Day 87: Popcorn and pears (having already eaten sandwiches from The Bison General Store)


I promised I’d take Ben and Willem to see Horton Hears a Who this week, and because it’s Easter break week and snowy and every kid in Calgary seems to love hanging out at the mall, I figured the 5pm show might be the least jammed. (It was nearly empty – phew.)

Of course, my plan landed us there right at dinnertime. We shared a popcorn, and ate pears in the car on the way home. (I have to say, I’m slightly irked that popcorn is now promoted as “whole grain”, which of course it is since corn is technically a grain, but implies that buying a tub of movie popcorn is somehow a healthy choice.)

What last resembled a meal we ate mid-afternoon in the car on the way home from Banff; I picked up two sandwiches from The Bison General Store: Piri Piri Roast Bison & Appenzeller w/ Horseradish Butter, Shaved Onions, Watercress and Oven Dried Tomatoes ($9.25) and Valbella Maple Pepper Ham & Brie w/ Pea Shoots, Fresh Tomatoes and Grainy Mustard Mayo ($8.25), both on humongous sections of crusty, grainy baguette. Pricey but tasty, not quite earth-shattering, but refreshingly real for road food. When I heard some customers discussing the roasted cauliflower, fennel and goat cheese soup, I couldn’t leave without a cup, even though I’m not much of a fennel fan. It was much closer to earth-shattering. And easy to sip out of the cup while driving, actually, as if it were a coffee. Not that I’m condoning eating while driving, of course. Ahem.

We passed the sandwiches around, and whenever W had his turn he spent it picking the meat and cheese out of the baguette and eating it. But I quite enjoyed my pea shoot sandwich, actually.


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6 comments on “Day 87: Popcorn and pears (having already eaten sandwiches from The Bison General Store)

  1. Lana
    March 28, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Okay, whenever it is that I DO make it out to Calgary to visit you, I want to go to that General Store for those sandwiches! In Ontario as I read this, it is 10:30am and my mouth is watering! Yum!
    Love the last line about marrying a drummer.
    No, I won’t say it…

  2. Katharine
    March 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    OMG! Delicious! We will have to have a little Sunday drive at some point. You know me…. I’ll drive to Banff for a fantastic $9 sandwich! Yum yum!

  3. Theresa
    March 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    today’s blog reminded me of this RD who photographs all of her meals. Have you seen this blog?

  4. twomittens
    March 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Those look fantastic. I’ve never been there before. Now I must go.

  5. maplesugar
    March 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Love the sandwiches at The Bison General Store! 🙂 Took home their smoked tomato ketchup with tomatillos and pasilla peppers recently and I find myself making excuses to put ketchup on something lol. Next time you’re up there try Wild Flour Bakery’s Breakfast Panini…it’s a bit of a splurge (calorie wise) but a delicious alternative to typical breakfast road food.

  6. saba
    June 3, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I love popcorn too, This looks yummy.

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