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Best Charcuterie Boards in the Canadian Rockies

April 5, 2016
By Ashley Materi

Charcuterie boards are a trendy, interactive way to share a meal. They allow you to sample cured meats, pâtés, cheeses, preserves and produce that complement one another. Plus there’s a bonus—charcuterie pairs great with wine!

Grapes Wine Bar at the Fairmont Banff Springs is an excellent choice for charcuterie. The former ‘Castle in the Rockies’ library now offers an elegant-yet-relaxed dining atmosphere. It’s perfect for a date night or intimate evening with friends.

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Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

Hot Dining: A Taste of Home

Thousands of miles from his birthplace, Chef Stéphane Wild has erected a culinary alter to Alsace at Bistro Chez Sophie. Since the French-bred traditionalist set up shop in Winnipeg’s French Quarter seven years ago, he has become locally renowned for his time-honoured family recipes and consistent, flawless execution. With an arsenal of butter, cream and cheese the sincere, proud chef treats diners to a taste of his heritage. Each indulgent béchamel-smothered smoked salmon crepe and fluffy, soufflé-like cheesecake is a masterful execution of practiced and proven ‘true cooking’.  284 ave de la Cathédrale Ave, 204-235-0353.

Hot Dining: FARM Restaurant

FARM’s famous Mac n’ Cheese. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Located on busy 17 Ave SW, FARM Restaurant celebrates local food in a cozy, rural-inspired setting.

The interior, with its muted floral wallpaper, lace curtains and vintage coffee cups evokes the feel of a prairie farm kitchen. A large communal “harvest table” and bar seating wrapped around the open-kitchen keep the cozy room feeling lively. A large chalkboard at the back of the restaurant lists out the daily specials and for those seated at the open kitchen, Chef Pete Goldberg and his brigade happily engage (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Photo by Michel Julien

By Kat Tancock

Goat cheese, or chèvre, is a common sight on hotel menus, but usually the cheese doesn’t come from the hotel’s own goats. (more…)

Interview With DobbernationLoves’ Andrew John Virtue Dobson

Dobson at a noodle house in Tokyo, Japan.

Andrew John Virtue Dobson started his blog DobbernationLoves (on Twitter: @dobbernation) after his first solo backpacking trip through Europe. The Toronto-based blogger’s day job is at Planeterra Foundation, the charitable arm of Gap Adventures, the Canadian-based travel company that hosts tours around the globe. The blog’s title is a clever play on Dobber (a nickname) and Nation (which he sees as “an authoritative stance on what I was doing and where I was going”). Dobson describes DobbernationLoves as a “lifestyle blog with an encyclopedia’s worth of information on travel, Toronto-based restaurants, cheese, wine and beer. I post consistently throughout the week all of the things I love, whether it be covering a fashion or arts based event, or some recipe I came up with over the weekend. I share whatever makes me smile.”

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Quirky and Cute: Coombs, British Columbia

Tucked away on Vancouver Island, north of Nanaimo off the Island Highway is Coombs, a place that’s become known for its signature rooftop of grazing goats. Under that roof is The Old Country Market, a quirky grocery store that offers a huge selection of breads and sweets made in their bakery, a cheese shop and imported foods that run the gamut from English licorice to bacon-flavoured mayonnaise a.k.a. Baconnaise.

Before you head to the Market to shop, have lunch at Cuckoo in Coombs Trattoria & Pizzeria. The Italian restaurant offers pasta and wood-stove pizza in a large space with wooden tables and rustic tablecloths (which you can buy next door in Zolena). If the weather is nice, sit out back on the patio under the plum trees. Just outside the restaurant is the greenery area with large pots and Chinese statues, shrubbery and small cacti. Nestled in amongst the plants is Zolena, a shop with wool blankets from New Zealand, Chinese silk bags and bangles from India. (more…)

Hot Dining: The Cheese Shop

The grilled cheese sandwich is just one delicious lunch item at Serious Cheese.

With a name like Serious Cheese, you know this place means business. Here you’ll find exclusive items like Neal’s Yard Dairy from London, or Fifth Town’s Beau’s Rose Haus (washed in the locally-brewed Beau’s Beer). But the secret draw of this cute shop is the Serious Lunch. From 11am to 3:30pm daily, you can order from their to-die-for menu, which includes grilled cheese sandwiches served up with aged cheddar and creamy Dutch gouda, Mariachi Mac &Cheese with peppers, cauliflower, onions, jalapenos, and corn, and creamy tomato soup. 1189 Bank St., 613-422-6090.