Restaurant Review: Royale Brasserie

>> Saturday, October 29, 2016

I’ve been really feeling the travel itch lately. We love traveling and have tried to make it a part of our lives, but with the birth of our son this year traveling has been limited. Since we couldn't leave the city to celebrate our wedding anniversary we decided to enjoy it here at home at a wonderful new French restaurant called Royale which opened up in Corbeaux's old space.

Atmosphere: They’ve updated corbeaux's decor by making it their own with added French touches to warm up the space.

Price Range: mid $10s - $20s

Food & Wine: I always have trouble deciding on what to eat since I want to try everything! It’s even harder when it comes to French cuisine because everything sounds delectable. We decided to try some dishes that are our favorites including the Tartare de Boeuf or Beef tartare. The tartare came with the egg and mustard to the side, which is then mixed in to the beef itself. This provides the dish that extra creaminess that makes it just right.

We also tried the Escargots a l’Ail, nothing is more quintessentially French then some escargots. We had some crazy ones in France! The ones at Royale are a lot more manageable and smothered in a delicious garlic herb butter, only way to eat escargots in my books. I even dipped my bread in to the butter. If you’ve never had escargots before, they have a distinct chew to them but not too much flavour to them, which is why the garlic butter is perfect in this dish.

For my main I had the Joues de Fletan en Papillote, Halibut checks steamed in parchment served with mixed vegetables. The fish was nicely cooked and the accompanying sauce was a perfect compliment. The whole dish overall tasted amazing and is a nice healthy choice for those who are looking for something a bit lighter.

The hubby ordered the Cote d’Agneau Grillees aka Grilled lamb chops with herb de provence. It was definitely a hearty serving. The lamb was cooked to a perfect medium well and came with green beans, mushrooms and potato gratin. I had a couple bites and really liked the sides as well as the lamb itself. It’s the French version of meat and potatoes and was definitely filling.

After a quick look at the dessert menu I knew I wanted the Profiteroles especially since they came with house made vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Anything that has ice cream is a must for me. The profiteroles are light and airy, it does become a bit hard due to the ice cream filling but you just need to give it a couple mins to warm up once you take a bite. It was the perfect way to end the meal for me.

My husband ordered the Tarte Fine Aux Pommes, a light apple tart with salted caramel sauce and ice cream. I couldn’t resist and had to try it as well. The apples were nicely spiced and the salted caramel provided an extra depth of flavour. The ice cream was literally the icing on the cake. My husband said he liked it even more than the profiteroles. I don’t know if I agree with that, but rather I’d say it was hard to pick between the two.

Our wine for the evening was the Domaine Begude pinot noir. It’s a light bodied red with cherry notes and made for a nice sipping wine. It was also perfect for both our seafood and red meat dishes. It was a bit lighter than the reds that we normally order but it worked well with our meal.

My Picks: Escargots a l'Ail, Tarte Fine Aux Pommes

Overall: Although we couldn't leave the city I'm glad we live in a place where we can dine on cuisines from around the world. The food at Royale has roots in French cooking but still encompasses the unique qualities of Alberta. I hope to be back to try more dishes and am eyeing the foie gras for next time. The food here will definitely hold me over until our next scheduled trip!

Royale Brasserie
730 17 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 475-9457

Royale Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Enjoying the Last Weeks of Autumn - Things To Do in YYC!

>> Friday, October 14, 2016

Walking through the mall the other day I saw stores already carrying Christmas decorations and I thought to myself, way too soon! We’re not even half way through October yet! We still need to enjoy all the fun things about autumn before moving on to winter and finally Christmas. I’m also not ready to say goodbye to 2016 just yet. So I’ve come up with a list of activities that I thought would be fun to check out over the next couple months as part of Eventbrite’s listing of fun fall activities before the snow really sets in.

Photo courtesy of Google
1) Cobb's Corn Maze

This can make for a great day out for the whole family. Not only is it fun for kids but adults can enjoy the corn maze as well. There is also other fun activities such as a climbing wall, mini golf and a ropes course to keep all the kiddies entertained.

2) Grabbing lunch from Sidewalk Citizen and a coffee from Phil and Sebastian's in East Village and wondering along the bow river

There’s probably only a handful of days left for us to enjoy the Riverwalk in Calgary while taking in the beautiful autumn colors before all the leaves fall from the trees. What better way than to grab a snack at Sidewalk Citizen and a coffee from Phil and Sebastian’s at the Simmons building before heading out for that stroll?

