When Avenue Magazine recounted all of the new restaurants they had featured throughout 2014, the number was a whooping 27. If math isn’t your forté, that’s approximately one new restaurant every two weeks. That 27 didn’t even include all of the spots that had opened either, the number was likely closer to 40, meaning something more like a new eatery opening every 9 days. Now, that’s a lot of new establishments for diners to have to choose between.
Here are some of the new restaurant features I’ve done personally for the magazine in the past few months and with many more openings on the horizon, there will surely be more features to come!
Well, we certainly do now, thanks to brothers Chris and Russ Prefontaine, owners of Fratello Coffee. Although they already operate both Analog Cafes (located down the road from this new concept and also in The Calgary Farmers’ Market) this is the brothers’ first real foray into the restaurant world and they’ve made sure to come in with a big splash in the city’s food scene with Corbeaux Bakehouse.
The eatery’s interior was conceived by designer Sarah Ward. The designer has been involved in a variety of projects in recent years like Wurst and Craft Beer Market, and most recently, The Nash. Inside the light and airy space you’ll find white brick walls, a black roof with a big, bright skylight above, and windows facing the north side of the street and Corbeaux’s west patio. Curved brass-neck lamps hover over banquet seating while comfy leather stools invite you to saddle up around the espresso and wine bar, or along the baker’s station where you can see staff rolling croissants and baking bread.
Happy New Year! Don’t you find that when Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall in the middle of their perspective weeks, we all seem to relax a lot more over than holidays? I certainly do. Having said that, I’m back from a couple weeks of rest and relaxation (and one hell of a trip to New York City), so I’m refreshed and ready to take on 2015 as best I can.
I originally came up with this salad recipe for the Chopped Canada Mystery Solved blog series on FoodNetwork.ca last winter, but thought it would be perfectly fitting for January. A month where most of us try to eat better (or less), but still want what we’re eating to taste good.
Bulgur wheat is a fun grain to play around with and nowadays you should be able to find it at most major grocery stores. So, go find some and try this salad out!
It’s extremely rare that you’ll find me baking desserts in my kitchen. I leave that sort of task to my much more talented friends (Stephanie Eddy), my mother or grandmother. But, when the Calgary Food Bloggers Bake Sale rolls around, I feel obligated to brush the dust off my rolling pin and stand mixer and whip something up for a good cause.
Before you start thinking butternut squash in a dessert is weird, I assure that it practically tastes identical to pumpkin once this is all over and done with. So…phew. Exactly.
To finish off the squares, I used a chai caramel sauce that I made at home (a recipe that you can find on EatNorth.ca), but if making homemade caramel sauce isn’t your thing or extremely hot sugar in a pan scares you, then just go out and buy some good quality stuff!
Earlier this fall, I got to have a little mountain getaway in Banff while taking the new Volkswagen Touareg for a spin. The weekend of relaxing (which I don’t do often) and eating wrapped up nicely with this beauty of a breakfast pizza from The Bison, but let’s rewind 48 hours here back to the beginning.
Now, most of you would find this hard to believe, but I lived in Calgary sans-vehicle for almost 7 years until this summer when I decided that it was probably time to get a set of wheels again. While it was nice having a reliable 2008 car in my possession in August, it was even cooler to be able to drive this one for a few days. I’m not a vehicle expert by any means, but it was nice to head out to the mountains in an SUV that had all kinds of voice activations, navigation systems and more. Yes, my car sitting outside my home was seeming older and older by the minute the closer we drove to The Rockies.
I was chatting with my friend Mel the other week about the fact that green peppers always seem to suck. They aren’t great raw, they aren’t great cooked. Is there a good way to cook them? Is there? I may just be a jaded, old green pepper hater, but I’m willing to keep trying avenues where they can be more enjoyable.
Anyway…recently I spent a good chunk of time out on the east coast, so I decided to bring a few lobsters back home with me to cook up a lobster-centric dinner for some friends. I thought it would be fun to go a little old school with some stuffed mushroom caps and there happened to be a green pepper from my last Spud Calgary delivery pre-travels, staring at me every time I opened the fridge, so it was time to use it.
It’s hard to go wrong with stuffed mushroom caps, especially when cream cheese and lobster are involved, but I must admit, the green pepper was an enjoyable addition to this recipe and everyone seemed to love them, so maybe I just need to cool it on my anti-green pepper campaign…
Every time I sit down and chat with a local chef for this Behind The Line column, I end up learning more about them and the history of Calgary’s food scene than I’m expecting. It’s so interesting how individual in the city’s culinary community has helped shape it into what it is today in some shape or form.
(Chef Dilan Draper’s food is pictured above, by the way. Good stuff!)
Below, you’ll find some great recipes chefs have shared with me over the past few months, but before we dive into tasty food, I’m excited to share that Behind The Line has moved onto EatNorth.ca now with a more national focus. I’ll still be sharing candid conversations with chefs from Calgary, of course, but I am also pretty eager to get to know chefs in other cities like Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax and more.
Anyway, onto the food!
- Avenue Magazine: Restaurant Round Up For The Winter
- Bulgur Wheat and Zucchini Salad
- Caramel Butternut Squash and Apple Holiday Squares
- A Weekend Road Trip to Banff
- Lobster and Green Pepper-stuffed Mushroom Caps
- Appetizers & Co.
- Calgary & Area
- Magazine Highlights
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Something Sweet
- Top Chef Canada: Taking The Challenge Home
- United States