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Where Calgary - - CONTENTS - BY RACHAEL FREY

NOO­DLE MONTH

MARCH Noo­dles: the best food ever, or sim­ply amaz­ing? Kick off the fes­tiv­i­ties at Pa­per

Street (page 48) or Goro and Gun (page 48) for a ra­men burger (pic­tured) — who needs buns when you have noo­dles? Or, check out Spaghetti Café

Prairie (page 48) for some un­usual and de­li­cious vari­a­tions on Ja­panese-style spaghetti. If your broth-to-noo­dle ra­tio ends up un­even at Jinya Ra­men Bar (page 48), or­der a kaedama (noo­dle re­fill) for a sec­ond help­ing.

AB­SINTHE DAY

MARCH 5 Tee­to­talers, avert your eyes! This day is ded­i­cated to the charm­ing lit­tle bev­er­age known as ab­sinthe, which boasts an al­co­hol con­tent of about 55 - 75 per­cent. In­voke the Green Fairy with Bour­bon Room’s (page 44) four-per­son ab­sinthe foun­tain, or (care­ful, now) sam­ple your way through five va­ri­eties at Avec Bistro (page 48).

WOR­SHIP OF TOOLS DAY

MARCH 11 No, not your ex — the use­ful kind of tool. If you’re bereft of tools to wor­ship, visit Lee Val­ley (page 40), a fam­ily-run busi­ness that has it all. About a third of the tools they sell are of their own de­sign. For pro tips on how to use your tools for home ren­o­va­tions, visit the Cal­gary

Home and Gar­den Show (page 34) from March 2 - 5.

WAF­FLE DAY

MARCH 25 There can be no waf­fling when nam­ing the best break­fast food — it’s clearly waf­fles. Get your waf­fle on with sweet and savoury vari­a­tions at But­ter­milk Fine Waf­fles (page 47) or check out Star­belly’s (page 47) Sun­day brunch buf­fet with its own waf­fle sta­tion.

PEANUT BUT­TER AND JELLY DAY

APRIL 2 Peanut but­ter jelly time! Peanut but­ter jelly time! Now that the song is stuck in your head (you’re wel­come), let’s move on to where you can cel­e­brate this day. For true PB&J cred, you need Tubby Dog’s (page 48) Cap’n Dog: a hot dog slathered in peanut but­ter and jelly, then topped with a sprin­kle of Cap’n Crunch ce­real.

BEER DAY

APRIL 7 Not to be con­fused with ev­ery other day of the year, this is the day to en­joy a nice cold glass of suds. Make the day ex­tra spe­cial with a sam­pling of the world’s finest craft brews at Craft Beer Mar­ket (page 45), which boasts more than 100 beers on tap.

MOVIE THEATRE DAY

APRIL 23 It’s a good time to try a movie ex­pe­ri­ence of yes­ter­year at Cal­gary’s in­die movie the­atres: The Plaza (page 33) in Kens­ing­ton and down­town’s Globe Cinema (page 33).

PINHOLE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY DAY

APRIL 30 To take a pho­to­graph, you need two things — and no, a cam­era lens isn’t one of them. Pinhole pho­tog­ra­phy uses the sim­plest of cam­eras: a light-proof box with a tiny hole in it. Dianne Bos is a renowned pinhole pho­tog­ra­pher, and nat­u­rally her work will be on display at New­zones (page 28) on this most ap­pro­pri­ate day.

GRILLED CHEESE SAND­WICH MONTH

APRIL Archer said it best: “grill… me… a cheese.” Naina’s

Kitchen (page 46) is well known for their stuffed burg­ers, but their grilled cheeses are an un­der­rated hid­den gem — the ABC (ap­ple, ba­con, ched­dar) is the work of a ge­nius.

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