This is a sponsored post. I was the guest of Bjorgvin 1907 at dinner on July 13, 2018. No other remuneration was received and the sponsor did not see this post before publication. All words are my own. Photo credits to Christopher Chow of #yycexplorer unless otherwise indicated. Truth in advertising is important to uphold in my relationship with you, dear reader.
Cool Thing no. 56 on this blog
Alberta is full of culinary hidden gems and this is one of them. Bjorgvin 1907 is a rural culinary destination for long table dinners and afternoon teas about one hour north of Calgary in the tiny hamlet of Bergen, Alberta. Andrew Holmes, the founder of Bjorgvin 1907 and The Wandering Long Table, was born in Calgary, Alberta but grew up in Namibia and South Africa. He studied at Silwood Culinary School in Cape Town and then when onto to do butler training in both Cape Town and in London, England where he sub-specialized in being a Gentleman’s butler.
That’s not something most of us in North America know much about. It made me curious about what the role and duties of a butler are. This post will delve into that and share the beauty and elegance of a dinner I attended at Bjorgvin 1907. You can learn more about tickets and pricing for the afternoon teas and dinners here and here.
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Got food lovers on your shopping list? Click on my annual “Gift this” list for Calgary’s City Palate magazine above to find some inspiration for your gifting this year.
Or, if you are heading to the mountains before the holidays, check out the 17 ideas from businesses I profiled in the Town of Canmore on the Canmore Food Tours blog here.
Celebrate Canada 150 by showering your loved ones with Alberta and Canadian-made. What better way to stay True North, Strong and Free?
Cool thing #55 on this blog.
Last week, on a bluebird sky day in the town of Turney Valley, Alberta’s first craft distillery, Eau Claire, launched its first, limited edition release of Single Malt Whisky. They call it “farm to glass” whisky and say that it encapsulates the best of Alberta – blue skies, mountain fresh water, malted barley and entrepreneurial spirit. Indeed, they grow their own barley and harvest it with draft horses just a few miles from the distillery. They also use crystal clear waters from the Rocky Mountains and it has taken an amazing entrepreneurial spirit and fortitude to bring this accomplishment to pass.
The rewards? Eau Claire has achieved international recognition for their premium spirits and the Single Malt Whisky was so highly anticipated that their first release of 1,000 bottles has already sold out. Continue reading
Read the article at the source: Concerned, But Not Wanting To Offend, Canada Quietly Plants Privacy Hedge Along Entire U.S. Border.
That was a beauty, eh? The Canadian sense of humour is officially cool thing no. 52 on this blog. I love our True North Strong and Free and this is likely the only “hedge fund” I’d ever invest in but seriously, I’d never let one silly orange president (small “p” – if you know what I mean) stop me from loving my friends and their country.
It’s even more important to be our nice Canadian selves right now. It’s the only way to truly savour it all.
By the end of 2017 Alberta will have close to 60 microbreweries. That’s a cool thing (no. 51 on this blog) because in 2013 there were only 14. Here’s a little background on why local kegs are increasingly what’s on tap at your favourite watering hole. Continue reading
I used to look forward to watching my favourite Christmas movies each holiday season. Now I look forward to a four minute video from an airline.
I watch my favourite movies because they capture the spirit of Christmas – love, peace, generousity and all that’s best in humanity. I watch these WestJet videos for the same reason. They remind me how connected we are and what magic we can make for our fellow human beings just by caring for each other. The movies may be classic, the videos fresh but, the message is the same. Out of profound loss and grief, joy can arrive out of caring. And THAT is the coolest thing of all.