What’s New on the International Avenue Food Scene

New Restaurants to try:

Cuisine Cinnamon opened at 1919 31 Street SE, Tel: 403-454-8994.  The restaurant is well staffed with a professionally trained culinary team.  Chef Prageeth Kondasinghe has over 20 years of culinary experience and has worked in the most prestigious hotels in Sri Lanka and Dubai.  His dishes have appeared in international culinary magazines.  Chef Lasath Korala has been in the hospitality industry for over 35years. He started his career in Sri Lanka, and before long managed to lead the kitchens of star-class hotels. He has also worked in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Maldives, which gave him an opportunity to acquire international culinary experience. He has successfully represented his company and country in food competitions in Singapore and Germany. Pastry Chef Gladston De Livera trained in Sri Lanka as a pastry chef and kitchen artist at 4-star and 5-star hotels. He brings in a great deal of talent and creativity to the table with his knowledge of butter, sugar, chocolate and ice sculptures.He has appeared in CITY Style magazine.  It is where authentic Sri Lankan meets Western style.

Jane Bond BBQ  Tel:  403.277.7064  located at 2014 36 ST SE   Well it ain’t no sin to get sauce on your chin!   We are so excited here at International Avenue for Jane Bond to join us.  Just south on 36 Street they are nestled in a strip mall with their food truck parked in the front.  Try the smoked brisket, ribs, jerk chicken and signature cocktails.  You won’t be disappointed.

Guest writer and trained sommelier, Shelley Boettcher, recently tasted some cheeses from our local Deli, Illichmann’s and provides some excellent wine pairings.

The holiday season is a terrific time to throw a party. Keep it easy for yourself by ordering a cheese tray from Illichmann’s Sausage Shop, plus wines from Shipmaster’s Wine & Spirits. All you’ll need to do is chill the wine (and the beer,) dig out the glasses and turn on some holiday tunes.

Double crème Brie (France) — Soft, creamy cheeses such as Brie go well with crisp sparkling wines such as Prosecco and Cava. La Marca Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) offers great value and, when tasted blind against much more expensive Proseccos, often comes out on top. Best serve chilled, it has fresh red apple and citrus flavours.
Or go Canadian, and try the Nk’Mip 2015 Dreamcatcher (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia), a bright white off-dry blend that’s like a fruit basket in a glass.

Saint Agur Blue Cheese (France) — This strong-flavoured cheese is a favourite for many, especially this time of year, but it isn’t easy to pair with wine. Stick with a classic combo: a tawny Port, such as the Taylor 10-year tawny from Taylor Fladgate. The rich sweet notes of the Port pair beautifully with the blue cheese. Add a handful of walnuts and you have the makings of a lovely (and simple to prepare) cold-weather treat.
If that’s out of the budget, try a sweet Riesling or dessert wine. One of my budget-friendly favourites is from Chateau Loupiac Gaudiet. Made from a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, it comes from a region in France that’s just across the river from one of the world’s most famous sweet wines, Sauternes. The wine’s sweetness highlights the natural sweetness of the cheese.
Old Rosemary (Spain) — Similar to a Manchego, but with a rosemary crust, this cheese looks beautiful on a plate and it’s delicious, too. Pair with the 2015 Las Mulas organic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Miguel Torres estate in Chile. This robust red offers incredible value, considering the price, and the wine’s fine herbal notes will complement those in the cheese.
Or think pink, with a fun rosé. Honoro Vera 2015 Rosado (Jumilla, Spain) comes from the famous Spanish producer Juan Gil. It has enough acidity to work with the richness of the cheese, and the wine’s delicate flavours — watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, dried herbs — are downright delicious

BellaVitano Balsamic (USA) — The rind of this pretty cheese has been bathed with balsamic vinegar, to give extra flavour and character. It’s terrific with beer; try it with Big Rock Brewery’s Grasshopper Wheat Ale or the Village Wit, from Village Brewery.

Aged cheddar (London, England) — A firm cheese like this, that’s slightly salty, will go well with bigger wines such as Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. One to try: the Fleur du Cap 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Western Cape, South Africa.) Spicy fruit notes and firm tannins make this one a natural match with the cheese.

