RECIPE: Chinese Sweet Almond Soup (using a Vitamix)

sweet almond soupAfter purchasing a Vitamix blender late last year, I’ve been trying to make Chinese Sweet Almond Soup, which is very similar in taste to almond milk but with a thicker and more creamy consistency. There are numerous recipes online for making traditional Chinese Sweet Almond Soup which calls for soaking the almonds and rice, blending the soaked almonds and rice, straining the mixture and then cooking the almond liquid on a stove top until it thickens.  I wanted a version that was quick and simple to make using my Vitamix blender but I wasn’t able to find any recipes online so I had to come up with my own.

After a couple of attempts, I’ve finally come up with a version that is pretty tasty and really easy to make using a Vitamix blender.

Makes about 2 servings (~ 2 cups)

3/4 cup sliced blanched almonds
1/4 cup rice
2 tablespoons cane sugar
2 cups water; additional for soaking the rice

1. Soak the rice in water for about 1/2 hour prior to making the dessert. Strain the rice and discard the water.
2. Toast the sliced almonds at 325 degrees in the oven for 5 minutes. (Note: this will take less time in a toaster oven)
3. Add the toasted almond slices, soaked rice, sugar and water to the Vitamix wet container.
4. Blend on high for 5 minutes (Set the Vitamix on variable speed, turn on the blender and gradually increase the speed to 10. Then change the setting to high and blend for 5 minutes.)

At the end of the 5 minutes, you will have a creamy sweet almond dessert soup that’s piping hot and ready to serve straight out of the Vitamix blender.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY – Calgary Winefest 2014

Winefest 2014

Winefest is back again in Calgary for its 22nd  year! This year the festival will take place at  the Stampede Park, BMO Centre, Hall E on Friday, February 21 and Saturday February 22. This annual festival provides attendees to opportunity to sample over 250 local and international wines, including a selection of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines from 18 of the world’s most renowned wine regions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample a delicious selection of complimentary gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Stampede Catering, Springbank Cheese Company, COBS bread, Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly, Nefiss Lezizz and The Ship & Anchor.

This year, Winefest is proud to announce the brand new 2014 title sponsor, Sobeys Liquor. During the event, attendees can stop by the on-site Sobeys Liquor store to purchase their favourite finds to enjoy at home. Also new this year is Winefest’s free mobile app for smartphone users, which attendees can download to make tasting notes and bookmark all of their favourite wines at Winefest.

Thanks to Brookline Public Relations, I have two(2) admission tickets to give away for this event. The giveaway tickets are for the Saturday, February 22 afternoon session (2-5 PM). When presented at the door, these tickets will allow for complimentary access to this all-inclusive event. The tickets include wine sampling and a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Upon arrival, guests will also receive a complimentary Riedel wine glass and an Event Guide! These admission tickets are not transferable to any other session. This is an adult only event. All attendees must be 18 years or older. Valid Photo ID is required to attend. Minors (including infants) are not permitted to attend.

To enter into this draw for the Winefest tickets (Prize worth $150), simply leave a comment in the section below telling me “What is your favourite wine, beer or cocktail drink?”. You will need to put a valid email address in the appropriate box when telling me about your favourite beverage (not to worry, your email address will not be published), so that I can contact you if your name is drawn. This giveaway contest will close on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5:59PM MST. I will hold a random draw and one winner will be chosen. I will contact the winner via e-mail that evening as well as post the name of the winner here.

If you need to purchase additional admission tickets, they are still available for the Saturday, February 22 Afternoon Session (2pm to 5pm) at $75 each.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.celebratewinefest.com/calgary.html.

Good Luck!

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The Best Things I Ate… in 2013

Happy New Year! I know it’s a few days late but I wanted to do a round-up of my favourite bites of 2013. This was an epic year for me on the food front! I met some great foodie friends in Calgary and have been eating out more than I’d ever before. In fact, I’ve been too busy eating out that I’ve not been keeping up with this blog! Besides visiting my usual favourite food destinations of San Francisco, Vancouver, and Portland again, I made a trip down to Georgia to experience some great Southern fare in Atlanta and Savannah. I also got to visit Newfoundland last summer to experience some true Newfie food. In no particular order, here are my top 20 most memorable bites of 2013:

1. Pork Belly Plum Salad – State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, CA

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State Bird Provisions was on the top of my list of places to try while visiting San Francisco last June. The meal did not disappoint and it was worth the hour and a half wait for a table. The highlight of my meal was the Pork Belly Plum Salad. This combination seems so simple but the taste was AMAZING! The pork belly pieces were perfectly crispy while the sweet plum bites provided the sweetness and acidity as contrast and cut the fattiness of the pork. There was no doubt this was a knock out dish. I still think about this dish all the time. This was probably one of the best pork belly preparations that I’ve had to date.

