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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Phoenix Grill and Lounge Signal Hill, Calgary, Alberta

The Phoenix Grill we love for the food and the service.  We have been several times.  The first time we went we had a small pizza and a couple of glasses of wine.  We thought the pizza was delicious - I honestly was very pleasantly surprised.  And the service was very perfect.

Because of this we went back a few weeks later and:  Dinner was excellent again but - the service!!  I ordered an Alexander's Dark - I'm partial to darks.  I liked it so I ordered a second. It was a bit coming, well, maybe a bit more than a bit and then we found out they were out so the manager came to the table asking if I'd like to try a different brand which he recommended.  He came back a minute later and poured it for me.  It also was quite good. 

Even though I had to wait a bit for that second beer the overall experience and attention was pleasant.  And... they did not charge me for the second beer.  I am rarely one to complain at a restaurant.  I believe people are generally trying to do their best but things to happen.  I've waited on tables in my time and occasionally messed  up an order or was slow but the majority of the time did a good job.  So, I tend to not complain.  So, it was really nice to have them give me the complimentary drink without me even having said anything. I certainly was not expecting it. 

We have been back since and I mentioned to one of the managers how we liked it there and he sat with us and chatted for a minute.  He was genuinely pleased to hear this.  I find the service there pleasant - they make sure that you are taken care of without 'interrupting' you all the time.  I never felt that I was waiting for service but at the same time didn't feel like my privacy was being invaded. 

And again the food, each time we have eaten there, has been excellent.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

More Wine at Creekers Liquor in Bragg Creek, Alberta

I went and chatted with Percy about wine again today.

They were tasting a Malbec from Chile: A Valdivieso. I purchased a bottle (among others) and it is delicious. This would make a great house wine - I mean for my

house. It is smooth without being 'plush'. We drank it with home made Pizza but I think it would go with pretty much anything. I shop at different wine stores and obviously different people have different tastes. I do like Percy's choices - he is very knowledgeable about wine - I have liked all of the wine he has recommended so far. I by no means consider myself a connoisseur of wine but I do know what I like and what I don't like in wine.

I have a friend that started getting serious about wine pretty much the same time I did in Oregon some years ago. He and I went to a wine tasting event in McMinnville, Oregon and Dave, that is his name, would have a sip of the same wine as me and go on about how it started and finished and whether it was fruity or not and I would stare at him and say something stupid like: "Yeah, me too!"

If I can, I like to keep my wine purchases under $20. There are a lot of good wines in the $15 to $20 range. I will admit to paying more sometimes but there are many good and varied wines below this price.

I don't know if you can find this Malbec in Calgary but if you can it is very high on my list of recommended wines. If you are in Bragg Creek, please go in and say hello to Percy for me.

By the way, they give you a ten percent discount for a purchase of six bottles or more.