Contest! Double Zero After Dark on Saturday Night

There’s something about “Saturday night” that makes me want to break out my Dance Mix 95 cassette tape and jam. And now that Double Zero is hosting its After Dark parties on Saturday nights, I’m having even more 90’s flashbacks.

For the folks looking for a grown-up night on the town, Double Zero downtown is the place to go on Saturday night. The restaurant has set up $5 Prosecco bubbly by the glass and local DJ talents like Chad LaTulippe are spinning funky beats and soul-filled tunes. The lights go down and music goes up at 9 pm.

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Discovering Alberta wineries at Grape Escape

A night out at the Grape Escape.

Calgary Co-op’s Grape Escape tasting events are super fun (hello tasty wine samples) and super educational to learn more about the available wines and liquors that you might want to take home. The twice-a-year events bring together a wide assortment of vendors, wineries, breweries and distillers all together into one place. I’m always game to try new flavours, grow my wine knowledge and find new faves to add to my own collection.

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Skip the Dishes and Treat Yo’ Self + Contest!

Skip the Dishes order

Life can get pretty busy – work, school, sleep, fitness, eat, and repeat.  So sometimes it’s nice to just treat yo’ self and order takeout rather than cook the non-existent things in your fridge. Skip the Dishes does just that by letting you order your favourite foods from the local restaurants you love. When faced with the prospect of only microwave popcorn and celery in my kitchen, I decided to turn to Skip the Dishes to order in my preferred sushi rolls from the always tasty Goro and Gun.

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Tiffany Pratt at the Calgary Home + Garden Show plus a Giveaway!

Tiffany Pratt This Can be Beautiful Book

Winter is still going strong in Calgary, forcing us to burrow into our homes to nest and stay warm. Well, if the cabin fever is getting to you, it’s time to get inspired with the upcoming Calgary Home + Garden Show taking place at the BMO Centre on March 2-5, 2017. Do some touch-ups, upgrade a room or two, or start brand new with tons of big ideas and trusted advice at the four-day event. The snow is going to keep us cooped up a little while longer so might as well make home an even better place to be, View this Post

Home décor and more at Branch Market & Studio

Branch Market home decor

Inside the beautiful Branch Market & Studio.

I have a love for all things pretty, so I fell hard when I discovered Branch Market & Studio. Imagine a shop filled with handcrafted goods, upcycled furniture, and knick knacks of all colors and styles that you’ll immediately want to take home. Branch Market is a curated collection of all things lovely, charming and whimsical from paintings of kitties and bunnies to pre-loved rocking chairs to funny coffee mugs and comfy pillows.

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Chicken and Tomato Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls

Chicken tomato stuffed spaghetti squash bowls

Spaghetti squash is a popular vegetable alternative to use in pasta dishes. It has a mild squash flavor, low calories and tons of potential for so many different recipes. In making these bowls, I took inspiration from this Buzzfeed Tasty video, but mixed it up a bit with my own healthy preferences. With a large spaghetti squash, you will find that one half will make for a plentiful meal especially once you add in some proteins and other toppings. I also love being able to use the spaghetti squash as its own bowl – cute and less cleanup are View this Post

The World’s Most Beautiful Beer Festival

Banff Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer has never been more popular so an entire festival dedicated to the cause seems more than appropriate for suds-loving Albertans. It was my first time visiting the Banff Craft Beer Festival and what a treat! It’s a good excuse to get out of the city and visit Banff, my home away from home. Hosted at the historic Cave and Basin, it was a great way to sample brews from over 40 Alberta breweries. I find it amazing that Alberta’s craft beer scene has grown in such leaps and bounds with so many local beers to choose from.

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Rocky Mountain High on the Banff Gondola

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The beautiful views from the top of Sulphur Mountain.

There’s nothing like that fresh, mountain air mingled with the scent of pine all around you. You’ll get all that and so much more atop the newly-renovated Banff Gondola Summit. Brewster Canada invested $26 million dollars on the redevelopment project to upgrade the facility. What’s cool is that they managed to build up on the existing space so as to limit the environmental impacts, while adding in tons of cool new features. The new facilities have a smaller environmental footprint through energy efficient technologies, solar panels and materials that integrate with View this Post

Holiday Gift Guide: Wine, Beer and Spirits

Raise your holiday spirits with a glass of bubbly, beer, vino and more this Christmas. There are so many options out there so I’ve helped you narrow down your list of options for all seasonal settings. Whether you’re gifting to a spirits-loving friend or bringing a bottle for a holiday soiree, these drinks will undoubtedly make it a merrier fete for all.

Aberfeldy 12

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

This golden dram from the Last Great Malts of Scotland family is great for the scotch lover in your life. Perfect for sipping on cold winter evenings, it is a subtle and fruity liquor. View this Post

ATP’s Slipper is Pure Holiday Fun + Win Tickets

Photo credit:  ELLIE HEATH PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERIN WALLACE

Photo credit: ELLIE HEATH PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERIN WALLACE

One of the things I enjoy most about the holiday season is seeing all the holiday plays! Alberta Theatre Projects’ latest show comes from Calgary’s very own Rebecca Northan, and her take on the classic fairytale of Cinderella set in modern-day Calgary. Now how could that not be a recipe for mirth and merriment?  Slipper: A Distincly Calgarian Cinderella Story is another chapter in the hilarious Northan repertoire filled with charm and wit about life in Calgary. The show is running until December 31st at the Martha Cohen Theatre.

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