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calgary dining

Dining Spotlight: Stephen Deere

By SILVIA PIKAL

May 22, 2018 

Photo by Nadine Benoit.

Stephen Deere decided to try something a little less traditional when opening Modern Steak in 2014. The steakhouse and cocktail lounge has a rotating, seasonal menu that encourages guests to choose their steak from a selection of local ranches, all in a bright and energetic space. Guests can expect to hear hip-hop, R&B, dancehall and reggae tunes that are selected — and often spun — by the owner himself.

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What’s new and notable with Calgary restaurants

By SILVIA PIKAL

April 11, 2018

Read the latest in our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Elbow Room launches spring menu

Char Siu at Elbow Room/Photo by Silvia Pikal.

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5 places to get an Old Fashioned in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic typically made with spirits, bitters, water and sugar. You can’t go wrong with this classic and it’s quite popular amongst Calgary’s happy hour hoppers. Here are five places that do them particularly well.

Barcelona Tavern 

Smoke in a glass at Barcelona Tavern/Photo by Silvia Pikal.

The drink here is made with Bulleit Bourbon and the glass is cedar smoked by the bartenders. Drop by on a Friday after work and you’ll smell it in the air. (more…)

5 delicious reasons to eat through The Big Taste foodie festival

By SILVIA PIKAL

February 28, 2018

Read the latest in our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

The Big Taste is back

Now in its 17th year, The Big Taste foodie festival gives Calgarians the chance to sample a variety of dishes from their choice of more than 90 participating downtown restaurants.  (more…)

Calgary restaurants: 4 new and noteworthy things

By Silvia Pikal

February 15, 2018

Read the latest in our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Elwood and the Rabbit opens in Bridgeland

Photo by What’s Good Photography, courtesy Elwood and the Rabbit.


If the name Elwood and the Rabbit makes you think of an imaginary rabbit named Harvey, you’re not alone. We promise. (more…)

Dining spotlight: Andrew Keen’s journey from ski bum to Murrieta’s chef

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Photo courtesy Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

Who doesn’t love an adventurous dish prepared with exciting new methods and piled high with unusual ingredients? Nothing feels quite so top-of-the-line as imported ingredients and menu items with names you can barely pronounce, right? Well, not according to chef Andrew Keen, leader of the charge at Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

Born in Ontario, raised in England, and a culinary prodigy of Canada’s west coast, Keen may be a citizen of the world, but he still insists the best menu around is the one grown right here in Alberta’s backyard.

“I love the simplicity,” Keen says of the steakhouse fare he’s cooked for over 17 years. “It’s about showcasing and respecting the product and the skill of cooking it. It’s tempting to get creative, but the simplicity of a perfectly cooked steak sometimes gets a little lost. Salt, pepper, a great piece of meat and a hot grill—those are really the only ingredients you need.”

After abandoning his former career as an insurance broker in London to live the life of a ski bum on the slopes of Whistler, Keen first stepped into the kitchen when the money for his lift tickets ran out. He cut his teeth cooking omelets at the Nancy Green Lodge, a natural choice for a part-time gig, he says, given the town’s history as a hospitality hotspot.

“You’d do your best, and sometimes you’d cry yourself to sleep in the store room to make sure you were there bright and early for the next morning, but the camaraderie of the kitchen was like nothing else.” (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in February

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

Photo by Andrée Lanthier/Courtesy Theatre Calgary.

Twelfth Night at Max Bell Theatre 

Calgary’s own Old Trout Puppet Workshop offers a fresh take on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy Twelfth Night through this innovative production filled with inventive props and costuming. Follow along the journey of the shipwreck that separates and strands twins Viola and Sebastian in the mysterious land of Illyria. Playing at the Max Bell Theatre from January 30 to February 24. (more…)

Calgary restaurants: 5 new and noteworthy things

By SILVIA PIKAL

January 31, 2018

This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Brunch Happy Hour at Earls

Brunch got a lot happier at Earls in January 2018. All brunch entrées are $8 on the weekends during brunch happy hour, along with $5 mimosas. Hollandaise fans should order the chorizo and mushroom hash with crispy fried potatoes and poached eggs, topped with everyone’s favourite breakfast sauce. Visit their website for a list of times and locations. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Anju

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Anju restaurant.

ANJU

Situated at the crossroads of two of Calgary’s best dining districts, Anju is an oasis for those seeking an exciting yet accessible take on modern Korean cuisine. (more…)

Calgary’s Best New Restaurant 2017: Bar Von Der Fels

By RACHAEL FREY 

Photo courtesy Bar Von Der Fels.

BAR VON DER FELS

One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our 2018 Where to Dine Awards and Best New Restaurant, Bar Von Der Fels quickly became a staple in Calgary’s foodie scene after opening in autumn 2016. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Bonterra Trattoria

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo by Gustav Nel, courtesy Bonterra Trattoria.


BONTERRA TRATTORIA

When you just want some classic, delicious Italian fare in a charming atmosphere with attentive service, Bonterra is the place that will bring it all together. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Bridgette Bar

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy Bridgette Bar.

BRIDGETTE BAR

Bridgette Bar excels at offering options for both snacks and a full dinner with a carefully selected drinks list. Try the addicting garlic bread filled with cheese curds, or the large plates that offer everything from rainbow trout to wood-roasted duck. (more…)