Hubby’s Birthday in Canmore

My family and I have lived in Calgary for 15 years and I am almost embarrassed to say that the first time I made it a point to visit Canmore was only 4 or 5 years ago when we spent the weekend there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. If you are in the area and heading west from Calgary, make it a point to veer off the highway to check out this amazing little town nestled so nicely in the mountains.

We head to Canmore frequently now because we found our favourite restaurant (Chez Francois) and this weekend we decided to spend a night to celebrate my hubby’s birthday. February has been a brutal month and the monotony is wearing thin and seasonal affective disorder is taking its toll on both of us. I was more then pleased when hubby asked me if I wanted to get away for a night. Not only to get a much needed break from the city but to reconnect with each other as well. Plus the added bonus of celebrating his birthday!

Sleeps, Drinks and Eats

We stayed at the Lamphouse Hotel which was in the perfect location. It used to be the Bow Valley Motel but has since been completely renovated. The rooms were nice and modern, and the view from our room was exactly what we hoped for.  I loved that they have digital check in which means on the day of check in, they email you your key code and all you do is show up.  You don’t have to speak to anyone or wait in line.

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                                  Roger enjoying the view

We had Roger’s birthday dinner at Gaucho Brazillian BBQ which was right across the road from our hotel.  We walked in very hungry and by the end of our meal we asked for a wheelbarrow to get us back to our room.  What a feast of magnificent meatiness!  And I don’t even know how to describe the dessert that came out in a dessert glass covered in Nutella.

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I completely understand why Chez Francois calls their eggs benedict famous.  Best egg dish I ever had.  I always order the back bacon eggs benedict and hubby has his usual smoked salmon eggs benedict and both were equally delicious.  The eggs are poached to a perfect softness, which is exactly the way I like them and it’s almost as if the whites had turned into merengue while cooking.  Lovely texture and delicious taste.  We regularly make special trips to Canmore for this breakfast alone and judging from the comments coming from some of the tables around us, we are not the only ones who do.

        Chez Francois’ Canadian back bacon eggs Benedict                                   with home fries and fresh fruit

Over all it was a wonderful weekend and sad it came to an end.

I hope he had a great birthday and I also hope to spend my birthday this exact same way!



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