Out With Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC and Beyond

Barrel-aged. Tart. Well-rounded. Complex. Cascade Brewing Barrel House is doing everything right in my mind when it comes to beers. I’m both a sucker and lover of sour beers. When we booked our trip to Portland everyone said stopping at Cascade was a necessity. After looking them up, I agreed. Soon as we arrived, it …

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Being both highly rated and recommended, it seemed like an easy decision to venture to Nong’s Khao Man Gai. This restaurant is located on the east side of Portland and comes with a fascinating story. The owner moved from Thailand with $70 and two suitcases, and in the end built a food cart and restaurant …

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Arriving in Portland for our first day, we figured we should have some food before beginning our adventure. We stopped at Lardo, a food cart turned sandwich stop that specializes in everything pork. The little restaurant on the east side is welcoming inside, and also features a large, outdoor seating area. Besides their food menu, …

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We all know that in the world of cocktails, not only are you judging it on flavour profile, but also presentation. Smoking a cocktail is a great way to accomplish both of these things. Upon a recent visit to Blacktail Bar, at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, I ordered their s’mores old fashioned. Having your traditional bourbon, …

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Spending our weekend at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, we tried out Blacktail Bar, which is located right in the lobby when you enter the main lodge. They offer a great selection of handcrafted cocktails, as well as hearty dishes to share or for the individual. Sitting at the bar, in amazingly comfy stools, we ordered …

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Getting ready to make the three hour journey back to Calgary, we needed to stop for a fresh cup of joe on route home, and what a better place to do that than Kicking Horse Coffee. I’ve tasted their drip coffee numerous times, purchasing it in grocery stores across the country, but I had no …

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Around three hours from Calgary lives a little cluster of towns: Radium, Invermere, Windermere, and Fairmont. Each place offers different activities from hiking trails to golfing to hot springs. In the late morning, we drove into Radium to take our pups for a hike. Out of the four towns, Radium is the most dog friendly …

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Traveling through the windy roads, encircled by Rocky Mountains and spotting the occasional deer, we arrived in Canada’s highest city: Kimberley. Established back in 1891 and being one of the greatest lead-zinc mines in the world, Kimberley thrived as a mining village. Being aware that the resources would eventually be depleted, in 1973 Kimberley adopted …

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Nestled within the old Mount Baker Hotel in downtown Cranbrook, Soulfood is redefining the restaurant industry. Having both take-out and a sit-down restaurant facility, everything they serve is local and/or organic. It’s a place for vegans, vegetarians, and meat lovers to unite! Moving into their downtown location in 2018, Soulfood also transformed into a food …

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Cranbrook: Mountains of opportunity and the biggest town in the East Kootenay area. Arriving at our new destination, we began our exploration of the downtown, and the food and drink scene. The Heid Out and Fisher Peak Brewing Company As an already established restaurant, Fisher Peak Brewery Company was added to the facility in 2013. …

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