2. Cod & Chips – By the Beach Restaurant, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, NL

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In landlocked Calgary, good fish and chips are hard to come by at the best of times. I don’t even get my hopes up for great fish and chips as we simply just don’t have an abundance of fresh fish. When I was visiting Newfoundland last summer, I made it a point to get my fill of fish and chips or ‘fee ‘n chee’ as the locals would call it. Of all the famous places around St, John’s, Newfoundland for fish and chips, the place that impressed me the most was By The Beach Restaurant in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, located about half hour outside of St. John’s. Luckily for me, this place was just down the road from where I was staying. I went back as many times as my schedule would allow. Though the chips were really good (and I did try it on my first visit), what I really went back multiple times for was the fish.  I liked that the batter was perfectly light, crispy and not greasy at all. The cod was always flaky and moist. This was definitely some of the best fish and chips that I ever had.  After this visit to Newfoundland, I don’t think I can ever look at fish and chips the same again. Short of going to England, I would say Newfoundland has some of the best cod and chips that can be found in North America.

3. “Angry” Mussels – JCT Kitchen and Bar, Atlanta, GA

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I would never have expected Atlanta to have mussels that totally knocked my socks off as it’s not really a coastal city. When I was researching for places to eat in Atlanta, I noted that the ‘Angry’ Mussels from JCT Kitchen and Bar were featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and was really intrigued to check it out. The ‘Angry’ Mussels, prepared with peppered bacon, Serrano chile and onion, is a winning combo and definitely the signature dish at JCT Kitchen and Bar. The mussels were so flavourful and I loved the spicy kick from the Serrano chiles. If I’m ever back in Atlanta again, I’d definitely go back for more ‘Angry’ Mussels.

4. Codfish Cakes – Chafe’s Landing, Petty Harbour, NL

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I was intrigued to try these Codfish Cakes at Chafe’s Landing in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland because they were featured on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here! Made with flaked salt cod, fried onions, and buttery mashed potatoes, these cakes are fried to a crisp golden brown and served with pickled vegetables. I loved how fluffy, toothsome and flavorful these codfish cakes were. I’d tried codfish cakes from other places in St. John’s but these by far were definitely my favourite.  I hope to make it back to Newfoundland again soon to get my fill of fee ‘n chee and codfish cakes.

5. Coconut & Passionfruit Cream Puff – Beta 5 Chocolates, Vancouver, BC

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I’d first fallen in love with this style of cream puffs when I tried them for the first time at Crumble & Flake Patisserie in Seattle, Washington two years ago. I was super excited when I learned that Beta 5 Chocolates in Vancouver started making these gourmet cream puffs last year. These delectable cream puffs have a distinctive crackly topping called craquelin and have various flavoured fillings. Of the four varieties that I tried – coconut & passionfruit, blueberry yuzu, banana cream, and salted caramel, my favorite by far was definitely the coconut & passionfruit followed by blueberry yuzu. The flavours in the coconut & passionfruit totally reminded me of the Coconut Passion Fruit Bavarian slice from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, which is my all time favourite dessert.

6. Slow Braised Beef Ravioli – downtownfood, Calgary, AB

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It’s no secret that downtownfood has become one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. Since my first visit last March, I’d been back for numerous meals. Out of the many lunches and dinners that I’ve had at downtownfood, one the most memorable bites for me was actually this Slow Braised Beef Ravioli in the miso, foie gras broth and topped with fresh shaved truffle that I had on my very first visit to downtownfood. It was simply out of this world! I don’t think words could adequately describe how good this dish tasted. This dish had my favourite luxury foods – foie gras and truffle, all combined in one and they came together in perfect harmony. I loved the flavours in miso, foie gras broth and wanted to savour every drop of it.

