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Calgary or Banff for most of a day

We live in Canmore and have just returned from 10 fabulous days in Austin - loved Julienne's, Kebabalicious and Pious amongst many others.

I would definitely skip Banff and come to Canmore - make sure you have coffee at Communitea which is a great little, locally owned cafe - a real local hangout. I would heartily recommend La Belle Patate as well for poutine, its a pretty basic place but the poutine is always good. Take a walk along the river and cross the iron bridge, hike Grassi Lakes, Enjoy the views and watch out for the abundant wildlife - bears, elk, deer, osprey etc etc

May 14, 2014
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Canmore Update

Few things happening here in Canmore as of late. First off we have a new Indian Restaurant on Bow Valley Trail called the Spice Hut - have eaten there a couple of times & been very impressed, although service is very, very slow at times I put this down to the fact that they are cooking to order - consequently when your food arrives it is piping hot & very fresh. As a Brit I find the spicing quite mild & the decor lacking in charm - but its a solid, quality addition to the dining scene here & the prices are good. Marra's Way sushi continues to be our fallback option, sushi is good & one day we will get to try the izakaya option they offer later in the evening.

Of course the Poutine at La Belle Patate is outstanding - the food & service here is so good- lucky to have this gem nestled away in the industrial area of Canmore (yes there is one!).

Communitea is the best coffee spot in my opinion, love the Intelligensia they brew there & the lunch menu is always hearty & healthy at the same time. Mercato is also consistently excellent - they make real effort to bring in great ingredients in the grocery section.

Le Fournil Bakery also on BV Trail - is a first class bakery, as good as anywhere in Calgary - the sandwiches are a treat & the pastries sublime - glad to see it is busy most of the time.

Not much new has opened over the winter other than the Spice Hut. The Mexican restaurants on Main seem to chug along, but I baulk at the prices there.

The Grizzly Paw brewery should open soon, you cant miss it as you head along the Highway. A second Good Earth cafe will open in the new Elevation Place Rec Centre.

That's about it - spring is sprung here (at least for the long weekend) - once the farmer's market gets rolling, the ice cream bus returns & the patios open we'll be well & truly back in business.

Mar 29, 2013
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Cane Vinegar in YYC

Thanks - appreciate that, need it for an interesting recipe in Saveur...

May 28, 2012
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Cane Vinegar in YYC

Hi - just wondering if anyone has seen this around in any of the Asian markets?

May 27, 2012
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Cake enhancer

You'd probably be better incorporating a small amount of cake margarine into your cakes - check the products on the supermarket shelf - they usually contain Polyglcerol Esters & Mono & Di-Glycerides.

The difference between these & the powdered product in your link kritafo is that the emulsifiers (prehydrated & in the right crystalline form) in the margarine are going to be much more active & efficient in doing their job compared to the powdered product.

Nov 12, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

I lived in Banff and still kind of do

Belle Patate is truly a hidden gem - hope more people make the trip to this wonderful little place.

Sep 10, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Marinated Calamari...in a jar!!

I must have been crazy because I have a glass jar of Italissimo Marinated Calamari sitting in my cupboard - why i bought them i do not know. The marinade is sunflower oil/wine vinegar.....

What to do with them??

Aug 27, 2011
graemejw in Home Cooking

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

The Bison did change hands a while ago, it was an independent restaurant now its part of a local chain. Pre-change it was truly fantastic, post change well we've only had the pizza there & it was good but the other restaurants in the chain don't thrill me too much. Best restaurant pizza in the Bow Valley is at Rocky Mountain Flatbread in my opinion.

Aug 03, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

have to agree here, to be honest in 6+ years living here i haven't really felt the need t go there

two other places i forgot

the fantastic Belle Patate for great poutine & homemade burgers

Pizza Construction Co - make awesome pizzas & its fun to get one & eat it by the river in the little park to the right of the bridge

Jul 31, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

yes - every Thursday 10-5

Jul 31, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

i should also include both sushi places downtown - Mara's Way & Chef's Studio Japan - both are very good, a little out of the way is Wild Orchid which used to be good, but we haven't been there in a while. Sage Bistro has an excellent reputation, it is probably the best wine/cocktail bar in town & is a welcome relief from all the other multi-sportsTV wielding/Sysco menu offering bars elsewhere in town - I haven't eaten there but i know they don't skimp on the quality of their ingredients.

Thursday is Mountain Market day - lots of edible goodies in the outdoor market opposite the town hall. If the weather is nice - it's well worth a visit.

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Sage Bistro
1712 HWY 1A, Canmore, AB T1W 2X3, CA

Chef's Studio Japan
709 8 St #108, Canmore T1W 2B2, CA

Jul 31, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

No problem - be sure to come back on here & let us know what you think!!

Jul 30, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

Good choices for Banff, especially the Bison - if you are mobile, head 20 minutes east up the Highway to Canmore - a Food Lovers Paradise & a contrast to Banff...

