be a star.

i don’t often make trips to calgary’s deep south. if i were driving that far, i’d rather actually go to montana. as a downtown dweller and northwest worker, it really takes something special for me to go south of 22X. for a few months two years ago, i thought that a boy was special enough for that, but i was quite mistaken – i’m good at that.

a few weeks ago i headed back to Seton (the scene of the dating crime) to mix and mingle with foodie friends at starbelly open kitchen + lounge.

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we lifted a glass to honour the memory of Jonathan Sobol and welcomed new executive chef, Paul McGreevy. the starbelly family also welcomed new GM Derek Mihalik and sales & marketing manager, Danielle Kondruk.

it was my first visit to the restaurant that offers made from scratch, home-style cuisine. starbelly’s menu changes with the seasons, to showcase the natural flavours of calgary’s backyard.

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the suburbs are usually scattered with big box stores and chain restaurants, so starbelly is a welcome addition to the south. they take “local” to a new level by sourcing fresh, regional ingredients from community suppliers and make everything in-house, whenever they can.

but local doesn’t mean boring. we sampled passed appetizers that included ahi tuna in a coconut curry, and elk bacon. starbelly also has a seasonal cocktail menu that includes spiced rum and eggnog for the holidays, as well as a belly warming old fashioned.

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while their dinner menu looks delicious, i would definitely suggest going for brunch because bacon pancakes are a thing!

want to try them? you can, because i’m teaming up with starbelly to giveaway a $50 gift card. enter below!

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photos courtesy of starbelly.

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