Do you ever feel like you need something delicious to lift you up? Are you looking for that special something that makes you feel so damn good? If the answer to these questions is yes then look no further. Food does a lot for us. It nourishes us, gives us health, and helps us with our emotions. It is one of our most basic needs and magical ways we can work with the world. If you are in our lovely city of Calgary, (whether you live here or are just visiting) there are a few good choices for cuisines to put you in a state of contentment. When you need comfort food, check out these places and dishes.
Kinjo’s Sushi: Midori Roll
The ultimate vegetarian comfort food is found in the most unexpected place… Kinjos. The Midori Roll is a sushi roll with red peppers, asparagus, yams and cream cheese mixed together wrapped in rice and spinach batter. It’s healthy and yummy. When you dip this roll into their sweet soy sauce, you feel like you are whisked away into a beautiful Japanese temple. You can have your Zen and eat it too. Besides who doesn’t love a place that writes “free love” on every check? You can find Kinjo’s at 7101 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Ricky’s All Day Grill: Cheezy Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup
Nothing says comfort like the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combination and Ricky’s Grill takes it to the max. They have a sourdough bread cooked with 4 different kinds of cheeses on the outside and 3 on the inside. The cheeses are Canadian cheddar, Havarti, parmesan and pepper jack (The best kind). It comes with their signature tomato basil soup. This soup is not just any old tomato soup. It is a flavorful, fresh and tasty bisque that has a hint of spice and a lot of warmth. Go try it on 6262 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K6
Glamorgan Bakery: Mini-Lemon Cheesecakes and Fancy Cupcakes
No better cake masters than right here in my back yard. I keep asking for their tasty treats on every birthday, Christmas or whenever the hell I feel like it. The mini-lemon cheesecake contains graham crackers on the bottom, cream cheese filling in the middle, lemon curd on the top and a dark chocolate cup to hold it all in. The best mixture you could ever ask for. Then there are the fancy cupcakes. I always reach for their chocolate flavor with buttercream icing. Each one is a work of art. They are the picture of flowers and a rainbow of colors. Whether you go for the cheesecake or the cupcake, each bite will taste like spring and summer combined. Check them out at 19, 3919 Richmond Road SW, Calgary, AB T3E 4P2.
Earl’s: Mediterranean Linguine
The pasta dish that my friends keep teasing me about. Whenever I go to Earl’s I order the Mediterranean linguine or as my friends call it, my crack cocaine. It is absolutely addicting. It’s a spicy tomato sauce with olives, red peppers, and feta cheese mixed with fettucine. It doesn’t seem like much but it is so perfect in every bite. I keep trying to recreate this dish at home but it has a different effect (it’s not so addicting). The saying less is more really refers to this dish. So go get it at 140 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, AB T3H 3C8.
Deluxe Diner: Breakfast Poutine
Simple but sensational. This dish is a little skillet of Canadian magic. You will have one soft poached egg, loads of Quebec cheese curds, ample parts of rosemary hash browns and covered with basil hollandaise. Put it all together and you got yourself a comforting dish worthy of kitchen gods and goddesses alike. The melted cheese alone makes you drift off into a cloud of bliss. If you are ever in the neighborhood, check out the Deluxe Diner at 804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6.
Tim Horton’s: Frosted Cinnamon Roll
The best kind of pastry known to any Canadian. Now lots of people reach for their donuts but I love the FROSTED cinnamon rolls. They start off sweet with all the sugar and frosting but then the spice of the cinnamon creeps up at you when you finish the bite. It’s a sweet little bit of Canadian heaven that you can’t have enough of. It’s also very inexpensive at $1.29. Although Tim Hortons is all over the place, the one I often go to is 6815 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3.
Bernard Callebaut: Habanero Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Bar
Sweet, Spicy and Salty. The three S’s you would never have thought would be together but they are in one fabulous
package. A bold choice for anyone who loves a bit of a culinary adventure. After the first silky bite, you taste a small crystal of sea salt that slowly melts in your mouth with the chocolate. Then when you least expect it you taste the kick of the habanero chili pepper. Eating this chocolate bar is like falling in love. A must have. And for an added spiritual bonus, the salt will cleanse your soul and the peppers will awaken your passion. Bernard Callebaut stores are everywhere but I like going to 847 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7. They know me too well there.
Food is an amazing thing but comfort food is truly magical. When you need a boost, it’s always good to reach for something that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. The good news is that it is easy to find and if you don’t wish to go out, you can always look in your own home. I like to bake my world famous “Monster Cookies” (I will post the recipe next week). What is your favorite comfort food?