We started our Canada trip with a couple of days in Calgary. It's a well laid-out city and easy to walk around. We enjoyed the ethnic foods and the coffee shops a lot. The folks we met were also friendly. The girl at the Patagonia outdoorsy Store, for eg, was gushing with suggestions for things to do in the mountains, places to stay and lakes to visit.
We got up early and headed out to a Diner we had noticed the previous evening. When its doors opened at 7:00 am, we were there. It was a quaint 60's styled Diner, with barstools, chrome strips and all. They had expanded in the back with regular tables and booths, and that's where we relaxed.
M treated herself to a Mushroom and Spinach omelette made from free range hens, accompanied by sauteed potatoes and whole grain bread toast. I settled for buckwheat pancakes with mixed berry preserve (see pics below). It was one of the best pancakes I have had. Not the usual white flour ones which get soggy when you add the syrup. These had a nice grainy and an earthy taste. I also 'helped' M with her potatoes and half of the toast. Simply healthy, delicious food! And very filling. We took more than an hour to finish off the breakfast. A perfect way to start the day.
M's Mushroom & Spinach Omelette
Buckwheat Pancakes with mixed berry preserve.
After breakfast, we ambled over to the North end of downtown, where the Bow river ripples. Along both shores are nice walking paths, running and biking trails, and tiny sitting gardens. With picturesque bridges and numerous ducks, it made a perfect setting. The rising sun showcased the clouds beautifully over the fall trees. Picture Perfect!
Other Posts from our Calgary Visit:
- New Year Greetings – Walking on the Athabasca Glacier
- Lake Moraine, Canada
- Elements: Moraine Lake
- Scenic Drive to Columbia Ice fields & Banff
From our Montreal Visit:
- Montreal: A walking city
- Breakfast in Montreal
- From Montreal: Bouquets of Joy
- Be Mine
- Montreal: Mont Royal and the city