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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.

>> For more Canadian Rockies activities, shops, restaurants and entertainment, read our digital magazine.

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Pizzas & Patios: A Perfect Pair

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Photo courtesy of The Bear Street Tavern

 

By Afton Aikens 

“You can’t knock a good pizza,” says Kirk Thomson, executive chef of Banff’s Bear Street Tavern. The restaurant’s ‘Ridiculously Good Pizza’ has been featured on The Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here.

Their secret? “Our pizzas are made from scratch with the best premium ingredients you can find,” Thomson explains. The dough is made fresh daily with olive oil from Italy, the cheese is shredded daily, and quality plum tomatoes and fresh basil elevate the flavours.

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4 Favourite Jasper Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper's Earls in the Rockies

Photo: Courtesy of Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies

By Afton Aikens

Daily Brunch

Every day is like a weekend at Jasper’s Earls in the Rockies, the only local restaurant to offer a brunch menu alongside the regular menu seven days a week (10:30 am to 2 pm). “The top seller is chorizo mushroom hash,” says owner Rob Olson. Skip the coffee for one of three brunch drinks, including a Baesar with beer, clamato juice and signature Caesar spices.

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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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3 Places to get Great Food & Beer in Canmore

Photo: Courtesy of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

Photo: Courtesy of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

By Where Staff

Canmore has a great dining scene. Check out three of our favourites below and keep an eye on our dining blog through April for extensive coverage of the Canmore Uncorked food festival!

Brewery Tour with Benefits

Grizzly Paw Brewing Company beers have a solid local following. See why during Friday to Sunday tours of their 20,000-square foot Canmore microbrewery. Learn how hops, malt, mash, wort and tun become your favourite beer, and sample their tasty regular and seasonal brews.

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10 Delicious Banff Restaurants

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs

By Where Staff

New on Banff’s Dining Scene

The newest restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs is 1888 Chop House. The trendy chop house concept is juxtaposed with elements from the past such as railway artifacts and a name that evokes the hotel’s opening year. Before your meal, take a seat at the cocktail bar that overlooks the Castle in the Rockies’ lobby.

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Wine & Game Pairings

By Afton Aikens

Beef-to-bison converts love the latter’s leanness, while elk is popular with visitors who want to taste ranch-raised cousins of the game animals that adorn our mountain landscapes.

These hoofed fauna are among many types of game you can sample in the Canadian Rockies—but be sure to add a glass of wine. We talked to three restaurants in the region about their favourite wine and game pairings. We hope you brought your appetite!

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Elk, Eden

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Hot Dining: Food Blogger Lindsay Anderson Talks Richmond’s Food Scene

Richmond's official food blogger Lindsay Anderson

Richmond’s official food blogger Lindsay Anderson

The number 365 is a meaningful one for Lindsay Anderson. It’s the number of days, and eateries, the epicurean explorer signed on for when she won the coveted position of Richmond’s official food blogger. She eats her last meal for her “365 Days of Dining” blog this month and, after spending a year tasting her way around the city, she is bursting at the seams with praise for its dining scene: “I’ve had some of the most amazing food I’ve ever had in Richmond.” The slim brunette fairly sparkles as she talks about the sweet and the sour of eating for a living.

What downside could there possibly be for a food blogger, you ask?  For one, turning up your nose at the unfamiliar just isn’t an option. Some of the more challenging tidbits Anderson’s had to sink her teeth into include durian—“I wasn’t excited to try durian and I wasn’t excited while eating it and I wasn’t excited after”—and squid guts—“Pretty funky looking and pretty funky tasting.” Interestingly enough, her writer side relishes such forays into the culinary unknown: “My goal is to have good content. So if I see something I know I’m not going to like, I’m almost pleased because I know this is something I can write about.”

