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Dining

Lake Louise is WonderFall!

WonderFall is a festival that celebrates the magic of autumn in Lake Louise. Events run from Sept. 5 to Oct. 12.

Photo courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

Photo courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

Lake Louise is a stunning destination year-round, but in fall, the golden larch trees glisten and the crisp mountain air beckons hikers to the trails before the first snow.

WonderFall offers opportunities for you to experience the region’s beauty, with special packages, seasonally-inspired restaurant menus and activities like canoeing on world-renowned Lake Louise, photography workshops to help you create lasting memories, hiking challenges (or just hiking!) and horseback riding adventures ranging from one hour to a full day.

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Favourite Lake Louise Patios

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By Olivia Grecu

  • Baker Creek Bistro (above): This log cabin has a flowered patio with colourful umbrellas. Play lawn volleyball.
  • Poppy Brasserie at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Marvel at Lake Louise and its Victoria Glacier backdrop.
  • The Station Restaurant: Savour BBQ patio fare at this 1910 heritage building. Play croquet or bocce on the lawn.
  • Whitehorn Terrace at Lake Louise Gondola: Stellar views from 2,042-m. Glass panels shelter from wind.

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Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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June Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

PATIO PERFECTION

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• Catch some rays on the rooftop patio at Your Father’s Moustache on Spring Garden Road. The fun and lively space has beer aplenty on tap, including three signature brews from the RockBottom Brewpub downstairs.
• Downtown, head to The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street for a cold pint on the sunny patio. The landmark bar has the city’s largest selection of draft beer, including top selections from Maritime craft breweries like Halifax’s Garrison Brewing and Cape Breton’s Big Spruce.
• For fabulous views of Halifax harbour, check out Gahan House in the Historic Properties. This popular Prince Edward Island brewpub recently opened its first Nova Scotia location, serving its own line of handcrafted beers. Try the Beach Chair lager for a refreshing summer sip.

Editor’s Choice

Steak9246Two downtown restaurants have once again earned the prestigious CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award.
Recognized for the eighth year in a row, Onyx on Argyle Street is a sleek resto bar showcasing local ingredients in delicious globally inspired recipes. Cut Steakhouse on Lower Water Street has received the award every
year since opening in 2008. The menu boasts premium beef (dry-aged and butchered on-site) with
an artful wine list and inventive sides.

 

 

VEGGIES FIRST

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• A leader in Halifax’s emerging vegan scene, Envie touts a menu of hearty meals like vegan ribs, grilled cheese and indulgent raw desserts. Catering to dietary restrictions, the menu is 90 per cent gluten free. Find the stylish restaurant on the corner of Agricola and Charles streets in the North End.
• In the West End on Windsor Street, Wild Leek has made-from-scratch vegan comfort food. Chef Kirsten Haggart whips up recipes like mac’n cheese, seitan sandwich, and the popular coconutbacon “CBLT.” Wash it down with a fresh-squeezed juice and save room for gourmet cupcake.

 

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Downtown at Gio on
Market Street, Chef Bee Choo
Char gives traditional recipes
an inventive new twist. Her
delicious version of poutine
includes fried polenta fingers
topped with duck confit, red
wine jus and blue “Cheez
Whiz.” Open for lunch and
dinner, Gio has a sommelierchosen
wine list plus creative cocktails and martinis.

 

SLICE OF SUCCESS

_MG_4104Specializing in wood-fired pizza, Morris East won bronze in the non-traditional category at the recent International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Its Nova Scotia-inspired winning pie featured pears poached in Blomidon Estate Baco Noir and prosciutto from Halifax’s Ratinaud Charcuterie. Visit in downtown Halifax on Morris Street and in Bedford on Larry Uteck Boulevard.

Canmore Uncorked Food & Drink Festival

By Afton Aikens

Hang up your apron because there’ll be no need for home cooking during the second annual Canmore Uncorked festival, April 7 to 19.

The inaugural festival won an Alberta tourism award and was nominated for the Canadian Tourism Awards’ event of the year. Organizers are raising the bar this year, adding new events that will showcase the quality and creativity that drives Canmore’s dining scene, paired with tried and true favourites.

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Ski Area Fun: No Skis Necessary

By Where Staff

Canadian Rockies’ ski resorts have been drawing crowds for nearly a century. If skiing or boarding isn’t for you, or if you just want to try something different, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on and off the slopes.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Tube Park Fun

The whole family can delight in speeding down the slopes on an inflatable tube. Groomed lanes ensure safe, smooth sliding. At Lake Louise Sunny Tube Park, slide for $22 (yth $20, ch $15, -5 free). Norquay’s Tube Town (night-lit Fri/Sat) has six chutes, two lifts and a play zone with a small sliding area ($35, yth/sr $25, ch $20). Nakiska Tube Park ($19, ch $15) has an additional lane this year.

