10 drinks to cozy up with at YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

The weather outside is frightful, but at least the hot chocolate beverages are delightful! February is YYC Hot Chocolate Fest month, the perfect time of year to enjoy a confectionary drink while winter is still in full swing. Restaurants around the city create a signature hot chocolate drink specifically for the festival with traditional, unique and hot chocolates with spirits involved! This isn’t your typical hot cocoa and peppermint Schnapps!

The nice bonus about YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is that you’ll be drinking to a good cause. The event is an annual fundraiser for Calgary Meals on Wheels to help View this Post

 

 

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.”

– Jodie Foster

 

 

- Monday Motivation: Be Like Jodie Foster -

Get your workout on at CrushCamp

CrushCamp in Calgary on 17th Avenue SW

Welcome to CrushCamp, home of Canada’s first studio for the revolutionary SkillMill.

There’s a new workout in town and they want to help you crush it this year.  The fun and energetic Crush Camp  on 17th Ave is changing up the HIIT game with the introduction of group training on the very cool SkillMill equipment. With a new year and new fitness goals on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to try out a new workout.

So what is a SkillMill exactly? Well, it looks like a treadmill, but it is non-motorized meaning you will have to do the View this Post

Donna Mac brings new neighborhood cuisine to the Beltline

Most of us have memories of going over to grandma’s house for dinner. It would have been an evening full of warmth, comfort, fresh ingredients and communal dishes between family and friends. The owners of the newly-opened Donna Mac look to resurrect what grandma used to do with their new neighborhood cuisine in the Beltline.

Inspired by what grows regionally and seasonally, Donna Mac rotates items regularly using as much of each whole ingredient as possible. This can be seen in how the items are listed on the menu with the focus on the main foodstuff like carrots, endive, duck View this Post

Two Penny in Victoria Park

Welcome to Two Penny in Victoria Park.

 

I find that downtown Calgary is home to so many restaurants of all types of cuisines from sushi to pizza to tacos and more. For some reason, Chinese food remains primarily entrenched within Chinatown while the rest of the downtown goes without. Two Penny in Victoria Parks hopes to change all that by offering a more contemporary Asian cuisine experience.

Inside you’ll find a beautiful decorated space (completed by the amazing Sarah Ward Interiors team) filled with comfortable seating and subtle Chinese décor. Jade green tones take over the room which is View this Post

Northern Reflections window displays brings augmented reality to Calgary

Northern Reflections window display

Look closely at the phone – do you see how it looks different than the painted window? That’s augmented reality at play at the Northern Reflections window displays.

They may look like your typical painted window displays, but with a twist! Downtown Calgary and the Buds of Buds art collective have teamed up to create six unique augmented reality window displays that turn a static piece of art into an animated piece of fun!

The Northern Reflections windows can be found along Stephen Avenue starting at City Hall (Municipal Building near the doors/lion statue) all the way down to Bankers View this Post

12 creative and unusual sushi combos at Goro & Gun

If you are a sushi lover like me, then you probably are a fan of a few different kinds of sushi rolls and nigiri. I always need to fill up on a spicy tuna roll, throw in some salmon sashimi and maybe a specialty dish or two like some unagi or a sushi cone. But never have I ever been so sushi spoiled than at Goro & Gun’s Omakase sushi experience.

Omakase is a dining experience where the chef chooses your dishes for you. And you’re in good hands at Goro & Gun with head chef Tomo Mitsuno who View this Post

Find Wonderland at ZOOLIGHTS

Just some of the fun at Calgary ZOOLIGHTS.

The Calgary Zoo’s annual winter tradition is in full swing! ZOOLIGHTS is now on until January 6, 2018 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The lights festival is bigger and better with more lights than ever before. In fact, the Zoo ran out of lights twice during the setup of the all the displays (thank goodness for Canadian Tire lol). As always, the event provides for family-friendly fun while supporting wildlife conservation. This year’s ZOOLIGHTS focuses on how the animals interact with their habitats looking at hibernation, migration and View this Post

 

 

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

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Wine glass painting at Vin Gogh

Painted wine glasses on table.

Painting wine glasses at Vin Gogh Paint & Sip on Macleod Trail.

If you’re looking for a night of being social and getting creative, then Vin Gogh Paint and Sip is the place for you. “Paint nite” events are a popular activity for girls night out, date nights, private parties and so much more. While many painting pop-up events take place at various pubs and restaurants around town, Vin Gogh offers a dedicated one-stop shop devoted to all kinds of painting and beverage sipping.

The brightly lit store is decorated in a multitude of beautiful canvas examples that Vin Gogh View this Post

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