The Agronomist loves two things.Hockey and The Food Network.
Somehow he has made the girls big fans of both.
He is the master of persuasion.
And he also controls the TV remote.
Why am I telling you this?
On a trip to Edmonton back in March,
we were all sitting in our hotel room watching the Canadian equivalent to
Diners Drive-ins and Dives.
The show is called:
You Gotta Eat Here with host John Catucci.
We were mesmerized with an amazing diner he was visiting.
We wondered out loud where it was.
At the end of the show he told us....
High River, Alberta!
Just outside of Calgary!
A mere hour and a half drive from the campsite we had already booked
for our Kananaskis camping trip!
We all looked at each other eagerly and yelled.
We Gotta Go!
We Gotta Eat There!
It was a done deal.
In a few short months we would be eating at Evelyn's Memory Lane Cafe.
We knew we were in for a treat when we checked out it's rating HERE on Urban Spoon.
After our hour and a half drive we walked in....
and it was everything we had hoped for.
A Pop Tates vibe we don't often find in Western Alberta.
Similar to a Johnny Rockets, but an authentic real deal mom and pop's diner.
We loved it.
I couldn't help it, I kept calling The Agronomist Reggie with his dark good looks.
I was secretly hoping he'd call me Josie.
Instead... he moved to another booth.
The individual juke boxes at each table were a huge hit.
Everyone was allowed to choose two songs.
Ordering was easy.
We had already decided what we wanted several months before when we had watched the show.
The waiting however, was a little longer than my two youngest could handle.
They went a little squirrelly.
Perhaps voices were raised.
I'm not at liberty to say.
Youngest knew she was going to have the homemade mac and cheese.
She gave it a two thumbs up.
The Agronomist and I ordered the Turkey sandwich,
which had been described as Thanksgiving dinner between two slices of bread.
Can you see the cranberry sauce in there?
I don't usually take photos of half eaten servings,
but I started eating before I remembered I was supposed to be a food photographer.
Bon Appetit will not be calling me anytime soon.
Thankfully I remembered to take a picture before it was all gone.
We just kept looking over by the stools at
all the amazing baked goods behind the window.
There was a constant stream of people coming in
for takeout and homemade ice cream.
People were starting to stare when I laid down on the floor to take this shot.
But wouldn't you agree,
the almost same shot is more interesting from my feet's perspective?
Always, always take a few photos from a few inches off the floor.
You will never be disappointed.
Just a little photography tip thrown in because
I like to approach a post from every available angle, both figuratively and literally.
It's just how I roll,
which can also be taken figuratively or literally.
Especially after my meal at Evelyn's.
This was the last shot of the day just outside the cafe.
I can't quite remember what the problem was.
I think maybe she had asked if we could stay for supper too.
The answer, unfortunately was no.
If you ever get a chance to drive to High River; stop by Evelyn's.
Tell her Bungalow'56 sent you : )
We promise the peach pie will be worth it.
PS Youngest disagrees with the information in this post and would like to state for the record: It is the pumpkin pie that makes the visit worthwhile.