|Bubbles! – Twigs Novelty Shop|
When you live in British Columbia, Canada, any province East of you usually seems dull (I love mountains!). The prairies for instance, to me, are a vast wasteland that only appeals to hay enthusiasts or storm chasers. You can now adequately imagine my reaction when I had to take a business/Golf trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
While I definitely was right about the lack of views, the cold wind, rain and the thick clouds of mosquitos that tormented me on the Heather Glen Golf Course, I found myself eating my words…literally and with great pleasure downtown Calgary. It is clear that Calgary isn’t my ideal vacation spot and not even the popular Calgary Stampede even slightly amuses me, but there is a small foodies treasure chest to be discovered for the rest of us.
|If I had to unleash my inner Cowgirl
(if there is such a thing in me) I would choose these Boots!
I needed a drink…Our day was done and it was a long one at that. We had to catch a flight at 6 am and that means I had to be awake by 4 am. By 4 pm my associate and I were done and, as I said, looking for a drink and some good food. Our first stop was James Joyce Irish Pub.
|James Joyce Irish Pub|
The beer selection was good and the atmosphere was cosy and dark. It was amazing to hear the various languages that were being spoken in this small pub and it seems to be a popular place with exchange students.
After a quick drink we continued on to a place suitably named Divino, as it was divine! The service definitely lacked as it was extremely busy and we were lucky to get in without reservations. The appetizers made up for our M.I.A waiter.
To start I had the Foie Gras and it was spectacular on the toasted crostinis. It had flakes of sea salt on top and this complimented the smooth and creamy texture. My boyfriend had the Buffalo Tartare which was good, very flavourful but not much on the plate for the price.
|Buffalo TarTare at Divino|
Finally, for dinner we settled into a large establishment called Saltliks. This proved to be the only let down that Calgary had to offer. Famous for its steaks, I had no choice but to select a medium rare Filet Mignon with the Blue Cheese toping. Alberta is famous for its beef and I consider it to be the Canadian equivalent of Texas, USA, however, this beef was rather tasteless. If heading to the Calgary area, hands down I would recommend you try Divino and tour Downtown to see what Calgary has to offer you. Who knows…maybe you’ll embrace your inner cowgirl/cowboy.
|Saltlik’s Steak House – Meh, it was OK. The
best part was the baked potato & Blue Cheese.