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#loveyyc – #community is such a cool thing – #calgary – #ilovewhereilive

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

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Taking a little time out at #TalusLodge

Talus Lodge - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Talus lodge – photo credit – Karen Anderson

It’s good to have life goals.

One of my favourites is to go to a different back country lodge in the Canadian Rockies every year. This year it was Talus Lodge.

To reach the lodge you take a helicopter from Canmore and fly about 100 kilometres due west. It takes about 15 minutes, goes by in a flash and when you land you find yourself in the high alpine deep in the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

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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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#IDY2016 – the gift of a guru – @SadhguruJV and @Ishafoundation

I met a great teacher last year in India. I met Sadhguru.

Sadh means knowledge that comes from within. Guru is a Sanskrit: गुरु noun that connotes “teacher”. When I met Sadhguru, I met an enlightened human being who is able to access knowledge from within. This is the knowledge of all existence from the beginning of existence.

Attaining enlightenment comes with certain perks.

Today is the second annual International Day of Yoga. One of Sadhguru’s goals is to share the science of yoga. The video above was made last year so that anyone anywhere can access the benefits of yoga. This year Sadhguru and legions of volunteers taught hundreds of thousands of people the simple UPA yoga described in the video. Today Sadhguru taught people from 135 nations live at the United Nations in New York City that same yoga.

I’ve been blessed by my guru. Sharing this video here is a tiny offering of love, gratitude and respect for him and his work. I’ll share more about my experience of meeting Sadhguru at Isha foundation in India in the rest of the post. Continue reading


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The leading edge of food tourism – #GFTC2016

Last October I had the chance to attend the first ever Global Food Tourism Conference in Chicago. My mentor Shane Kost of Food Tour Pros, and my good friend Jeremy Mitchell, CEO of EZTix, were the masterminds behind this gathering and like everything they do, it was first class and leading edge.

They were kind enough to include me in the video above and I shared that the conference taught me how to build the infrastructure I need to expand my business.

That was last October. I was serious.

We’ve changed our name to Alberta Food Tours Inc and will start year round tours in Calgary and expand to Canmore and Edmonton, Alberta this year.Check out the pre-sales of tours and the community building I’m doing for this initiative here.

Food tourism is good for Alberta’s economy because it creates jobs in our the food, tourism, agriculture and hospitality industries. It creates value for food in our culture and it garners attention for Alberta as a food destination.

The next Global Food Tourism Conference will be October 24 – 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  This year I’ll be there with my team!



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Enjoy the World’s Best #foodtours this summer and save 20% – Taking a food tour is my best tip for savvy travellers

World's Best Food Tours

It’s a pleasure to share news of this global food tourism offering with my fellow food lovers. My company Calgary Food Tours is a member of Food Tour Pros which is a certification program with over 190 members in 20 countries. I’ve joined with 22 of my colleagues to offer this fun and very brief sale on our collective offerings.

For clickable links that will take you directly to the websites of this list of World’s Best Food Tours please visit here. You’ll find the index of all the tours and the promo code for 20% off in that Cowtown to Chowtown blog post. Sale ends May 7.  Continue reading


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Great article on @albertafoodtour @AlbertaBoostR in The Edmonton Examiner today – Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries – by Madeleine Cummings

Food tours coming to Edmonton. Here’s the article from The Edmonton Examiner Source: Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries

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