Happy Hour spread at Boxwood Cafe. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.
Located on the edge of Calgary’s beautiful urban Central Memorial Park, Boxwood Café serves Canadian dishes that focus heavily on local ingredients. Its charming patio is located in the shade, but with a great view of the park and plenty of people watching on adjacent Fourth Street SW.
We happily stumbled upon Boxwood’s happy hour special of red lentil hummus with house-made flatbread and a pitcher of beer from Brew Brothers ($20) or sangria ($25).
Easily shared between two people, we recommend adding savoury mixed olives and warn that one pitcher on a hot afternoon might not be enough!
Happy hour runs 3 pm – 6 pm. Boxwood Café does not take reservations.
The Perogy Boyz. Photo: Blair Hill
Calgary’s incredible summer weather provides the perfect excuse to get outside and grab a bite at one of the city’s eclectic food trucks.
Culinary treats cover a broad spectrum, from Perogy Boyz savoury sauerkraut perogies, to Alley Burger’s mouth-watering roasted garlic pork burger and rich duck fat poutine, to delicious hot pho from the Noodle Bus.
Calgary Food Truck menus include a variety of ethnic treats (such as Shogun Teppanyaki’s Japanese grill and Los Compadres’ traditional Mexican fare) comfort foods (Fries and Dolls, SteakOut and Red Wagon Diner) and desserts (SnoBerryIce and Fiasco Gelato).
What better way to celebrate the winter season than by sitting down to a tasty treat available only around the holidays? Forget your waistline and indulge this season with these speciality goodies available only in Calgary and only at this time of year.
Snowflake Misto at Higher Ground Cafe.
1. Snowflake Misto from Higher Ground
New this year is the Snowflake Misto, a spice tea-based drink with vanilla, white chocolate and whipped cream. Many coffee shops have a gingerbread/ginger spice latte, but Higher Ground is a serious top contender for this spicy-sweet, caffeinated cup of holiday magic. They also offer an Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha and a Merry Little Latte with candy cane pieces. Grab a seat by the window and watch the snow fall (or chilly Kensington-goers run through the street) and maybe dig into some delicious mac ‘n cheese for lunch, or for pure indulgence, add a slice of eggnog cheesecake.
Ki Modern Japanese
Ki Modern Japanese takes the average sushi joint and raises the bar. Putting a contemporary spin on traditional dishes, the menu offers sushi rolls like kiwi-tuna, appies such as sake-braised pork belly and hot dishes à la yuzu fruit-marinated rack of lamb. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest saké selections in the city. Be sure to try the spicy avocado roll: pineapple, tomato and chives wrapped in cucumber, and topped with wasabi relish.