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September Spirits: 5 Must-Try Drinks

September Spirits: 5 Must-Try Drinks

by TOM FIRTH with LINDA GARSON While summer in southern Alberta often trickles into September – and if we are lucky, October – we love the warm days and long, slightly cooler evenings. The perfect sort of weather for a G&T, or even to start sipping on a little...

Making the case: American wine

Making the case: American wine

12 Must-Try American Wines Most wine produced in the United States comes from the state of California – which should be no surprise to most wine drinkers. What might be more surprising is that pretty well every state in the union is making wine, although not all...

Canada 150 Beers

Canada 150 Beers

Celebrate all year with Canada 150 beers By the time you read this, you will be over your Canada Day hangover. However, since Canada 150 is a year-long celebration, there are still numerous occasions to honour Canada by enjoying one of its favourite beverages –...

Organic Okanagan by 2020

Organic Okanagan by 2020

There’s new growth in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley; a passionate group of community leaders are hoping to transition the entire valley to organic practices by 2020. We wine lovers automatically think of grapes and vineyards, but Organic Okanagan’s vision is much...

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Cooking With Tomatoes

Chefs’ Tips and Tricks: Cooking With Tomatoes

  There’s nothing quite like a plump vine-ripened tomato, bursting in your mouth with the flavour of pure sunshine. While immensely versatile, and celebrated in a wide variety of cuisines, there’s one thing that holds true across all interpretations: less is...

Back To School Cocktails

Back To School Cocktails

photography by DONG KIM What comes to mind when you think of September? Our thoughts turn to harvest time for local gardens and school starting again, so we asked two Alberta mixologists to celebrate the season with cocktails that we can make at home! Mike Squire...

Calgary Green Carts: Everything you need to know

Calgary Green Carts: Everything you need to know

What do fruits and veggies, coffee filters, and leftovers from last night’s dinner have in common? They’re all compostable and accepted by the City of Calgary’s new green cart program. The city began rolling out green carts to single-family homes in June 2017 with a...

8 New Alberta Eats

8 New Alberta Eats

8 New Alberta Eats to explore from restaurants to cafés and shops RE:GRUB The Edmonton culinary scene is booming, with no shortage of great new eateries. Calgary’s always popular RE:GRUB has opened on 104 Street NW, serving up their hand-crafted burgers as well as...

5 Gin Cocktails In Calgary To Try This Weekend

5 Gin Cocktails In Calgary To Try This Weekend

Summer vacation is over, the kids are about to go back to school (if they haven't already) and your workload for the fall in piling up. Yup, it sounds like you could probably use a drink! Here are 5 unique gin-based cocktails to try around Calgary that pack a punch,...

About Alberta’s Finest Drinks Lists

About Alberta’s Finest Drinks Lists

by TOM FIRTH and LINDA GARSON with TERRY ANDRYO, STEPHANIE ARSENAULT, and PATRICIA KOYICH We’ve long held the belief that Alberta has without a doubt the best selection of wine, beer, and spirits in the country. With the access we have to some of the...

Book Review: Great Canadian Masters

Book Review: Great Canadian Masters

Great Canadian Masters cookbook features recipes inspired by iconic Canadian paintings  This is Canada’s year to celebrate 150 years! The cookbook Great Canadian Masters, from the Canadian Museums Association, celebrates two different aspects of Canadian...

Open That Bottle: Linda Olsen

Open That Bottle: Linda Olsen

Global Calgary News Anchor Linda Olsen on the wine she saves for a special occasion  Linda Olsen’s parents left their native Denmark in 1957 for adventure in Canada, with her father recruited as an electrician to help build the west. Despite opportunities to go to...

How to picnic like a pro

How to picnic like a pro

There’s no doubt about it — summer is officially here. The blue skies and the sun’s rays invite us to linger on the green grasses. We bring our blankets, a good book to read or a ball to throw around the park. And before you know it, you’re hungry!  Eating outside...

Discover Nova Scotia Wines

Discover Nova Scotia Wines

Come on a journey to discover Nova Scotia wines  It’s very easy to get excited about Nova Scotia’s wine and culinary scene; the generous hospitality, the wealth of outstanding local ingredients - particularly seafood - and a whole province awaits with wines you may...

Chefs’ Tips: Making The Perfect Paella At Home

Chefs’ Tips: Making The Perfect Paella At Home

Dating back to the early 1800s, classic paella consists of saffron-scented rice cooked in a shallow skillet with rabbit, chicken, snails (yes, snails!) and three types of beans.   These days, tinkering with the recipe and adding your own flair seems to be inherent in...

All About Alcoholic Sodas

All About Alcoholic Sodas

A brief history of alcoholic sodas  It’s simple math: more breweries equal more kinds of beer. From tweaking common recipes to adding unusual ingredients or even just resurrecting long-dormant styles, breweries today revel in brewing variety. One style that’s arisen...

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