Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant’

Great Food in the Rocky Mountains

May 3rd, 2010

I’ve just gotten back from a weekend conference in Jasper.  I stayed at the Jasper Park Lodge, where as always, the food was fabulous, but not all that exciting.  What really made me smile were all the other hidden gems I discovered on the trips to and from the mountains.

Breakfast at Cafe Mondo

A friend who worked in the park recommended a few places to visit while I was up there.  We had dinner at the De’d Dog Bar in the Astoria Hotel – I went for the extremely tasty bison/deer/elk burger with a side of the best fries I’ve had in ages.  Breakfast was at Café Mondo – a crispy ham and cheese croissant with a side of fruit salad.  Great coffee at this little restaurant, and a friendly, casual atmosphere.

On the trip home, we stopped in Canmore for an early dinner.  Our first choice, the Crazyweed Kitchen, was closed because it wasn’t yet 5:00pm.  Fortunately, we happened upon The Grizzly Paw Brewery which was most definitely open.  The place was full of families and groups of friends, both inside and out on the patio.  We ordered up a burger, a steak and a big plate of fish and chips.  Everything was perfect pub food.  I even convinced the bartender to mix their Nut Brown and Raspberry Wheat ales to make a PB&J – something we came up with in Halifax, that I had been craving for about two years.  It did not disappoint.  I’ll be on the lookout for some Grizzly Paw bottles the next time I’m at my local liquor store, since I’m sure it would go perfectly with some Valbella sausages (my previous favourite Canmore food export).

Spaghetti with sausage and arugula

Waterton Lakes National Park

March 2nd, 2010

Waterton

I just spent a wonderful weekend in Waterton.  I needed a break from “the big city” so I headed down to the mountains for two nights at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort.  The lodge is a grouping of small, multi-room chalets with a communal rec centre and a central restaurant and pub.  The pub has a fantastic second-storey view of Mount Vimy, one of my favourite mountains in the park.

Vimy’s is pretty much the only restaurant open in Waterton since the Kilmorey burned down last year.  They serve tasty pub fare, with a bit of an Alberta twist.  For dinner the first night, I had a bison, mushroom and red pepper stew that I’ll be trying to recreate later in the week.  Their house salad features a killer saskatoon and garlic salad dressing that goes well with sweet potato fries and big Olympic hockey games.

I’m looking forward to a summer visit, when the weather is warmer, the patio is open, and they have an expanded menu.

Whole wheat pasta with veggie cream sauce

April 14th, 2009

Linguine at 360

I’ve been on a bit of a whole wheat pasta kick ever since I had a fantastic linguine dish (seen above) at 360, a great local restaurant. Here’s what I came up with for last night’s dinner – quick, easy, and tasty.

1 serving of whole wheat spaghetti
a small chunk of butter
a splash of olive oil
a handful of mushrooms, sliced
half a zucchini, sliced
a clove of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
a quarter cup of cream
a small handful of grated white cheddar

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
Over medium heat, cook the veggies and garlic in the butter and olive oil.
Once the veggies are slightly soft, add the cream and cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted.
Toss the veggies and sauce with the pasta and serve.

Teatime in Halifax

March 8th, 2009

I’m back from my trip, and while I miss the people and the food, I’m so glad to be out of the rain! Last weekend’s weather has confirmed for me that I’d never make it on the coast. Much too damp.

London Fog

The drizzly weather did make for a good excuse to spend a great deal of time hiding out in the local cafes. My first stop was the Gingerbread Haus, where I had coffee and a delectable almond ring. I also stopped at the Barrington Just Us cafe for a London Fog. Beautiful thing, this milky, vanilla-y tea.

Cargo & James

Another hit was the stop I made at Cargo & James. I’d been once before leaving Halifax, and thought I’d give it another go on my way home from the market. Had an iced Morocco Mint, which was fabulous. I bought a tin of the tea (peppermint, spearmint, sunflower and hibiscus petals, rosehips) and it’s just as good at home as it was by the sea.

Out to Halifax I go

February 22nd, 2009

I’m getting ready for a weekend back in Halifax. The airfare was right, and I’ve been missing all my east coast friends, so I’m trading prairie sunshine for a few days in the wet and the snow.

Lunch at Tarboosh last year

I have a feeling a lot of my time will revolve around food. I really miss a lot of my favourite restaurants, and will be revisiting as many as possible: Tarboosh, The Gingerbread Haus, The Henry House, etc. I’ve also timed this visit to coincide with the last week of Dine Out Nova Scotia, so I’ll be having at least one big meal at a posher restaurant. Haven’t decided which one yet… The menus all look fabulous.

A trip to the farmers’ market will also be in order, though I probably won’t be buying much in the way of produce. I’m debating smuggling a bag of oysters home, though.

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