MUST HAVE KITCHEN STUFF
the real canadian bacon? As the perfect food, pork bacon has a lot of imitators. Turkey and beef bacon have great flavour but they leave one wanting in terms of texture. Vegan coconut bacon improves on them with serious umami and extra crispy texture. And now, looking a little further upstream, salmon is making a run for it as the new bacon on the block. Salmon tastes great smoked. It has a toothsome chewy texture. And, it also wins in the ultimate bacon test – it tastes great tucked in with lettuce and tomatoes in a toasted sandwich. Use it to rock your next Eggs Benedict, add it to summer’s fresh corn chowder, chop it into your next salade niçoise, or just enjoy it with your lazy Sunday morning eggs over easy. Simply West Coast Wild Keta Bacon-Style Salmon Bacon, $7.29/250 g., Blush Lane Organic Market
maple leaves and linens for life In April, Inspirati Fine Linens and Home Essentials owner Wendy Brownie took a train from Paris to Gérardmer in northeastern France to see the maple leaf tea towel she designed being woven at the Le Jacquard Français factory. The idea came to her last fall when she sketched a fallen leaf while on holiday in Tofino. Profits from the sale of the tea towels will go to the Me to We youth empowerment programs. From a whimsical sketch to a worthwhile contribution, the folks at Le Jacquard Français were so impressed with Wendy’s design they are also selling them at their stores in Paris. Canada 150 tea towel, $40, Inspirati Fine Linens and Home Essentials
basket case With a “townie” bike and this easy release bicycle basket from Electra you can do a lot. Ride to your favourite deli or bakery to pick up a picnic in less time than it takes to find a parking spot. Ride along Calgary’s 1000 kilometers of bike pathways to a gorgeous park to have your picnic (St. Patrick’s, Princes Island, Riley Park, Edworthy, Fish Creek, North Glenmore, Stanley Park and Weasel Head Flats are a few that are easy to get to on a cruiser bike). Remember to also use those fabulous dedicated downtown lanes that were created to make ours a bike friendly city. As you can see, this all adds up to a pretty clear case for buying yourself a bicycle basket. Electra Quick Release Basket, $59.99, Bow Cycle
Karen Anderson is the owner of Alberta Food Tours.
CITYPALATE.ca JULY AUGUST 2017
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