Join me for the 2019 Flight Across the Top of Canada with Eric Pateman of Edible Canada

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am collaborating with Eric Pateman, chef extraordinaire and owner of Edible Canada, to sell spots on his award-winning Flight Across the Top of Canada scheduled for June of 2019. As many of you know, this is the first time, after seven straight years of taking groups, that I will take a break from my annual India sojourn. I want to explore my homeland and in particular the three parts of our country I’ve not been to – Newfoundland, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. So….

I have booked my spot on this incredible journey!

And for the first time ever, on one of my culinary adventures, my husband will join me. I’ve finally found the place he wants to see and it is our own true north strong and free (in case you are not Canadian, that’s a line from our national anthem).

The trip starts in Vancouver on June 14, 2019.

Here, we’ll board our chartered Air North 737 and fly directly to St. John’s, Newfoundland for a few days of puffins, icebergs and hearty Atlantic seafood and craft beer exploration. On June 17, we fly directly to Iqaluit in Nunavut to immerse in Inuit culture and feast on wild game from the tundra. On June 19 to the 21, we visit Churchill, Manitoba – the Polar Bear Capital of the World – before winding up in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, to explore this small town and all it has to offer. On June 21, we land in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon to fish and forage and feast with boreal chefs and local legends. On June 23, it is back to Vancouver after having toured the country from coast to coast and coast!

What’s included:

  • Private chartered 737 aircraft traveling round trip from Vancouver
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 4 signature meals with top Canadian chefs
  • Breakfast each day
  • Alcohol in- flight and at signature meals
  • $1000 excursion booking credit
  • All ground transportation

What’s the price?

This once in a lifetime offering is $14,995 based on double occupancy. Airfare alone on regular airlines added up to over $11,000 when Eric Pateman scouted the trip in 2016. These are not easy places to get to.

You can sign up here.

Use – Alberta Food Tours – as your booking code to receive two passes on our Eat the Castle experience at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as my thank you.

Please contact me at karen@albertafoodtours.ca with questions. I’ll love to talk to you about this incredible chance to see a part of country that so few have the opportunity to experience. I’ll leave you with a few more photos.

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Isha Yoga Workshop November 17 – 18, 2018 in Calgary

Yoga poster for Isha Yogasanas workshop in Calgary November 17-18, 2018

I have taken this course and now I do this practice at home. When I do it regularly, I feel my body realign. Kinks from sitting, standing and sleeping in the awkward ways we do, dissolve. My mind is clear. I focus and contribute to the world.

I’ve written about Sadhguru and Isha yoga before. You can check out those pieces to learn more. As Sadhguru always says, “The only way out, is in.” and these yoga practices will give you the strength you need to sit for meditation and enjoy physical health.

This is a non-sponsored post. I am a willing volunteer for Isha because of how Sadhguru and the organization have enriched my life – on a whole other level that money could never buy.

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Indian Food and the Families Behind it in Calgary

Dhal Bat - a multi-dish meal from The Himalayan restaurant in Calgary

Dhal Bat from The Himalayan by Jared Sych – Avenue Magazine Calgary

For this month’s Avenue Magazine – Calgary, I had the delight of writing two freelance pieces on one of my favourite topics: Indian food and where to find it in our city. And, even better, I got to interview some of the key families behind the best Indian restaurants and share their stories.

I spent several evenings in late July, traversing the city’s trails so my taste buds could verify the authenticity and quality of the myriad of masalas, curries, dosas, naans, dom biryannis, chettiyar cuisine, kebabs, dals, bhajias and burfis on offer. I came home with bags of leftovers, squeezed them into a bulging refrigerator, loosened my belt and sat at my desktop. Off I went again. This time I was chewing through the words needed to meet my deadline. Research and writing are done with the same vigour when excellence in eating is the common denominator connecting them.  I hope you enjoy the results.

These are the people behind some of the city’s best Indian restaurants:  5 Families Influencing Calgary’s Indian Food Scene

Check out one of these restaurants when you’re craving the flavours of North, South or East Indian cuisine: Source: Where to Eat Indian Food in Calgary 

All photos for this post are used with permission from Avenue Magazine – Calgary.

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Art Installation No. 29 – The evolution of an artist – Louise Savoie

Various art for Art on 9th exhibit 2018

The first time I posted an art installation on this blog, it was to talk about the work of my friend, the artist, Louise Savoie. Five years later, it’s been a joy to watch her evolve from representational art to flourish in her new passion for abstract painting. She has been painting consistently for about 10 years now and has a new show opening in Calgary this week. Continue reading

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The 2018 Taste Canada Award Winners

poster with all the 2018 Taste Canada award winners

This morning the official release from Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada came to announce the winners of the country’s only national, bilingual food writing awards.  October is National Cookbook Month with hashtags #LoveCookbooks #MoreThanRecipes and so this is the perfect way to wrap up the month long celebration of how tasteful Canadian food is, through the words and recipes of Canada’s best food writers and bloggers.
The full release follows and as a former Taste Canada winner, for A Spicy Touch with my mentor Noorbanu Nimji, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and especially my friends Lindsay Anderson and Dana Van Veller of Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip and Vikram Vij, the most genuinely gifted hospitality person I know , for his book Vij: A Chef’s One-Way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in his Suitcase.

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Dine at Four Fairmont Banff Springs Restaurants on a New Tour with Alberta Food Tours

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on a snowy winter day

Cool thing No. 58 on this blog

I was really thrilled to open the pages of Avenue Magazine Calgary in October and find a full page spread about the new “Eat the Castle” tour that my company Alberta Food Tours, Inc has developed in partnership with the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. In just over two hours, guests indulge in food and a drink pairing at four of the hotel’s restaurants: Stock Food & Drink, The Vermillion Room, 1888 Chop House and Grapes. Plus our wonderfully informed guides bring the history, art and architecture alive with their stories of the people that built and keep the spirit of this iconic national historic site thriving.

Now, whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, you can enjoy an in-depth experience with exclusive access to these fabulous venues and the chefs that create the food to match this luxurious setting.

Read more about the tour at the source – Avenue Magazine Calgary’s article: Dine at Four Fairmont Banff Springs Restaurants on a New Tour with Alberta Food Tours

Enjoy a few more photos of the the tour here.
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Best Ever Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

plate of chocolate chip cookies
I’ve had this recipe since 1983. I had just finished my nursing degree at Dalhousie University and was working at the IWK Sick Children’s Hospital and living with my dear friend Diane Bliss in Halifax. Diane grew up in Florenceville, New Brunswick and the recipe came from her Aunt Margie. This “Aunt” was not a blood relative but rather a term of endearment for her beloved neighbour Margaret McCain, a woman known for her good taste and devotion to children and family.

The McCain clan did rather well with frozen French fried potatoes. They are rather big in orange juice. And Diane had a fun summer job testing those yummy (addictive) Deep’n Delicious frozen sheet cakes in their corporate kitchens in Flo’ville.  As wildly successful as Wallace and Harrison McCain made their company, I can only imagine how ever more exponential their success would have been if they’d added these chewy delicious chocolate chip cookies to their roster of offerings. It would have been a big poke in the belly to that little Pillsbury dough boy. I’m sure of it.

Anyway, I’m very grateful to Diane for making them for me all those years ago and for sharing the recipe. Thirty-five years later, they’re still my favourite. I hope you love them like I do. I truly think they are the best ever. Continue reading

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