Food and Travels27 Jan 2009 11:38 pm

Again, our trip to Calgary was filled with good friends and food.

I won’t have much to say, but here’s a photo roundup.

Dinner 1: Shikiji
1608 Centre St. N.E., Calgary

Ramen and udon restaurants are popping up all over New York and larger cities at the moment. Calgary is no exception, and although more attention is paid to the Globefish-run Muku, I think that Shikiji is a true gem.

We got a round of tempura (I found some of the items a little under cooked but satisfactorily fresh and light), some choice cuts of sushi and each of us a bowl of noodles. We left stuffed. Shikiji is a must visit on the next trip for some authentic Japanese soups.

Mike’s udon, with quail egg and sauce in beautiful decanter.

The bowls were HUGE.

We got little mini mortar and pestles to grind sesame seeds for our soups.

My miso ramen. It had pork, green onions, corn, bean sprouts in a flavourful miso broth, and some cloud ear mushrooms thrown in. I cannot emphasize how good this was.

We also visited the farmers market at the Currie Barracks. Even in the dead of an Albertan winter, I felt like this market was ages ahead of our decent summer markets. I love it every time I go.

Of course, I stopped in at Phil and Sebastian. My dulce de leche latte is above.

More Than Mangos is a new vendor, I believe. They were peddling somewhat exotic fruits: starfruit, various south american fruits and gooseberries.

This is the stall for Wild About Flowers. Insane selection and great prices. And SO beautiful.

We picked up bagels, a few kinds of tea, ostrich meat, ground sumac berries (which we sampled at Sabzy here in Edmonton) and a few other things like jams and jellies.

Dinner 2: Homemade Oxtail Soup

Jenn made us this treat. You’ve never had a soup as rich, flavourful and hearty as this. There can be nothing more decadent than making a stock out of it, then using it as a base in another soup or stew. YUM.

Of course, cooking in small kitchens is challenging. Well, not really, says the New York Times.

Soldier on!

Pulling the meat from the bones, after hours of simmering.

Enjoying Jenn’s work from large earthenware bowls. We ate it with toasted rye from the farmers market.

Dinner 3: Moose malai gosht with cauliflower in mustard seed sauce, and handmade chapatis

We popped a bottle of champagne just because.

I was the chapati mistress.

Brigette guards her chair.

Jenn guards her tea.

Las Tortillas: 2-4100 Marlborough Drive NE, Calgary

To finish up the trip, I headed to a small simple store in Calgary’s NE sector. I had heard rave reviews on Chowhound about Las Tortillas. They make their own corn tortillas there, and sell them by the kilo. It’s a pretty spartan place, although it seems that they do sell tacos and tostadas during limited hours.

I got one kilo of fresh tortillas. You’ll see what I did with them soon.

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