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    The Westin Calgary

    Calgary, Canada


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    John Fluevog Boots & Shoes Ltd
    207 8 Ave SW
    Calgary, Canada
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    More Than Shoes: More Like a Cult
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    It’s a shoe store downstairs, with the latest in designer John Fluevog’s creations, and a shoe museum upstairs, with early Fluevog designs that would make Elton John blush. Find out why Fluevog devotees give each other knowing nods when they spot each other’s magnificent footwear on streets around the world.

    Image by Jean Roe.

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    Sloth Records
    736 17th Avenue SW
    Calgary, Canada
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    Take a Spin Down to Sloth Records
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    You have to keep your eyes peeled for Sloth or you could easily miss this great little record store on 17th Ave. Head upstairs and get lost in the big section of local artists looking for the next Feist or Tegan and Sara (a couple of acts that started in Calgary). Sloth also sells tickets to local shows—just ask the guy at the till what’s coming up that’s cool. He’ll know.

    Photo by Jean Roe.

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    National Beerhall
    550 17 Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    More Than a Beer Hall
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    As well-loved in Canada as hockey, the Caesar—vodka and spicy tomato juice—was invented back in 1969 by a bartender at the Westin Hotel. A few blocks and several decades away, the bartenders at National have elevated the drink to a whole new level. Along with the traditional celery and lime, they’ve added a skewer of pickle, cheese, and meat, making it a meal in itself.

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    Rouge
    1240 8 Avenue Southeast
    Calgary, Canada
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    Award-Winning Fare with a View
    By Amie Watson

    One of only two Canadian restaurants to ever make the S. Pellegrino Top 100 list, this Inglewood fine dining establishment has reopened post-flood with a revamped, local, seasonal menu. When the weather permits, take a seat on the garden patio overlooking trees, flowers, and much of the restaurant’s edible herb and vegetable garden instead of the restored early 20th Century home’s other options—the parlor, dining room, or atrium. Try the halibut and fennel tea with scallop crudo and fava bean bubbles, followed by the seared local duck breast with lentils, shiitake mushrooms and cherry gastrique. The restaurant now also has a more casual offshoot in the Signal Hill neighborhood.

    Photo by mastermaq/flickr.

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    River Cafe
    25 Prince's Island Park
    Calgary, Canada
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    A Rustic Room with Regional Food
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    River Café is a well-loved Calgary restaurant in the middle of Prince’s Island Park downtown. In the summer, enjoy the beautiful patio, or watch the leaves turn or snow fall from near the roaring fire inside. Regardless of the season, you will enjoy a delicious meal of regional food in a beautiful space.

    Image courtesy of River Cafe.

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    Market
    718 17 Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    Market Fresh
    By Amie Watson

    Nominated for the Best New Restaurant Canada award in EnRoute Magazine, this exciting eatery hit the radar when its former chef competed on Top Chef Canada. He then relocated to British Columbia, leaving his sous chef in charge of both the market driven menu and the internal home garden that provides the restaurant with fresh greens and herbs year-round. Chef Gregg Rogers hasn’t let down the side, though, and even competed on the third season of Top Chef Canada himself. Like his predecessor, Rogers believes in a commitment to local, seasonal cuisine, baking his bread, and pickling, curing, and butchering his ingredients in-house. The menu changes regularly, but cross your fingers that the sweet and smoky bison carpaccio with wild juniper, the Caesar salad with double-smoked bacon, hen’s egg and kale (with optional, gluttonous fried chicken), and the pressure-caramelized panna cotta with lavender and almond gremolata stick around.

    Photo courtesy of MARKET.

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    Peace Bridge
    Peace Bridge
    Calgary, Canada
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    Zen River Crossing
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    The Peace Bridge shows up on a bunch of lists of top public spaces. Designers love it, and so do pedestrians—about 6,000 people use it to get across the Bow River every day (and we think more than a few of them just walk back and forth because it’s so cool).

    Image by Jean Roe.

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    Calgary Tower
    101 9th Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    Acrophobia in Cowtown
    By Kimberley Lovato

    The dictionary definition of the word acrophobia reads, "Extreme and irrational fear of heights."

    I didn't think it applied to me until I went to Calgary last fall.

