When people ask me what I blog about, I often say that I blog about a variety of things–restaurants, events, food, books and so on. Reality, however, is that I most frequently write about restaurants and food. After working in downtown Calgary for the last few months, I have been able to go to a number of different restaurants and pubs. What I haven’t been able to do is write about them. What a shame.
1. First and foremost, Craft Beer Market. Although I am not a fan of beer, I ventured over to Craft Beer Market less than a month ago and all I have to say is “wow”. It is truly unlike any other place I have been to and the environment is super relaxed. The food was amazing, and the beer list will blow your mind. Beer lovers (and beer dislikers!), Craft is calling your name.
2. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a slight addiction to Groupon. I mean, who doesn’t love a good deal, right? So when I came across a Groupon to Double Zero Pizza, I knew that I couldn’t turn it down. I have been to every other Neapolitan pizzeria in Calgary (Pulcinellas, Famoso, Una’s…) so I figured one more wouldn’t kill me. Plus, I always love checking out new, different restaurants. The verdict? Everyone must pay Double Zero Pizza a visit and try their Mushroom Bianco Pizza . The food is exceptionally delicious and the vintage bookshelf wallpaper made my day.
3. The Coup, a popular vegetarian restaurant on 17th Ave is slowly (ok, quickly) working its way up on my favorite restaurants list. I am no vegetarian by any means and when the idea of going to The Coup arose, I had flashbacks of going to hot yoga–I really had no idea what to expect. Let’s just say that the tiny little restaurant is truly amazing. I love The Coup for a number of reasons: They use as many locally grown and organic products as they can, have unique and delicious dishes, and have the best vanilla bean cheesecake in the entire world. Did I mention that I love The Coup?
4. I just don’t feel right about wrapping up this post without mentioning Bagelino’s. The name may not be all that original, but the bagels certainly are. My fav? The cheese bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese “schmear”–simply delectable. Since I’ve become a regular at Bagelino’s, I make a point of telling the owners how fantastic their bagels are each and every time I go. Most of us only share our thoughts on a product or service when we have to complain about it, so I’ve been making an effort to always compliment a company when they are doing a great job. After all, a compliment never killed anyone!