If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you may know that I love the mountains. In fact, the Rocky Mountains are probably my favorite place in the entire world! I try to visit as often as possible, however as I’m now living in Ontario, it’s impossible to head there for the weekend.
But when I came home for a few weeks, I knew I had to fit a visit to the mountains in my schedule. I managed to squeeze in a 2 night visit. Bartek and I spent our time in Canmore and enjoyed every minute of it!
What makes Canmore fantastic is that it’s made up of a great mixture of outdoor activities + eco-consciousness +bustling food scene. I guess you can tell what I like about it
I want to share with you two of the restaurants we visited. If you ever get the chance to visit, I hope you’ll check them out
This restaurant boasts of using local ingredients with everything made in-house (aka pesto not shipped pre-made). In addition, there’s an optional 1% carbon tax added to each bill. The company also makes frozen versions of their favorite pizzas which are available in some grocery stores (though, I’m not sure that they freeze gluten free versions).
I ordered a dairy-free Apple Chicken Harvest (apples, chicken, red onions, tomatoes, three herb pesto) on Gluten free Crust.
I loved the toppings on my pizza! They were so flavourful and fresh! However, I wasn’t as crazy about the crust. I thought it was fine, but there was definitely room for improvement. Bartek ordered the Naturally Meaty (beef, italian sausage, tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, asiago cheese, and fresh herbs) on the traditional crust.
Bartek loved his entire pizza.
I’ve mentioned the Communitea Cafe before. I’ve been drinking their tea for the past year (Divine Temple- AMAZING!), but I never had the opportunity to visit until most recently.
Bartek and I climbed a mountain while we were in Canmore (details coming up in my next post!!), and afterwards we were craving something light and fresh, yet substantial. Communitea answered our call.
First of all, the atmosphere of the cafe is so peaceful. It’s really open, bright, and sunny; the perfect place to spend an afternoon drinking tea (of which they have so many different varieties).
Like the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company, their food is all locally grown and offers vegan and gluten free options. After a lengthy decision process, we placed our orders. Although we were looking forward to our food, we had no idea just how much we would love what came to us!
I ordered the Mega Fresh Bowl which was a huge composition of spinach, shredded carrot, shredded beets, sprouts, cucumbers, quinoa salad, red pepper, purple cabbage, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and hummus. I chose a garlic tahini sauce as my dressing. This dish was beyond words. It was so fresh and filling (enough for two portions!); it was exactly what I had been craving. I want to recreate this at home as soon as I get the chance! I would go to Canmore for this meal alone!!!!
This picture doesn’t do justice to just how big this bowl was.
Bartek was equally impressed with his selection. He ordered the Chicken Pad Thai. I stole a few bites; the peanut sauce was so good that there were tears in my eyes!
No picture, but I finished off the meal with a GF coconut macaroon! All in all, our stomachs definitely enjoyed the trip!
Next post will be about our mountain climb AKA my realization that my fear of heights hasn’t gone away!!