We didn't take a camera to the hill with us (our little one died in Cambodia) so I'll just have to describe lunch at the pub: a pitcher of beer and a poutine for two with a ridiculous amount of gravy. So bad for you, but so good. It's our favourite snowboarding lunch.
We also didn't take the camera when we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. I know, I know...but it's kind-of a little Banff tradition of ours. We both order the spaghetti a la Homer - browned butter with a generous heap of mizithra cheese (we both add a very generous sprinkle of pepper). Try it, it's different, but so good.
First up, Sushi Bistro - a little place we discovered on our last visit. After you're seated you get a menu and laminated card for marking what/how much you want - a pretty good idea I think other sushi places could adopt! We each ordered a bowl of miso and a variety of rolls. All the regular maki come in orders of 6, and the giant maki come in orders of 4. First up was the miso - we both agreed it tasted more like chicken soup than what we're used to (it also had slices of carrot and cooked onion, rather than green onion).
|I took this photo of Mountain Chocolates the next morning - except it was even colder then!|
On Sunday morning we headed to the Wild Flour Bakery Cafe for Breakfast. It's a cozy little place a block off of the main street (which is nice). It was also relatively quiet when we were there, a rarity in Banff. I ordered the whole wheat flax seed waffles with berry compote. The waffles had crispy exteriors and I liked the flavour that the whole wheat flour and flax added. The berry compote was awesome, I think it had blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. It all tasted really good, but I had a few minor quibbles: the berry compote served on top of the waffles was cold, which meant that my waffles cooled off in a hurry, so quickly in fact that the cold butter served on the side wouldn't melt on them.
Trev ordered the breakfast sandwich, which was listed as herb & egg fritatta with aged cheddar on sourdough bread. Sounds good right? Wrong...it was bland and tasteless. You could see bits of herb in the egg, but they added no flavour whatsoever. This brings me to the other thing that kind-of irked me: there were extra charges for absolutely everything. I understand a charge for bacon on the breakfast sandwich (+$1), but I thought that charging $1 for syrup for my waffles or $0.50 for hot sauce to liven up the bland sandwich was a bit much. When you're already paying $6.50 for a sandwich, is it too much to ask to fork over a bit of free hot sauce? uugh...sorry for the mini-rant. Ok, so quibbles and irks aside, the Wild Flour is still an okay place to go, it just has some room for improvement. I enjoyed my americano in peace, away from the hustle & bustle of Banff Ave.