Bakery · Restaurants

YYC Hot Chocolate Festival

I was contacted by the event coordinator from Calgary Meals on Wheels. Every year they organize the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, a friendly competition that invites local businesses to compete for the title of Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolate and Calgary’s Best Spirited Hot Chocolate. For this post, let’s listen to Vianne Sets up Shop.

I gave my vouchers to Pak to Eating and asked her to be my official hot chocolate taster. Below is a picture of Pak to Eating and her reviews.


Bean Stop YYC

Pak liked the complex flavours of this drink. She thought the ginger and lemon compliment each other nicely as it balanced out the cabernet and dark chocolate flavours. The sprinkles were a pretty touch.

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Café Rosso  – Orange Blossom

Pak gave points for presentation – the whipped cream, dried orange slice,  orange zest and cookie bar. Pak thought the cocoa had a light orange flavor with a pretty strong floral taste. She found the consistency of the drink to be watery. It was not sweet, chocolately or heavy. She thought the cookie was yummy.

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Monki Bistro – Matcha Hot Chocolate

Pak liked the richness and frothiness of this drink. The large, toasted marshmallows added a crisp top layer and as it melted, blended in with the rest of the drink.

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Caffe Artigiano – Naval Orange Hot Chocolate

Pak liked how this drink was so smooth and frothy. The proportion of chocolate to orange was perfect – neither the chocolate or orange flavouring overpowered each other. This hot cocoa tasted just like a chocolate orange.

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Cococo Chocolatiers Earl of Grey of Sunshine (Bankers Hall location)

This was Pak’s favourite hot cocoa. She thought the hot chocolate was rich and creamy with a perfect balance of Earl Grey and ginger. It was not too sweet and the delicious piece of ginger chocolate elevated the experience.

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Thanks Calgary Meals on Wheels for the vouchers and for making Calgary a better place.

The Bean Stop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Comfort food · Restaurants

Le Matin

My colleague Rascal and I recently toured around a part of Calgary. After checking out several projects, we stopped by Le Matin in Silver Springs. For this blog posting, I’m picking Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” because I hum this song whenever I’m having a bad day.

Rascal’s sister eats here after church with her friend. The cafe is small and from outward appearances, looks more like a coffee shop than a cafe that makes hearty sandwiches and delicious lunch specials.

I ordered a Clubhouse ($10.50). I was surprised the sandwich didn’t come with a side of soup or chips, but when my dish arrived, I understood why. This is a huge MF sandwich! Each half sandwich contained three thick slices of bread, a ton of ham and good quality bacon. You don’t see sandwiches like this anymore.


Rascal ordered the lunch special – Crispy Chicken with Rice ($13). Again, this was a large portion. Lots of chunks of batter white chicken. I wished Rascal offered to let me try a tiny piece, but he didn’t. So much for comradery. I asked him if he wanted half of my sandwich. He said no.  His chicken entree looked and smelled appetizing and Rascal confirmed it was a tasty dish.


The cafe was filled with locals that seem familiar with the friendly owner running the front. Other popular dishes include wraps, soups and specialty drinks.

Cafe Le Matin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Rosso Coffee Roasters

I had a document that I needed to drop off early on Thursday morning. My husband saw the confidential sign on the envelope and asked me what it was about. I responded, “It says confidential. I’m not suppose to talk about it! It’s for work.” He thought it was for something relating to our household. Nope.


After I ran my errand, I decided to treat myself to breakfast at Rosso. I don’t normally eat out for breakfast because it’s so easy to make it myself. I ordered a bacon, egg and tomato wrap ($6.75). It took about five minutes to grill and it came with a side of salsa.


The breakfast wrap was the size of a small six-inch sub. The amount of eggs in the wrap made this a hearty breakfast. The tomatoes gave the wrap a freshness and I also liked the generous amount of cheddar cheese. The bacon was undercooked and mostly white fat.


I didn’t like the salsa as it tasted like it was out of a bottle. However, the breakfast wrap was flavourful enough that you don’t really need any other condiments, like ketchup. I’d like to return to compare their americano with nearby competitor Good Earth.


Rosso Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato