Garden of Italy: A bit of Italy in Calgary

Italian food is one of those things I get sudden cravings for. I will not confirm or deny the rumours that these cravings often happen right after my own failed attempts at cooking pasta.

But one evening the familiar stomach rumblings happened and Google decided to recommend a family-run restaurant. And that’s how I found myself at Garden of Italy.

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Shibuya Izakaya: Sampling Japanese Fare

If it wasn’t apparent already, I really like my Japanese food. Having eaten at nearly every Japanese restaurant in Edmonton I’ve begun turning my eyes towards Calgary’s Japanese scene.

And today, I decided to try a bit of everything from Shibuya Izakaya.

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Deane House: Canadian Fine Dining

Many of my international colleagues like to joke about “Canadian cuisine”. Because apparently all we eat are Timbits, poutine, and maple syrup. So how fortunate we have restaurants like Deane House in Calgary to showcase some of the local and seasonal delicacies that Canada has to offer.

We had managed to stop by just in time for this year’s Food and Drink Expo menu. For a great price you get to sample a lot more of the menu and spoiler alert, it was fantastic both for my taste buds and my wallet.

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Shijiki: Novel Japanese Fare

A popular trend that I’ve noticed is people trying their hand at recreating traditional foods with a unique flair to it.

And so while looking for some ramen, we decided to try Shijiki, which we were told did an excellent job of that.

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Tang Dynasty: Chinese Grill Masters

Grilling with live coals is not exactly easy, or cheap. Which is probably why so many places use a gas grill instead. But about a year ago Tang Dynasty decided to implement a BBQ grill with actual coals.

And from the first skewer you pop into your mouth, you can taste the difference it makes.

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Kanpai Sushi: Classic and New Japanese

It’s a bit of a cliché really. But we stumbled upon Kanpai Sushi wandering around downtown Calgary looking for some dinner.

And as always when you stumble into a random restaurant, it’s usually better than what you expect and Kanpai was no exception.

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