Spragg's Meat Shop has multiple locations around town including one at the Kingsland Farmers Market. This family run farm raises some of the best pork we've ever tasted. It must have something to do with the fact that their hogs are free range and allowed to roam in spacious pastures. Although a bit more expensive we've found that when we purchase high quality meat rather than the 'family packs' at large supermarkets we end up enjoying the flavours more. Here is a great slow cooker recipe that highlights the deliciously tender pork with the classic Chinese aromas of five spice and star anise. 

Overall - 7.5/10
Food - 8/10
Service - 7/10 
Ambiance - 7/10
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When we were younger it was a sunday tradition to go for dim sum with our parents followed by shopping for chinese groceries. Its was the only day of the week that my brother and I weren't going to school and my dad wasn't working so it made for a special day. Thankfully T-Pot China Bistro with its delicious dim sum is located steps away from T&T market allowing us to relive our laid back family Sundays. Here is an update to our original post from a more recent visit

We started off with egg tarts which if you've never tried them before are little sweet tarts filled with a creamy egg yolk custard. The pastry here is flakey and has a hint of savouriness from the lard used in the dough.

Salt and pepper squid is a great treat every so often and was really crispy with just the right chewiness to the squid.

The nice thing about T-Pot is that in addition to the traditional dim sum dishes above, they also have Hong Kong style rice and noodle dishes. Below is chicken rice dish that although looking simple was full of intense chicken flavour. The rice tasted like it was cooked with both chicken broth and the fat which added loads of richness to otherwise bland rice. The chicken was moist and went great with the sweet chilli and soy sauces. 

Overall - 9/10
Food - 9/10
Service - 8/10
Ambiance - 9/10
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This recipe is for people who:

  • Enjoy baking
  • Don't enjoy baking
  • Like chocolate
  • Would like to have chocolate cake in about 5 minutes

Yes, it's true.  Chocolate cake in mug that can be prepared and ready to eat in just under 5 minutes.  This recipe I learned from my friend Christine, who posted this recipe on Facebook and immediately caught my attention.  I had to try it!  The cake is moist and tastes delicious.  Definitely satisfies that chocolate cake craving in a hurry!  The cake can be eaten directly from the mug or if you feel extra fancy plated with your favourite fruit.  

If you've been following our blog recently, you'll know that our favourite farmer's market in Calgary is hands down the Kingsland Market. Not only does it have the best food options, but also a great community feel and unique vendors. One of those vendors that we had the pleasure of meeting was the maker of Yatu Gourmet Magic, an Ethiopian spice paste perfect for meats and veggies of all kinds. It's predominately a tomato based sauce but kicked up with a number of different spices including what we think is cinnamon and cardamom. Here is a roasted chicken recipe that really highlights the deliciousness of this spice blend.