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.
Executive Chef Philip Thomas and chef Baskaran Kesavan – photographed by Jared Sych – Avenue Magazine – Calgary
Moti Mahal’s famous dishes – photographed by Jared Sych – Avenue Magazine Calgary
Bombay Sweet House’s Pistachio Burfi – photographe by Jared Sych – Avenue Magazine Calgary
Thanks to Avenue Magazine – Calgary for featuring me along with Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Gwendolyn Richards and Julie Van Rosendaal in this article where we got to share our summer soiree hosting tips.
Click here to read the article at the source: Entertaining Like a Pro: Tips from Four Calgary Cookbook Authors
The recipes follow. Continue reading
Now this is definitely cool.
I’ve known Janice Beaton a long time and always admired her taste and style. She’s a straight-forward Maritimer like me but she’s also filled with dichotomies. She’s at once sophisticated and granola, worldly and ultra-local, spiritual and poetic. She’s a contributor to life and a cheese grande dame. It’s so nice to see someone I love so much given the spotlight.
Here’s the Avenue Magazine piece from the Source: 10 Things Janice Beaton Loves
I’ve got my first Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast all planned. I’ll be at the parade bright and early this Friday and am already looking forward to Spolumbo’s sausage and flapjacks fresh from the griddle that my friends Richard and Nora Seto (Stampede volunteers extraordinaire) will be whipping up for me. I’m going to need the fuel.
Later that day, at 7 p.m., I’ll be presenting a cooking demonstration at The Calgary Coop Stampede Kitchen Theatre. It’s the International Year of Pulses so my presentation will give cowboys a different take on campfire beans. My recipes will come from the A Spicy Touch cookbook I co-authored with Noorbanu Nimji. Should be fun. I’d love it if y’all came on down. There’ll be a tasty reward.
Here’s Avenue Magazine’s list of Stamped Breakfasts to keep you fuelled up over the 10 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
From the Source: The Incomplete List of Calgary Stampede Breakfasts
PS – If you get tuckered out next week and are looking for a break from rodeos and the deep fried haze of the midway, please check out my company Calgary Food Tours Stampede Week Action. We’re launching our Inglewood Edibles tour July 12 – 15 and if you use the discount code – STAMPEDE2016 – you’ll save 15%. Catch you later pardner. K.
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
chef Matthias Fong – photo credit – Avenue Magazine
Known for its sustainable menu, delectable dishes and warm, welcoming environment, River Café wins seventh place in the Best Tried and True category in the Avenue Magazine 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards.
Here’s my write-up from the source: 7. River Café
Mercato takes home tenth place in the Best Tried and True category in Avenue Magazine’s 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards. Here’s the piece I wrote about them for the upcoming Restaurant issue from the source: 10. Mercato
Are you curious to see which restaurant our judging panel picked as number one this year? Follow along here as Avenue reveals the lists leading up to the launch on March 2, 2016.