Calgary | Yet Another Foodie Weekend

Living just outside Edmonton, Calgary is our go-to for quick weekend getaways. However, the rest of the world will know for having hosted the Winter Olympics and the best city to fly in to when setting out to travel to the bucket-list destination, Banff. But besides that, it is a city bustling with amazing foodie spots, hence why every time we go, we seem to eat our weight in food. Not kidding.

This particular trip was super last minute. As in Craig booked the hotel room at 7pm on Friday night and the next morning we packed the car for a quick one-nighter at the Fairmont Palliser.

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It takes about 4 hours to drive to Calgary, so we arrived just in time for lunch. Our usual hangout in Calgary is 17th ave – a street packed full with vibey restaurants and coffee shops. So we headed straight there to one of our favourites: UNA Pizza. This place has always been full when we’ve visited but we were lucky enough to get a spot at the bar for a quick nibble.

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They don’t offer gluten-free (sadly) so I always have to opt for the small plates, but always love their meals! Their prawns are my favourite, and this time I added the broccoli which was heavenly!

EDIT: Apparently they do offer gluten-free crusts! And now I’m sad that I didn’t know that while we were there! Guess we will have to return.

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Craig (obviously) ordered a pizza and he devoured it! Their pizzas are thin-based, which we prefer –  and, so does the rest of Calgary apparently. Each table had at least two pizzas to share between them and we would have done the same had I not been annoyingly gluten-free. Sigh.

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Coffee! Obviously. You guys must know me by now. We usually frequent Analog or Philosafy – both on 17th Ave – but we have started to spread our wings and try new places. This time, while strolling along 8th Ave (Stephen Ave), downtown, we spotted Phil And Sebastian Coffee and decided to give it a try!

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We had booked for dinner at Pigeonhole, but arrived, unfashionably early so decided to hit cocktails next door at their sister restaurant Model Milk.

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I had the best cocktail ever at Model Milk, called the Pinatta. I loved it so much that I had TWO! (And I am not a big drinker). It was so refreshing yet it had a hint of spice! You should try it 🙂

Most people will recommend OEB for breakfast when in Calgary and so we finally did it. Anxious about the queue that we could be in for, we headed out relatively early. Luckily, there was no queue and no wait for us!

The menu was super overwhelming! There are just too many options to choose from and I am extremely indecisive as it is. That being said, it’s highly unlikely you won’t find something you’ll like on the menu. I settled on the Breakfast in Tuscany (because I wanted something fresh and healthy-ish) and Craig chose the Croque Madame.

Most of their dishes seem to come with fruit on the side and they do offer gluten-free bread!

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Last time, we completely indulged. We popped into Village Ice Cream and realised why they have such a long queue, and tried out some gluten-free donuts at Jelly Modern Doughnuts. While I begged Craig to stop off at one of these dessert stops, he reminded me LA is in 8 weeks! 8 weeks only to get Venice Beach ready – EEEKKK! But if you don’t have any plans to be beach ready any time soon, I’d stop off at one of these spots too for a treat.

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If you’re planning a foodie weekend in Edmonton, check out some of the #YEGweekly blog posts to get some ideas:

Back up North,

Leigh

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