Second Cup's Cafe of the Future

>> Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Most people crave coffee in the morning due to the need for caffeine to keep them awake. For me it’s the opposite, I love and crave coffee because of the flavour. I’m actually very sensitive to caffeine and most of the time I end up all jittery due to it. However, I believe the taste of the rich velvety coffee outweighs the cons. Because of that fact, I have to admit that I have a huge preference for artisanal coffee. The type that is made with care and precision to ensure that the taste of every cup of coffee is exceptional.

Second Cup recently introduced their Café of the Future, a place where you can go relax and enjoy a cup of coffee that is different from what they normally serve. Here they offer a slow bar, where coffee is slowly brewed using the pour over method or the steampunk method (quite literally a science based on what type of coffee you’ve ordered and the first of its kind) opposed to their typical drip coffee. I found the flavour of the coffee to be smooth and more robust. The slow brewing really allowed the flavours of the coffee to come through. The taste of the beans was velvety without the acidic aftertaste. They also offer a milk bar, where you have a selection of milk and cream on tap so you don’t have to worry about it running out.

The surroundings have completely been renovated to create a calming, open space that really allows patrons to sit and relax while enjoying their specialty brewed coffee and treats. The menu of hot and cold foods has been revamped. I tried the Roast Beef Sandwich, which was flavourful and well balanced with lots of greens and gooey cheese. All of the food is made fresh daily and heated to ordered. To top it off I got to sample their smoothies, which is a nice alternative to coffee for those who are looking for something aside from caffeinated beverages. Second Cup also has upgraded their baked goods with a great selection of muffins and loaves which are also baked fresh daily.

Currently their Café of the Future is located in Braeside, which is the first of many more to come. If you’re intrigued by the different coffee offerings that they provide, they also offer coffee tastings. Be sure to ask the barista for more information. I can’t wait until they open one closer to home so I can enjoy their specialty brews because there really is nothing better than a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, caffeine and all.

Second Cup – Café of the Future - Braeside
1919 Southland Dr SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 259-4771

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Restaurant Review: Azzurri Pizzeria

>> Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ever since our trip to Europe, I've always been on the search for the best pizza, not just in town but every where I visit. So I was really looking forward to trying out Azzurri Pizzeria, when a fellow foodie friend told me about how much she enjoyed the pizzas there. It took me a while to finally get over there but I was pleasantly surprised when I did.

Atmosphere: A small welcoming dining area, great for an intimate meal out.

Price Range: Mid $10s - $20s

Food & Wine: After seeing the alforno oven I couldn’t wait to for the pizza, so we skipped the appetizers and ordered two different pizzas instead. The first being The Martino, which is more traditional with a tomato sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes, topped with fior di latte cheese, fresh basil, sea salt, EVOO, and prosciutto di parma. The toppings were simple but flavourful and really allowed the amazing pizza dough to shine through. I definitely have to focus on the pizza dough for a second, it was crispy and chewy, what a perfect pizza dough should be. I was amazed at how chewy it was even though the crust was extremely thin. It really elevates the whole pizza itself and rates among some of the best I’ve had.

Our second pizza was the daily special - The Cotto Funghi consisting of onions, cremini mushrooms, with fior di latte cheese, essentially a white pizza since there was no tomato sauce. It was a nice contrast to the Martino. Normally the pizza is also topped with goat cheese, which we opted out of. I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese (I think I just heard gasps as I typed that). Leaving the goat cheese off didn’t affected the flavours for me. Instead, I felt like I was able to taste more of the mushrooms, which were sweet and juicy. I would have liked to see them use a variety of mushrooms, but I didn’t mind what was presented. Again the dough was the star here, super chewy with a wonderful mouthfeel. I could literally just eat the dough by itself!

Since we opted out of an entrée, we were definitely not going to miss dessert, especially since they mentioned the Housemade Strawberry Raspberry Tart. What a treat to have a freshly made tart! It was the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness. Coupled with our order of the Stracciatella ice cream, I found it even better a la mode. Isn’t every dessert better with ice cream?

My Pick: The Martino

Overall: I’m glad that I did make my way over to Azzurri. What a great little hidden gem on Edmonton Trail. As always, I’m hesitant to share because now that the word is out it’s going to be hard to find a seat in their 10 seater dining area. Although when the food is great, it’s hard not to spread the word. I hope everybody enjoys their pizzas because I sure did!

Azzurri Pizzeria
2404 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB
(403) 299-8774

Azzurri Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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