7. Beef cheek and marrow – Posto Pizzeria & Bar, Calgary, AB

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Though I’ve tried various preparations of beef cheek and bone marrow at different restaurants around town, the one that really stood out in my mind is the version from Posto. This is definitely the star of the show at Posto and a must order item. The beef cheeks were melt-in-your mouth tender and really flavorful. The bone marrow has a hint of citrus which made it taste refreshing and not overly rich. The sunchokes and mustard greens provided a nice contrast to the richness of the beef cheek and bone marrow.

8. Sunworks Farm Chicken Liver Parfait – Cucina, Calgary, AB

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Of all the chicken liver pates, parfaits, and mousse that I’ve tried to date, this Sunworks Farm Chicken Liver Parfait from Cucina is the one that impressed me the most. I was hooked after the first bite and have gone back to Cucina several times because I was craving this parfait. What really makes the dish is the sweet-tart sour cherry-balsamic cipollini jam, which helps to cut the richness of savoury parfait. The flavours of the parfait itself are very well-balanced and the taste of the liver is not overpowering.

9. Brunswick Stew, Community Q, Decatur, GA

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I know this bowl doesn’t look like much but this Brunswick stew from Community Q BBQ totally knocked my socks off! Apparently, the Brunswick stew is one of their famous side dishes. For those unfamiliar, Brunswick stew is a traditional Southern dish. It is a tomato-based stew containing various kinds of beans, corn, and okra. The key ingredient that sets this hearty stew apart is the use of smoked(bbq) meat. I loved the pulled pork and beef brisket at Community Q and the smoky flavours of the meat really shone through in the stew.

10. Bay Shrimp Salad – AQ, San Francisco, CA

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While visiting San Francisco last year, a foodie friend of mine recommended that I check out AQ for dinner. The menu at AQ combines new and traditional Mediterranean flavors with cutting edge cooking techniques using fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. The dish that really caught my eye was the Bay Shrimp Salad with green almond, spring garlic,  sea urchin ice cream and mustard oil. I was really intrigued by the sea urchin ice cream but wasn’t sure what to expect. Surprisingly, the sea urchin ice cream was delicious and worked really well with the other elements of the dish without being overpowering. I’m a huge fan of sea urchin and was impressed that they could make the ice cream work in a savoury dish. The shrimps were sweet and had a nice crunch while the green almond provided a nice textural and flavour contrast.  I would say the sea urchin ice cream is definitely one of the most interesting things I got to try in 2013.

11. Oven Roasted Oysters with Port Wine – Big Chef Restaurant, Richmond, BC

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I almost always prefer raw oysters over cooked oysters but these Oven Roasted Oysters with Port Wine really impressed me. I’d tried this dish for the first time at Big Chef Restaurant on my recent trip to Vancouver in November. My friends and I were curious to try this dish because it won the 2013 Chinese Restaurant Awards Critic’s Choice Signature Dish Award for the seafood category.  Indeed, this dish was perfectly executed. The oven roasted oysters were crispy on the outside and was finished with slightly sweet and tangy port sauce. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of sweet dishes but the flavours in this dish really worked. I can’t wait to go back to Big Chef to have these oysters again on my next trip to Vancouver.

12. Southern Style Fried Chicken – CHARCUT Kitchen Party Pop-up, Calgary, AB

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It has not been easy to find great fried chicken in Calgary although things have improved  a little in the past year with the opening of several Korean fried chicken places like Wow Chicken and Yum Yum BBQ. However, it’s still hard to find great Southern style fried chicken . The CHARCUT team along with guest chef Brandon Baltzley really nailed it with the fried chicken parts they served at the CHARCUT Tribute to Low Country Cuisine Kitchen Party Pop-up back in October. Instead of just frying up the usual chicken breast, thigh, and wings, all the parts of the bird were battered and fried. Even though I’m not usually a fan of offal, I loved the fried chicken hearts and liver along with the chicken skin and chicken thighs. This was definitely the best fried chicken I’ve had in Calgary and rivals the fried chicken that I had while visiting Savannah, Georgia.

