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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...

Art-meets-menu for Food Day Canada at River Cafe

Art-meets-menu for Food Day Canada at River Cafe

A passionate participant of the country-wide culinary initiative Food Day Canada since day one, Calgary's River Cafe has always been a leader in the Canadian food community when it comes to growing your own and seeking out interesting ingredients that are local and...

4 Alberta Beers to try this summer

4 Alberta Beers to try this summer

PHOTO COURTESY ALBERTA BARLEY If it seems to you like there is a new brewery opening up in Alberta every week, you wouldn’t be too far off. Though still faced with many risks and regulatory hurdles, more breweries have experienced success in the current environment....

Learning About Lovage and How To Use It

Learning About Lovage and How To Use It

In the kingdom of herbs, lovage is a lion. It is powerful, prolific, hardy and versatile. Not only is the whole plant edible, it’s also ridiculously easy to grow. Lovage (levisticum officinale) is a tall perennial herb part of the large family that includes parsley,...

Chef Sean Cutler’s perfect summer dinner

Chef Sean Cutler’s perfect summer dinner

Now that Calgary’s many farmers’ markets are (finally) brimming with freshly picked fruits and vegetables, there is no excuse not to have some friends over for a backyard dinner. With Food Day Canada --an annual day of celebrating all edible things local-- being just...

What to Eat at Calgary Folk Music Festival

What to Eat at Calgary Folk Music Festival

Don't miss these eats at the Calgary Folk Music Festival by ADRIAN BRYKSA While the Calgary Folk Music Festival offers flexibility to bring in your own food and beverage (no glass or booze permitted), sometimes hauling a cooler with your lawn chair just isn’t worth...

5 Calgary patios you might not know about

5 Calgary patios you might not know about

  If there's one thing Calgary's food scene does better during the summer than most other cities in Canada, it would have to be patios (and barbecued steaks too, I suppose). You can't walk a block in any popular area of this city without bumping into a patio...

8 Proseccos You Can’t Miss this summer

8 Proseccos You Can’t Miss this summer

Try these proseccos this summer  by MARCIA J. HAMM Everyone loves bubbles right? From champagne all the way down to a simple, fruity sparkler, bubbles make us happy. Prosecco is often chosen above a champagne or cava, not only because of its price, but also because it...

12 Must-try Summer Wines

12 Must-try Summer Wines

A cold beer is often the order of the day during summer months for sheer versatility while dining al fresco, but a bottle of wine is de rigueur for many. Not only does bringing a bottle of wine for the host look good, it often means you can help control the quality of...

Summer Spirits: 4 Must-Try Drinks

Summer Spirits: 4 Must-Try Drinks

by TOM FIRTH with LINDA GARSON Although we seek out refreshing wine (and beer) for those hot summer months, there's a wide world out there for summer spirits. Whether you like a piña colada, a G&T, or a little whisky on the rocks by the bonfire, we’ve got you...

4 Local Eats To Try At The Calgary Stampede

4 Local Eats To Try At The Calgary Stampede

It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again; the Calgary Stampede has returned for its 2017 run. When you head to the midway, there is no shortage of indulgent edibles to sink your teeth into or quench your thirst with. Cinnamon-sugar-dusted mini doughnuts,...

Refreshing Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

Refreshing Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

Oh those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer when we all want to do is be outside on the patio with tempting smells from the barbecue wafting over. And of course, a cooling cocktail in hand while dinner is cooking. But not everyone wants to (or can) drink alcohol in the...

Six B.C. Reds: Canada Day!

Six B.C. Reds: Canada Day!

Following up on our recommendations for B.C. whites, we thought since Canada Day is coming up we might as well include some reds, too! Here are six of our favourites we'll be sipping for Canada's 150. JoieFARM 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Why...

Six B.C. Whites: Because it’s nice outside!

Six B.C. Whites: Because it’s nice outside!

Let’s face it, summer doesn’t last long here in Calgary. The days may be hot, but once the sun goes down the evenings can still get chilly. It's always a good idea to make hay while the sun is shining, and I highly encourage you to relax on a deck or patio with some...

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