Greetings from Calgary, Canada!

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Greetings from Calgary, Canada!

As New York City was experiencing unusual October temperatures nearing 80 degrees, I left for a quick jaunt to Calgary, Canada to visit a client and experience Canadian hospitality.

Calgary is located in the province of Alberta. It is a five hour flight from New York, and you can fly direct on a couple of carriers.  The city of Calgary is just about an hour and a half outside of two of the most beautiful places on the planet, Banff and Lake Louise, and are must-see locations when in Calgary.

I stayed at the highly rated Hotel Le Germain, right in downtown Calgary, adjacent to the famous Calgary Tower. The Le Germain is a modern property, providing spacious suites, complimentary breakfast, a vast fitness room, a spa, and even a courtesy car and driver for near by locations.

We took the hotel up on this service and was whisked to Rouge, a gourmet restaurant in the Inglewood section of the city. As the driver took us down a very quiet residential street, we were told that the restaurant was on the left. Indeed it was. Rouge Restaurant is situated in a house, which fits in very nicely in the neighbourhood.

Rouge is beautiful, elegant and romantic. There are numerous rooms, with just a few tables in each area, providing a spacious atmosphere.

The food is locally sourced, with produce harvested from their own property.

Every item on the menu is inventive, making menu choices difficult.

Some samples include: roasted cauliflower on a slate, wild Pacific salmon or halibut, carrot risotto, smoked bison, and duck breast, all served with very uniquely prepared vegetables.

Our server, Taylor, was a knowledgeable sommelier and helped us to choose excellent wines. The people at Rouge were friendly and helpful. What a find in Calgary!

In the summer, I was told, you can dine outdoors, amid their organic garden.

It was 30 degrees when we went to dinner, this time. We will be back for Summer.

Check out Rouge at:

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  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at

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