13. Spinach and Chard Veloute – Chef Paul Rogalski (Rouge/Bistro Rouge), Calgary, AB

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I tasted this Spinach and Chard Veloute with fennel fondue, bleu benedictin and crabapple gastrique at the downtownfood UrbanAgProject Harvest Gala back in October. This was the dish prepared by Chef Paul Rogalski of Rouge and Bistro Rouge. Amongst the many tasty dishes by various well-respected local chefs, this was the course that really stood out for me. The bold flavours of the blue cheese was nicely balanced by the spinach and chard veloute. All the flavours in the dish came together in perfect harmony. This was one of the best soups that I’ve had in a long time.

14. Broek Acres Pork Trio – downtownfood, Calgary, AB

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There is no doubt that my first visit to downtownfood last March was one of the most memorable meals that I’ve had in Calgary in years. Not only was I blown away by the Slow Braised Beef Ravioli, I was equally impressed with their Broek Acres Pork Trio, which consisted of pork belly confit, 48 hr brined and sous vide pork loin, and crispy pork rinds accompanied with kohlrabi puree, shmeji mushrooms, and asian BBQ sauce. This dish was totally a pork lovers dream! The pork belly confit tasted amazing and made the dish that much more decadent!  I was also impressed with how moist and flavourful the slices of pork loin were. And of course, I loved the crispy seasoned pork rind.  We could still hear it crackling as the dish was served at our table. I could eat a whole dish of the crispy seasoned pork rinds alone if it was available. This dish really had the wow factor. It has actually been many years since I’ve been impressed with a pork entrée and this one really did it for me.

15. Charred Shishito Peppers – Model Milk, Calgary, AB

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These Charred Shishito Peppers seasoned with sea salt and Korean chili by Chef Eric Hendry were simply AMAZING! I tried it for the first time at one of the Sunday Suppers at Model Milk. I’ve had shishito peppers many times before but never prepared this way. These are hugely addictive and I really wish I could have had the whole plate to myself but unfortunately I had to share them with my dining companions. I never knew shishito peppers could taste this good!

16. Bacon Caramel Popcorn – Holeman & Finch, Atlanta, GA

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I went to Holeman & Finch to try out their famous burger, which was featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. I was expecting to be totally wowed by their hugely popular double patty cheeseburger but what ended up impressing me was actually their Bacon Caramel Popcorn.  This was the perfect salty-sweet combination and the smoky bacon really made the dish. Let me warn you, this popcorn is really addictive! This is a must order item if you go to Holeman & Finch.

17. Smoked Sturgeon – L’abbatoir, Vancouver, BC

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This Smoked Sturgeon with fava beans, avocado, grapefruit and mint was one of the most memorable dishes that I had this past year. It was the highlight of my meal at L’abbatoir. I was surprised at how the combination of flavours were perfectly balanced. The delicate flavours of the smoked sturgeon was beautifully contrasted with the creamy avocado and the citrusy notes from the grapefruit. This is a must order dish if you go to L’abbatoir.

18. Fried chicken – Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, Savannah, GA

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It’s no secret that I’m a fried chicken fiend so I’m always in search of the best fried chicken. When I was researching for my trip to Savannah, Georgia, I came upon numerous glowing reviews about the fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room and so I was really curious to check it out when I was visiting Savannah. There’s a reason why this fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes’ was featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate . This was definitely some of the best fried chicken have ever had. The skin was perfectly seasoned and crispy while the meat was succulent and juicy. It did not taste greasy at all. If you ever visit Savannah, you definitely should try this fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes. It’s worth the line-up and the wait!

19. Beer Battered Kimchi – Model Milk, Calgary, AB

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This Beer Battered Kimchi was one of the side dishes at one of the Sunday Suppers at Model Milk back in August. This particular Sunday Supper had featured an Anju Pop-up with Korean inspired dishes by Chef Roy Oh. With the closure of Anju 1.0 in June 2013, we were really looking forward to get a sneak peek of what new dishes might be on the menu when Anju 2.0 opens.  I sure hope this Beer Batter Kimchi will be on the new Anju menu as this was the highlight of our meal. I loved the light crispy batter with the crunchy spicy kimchi. I was hooked after the first bite. It’d be the perfect snack to go with an ice-cold beer.

20. Truffle Popcorn – Muse Restaurant, Calgary, AB

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I would have never guessed that this plain-looking bowl of popcorn would have impressed me so much amongst all the beautifully plated courses with luscious ingredients that I had for the Mushroom & Truffle Tasting Menu at Muse back in November. But it was the taste of the popcorn that totally blew me away. Tossed in butter and Italian truffle oil, this popcorn was to-die-for! Throughout the whole meal, I couldn’t stop thinking about this truffle popcorn.  I wish they would put this on the menu so that I can get several orders of this to snack on.

