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

This month, we’re seeking out pizza made with green tea dough, chicken and waffles at a local coffee shop, a new hop seltzer and more.

Bop! Hop Soda from Eighty-Eight Brewing Company

If you don’t drink or are cutting back on alcohol during Dry January, you may want to head to this local brewery to try its new hop soda. Featuring “no calories, no sugar, no alcohol and no carbs,” this hop seltzer with notes of citrus, passionfruit and tropical fruit is a guilt-free and refreshing way to grab a drink with friends this month. Enjoy it at the taproom or get a canned pack for home.

1070, 2600 Portland St. S.E., 403-452-5880,, eightyeightbrewing.ca, @eightyeightbrewco


Hawker Happy Hour at Maven

Maven may be best known for its brunch offerings, but did you know the restaurant also offers a great afternoon happy hour? Available daily from 3 to 5 p.m., the latest iteration is a hawker-style happy hour menu offering tasty dishes like curry fish balls, Singapore-style sticky wings, pork ball congee, chili crab prawns, kaya fry bread and more. There are also $9 wine pairing suggestions for each dish.

1006 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-7898, mavenyyc.ca, @maven_yyc


Doughnuts from Maverick’s Donut Company

Calling all doughnut fans! This Canadian doughnut chain has nearly a dozen locations across Alberta and Ontario, and now, you’ll also find them in Calgary’s Copperfield neighbourhood. Pop in to get a box of flavours like maple bacon, hot cocoa, mint chocolate, dulce cinnamon roll, pecan pie and more.

511, 15566 McIvor Blvd. S.E., mavericks-donuts.square.site, @maverickscoperfield


Chicken & Waffles from Phil & Sebastian


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Local coffee roaster and café chain Phil & Sebastian is taking its food offerings to the next level at its Marda Loop location. That’s where you can get your hands on its new Bloom food menu that launched in December, which features a wide range of well-priced and varied dishes for breakfast and lunch. Whether you’re craving coffee toast (featuring Phil & Sebastian coffee butter), a breakfast sandwich made with a French toast Hoopla doughnut or a breakfast hash, there’s something for everyone. And while you can’t go wrong with any of these items, we’ve got our eye on the chicken and waffles offered during weekend brunch, which features sourdough Liège-style waffles, fried buttermilk chicken, chimichurri aioli, pickled cabbage and hot honey.

2043 33 Ave. S.W., 403-261-1885, philsebastian.com, @bloom.philandseb


Maru Five Pizza from Pizza Maru


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This Korean pizza chain recently opened in Calgary and is already generating lots of buzz with its pizzas made with a green tea dough. On the menu, you’ll find flavours ranging from the Signature Shrimbul to Holy Honey Sweet Potato. For those who can’t decide which one to get, consider the Maru Five, which features five different toppings (such as corn, pepperoni and bulgogi) in five separate rows.

4120, 4 Royal Vista Way N.W., 403-969-8008, pizzamaruab.ca, @pizzamaru_alberta

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