One of the fondest memories of that visit was dinner at a nearby restaurant recommended in the Wine Spectator feature. We went by earlier in day to make a reservation to learn there had just been a cancellation (otherwise we’d have been out of luck).
We came back for dinner and the place was an amazing buzz of conversation. We quickly realized we were the only tourists in the place. After asking a few questions (clearly showing our naiveté) our server asked, “Can I just look after you?” We said “yes!” And we are glad we did.
Food and wine just kept coming out from the kitchen and we just kept eating and smiling. Turns out this husband and wife-owned restaurant was only open three days a week and is always full weeks in advance. We even got to see their two children who lived upstairs and came downstairs to say good night. It is a memory etched in our memories.
Back to Calgary
As the dinner at Fleur de Sel continued, it became much more like our Paris dinner experience as the server knew our dinner mates well and they chatted like old friends, just like in the Paris bistro.
But perhaps the highlight of the night came near the end of the evening. All of a sudden, the sound system blasted Marilyn Munro singing Happy Birthday and disco lights floating around the room. Soon our server came rushing in with a chocolate-dipped strawberry speared by a birthday candle, complete with a sparkler and three balloons. He quickly put down the strawberry, broke the balloons, the sparkler fizzled out and the song was over. The fun pop-up birthday party was all over before we really knew what was happening. What first I thought it was pretty kitschy, really was a fun celebration.