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Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

I got to Taste of Calgary on Thursday evening after work, and over the next few posts I’ll share some of the goodies… but there’s still time to get down there yourself!

My friend and I each bought $20 worth of tickets – and we left FULL!

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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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The Street Eatery

Vegetarian Naan Rola from the Street Eatery in downtown Calgary (without onions)

Vegetarian Naan Rola from the Street Eatery in downtown Calgary (without onions)

After seeing them tagged on Instagram, I was totally keen to check out The Street Eatery, located in downtown Calgary. Their Instagram feed is lots of cool fusion food… but what caught my eye were the super-cool over-the-top milkshakes. I convinced some friends to join me one evening. Although I was going for the milkshakes… I couldn’t help myself from the savory instead.

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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Treats

 

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Rainbow Bakery (Dragon City Mall)

Green tea flavoured sticky ball filled with red bean paste from the Rainbow Bakery in Chinatown's Dragon City Mall

Green tea flavoured sticky ball filled with red bean paste from the Rainbow Bakery in Chinatown’s Dragon City Mall

I grabbed some BBQ pork buns for a friend’s birthday party a while back and in talking about it later, she asked where I picked them up… so here’s the secret – Rainbow Bakery in the Dragon City Mall in Chinatown. They don’t seem to have a website, but I pop in there once in a while when I’m in the neighbourhood for buns, sticky rice balls, and other goodies.

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Posted by on July 22, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Treats

 

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Maruju Sushi on Centre Street YYC

Tuna, avocado, and mango 'tartar' from Maruju sushi on centre street just north of Chinatown in Calgary

Tuna, avocado, and mango ‘tartar’ from Maruju sushi on centre street just north of Chinatown in Calgary

There’s a meeting place I’ve been going to a lot lately, but I always seem to mis-time how long it will take for me to get there from work… so I always end up being 30-60 minutes earlier than I need to be. While normally I’ll pop over into Starbucks across the street… one time I stopped in at Maruju Sushi.

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Seared Tuna for dinner

Using the oil from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar to cook delicious furikake-coated tuna steaks for dinner!

Using the oil from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar to cook delicious furikake-coated tuna steaks for dinner!

A while back I shared my Hawaiian-inspired seared tuna dish… well I made it up again, this time using oil from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar to cook the tuna. I used my favourite Furikake seasoning to coat the tuna steak… and created SO much NOM.

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Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Downtown Calgary

 

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Sweet Tooth rolled Ice Cream

Two rolled ice cream creations from Sweet Tooth Ice Cream in Chinatown, Calgary

Two rolled ice cream creations from Sweet Tooth Ice Cream in Chinatown, Calgary

Rolled Ice Cream – I think I’m a little late to the party, because a friend was trying to get me to try out rolled ice cream LAST summer when there was a food truck in Calgary specializing in it. However… that never did happen. (Food trucks are always downtown during lunch and I don’t work downtown!)

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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Treats

 

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Sakana Grill in Calgary’s Chinatown

Salmon roe and chopped scallop rolls from Sakana Grill

Salmon roe and chopped scallop rolls from Sakana Grill

Back in late April, I met up with a friend after her work downtown – and we had hoped to go to Goro + Gun for dinner – but it was Sunday, and they were closed. So, we wandered over to Sakana Grill instead.

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Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Sushi

 

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Nourish Kitchen & Bakery

Colourful tarts and other goodies from Nourish Kitchen and Bakery

Colourful tarts and other goodies from Nourish Kitchen and Bakery

At the end of April a friend invited me to the YYC Alternative Market. In the back of my mind I really hoped that the market would be retro-funky-goth-cool… and while there were a lot of vendors there that fit that bill – I was also super happy see my friends from Nourish Kitchen and Bakery!

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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Treats

 

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Salad doesn’t have to be boring….

Collage of photos from inside the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

Collage of photos from inside the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

In my previous blog post I shared some photos from inside the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar – a clean, stylish shop in Eau Claire market. Today I’m going to share just a few quick photos of some of the salads I’ve put together using their product for dressings.

I don’t really LIKE to eat salad a lot – not that it’s not tasty.. it just gets BORING after a while. Putting these oils and vinegars (ok.. way more vinegar than oil.. I love the ZING) along with some delicious creamy goat cheese makes any salad WAY more interesting for me.

salad topped off with dressing from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

salad topped off with dressing from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

This is tomatoes, goat cheese, and leftover beets from the previous night’s dinner over mixed greens, with blackberry-ginger balsamic vinegar along with blood orange EVOO. YUM!

Red pepper, mushroom, goat cheese and spinach salad topped off with dressing from the salad topped off with dressing from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

Red pepper, mushroom, goat cheese and spinach salad topped off with dressing from the salad topped off with dressing from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar

My friend doesn’t like mushrooms… but I like them, so I tossed mushrooms into MY salad.. but left them out for him. Red pepper gives lots of colour, goat cheese, and spinach are topped off with the Persian Lime Infused Olive Oil mixed with Pomegranate Dark Balsamic vinegar. YUM!
Finally one more – this is a salad with green, yellow, and red mini tomatoes, goat cheese…. & amazing dressing made with blackberry-ginger balsamic & blood orange evoo. It’s served up in my gorgeous hand-made blue pottery bowl that I got from an artisan’s show a while back.

I also picked up a few more flavours recently… now I need to find the perfect dish to try out the Dark Chocolate Dark Balsamic vinegar too…. it tastes so yummy just on it’s own. Ice cream maybe? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Downtown Calgary

 

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Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar

The owner of Eau Claire Market Oil & Vinegar Bar putting together my purchase.

The owner of Eau Claire Market Oil & Vinegar Bar putting together my purchase.

If you’ve followed me on Instagram or on my Facebook page, you’ve likely seen the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar pop up more than once.
Ages ago I visited a cool similar bar in Victoria, BC, and loved it… but didn’t know of any place in Calgary that offered a similar experience and product. Then before last Christmas I stumbled upon the one in Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary and loved it!

Inside the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar - such a clean, stylish shop!

Inside the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar – such a clean, stylish shop!

I love being able to sample the flavours in advance (and have taken a few friends to do the same), and love that they suggest pairings to make really lovely flavours. I will use flavoured balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oil for a bunch of different dishes… but in the end I keep coming back to salads- because I don’t normally LIKE salad- and tossing on a really special dressing makes it WAY easier to get more greens into my day.

Today I’ll share some photos from inside the shop, and in a future post I’ll share some of my salad creations.

The packaging to take home my purchases from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar.

The packaging to take home my purchases from the Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar bar.

p.s. – how do you like my new graphics? I’m trying something new with my Instagram feed and thought I’d bring some of the photos over here too!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Downtown Calgary

 

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