Your First Look at CORBEAUX Bakehouse

By December 21, 2014 Eat

Tomorrow is a big day for the food lovers of Calgary, as the space that once held “Melrose” along the iconic 17th Avenue re-opens to the public with a whole new look and fresh face.

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Welcome to Corbeaux Bakehouse!

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A beautifully decorated space with what seems like miles of mesmerizing pastry cases…

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Tonight we were able to walk through what a day in Corbeaux Bakehouse is all about.

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First we started with morning cocktails, like the ‘Saska-Tune Up’ with Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Saskatoon Berry Jam and fresh Lemon Juice.

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… And shared some delicious brunch items like scrambled eggs, in-house smoked cured bacon and fresh tomato jam!!!

Not looking to sit down?… Perhaps a grab & go bakery item is more your pace.

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Then, it was a lite snack prior to lunch. Wine, fries and some of the most succulent scallops bathed in miso & grapefruit.

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It’s lunchtime and I’m feeling a bit peckish… Thank goodness because the next course started to roll out.

Crispy Duck Wings with a ‘habit forming’ sweet chili glaze.

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And a generous side of hot & sour meatballs with steam bread served with bean paste & chilli sauce.

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Cut the meat balls in half and make a mini meatball sub!

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Flavourful and delightful.

Time to wash it all down: cocktail break!

The creative Fratello Revalation which houses so many ingredients, I’d be over my monthly word count if I mentioned them, and the very ‘manly’ Drunkwater & Notre Dame (which tastes like the hardworking man you’ve just met in the hardware store).

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Trust me: one sip and you’ll understand the reference. Deliciously aggressive!

Now, on to the comfort food for dinnertime! Nothing can quite compare the owner’s Mom’s Classic Pasta Sauce recipe!
It’ll be their Sunday night special.

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And for me to have the chance to sit down and enjoy it with her son Chris… My most memorable food moment of 2014.

Just when I thought the menu couldn’t offer up any more options, out came a Warm Panzanella (bread salad with mixed greens & roasted tomatoes) and a generous wedge of Valdeon Blue cheese with port-washed prunes

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But alas.. All good things must come to an end. After a marathon that lasted hours longer than most, the last course – dessert – was served.

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Warm mini doughnuts rolled in sugar with a luxurious sized portion of lemon curd… Opulence!

As the lights dimmed on a fantastic evening, I sipped a latte as I perused the pastry case one last time

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And with my willpower completely weakened from all of the incredible creations, I loaded up on some more for the walk home.

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Corbeaux Bakehouse will be open from 6 am until 1 am, and menus will include everything your heart could desire.

Congratulations Russ and Chris on your impeccable concept, and to your entire team for offering such a wonderful destination to visit!

Mr. Fab eaux

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Holiday Sweets & Treats *LIVE*

By December 19, 2014 Breakfast Television, Eat, Holiday Gifts

Earlier this week it was all about Holiday Sweets & Treats from my favourite shops and bakeries. And thanks to my friends at Breakfast Television I was able to share over a dozen festive eats LIVE.

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I was red in the face and jolly in the tummy like good ol’ Saint Nick during the segment and when it was all over I locked myself in a broom closet and was forced to add another notch to my belt.

So what was the first delicious baked item to disappear?

Watch and drool as I share the sugary sweets LIVE.

Hope you’re all having a delicious December!

Mr. Fab holiday eats

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The BEST NYE Party Giveaway

By December 18, 2014 Eat, Giveaway

New Years Eve

Just try to make dinner reservations… Not going to happen.

How about finding a party so you can ‘Ring in the New Year’… Get out the cheque book.

Not this year! Here is THE BEST deal & most fun party you’re going to find on December 31st.

BUT the tickets are super limited so may I suggest you just stop reading and just click HERE to buy them right now.

…Still with me?

Okay I’ll make it quick so you don’t run out of time before they sell out. National on 8th Ave in Calgary, Alberta will be hosting one heck of an amazing night at one heck of a ridiculously low price.

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Partnered with Tool Shed Brewery, National 8th brings you a delicious beer paired dinner. Not only will you have 4 courses to eat your way through, they’ll also be offering exclusive previews of beers that are planned for release in 2015! And the cost per person:

$45

Seriously!

But that’s not all! The private dinner will be taking place on site from 7-9 and just as the clock strikes 9, the rest of venue will open to the public for a very special party! And your dinner ticket is also your complimentary admission, NO JOKE!

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Now I can’t disclose yet what theparty will entail, but I can tell you it will have you and your friends dancing the night away and ringing in the new year with a pretty fun crowd. But say this ‘secret for now’ parties not your style?

Your dinner ticket is also a multi admission pass and will cover your costs to get into National on 10th!

I couldn’t even stay at home for this price!

You won’t find a better priced party or more exciting way to spend your evening in the city. So gather up your crew, quickly, and click HERE to by your tickets. They are VERY limited!

Ohhhhh 1 more thing. I’ve got a pair to give away!

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But even though I’m giving a set away, I still recommend you buy them rather then waiting to win them. I would hate for it to sell out and you not win. But for those who are going to chance it, you’ll have 2 ways to enter.

#1. Tweet the Following:

This NYE $45 will get you dinner at @, beers from @ & an epic party! @ has the details

And/or

#2. Leave a comment below:

Tell me, “What’s your goal for 2015?”

Mine’s more giveaways!

Now I promise you this event will sell out within the next day or two so I strongly encourage you to purchase tickets. Regardless I will randomly pick a winner on Sunday.

Mr. Fab NYE

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Holiday Sweets & Treats

By December 16, 2014 Breakfast Television, Eat, Holiday Gifts

Tis the season of Holiday Sweets & Treats!

