Alberta Food Tours – Savoring 17th Ave SW Calgary
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.
I am very blessed to say that this is the second Calgary Food Tour I have now been on. The first was in the area of Kensington and since then Karen Anderson, the owner has expanded to Edmonton and Canmore and now heads up Alberta Food Tours Inc. So I was excited to go on another adventure in our fine city and check out Alberta Food Tours – Savoring 17th Ave SW Calgary. Besides Ken and myself we add 5 others to the group and heading down to 17th Ave. to enjoy our day!
Another lovely Karen was our tour guide for the day!! She had recently won for best tour guide in Calgary, quite the honor. She was extremely informative, fun and enthusiastic as she gave us information about each location and details also along the way. Our first stop and meeting point was Cibo Calgary. Cibo has tried to maintain as much of this old building as possible, giving it a major renovation while still clinging to its roots. There are lots of cool little nooks and crannies in the restaurant to explore plus a great outdoor eating area.
Cibo pizzas are all about the wonderfully thin bubbled up crust. They have minimal toppings but what are on top have intense divine flavors. Their philosophy on food is -SHARING!
Probably one of the favorites at the table was this Mushroom Pizza with roasted garlic, truffle oil, and fried rosemary. It was insanely good!! For me another fantastic one was the Pear Pizza with gorgonzola dolce, walnuts, honey, and black pepper. I think I had three pieces of that one.
This pizza is called the Basil and it is Cibo’s take on the classic margherita but with micro basil. Crispy crust wonderfully fresh ingredients is what Cibo is all about. At this stop you also got wine or beer to go with your pizzas. Our table was large and there were many, many more pizzas brought out to enjoy!
Our next stop is Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, it can be found if you go out the back of Cibo as it is tucked away on 16th Ave. The shop is small but inside is the finest quality of cheese and charcuterie. We had to return to this store after the tour to get some cheese and accompaniments like pickled carrot, beets, smoked olives and more.
Served up here was goat cheese and honey on perfectly crisp housemade crostinis, a fantastic combination. In the background is buffalo mozzarella. I did not know that buffalo mozzarella was made from water buffalos. Well, you learn something new everyday!!
Next stop is the always lined up Made by Marcus. I have driven past this shop many times wondering what all the excitement is about. We were really in for a treat here. This is Marcus explaining all his wonderful flavors for us to try.
From right to left is Lemon Curd Blueberry, Passionfruit Thai Basil and Beet Raspberry Yogurt. Ken loved the last one, which is funny because he really doesn’t like beets. It was so smooth and creamy and not a traditional tart yogurt flavor either. The passionfruit did if for me with bursting passionfruit flavor but that lemon curd blueberry was also amazing.
Trucking down 17th Ave. further and across the park at 8th St. we landed at this exquisite macaron and tea shop, Ollia. Macarons are one of my favorites and so very pretty.
What a stunning window display. We got to indulge in a Roche, which is chocolate and hazelnut. It tasted like a rich and scrumptious brownie, perfection!!
After our sweet treats we travelled further down 17th Ave. to Una but we didn’t stop in there for pizza but went through the restaurant into Frenchie Wine Bar.
This secret little wine bar only has 15 seats but the atmosphere is wonderful. You really feel like you have found a hidden gem. Their charcuterie is made in-house by empire provisions. We had a glass of rose that is especially made for Una and paired perfectly with their charcuterie. I know you are asking, how can you eat all this food. It is pretty darn easy when everything is of the finest quality.
Our next and final stop on the tour was Anju Restaurant and here is the brilliant chef owner Roy Oh. I have had the pleasure of dining in this restaurant a few times and their menu is fantastically creative with a modern twist of fusion Korean BBQ. Photo credit Karen Anderson.
Served up to start was this Black Raspberry Wine. Not too sweet and really delightful.
Here is a chocolate cake like no other and paired gorgeously with the black raspberry wine!!
If you are a resident of Calgary or visiting the area, one of these food tours will be the perfect day out. I love learning more about our city or any city that I am visiting and the best way is through their food! Come and book your food tour TODAY!!
Comments & Reviews
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That sounds like so much fun! I LOVE to take food tours whenever possible when we travel. It’s the best way to experience all the nom noms in the area.
robin rue says
I love food tours. Especially when I am traveling – they are a great way to try local cuisine!
Colleen Lanin says
Food tours are great. I’d love to take this tour. I miss Canada and the food up there.
Oh my gosh I would love to do something like this. It looks like you had a lot of great food a lot of fun. I will have to see if there are any food tours around where I live.
What a great trip! I would definitely dig a food tour, as they are a great way to learn about different cuisines.
This food tour looks like it was a lot of fun. And the food all looks wonderful.
I would love to go on a food tour like this. Trying new foods is always awesome!
Jenn Mitchell says
Food touring is so much fun. I love the ones that showcase comfort foods and also some local favorites.
Jenna Wood says
There are a lot of pub crawls here in the area and some chocolate tours but we don’t have a culinary tour quite this rounded. This is something I would love to do when traveling!
That looks like an awesome place for some good food. I’d love to check that place out sometime. I could go for some of this food sometime.
Amy Desrosiers says
I love that you got to try so many delicious bites on your tour. I love pizza and toasty breads.
That food tour looks so delicious. I kept thinking, “oh that looks good…omg THAT looks good!”
Claudia Krusch says
A food tour would be so much fun. The pizza is making my mouth water.
Elizabeth Lampman says
I am hoping to be in Alberta this fall. I would love to go on a food tour. The food all looks so delicious.
I would love to go on a food tour! Those look so good!
Dawn Lopez says
I really need to take a food tour someday. I would go for that delicious looking chocolate cake alone!
All of these places look super yummy! I love getting a behind the scenes look at restaurants!
I would love to go on this food tour. Such a great variety of restaurants too.