Lina’s Italian Market is a great specialty market, and I used to live just 10 minutes away! As you can imagine, they saw quite a bit of me over the last 4 years that we lived in Calgary. With so many options and great food, I’m glad I’ve been able to sample quite a bit of it over time. Since moving to Montana, I’ve missed this place so much, that I went a little crazy buying all kinds of things to take home. We also bought some pre-prepared sauces and assorted goodies to take with us out to Banff and Jasper for meals with a view. I felt pretty lucky to have all this gourmet food at my finger tips after a long day in the mountains.
My love of Vietnamese food started in San Francisco where I experienced the wonders of Vietnamese Yellow Curry (totally different and equally as good as Thai Yellow Curry). But… then I came home to my small town where you couldn’t buy any kind of curry paste from the grocery store at that time. I delved into cookbooks and made a few things at home, but I never knew if it tasted ‘right’ I just knew it tasted good!
I’ve been going to the Calgary Farmer’s Market off and on for the last 4 years, and I love it! While we were waiting for our immigration papers to come through, it would go something like this: week 1, Calgary Farmer’s Market – week 2, Whitefish Farmer’s Market (Montana) and so on. Now that we live in one place, I’m glad for the slower pace but I’m definitely missing all my favorite spots in Calgary. Going to the Farmer’s Market is one of the highlights of my week (I know, it doesn’t take much). But… I can’t help myself, I just get so excited at the abundance of good things to eat surrounding me!
Choklat is an awesome little chocolate store located in the Inglewood district in Calgary, Alberta. I discovered this gem a few years back when we were living in Calgary. Since then, I’ve gone for a truffle or two plus some of their delicious bars of chocolate. Choklat is dedicated to the utmost quality in their chocolate, going as far as to grow their own mint for the mint ganache filling in their truffles!
The Chinatown in Calgary is relatively small, but not something you’d want to skip over. There’s some great restaurants and shops with cool gadgets that are fun to poke through. Chinatown borders the Bow River that runs through Calgary, so it’s also a great place to walk, run, or bike. There’s picnic tables and benches where you can take your amazing Vietnamese Sub sandwich and have lunch overlooking the river, (see more about that below).