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The benefits of bone broth

Growing up I was embarrassed that my family ate food like cow’s tongue and pig’s feet. They would never pass my lips at all, never ever. I would skin up my nose and poke my index finger in the pot of soup simmering on the stove. Like so many immigrant families, Mum and Dad never…

Roasted beets with apple, ginger, quinoa, crisp parsnip and smoked yogurt at Enoteca in Winnipeg. Photo courtesy of Air Canada enRoute magazine.
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Grey Cup Eats in Winnipeg

By Tracy Hyatt Edmonton. Toronto. Saskatoon. Vancouver (twice). I’ve been to five Grey Cups in five years and in all that time, I’ve only attended one Grey Cup game. That’s because for thousands of Canadians, like me, when you say you’re going to “Grey Cup” it doesn’t mean you’re going to the final game where the…

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Urbano Pizza opens in downtown Edmonton

Urbano Pizza Co. might be a new addition to Edmonton’s pizza landscape but owners Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira are hardly new faces to the city’s restaurant scene. The duo behind the wildly successful Sabor Restaurant and Bodega Tapas and Wine Bar have opened up their first pizza shop. For several years, the pair discussed…

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Canada’s Other West Coast

Austere lighthouses, salt-of-the-earth people, 17th-century colonial towns suspended in time – these are the things that draw travellers to Nova Scotia. And although the Maritime province is Canada’s second smallest, you’d hardly know it in the southwest. You can drive for days through the Fundy Shore, Annapolis Valley, Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores, stopping every…

Tipping the scales

Rule number one when visiting Smoky Lake in the fall: embrace pumpkins. Every October on the first Saturday of the month, dozens of pumpkin growers from across Western Canada, and a few hundred spectators, pack the Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex to find out who among them has grown the heaviest pumpkin of the year.  The official weigh-in starts at 12:30 pm sharp and continues throughout the afternoon. The Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off started in 1989 as a friendly wager between two brothers but has now become one of Alberta’s most popular growing event. It’s  even garnered the attention outside of Canada, recognized as the most northerly sanctioned growing weight event in North…

World Leaders Who Draw

Ten months ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sketched Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Yesterday, CBC reported that the piece has been appraised at $2,000 CAD but is expected to fetch $10,000 CAD at a charity auction. This got me thinking about other doodles, scribbles and sketches created by world leaders.   Remember when former US President Ronald Reagan was doodling at a G7 event instead of taking notes? The BBC reports that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher recognized the significance of his drawings and held onto Reagan’s scribbles for posterity.     Another Reagan doodle. Look at the initials…

My 10 favourite Alberta experiences of 2015

In no particular order, here are the people and places that left a lasting impression on me.   1 Pitched in and helped with the Eau Claire Distillery’s fall harvest at Bar U Ranch.   Alberta Gothic with @eauclairecraft #explorecanda #explorealberta #farm2015 #harvest2015 #harvest15 #barley #farming #farm #shareeauclaire #autumn #abtable #cookitraw A photo posted by Tracy Hyatt (@iamtracyhyatt) on Sep 13, 2015 at 8:51am PDT   2. Took the long way home from Calgary to Edmonton via Drumheller.   This never gets tiring. The view from Horseshoe Canyon Just outside the town of Drumheller. #drumheller #mybadlands #canyon #dinosaur #exploreCanada #explorealberta…

December 20, Canada

Dec 20 Canada from Coast to Coast Tofino, British Columbia #stormy Sunday morning in #tofino #vancouverisland #sharethecoast #explorebc #yourtofino #blueheeler A photo posted by Nalu House Tofino B.C. (@naluhouse) on Dec 20, 2015 at 9:26am PST   Whitehorse, Yukon   Inuvik, Northwest Territories #stillstandingtv #cbc #inuvik A photo posted by Maureen Riley (@thatgirlmaureen01) on Dec 19, 2015 at 1:40pm PST   Peace River, Alberta   Somewhere in Saskatchewan 🌈🐟 fishing with my bestie @bri.brodz so good to be home! #rainbowtrout #fishing #fishingsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #trout #fishingsask A photo posted by Britt Brodziak (@brittbrodz) on Dec 20, 2015 at 10:09am PST  …

Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair

Rule number one when visiting Smoky Lake in the fall: embrace pumpkins. Every October on the first Saturday of the month, dozens of pumpkin growers from across Western Canada, and a few hundred spectators, pack the Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex to find out who among them has grown the heaviest pumpkin of the year.  The official weigh-in starts at 12:30 pm sharp and continues throughout the afternoon. The Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off started in 1989 as a friendly wager between two brothers but has now become one of Alberta’s most popular growing event. It’s  even garnered the attention outside of Canada, recognized as the most northerly sanctioned growing weight event in…

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The best hamburger in Alberta, if not Canada

Prepare to argue with me, but when it comes to Alberta’s best hambuger, one needn’t look any further than the Chuckwagon Cafe in Turner Valley, just off the Cowboy Trail. The house burger is simple – nothing more than a coarsely ground beef patty with fresh lettuce and a tomato slice on a lightly toasted…

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Frozen bogeys

Golf-obsessed Albertans will go to great lengths to stretch out the playing season. They’ll whack balls from dawn to dusk, sneak in games between family events – even plan entire trips around the game when it gets too cold to play at home. For those who live near Pigeon Lake, though, winter is no obstacle. Every…

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Lac La Biche’s Winter Festival of Speed

The Edmonton Indy may have left town, but Alberta still has one racing event worth bragging about: the Winter Festival of Speed on Lac La Biche, 220 kilometres north of Edmonton — the largest sanctioned winter motoring event in Western Canada. Every March, more than 1,000 spectators attend the two-day event to watch tricked-out Volkswagens,…

Quebec-based firm opens year-round spa in Winnipeg

Every time I mention to someone that I’m planning a trip to Winnipeg this winter, I get the same reaction. “Why would you want to go there during the winter?” they ask. Bewilderment turns to amazement when I tell them about Thermea, a new $11 million 50,000 sq. feet Scandinavian style spa that opened last week in Winnipeg. Frankly, it hardly matters what city I am in when I’m relaxing in a sauna infused with essential oils. The whole point is to forget about the world outside. Thermea is located right in Winnipeg adjacent to the nine-hole Crescent Drive Golf Course.…