State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St
(between Ofarrell St & Geary Blvd)
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 795-1272

http://statebirdsf.com

By the Beach Restaurant & Take-out
1608 Thorburn Rd
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, NL
(709) 895-8800

JCT Kitchen and Bar
1198 Howell Mill Rd
Ste 18
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252

http://jctkitchen.com

Chafe’s Landing
11 Main Road
Petty Harbour, NL
(709)747-0802

www.chafeslanding.com

Beta 5 Chocolates
413 Industrial Avenue
Vancouver, BC
(604) 669-3336

http://beta5chocolates.com

downtownfood
628 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(587)353-3474

http://www.downtownfood.ca

Posto Pizzeria & Bar
1014 8th St SW
Calgary, AB
(403)263-4876

http://posto.ca

Cucina Market Bistro
515 – 8 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(587) 353-6565

http://eatcucina.com

Community Q BBQ
1361 Clairmont Rd,
Decatur, GA
(404)633-2080

http://www.communityqbbq.com

AQ Restaurant & Bar
1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 341-9000

http://aq-sf.com

Big Chef Restaurant
#1060, 8580 Alexandra Road
Richmond, BC
(604) 207-0386

CHARCUT Roast House
#101, 899 Centre Street SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 984-2180

http://www.charcut.com

Rouge
1240 8 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 531-2767

http://www.rougecalgary.com

Model Milk
308 17th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 265-7343

http://modelmilk.ca

Holeman & Finch
2277 Peachtree Rd NE,
Atlanta, GA
(404)948-1175

http://holeman-finch.com

L’abbatoir
217 Carrall St
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-1701

http://www.labattoir.ca

Mrs Wilkes’ Dining Room
107 W Jones St
Savannah, GA
(912) 232-5997

http://www.mrswilkes.com

Muse Restaurant
107 10A St NW
Calgary, AB
(403) 670-6873

http://www.muserestaurant.ca

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Posto Pizzeria & Bar – Calgary, AB

postoPosto, a sister restaurant to Bonterra and Cibo, opened its doors last month in the space next door to Bonterra that was once home to Edo Japan.  I was one of the lucky ones chosen from a twitter contest to attend their pre-opening. For the pre-opening, Posto had selected random twitter followers and generously invited them to try out dishes from the Posto menu meanwhile allowing their kitchen crew lots of opportunity to perfect the dishes.

I was super excited to go with my foodie friend, Carmen of Foodkarma, to try out the new menu at Posto. Their menu is divided into five parts – the Formaggi E Salumi, which consists of a list of imported cheeses and salumi, including imported burrata which is flown in from Italy when the cheese is days old; the Ciabatta and the Insalata, which include a tasty array of ciabatta and salads; the Piatti, which consists are a variety of small plates meant for sharing; and Pizza. Posto has a gas pizza oven similar to the one at its sibling restaurant, Cibo.

We started off with an order of the Duck Arancini, which was served with a blood orange aioli. I was impressed at how tender, moist, and flavorful the duck was.

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Next was the Funghi Fritti, which were served with a truffle bagna cauda.

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For our third dish, we tried the Swordfish Bresaola. The Swordfish Bresaola, which was topped with capers, lemon, and arugula, came highly recommended by the staff at Posto. It was interesting and not like anything that I’ve had before.

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We also tried the Pan Seared Scallops with green apple, pistachio, smoked ham hock and brown butter cauliflower. The scallops were perfectly cooked. They were sweet and tender. I liked how the tartness of the green apple balanced the saltiness from the ham hock.

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One of our favourite dishes of the evening was the Squid Ink Ravioli, which was filled with lobster and finished with saffrom cream and shellfish oil. The ravioli was perfectly cooked. I was really impressed with the combination of flavors and would definitely order this dish again on my next visit.

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The highlight of the evening was the Beef Cheek and Bone Marrow with sunchokes and mustard greens. This is definitely the star of the show at Posto and a must order item. The beef cheeks were melt in your mouth tender and really flavorful. The bone marrow has a hint of citrus which made it taste refreshing and not heavy. The sunchokes and mustard greens complemented the dish well.

