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

This month, we’re drinking a new hard seltzer that supports Calgary Pride and eating gyoza and carbonara.

Pride Alive Berry Hard Seltzer from Common Crown Brewing Co.


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On August 28, Common Crown Brewing Co. launched a new vodka seltzer made with berries found throughout Alberta and a portion of each sale will be donated to Calgary Pride. The colourful can was designed by mixed-race, queer designer and illustrator Zack Aboulazm, who has years of experience designing for some of North America’s brightest cultural, queer and NGO organizations. The design on the can represents the many faces of Calgary’s LGBTQ2S+ community. It’s available at Common Crown and various distributors throughout the city, including Free House and the Rose and Crown. 

943 28 St. N.E., 587-356-4275, commoncrown.ca


Take-Home Gyoza and Chili Oil at Gorilla Whale


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Gorilla Whale‘s dining room and patio are open again but you can also order takeout through its website or delivery through DoorDash. The takeout menu includes frozen gyoza you can cook at home as well as housemade chili oil. Choose between classic pork, shrimp and scallion gyoza or truffled mushroom and tofu.

1214 9 Ave. S.E., 587-356-2686, gorillawhale.ca


Chimichurri Carbonara from Vendome Cafe


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The neighbourhoods of Crescent Heights, Sunnyside and Hillhurst all scored highly on Avenue‘s 2020 list of Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods. Spend time checking out vibrant murals and strolling below the towering elm trees, then stop into Vendome Cafe, one of Sunnyside’s most beloved restaurants located in the historic Vendome Block building. Try the new zesty chimichurri carbonara with added sliced steak on top.

940 2 Ave. N.W., 403-453-1140, vendomecafe.com


Carne Asada Tacos from Molcajete at Crossroads Market


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It’s farmers’ market season, so head to Crossroads Market for fresh, local produce and a stop at Molcajete, a family-run business for more than 50 years, located at the indoor market. Try the authentic carne asada tacos topped with creamy housemade cilantro sauce (not spicy). Add the red salsa if you want some spice. Be sure to also pick up a tub of the cilantro sauce to go (it’s awesome on eggs).

Crossroads Market, 1235 26 Ave. S.E., 403-280-1676, crossroadsmarket.ca


Mediterranean Pizza from Crispy Crust Pizzeria


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If you’re craving thick, crunchy Greek-style pizza, Crispy Crust Pizzeria in Woodbine has you covered. Order the Mediterranean with black olives, onions, artichokes, feta, baby spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella. If you’re extra hungry, order a Caesar salad on the side with housemade dressing. Pick up your pizza to get 15 per cent off or order delivery through SkipTheDishes or DoorDash.

464B Woodbine Blvd. S.W., 403-251-3329, crispycrust.ca

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