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Cool Thing #46 – when your friend Janice Beaton gets an article written about what she loves!

Now this is definitely cool.

I’ve known Janice Beaton a long time and always admired her taste and style. She’s a straight-forward Maritimer like me but she’s also filled with dichotomies. She’s at once sophisticated and granola, worldly and ultra-local, spiritual and poetic. She’s a contributor to life and a cheese grande dame. It’s so nice to see someone I love so much given the spotlight.

Here’s the Avenue Magazine piece from the Source: 10 Things Janice Beaton Loves

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The Incomplete List of #CalgaryStampede Breakfasts for 2016 by Karin Olafson – via @AvenueMagazine 

I’ve got my first Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast all planned. I’ll be at the parade bright and early this Friday and am already looking forward to Spolumbo’s sausage and flapjacks fresh from the griddle that my friends Richard and Nora Seto (Stampede volunteers extraordinaire) will be whipping up for me. I’m going to need the fuel.

Later that day, at 7 p.m., I’ll be presenting a cooking demonstration at The Calgary Coop Stampede Kitchen Theatre. It’s the International Year of Pulses so my presentation will give cowboys a different take on campfire beans. My recipes will come from the A Spicy Touch cookbook I co-authored with Noorbanu Nimji. Should be fun. I’d love it if y’all came on down. There’ll be a tasty reward.

Here’s Avenue Magazine’s list of Stamped Breakfasts to keep you fuelled up over the 10 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

From the Source: The Incomplete List of Calgary Stampede Breakfasts

PS – If you get tuckered out next week and are looking for a break from rodeos and the deep fried haze of the midway, please check out my company Calgary Food Tours Stampede Week Action. We’re launching our Inglewood Edibles tour July 12 – 15 and if you use the discount code – STAMPEDE2016 – you’ll save 15%. Catch you later pardner. K.

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Heading out for last minute #ChristmasShopping? – here’s an idea list that might help

Gather the Goods and then Gather together – photo – Karen Anderson

Every year for  Calgary’s City Palate magazine’s December issue – the “entertaining” issue – I share a list of cool things for cooks. This year’s is  chock-a-block full of  Retro Gifts for Food Lovers. (these dozen goodies will be cool things #33 – #44 on this blog’s list)

I made the list and now, as I head out the door for “just a few more things”, I’m checking it twice. There’s nothing naughty. It’s all nice.

Since even I am going back to my own list, I thought I’d share it again here in case it might help you. We can all use a little help with fun ideas in this week of preparing for the Christmas holidays.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho – it’s off to shop I go.

Wishing you great Christmas Cheer,

Karen

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Happy #CanadaDay and Happy @calgarystampede – 2 #coolthings about where live in #alberta #canada

Canada Day cookies - photo - Karen Anderson

Canada Day cookies – photo – Karen Anderson

Cool thing #31 – The Millarville Races and
Cool thing #32 – The Calgary Stampede
2 more great reasons to Explore Alberta

I love that summer starts with a big bang in Calgary. We get dressed up in red and white for Canada Day…

…and then we rock our maverick culture with an ode to western heritage for the 10 days of The Calgary Stampede. It’s the world’s largest outdoor show and one of the world’s largest music festivals.

This post will be a photo essay of how I usually spend Canada Day – at the Millarville Races – along with some food ideas for your own celebrations and then a quick look at the fun of our beloved Calgary Stampede.

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Cool thing #30 – Grocery delivery research “drones on” – via @guardian

All of this could be just a drone away - photo - Karen Anderson

All of this could be just a drone away – photo – Karen Anderson

I recently wrote about Corner Grocers and some other grocery shopping trends for CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon. I talked about the money Amazon is spending on research to make home delivery – by small aircraft drones – of groceries (and many other items under five pounds – which is 86% of their business) a reality. Some of you might have thought that was a little far-fetched but it turns out that strides they are making towards turning this into a reality are happening very close to home.

As this article from The Guardian describes, Amazon is testing its delivery drones in our own backyard in beautiful British Columbia. Alberta has set aside 700 nautical square miles for testing drones beyond visual capacity. According to The Guardian, Amazon believes that ultimately drones will be faster, safer and more environmentally and economically friendly.

I usually tune out when someone “drones on” but this trend has me riveted. I’ll always want to visit farmers’ markets for my fresh groceries for the love of the community that comes with that type of shopping but I’d be quite happy for my toilet paper to fly the friendly Canadian skies and be delivered to my front door. My bottom and my bottom line will both be happier with less time in the car and the big box stores.

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My #Coffee Conundrum – home brewed coffee therapy with @philandseb

latte art - photo - Karen Anderson

latte art – photo – Karen Anderson

My Coffee Conundrum

I love coffee but for sometime now I’ve felt incapable of making an enjoyable cup at home. How, in the year 2015, can someone actually say that?

This story has been brewing in my mind for some time. It’s one perk true confessions of a coffee lover filtered with some coffee therapy from my friends Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb of Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters. It’s a cool thing to have expert friends to help you solve the conundrums in your life.

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Today is a great day! @Westjet begins service to one of my favourite places in Canada – @VisitPenticton (cool thing #28)

Apricot sunset on Lake Okanagan, Penticton, B.C. - photo - Karen Anderson

Apricot sunset on Lake Okanagan, Penticton, B.C. – photo – Karen Anderson


At last there is a direct flight from Calgary to Penticton.

You can read all about it in this press release.

Thank you WestJet.

I live in Calgary so it’s obviously my favourite place in Canada.
It’s where I met my husband and we’re happy to be raising our son here. I’ve loved growing my beautiful business Calgary Food Tours Inc. in this progressive, open-minded and supportive community.

My hometown of St. Andrews, New Brunswick is my second favourite place in Canada because of its spectacular setting on the Atlantic ocean and for my deeply sentimental Maritimer roots (there’s a giant tide that pulls us back).

Canada is a huge country and I’ve explored almost every corner but after my hometown and the place I live and work, Penticton is my favourite place in Canada because…

Penticton is where I go to play, play, play!

Today’s inaugural direct flight connecting Calgary and Penticton will be a game changer for me and my family. Instead of contemplating an eight to nine hour drive through sometimes harrowing mountain passes we’ll be able to access our fun times in Penticton in less than an hour. It also has me thinking as the owner of a food and wine appreciation kind of business of all sorts of growth possibilities and partnerships. I never realized that watching Penticton develop over 15 years of family vacations might lead to this place but these are all fun thoughts indeed. They are thoughts that help me savour it all.

Penticton – I know you are ready with golf, skiing, hiking, cycling, triathlons, water, water, water, farmer’s markets, fruit stands, coffee shops, fun and funky main street shops, hidden gem eateries, micro-breweries, Elvis impersonators, hockey schools, live music, art galleries and a laid back vintage vibe that’s all too hard to find in this fast paced world.

Calgary will be coming to you. I’m filled with JOY to be coming to you today as a guest of WestJet on their inaugural flight.

Off to the airport I go!

Capt. Jaren Belrose and first officer Shauna Epp on the flight deck of the WestJet Q400 look over a map of Penticton on the ground at Kelowna International Airport Thursday while waiting for passengers to start boarding. The same type of aircraft will be used in the direct service between Penticton and Calgary, Alta. which begins Sunday -  photo credit  - Mark Brett/Western News

Capt. Jaren Belrose and first officer Shauna Epp on the flight deck of the WestJet Q400 look over a map of Penticton on the ground at Kelowna International Airport Thursday while waiting for passengers to start boarding. The same type of aircraft will be used in the direct service between Penticton and Calgary, Alta. which begins Sunday – photo credit – Mark Brett/Western News

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