A few less-than-tantalizing tastes are a small price to pay when a cornucopia of crave-able comestibles await, of which Asian options are Richmond’s bread and butter. Anderson recommends first-timers to the city try Alexandra Road, which has been dubbed “Food Street” because of its seemingly endless eateries: “You can just show up and have your pick of Chinese, Japanese, Korean.” Foodies seeking hidden gems can find them in the unlikeliest of places, such as under Real Canadian Superstore, which has HK BBQ Master tucked away in the parking lot. Mom-and-pop-owned food-court stalls can also hold culinary treasure. One of Anderson’s faves is R&H Chinese in Landsdowne Centre, where they hand-make dumplings to order. “They’re super good, some of the best dumplings in Richmond.”

Richmond’s menu has more than just East Asian cuisine, though. Craving Indian? Tandoori Kona comes highly recommended by Anderson: “It totally blew me away. It was so delicious.” Tramonto and Gudrun also top her list for palate pleasers.

If people haven’t come down here to have dinner, they definitely should,” says Anderson, who sees Richmond’s food scene as a way to taste the world without having to go abroad. “You can go on trips to everywhere in one city.” Put that way, it sounds like one year isn’t enough to discover all of Richmond’s gastronomic goodies.—Rachel Dunlop

YYC Burger Week: Cast Your Vote for the Best Burger in Calgary

One of the contestants in this mouth-watering competition. Photo: 80th and Ivy.

One of the contestants in this mouth-watering competition. Photo: 80th and Ivy.

It’s time to settle a question that’s near and dear to this beef-lovin’ town: who has what it takes to eliminate the competition and claim the glorious title of Best Burger in Calgary?

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Hot Dining: Elegant Dining with a View at Cafe Pacifica

Ahi tuna tartar at Cafe Pacifica

At Cafe Pacifica, it’s impossible to decide which is more stunning, the ocean view or the artfully presented food. Fortunately, there’s time to admire both as you sample appetizers such as porcini-dusted scallops with truffle-scented celeriac puree, or ahi tuna tartar with sweet soya, yuzu pearls and a blend of sauces (pictured), and entrees such as braised oxtail ragout with egg noodle fettuccini, or seared Lois Lake steelhead served on top of crushed potatoes blended with West Coast Dungeness crab. Consider it a feast for all the senses.—Sheri Radford

Hot Dining: 5 Communal Tables in Vancouver

Meat & Bread photo by KK Law

There’s no need to eat alone in a town in love with communal tables—and, often as not, family-style fare to go along.

  1. Meat & Bread Go for the acclaimed fresh sandwiches prepared à la minute from the carvery. Two locations, one word: porchetta (pictured).
  2. Yew This giant table carved from a single slab of maple is a popular hang-out to sample Four Seasons chef Ned Bell’s stylish seafood.
  3. Two Chefs and a Table This unlikely tucked-away-but-worthy cafe in Railtown often hosts winemaker dinners.
  4. The Irish Heather Check into their long-table evenings and you’ll be eating like a local in no time, drinking Guinness and possibly telling tall tales.
  5. The Refinery Find creative cocktails, artisan cheese and charcuterie, tapas, and tasty share platters in a funky, almost-all-recycled, cozy upstairs setting.—Tim Pawsey

Hot Dining: Best New Restaurant Vancouver in 2012

Don’t-miss dish: “canned” tuna. Photo by KK Law

It was barely a couple of days before Top Chef Canada finalist Trevor Bird’s revival of a shuttered Kitsilano spot into vibrant farm-focused Fable Kitchen became a Vancouver hotspot. What makes it tick? Short answer: just about everything, from Bird’s concise but varied menu of responsibly sourced ingredients to the well-drilled team in the open kitchen and beyond. Our faves range from “canned” tuna to potato-crusted chicken to a show-stopping cooked-rare tender duck breast to flat-iron steak with black pepper jam—plus sidekick Curtis Luk’s superb desserts. Best place to take in the action? The end seat at the open kitchen bar—right where the chef assembles and checks each plate before it goes to the table, calls for service and generally runs the show. And even finds time to chat.—Tim Pawsey