Food and Travels05 Oct 2008 02:39 pm

Mostly a photo round up from our autumn trip to Calgary.

We had dinner one night at Mysore Palace, which is a restaurant in downtown Calgary that specializes in Southern Indian cooking. They were kind of pushy about making us get the buffet, but we resisted and ordered our own buffet of sorts, which was amazing. Jenn is protectively guarding her vada in this photo. It’s basically a savoury Indian donut, deep fried. In front of Dave and Jenn is the huge papper masala dosa. It was HUGE.

Dave and Jenn are artists. They’ve spent the last several months creating for three shows, one at the Truck gallery, one at the Glenbow museum and one at their gallery, Skew. Here, Mike is looking at their piece for Truck.

Looking for the ‘secret image’ behind the painting.

This is the overall installation, which included tree shaped banners and miniature trees.

And a close up of the painting.

We moved onto the Glenbow, where Dave + Jenn were showing in a show run in conjunction with the Sled Island music festival. Mike is checking out the work of a friend of theirs, Chris Millar.

Before I was scolded for taking photos in the museum (it was hard to refrain; I wanted to document their work!) I managed to get a shot of one of Dave + Jenn’s two sided works. Their work is hard to photograph. It’s layered, and covered in resin, with many different images and colours and layers and dimensions. Intense.

Near the end of my trip, I visited with Jolene, a family and personal friend. After much contemplation, I decided I wanted to check out Nectar Dessert Bar in Inglewood. I swung into Country Hills, a new development where Jolene lives to pick her up and we drove to Inglewood together. Driving in Calgary at night reminds me of driving in an american city, and I really enjoy the experience.

This photo: madeleines (I think?) and fresh meringues.

As I previously mentioned in another post, Nectar was amazing. It costs just under what a nice lunch might, but the atmosphere and presentation make it less painful. In addition to their regular menu items, they also have seasonal items, such as here in the cooler, caramel and chocolate tarts, triple layer berry cake and key lime tarts.

We got tea to start, but later I got a chai latte and I will immediately order that my next visit. Creamy, spicy and honey laden, it was lovely.

“Cream on Cream”: fromage blanc cheesecake, fruit, lemon lavender shortbread cookies and buttermilk ice cream

“Chocolate Pate”: smokey ganache with sour cherry compote, pistachio butter, and vanilla bean sugar cookies

Fresh meringues, on the house, displayed by the lovely Jolene.

The mainstay menu with their regular signature items, and wine pairing suggestions. They run a number of dessert and tasting classes. We’d definitely return. It was a great place to catch up and try some decadent desserts.

I took a number of photos of Dave + Jenn’s house, but I think I like this shot from the kitchen most. They’ve definitely influenced my own decorating style, but I’m not an artist, so I can’t really pull off the artist chic look.

UPDATE: Dave + Jenn were featured in a story by Calgary Herald writer Nancy Tousley! Read more about their work here.

One Response to “Calgary”

  1. on 23 Nov 2008 at 3:07 pm saleik

    I don’t think we have any sense with decorating, we just horde a lot of random stuff, but thank you. Also:

    Get away from my vada!!!!