One18 Empire

We had such a lovely time hosting Matt’s family over the holidays and I wanted to tell you all about the meal we had to kick it off at One18 Empire. It was our first time there and we were very hungry, so prepare for some photos! The drinks menu was our first priority – they…

Parker PR Media Mingle at Block Kitchen & Lounge

Guys, you know I’m not fancy, but I was so delighted to celebrate a restaurant’s third anniversary with a media mingle at Block Kitchen and Lounge organized by Parker PR. Ellen Parker and her team work on some of my favourite Calgarian events and brands, like Beakerhead, Calgary Folk Fest and Oak Tree Tavern, to name a few….

Hungry in Banff: Juniper Bistro

My mom and Ernie started a new tradition of spending a family weekend in Banff at the end of each summer. This was the second year we did it, and it was so much fun! A major highlight for me was dinner at Juniper Hotel Bistro. Perched on Mt. Norquay, the dining room and huge…

Hungry in Red Deer: Westlake Grill

It was my mom’s birthday a few weeks ago (ok, almost a month ago, I’m in the weeds!) so I made a reservation at her favourite restaurant, Red Deer’s Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch. This has obviously forever secured my place as her favourite child. Sorry, Kirsten. For the uninitiated, Heritage Ranch is an adorable…

Hungry in Camrose: Sushi Wa

Matt’s family lives in Camrose, so we go up there quite often for a visit. Camrose has almost every chain imaginable, so we lean on those heavily for brunches and dinners out, but when a new locally-owned restaurant opens up, we have to give it a try! We had an occasion to celebrate as a…

Starbelly

My friend, Heather, lives in the faaaar southeast side of the city, so we don’t get to hang out as much as we’d like. It seemed only fitting to make a pilgrimage down there to see her for dinner at Starbelly Open Kitchen & Lounge nearby. This place is something a little different in an area otherwise…

Hungry in Banff: La Terrazza

Lindsay, Shannon and I recently joined Michelle in Banff for a girl’s weekend to celebrate her birthday. Michelle is our fanciest friend and also a big time food and wine enthusiast, so it had to be suitably decadent! After sifting through a few reviews, we decided on La Terrazza (the Terrace) at Banff Park Lodge. We ordered…

Hungry in Red Deer: Red Boar Smokery

I see my family in Red Deer about once a month and for the past few visits I have been obsessed with dragging friends and family into Red Boar Smokery. My dad was a tough sell as he’s a talented home chef (and homebody!), but a few weeks ago he agreed to join me as…

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…