Of course it’s just the Mayan calendar that’s wrapping up this Friday, Dec. 21, but all the hype got me thinking about what foods we might partake in if we really did just have one last chance.
Here are just a few of the most decadently delicious eats in Calgary, worth seeking out — doomsday or not. And if the world doesn’t come to a screeching halt at the end of the week, they’re perfectly fitting if you’re out to celebrate the festive (and parka) season.
Turtle Brownies from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
Or anything they have in the display case, for that matter. Aviv Fried and his bakers turn out some of the best baked goods in the city, from loaves to pastries to dense, fudgy brownies topped with sea salt, dulce de leche or caramel and pecans, depending on the day. Perfect for your chocolate fix, or if you’re carb-loading go for a cinnamon bun (they’re usually still warm), seasonal Danish, brioche, scones and a flaky cheese stick that's so long they have to fold it in half to tuck it into a paper bag.
Brownies $3.50 at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, 5524 1A St SW, 403-457-2245, sidewalkcitizenbakery.com
Candy Cane Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce from Village Ice Cream
The festive flavours are in at Village Ice Cream: peppermint ice cream with chunks of real candy canes and boozy Gigi’s eggnog ice cream. And now you can top either (or their salted caramel, or Phil and Sebastian Coffee, or Girl Guide mint) with their new homemade hot fudge sauce. As always, there’s the option of a house-made waffle cone too.
All ice creams $9/pint at Village Ice Cream, 431 10 Ave. S.E., 403-261-7950, villageicecream.com
The Stuffed Burger at Naina’s
For a total burger indulgence, go for a ½ lb burger stuffed with anything from caramelized onions to cheese to pulled pork – or any combo you can dream up – with a pile of freshly made fries at Naina’s, a homey little cafe with oilcloth-covered tables. Located on the connector from Ogden Road onto Blackfoot Trail North, in the city’s southeast, kitty-corner to the Crossroads Farmers Market. Once you know it’s there, you’ll be back any time you need a comfort food hit.
Stuffed burgers, $12.50-$13.50 at Naina’s, 2808 Ogden Rd S.E., 403-263-6355, nainaskitchen.com
The Yukon Cornelius at Tubby Dog
Because it’s Christmas. The Yukon Cornelius is a bacon wrapped 1/3 lb. dog topped with mustard, ketchup, mayo, chill, onions, chips, space cheese, bacon bits, sour cream and sriracha, finished off with Holiday Rice Krispies. Or for those with a more delicate appetite, or looking for more Mayan-inspired cuisine, every Tuesday at 8 p.m., Tubby Dog transforms into a Mexican taqueria, serving up some of the best tacos and tostadas in town. Try the lengua (beef tongue) tostadas.
The Yukon Cornelius, $10.00 at Tubby Dog, 1022 17 Ave, S.W., 403-244-0694, tubbydog.com
Filled and Fancy Doughnuts at Jelly Modern
What's more indulgent than fried dough? If you're going to go the doughnut route, best go where you can get them made from scratch by one of Calgary's best pastry chefs. This week at Canada’s original gourmet doughnut bakery café they’re making festive flavours like peppermint, eggnog, cherry and Madagascar vanilla. Because overindulging is always more fun with a few besties, you can pick up a box to share.
Holiday Celebration Box (16 doughnuts), $34.95 at Jelly Modern Doughnuts, 100 1414 8 St. S.W., 403-453-2053, jellymoderndoughnuts.com