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Indian Food and the Families Behind it in Calgary

Dhal Bat - a multi-dish meal from The Himalayan restaurant in Calgary

Dhal Bat from The Himalayan by Jared Sych – Avenue Magazine Calgary

For this month’s Avenue Magazine – Calgary, I had the delight of writing two freelance pieces on one of my favourite topics: Indian food and where to find it in our city. And, even better, I got to interview some of the key families behind the best Indian restaurants and share their stories.

I spent several evenings in late July, traversing the city’s trails so my taste buds could verify the authenticity and quality of the myriad of masalas, curries, dosas, naans, dom biryannis, chettiyar cuisine, kebabs, dals, bhajias and burfis on offer. I came home with bags of leftovers, squeezed them into a bulging refrigerator, loosened my belt and sat at my desktop. Off I went again. This time I was chewing through the words needed to meet my deadline. Research and writing are done with the same vigour when excellence in eating is the common denominator connecting them.  I hope you enjoy the results.

These are the people behind some of the city’s best Indian restaurants:  5 Families Influencing Calgary’s Indian Food Scene

Check out one of these restaurants when you’re craving the flavours of North, South or East Indian cuisine: Source: Where to Eat Indian Food in Calgary 

All photos for this post are used with permission from Avenue Magazine – Calgary.

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Enjoy an Edible Escapes weekend in #Chicago this October with my friend Liane Faulder

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The Windy City – photo credit – Karen Anderson

There are some cities you just don’t want to miss and Chicago is one of them. I’ve had the pleasure of travelling there three times in the last two years and so when my friend Liane Faulder said it was top of her bucket list, I designed a great trip for her to lead with my company Alberta Food Tours, Inc.

Read on for all the details Continue reading

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Chef Jinhee Lee – @Geenie52 – wins Gold at Canadian Culinary Championships #CCC2017

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Chef Jinhee Lee of Calgary (Gold) with Chef Eric Hanson of Edmonton (Bronze) and Chef Joe Thottungal of Ottawa (Silver) – photo courtesy of #CCC2017

I am thrilled for my friend chef Jinhee Lee. She just won the Gold Medal at Gold Medal Plates – the Canadian Culinary Championships.

I’ve known Jinhee a few years now. She was Executive Chef at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly at The Hotel Arts in Calgary and has moved with chef Ly to be his Executive Chef at the first restaurant where he is chef/owner.  Continue reading

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Enjoy the World’s Best #foodtours this summer and save 20% – Taking a food tour is my best tip for savvy travellers

World's Best Food Tours

It’s a pleasure to share news of this global food tourism offering with my fellow food lovers. My company Calgary Food Tours is a member of Food Tour Pros which is a certification program with over 190 members in 20 countries. I’ve joined with 22 of my colleagues to offer this fun and very brief sale on our collective offerings.

For clickable links that will take you directly to the websites of this list of World’s Best Food Tours please visit here. You’ll find the index of all the tours and the promo code for 20% off in that Cowtown to Chowtown blog post. Sale ends May 7.  Continue reading

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Great article on @albertafoodtour @AlbertaBoostR in The Edmonton Examiner today – Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries – by Madeleine Cummings

Food tours coming to Edmonton. Here’s the article from The Edmonton Examiner Source: Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries

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A passage to #Indiancooking in #Calgary – my favourite #littleIndia grocers and restaurants

Indian Snacks - bhajias- pakoras - Karen Anderson - @savouritall

Fresh pakoras – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Shopping for Indian ingredients in Canada can be challenging even in today’s world of global markets and overnight air freight. In India, an array of vegetables and fruits are picked fresh and brought to market daily. The distance between Canada and India means we don’t have that level of freshness but nonetheless, I still have some favourite grocers where I can find the authentic ingredients I crave.

I’ll share the grocers that make up my “little India” in Calgary as well as some of my favourite Indian restaurants. Once you start shopping for, making and eating great Indian food, you might even be curious enough to travel to this magical place yourself. Food was the key that opened the door to this ancient culture for me. Maybe it will be for you too. Continue reading

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#TopTenRestaurants #Calgary via @AvenueMagazine – #Congrats to No1. @RougeCal

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Rouge takes first place (for the second year in a row) in the Best Tried and True category in the Avenue Magazine’s 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards. Rouge uses local ingredients and consistently serves sophisticated and creative dishes.

Here’s Dan Clapson’s write up as well as the complete Top Ten list from the source:

Congratulations – No 1. Rouge

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