Out With Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC and Beyond

Everyone loves a good pasta dish, and Calgary is full of fantastic Italian restaurants. If you’re looking for delicious food matched with a really great deal, you definitely need to visit Tavernetta on a Tuesday night. For a mere $40, you can get pasta for two and a half litre of wine. The pasta is absolutely fantastic: full of flavour, great combination of ingredients, and always varied. Each week you can try something new!

If you’re into seafood and Monday night dates, I have the perfect place for you to check out. Modern Ocean is located on Stephen Avenue and their Monday night special is something to talk about.

For $99 you can order their seafood boil which is packed full of options. This massive platter came with a full lobster and crab, as well as numerous mussels, shrimp, and sausage. It also had potatoes and corn. All the seafood was cooked perfectly and was really something else. It left us full and satisfied, and dreaming of the time next when we will visit.

Besides the fact that their food is delicious, they also adhere to Ocean Wise sustainable seafood practices. You can feel good about the food you’re eating.

With the holiday season quickly approaching it can be hard to find the time for baking. If you’re looking for a tasty loaf, Bridgeland Market is the place to go to. We tried the banana chocolate chip loaf and it was delicious: tasted homemade, moist, and has the perfect ratio of chocolate chips. Plus it only has eleven ingredients, all of which you can read on the label!

Anytime the weekend comes around one of the main reason I’m excited is because I get to eat a delicious brunch! Calgary is loaded with tasty spots to try out.

Monki Bistro serves up a great brunch. They have two locations: one in Inglewood, and the other on 10 Avenue SW. You can either make a reservation or check in online to add your name to the waitlist, and show up when your table is ready. They have a large menu with both classic items and unique breakfast choices, like the fondue. They also have an insane amount of various hot sauces.

Typically I order an eggs benny and this one was delicious. You have the choice for their traditional hollandaise sauce, or you can also try their pink prosecco hollandaise. It’s a tasty twist and definitely has a different look to it. Give it a try!

Being as I am a cocktail aficionado, it might come as a surprise to you that I finally got to experience Shelter. This hidden cocktail bar is everything that you could possibly want from one. It’s cozy, trendy, has fab decor, great service, and of course, superb drinks!

We stopped by on Saturday night and it was quite busy, but we were lucky enough to get a seat at the bar. Looking at their extensive cocktail menu, we ended up ordering a classic whiskey sour and Manhattan. It was both fascinating and entertaining to watch the bar tender make drink after drink. It was clear she knew her stuff. She offered suggestions for us to try next, asked us what we liked, and then we left it up to her to make us a drink. They were all delicious!

There truly is an art to making a good cocktail, and I was thoroughly impressed with Shelter. It was a great experience and one everyone should have!

There really is something special about hot dog. I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but I truly do love me a good dog. If you’re looking for a delicious take on one, I have the perfect place for you to go.

Gorilla Whale has an incredible happy hour everyday from 2-5pm and then again from 10pm-close. Their specials include half priced skewers, varied drink options (when we went it was $5 wine), and the most amazing hot dogs I’ve ever tasted. We tried out two of them, and one definitely stood out. It was topped with pickled vegetables and covered with a hollandaise sauce. You really have to try it!