Lasagna

If you are here for a lasagna recipe, I’ll give that to you right now. But nothing is for free, so you have say, “Thank you Helen” (at least in your head), to pay homage to my Mom who made this as we were growing up. I helped her make this once, and felt nostalgic…

Ted Ngoy, The Donut King

Last month a publishing company sent out the usual distribution email offering a copy of the book “The Donut King”. I was intrigued by the remarkable sounding rags to riches life story of Ted Ngoy. I asked for a copy and it was promptly sent and received. It’s a small book, 169 pages long. It…

Gin and a Preview

Michael and I received an invitation to the Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen to taste some gin. How long do you think it took me to respond to that invitation dear readers? If you said milliseconds, you are correct. However, to appear to be sophisticated and blasé about such matters, I delayed my response by…

Gin and Tonic

My dear readers, Facebook followers, friends and family know that I have a pretty tight relationship with my gins and tonics, especially through the summer months. They have refreshed me for years, but not once in those years have I ventured far from my usual Schwepps Tonic. Then one day David Lebovitz appeared in my…

Little Brick Cafe

I’ve been aching to try out Little Brick Cafe, tucked in among the pretty homes in the beautiful community of Riverdale, an almost secret community tucked in the bend of the North Saskatchewan river. Today, we were heading downtown for the street party on 104th street, by got bamboozled off our trail by marathon festivities…

Huma Mexican Food

Found on the northeast corner of 99th Street and Argyle (63rd Avenue), Huma is located on the north end of this busy little strip mall, also home of Tienda Latina, Edmonton’s favourite Mexican grocery store. The restaurant is spacious, colourful, and welcoming. Service was immediate (after a 30 minute wait to get a table), and…

A Weekend Visit to Calgary

On impulse, last weekend Michael and I took off to Calgary for a fix of family, mountains, and nostalgia. Not the most relaxing of our adventures, we found ourselves lost on the southside trying to find Highway 22x from Deerfoot Trail. Once we found it, and breathed a sigh of relief at the familiarity of our favourite…

Glow Juicery – Day 3

I apologise to the Glow Juicery people because being sick with a nasty cold is NOT the time to be doing a pre-cleanse or cleanse for that matter. But I am stubborn, and continue with it despite feeling sorry for myself (and at $8.00 a bottle of juice, I made a $48 dollar investment in…

Glow Juicery – Day 2

3:30 a.m. Up. Contemplate making sandwich, opt for a dose of codeine cough syrup. Make a second attempt to watch a show on Nova about the Hubble telescope without falling asleep. I fall asleep. 4:45 a.m. Move back to bed. Stare at husband and marvel how he can sleep so well. Give him a little poke…

Glow Juicery – Day 1

It’s been one of those Saturdays. You the know the sort, I’m sure. The previous week, I was away from home for business for four days, eating pub type food for most of them, all in the spirit of being social. Last week we hosted out-of-towners at work, which included an evening out eating pub type…

Duchess Bake Shop – Cookbook Launch

One does not attend the beautiful surroundings of Duchess Bake Shop (especially when a string quartet is playing) when one has a red, raw, drippy nose, wads of damp Kleenex up sleeves, in pockets, in hand) and a cough that sounds like a sea lion arf arf arfing for a fishie at Sea World. No…