Tapas & the Mountains

This past weekend we headed up to Canmore to celebrate the wedding of our friends Andrew & Laura. Eager to start the weekend, we drove up Friday night and checked into our suite at the lovely Lodges of Canmore, ready to sit back and relax.

Of course, relaxing to us is synonymous with eating – and we quickly looked up some hot-spots in the tiny village. Deciding on Tapas, a local hit, we made reservations and headed out for a late supper.

When we arrived, the small and dimly-lit restaurant was bustling with people and smelled delicious. We checked our coats as we over-heard one of the servers explaining the dessert list to a nearby table – all of which sounded very enticing.

Getting quite hungry, we sat down quickly and began our usual look through the menu, ordering a round of seafood to start. We had been advised that each person should choose 2-3 plates and that everything is made to be shared.

Quickly our first dishes arrived. Plump sautéed prawns swimming in a bath of garlic butter and herbs.

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And, freshly seared scallops with pickled cucumber and a caramel vinaigrette.
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I’m not the biggest fan of seafood, so I was eager to move on to some more substantial options – like the spicy chorizo meatballs coated in a warm tomato sauce and the even-spicier Moroccan ribs. Definitely finger-licking worthy but keep a glass of water nearby!

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Still a little hungry, and feeling the need for a few veggies, we ordered the house-made Caesar salad – which came as big chunks of lettuce topped with bacon bits, capers, and parm – and the warm garlic mushroom toast.

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Although by now we were mostly full, we couldn’t help but ordering a few desserts after we had already seen a preview of what was to come. With intentions to share, we grabbed the rose sorbet, crème brulee, and the peanut butter & chocolate mousse. I’ll let you guess which was my favourite.

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All in all, it was a great spot to sit and chat and each dish came out at a good pace.

It was to bed for some of us, in order to prepare for the wedding the next day. I didn’t take a ton of snaps, but I did manage to take a few mandatory shots of the mountains (our suite had an incredible view) – and of the pre-wedding festivities. You’ll notice the boys had quite the bromance going on.

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