Hard to believe that January is almost over as it seems to have flown by this year! Have you kept any of your resolutions? I’ve stopped making any, except for the generic, enjoyable and achievable one of eating at as many new restaurants as possible.
Trend forecasting is a difficult thing to do, but I asked some of Calgary’s top chefs–SAIT’s Michael Allemeier, Justin Leboe, Rouge’s Paul Rogalski, Brava Bistro’s Kevin Turner–to do exactly that. Here are a few things that Calgarians can look forward to in 2011:
- smaller more casual restaurants (look for Justin Leboe’s Model Milk to open soon, as well as casual Italian restos, including one in the space previously occupied by Nectar);
- secondary cuts of meat like osso bucco;
- charcuterie and smoking (bacons, hams, terrines);
- braised dishes (but goodbye to braised pork belly);
- ancient grains like millet, amaranth, quinoa;
Find out more new trends in the Jan/Feb issue of City Palate, Calgary’s most comprehensive food magazine. My story The Future of Food is on page 34. The Jan/Feb issue is also my favourite because it’s all about Cheap Eats. Austerity after the holiday season is always a necessary measure. So I might eat out less often, but I’ll be choosier about where I go. It’s all good!
- Anh Chu
One of the best, quickest and cheapest meals are Bánh Mi (pronounced “Bun Me”) also known as Vietnamese subs. In my opinion, Saigon Deli in Forest Lawn takes the win for best beef sate banh mi in Calgary. It’s located in the same strip mall as Lucky Supermarket and has been around for over a dozen years. The subs are made fresh so there are usually long lineups on the weekend; however, the staff are efficient so expect about a 10 minute max wait-time.
The tiny family-run shop is probably 100 sq. ft tops, but it delivers big on mouthwatering bánh mi. You know this place is the real deal because their Vietnamese subs do not come with an option for cheese. If you want cheese on your sub bro, go to Subway. Read More
Taste of Calgary is like an outdoor tapas smorgasbord with 30 different restaurants to taste samples from. The outdoor food and beverage festival was held at Eau Claire Market in Calgary. This year was its 14th, and with all those years of food faring, I expected to be blown away. Of course, it is up to the participating restaurants to promote their businesses and make you like them enough to hoof it to their restaurant once the event is over. It’s also up to you to choose wisely. This, I did not do. Also, I went on a hungry stomach without pre-eating AND agreed to share food with a few others. In my defense, since my sister paid for the tickets, I couldn’t be too picky/greedy.
At .75 cents a ticket, most food required five to six tickets. Do the math; that adds up to $3.75 or $4.50 respectively for each tiny sampler plate. Not cheap. Here’s a rundown of what I ate: Read More