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

A new canned whisky cocktail, birria tacos and dairy-free parmesan are a few of the items on our radar this month.

Birria Tacos from Birria El Carnal


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Order Jalisco-style birria tacos (featuring shredded beef cooked in a flavourful broth like a stew) from Birria El Carnal by phone or through Facebook messenger. The food delivery service will send you the menu (items are listed in both Spanish and English), which includes three birria taco combos. Go for the combo tacos, which comes with five birria tacos in crispy corn tortillas (the style the Mexican state of Jalisco is known for), a side of broth, spicy sauce, cilantro, onion, lemon and your choice of dessert. Delivery is available Friday through Sunday.

403-918-2820, facebook.com


Nutty Parm from Broth and Bowl


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Broth and Bowl makes dairy- and gluten-free (and some vegan) broths and sauces available for delivery. They also sell a “nutty parm” made with cashews, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder so you don’t have to skip out on sprinkling parmesan on your salad or pasta. This month’s delivery dates are April 13 and 27 and orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday before (April 8 and 22).



Rupert’s Whisky Sassafras from Eau Claire Distillery

Eau Claire Distillery’s canned gin and vodka cocktails have always been popular, and now there is a ready-made whisky drink to add to your bar cart. Rupert’s Whisky Sassafras just launched on April 1 and it’s made with Rupert’s Whisky (the distillery’s first year-round whiskey), sarsaparilla, cinnamon, birch bark, pink peppercorn and cloves, making for a sweet and spicy sip. It’s sold in four-packs at select Alberta retailers, the Turner Valley distillery and the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

 113 Sunset Blvd. S.W., Turner Valley, eauclairedistillery.ca


Nikolashka Cocktail from Kaffeeklatsch


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Previously operating out of a converted storage closet at the CommunityWise Resource Centre, Kaffeeklatsch has now opened a cafe in the Beltline. Its new cocktail menu is in keeping with Kaffeeklatsch’s theme of Germanic, comforting fare that encourages connection. The cocktails are intended to be performative and playful. A standout is the Nikolashka, a German after-dinner drink. Brandy is served in a Nick and Nora glass (traditionally it is in a heavy snifter glass) with a piece of lemon dusted with sugar and fine-ground espresso served on the rim that is meant to be eaten after each sip.

1205 1 St. S.W., 403-474-4942, kaffeeklatsch.ca


Cherry Blossom Dessert Feature from Sammie Cafe


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If springtime were a dessert, it would be this. The April dessert feature at Sammie Cafe in Marda Loop is inspired by the season’s cherry blossom trees. It’s a lemon pepper panna cotta covered with cherry compote, topped with matcha cake crumble, a dark chocolate “tree trunk” and pink lemonade cotton candy “flowers.” It’s available for dine-in only.

113, 2205 33 Ave. S.W., 403-457-9682, sammieyyc.ca

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