We quite enjoy wandering through Fish Creek Park in Calgary. There's always things to see around! We've always walked by Annie's Bakery and never got a chance to go in. This one time, we made an effort to come here during their opening season, and we're glad we did!
I really enjoy going to Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary, it's a beautiful location where the Bow River passes through this park. At the edge of this park lies a wonderful little restaurant that is delicious and known as The Ranche Restaurant. I've only been here twice - ever! Both times I've been here so far was during the Christmas season and it's jammed packed! Somehow, they always manage to bang out delicious food, and great service! This time, we started our dinner with Blue Corn Crusted Red Spring Salmon and Lobster Cakes Lambs Lettuce with flaxseed Vinaigrette, pickled red onions and lime aioli. This appetizer was amazing, and you definitely know it's salmon cake as salmon does have it's own distinctive taste. The lobster adds lightness to the cakes and makes it sweeter. It's a wonderful combination and unfortunately, I don't have a beautiful picture of the appetizer. I've got to say it's one of the best "seafood" cake appetizers I've had in a long time! For the dinner, I tried Roasted Brome Lake Duck Cider braised red cabbage, pancetta crisp, ricotta parsley gnocchi, maple raisin gastrique - which is caramelized sugar, deglazed with vinegar. The gnocchi was little light pillows of potato goodness. It was really light and fluffy and infused with flavour. The duck was really well made, and delicious - even though it was slightly on the tough side.