Dec 09

How-to: Swank up the Routine

by Kait Kucy · 1 comment

At some point or another, we all enter into a routine lifestyle that we may or may not even be conscious of. You know, throwing in some pre-packaged meal into the oven (or worse – the microwave) and slipping into sweats the minute you walk in the door. Life is hard enough without allowing yourself a little fun once and awhile.

A night on the town pretty much cures any sort of rut, you’ve got going on. Instead of getting into your PJs at 7pm, step it up a notch with a fabulous outfit. You don’t have to spend much to look sharp for your evening of swank.

Instead of noshing on leftovers and chips for dinner, try out a new restaurant. Calgary’s food scene is bustling at lightning speed so it is nearly guranteed that you will find something noteworthy for your (soon-to-be) refined palate. I recently had the opportunity to sample the new menu at Parkerhouse on 6th Avenue SW and would recommend it as the perfect date spot or girls night dinner venue.

For example, Thursday nights feature dollar oysters, and as a self-declared seafood aficionado stuck between the mountains and the prairies – their selection of shells is incredible.  My group of friends decided to get lots of appetizers to share so we went with a plate of Fresh Shucked Oysters, the Crab & Sweet Corn Perogies, Steamed Mussels, and the Seared Digby Scallop & Jumbo Prawn. We also enjoyed a small bowl of the Manhattan Rose Seafood Chowder which was savoury and delicious.

As mentioned, I love seafood so of course, for the main course I had to choose the Seared Jumbo Scallops with fingerling potatoes, edamame with a creamy shellfish sauce. It was beautifully prepared and was the perfect compliment to our appetizers.

Despite the fact, that we were all stuffed beyond belief at this point, we all decided to have some dessert to finish off the meal. My friend and I shared the sigh-inducing Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cake that was topped with Winter Stewed Apple Chutney and Spanish Caramel Gelato. Absolutely mouthwatering.

It was so nice to swank up the routine for once and having someone else cook (a very decadent meal at that). While obviously we can’t do it all of the time – downtown is always waiting for us.


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