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A PhD Student at University of Chicago who loves discovering the world and trying new eats! Hope you enjoy!

Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower

Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower
Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is the third tallest structure in Calgary, and with that comes a panoramic view of this city that seems to have grown in the middle of never-ending fields.  So we just had to go have dinner at Sky 360 at the top of the tower, especially since it revolves slowly to give you a unique view every hour.

Once we were seated at the window, which made me horrendously nervous at first, we ordered a bottle of Cabernet Franc from the Chinon region of France.  It was a bit strange that the wine was served somewhat chilled.  In fact, it tasted so strongly of alcohol at first that it sort of masked the beautiful flavors underneath.  As it sat in the big glasses, though, it was able to breathe a bit, allowing us to finally taste the bursting ripe fruits in this full-bodied wine.

A bottle of 2009 Cuvée Terroir from Chinon, France
A bottle of 2009 Cuvée Terroir from Chinon, France

As we sat spinning slowly and sipping on our wine, we gazed out at the city of Calgary.  Half looked like an urban center while the other half looked like desolate fields.  Also, the engine that powers the spinning restaurant uses less energy than a lawn mower!

View from Calgary Tower
View from Calgary Tower

My beet carpaccio was able to brighten up the view a bit with vibrant colors.  I'm really glad that they gave me a number of candied pecans because they were delectable!  The beets themselves were very fresh, and they used both red and golden beets to mix up the sweetness of this healthy appetizer.

Beet carpaccio - roasted beets, mint yogurt, mixed greens, candied pecans, grapefruit supreme
Beet carpaccio - roasted beets, mint yogurt, mixed greens, candied pecans, grapefruit supreme

A number of people ordered the Caesar salad, which looked like a regular Caesar salad except for the beautiful pancetta crisp up top.  I would get the Caesar just to try that chip!

Caesar salad - baby red and green romaine, herb croutons, pancetta crisp, caesar dressing
Caesar salad - baby red and green romaine, herb croutons, pancetta crisp, caesar dressing

What I love about Canadian restaurants are the various meats they serve that are normally not served in the US.  Like elk.  The first time I had elk was actually in Stockholm, where it came on a plate that was mostly potatoes and vegetables and a small chunk of elk.  Here, they serve a stunningly marinated and seared elk steak that I couldn't help but eye as I worked on my gigantic main dish.

Elk - Marinated Alberta elk flank steak, dijon potato less gnocchi, seasonal vegetables, rainbow swiss chard, peppercorn sauce
Elk - Marinated Alberta elk flank steak, dijon potato less gnocchi, seasonal vegetables, rainbow swiss chard, peppercorn sauce

And that dish would be the lamb shank.  With my love for lamb, I honestly could not pass up this opportunity.  This lower leg was cooked to a point where the meat peeled off so easily, but unfortunately, it could have used a bit more flavor.  If only the lamb shank soaked up that savory and sweet maple lamb glace!  The sauce went so well with everything on the plate, especially the substantial wild mushroom polenta.

Lamb shank with wild mushrooms, soft polenta, baby kale, maple lamb glace
Lamb shank with wild mushrooms, soft polenta, baby kale, maple lamb glace

And in case you are looking for something less terrestrial, Sky 360 serves a gorgeous ling cod over a bed of brussels sprout leaves and more importantly, double smoked bacon.  If I didn't get my lamb shank, I would have definitely jumped for this dish!

Ling cod - potato hash with double smoked bacon, brussel leaves and roasted cauliflower, carrot chips, citrus herb compound butter
Ling cod - potato hash with double smoked bacon, brussel leaves and roasted cauliflower, carrot chips, citrus herb compound butter

And for dessert, everyone ordered either coffee or cheeses, but I didn't think the cheeses here would impress me as much as the Grizzly Gouda I had at Lake Louise or even the addicting brie in the Regency Club at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.  So I went with the enticing pumpkin bread pudding, which was probably one of the best choices I had made that day!  The fluffy, soft and warm pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly paired with a semi-sweet cranberry gelato.  And believe me, I couldn't stop spooning up that whiskey caramel!

Pumpkin bread pudding with cranberry gelato, whiskey caramel, sugar tuile, candied pecans
Pumpkin bread pudding with cranberry gelato, whiskey caramel, sugar tuile, candied pecans

Tips:

  1. Try to be seated at the window at Sky 360 - you are going there for the view (and the food).
  2. You can also go up to the observation deck, where they have one of those skydecks (where the floor is glass and see through).
  3. Make a reservation to the restaurant - you need one to go up for free.
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An outing to Lake Louise

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