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Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant 2013: RGE RD

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RGE RD is Where Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant 2013
Photo by Pedro Escobar

You never quite know what to expect when you wander into RGE RD, the newest and most highly anticipated addition to Edmonton’s dining scene — other than highly creative and utterly delicious creations of some sort or another, that is. Chef and owner Blair Lebsack is passionate about the whole farm-to table concept or, as he puts it, “the farms we work with dictate the menu. We don’t tell them what to grow; we work with what they give us.”

Look for fresh, seasonal and local. Look for a constantly changing menu, and look for the unexpected. Oh, and yes, definitely look for steak. As for the type of steak, well…

You see, RGE RD brings in whole cows and works from there. Tenderloin might take centre stage one night, rib eye another, and flank another and… well, you get the idea. With a wood-burning oven, a grill and some cast-iron pans at his fingertips, exactly how Lebsack might cook that steak is anyone’s guess. It will be served with some sort of beef-y ragout (think beef/onion/mushroom), though, and it will be accompanied by something warm and comforting and surprising (think creamy mashed potatoes with radish greens). Oh, and according to Lebsack, it will be “the best steak in the world.” What goes with the best steak in the world? Beer [from Hog’s Head Brewery in St. Albert] , of course!

After a steak like that you might think you’re completely satisfied, but how could you not dig into something as yummy as the Chocolate S’mores? Ooey, gooey, house-made and topped off with a fabulously innovative smoked ice cream – you won’t even miss the campfire! 10643-123 St, 780-447-4577; rgerd.caJan Hostyn 

 

Calgary’s Best Eats: Where to Dine Award Winners 2013

By IAN DOIG and ADELE BRUNNHOFER

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Model Milk’s boudin noir with egg yolk gnocchi (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Calgary’s dining scene continues its prolonged hot streak. As bold new eateries emerge, the (generally friendly) competition has moved established restaurants to up their game. The scene’s sheer scope of choice and high level of taste is well represented in this list of Calgary’s best dining establishments.
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Winnipeg’s Top 40 Patios

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In a city affectionately known as “Winterpeg”, it’s not surprising that locals look for any available chance to soak up some sun. Hit up these 40 prime patios for a side of vitamin D with your meal.

1. Cocktails with a view of the skyline are on the menu at The Allen Restaurant‘s rooftop patio at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

2. The Beachcomber‘s expansive bar and patio offers people watching and a million dollar view of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

3.  The beautiful, shady patio complete with a fountain makes Black Rabbit a prime spot for sun and sips in Osborne Village.

4. Feel miles away without leaving the city at Buffalo Stone Cafe at Fort Whyte Alive urban nature reserve. Dine on simple breakfast and lunch faves while overlooking one of Manitoba’s beautiful lakes.

5. Open wide for gargantuan sized taqueria fare at a rare front lawn table at Corydon’s Burrito del Rio.

6. Order up your nachos and margaritas, because Carlos & Murphy’s outdoor hotspot is muy caliente.

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Hot Dining: Japanese Fare at Vancouver’s ShuRaku

Japanese food at Vancouver's ShuRaku

Japanese food at Vancouver’s ShuRaku; Photo by KK Law

Artfully presented sushi, inventive izakaya and other edgy small plates rule at ShuRaku, a wide-ranging downtown room that also yields the city’s most extensive sake list, including Granville Island’s Artisan Sake. Go for the barbecue back ribs, wild sockeye salmon teriyaki or hamachi yellowtail tuna sashimi—superbly matched with Junmai Ginjo Sake.—Tim Pawsey

Vancouver Life: Local Restaurateur Sean Heather

Sean Heather takes a break at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House

Sean Heather takes a break at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House. Photo by KK Law

By Tim Pawsey

Ask Sean Heather what he’s up to these days, and he’ll likely tell you, “Anything—except opening another restaurant. Maybe.” In recent years, the Limerick-born Heather has unveiled a string of cutting-edge haunts, though rarely in the traditional mould. Based on a philosophy that focuses firmly on affordability, they’ve become a vital part of Gastown’s fabric and helped transform it from “also ran” to the eclectic dining and drinking destination it is today. (more…)

Hot Dining: Food Critics Taste Vancouver’s Best Asian Food

Some of Vancouver's best Asian food: stir-fried beef at Tin Tin Seafood Harbour Restaurant

Some of Vancouver’s best Asian food: stir-fried beef at Tin Tin Seafood Harbour Restaurant

It’s a culinary marathon for the Chinese Restaurant Awards judges. Seven local food critics sampled the city’s best dishes—for a full year. What plates crossed the finish line? Pan-fried spot prawns with soy sauce from Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant, deep-fried boneless chicken with minced prawn from Vancouver standby Kirin Restaurant and steamed brown sugar rice cake from Jade Seafood Restaurant were among the 20 celebrated dishes. Give your own wok a workout and visit www.chineserestaurantawards.com for recipes by Chinese master chefs. Try stir-fried beef tenderloin with teriyaki sauce (pictured) by Tony Wu of Tin Tin Seafood Harbour Restaurant. Chi fan le!—Jill Von Sprecken