Cardinale

I was so delighted to be invited to Cardinale for a complimentary lunch and a chance to check out their new spring cocktail list along with a few of their tantalizing menu items. From the moment we stepped inside and smelled the garlicky aroma coming from the kitchen, Matt and I were kicking ourselves for not…

Winefest 2018

We did it! We celebrated our first Winefest and lived to tell the tale. I’ll do my best to cover the highlights, but I have to admit that my memory of each individual wine has been left a little fuzzy. But speaking of celebrations – happy first anniversary to me! Matt sweetly reminded me this afternoon…

Foodie Night at Nando’s Mahogany

I had zero chill when Nando’s Canada invited me to a special event at their new location in Mahogany. Most of what I captured was not usable because I was literally shaking with excitement about being surrounded by all that PERi PERi sauce. I took photos instead of videos and videos instead of photos. I chatted with…

Hungry at Home: Pasta Carbonara

I have made and served some terrible carbonara in my lifetime – usually dry with more of a scrambled egg consistency than anything else. No one eats pasta for their health, so it all feels pretty pointless if it’s not also delicious. I finally decided enough was enough and spent a day Googling different techniques…

Hayden Block

We’ve been meaning to try Hayden Block for a while, so a warm Tuesday night with a protest planned at the Plaza theatre across the street seemed like a great time to rubberneck, drink whiskey and munch on some barbecue. It was crowded when we arrived at about 5:30 and the only table we could…

Royale Brasserie

When I plan a trip, my favourite part is looking up restaurants, must-try dishes and regional cuisine. Before going to France two years ago, I had looked up the french words for all kinds of tasty foods and was ready to order tarte Tatin, cassoulet and poitrine de canard. What I didn’t plan for was how…

Hungry at Home: Australian Finger Limes

I tried Australian finger limes (Citrus australasica) this weekend after seeing them at Bridgeland Market. Cute, right? They looked a bit shrivelled, but they’ve had a long journey from Oz all the way to my kitchen! And they were still beautifully juicy when I cut them open. Nice, right? The cross cut and gentle squeeze makes for…

Shibuya Izakaya

Still mourning the recent closure of our favourite sushi place, Hot Stone Rice Bowl (RIP), Matt and I had been dragging our heels looking for somewhere new. Anyone who can say they’ve compared sushi in Calgary to what’s available in a coastal region will agree that it’s a hit-and-miss market here, so we were nervous. We…

Pie Junkie & Bakery (Happy Pi Day!)

Happy Pi Day! I care so little about math that I’m getting bored just writing this sentence, but a day to celebrate both math and pie is something I can definitely wrap my head around! Matt was away this week, which meant there was no one at home to impress with my pastry-making skills (read:…

Hungry at Home: Taco Toppers

For us, taco night used to mean some kind of spicy protein, a slop of canned salsa or hot sauce, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, grated cheese wrapped up in a wheat tortilla that sticks to the roof of your mouth… sound familiar? But then we would go out to a Mexican restaurant and eat the…