Top Picks: What We're Craving


October 1, 2019

by: Donna Vecino,
Operations Manager at Social School

As the resident foodie of team Social School, and an aspiring food-blogger, it is my great privilege to present to you my favourite places we’ve eaten in the different cities and some extras I’m looking forward to trying out.

My biggest piece of advice: don’t waste calories on food you don’t love.


Edmonton -


This dining experience will probably be one of the most memorable in my life. We found this gem by doing a quick ‘best restaurants in Edmonton’ google search, and I am always a fan of Asian fusion cuisine and hip cocktail bars. Now, not everyone on our team is a fan of Asian cuisine, but we got the Chef’s tasting menu for the four of us, and it was an exciting adventure for my tastebuds. Make sure you try their baos and illegally delicious green onion buns! Or you can never go wrong with the Chef’s tasting menu - only the best for the best ;)



Winnipeg -

The Smith

Okay, not sure what I loved more, the Canadian-inspired cozy aesthetic (did we walk into an HBC catalog?) or the cauliflower fritters. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of The Forks!



Edmonton -


As a proud filipino, I was ecstatic to see this cute little unassuming (literally, we almost walked right by it) soft serve spot that serves all the filipino flavours I grew up with. Since all of my teeth are sweet, I couldn’t resist the donut stuffed with ice cream and sprinkled with sugary cereal. It was heaven and I may or may not have cried… Also props for creating an offline experience for your customers via your gorgeous store and photo walls!

(If you don’t believe that I actually cried, check out the extremely flattering video my colleagues took.)



Kelowna -

BNA Brewing

This was the coolest place. They just get it. Where else can you get a cocktail served from a cute camper, play a round of bocce ball or bowling, and lounge in vintage furniture? Also their craft beer menu was impressive - when we went they had a London fog beer, and it did not disappoint!



I feel like this would not be complete without mentioning my favourite Calgary restaurant. Their emphasis on simple, yet high quality ingredients, introduced a new level of flavour to my palette. This place has been named one of Calgary’s top 25 best restaurants and one of Canada’s top 100 - you know it will be worth it. You must try their homemade butterscotch pudding with sponge toffee sprinkled on top!

(photography by Jared Sych)