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Holiday Gift Ideas for 2017

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.

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Eau Claire’s single malt whisky makes Alberta history

Eau Claire Distillery single malt whisky

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

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A chance to join a social entrepreneurship and yoga retreat in the Himalayas (cool thing no. 53)

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The Himalayas are a place where it looks and feels like the earth is meeting the sky. Yogis have been drawn here for millennia for the clarity life in these mountains brings.
My friend Esha Chhabra writes about sustainability and social enterprises for The Guardian, Forbes magazine and the New York Times. She has traveled the globe doing so. In the Himalayas, she found women’s groups that she says, “produce skin-loving ingredients on their farms.” She has decided to build her own mission-driven small enterprise to support these women’s groups and is developing a natural skincare company called Alaya.
Read on to find out how you can join Chhabra on an upcoming trip to the source of her inspiration where you’ll learn about social entrepreneurship and do yoga with Himalayan nature as your backdrop.

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#CanadianHumour – Thx to @OutandAbouter for this quiet little piece of satirical #writing 

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Read the article at the source: Concerned, But Not Wanting To Offend, Canada Quietly Plants Privacy Hedge Along Entire U.S. Border.

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photo via @outandabouter with gratitude

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.

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Micro brewing in Alberta is catching up with the North American macro-trend

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Wayne Sheridan, owner of Situation Brewing – photo credit – Karen Anderson

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

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@westjet #christmas miracle 2016 – and the coolest thing of all

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.

 

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#holidayshopping that’s #makingadifference – @offcutsyyc for @brownbaggingit – #ArtInstallation No. 21 – #coolthings No. 49

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Dave Bohati – The Food Stop

Fact: There are 3200 kids in Calgary that go to school hungry every day.

If somebody told you that you could feed a hungry child a healthy lunch for a month by spending 20 dollars would you do it?

If somebody told you that with that same 20 dollars you could feed a hungry child for a month and get a fun calendar of local chefs who a) don’t take themselves too seriously and b) take feeding kids very seriously – would you spend that 20 dollars to feed those kids?

This is the story behind  Brown Bagging It for Calgary’s Kids and the offcutsyyc calendar. Continue reading

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