Hy’s Steakhouse – Calgary, AB

hys_steakhouseLast month I was invited by Anstice PR and Hy’s Steakhouse to check out the lunch menu at Hy’s. This was my first time visiting Hy’s since they moved into their beautiful new location at The CORE shopping center.

Hy’s lunch menu consists of a variety of Modern and Classic selections ranging from appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches to entrees. For those looking for something more substantial, Hy’s also offers their full dinner menu during lunch. Everything on the menus sounded so good that my friend and I had trouble deciding what to order so we asked our server for recommendations.

We started off with one of the “Modern” appetizers, the Black and Blue Ahi Tuna ($18.95), which consisted of lightly seared Cajun spice-crusted ahi tuna served with soya sauce and wasabi mustard.


For our main, we took our server’s advice and shared the 22 oz Porterhouse ($69.95) off the dinner menu and added a skewer of Grilled Prawns ($15.95) to make up our own Surf ‘n Turf combo along with a side of Hy’s housemade luscious Bearnaise Sauce ($4.95), which went perfectly with the prawns. I’m glad we went with our server’s recommendation as the Porterhouse Steak gave us an opportunity to sample two cuts (the tenderloin and strip steak) in one. Our steak was well-seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium rare.


We also got a side of perfectly cooked Fresh Seasonal Vegetables ($9.95) to round out our meal.


For dessert, we couldn’t resist trying Hy’s Famous Cheesecake ($10.95) topped with a berry coulis. It was the perfect ending to our delicious lunch.


Hy’s is definitely a welcome addition to the downtown core. It’s a great place for business lunches and dinners. They have got a great menu selection of both modern and classic dishes so you can be sure the menu will have something for everyone.

Hy’s Steakhouse
Corner of 8th Ave. and 3rd St. SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 663-3363


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18th Annual Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival – Ticket Giveaway!


The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival, sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits, is back again in Calgary this coming Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17! The Grand Tasting Hall will be at the Stampede Park BMO Centre, Halls D & E. The Grand Tasting Hall will feature over 140 wineries, with a distinguished collection of wines from 16 different countries, more than 150 brands of premium spirits, single malt and blended scotches, port, liqueurs and craft beers. You will have the opportunity to taste  approximately 100 new-to-Alberta wines, beers and spirits! There will also be over 50 local restaurants and food purveyors, who will cook up a variety of gourmet culinary creations.

As with previous years, Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits will be featuring an on-site liquor store, where attendees can purchase their favourite finds from the weekend.

Thanks to Brookline Public Relations, I have two(2) admission tickets to give away for this event. The giveaway tickets are for the Saturday, October 17 afternoon session (12-4 PM). When presented at the door, these tickets will allow for complimentary access into the Grand Tasting Hall. Please note that sampling coupons are not included and all attendees will need to purchase sampling coupons separately at a cost of $0.50 cents each to use for obtaining food, wine and other beverage samples.  These admission tickets are not transferable to any other session. This is an adult only event. All attendees must be 18 years or older. Minors (including infants) are not permitted to attend.

To enter into this draw for the Wine Festival tickets (Prize worth $40), 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 Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:59am. I will hold a random draw and one winner will be chosen. I will contact the winner via e-mail immediately as well as post the name of the winner here.

If you need to purchase additional admission tickets, they are still available. The tickets are $30 each online or $35 at the door for the Friday, October 16 Evening Session (5-10pm); $20 each online or $24 at the door for the Saturday, October 17 Afternoon Session (12-4pm); and $32 each online or $37 at the door for the Saturday, October 17 Evening Session (6-10pm) . As I mentioned previously, the sampling coupons are $0.50 each and can be purchased (by cash only) at the Grand Tasting Hall.  The samples can range from 1 to 20 or more coupons, depending on the item.

For more information, visit http://www.rockymountainwine.com/calgary.html.

Good Luck!

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Burger + Vino Tuesdays @ The Nash – Calgary, AB

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the media sneak peek of The Nash’s Burger + Vino launch. For every Tuesday in September, The Nash will be featuring a different wine and burger pairing for $30. I knew I’d be in for a real treat as The Nash, like its sister restaurant, NOtaBLE, is well-known for creating outstanding burgers. Last year, during YYC Burger Week 2014, NOtaBLE’s pork & wild boar burger with housemade foie gras butter and double smoked bacon was one of my favorite during the 9-day event. And earlier this year, The Nash’s applewood smoked pulled pork & foie gras burger with Comte cheese on a wild boar bacon brioche for Alberta Burger Fest was hard to beat.


For this Burger + Vino launch, we tried the Nash Beef & Pork Burger with basil aioli, friulano cheese, and red pepper & tomato jam. It paired perfectly with the bold Stroppiana Barolo. The burger came with a choice of side salad or fries.


If you want to try The Nash’s Burger + Vino features, you’d better hurry because including today, there are only 3 more Tuesdays left in September!

