on previous experience there when we were comped dessert because of a mix-up in the kitchen that delayed it by only 15-20 minutes) but they did not. The front of house person seemed less well trained than our servers have been, and (IMO) didn't deal appropriately with the lingering couple or with us.

Feb 17, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Kensington gossip - Calgary

The woman I spoke to in Child at Heart thought Heartland would be closing in June. Not that I have any idea what she based that on!

Feb 03, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Kensington gossip - Calgary

A bigger restaurant/bakery?!

Jan 23, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Kensington gossip - Calgary

I'm hoping it's a bakery! In my wildest dreams Manuel Latruwe opens a second store there...

Jan 22, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Kensington gossip - Calgary

In other Kensington news, I've heard that Heartland Cafe will be closing in a few months, seems the landlord plans to re-develop the Heartland/Child at Heart space, probably as a restaurant/bakery.

Jan 21, 2009
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Best sushi "togo" for party platter - YYC

I think Globefish do takeout platters, not sure about the prices but their menu is online.

Bad experience - Il Centro

Sad to say, because I love their pizza, I will not be returning to Il Centro after my experience there on Friday. I went in at 12.10 alone and asked for a table for one, only for the manager (at least that's who I assume it was, he seems to have been in charge the times I've been there) to tell me that he only had tables for two and four available (which I could see - there were 2 table for two and 1 for four free). He didn't even bother to pretend that they were reserved. I realise that they typically only open for lunch and need to make as much money as possible during that time, but I don't still don't think this is acceptable, maybe others would disagree? Part of the the charm of Il Centro for me was that it is so different from the Stephen's Ave/corporate Calgary places where you know your bank balance is being assessed when you walk in the door...Apart from being generally rude, it struck me as pretty silly as I am very obviously pregnant and eating more than enough for two people!

Oct 04, 2008
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces

Lunch in Kensington (Calgary)

Ditto for Pulcinella and Globefish. I'd also recommend Heartland Cafe - the coffee is not great but I really like their sandwiches, qeusadillas etc and cakes, and the building has a lot of character.

Sep 17, 2008
irishgirl in Prairie Provinces