And for a short time, a limited edition of sugary confections will be available on the market.

Here (in no particular order) are my top 5 local shops & bakeries who have created something truly delicious this holiday season!

1. Fiasco Gelato

This season, Fiasco’s been at it again in their test kitchen… Tirelessly working to bring us a seasonally unique collection.

For a limited time, 4 new holiday flavours will be available: Dark Chocolate Orange Gelato, Sticky Toffee Putting Gelato, Classic Eggnog Gelato and for those dairy free fans, Cranberry Pear Sorbetto.

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$35 for 4 or $9 each

Also available are homemade mint holiday marshmallows for $6.

And the most perfect host/hostess gift:

Drinking Hot Chocolate Kit for 2 for $8

(Available in store or by delivery www.fiascogelatoshop.com)

2. Ollia Macarons & Tea

Just in time for the holidays, Ollia has opened to Calgarians offering the perfect gluten free desserts.

In a charming shop, nestled just off the popular 17th Ave in Calgary, Ollia’s Parisian chef has been busy creating a delicate collection of sweet and savoury Macarons.

This season, they have designed 3 holiday flavours to make your holidays even more festive:

Gingerbread, Eggnog, and a swirly Candy Cane macaron! $2 each.

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(Available in store and online at www.byollia.com)

3. Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Nobody does doughnuts like Jelly Modern. Since it first appeared on the market in 2012, customers have deliciously approved of their creative custom offerings.

Now with stores in Calgary & Toronto, doughnut aficionados can take home their own holiday ‘doughboys’ to decorate!

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2 fresh doughboys with all the fixings available by order for $9.95.

Not the creative type? Leave the decorating to the professionals! They also offer a colourful mix of holiday decorated and inspired flavoured doughnuts.

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Mini doughnuts in holiday flavours: 16 for $39.95.

(Preorder at www.jellymoderndoughnuts.com)

4. Holt Renfrew Holiday Sundries

This is the only time throughout the year that Holt Renfrew carries sundries. Thanks to their sister stores Selfridges & Brown Thomas in London, England, a variety of delicately crafted cookies, sugared pecans and boozey cherries are available for purchase.

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Holiday jams and confections are also available.

Varied costs $8-$60

(Available in store only www.holtrenfrew.com)

5. Crave Cookies & Cupcakes

Crave, who’s cupcakes are in fact THE BEST I’ve ever eaten, have really upped their holiday collection this year.

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In addition to their festive cupcake flavours of Gingerbread and Eggnog ($1.90 per mini , $3.50 per full-size) they’ve really included something sweet for everyone!

Holiday Cheer Box

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A hand selected assortment of Gluten Free Friendly holiday baking, perfectly gift wrapped in a blue baking box. This assortment includes Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar, GFF Magic Cookie Bar and GFF Hazelnut Bar. $30.75 (18 pieces).

And for the first time, Crave has offered a special take home package which lets you play cookie creator!

Gingerbread Boy & Girl Cookie Decorating Kit

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These fresh baked gingerbread boys and girls have everything you need to decorate them at home. Kit includes: 8 cookies, 3 containers of their signature vanilla buttercream, 4 containers of assorted candies and sprinkles… Along with sprinkling spoons, 3 decorating tips, 4 decorating bags and decorating ideas. Pre orders recommended, $29.95.

And then there’s THIS!

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Gingerbread Loaf.
So insanely delicious, I couldn’t even sleep knowing this loaf was chilling in my refrigerator!

This loaf is so good, I would re-mortgage my home if I needed to, just to buy it!

(Available in store, www.cravecupcakes.ca)

So no matter what your sweet tooth calls out for this holiday season, I’m certain my favourite bakeries and shops will have everything to satisfy you and yours this December.

Time to snack!

Mr. Fab sweets & treats

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Bonus Christmas DIY Crafts

By December 15, 2014 DIY, Home Depot, M. Fab

Congratulations to M.Fab who’s EAST LOOK took 1st place in Home Depot Tablescape Challenge.
And although her table was finished, her creativity wasn’t: she just kept going! Here’s how she ended up spending that energy!..

I got so carried away with our Fab  Christmas Craft Challenge that I couldn’t stop, and created three additional crafts that were so easy, fun and fast to do.

1) My Joy Stick (teehee)

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Using some of the leftover wood from my large wood slab I purchase at Home Depot, I got a small section cut to form a 2” x 12” stick. I sanded, then spray painted this silver. Using fun stick-on letters found in the outdoor sign aisle, I chose the letters, J, O and Y to spell “Joy”… But there is every letter of the alphabet available, so you could try NOEL, or MERRY etc.

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Once the paint dried, I stuck on the letters and had a small, seasonal element that would complement my overall tablescape.

2) Festive Platter

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Using the leftover wood from my wood chargers, I thought this rectangle shape was the perfect serving platter (or cheese plate) size. To prep the cut wood, I sanded, dusted, then stained it using a neutral wood colour to complement my overall table.

Instead of using a cutlery stencil, this time I created a simple Christmas tree stencil and sprayed over it using the glittery gold spray-paint. To ensure it doesn’t damage your table, try sticking these perfect ‘heavy duty felt pads’ to the bottom.

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Your cheese will never look finer.

3) Ornament Art

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Using ornaments from the Home Depot’s Christmas collection, I wanted to create some visual interest on my table – I didn’t want everything to be low-lying, I wanted to create more dimension and height.

Using my trusty glue gun, I stuck the ornaments together in interesting ways.

These ball clusters look great on a table, but would also look lovely on a mantle, underneath your tree or on a countertop.

Hope you enjoyed these three simple ideas and are inspired to create your own DIY Christmas this year.

M Fab Christmas DIY Addict

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