    The city is nicknamed "Cowtown" thanks to the famous Calgary Stampede (the world's largest rodeo), but I was surprised to find Calgary has a cosmopolitan side too, with public art and parks, excellent restaurants (Ox and Angela), food trucks, and a buzzing cocktail scene at places like Hotel Arts' Raw Bar, where summer pool parties are as popular as winter hockey.

    I'm drawn to superlatives, so I was naturally attracted by the Calgary Tower, "home to the highest 360° observation deck in the world."

    I paid the $15.24 (yes, 24 cents) and was whisked up 191 meters above the urban core of Calgary. The views are impressive of downtown, the Saddledome (Stampede grounds), and the Bow River.

    There's also a plexiglass floor, about 10-feet wide, that people can step out on and stare straight down to the street below. And people did. They took photos with arms wide open; they laid down on it and took self-portraits; they jumped up and down on it and asked me to take photos.

    I stood on safe, carpeted ground 12 inches away, and I was sweating.

    I couldn't step on the plexiglass. For 15 minutes I tried to recruit the courage. I finally mustered enough to put my toes over the 'edge.' I had to take my own picture. Here it is. I left ASAP.

    It was irrational. It was extreme. It was acrophobia.

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    Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
    1514 4 Street Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    Two Left Feet? No Worries
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    While you’re in Calgary, call up Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, one of the leading professional jazz dance companies anywhere, and head over for a drop-in dance class. DJD’s expert dance teachers welcome anyone of any age or experience level to come on by and get your groove on, offering dozens of different classes every week.

    Image courtesy of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

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    The Bow
    Calgary, Canada
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    Wonderland: A Heady Sculpture for the People
    By jennifer allford + jean roe

    Take a trip through the human psyche outside the iconic Bow Building in downtown Calgary, the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto. You can walk around and through the 12-meter wire sculpture of a woman’s head, and many visitors do. The sculpture, by Barcelona-based designer Jaume Plensa, is called Wonderland.

    Photo by Lambert Rellosa/Flickr.

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    Cassis Bistro
    2505 17 Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    South of France Flavor in the Heart of Calgary
    By Flash Parker

    Inspired by the culinary traditions of Brittany, France, Chef Dominique Moussu, Cassis Bistro's Executive Chef, has brought a distinct French style and gastro experience to the Calgary scene. Working alongside Head Chef Jean-Philippe, Cassis creates wonders with market-fresh, organic, local ingredients.

    Stop by for brunch for an authentic Croque Monsieur, or Croque Madame.

    Image courtesy Rob Moroto; www.thecassisbistro.ca.

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    Market
    718 17 Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    Market Fresh
    By Amie Watson

    Nominated for the Best New Restaurant Canada award in EnRoute Magazine, this exciting eatery hit the radar when its former chef competed on Top Chef Canada. He then relocated to British Columbia, leaving his sous chef in charge of both the market driven menu and the internal home garden that provides the restaurant with fresh greens and herbs year-round. Chef Gregg Rogers hasn’t let down the side, though, and even competed on the third season of Top Chef Canada himself. Like his predecessor, Rogers believes in a commitment to local, seasonal cuisine, baking his bread, and pickling, curing, and butchering his ingredients in-house. The menu changes regularly, but cross your fingers that the sweet and smoky bison carpaccio with wild juniper, the Caesar salad with double-smoked bacon, hen’s egg and kale (with optional, gluttonous fried chicken), and the pressure-caramelized panna cotta with lavender and almond gremolata stick around.

    Photo courtesy of MARKET.

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    Market
    718 17 Avenue Southwest
    Calgary, Canada
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    Market Fresh
    By Amie Watson

    Nominated for the Best New Restaurant Canada award in EnRoute Magazine, this exciting eatery hit the radar when its former chef competed on Top Chef Canada. He then relocated to British Columbia, leaving his sous chef in charge of both the market driven menu and the internal home garden that provides the restaurant with fresh greens and herbs year-round. Chef Gregg Rogers hasn’t let down the side, though, and even competed on the third season of Top Chef Canada himself. Like his predecessor, Rogers believes in a commitment to local, seasonal cuisine, baking his bread, and pickling, curing, and butchering his ingredients in-house. The menu changes regularly, but cross your fingers that the sweet and smoky bison carpaccio with wild juniper, the Caesar salad with double-smoked bacon, hen’s egg and kale (with optional, gluttonous fried chicken), and the pressure-caramelized panna cotta with lavender and almond gremolata stick around.

    Photo courtesy of MARKET.

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