One of the best things about Calgary in February is a month long Hot Chocolate Festival that supports Calgary Meals on Wheels. Here’s an article from Avenue Magazine’s Karin Olafson with the details. There’s only 28 days and 103 locations. Let’s start savouring them all.
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A hot chocolate inspired by a vintage board game, another that has a doughnut and Pop Rocks, and another that is really Christmas-y are just a few of the hot chocolates to sample this year.
From the Source: 10 Hot Chocolates To Try During This Year’s YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
The bounty of summer – photo credit – Karen Anderson
It happens. You go away for a few days in August and come back to a zucchini patch that has hatched green baby belugas. Apples cover the lawn like a spilled bag of marbles under your backyard tree. The kitchen table is covered with the peaches that you just had to stop at that roadside stand for. The bounty of summer is upon us and for most of us, it’s more than we can use.
Contrary to what we’re often told, there isn’t so much of a food shortage in the world but rather, food is not equally distributed and a full 40 per cent of food is wasted. It never has the chance to make it onto the tables of the hungry and there are a lot of hungry people. The U.N. says 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger and 2 billion – a third of the world – suffer from hidden hunger.
Several Alberta organizations are working to do something about food inequity. This post will reveal who they are and how you can support them. As for those zucchini posing as big green baseball bats? Consider this post Zucchini 101 where I’ll reveal my Top 10 things to do with the wild child of the garden. Continue reading
Here’s a great video Shaw’s Go TV put together on my food tour company’s expansion. Alberta Food Tours Inc. has three divisions now in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.
Calgary Food Tours has six different tours every week until November when we’ll go to three indoor tours weekly.
Canmore Food Tours is up and running every Saturday 11 – 3 p.m.
I’m just back from a few days in Edmonton and am pleased to say we’ve signed on some wonderful partners there and will have that website up and running very soon.
Thanks to the generousity of our Alberta BoostR campaign contributors we raised a record-setting $22,105.00 to help fund our expansion. We have 12 staff now and as always, we’re bursting with Alberta’s best food, fun and adventure. Come on out and join us sometime. Food Tours are a great way to savour it all.
Since 2010 I’ve purchased a subscription to Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery. This year I signed up again and I can take my share in spot prawns, ling cod, halibut, albacore tuna and many forms and kinds of salmon: candied, canned, smoked, lox, whole or fillets – pink or sockeye.
From one father and son operation Skipper Otto’s has grown their fleet of fishermen and boats committed to sustainable fisheries. Now they want to build their own processing facility to manage costs and support their fisheries while delivering the best quality fish straight to you.
They deliver to across the Prairies weekly in the season and ordering is easy. Memberships start at 100 dollars.
Click here to learn more then sign up now because today is the last day to sign up for this season! Don’t flounder around. This could be the best catch of your life!
Sourdough at Haines Junction Yukon Territory – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Keeping a sourdough starter requires some planning and dedication but for those that love the tangy taste, crumb infiltrated with air pockets and a thin but firm crust, it’s definitely worth the bother. This post will share some of the history and technique involved in building your own sourdough starter. Continue reading
South Indian toddler – photo credit- Karen Anderson
I feel privileged to travel to India every year. I felt its pull when I began practicing yoga 15 years ago. I wanted to go to the place that taught people to focus on awareness and fully living in this existence. Now that I’ve been a few times, I am increasingly drawn and look forward to each new journey’s discoveries.
So, that’s all the more reason I find it shocking when people say to me, “Why would you ever want to go to India?” Some people have indeed had poor experiences. They tell me INDIA is an acronym that stands for I‘ll Never Do It Again. I’ve learned to recover quickly and to share the reasons why I personally love it. I tell them INDIA stands for I Need to Do It Always.
I love the food, the patterns of daily life, the markets, the natural beauty and diverse landscapes, the arts and crafts, the monuments, the colours, the textiles, the exotic plant life, the cows everywhere, the ancient culture, the fascinating religions and most of all – THE PEOPLE.
I know most of you will never go to India but, if you’re at all curious, this post will give you some books and movies to explore so you can know it a bit better – from your armchair – at least. Continue reading