In Canmore you should check out Communitea/Moutain Mercato for tea/coffee, Valbella/Railway Deli for excellent in-house made picnic food, Grizzly Paw for great microbrews made in Canmore, the two Mexican restaurants (especially if the weather is nice), Le Chocolatier & the Iron Goat next to it (sadly the food sucks at The Goat but grab a cold beer or glass of wine on the patio, for the views are truly incredible). If you want a great bottle of wine - the wine merchant underneath the Wood at the bottom end of Main Street is a wine lovers heaven. The Yellow School Ice Cream Bus & The Thai Bus on main street are great fun on a hot day - take your goodies into the park behind the old RCMP log cabin a few yards up the road.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread is always good & the pizzas are innovative & taste great from the wood fired oven.

There's a lot more (Trough Dining Co, Rocky Mountain Bagels, JK Bakery, Crazyweed & the patio at The Wood to name but a few).

Have fun - the weather today is beautiful, the mountains are glorious at the moment but watch out for the bears!!

Jul 30, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Canmore - Aromas Mexican Restaurant

You have to take this in the context of Canmore, nothing is particularly cheap here - althoigh there are plenty of deals available midweek or shoulder season. I agree ob the Banff comment as well, Canmore is so much better dining wise - we could still do with a couple of more interesting places especially with the demise of the Quarry and Treo.

Jun 12, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Canmore - Aromas Mexican Restaurant

Looks like Canmore is getting a second Mexican restaurant, just off Main Stret opposite the town hall, where the coffee mine used to be located. I think it's a spin off from the increasingly popular Aroma mentioned above.

Canmore is now well on it's way to becoming a Mexican/Japanese hotspot - you are never going to be too far from a taco or plate of sushi downtown :-)

Jun 10, 2011
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Banff for the day...

you won't miss the 30cm+ of snow thats fallen here overnight!!

Apr 29, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

China Town on Saturday

Nice! I think I might like those as well :)

Apr 27, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

China Town on Saturday

thanks for the suggestions!

Apr 27, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

China Town on Saturday

We are in Calgary this Saturday for the Make It Market - would like to take the kids for lunch in China Town, where should we go? Not fussy about the style of food, they're well educated, adventurous eaters - but looking for something good, kid friendly (ie not fine dining) & fun!

Apr 27, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Quarry, Canmore - closed replaced with...

only noticed today but i've been out of town for a while.......

Apr 15, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Quarry, Canmore - closed replaced with...

Good Earth as we attempt to beat the world record for most coffee shops per capita!!

Apr 15, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Thai Bus / Ice Cream Bus in Canmore

Anyone who visits Canmore and enjoys the ice cream from the old Yellow School bus or the great Thai Street style food from the Thai-it Up bus, please note that these businesses are in danger of being outlawed by the town council.

It would appear to me that their presence is unwelcome competition for some of the tourist traps on Main Street & therefore Bylaw 4.21.0 seeks to make such temporary businesses impossible to operate.

I have no connection to any of these businesses whatsoever, but am just a bit dismayed to see the potential demise of what i had hoped would actually be a growing trend in Canmore (dreaming of East Indian & /or Mexican Food Carts)!!!

Please read & respond if you value these businesses on your trips to Canmore

http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/2011...

Mar 19, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Pizza Construction in Canmore

We are currently loving the Thai place temporarily using the Summit Cafe in the evenings as it's base. This is the same operation as the Thai Bus in the summer on Main Street - really good food and friendly people running the place. I hear there is a major doubt that the bus will be back this summer which is a big shame .

Mar 16, 2011
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Pizza Construction in Canmore

Thanks for the heads-up, I've lived here for 6 years & never tried a pizza from this place. It's on my list now though after your glowing review!

Mar 14, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Charnushka/Nigella seeds in Canmore/Banff???

hmmm could be difficult then, i live here & have never seen them - i bought my last lot in Calgary

Jan 11, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Charnushka/Nigella seeds in Canmore/Banff???

try Nutters in Canmore (end of Main Street, in the small strip mall opposite the Drake pub)

Jan 11, 2011
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Key Lime

Sobeys here in Canmore has plenty of them, in little net bags - so i assume Calgary Sobeys have them too.

Dec 24, 2010
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Banff Dining

Breakfast here in Canmore......

Harvest for really nice Cinnamon buns - not sure about their weekend hours at the moment.

Summit Cafe for the best cooked breakfast.

Communitea or Mountain Mercato for the best coffee.

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Mountain Mercato
817 8 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B3, CA

Communitea Cafe
Mistaya Place 6 Ave 10 St, Canmore T1W 3L8, CA

Dec 21, 2010
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Bulk Barn in Edmonton

http://www.trinity-group.com/?q=node/399

Looks like a Bulk Barn opening in Okotoks

Nov 24, 2010
graemejw in Prairie Provinces

Canmore - Aromas Mexican Restaurant

We did consume rather a lot of alcohol, which pushed the price up considerably & did tip generously as the service was excellent! The food component was probably closer to $40.

I agree compared to a taco stand in Mexico, very pricey - but for an expensive-as-hell mountain town - not too bad. You can easily pay $80+ for a very mediocre meal in Canmore & especially Banff.

Oct 29, 2010
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