I recently attended a gourmet restaurant in the heart of the heartland of Canada’s prairies where I was surprised to find that a portion of my order had been “gutted.”
That was in fact the price I paid for my order of two hamburgers with coleslaw and a side of pickles.
The two hamburger were “gourmet food” that had been prepared by a gourmand in his garage, with a chef who had been working in the kitchen since the restaurant was built in the mid-1990s.
The burger had been made by one of his neighbours who was known to the chef, and the chef had been cooking up the burgers in his backyard for years, the owner explained.
It was the only restaurant in a small farming community where the chef was an avid gardener.
It also happened to be the closest of the five restaurants that were in operation at the time of my visit.
“It was kind of a strange feeling,” the owner, whose name I have withheld for privacy reasons, told me.
“You can’t really imagine a more amazing experience to be at a géographie, you have to take it for what it is, and to be honest I think I could have spent more time there.
It’s a small place, a very traditional géographe, and they do very good things.
It could have been so much more.”
The owner was a small farmer in the town of Fort Hope, which sits in the border province of Alberta.
Fort Hope is the only community in the province with a large géographic, or rural, population of more than 200,000 people.
It is also one of the most densely populated, with one of every three residents in the region classified as living in the rural area.
“I can honestly say that when I was there I was actually surprised to see the price of the hamburger and the pickles,” the restaurant owner said.
He added that the prices were also not very high for the items, which are normally cooked in the restaurant kitchen.
“It’s not like it’s like $5 for a slice of cheese,” he said.
“In fact, I don’t think it’s even close.”
The owner said the restaurant had been in business for years and that the gourmet meals were “made to order” and “usually have no added prices.”
He added that they also serve food that is not traditionally prepared for the restaurant.
The restaurant owner was adamant that the restaurant’s price was “just the price” and that there was “no hidden price”.
“There’s no secret to it,” he told me, explaining that he and his family would have paid more for a meal.
“We’re very strict about what we eat and where we eat it.
If you go into a restaurant and they’re making the price more than $5, I think that’s a bit strange.”
After spending a good hour or two with the owner and his wife, I decided to investigate.
I did not come across many other gourmet restaurants that charge so much.
I tried to find out what other restaurants in the area charge and whether they were doing the same thing.
I contacted the local grocery chain and the grocery chain told me that they were not aware of any gourmet menu items being charged more than the restaurant price.
They also said that they had not heard of any restaurants charging more than half the price.
After contacting the géography, I contacted the Alberta Agriculture and Food Information Service, which has the authority to enforce the provincial food and agriculture regulations.
In a statement emailed to me, a spokesperson for Alberta Agriculture told me: “A number of our restaurants have been reported to us for high prices for a number of years.”
The spokesperson said that the agency was working with the restaurant owners to see if they were still offering the high prices.
“They’re going to have to be more careful and consider their business model going forward,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also said they were aware of “a number of similar complaints” in the industry and had sent an “urgent notice” to the restaurant chain.
But the spokesperson did not say how the restaurant would be contacted if it continued to sell gourmet items.
Another restaurant owner, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons, suggested I go to another gourmet kitchen in the Alberta province of Saskatchewan.
That was also the only géographical restaurant that I could find in that area that I was aware of.
The owner said that he had never seen anything like this before and that he did not want to be identified as a gérétique, meaning a gésieur, in case the incident is brought to their attention.
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