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We finished off with some Zeppoli, which are Italian style donuts. They were served with a milk chocolate chili dipping sauce.

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After being so impressed with this meal, I couldn’t wait to go back to Posto again. As luck with have it, I was invited by fellow food blogger, Heather of Heather Eats, to be her stand-in dinner date the following week when it was her turn to go for the Posto pre-opening meal.

We decided to try some items from the Formaggi e Salumi section. I had really wanted to try the imported burrata after hearing about how amazing it tasted but unfortunately they didn’t have any available that night. Instead, we tried the Pecorino Toscano which was served with apricot puree and almonds. On its own, I wasn’t crazy about the texture of the puree on the cheese initially but I really enjoyed it with some Bonterra bread. We also tried the Wild Boar Prosciutto, which was served with green apple, hazelnuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

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Next we tried the Romaine Salad with Half Lobster, which was topped with caper berries, hearts of palm, pancetta, egg, red endive, white anchovy, and crisp ciabatta. My favorite part of the salad was the crispy pancetta, which tasted amazing and really made the dish.

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For our fourth dish, we tried the Beef Crudo with capers, shallot, garlic, and a fried egg and was served with crostini.

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Again, based on my recommendation we ordered the Squid Ink Ravioli and the Beef Cheek and Bone Marrow. Both were as amazing as before. These are definitely my top favorites at Posto.

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For dessert, we finished off with some freshly made Cannoli filled with orange chocolate pistachio cream. I was definitely impressed as these were some of the best cannoli that I’ve had in Calgary.

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Posto is definitely a welcome addition to Calgary’s dining scene. It is a little more refined than it’s casual sibling, Cibo, but not as formal as it’s other sibling, Bonterra. I can’t wait to go back to try the Imported Burrata.

Posto Pizzeria & Bar
1014 8th St SW
Calgary, AB
(403)263-4876

http://posto.ca

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Red’s in Ramsay – Calgary, AB

Red’s in Ramsay finally opened last Thursday. I was lucky to be invited for a sneak peek last week on the day before their official opening. It’d been a couple of years since I’ve been to the Red’s on 4th location. There has been some additions to the menu since I last visited that I was really excited to try. This new Red’s location in the neighbourhood of Ramsay is really spacious compared to their 4th Street location and they even have a parking lot on the side. The breakfast and lunch menu for this location is very similar to the one from their 4th Street location.

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My dining companion was on a low carb diet so the Steak and Eggs was perfect dish for her. The Steak and Eggs consisted of a charbroiled 6oz AAA steak along with 2 eggs and some fresh fruit.

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I decided to try the Braised Short Rib Sandwich, which was served on brioche bun and topped with house coleslaw. The sandwich came with a choice of side – fries, daily soup, or side salad. I wanted to try the Braised Short Rib Sandwich because I’d always been fond of their Short Rib Hash but wasn’t particularly in the mood for a breakfast plate for lunch that day. Secondly, this was a new menu item to me as I don’t recall this on their menu during my last visit a couple of years back. This Braised Short Rib Sandwich did not disappoint. The short rib was really moist, tender, and really flavourful, albeit a touch sweet for my taste, but that’s totally a matter of personal preference. I really enjoyed the lightly toasted buttery brioche bun and the accompanying slaw provided a nice textural and flavour contrast to the tender short rib pieces. For my side, I decided to try the Daily Fresh Soup, which happened to be a house made minestrone. I was impressed with how good the soup tasted. It truly tasted homemade and had lots of seasonal vegetables.  This turned out to be a really filling lunch, almost to the point that I didn’t have room for dessert but I couldn’t resist when I was told that their pies were made in-house.

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For dessert, we shared a slice of the House made Apple Pie along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I was impressed with how good the apple pie tasted. Again, it truly tasted homemade. I liked that the slices of apple were toothsome and that overall the pie was not too sweet.

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This is definitely a welcome addition to the neighbourhood as there aren’t that many dining choices in the area. Red’s has an all day breakfast and lunch menu and will be launching a new dinner menu soon. One good thing to note for those seeking a gluten-free meal is that Red’s has gluten-free bread available as a substitute for their breakfast plates and sandwiches.

Red’s in Ramsay
1101-8th St S.E.
Calgary, AB
(587)353-1188

http://redsdiner.com/location/ramsay

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