The last time I had empanadas was in New York. The crispy crust and tender inner texture of the Venezuelan empanadas was deliciously unforgettable. Since then, I had been longing for it, but was never in close vicinity to any community that has empanadas as a traditional food.
This summer, I happened to stumble across Empanada Queen in the SE.
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There seems to be a correlation in the amount you pay and how good the food tastes in Calgary’s restaurant scene. I am not saying that you can never find delicious cheap eats in the city. They certainly exists but are as scarce as hen’s teeth (if you’re looking for recommendations, Holy Grill and Banana Leaf are the rare gems hidden in the city). That’s not to say that expensive restaurants will never fail you. Those exceptions are the ones you want to avoid (take Corbeaux Bakehouse as an example). Click to read more!
If you’re a meat lover, you must put Charcut on the top of your must-dine list. This bustling, urban rustic restaurant, located in the heart of downtown, showcased the freshest and highest quality house butchered meat dishes. The only thing I regret is not having had dinner at this place much earlier! Click to read more!
French cuisine is one that I have not covered a lot in my blog. Whenever I think of French food, I automatically associate with “upscale”, “expensive”, “dressy” as well as the notorious stereotype of serving small, petite portions with arrogant service. I was afraid that I would be smirked at if I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of food and wine.
This month, I gathered up my courage and visited the newly opened French restaurant, Parc Cafe and Brasserie, on 17th Ave. Click to read more!
1. Pike Place Chowder
Hidden in Post Alley was the famous Pike Place Chowder, which is located right besides Rachel’s Ginger Beer. This little restaurant competed in this year’s Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off and brought back a second-place win for best clam chowder and first-place for having the most spirited team! This place is so popular that you will always find a lineup that goes around the corner. The line even starts before the restaurant opens at 11 am. Kev and I visited here one day in the early afternoon, thinking that we would avoid the mad lunch rush. Nope, we still got stuck in a queue and ended up waiting for a good 20 mins. Click to read more!