Cocktails for Inglewood at The Nash and The Offcut Bar

>> Friday, June 30, 2017


Canada is celebrating 150 years and what better way to celebrate than to give back to the community, which is what The Nash and The Offcut Bar is doing. They are giving back to Inglewood. Together with other establishments in the neighbourhood they are creating delicious ‘Cocktails for Inglewood’. An event that runs all summer long where a portion of the proceeds go towards The Alex Youth Health Center.

Each of the cocktails are featured for a certain number of weeks throughout the summer with a possibility of returning at a later date. I was lucky enough to get to sample each of the cocktails and here is a quick summery of each. The first two cocktails unfortunately are no longer featured but here’s hoping that they bring them back since Cold Garden’s Caribbean Cake Affair was one of my favorites.


ESPY Experience – Afternoon Tea Light
June 1 – June 14
Featuring Bulleit bourbon, assam tea syrup, ango stura bitters and topped with a sprig of mint. This one is for the bourbon lovers. A good strong kick, the perfect aperitif to get those taste buds going.


Cold Garden – Caribbean Cake Affair
June 15 – June 28
Made with Cruzan spiced rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, vanilla syrup, egg white, topped with Cakeface beer. This one was my favorite of the bunch (even though it was hard to choose). It was hard to imagine what it would taste like after reading the ingredients but this cocktail was perfectly well balanced and super refreshing. Fingers crossed that they bring this one back again and again!


The Livery Shop – Barn Burner
June 29 – July 12
The mixture of mezcal and tequila are the star here along with lime juice, cranberry juice, cherry syrup, juniper bitters and finished with absinthe wash. You can definitely can taste the smokiness of the mezcal as it lingers on the palate. This one would work great with a hearty meal!


Rosso – Cold Fashioned
July 13 – July 26
Featuring Jim bean, rosso coffee bean infused syrup, rosso cold brew coffee, walnut bitters and topped with a cherry garnish. I enjoyed the subtle hint of coffee and it felt like drinking a sophisticated iced brew. It would work great even as a disgestif after dinner along with some delicious dessert.


Kent of Inglewood – Rose of 1867
July 27 – August 10
Made with Dark horse, Dolin sweet vermouth, Benedictine, ginger rose tonic, rose water and garnished with an orange peel, this drink what I think a manhattan and an old fashioned would taste like when combined together. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy theirs not overly too sweet but still with a nice well rounded flavour profile.


Plant – Coniferous Zingibeer
August 11 – August 24
The combination of Ginger spruce beer, Plymouth gin, lime juice, herbal syrup and alpino amaro, topped with ginger spruce beer and a rosemary sprig was interesting to say the least. I was curious whether it might be sweet due to the ginger beer but that was definitely not the case. Instead it was earthy and fizzy with lots of kick!

Although Canada day celebrations will be at the peak this long weekend. Don’t forget that you can continue to celebrate all summer long at the Nash with their amazing cocktails that support the community which is a celebration in itself!

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Restaurant Review: Deane House

>> Friday, June 9, 2017


Father’s day is literally just around the corner and I’m trying to decide what to do to celebrate the amazing day. My son is almost one so this is my husband’s second father’s day since he was born before father’s day last year. But officially it’ll be his first time celebrating (since sitting in a hospital without any sleep wouldn’t really be classified as a celebration). It also got me thinking of all the amazing times we’ve had to far this past year with our son, which made me look back on the amazing valentine’s meal that we enjoyed and had baby L along. It was the perfect evening because he was quite the pleasant company while we enjoyed our delicious meal.

Atmosphere: Dining in a beautiful historical setting with a cultural significance in the city. Elegant and romantic – the perfect combination.

Price Range: $20 - $30+


Food & Wine: The set menu that evening looked incredible and I couldn’t wait to start my dining journey. One of the things I enjoy most about a chef’s tasting is the slow progression of every plate which peaks with the main entrée and then finishes with a delectable dessert. We began the meal with an amuse of oysters topped with a tangy mignonette. Being a lover of oysters it was a perfect way to kick off the night.

Our first course was the Smoked Beets with crème fraiche, a mustard vinaigrette, and topped with dill, trout roe and a rye crumb. The dish had a symphony of flavours from the sweetness of the beets to the tangy vinaigrette and the roe to little bits of dill on top. The crème fraiche added the creamy texture that brought the whole dish together. My only complaint was that there wasn’t more of it!


