Everyday Life with Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC

Kurry Up is an East Indian restaurant found in a food truck. You can find them throughout the city, but often they are parked on the corner of Edmonton Trail and 21 Avenue NE. We drive by them often, and finally decided to stop by and place an order.

After about ten minutes, our order of butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, rice, and naan bread was ready to bring home. The food itself was delicious!  The portions were large, full of meat, and had a good amount of sauce to soak up. I especially loved the naan bread and tikka masala.

Kurry Up offers catering, vegan, and nut-free options with top quality food at an affordable price. Definitely worth checking out!

 

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 a cocktail each. They were delicious, spirit forward, and unique, concept-wise. For our meal, we each opted for a sandwich. The steak on the sirloin steak sandwich was perfectly cook and full of flavour. The bison burger was served on a brioche bun, and had a delicious blueberry barbeque sauce, brie cheese, and pickled onions.

If you’re in the lodge, this place is a must visit!

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It’s hard to think about brunch without thinking about mimosas. They go hand in hand. There’s something about the refreshing combination of orange juice and champagne. And nowadays, the choices of juices are endless: pineapple, cranberry, grapefruit. The recipe has evolved and includes many varieties or twists on a classic drink.

The history of mimosas is a complex one, and no one seems to truly know where they came from or who invented them. The Buck Fizz was created in a London bar in 1921, as an excuse for men to start drinking before lunch. Although there are variations of the recipe, it’s generally stated as one part orange juice, two parts champagne. Fast forward four years, to the Ritz Hotel in Paris, where bartender Frank Meier mixed equal parts champagne and orange juice, but never took the credit for inventing the cocktail. Others even propose that it was created in the 1940s in San Francisco, by no other than Alfred Hitchcock, who helped to popularize this drink in the US.

Although we will never truly know where the mimosa originated, I appreciate this brunch staple!

I’ve lived in Calgary for over half of my life now, but it hasn’t been until the last year or so when I started referring to Calgary as my home. This city has grown on me immensely and I’ve really come to love what a beautiful place it is. Besides having the rivers, numerous green spaces, and proximity to the mountains, there are so many more reasons why Calgary is amazing; Our unique architecture, diverse food and drink scene, and small town feel within a big city. Plus the people are pretty fantastic too!

November 2nd marks the official day of LoveYYC. It brings together all of the love that people have for our city, by giving opportunities to check out new places or visit your old favourites. Take part in exploring Calgary! Click here to find out all the offers and plan your day accordingly.

Photo by Valerie Lopez

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little snack when you’re out, and nothing is really better than an order of quality fries. I’ve had many throughout our city, and I still think that my favourite are from Citizen Brewing Company. They have a nice crispy exterior with a soft, fluffy interior, and they’re always cooked to perfection. I think it’s a necessity to order a side of the garlic aioli to dip them in, and of course one of Citizen’s many tasty brews!

November 1st, Citizen is kicking off the month with a Movember event. Head down between 4-8pm, register your team, and get a shave from local Cannibale barbers. During the entire month, anytime you order a “Mo-pint” at either Cannibale or Citizen, $1 will go towards your team’s fundraiser. What a great way to enjoy a pint, support local, and raise money for a great cause!

Opening in July of 2019, Comery Block has added a tasty Tennessee twist to Calgary’s food scene. All of their meat is smoked in-house for a minimum of ten hours, using hickory wood. This style of wood imparts a smoky taste and is unique to a Tennessee style.

On our visit, we decided to choose two classic menu items: the brisket and the mac & cheese. A pound of brisket was more than enough to feed two hungry people and it was absolutely perfect. It was so tender you could cut it with a fork, was moist, and of course tasted delicious. This is a must try item for any visitor. The mac & cheese did not disappoint either. The serving was large, the sauce creamy, and overall a decadent choice for a side.

If you love a hearty barbeque meal, add Comery Block to your list of places to try!

Being as my mom was born in Ireland and I married an Irishman, it only seems obvious that I would also have a love for Guinness. Now just to be clear, Guinness in Canada is very different from Guinness in Ireland. Let’s just say it’s much better on the other side of the ocean. I think that’s mainly because very few places in Calgary pour a pint correctly. One of those few places is Oak Tree Tavern.

Located in Kensington, right on 10 Avenue, this place is an Irish staple in town. They have traditional Irish music sessions every Sunday at 4pm. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a must! A bunch of local musicians gather around and play classic Irish tunes together. It really is something to see. Oak Tree also make a mean curry fries, a necessity in Ireland. If you haven’t tried them, you should And of course, they pour a mean Guinness…every time! Have a try for yourself.

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Photo by Valerie Lopez