3) Watching live sport matches while enjoying great pizza at Azzurri!

For those looking for something indoors, you can always warm up your stomachs while watching the flames start their preseason at Azzurri Pizzeria where there’s always a sports match on the tv. The thing different here than a typical pub is you’re also dining on some top notch pizza creations!

Photo courtesy of Studio Bell

4) Checking out all things music at the new Studio Bell

Another great indoor activity would be taking the kiddies to experience music in a whole new manner at the newly opened Studio Bell. Right now they’re showcasing the history of Alberta music which is both fun and educational!

Photo courtesy of Avenue Calgary

5) Checking out the fun fall events at the Calgary zoo such as Illuminasia

You can never go wrong with fun events at the zoo! Right now they’re still showcasing Illuminasia, which features amazing animal laterns all lit up for the evening! This isn’t going to be on much longer so be sure to catch them. Their next big event will be zoolights so be sure to check out their site for more information.

Those are some things I could think of off the top of my head to try and enjoy Calgary as much as possible before the snow comes down. What are your favorite activities? Is there anything I should add to the list? Let me know! Eventbrite is a great site to find more fun local events or even to create tickets to an event of your own! Hopefully everyone can make the most out of the last couple weeks of fall before we really have to start thinking about Christmas decorations and shopping for gifts (gasp)!


Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Fest and Free Tickets!!

>> Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October is in full swing and that means the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is just around the corner!

Again, I have a set of tickets for Saturday October 16th afternoon session (12-4pm) to give away! So message me through twitter or respond to this post and I’ll do a random draw next week for the winner.

For all of you that are interested, here’s a bit more information. Plus there are still additional tickets available for purchase, but they might sell out soon so don’t wait too long! Also, new for this year, the afternoon tasting session is back for those that want to avoid the long lines and big crowds. It’s also great for those that already have evening plans!

Discover flavours from around the globe at the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

WHAT: Explore a world of flavour with the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits. The tastiest event of the year is back featuring a wide variety of gourmet food samples from local restaurants along with fine wine, beer and spirits from all over the globe - no passport required.

The Grand Tasting Hall brings together new-to-the-market products, old favourites and the most popular restaurants, catering companies and hotels from in and around the city to offer a weekend of excitement and flavourful fun for adults of all ages. Attendees can explore the world through an impressive winery lineup: 138 wineries from 20 different countries that promise to satisfy everyone’s palate, along with more than 200 brands of premium spirits, single malt and blended scotches, port, liqueurs and craft beers. Experience fresh flavours from more than 45 local restaurants and food purveyors who will cook up a wide variety of culinary samples, creating the perfect pairing for each sip.

Alberta’s most exciting wine and food Festival is proud to offer something for everyone, with samples ranging from value-based to ultra-extravagant. This year, port and scotch lovers won’t want to miss the extravagant pours: Taylor Fladgate 1863 Single Harvest Port (worth nearly $4,000 per bottle) and the Ledaig 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch (worth over $7,000 per bottle) will be open for sampling.

Great talent will also join us in the Grand Tasting Hall: visit renowned chefs, winemakers, brewmasters and key principals onsite to discover the magic behind their products. Attendees are encouraged to take tasting notes and track their favourites in the Festival Guide, and then vote in The Great Big Tastes Awards post-event survey. To wrap up this unparalleled tour of tastes, consumers can stop by The Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits onsite store to pick up their favourite finds.

WHO: Wine, spirit and beer lovers, along with those seeking to indulge in delicious food samples.

WHY: To sip and sample dynamic wine, beer and spirits from all over the world accompanied by fantastic local restaurants. Food and beverage creations are brought to light by talented local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as beverage experts. Enjoy everything the Festival has to offer with loved ones and friends!

WHEN: Friday, October 14, 5 - 10 p.m. Friday Evening Session
               Saturday, October 15, 12 - 4 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Session
               Saturday, October 15, 6 - 10 p.m. Saturday Evening Session

WHERE: Stampede Park BMO Centre, Halls D & E

Tickets are available online at

. Sampling coupons are required for sampling and are available for purchase onsite.

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