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Small Batch Ice Cream: Village Ice Cream, Calgary

25 Jul

One of the best things about being a grown-up is being able to eat absolutely anything you want, such as ice cream for dinner. So that’s exactly what I did. I headed to Village Ice Cream, just south of Calgary’s up-and-coming East Village neighbourhood. Its entrance is off a parking lot in an industrial area on 10th Avenue. This is not exactly where you’d expect to find an ice cream shop – across the street from a substation, with high voltage warnings on the fence. But the smell of handmade waffle cones wafting through the parking lot let you know you’ve come to the right place.

Line at Village Ice Cream
With a long line out the door, you know this is the place to get your small batch, artisanal ice cream fix. Flavours like cardamom, Phil & Sebastian coffee (Phil & Sebastian is a local coffee roaster), maple pecan, and salted caramel all sounded so delicious, I couldn’t decide on just one. I opted for a scoop of Earl Grey and a scoop of one of the seasonal flavours, strawberry lemon basil. Both were sooo good, creamy, and intensely flavourful. The strawberry lemon basil elevates the familiar childhood strawberry flavour into something refreshing – you’ll find bits of basil and lemon rind throughout. Yum! This is definitely some of the best ice cream I’ve tasted.

Two Scoops

 

There’s not a lot of seating at Village Ice Cream, so follow the locals to the steps overlooking 4th Street where you can watch traffic go by below, with a view of the Saddledome to the south (it beats sitting at the edge of the parking lot!)

Tip: If you’re buying pints of ice cream, you can skip the line!

Info: Village Ice Cream, 431 10 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W3  Canada (there are two other locations in Calgary)

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Dining with a View: Twin Falls, Idaho

14 Jun

After a long workday in Twin Falls, Idaho, I decided to take myself on a scenic date. Elevation 486 was full of couples on dates, women dressed up for girls’ night out,  friends celebrating special occasions…. I breathed a sigh of relief when I noticed a man sitting alone, eyes glued to his mobile phone, like me. Phew, I was not the only one on a solo business date. Elevation 486 is in a fairly new building which seems like it could be some sort of visitor’s center…I’m not sure.  On one side of a bright lobby is the entrance to the restaurant, which opens up to a bar on the right, and multiple dining areas on the left.  Every table has a view through the big windows opening up to a big patio outside and the canyon below. This is why you come to Elevation 486. IMG_20150602_205549403 The food is pretty good too. My meal kicked off with complimentary warm rolls with huckleberry butter – I kept eating bread just so that I could have more of that delicious butter! My entree came with a choice of soup or salad for an appetizer, and I chose the tomato bisque. It was flavourful and incredibly creamy, punctuated with diced tomatoes. Elevation 486 - Tomato bisque On the menu you’re sure to find something to please everyone – from chicken to steak or meatloaf to BC salmon and Idaho trout. For my main event I chose the fire-grilled Oregon Quail, a pretty popular choice at Elevation. The two quail were both sweet and spicy, from the honey, bourbon, and jalapeno glaze. I was warned about the effort it could take to get all the meat off the little bones, but it was well worth it. IMG_20150602_201749322_HDR Maybe because I was a loner diner who did not order any alcohol, service was rather inattentive and slow. It took over 10 minutes for a glass of water to arrive at my table after I was first seated. The view however, can’t be beat, and if I ever find myself in Twin Falls again, I’ll be sure to come back, hopefully with a dining companion!IMG_20150602_205612018 Info: Elevation 486, 195 River Vista Pl, Twin Falls, ID 83301 USA Click to add a blog post for Elevation 486 on Zomato

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