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Romantic dining in Edmonton for every budget

By Liane Faulder, Edmonton Food Tours guide and writer for The Edmonton Journal The definition of a romantic meal varies widely. Some couples can feel dreamily alone in a noisy and crowded space like El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar (8230 Gateway Blvd.) and others like a padded banquette in a dark corner at the Red Ox Inn (9420 91 St). One duo might find a grilled cheese eaten while perched on a stool in a trendy sandwich joint like Farrow (8422 109 St.) to be gooey and gorgeous. Another needs champagne in the Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (10065 100 St). If you’re of the cheap and cheerful persuasion, look no further than the aptly named Café Amore (10807 106 Ave.) The tables for two are tiny, and it’s easy to have an intimate conversation, especially…

Romantic Calgary date ideas and restaurants for every budget

February is the month we all think of romantic dinners but why squish all that love into one day or one month each year? Whether it is love for yourself, your family or a certain someone, it really is better to share love any and everyday of the year. Nourish a love affair with yourself,…

The best take-out hot chocolate in Edmonton

Story by Liane Faulder – Far from hunkering down to wait out winter, Edmontonians are famous for getting out and discovering ways to brighten and warm the long, dark season. Here’s a list that celebrates keeping active this winter for visitors and locals alike:   Patio fare Dining au plein isn’t restricted to the summer in…

Best Bars in Edmonton for a Woman to Enjoy a Drink Alone

  Best Bars in Edmonton for a Woman to Enjoy a Drink Alone By Liane Faulder, Alberta Food Tours Inc. Tour Leader and food writer for the Edmonton Journal Sometimes a girl feels like getting out for a glass of wine and a nibble, but the thought of downing a beer and a plate of…

Five coffee bars we love in Edmonton

Five Coffee Bars We Love Written By Liane Faulder, Alberta Food Tours Inc. Tour Leader and food writer for the Edmonton Journal Photos By Karen Anderson, Alberta Food Tours Inc. President Edmonton has a terrific independent coffee culture that’s built up over the last decade. Here is a whiff of the caffeinated landscape in our…

Five dishes we love at Anju restaurant in Calgary

Calgary’s food culture is greatly enhanced by the fact that one in six Albertans are born outside of Canada. Chef Roy Oh, owner and chef at Anju Restaurant, was born in Edmonton but his parents immigrated from Korea. Chef Oh learned to cook from his mother. And from a few years at the school of hard…

Cocktails and car-camping in Alberta with food journalist Lisa Monforton

What fun to wake up today and read a Calgary Herald article by Lisa Kadane featuring one of our talented tour leaders, local food editor and writer, Lisa Monforton. Check out Lisa’s recipe for a Mountain Air Martini and enjoy the article: Car-Camping Cocktails. We live a great life in Calgary and camping and time…

Real fruit popsicles from Better at the Cherry Pit in the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Sensationally summer, that’s how these iconic summer treats taste. These bold and beautiful popsicles sell for $5.00 at Better by the Cherry Pit at The Calgary Farmers’ Market. Sharla Dube, the owner of the Cherry Pit, says these popsicles are jam-packed with real fresh fruit and vegetables. You can’t fake these colours. Only Mother Nature…

Food Artisans of Alberta – Phil and Sebastian coffee

For their crazy dedication to coffee terroir, coffee roasting for the pure flavour of the bean and artful hand-pulled barista coffees at their cafes around Calgary – Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters has become one of the great Food Artisans of Alberta. You can read more about how they helped our President and CEO’s, Karen Anderson with…

Food Artisans of Alberta – Calgary’s Decadent Dessert’s Pam Fortier and her coconut cupcakes

This is a coconut cupcake from Decadent Desserts and it’s got our vote as one of the best things to eat in Alberta. Owner Pam Fortier started making these especially for Calgary Food Tours because she knows how much we love the giant version that is a full-on layer cake. Both cake and cupcake are filled with…