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Our Canmore Shopping List

April 25, 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & Jen Groundwater


Blast from the Past
Five reasons we love the original antique postcards at Sunny Raven Gallery:

  • Cultural History: Images of tent camps, Swiss guides and railway cars give a glimpse into early 1900s life in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Labour of Love: Card makers hand coloured black and white images to bring scenes to life.
  • Environmental Insight: “I’ve had scientists and biologists buy early cards that show forest cover, and benchmark glacier recession,” says gallery owner Meg Nicks.
  • Communication Trends: Messages on early 1900s cards were written in small spaces on the front; only the address went on the back.
  • Creative Presentation: Nicks sells framed and unframed cards; choose how you want to display your piece of Canadian Rockies history.


A Slice of Naples

Neapolitan Pizza at Famoso

Canadian franchise Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened its second Calgary location in McKenzie Towne on Wednesday evening. (more…)

You Are Here: Old Strathcona

Image courtesy of Noel Zinger

With over 600 eclectic, independent and alternative shops and services to explore, it’s little wonder Old Strathcona is regarded as the place to experience Edmonton’s finest live theatre and music, boutique shopping, dining and nightlife. Read on for some of our top spots in this historical district and then visit www.oldstrathcona.ca for even more. (more…)

Hot Dining: Top 5 Cool Desserts

Cantaberry ice cream dessert at BDI.

When the sun beats down and you need to cool off, think like a kid and reach for one of these creamy treats that deliver on flavour and creativity:

Renowned for its wide range of banana-flavoured ice cream treats, Banana Boat scores a hit with its banog milkshake. Real bananas, egg, rich vanilla soft serve and a pleasing dash of cinnamon flavour this one-of-a-kind smooth sipper. 390 Osborne St, 475-4610, Map 1: T-5.

Boon Burger’s vanilla soft serve may look like ice cream, but coconut milk and rice pudding actually make up the vegan-friendly base. Vegans and non-vegans alike are scooping up this silky dessert for its refreshing coconut taste. 79 Sherbrook St, 415-1391, Map 1: R-2.

The Cantaberry (pictured) at landmark ice cream stop Bridge Drive-In excites the eyes as much as the palate. A scooped-out cantaloupe half houses a vanilla soft ice cream sundae smothered in tart blueberry sauce. Whispy clouds of whipped cream, chopped peanuts, juicy pieces of cantaloupe and a sweet cherry on top complete this adored fruit sensation. 766 Jubilee Ave, 475‑6850, Map 2: E-4.

Cool and creamy Argentinian gelato is the specialty inside Eva’s Gelato & Coffee Bar’s brightly lit and gleaming space. Pair signature caramel-based dulce de leche with a scoop of uncanny banana split flavour for a heavenly sugar rush. 101-1001 Corydon Ave, 452-3827, Map 1: T-1.

Beneath swirls of whipped cream and rivers of chocolate sauce lies a fried, crunchy surprise in La Bamba’s popular ice cream dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is lightly coated in a sweet house-made batter of Rice Krispies and Maria cookies that crackles with each bite. 222 Osborne St, 415-5713, Map 1: S-3.

Hot Dining: Where to Go for Gelato

Enjoy this summer staple at Truffle Treasures.

Now that the warm weather is here, you might find yourself needing a cool, delicious treat. Here, we’ve done the leg work for you and rounded up four of our favourite places to check out when you need a gelato fix. But we’re guessing you’ll want to taste-test for yourself.

Truffle Treasures: A chocolate shop with a top-notch gelato section. The coconut cream flavour is a must. 769 Bank St., 613-230-3859, and 314 Richmond Rd., 613-761-3859. www.truffletreasures.com

Piccolo Grande: Top flavours include nutmeg and bacio. Also offers sherbet, sorbet, and lunch. 55 Murray St. Suite 102, 613-241-2909. www.piccologrande.ca

Pure Gelato: Located on bustling Elgin Street, this cute shop is especially popular in the evenings during the warmer months. 350 Elgin St., 613-237-3799.

Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana: A traditional bakery in Little Italy. Eighteen flavours of homemade gelato is prepared every day. 200 Preston St., 613-233-2104. www.pasticceria.ca

Ice Cream Divine

Cool off this summer at some of Calgary’s best spots for sweet frozen treats.

This Italian café on Kensington Road is known for its wide selection of homemade gelatos and sorbettos. From coconut mango swirl to cookies and cream, their 72 flavours ran the gamut from typical to unusual. Also on their menu is a selection of frozen yoghurts, non-dairy tofulatis and low-sugar gelatos and sorbettos. Enjoy any of their frozen treats on their sidewalk patio.

Also known as Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop, this family-run ice cream parlour is designed like a ‘50s soda shop and located just off the Bow River Pathway. Try one of their regular flavours in a homemade waffle cone, or a pick of the month such as raspberry cheesecake or Turtle. Enjoy the store’s player piano while you eat your cone, which staff play upon request. Lic’s also makes ice cream cakes, which can be ordered in advance for special occasions; flavours include mint chocolate chip and chocolate fudge.

A Cochrane landmark, this ice cream parlour is best known for its extra-creamy homemade ice cream. Made from a family recipe and using the highest butterfat cream available, MacKay’s has been in business for over sixty years. Enjoy some of their favourite flavours such as mango or chocolate peanut butter—served all year round—or try a seasonal flavour such as Mini Egg Hunt for Easter and gingerbread at Christmas.

For those who like to design their own dessert, Marble Slab is the place to go. Pick from the different varieties of waffle cones dipped in chocolate and candies, or a waffle bowl. Next choose an ice cream flavour such as birthday cake, key lime or coffee, and select your “mixins.” You can mix two or three ingredients into your ice cream, including fruit or crushed chocolate bars and candies. All your selections are then mixed together on a cold marble slab. If you find the number of decisions too daunting, you can try one of their already designed creations or a milkshake made with plain ice cream.

People may come to My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe for the wide selection of ice cream flavours, but they stay for the atmosphere. Situated in the neighbourhood of Marda Loop, the shoppe is decorated with a collection of ice cream memorabilia, from black and white photos and vintage signs to old church pews lining the walls. Ice cream flavours remain consistent with old favourites such as brownie meltdown and candyfloss, as well as new varieties such as After Eight. Piano players can also get their ice cream free by playing the shoppe’s instrument for a minimum of 10 minutes.

This Inglewood dessert bar is a spot for the true connoisseur, with a wide selection of cakes and tarts paired with wines and coffees. They also serve their own made-from-scratch ice cream and sorbet, available in their retail shop and served in a homemade cone or take-home carton. Try one of their original ice cream flavours such as blue cheese or Mexican vanilla, or enjoy a fruit sorbet made from guava, blackberry or honey tangerine. —Elena Redd