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.
2. Took the long way home from Calgary to Edmonton via Drumheller.
3. Dined at PD3 in Canmore. It may not be a restaurant, but in my opinion, it’s one of the best new restaurant openings of 2015.
What a wonderful dining experience this weekend at @BlakeCanmore. The four-course prix fixe menu was utterly delicious, dabbling in flavours from all around the world. My fave dish was the cottage pie. Also impressive is the upstairs dining space – wood floors, translucent designer chairs, heaters and a full bar. (The kitchen is on the bottom level.) Executive chef Blake Flann is all over Alberta ingredients. @eauclairecraft vodka for cocktails. explorealberta #exploreCanada #canmore #banff #doubledecker #yycfood #yegfood #calgary
4. Invited to Cook it Raw retreat in Lac La Biche. As food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King describes in her Maclean’s magazine post, “In May, the Alberta chefs were told to detach from family, work and WiFi for a four-day, zero-frills quasi-survivalist experience on Cucumber Island, a sandspit in Lac La Biche, 245 km northeast of Edmonton. By day, they roasted in a late spring heatwave. By night, they slept in canvas tents. They built their own cob oven for cooking. Moose wandered within metres of their tents, and northern pike seemed to bite with each cast.”
Years ago I had dandelion greens and my reaction was "meh" but in the hands of a good chef, anything's possible. Last week, Eden Hrabec of Crazy Kitchen in Canmore Alberta made dandelion mustard for a @CookitRaw feast. This time my reaction was "Wow." #yycfood #explorealberta #explorecanada #rawAlberta #dandelions #dandelion #forage #foraging #canmore #mustard
5. Listening to local bands at Edmonton’s Cask and Barrel on Saturday afternoons. Friend, their kids and great music.
One of the beautiful things about living in the downtown core is that you tend to see more bars that allow kids. Your social life shouldn't end just because you've had a kid and it doesn't in downtown Edmonton. Cask & Barrel brings in a band every Saturday afternoon around 4 pm. Usually, there's a healthy mix of kids in tow with their parents. (Nano seconds after I took this photo, Daisy Duck was snatched away from the table and a child shrieked "mine!" at me.) #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #edmonton #yegfood #pubs #daisyduck #yellowhead #familyfriendly #disney
6. Attended Gerry Rasmussen’s art show at Modern Painters Gallery on Fort Road in Edmonton.
Gerry Rasmussen's comic strip Betty is published in 80-plus newspapers around the world, and he's from Edmonton. His art show "Show Me Your Leader" runs at Modern Painters Gallery until May 30. It's less of a gallery than it is a custom framing store, but well worth the drive to Fort Road. Local politicians, like premier-elect Rachel Notley, grace the walls, alongside business folks like Darryl Katz, and sport celebs, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe. Rasmussen's pieces also take a step back in time and feature city builders like Malcolm Alexander Groat, who owned most of the land around Groat Road and Groat Estates #ExploreAlberta #explorecanada #edmonton #edmontonarts #yegarts #cartoon #cartoonist #caricaturist #comic #comicstrip #groatroad #Caricature #rachelnotley #kevinlowe #darrylkatz
7. Roadtrippin’ with close friends to Lethbridge. So many moments we could talk about but the best was our sushi crawl.
8. Surfing at West Edmonton Mall.
This is what happens at West Edmonton Mall in the wee early morning hours when most of you are still in bed. West Edmonton Mall Surf Club. Learn how to surf at one of the world's largest shopping malls. #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #explorecanada #edmonton #surfing #surfer #shoppingcentre #beach #billabong
9. Participated in a restaurant crawl of downtown Medicine Hat. A highlight of the tour was drinks and dinner at the Cypress Club, Medicine Hat’s private member’s club.
The Cypress Club is a private members's club in Medicine Hat. The building it is housed in was built in 1903. Patterned on the private clubs of Victorian Britain, the club’s goal was to provide a centre for fellowship and good times. They kindly opened their doors for stop number 2 on our progressive dinner tour of Medicine Hat. #ExploreAlberta #MedicineHat #medhat #thishappenshere #privateclub #albertaculinary
10. Attended Medicine Hat’s Sunshine Skillet’s al fresco dinner under the world’s largest teepee. Got to really know chef Shane Chartrand of Sage restaurant. I’m a huge fan of tartare and had my best tartare of the year, Shane’s elk tartare.