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Unread 20 May 19, 12:59 AM  
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(Complete!) From Calories in Calgary to Snacking in Seattle (trip & food report May 2019)

As this trip report is all in one thread, you can find the index here to skip directly to the updates.

I really enjoyed doing my Disney food report last year so I thought Id do another report for this years holiday - although as theres no Disney this year I thought Id widen my scope and include more aspects of the trip than just the food. (In the hope of making it more interesting for you all!)

The trip party is DH and I, both in our 40s (please note I am several years younger than him!) Outline of the trip is as follows:

Edinburgh - Heathrow - Calgary with BA.
Two nights in Calgary.
Two nights in Banff.
Two nights in Lake Louise.
Two nights in Jasper.
One night in Kamloops.
Three nights in Vancouver.
Train from Vancouver to Seattle.
Two nights in Seattle.
Fly Seattle - Heathrow - Edinburgh with BA.

We did the same route in Canada almost 10 years ago with my parents, but we returned from Vancouver to Calgary on the Rocky Mountaineer. This time, we thought wed try giving the train to the USA a go!

Edited at 02:44 PM.
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Unread 20 May 19, 01:33 AM  
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Today started in a far more civilised fashion than travel days usually do, because rather than being on the first flight from Edinburgh to London, we didnt have to fly until the early afternoon! This is because the Calgary flight didnt depart until 6.30pm.

The morning was therefore spent pottering around the house (DH even washing a load of clothes!) before our taxi to the airport at 12.

There was a short delay getting into the airport due to a bus blocking the access, then a short wait to check in our suitcases, then a short wait at security, before we finally made it into the departures area. As we had BA lounge access for the trip, we headed there.

I decided that after all of the waiting I needed a cheeseplate to snack on, and it definitely hit the spot. DH has a bowl of lentil soup. No alcohol yet though - we were pacing ourselves!



The flight to Heathrow boarded on time but we had to wait to take off - the pilot commented hed never seen Edinburgh airport so busy. Once we were up in the air, we were offered a choice of salads along with a drink.

DH went for the Mexican bean salad while I tried the chicken tikka salad - I think mine was the better choice! Both were served with a lemon pot dessert that was delicious, and we both declined the bread rolls offered. I had a gin and tonic - Id been hoping to try the special Pickerings Gin made for BAs centenary but that wasnt available - never mind, Gordons will do!







The pilot came back on the tannoy to tell us wed be straight into Heathrow without having to hold, which was surely unheard of but certainly welcome! Once off the plane, we made our way through flight connections and then headed for the Galleries South lounge in T5.

They had a hot food buffet out as well as soup and sandwiches; I tried the chilli (which was ok) and the pasta (which was rubbery). For drinks I had another G&T; later I had a cup of tea with a scone, jam and clotted cream, but I dont seem to have a picture of that.



The Calgary flight started boarding about 30 minutes late and that delay carried through to take off; I always stick with water for my preflight drink but once in the air I ordered, you guessed it, another G&T! This was served with nuts.



Here is a photo of the food on offer during the flight:



Both DH and I ordered the soup to start with; this was tasty although the accompanying bread roll was hard as a rock. Id switched to drinking the French white wine with dinner, while DH chose a Californian red.



BA let you preorder main courses on certain flights - I chose the Thai chicken curry weeks ago and was not disappointed, i think it was the best main dish Ive ever had on a flight.



DH enjoyed his beef as well. He fared less well with dessert; hed picked the lemon and lime slice which, when served, looked suspiciously like the disappointing delice I had on our Florida flight last year.





He was also sad about how small the portion was - especially when he saw the size of my cheese plate!



The crew were brilliant during meal service, keeping drinks topped up at all times and continually offering something else. I felt it would be rude to say no, which is why I ended the meal by consuming both a Baileys and a peppermint tea. And then for some strange reason needed a nap...

I managed to nap for several hours on and off and didnt properly wake until we were just over an hour out from landing. I was immediately offered a snack plate (again, a brilliant crew) but I decided I wasnt peckish for anything but a cup of tea (and if youve read this far, are you really surprised?). DH did accept the tapas plate but wasnt impressed; he said it was all too cold and the tiffin slice was particularly disgusting!



Despite the delay in taking off, we made up enough time to actually land 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Immigration was fine and, although we had to wait for our bags for longer than usual, picking up the hire car was also easy and we were soon on our way to downtown Calgary. By this time it was about 9.30pm so once we found the hotel, checked in and got to our room, it was basically bed time!
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What a lovely travel day. Im looking forward to reading about your trip.
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Will be looking forward to reading this as we are off to Calgary, Banff and Jasper for a week on Friday. The BA evening flight looks a great idea as it is bed time over there as you land. Hope you get some more done before we leave! Enjoy x
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Sounds a good travel day, look forward to reading the rest of it.
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Will be looking forward to reading this as we are off to Calgary, Banff and Jasper for a week on Friday. The BA evening flight looks a great idea as it is bed time over there as you land. Hope you get some more done before we leave! Enjoy x
Sorry I think Ive missed you - my data plan doesnt cover Canada and in particular Jasper has fairly spotty WiFi.
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Despite the time difference and late bedtime we were still up at silly oclock (5am for me) the next morning. We did what we always do in this situation, which is stay in bed watching random tv for a few hours before finally getting up! This was even more the case today giving it was raining - in fact it would rain on and off all of the day.

First order of business was breakfast! We decided on the downtown Calgary branch of eatoeb/ and thanks to bring up so early, were seated with no wait. We both ordered breakfast poutine - I chose Soul in a Bowl and DH the tuna crudo. It was delicious! We both also ordered breakfast tea alongside this, as we were too early for mimosas.





As it was still wet outside, we navigated Calgarys plus 15 network of sky tunnels to get to the Core shopping centre. Again, because it was so early, we had to wait for opening time, but once 10am arrived we had a quick look around the botanic garden calgary.ca/csps/parks/pa...n-gardens.aspx and then the shops, although we didnt buy anything.

At this point the rain had stopped, so we decided to head up to Princes Island Park for a walk around. We saw a lot of Canadian geese with goslings, which was pretty cool.







At this point the early start and damp weather were catching up on us, so we headed back to the hotel for a break.

Later on, and despite yet more rain, we decided to venture out to check out the Olympic plaza (where the medals were awarded during the 1988 Winter Olympics in the city) and some of the sculptures dotted around the downtown area.















We then headed to the hotel again, to get ready for dinner. While researching options for our trip Id decided we (I) wanted to try tenfoothenry/, because of the good reviews and sharing plate concept. It was a short walk from the hotel and we werent disappointed; the restaurant was bustling with a good atmosphere and the food delicious. I booked our table online a couple of months in advance without an issue, thinking a Saturday night would be busy, which was a good choice.

Initially we shared 4 savoury dishes - asparagus with shiitake mushrooms and miso butter, fried potatoes, hanger steak with truffle mustard and bok Choy and broccoli with spicy ketchup. Ive listed them here in order of preference!



For dessert we shared a sour cherry filled donut with English cream, which confused us until we realised theyd translated creme anglaise!



We also shared a bottle of wine, but I couldnt resist also having a cocktail when I saw the benedict cucumberpatch on the menu!



Suitably stuffed, we walked back to our hotel - the Hyatt Regency - and perhaps unsurprisingly after the early start (and the food and wine), were soon tucked up in bed! This was the view from our bathroom...we actually stayed in the Marriott the last time we were in Calgary.

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What a great report!

PS its never too early for a mimosa
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