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Get your bubbles on during Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloweek

“Would you like more champagne?” the server asked.

“I won’t say no!” became my refrain in Paris, in Mendoza, and now, in Calgary.

Who can say no to a bottle of Veuve Clicquot? Clearly not I.

Who can say no to a bottle of Veuve Clicquot? Clearly not I.

Tiny champagne bubbles effervescing in my flute is a sweet indulgence abroad or at home, so I am happy to see economical opportunities for partaking in France’s fizzy spirit during Yelloweek, which runs May 1-7 across Canada. Three Calgary restaurants will be offering Veuve Clicquot deals during happy hour to celebrate ingenuity in the culinary arts.

The event began in Montreal four years ago as an homage to Mme. Clicquot’s own ingenuity in the field of champagne. Yelloweek — so called for the iconic champagne’s distinct yellow label — has now spilled over to the rest of the country, and local restaurants are getting into the spirit of creativity by making appetizers and amuse-bouches to pair with Veuve.

“Champagne is meant to be enjoyed with food,” says Jordan Cameron, marketing manager, Alberta, for Moet Hennessy (which owns Veuve Clicquot).

Yellow Door Bistro is offering its Clicquot Gourmand program, which includes three complimentary amuse-bouches (an albacore tuna bite, an oyster, and a petite potato soufflé topped with sustainable caviar — yum!) with the purchase of one $15 flute of champagne.

How cute is this champagne and amuse-bouches pairing at Yellow Door Bistro? This deal will be available all month at Yellow Door (not just during Yelloweek).

How cute is this champagne and amuse-bouches pairing at Yellow Door? This deal will be available all May (not just during Yelloweek).

Both 80th and Ivy and The Derrick Gin Mill are doing complimentary appetizer pairings during Yelloweek with the purchase of two flutes of Veuve (bubbles sipping really is so much more fun with a friend!), and 80th and Ivy is also hosting a Veuve Clicquot pairing dinner on May 6.

So there really is no excuse not to get your bubbles on in Calgary next (yellow) week. Salut!

Waiting at a restaurant near you...

Waiting at a restaurant near you…

 

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Panty Ripper cocktail

“Last night I dreamt of San Pedro… It all seems like yesterday, not far away.

Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free.

This is where I long to drink, panty ripper cocktails!

The Panty Ripper is a real drink and might in fact be the Belize National Cocktail. I first discovered them at the Spindrift Hotel in San Pedro during the Thursday night Chicken Drop, where tourists bet on which number on a numbered grid a chicken will poop on.

This highball combines coconut rum with pineapple juice and tastes about as tropical as you can get. The drink goes down so easily, the concern is that you’ll keep downing them and evidently rip your panties at some point in the night while partying on the island (that never happened).

I was excited to see Panty Rippers on the menu at Caves Branch resort, which also serves the popular Bra Ripper cocktail (with coconut rum, pineapple juice and mango juice). No word on whether Madonna drank either ripper variation when she was on Ambergris Caye (a.k.a. La Isla Bonita).

The panty ripper cocktail is a favourite at the Thrsday night Chicken Drop in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The Panty Ripper cocktail is a favourite at the Thrsday night Chicken Drop in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Panty Ripper

  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • Top pineapple juice (about 4 oz)
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry and a straw

Method: Build in a tall glass over ice and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a straw.

— Recipe courtesy Spindrift Hotel, San Pedro