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Simple and refreshing for zero calories: refrigerated cucumber water. All you need is water and a few slices of peeled cucumber (if you’re trying it for the first time, use 2-3 slices to see how you like the taste).

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Cold drinks for hot summer days

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Ok, the painful truth is that we don’t have much of a summer in Calgary. Depending on your frame of reference, 27C is hot or merely warm. Nevertheless, summer is beautiful and I’d rather pretend it’s summer and crave a cold drink on a hot summer day.

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Potatoes, carrots and eggs

Whenever I have an upset stomach, I make this dish. It’s easy to make, as all ingredients are boiled and then tossed together.

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Sushi at Sumo, Eau Claire mall

Synopsis: sushi was good, but I had good sushi in nicer restaurants. We went to Sumo in Eau Claire Mall (200-136 Barclay Parade SW) because of a Groupon I bought some time ago. For some obscure reason, I thought this restaurant was spacious and modern inside. I do not know why I would entertain such thoughts given the location (the Eau Claire mall needs a serious revamp).

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Ox and Angela for dinner

On his birthday, I took my husband out for dinner at Ox and Angela. If you go there, do yourself a favour and get the ‘spanish table’ meal. You won’t regret it (and you won’t have to look like a fool not knowing what you have ordered, since most of the items on the menus are tapas). Unfortunately, I do not have pictures to back it up – the food was great, the ambiance was perfect, and we were having a great time, so there was really no time to think about taking pictures.
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Sandwiches for dinner

I dread dinners. We usually have a salad in the evening, but I get bored with them after a few evenings. The other day, I had this fantastic idea of making a sandwich with chicken leftovers from a roasted chicken and fresh veggies. We had them for dinner for three or four evenings in the row, until I got bored. Again. But they’re still tasty!

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Beets and horseradish salad

Nothing compares to the sweet taste of beets flavoured by the tanginess of horseradish. Sprinkle some salty, creamy feta cheese, and there you go, a work of art!

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Dinner at Wurst

We tried Wurst (2437 4th Street SW) for dinner a few evenings ago. We had been there for brunch, but somehow the idea of ‘wurst’ is not the most appealing to me. Granted, given the name of the restaurant, one would be entitled to expect a wide range of sausages on the menu. If that’s what you’re after, then the restaurant will disappoint.

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Baked garlic potatoes

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Ever since my friend first introduced me to this recipe, I cannot get enough of these potatoes! It takes around 10-15 minutes to prepare them and they’re ready in 30-45 minutes.
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Lunch at 80th & Ivy

A few weeks ago, we gave 80th & Ivy a try for lunch. I had been waiting for an opportunity to try this place ever since it opened up (1127 17 Ave SW, Calgary): it looked good, great patio for people watching and I really liked the big windows. I did not know there’s a ‘back’ that looks more like a bistro than a pub – lots of natural light, simple and clean decorum, view of the kitchen and lots of plants.

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Restaurant view.

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