Whisky BBQ Braised Back Ribs. Radisson Hotel Atrium Cafe YEG


It takes a lot of courage for a girl to eat finger – lickin’ good ribs in front on someone she doesn’t really know, right? But I did just that at The Atrium Cafe located in the Radisson hotel on Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton, AB …and it was worth the BBQ sauce on my cheeks!

I was mesmerized by the menu description of Full Rack Baby Back Ribs, cooked in the Atrium’s own Unique Dry Spice Rub, basted in Whisky BBQ sauce. The magic word, of course, was whisky…because, as you know, I can’t resist anything that has whisky in the descriptor.

Just as I was thinking it couldn’t get any  better, Atrium’s friendly & efficient server advised there was a choice of 2 sides from which we could choose. They included baked potato, sweet potato fries, rice, seasonal vegetables, house salad, Ceasar salad or fresh asparagus.

Wow! Something for everyone. You can see I decided on the fresh asparagus, cooked to perfection with just a slight wash of butter & salt and the Ceasar salad. I loved the diversity in side-selects and wish every restaurant could offer more than the typical carb options.

When dinner arrived to the table, the plates were really warm; a nice touch that allows hot foods to stay the perfect temperature right to the end of the meal. This was a much appreciated detail.

The main event, of course, were the ribs. Oh, whatever ingredients the Radisson Atrium is using for the rub & Whisky sauce, they’ve hit it out of the park!  It was really delicious, with a perfect balance of sweet, tangy & smoky.

Although the ribs weren’t exactly what I’d call fall-off-the-bone tender, everything was good enough to finish right to the last bite. It was all washed down with a nice accompaniment of Hardy’s Shiraz red, red wine.

Restaurant goers sometimes don’t consider hotel options when it comes to enjoying dinner out, but the experience with Radisson Atrium Cafe suggests this is a restaurant worth remembering.

With a 6 oz. glass of wine, dinner for 2 can come in under $75.00 all in…and that’s OK


Luigi Bosca WINE DINNER at PAMPA Brazilian Steakhouse Edmonton. Tuesday February 24.15

Argentina Wine Ambassador HUGO STABIO will be the special guest at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse on Tuesday February 24.15 as he guides us through a 6 course dinner, paired with wines from Luigi Bosca, starting at 7pm.

Bodega Luigi Bosca is one of the few Argentina wine-producers that has remained in the hands of the founding family for decades.

Familia Arizu has thoroughly understood the secret of the vine and the terroir of Mendoza, reflected in each bottle from a timeless collection of wines that are noble & elegant.”

Luigi Bosca Wine Dinner

Special Guest: Luigi Bosca Wine Ambassador HUGO STABIO

Tuesday February 24th, 2015. 7pm

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

9929 – 109 St NW Edmonton AB | 780.756.7030

Course 1:

Baked herbed SALMON served with a Mango Honey sauce

Paired with Luigi Bosca Chardonnay

Course 2:

BBQ’d marinated PORK TENDERLOIN in a Parmesan Touilleur with Marscapone polenta

Paired with Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir

Course 3:

Barbequed RIB-EYE served with Arroz de Carreteito

Paired with Luigi Bosca Malbec

Course 4:

Salt crusted PICANHA served with Rapini in a Port Balsamic reduction

Paired with Luigi Bosca Gala 3

Course 5:

WILD BOAR in a Dark Chocolate sauce 

Paired with Luigi Bosca de Sangre

Course 6:

FRESH FRUITS and Shredded Coconut with a Chocolate glaze

Paired with Fonseca Ruby Port

A specially prepared, exquisite Six Course Brazilian Dinner

Sommelier Selected Luigi Bosca Wine Pairings

$95 + tax & 18% auto gratuity

Pre-payment is required. Seating is limited


The Glenlivet Squadron 70

The Glenlivet SQUADRON 70

For the first time ever, The Glenlivet is offering an once-in-a-lifetime experience available only to Scotch whisky lovers in Canada: the rare release of a one-of-a-kind, hand-selected single cask named The Glenlivet Single Cask: Squadron 70.

This bottling is to honour the descendant of The Glenlivet’s founder George Smith: Captain John Gordon Smith Grant. A pilot in World War One and missing heir to The Glenlivet Distillery, he was wounded in action and received care at a Canadian field hospital in Doullens, France. His funeral was presided over by the RC Bishop of London, Ontario.

Only a few bottles will be poured and to get in on this opportunity.

The bottles are now being hand-delivered at a special tasting with The Glenlivet’s Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Logan.

Watch the video to learn more about the journey of the Squadron 70 bottling and what makes it special.
Captain John Gordon Smith Grant (revised)-2 Single Cask Squadron 70 Label (FINAL)-2

Jamaica Rum Pot Still. Rum Nation

Nose: Lepages Glue. Resin. Peach. Almond Rocha. Tar.
Palate: OMG. Not what I expected! Sugar Cane explodes on the mouth.

100% Pot Still.
This is such a fun pour! There’s no way I’d have put this at 57%abv. Not because it doesn’t show up on the palate, but because there’s so much going on in this glass that it reaches to the back palate and retro-nasal.


Patron Reposado 100% Agave Wine & Beyond Exclusive

Bottled exclusively for Wine & Beyond
Barrel: Limousin
Bottle: 264/408


Nose: Beautiful fresh aromas. Floral. Interesting Oak aromas, which I’ve never really got off any other tequila.

Palate: chocolate and a bit of cherry.

Finish: spectacular! This is one of the most pleasant tequilas I’ve ever tasted in its price point.
Wine & Beyond has hit it out of the park with this bottling.
Available now, but don’t wait as this is a limited offering!