5 Things We’re Excited to Eat and Drink This January

This month, we’ll be snacking on matcha parfaits, mini-doughnuts, an Asian-style lager and more.

Mini-doughnuts from The Dapper Doughnut

 

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The Dapper Doughnut offers its take on a classic carnival food, serving up hot and fresh mini-doughnuts made daily at its CF Market Mall location. These melt-in-your-mouth mini-doughnuts are sprinkled with toppings like crushed Oreos, fresh banana, Nutella and more, and come in unique flavours like birthday cake and s’mores. The “cake-style” doughnuts are moist and crunchy, and if you’re not compelled by one of the 15 doughnut flavours, you can also build your own from the selection of 24 toppings.

CF Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Tr. N.W., 403-614-8014, thedapperdoughnut.com

 

Cupbop from Hankki

 

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If you’re looking for a healthier option after the holidays but still want something flavourful and filling, this Korean eatery in Bow Valley Square has just the thing. Hankki serves Korean street food like Cupbop, which features rice, fried eggs, pickled carrots and your choice of protein and spices. Flavour options include Korean barbecue, veggie mandu, chee bop (Korean-style fried chicken) and teriyaki chicken. There’s also fried tofu, veggie dumplings and plenty of fresh produce.

205 5 Ave. S.W., 403-457-7350, restaurantji.com

 

Okami Kasu by Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Company

 

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In search of the perfect beer to pair with his celebrated Japanese cuisine at Shokunin, chef Darren MacLean teamed up with Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Company to create Okami Kasu, an Asian-style lager infused with sake kasu. The special ingredient, sake kasu, is the rice leftover from sake production, which gives the beverage a creamy and smooth finish. First produced in 2017, Okami Kasu was previously only available in limited quantities at Shokunin and Ol’ Beautiful. But now, you can find cans of the beer at 10 Calgary liquor stores including 5 Vines, J. Webb Wine Merchant in Glenmore, Market Wines, Oak and Vine, Vine Arts and more.

Available at various locations, olbeautiful.com

 

The Fish Plate from Sidewalk Citizen Restaurant

 

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This new restaurant, brought to us by the owners of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Deli, opened in late 2019 and serves a vegetable-forward take on modern Israeli street food. Co-owners Michal Lavi and Aviv Fried place a large emphasis on sustainability and source all ingredients in Canada, with many of their vendors located here in Alberta. The menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes like the must-try Fish Plate, which features house smoked and cured trout, whipped labneh, soft boiled eggs, radish, olives and Sidewalk Citizen’s beloved sourdough.

340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-263-2999, sidewalkcitizenbakery.com

 

Tsujiri Parfait from Tsujiri

 

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Founded in 1860 by tea master Riemon Tsuji, Tsujiri serves Instagram-worthy treats made from green tea that is sourced and imported directly from Japanese farms. There are several green tea-flavoured treats to try, including the Tsujiri parfait, which can be made with a matcha or matcha and vanilla soft serve base. It’s then decked out with customary Japanese toppings like kuromitsu (a Japanese sugar syrup, also known as “black honey”) or options like chestnuts, cornflakes and macarons.

205 16 Ave. N.E., 403-454-4488, tsujirialberta.com

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