Guggenheim Bilbao – Exterior Walkabout – from a distance
puppy photo – Karen Anderson
puppy in his place photo – Karen Anderson
Going down to enter photo – Karen Anderson
a place to rest photo – Karen Anderson
some place blue and cool and shady – photo – Karen Anderson
something blue photo – Karen Anderson
flow – photo – Karen Anderson
Limestone building blocks – photo – Karen Anderson
titanium – photo – Karen Anderson
scales or sails – photo – Karen Anderson
another angle – photo – Karen Anderson
buildings rising around – photo – Karen Anderson
coming along side – photo – Karen Anderson
across the river – photo- Karen Anderson
Three strollers back – photo – Karen Anderson
Three strollers front – photo – Karen Anderson
bridging – photo – Karen Anderson
skyfull – photo – Karen Anderson
Goodbye Guggenheim – photo – Karen Anderson
If you are traveling to Spain, Bilbao’s Guggenheim is worth adding to your itinerary.
The value of art and architecture, for me, is how they cause me to live completely absorbed in the moment. The moment is all that really exists so it really is the best place to spend your time.
The value of contemporary art and architecture – if they achieve what they set out to do – is to allow each of us to take away our own interpretation and meaning of what we see in its presence. You have to be present in its presence to access that and when you are it can be a powerful experience.
I went to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and lived so in the moment that when four hours had passed it felt like one moment. I was drawn in to the depths of this place, I was amused and engaged by its surroundings and I was raised up in what it held inside. My interpretation was of experiencing life as seamless oneness. Perhaps this is what a fish feels like in water. This giant fish of a building with all its seams, sails and scales ended up feeling seamless to me.
This art installation on my blog will have more photos from Bilbao and more info on architect Frank Gehry – where he’s coming from and what he’s done lately.
There’s so many reasons Calgary is Canada’s Chowtown.
The fact that our chefs can access Japanese knives at Knifewear to make all the chopping they do easier – and therefore make the long hours they spend cooking for us more enjoyable – must surely be one of the reasons the food in this town rocks.
The motto of Knifewear is “sharp knives rocks”. I think the chefs using them and their food also ROCKS.
If you live in Calgary – come out tonight and see Knifewear’s Springhammer documentary about the Japanese blacksmiths that hand forge the knives they sell. Details are here.
SAIT Polytechnic Culinary School Alumnus Kevin Kent cut his cooking teeth with Fergus Henderson at St. John in London, England and at River Cafe in Calgary. He started selling knives to chefs in Calgary from his backpack and now owns five Knifewear stores across Canada. He’s one of Calgary’s culinary mavericks.
Japanese knives help me savour it all. Right now I’m savouring the idea of … buying myself another one.
Congratulations to my friend Kevin Kent and all the staff at Knifewear on the release of Springhammer – a documentary about eight Japanese blacksmiths and their dedication to the art of creating handcrafted culinary knives. Here’s the trailer.
If you’re in Calgary and want to see this beautiful film by Edmonton’s Kevin Kossowan here’s what you’ll need to know as follows (from the Knifewear press release):
The Calgary debut of the film will take place on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd. N.W., Calgary.) Tickets are $10 apiece – in advance at Knifewear in Inglewood or at the door as long as they last.
Read on for more info about the documentary and a little bit about my own experience with these knives…
Poplar Bluff Farms organic beets – photo – Karen Anderson
It’s World Food Day.
Family Farms: feeding the world and caring for the earth is the theme of World Food Day as the United Nations is celebrating 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farm.
In this post I’m going to give a recipe for a Gold and Green Salad to celebrate the bounty of produce we can access from Alberta family farms but first I’m going to talk a bit about what World Food Day is really all about – ending hunger.
Will you join the World Food Day campaign to #ToastAFarmer ? I am happy to.
photo – Cole Anderson
Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon with host Donna McElligott I talked about World Food Day’s 2014 theme of family farming – feeding the world and caring for the earth. You’ll find the podcast here. You’ll find my Aunt Muriel’s Farmhouse Carrot Cake recipe using lots of local farm ingredients here.
One of the things you’ll see trending on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tomorrow is the hashtag #ToastAFarmer along with #WFD2014 and #IYFF. It’s all about showing appreciation for family farmers and especially – for here in Alberta – the next generation. I’m going to start toasting farmers today.
One of my favourite Alberta farmers is a man named John Mills. Read on to find out more about this amazing YOUNG farmer.
I was once in a book club for people with short attention spans…we went to movies of books. If you found my last post on World Food Day too long to read, this post is for you.
Farmers feed the world and care for the earth.
Here’s a few few videos to learn more about them and why they do what they do for us.
October 16 is World Food Day and this year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.
My Alberta at Noon column this month will share what kinds of challenges family farms are facing and what’s going on with the family farm movement right here in Alberta. This post will provide some background information.