Careit Urban Deli – Restaurant Review

Hi friends! 

It’s been way too long since my last post. We moved and it’s been hectic! So far I have not had time to really test my new kitchen and see what the pair of us (kitchen and I) can get ourselves up to. But in the meantime I am happy to bring you a review of a little sandwich deli in my new neighbourhood. 

I’ve been going to Careit Urban Deli for a few years now. When I used to work on the west end it was close enough that we could go grab a sandwich during the lunch break.
Since Careit is so close to my new home and we’ve been so busy with unpacking, painting, organizing and such I’ve managed to eat there a handful of times in the last few weeks.
They strive for “as natural as possible without the extra cost“. All of the meats for their sandwiches are from local farms and are cooked in house. They now have a few locations in the city; Hamptons, Crestwood, St Albert and if I heard correctly one opening some time this year (2015) downtown.
I’ve tried s few of their soups and sandwiches. My favourite sandwich from what I have tried so far is the Turkey Swiss. It has real roasted turkey meat thinly sliced and piled high with cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes (which I skip), and pickled banana peppers. They smear some super tasty cranberry mayo on a fresh bun (your choice of white or brown). ($8) Yum! The best turkey sandwich I think I’ve ever had!



I’ve also tried the Vietnamese panini which has roasted pork loin with sesame mango sauce, pickled carrots, cilantro and optionally their other standard veggies of tomato, red onions, pickles and banana peppers. I was also offered a little Sriracha sauce to kick it up a notch. The sandwich had a good zing to it and was well balanced with the pickled carrots and sesame mango sauce. ($8.95)





As well they make fresh made soups daily. I’ve had a few of those too; mulligatawny, beef borscht, chicken noodle, broccoli cheese, Italian Turkey. All have been really good. 







And they sell ready to go meals, fresh meat and farm eggs. The beef stroganoff is really good and I just picked up the Singapore noodles to try for supper tonight. 





On Sunday’s they have brunch as well.



What doesn’t this amazing little deli do? 

As I’m sure you all know by now I love supporting small local businesses and the fact that Careit Urban Deli also supports local by purchasing fresh meats and veggies from area farmers makes them top notch in my books! 

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!

Kyra

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Farm – Calgary Restaurant Review

Hi there food pals!

On our way back from Banff a couple weeks ago we stopped in Calgary to have some lunch with our good friends Mike and Amber (shoutout!). They took us to Farm on 17 Ave (from what I gather this is Calgary’s equivalent of Whyte Ave).

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Their idea is food inspired by our beautiful province. Since we were there on Sunday we got their brunch menu. The brunch menu is fairly small, consisting of only 7 items and a special. I like when places keep their menu small; keep it small and do it right.
I ordered the special which was a porchetta benedict which had an olive tapenade spread on the halved English muffin, smoky porchetta, 2 poached eggs and a grainy mustard hollandaise sauce served with a fresh salad on the side (I don’t recall how much this was but I think it was around the $15 mark). The eggs were beautifully poached! Runny yolks mixed with the tangy creamy hollandaise sauce which was easily mopped up with the yummy English muffin which I would bet money on that it was also fresh. The olive tapenade sounds like a strange component for a benedict but it went wonderfully with the smoky pancetta. This dish was delicious and I scrapped my plate clean!

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Ward ordered the French toast which was what they call a ‘french toast casserole’ topped with maple syrup and cinnamon whip and had seasonal compote on the side and 4 slices of bacon ($15). This was so good too. The ‘French toast’ was like a slice of cake and was moist and flavourful, the whip and the syrup were perfectly paired.

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I really enjoyed this restaurant and would like to go back one day to see what kind of offerings they have for other meals.

Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!
Kyra

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