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Review: Unrooming Hotel Blackfoot with Hotels.com (#UnroomingCA)

Hotel Blackfoot, Calgary

You’ve probably heard of the concept of “unboxing” right? Unboxing videos are all over YouTube – it’s where people film themselves opening up the boxes of their purchases for the first time and doing first impression reviews of the products inside. I’ve viewed my fair share of unboxing videos in the past, so when Hotels.com reached out to see if I’d ever heard of “unrooming” and whether I’d be interested in…

Food Reviews

Recap: Bonterra Trattoria Italian (Calgary)

Bonterra Trattoria - Italian Restaurant - Calgary

I love visiting Calgary because there are so many great options for a wonderful meal. It’s a bonus when the Calgarians I visit share the same love of food as me, and want to show off the city’s best! On my last trip there, my friend Jessie introduced me to Bonterra Trattoria, an incredible, contemporary Italian restaurant in downtown Calgary (at 1016 8 Street SW). That night, we dined with Bonterra’s marketing manager Janine,…

Reviews Things to Do Travel

Best Weekend Ever: 48 Hours in Calgary (Tourism Calgary)

Calgary - Kensington Riverside Inn - Best Weekend Ever 48 Hours Tourism

Summer 2016 is my Alberta Staycation Summer. Out-of-province trips are great – no doubt, but I think you can do and see so much right here in Alberta, and even better – do so much in just a single weekend! That’s what I sought out to do in Calgary this month. Working with Tourism Calgary, Mike and I asked – what would the #BestWeekendEver in our sister city down south look…

Things to Do Travel

Travel Alberta: 2016 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (Recap)

Doctor Who - Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo - Cosplay - Explore Alberta

For the first time, Mike and I went to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo! We joined our friends Jack and Nicole, who are avid Expo-goers, for a jam-packed day of geeky fun! And I say geeky in the best way. I think anyone who is passionate about something is a geek about it and that’s a great thing. Mike and I are geeky about a whole lot of pop culture…

Food Reviews Travel

Explore Alberta: Where to Eat in Calgary (Part 1)

Explore Alberta - Where to eat in Calgary

For Mike and I, Summer 2016 vacations will centre on weekend trips around the province! With the current economy, hitting the road and exploring what’s right in your backyard is really the smartest thing to do. It also makes the most sense as I just started a new job and we’re planning a bigger trip in the fall. Lucky for us there is an endless supply of Explore Alberta staycation activities – including simply…

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  • Guys, I'm celebrating the @edmontonoilers the best way I know how: by eating! 🍽 Over on the blog (link in bio), I've got a list of Where to Eat Duck in Edmonton (since its Duck Hunting Season! 🦆) It's just an early starting list so if you know other #yegfood reataurants serving up duck, please let me know and I'll add! #LetsGoOilers #CrushTheDucks
📸 photo credit: @xix19 (duck wings!)
  • I'm obsessed with the lights💡 at the Full House Lottery dream homes. 😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️ SO GORGEOUS! I'm having a blast working on the @FHLottery campaign this year - if you haven't had a chance to check out the homes - they're open 7 days a week for viewing in #Windermere. Go now! 💰 from your #FHlottery ticket goes to support 1.6 #Alberta patients at @rahfoundation & @givetoUHF AND you get a chance to win from more than $5.1 million in prizes including these beautiful homes, a #yegdt Edmonton condo, trips, vehicles and more! 🙏🏻
  • Easily one of my new favourite salads - the Roasted Beet & Greek Yogurt salad from @crashlandhere! 😍✔️✔️
Enter to win a $50 gift card to Crash Hotel Lobby Bar by tagging a friend in the comments below! 
Additional entries, more #foodporn and a review of #CrashHotel over on my blog! (link in bio)
  • The snow's not all bad! ❄️
  • The best volunteer gigs are ones that involve eating delicious food... 😍 Congrats to @WoodWorkYEG @chef_porter for winning Judge's Choice at the Mount Royal School @TheCulinaryArtsCookOff fundraiser! The winning dish was this Israeli pesto couscous with duck fat, sage, honey balsamic & cheese. 🙏🏻 Kids Choice (and also my 2nd pick) was a butter bacon chicken fat soaked pasta from @shanemedericchartrand! (Perhaps all things could be soaked in butter bacon chicken fat? 😍🤔 lol) Proceeds from this annual cook off and silent auction go to support the school! A very tasty and important cause I'm lucky to have been a guest judge for. ☺️
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Ever try a #Tupperware Meal Prep Party? You & friends get together and prep ingredients for 5 meals (that feed 2-4 people per meal) and you take home the meals in a bunch of Tupperware! 👌🏻 I went to my first Tupperware Meal Prep Party last week with consultant @mbootsie17 and have a recap up on my blog (link in bio)! ☺️ I'm also giving away a free Meal Prep Party pass (valued at $125+ GST).
To enter, just tag a friend who you'd meal prep party with in the comments! Get more entries on my blog 👉🏻 www.linda-hoang.com
Note: You must live in the Edmonton area to win!
  • Finally tried @callemexicorestaurant and don't know why it took me so long! 🌮 Delicious beef nachos (excellent crisp factor lol), al pastor pork tacos with pineapple, and green enchiladas! Yum. Thanks for the lunch date @nicopringo.
  • And another long weekend comes to an end! Hope you had a great one. 💛 We spent time with family and friends, slept-in, binge-watched Netflix, long-walked the dogs, celebrated Thor's 6th birthday and celebrated @mikethyking's birthday at @TheRecRoomCA! 🤗
This is their tasty wood-grilled pork chop with pickled mustard, whipped potatoes and braised red cabbage. I also had their lemon-fried calamari which was delicious!
  • #SixYearsOfThor!! 🎂✨
  • Happy Easter long weekend! 🐰❄️
I'm headed out to the farm, bringing this beautiful hand-tied, farm fresh @calliaflowers bouquet 💐 to my mother-in-law! I want to give you #ThisCalliaMoment to celebrate your mom too. 💗
For a chance to win a free Callia bouquet (delivered to your door - or your mom's!) simply: 
1. Follow @calliaflowers 
2. Leave a comment telling me what you love about your mom 
3. Tag a friend!
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#CalliaFlowers is a new flower delivery & subscription service serving Edmonton, Winnipeg & Vancouver. All of their bouquets are $49 (and gorgeous! 🌷) and the company is all about creating delightful moments through delivered flowers. 💐
Learn more at calliaflowers.com! 🌸🌺🌷🌹💐
  • THAT. EGG. 🍳🍳🍳😍
Tonight we're kicking off the long weekend at @CrashLandHere! The new(ish) boutique hotel / restaurant is right across the street from @RogersPlace and totally surprised us with how good the food was. Like this braised short rib, egg, onion rings, deep fried pickle and aged cheddar brioche burger. 👌🏻 And fries. Really good fries. IG Story for more of our meal, and stay tuned for a fuller blog review & gift card giveaway! In the meantime, definitely recommend you give this place a try. ☺️

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