Next was the Sunchoke Veloute with a wonderful herb pistou and hazelnut gremolata. I’m not one to order soups very often on my own but am glad this was part of the menu. The dish had amazing punchy flavours while being incredibly velvety smooth. A nice lead in to the next course which was the 7K Longhorn Beef Carpaccio topped with northern divine caviar, smoked aioli and pickled shallots. Nothing beats a well done carpaccio and this one was it. Well balanced between the tender beef and flavourful accompaniments. Another winner here.

For our mains we had the Seared Rabbit Saddle with pan seared gnocchi, wilted winter greens, lacto fermented carrots and the Haida Wild Black Cod with braised white beans, celeriac puree, pickled seaweed and a dashi broth. Out of the two, I leaned more towards the black cod because the rabbit was a bit gamier than my liking. Even though I really enjoyed the gnocchi and veggies that came with the dish. The black cod itself had a very nice sear and was nicely paired with the white beans and celeriac puree. The addition of the dashi added an extra depth of flavour to the dish.


To end our meal we had the Theo Organic Chocolate Pate served with vanilla ice cream, sponge toffee and salted caramel. This was a decadent dessert with the creamy smooth chocolate pate to the sweet and salty caramel and the crunchy toffee. Not to mention it also came with ice cream, which is always a plus. It definitely satisfied anyone with a sweet tooth!

There were amazing wine pairings for each course but I kept to the 2007 Lan Gran Reserva Tempranillo since I was craving red that evening. It had lovely notes of blackcurrents and chocolate with a full bodied finish. It went very nicely with the carpaccio and chocolate courses.


My Picks: Everything! But if I had to pick…the Sunchoke Veloute or the Black Cod

Overall: Beautiful surroundings and a delicious meal. It was a wonderful evening and I’m glad we were able to share it with our son. I can definitely see myself going back for more chef’s tasting meals or even to try their a la carte menu. It would also be a lovely place to take father’s to celebrate their awesome day. I also recently read that they have a pastry brunch buffet? Sign me up!

Deane House
806 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 264-0595
Website: deanehouse.com

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KIND Snacking Giveaway - Limiting Hidden Sugar Consumption

>> Friday, June 2, 2017


There are so many articles out there now a days about how to eat. You should be eating 3 full meals a day, no - you should be eating 6 small meals, no - you should be eating every 2 hours. It’s all quite exhausting to be honest. Food should be enjoyable and not something that causes more stress. When you eat food made from real ingredients, you know you’re putting in the right fuel for your body. Which then minimizes all that stress.

Being a new mom this becomes especially important. Time definitely becomes something that needs to be well managed. Spending time with my son is a priority but being healthy by exercising and eating well is also very important to me. Lately there’s been a huge of focus about sugar consumption and through just eating desserts or but through passive sugar intake. Just like sodium, sugar is now added to most items in the supermarket to make it taste better. This I’ll never understand, if the correct ingredients are used why do they need to add more sugar in to things?


I was shocked to hear that most people are not aware of how much sugar in is prepackaged foods. Even though there’s the nutrition guide on all packaged foods, most people don’t know how to decipher the information. Out of 992 women polled showed that they were consuming more than the daily recommended 100g of sugar a day and 35% of that was coming from ‘other’ foods that aren’t from natural foods such as fruits and vegetables.*

Its hard to fuel your body correctly when you’re eating something that isn’t what it seems. So I was surprised to learn that KIND snack bars have no added processed sugars. Everything in the bar is truly ‘what you see is what you get’. With amazing flavours such as Almond Mocha & Dark Chocolate, Maple Glazed to Honey Roasted Nuts and Sea Salt there’s one to satisfy every craving.


The bars are perfect for a after workout snack when I need something quick. I had the opportunity to try the different flavours and was pleased that they were all perfectly balanced. Not overly sweet but enough to get the taste buds going all by using natural ingredients. Being someone who loves to eat and eat healthy these bars fit in well with my lifestyle.

So if you’re someone who aren’t sure how you should be eating, listen to your body and be Kind to yourself! Try a KIND bar and know that you’re having something that’s delicious and tasty. To help others on their way we're GIVING AWAY A MONTH OF KIND BARS! Please respond to this post and I will make a draw for the winner!

*Poll results provided by KIND snack bars

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