Nash BurgerWe took a break from Calgary Foodies. We missed you.

Now we are back with a whole new concept.

The truth is, we got bored. Bored with going out to eat, taking pictures, writing reviews, and going broke. Well, we didn’t actually go broke from a financial perspective, but eating out for the sake of eating out, and then having to write about it to justify it broke us. It wasn’t fun anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, the food and the company were fun, the concept just got old. So we took a break, and now we are switching it up.

Welcome to Lunch w/ Locals

So lets bring back the fun. Lets enjoy the food, and get back to enjoying the concept.

It’s no longer about just the restaurants. Now it’s about the people.

Every week, or second week, or whenever the heck we feel like it, we are going to hit up one of Calgary’s newest hotspots with one of Calgary’s coolest people. It might be a realtor, it might be a gelato aficionado, it might be a local chef, or it might be a celebrity. Who knows, it might even be the mayor.

We will delve into the food, and into the people. It should be pretty cool. Lets get to it.

The Nash CalgaryThe Lunch – The Nash

Michael Noble is at it again. This time with The Nash.

When Jared Alvey (former chef at petite) asked me about it this week, I could only describe it as, “everything that was right about Notable, only better.”

With a brighter room, a more established community, and the food you would expect from Noble, this new Inglewood establishment is hot!

Sit at the rotisserie bar and watch up close as burgers are grilled to perfection over charcoal. It may be Calgary’s best burger.  Mr. Skar and I both loved it.

The Local – Kelley Skar

Kelley has been a good friend for the last couple of years. He is the founder of the Up Real Estate Group and what I would call the chief evangelist for Repree – a paperless real estate management system.

Personally, I think Kelley is one of the most innovative realtors in the city, especially from a technology standpoint. At the same time he has managed to do something most technology heavy realtors have failed to do, and that is to stay connected with his clients. I love it.

He is also one of the most genuine realtors we have met, just take a look at his blooper reel below and the answers to his interview questions.

1.     What was your first job?

I had a paper route when I was 11-12 years old and then moved on to bigger and better things, working at my Dad’s auto detailing shop.

2. What big life lesson did your first job teach you?

The lesson that I not only learned from my first job but also by seeing it in my parents was that working hard and smart will always trump just working hard.

3. What do you do now for work?

I am a REALTOR and I am the team leader of UP Real Estate Group. I also have another role that I took on a year ago and that is as the Chief Marketing Office of repree, a paperless transaction management system for the Real Estate Industry.

4. How did you arrive at your chosen field?

I was actually a B-Pressure Welder up until 2008. I took the course in 2007 because I wanted to change my life and get away from the negative environment that I was in at my job. My parent’s were both Realtors, my Mom for 5 years and my Dad for 23 years. I always had a natural affinity towards sales and have that entrepreneurial DNA.

5. What do you do for fun when you are not working?

I spend as much time with my family as I can. I love to ski, travel and watch the Green Bay Packers beat up on whoever they are playing at the time.

6. What does the perfect life look like to you?

Your life is what you choose it to be. It may sound airy fairy, but it is true. You make the choices that put you in the optimum situations. Like the evening I decided to get a bunch of friends together to go to the Rose and Crown back on May 1st 2004. I chose to go to that pub that night and then I chose to go and sit down at my future wife’s table. I chose to make a change in my life in 2008, to move towards operating my own business and to lead a more positive and productive life. What does my perfect life look like? I would say I am living it each day with my commitment to being the best husband, father, son, brother and friend that I can be.

7. What is your favorite Calgary restaurant?

If I am looking for a steak, hands down I would have to say Smugglers Inn. If I am looking for a burger, hands down it is The Nash where we went to last week. I love all kinds of different food, I can’t honestly say I can pick one. I do have favorites for different styles and what I am in the mood for at the time.

8. Where is your favorite place to travel? Why?

Easiest question you’ve asked today, Fairmont, BC is by far my most favorite place to go to in the world. The valley has so much to offer from golf, water skiing, fishing, downhill skiing etc. The mountains, peace and quiet and serenity of the area is what draws me in every time. Love, Love, Love Fairmont.

So that’s Lunch w/ Locals. Let us know what you think. Hit us up in the comments section below ==>

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