Tuesday, October 02, 2012

We Saw It On The Food Network And Decided To Go

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.
I kid...

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.

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  1. This is a famiy favorite - freshly baked bread for the sandwiches and desserts to die for. Glad you got to stop in (and by the way - Evelyn is from Saskatchewan - a true Riders fan!)
    m in Okotoks - next time we'll meet you there!

  2. You guys are such a fun family Dana! Looks like such a cute place...your pictures are awesome. Thanks for the floor tip! And, that last picture looks strangely familiar....maybe it's because I get that look so very often. :)

  3. So many reasons to come visit you in Canada! xoxo

  4. I have seen restaurants featured on shows and wondered if they were as wonderful as the host said it was. This diner looks amazing. I would have to try both types of pies.

  5. how fun is that?! agree completely about your shot of the stools from the floor -- you should sign a copy and send it to them.

  6. How fun! We have Evelyn's Memory on our list! A couple of weekends ago we went to Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus in Calgary which was on the show. We thought we knew what we wanted to from the show too, but when we got there totally changed our minds. It was soooo good. You've got to try that place the next time you visit your sisters.

  7. So glad you made the trip. There is a little place like this in Atlanta with the juke boxes on the table. My kids loved that too. What a fun place...and cool that you saw it on the Food Network first...and then made the effort to get there for real!

  8. dave is a huge food network junkie and he loves triple d!!:) he has visited many places in his travels with work. we have yet to make it to one together though!:(
    this place looks amazing and so my kind of food.
    have a happy day dana

  9. If only this was nearer to my Minnesota home. I love these types of unique and retro diners. And I agree w/ the several inches from the floor shots. I set my camera on the floor, angle it up and shoot and my husband shakes his head and walks away. "Who cares?" I ask.

  10. I love these pictures. We also have been to many places that have been featured on the food network. What a fun day, and I've always wanted to try one of those turkey/thanksgiving sandwiches!


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