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.
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
Holiday Biscotti – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Me neither.
I did make a list and check it twice. The list I’m talking about is my annual article on great gifts for food lovers for Calgary’s City Palate magazine. I came up with 17 gifts, gadgets and goodies for 2016.
Click on the link and check it out.
I hope my article helps you find “just the thing”. And now, I’d best get started myself…after just one more cookie!
From now until November 5, 2016 you have an opportunity to show Calgary some love. In particular you can show Calgary’s businesses some love.
Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development have partnered to, “celebrate our city, people and all the countless things that make Calgary one of the greatest cities in the world”.
It’s a call for citizens to advocate for our community and to engage and to support local businesses. Boom, bust or flood, Calgary is strong and here’s another chance to prove it. Get involved by:
1 – being inspired by the video above
2 – using and following the hashtag #loveyyc from now until November 5
3 – choosing activities to attend and businesses to support on #loveyyc day November 5 from the list at Visit Calgary
It’s just that easy. Local businesses have all been called to action to offer special promotions to locals. My company Calgary Food Tours is offering 20% off all tours between now and November 5th and we added a special Savour 17 SW tour for Saturday, November 5 so we can be part of the celebration of our city. Just use LOVEYYC as the promo code to save and come and join the fun.
Cool thing #47 on this blog
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
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.
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,