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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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Smashburger

After months and months of trying to make it to Smashburger, we finally had lunch over there last week. Disclosure statement: I don’t like burgers. I know the picture this paints, but here you go, I live in Calgary and burgers are not my type of food.

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Smashburger logo

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Coffee & Tea in Calgary

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Coffee and dessert at Phil and Sebastian

For me, a coffee/ tea house should be a small meeting place. A place where you sit and sip coffee/ tea for the socializing aspect of it: you watch people coming and going, the music plays in the background, the place is almost-full and the nice murmur of people chatting warms you up. I’m quite picky about such places, so my taste may not be your taste. But here are some nice places I like to go to in Calgary:

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La Boulangerie – Bakery Cafe

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Pastries and coffee, La Boulangerie on 4th Street.

 

I have meant to try La Boulangerie for a long, long time! So when our friends suggested it for brunch, I was very excited! This is the type of cafe we should have every other block, including those dreadful suburbs. Then I’d finally be happy with Calgary (though I can’t promise I’d stop complaining about it!).

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Have you tried Double Zero Pizza yet?

Update: January 2013. We went back to Double Zero Pizza two years after we first tried it. Again, I loved the place but was not impressed with the pizza.
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Shawarma at Babylon Qithara

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Babylon qithara

My favorite shawarma is way down in the SE; when we don’t feel like driving all the way to Dessert Pita, Babylon Qithara is our next choice. This little mediterranean foods place is located right next to the Sundridge Cineplex (#311, 2555-32 St. NE). It’s clean, with plenty of room to sit and they’ve done a decent job decorating it. If you are not a fan of shawarma, donair or kebab, you can still find something to enjoy – falafel, fried eggplant, chicken, soup. Since we’re trying to be careful when eating out, we ask for humus-only chicken shawarma (no other sauces). The regular shawarma is $6.99 and the large one is $8.99. With a pop, lunch costs us $20 with GST and tip.

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Fuji Yama on 17th

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Sushi plate, Fuji Yama on 17th.

After reading some of the Urbanspoon reviews for this place, I am happy to report my sushi night-out was quite successful! We have never tried the place before – and that’s exactly why I got the 20-for-40 discount coupon. The restaurant is located in the basement of the Devenish building on 17th (908 17th Ave SW) and you have to go around the building to find the entrance. Once you’re in, turn to your left to enter the restaurant.

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Lunch at Vendome Cafe, Kensington (part 2)

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Roasted chicken clubhouse.

Back in 2011, I blogged about this little Kensington gem. Although I went back several times, I always forgot to take pictures! This time, I managed to remember and snapped two shots of our food: the roasted chicken clubhouse ($12) and the brownie.

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Roadhouse Restaurant Strathmore – Dinner Buffet

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Meat-lovers dinner buffet: moist and tender ribs with veggies.

Dinner buffet anyone? We were recently coming back from a one-day trip to the Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks (worth seeing, if you haven’t been there – beware of the snakes though!) and searched the internet for restaurants in Strathmore. The Road House Restaurant and Saloon was top of the list, on Highway 1 (map) so we gave it a try!
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Dinner at Inti Restaurant, Peruvian cuisine

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Escabeche de pollo.

Inspired by another Calgary food blogger, I decided to try a new small place in the industrial area. Inti (208 – 3132 26th Street NE) promises to bring the ‘flavor of Peru’ to your table.

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