The Nash
925 11 St SE
Calgary, AB


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Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse – Calgary, AB

After opening their first location in Edmonton in 2011, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse expanded and opened up a second location in downtown Calgary earlier this year. Pampa is definitely a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene as they are a great place for hosting business lunches and dinners. Speaking from past personal experience, Brazilian steakhouses are the perfect place for team lunches since there is a huge selection of food to cater to almost every dietary need and preference, including even the non-meat eaters. With Pampa being within walkable distance from my office downtown, now I won’t have to worry about organizing rides for my team, like I did previously, when our only Brazilian steakhouse options were located down south.


pampa4I was lucky enough to be invited to one of their media events awhile back. When I first arrived at Pampa, the one that I noticed right away besides the gorgeous decor of the dining room, was the amazing spread at the salad bar with it all being made in-house with fresh ingredients. It included everything from seafood salad and ceviche to beef carpaccio. It was really hard to pace myself when everything looks so delicious.  I was so tempted to try a little of everything but I had to remind myself to save belly room for the Rodizio meat. My favorite at the salad bar was this giant wheel of Grana Padano cheese. It was some of the best that I’ve had to date!

pampa3As with most Brazilian steakhouses, Pampa offers an interactive Rodizio dining experience. Their Gauchos come around to provide you with continuous table-side service of various cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb.  At Pampa, the meat is seasoned with only salt before being placed on the large hardwood charcoal fired rotisserie grill, which they imported from Brazil.

During dinner service, the meat selection includes the classic Picanha (Rump Steak), Alcatra (Top Sirloin), Contra-file (Sirloin Steak), Fraldinha (Bottom Sirloin), Picanha com Alho (Garlic Rump Steak), Filet mignon com Bacon (Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon), Linguica de Porco (Pampa Pork Sausage), Lombo de Porco Marinado (Parmesan Pork Loin), Sobrecoxa de Frango com Bacon (Bacon-wrapped Chicken Thighs), Coxa de Frango (Marinated Frenched Chicken Legs), and Costeleta de Cordeiro marinada (Marinated Rack of Lamb). My favourite, of course, was the perfectly juicy Picanha, especially when paired with Chef Joao’s Chimichurri sauce.


If you’re wanting to try this Brazilian steakhouse experience, Pampa currently has an incredible promotion that you won’t want to miss! For the months of September and October, they are offering a buy one get one free deal. For every one paying adult dinner rodizio, one adult dinner rodizio is complimentary. This promotion applies to all group sizes but is not valid for their lunch or kids dinner menus. And of course, beverages, desserts, taxes and gratuities are extra.

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse
521 10 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(587) 354-3441



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[Giveaway & Recipe] Win A Year Supply of Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta and Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing Recipe

ancient_grainsLast month, I was invited to a cooking demonstration and hands-on cooking session with Food Network Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford at the SAIT Polytechnic Culinary Campus to celebrate the launch of the new Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta in Western Canada.

Along with other local food bloggers, we learned about the the health benefits of the all natural Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta and had an opportunity to sample the pasta at this event. We also learned some tips and tricks from Chef Crawford on preparing fail-proof pasta dishes.

Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta, which is available in three cuts –  Spaghetti, Spaghettini and Rotini and retails for $3.29, is Certified GMO-free (NON GMO Project Verified) and blends 100 per cent Canadian whole wheat with five wholesome ancient grains: quinoa, amaranth, teff, sorghum and millet.

Here is a summary of the health benefits of these ancient grains:

  • Quinoa is high in fibre, protein and minerals – including magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron – and low on the glycemic index.
  • Amaranth is rich in protein, containing all the essential amino acids, key vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron.
  • Teff is high in protein, fibre, calcium, thiamin and iron.
  • Sorghum is a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin and magnesium; is known to support digestive health, help fight cardiovascular disease and help control blood sugar levels.
  • Millet is heart healthy, containing a high level of protein, magnesium and niacin. Alkalizing to the body, millet is considered one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available.


During the cooking demonstration, we had the opportunity to sample the pasta on its own, without any sauces so that we could taste the nuttiness of all those ancient grains. The pasta was cooked for different durations to allow us to sample what the texture would be like at the different cooking times. My favorite was the 6 min cook time on the pasta as I prefer my pasta to be more chewy than soft.  We then got to sample the Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains rotini pasta with Chef Lynn’s marinara sauce and the spaghettini with a pesto sauce.

For our hands-on cooking session, Chef Lynn taught us how to make her Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing.

Catelli Chilled Noodle with Ginger Wasabi Dressing


Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Servings: 4
Pasta Salad Ingredients:

1 pkg (340 g)              Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains Spaghettini
2 cups (500 ml)         snow peas, thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup (250 ml)            shelled edamame
1                                     small English cucumber
2 cups (500 ml)          napa cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup (250 ml)             red pepper, cut into matchsticks
3                                     green onions, thinly sliced
1                                      ripe avocado, sliced
1/4 cup (60 ml)           cilantro leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml)              black sesame seeds

Ginger-Wasabi Dressing:

1/4 cup (60 ml)           seasoned rice vinegar
3 tbsp (45 ml)              canola oil
2 tbsp (30 ml)              soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml)              lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml)                    lemon zest
2 tsp (10 ml)                 brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml)                 sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml)                    grated fresh ginger
wasabi to taste


1.      Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled; transfer to large bowl and set aside.
2.      In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled; set aside.
3.      Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds; cut cucumber into julienne strips.
4.      Ginger-Wasabi Dressing: Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.
5.      Add cucumber, snow peas, edamame, napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions and avocado to noodles; toss with enough dressing to coat.
6.      Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.

Tip: If you have time, you can chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for 1 to 4 hours.

Per serving: 590 calories, 19 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 710 mg sodium, 84 g carbohydrates, 145 g fibre, 13 g sugar, 21 g protein



For a chance to win a year supply of Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta, simply leave a comment in the section below telling me what is your favorite pasta dish. You will need to put a valid email address in the appropriate box when telling me about the pasta dish (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 Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:59PM MST. Your name will be entered in a random draw and one winner will be chosen.  I will contact the winner via e-mail and if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Note: This giveaway is only open to residents of Canada.

Good Luck!

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