Or try a beer. Fuller’s London Pride will shine alongside a wedge of aged cheddar. Or try the Chinook Red IPA from Canmore’s Grizzly Paw Brewery.

Illichmann’s is located at 1840 36 Street SE  Tel: 403-272-1673

Shipmasters Wine and Spirits is located at 3111 17 Ave SE Tel: 403-235-1122

Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken  is open at  3909 17 Ave SE Tel: 587-356-1821  Open Monday to Sunday 11-11. Drive Thru open until midnight.     Also on the chicken scene is Fritou Chicken located at 3719 17 Ave SE.  The chicken franchise started in Quebec and is known for its 18 hour marinated chicken.

Looking for fresh organic turkeys? Illichmann’s Sausage Shop and Deli take your order now.  It is the best price in town and you can ensure the size you need to feed your family and friends at the Christmas dinner table.   Call to place your order now at 403-272-1673.   They are also carrying a selection of exotic cheeses and meats for the perfect Charcuterie board.

Begim Uzbek restaurant is a family run restaurant that will delight the tastebuds. Whether you try the tok-osh, somosa, mohora or the kebab you can’t go wrong, it all is delicious and unique.  This restaurant is a welcome addition to the International Avenue family and the only one of its kind in western Canada. Located at 4413 17 Avenue SE. Telephone: 587-353-4413.
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We are pleased to announce the Calgary Community Food Centre will be opening in July, 2016 on the Avenue.  It will be the first of it’s kind in Western Canada.  The Calgary Community Food Centre will offer impact-driven, proven programs in the areas of food access, food skills (community kitchens, community gardens, after-school programs), education and engagement. Over the next number of months
the team  will be conducting a number of opportunities for residents to create and have input into this unique food seccfs-radurity project.   4920 17 Avenue SE, Alex Community Food Centre





Ensira- Ethiopian Cuisine is opening at 3515 17 Avenue SE.  The site is where the old IBEX restaurant was.  The restaurant has had a total makeover.  The interior is bright, clean and modern.  Food will be
created fresh, on site and  feature some unique and tasty Ethiopian-fusionesque creations. 403-475-7395  Open noon to 10 p.m.  Call for reservations as this restaurant will be a foodie hot spot in no time.

Tomoka –  Bakery and Coffeehouse will open soon (late Feb.) next door to the much talked about Ensira.  Fresh baked items, speciality coffees and teas with a twist.  Tomoca is what you’ve been waiting for – a modern, sleek decor with comfortable seating which will be a perfect locale to catch up with friends over a steamy tasty coffee. Loads of free parking.

Adobo Experience– 4303 17 Avenue SE-  Adobo is a marinade of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and spices often made in Filipino food.   The restaurant offers affordable cuisine featuring chicken, pork, fish or beef.  Try a variety of Adobo sauces including coconut, spicy, pineapple and cheesy. (587) 437-5147

Enjoy a variety of flavours from African, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Latino, Indian, Filipino, Caribbean,  and Javanese restaurants.  We are your location for speciality food stores and restaurants.

New restaurants to try in the area include:

Salsa Restaurant – it is a Latin American restaurant located at 3503 17 Avenue SE.  Pupsas are made fresh daily and so is everything in this kitchen.

Krazy Jerk – offers the flavours of Jamaica right to your table.  Try the chicken curry or the daily special.  Located at 1715 52 Streets SE.

The hip new restaurant Joey’s Urban will blow your mind with so many different types of poutine, fish tacos in their bright and modern location.  Located at 4501 17 Avenue SE.

If you love breakfast for a song, Tim’s Cafe is a morning destination for locales.  Everything is made fresh and his hash potatoes are delicious.  Tim’s is at 4210 17 Ave SE. Open til 3 p.m.

Fresh made Latin American baked goods are now available daily at La Tiendona Productos Latinoamericanos, 1832 36 Street SE

Speaking of baked goods, Pacific Hut Restaurant has a take out bakery for your convenience.  Filipino cuisine has a number of influences including  Spanish.   So plan to try the unique cultural blends you’d only find in Manila or International Avenue.   Located at 3223 17 Ave SE!