I spent this past weekend in Calgary and Banff with two friends. While we did not eat Chowish-worthy food the whole trip, there were a few places that are worthy of reporting.
Had a lovely lunch at Chaya on Banff Avenue. The place was tiny, but the food was so good. I had the BBQ pork ramen and could not stop drinking the soup even though I was stuffed. One friend had the Miso ramen with ground pork; it was tasty too but in a different way. I think if you did not like a strong miso taste you would not like this dish. My other friend had a bowl of udon that blew me away. The soup was delicate and light, yet flavourful. We also decided to try a couple of rice balls. They were triangular in shape and came filled with salmon, tuna, or sweet plum. We tried the tuna and sweet plum; the tuna tasted good although I wish there was more tuna and a little less rice. The rice was a little sweet, which went well with the tuna. The plum rice ball was saltier than we expected. I just wish this restaurant wasn't so far away from where I live, because I would be a regular customer.
I had originally planned to have a nice dinner on Stephen Ave but those plans were scrapped for a quickie, but filling and cheap meal at the Veggie House in Chinatown. A small plate of gluten on rice was less than $6, and was probably big enough for 2 people. Lots and lots of carbs.
A shared snack on Stephen Ave made me want to go back for more. We ordered a kolbassa with chili and cheese inserted into a heated French roll (didn't taste like kolbassa, but we didn't care because it was yummy). Not sure of the name of the place but it was a little white and blue stand that I always pass by but never stopped at.
Brunch at Diner Deluxe with another friend topped off our trip before we left town. My veggie burger was tasty and had a nice crunch. Too often I've had veggie burgers that fall apart but this one held together well. Friend #1 had the omelette special with chorizo sausage, and friend #2 had the steak and eggs, and both stuffed themselves. Friend #3 had the grilled banana and chocolate sourdough French toast. It was unusual, but tasty. Almost like eating a dense cake that tasted lightly of chocolate... and eggs. We all fell in love with the bread they used for their toast.