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Spotlight: Edmonton High School Culinary Challenge

High School Culinary Challenge Edmonton Chefs

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out the High School Culinary Challenge at NAIT!  The High School Culinary Challenge (HSCC), presented by Edmonton Chefs, is an annual competition that attracts young, budding chefs to the culinary arts. It gives students opportunities to learn new skills, work as a team, compete with other schools, and apply for scholarships to attend NAIT’s Culinary Arts program.  According to HSCC, many of Canada’s…

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Guide to Edmonton New Year’s Eve Events (2017)

New Years Eve Edmonton Fireworks Churchill Square

NYE list last updated: December 15, 2017 * Photos courtesy of Anthony P. Jones via City of Edmonton Photo Gallery * It’s that time of year! How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve in Edmonton? There’s a lot going on in the city, events for whatever mood you’re in or tastes you’ve got.  Each year I put together a list of New Year’s Eve events around Edmonton that pique my interest.…

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Review: Bodega Highlands (Spanish Brunch & Tapas)

Bodega by SABOR Highlands Edmonton Brunch Sapnish Tapas

One of my favourite restaurants in the city is Bodega! It’s run by the same duo behind the wonderful SABOR seafood restaurant – Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira, so you’re guaranteed a great experience.  They have two Bodega locations: Bodega Tapas & Wine Bar downtown (10220 103 St.) and Bodega Highlands (6509 112 Ave.) over on the east side of Edmonton. (They also have a third spot on 124 Street coming soon!) Bodega…

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Giveaway: Escape City’s Explore Edmonton Escape Room

Escape City Edmonton

One of my favourite escape room companies in Edmonton is Escape City on the south side (5916 104 Street). Mike and I have tried all of their rooms and rank them as some of the best in the city. That’s why we were excited to hear they had launched a new room this fall and even more thrilled to be invited to give it a try!  Escape City’s new room is…

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In Photos: Edmonton Heritage Festival 2017 (The World in a Weekend)

Edmonton Heritage Festival - World in a Weekend - Summer

Visiting the World in a Weekend at the Edmonton Heritage Festival has become an August long weekend tradition for my mom and I. It’s easily one of my favourite summer events! Not only do I love trying authentic foods that I’m normally not exposed to (my Heritage Fest rule is no East Asian foods because I eat those all the time!) But I also love seeing traditional dance performances and…

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  • Family Day long weekend with my family and winter adventure buddy @mikethyking! πŸ˜Šβ„οΈβ›ΈπŸ—»
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#banff #banffsprings #fairmontbanffsprings #explorealberta #travelalberta #explorebanff #iceskating #skating #frozenthrone #alberta #longweekend #weekend #mikeandlindork #winteractivities #winteradventures
  • Brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch 😍
πŸ“Έ pictured: the chocolate fondue banana pancakes at the #WaldhausPub @FairmontBanff Springs. πŸ‘ŒπŸ» (eggs benny #yolkporn in my Story!)
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#banff #mybanff #banffsprings #waldhaus #chocolatebanana #bananapancakes #pancakes #chocolatefondue #chocolatepancakes #brunch #sundaybrunch #fairmonthotels #sundayfunday #banfffood #explorealberta #travelalberta #banana #bananagram #explorebanff #travelbanff #banffbrunch
  • Convinced @mikethyking to stop at a couple of #InstagrammableWalls we missed on our last Calgary visit. πŸ˜œπŸ˜ŠπŸ“Έ He’s a great #InstagramHusband. We also visited a pop-up wall students worked on at @itsallatthejube (swipe πŸ‘ˆπŸ» to see). They said the project was inspired by my Guide to #IGWallsofYYC blog post! πŸ™πŸ» When blogs/social media inspire action... πŸ’• It was really cool to see (you can see it too! On display til Mar 30). πŸ’–
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#yyc #igwall #muralwall #artwall #artwalls #artsywall #yycart #yycarts #calgary #capturecalgary #calgaryarts #calgarylife #explorecalgary #explorealberta #travelalberta #instagramwall #walltraveled #livecolorfully #yegtoyyc #travelgram #longweekend #jubileeauditorium @tourismcalgary
  • This #longweekend @mikethyking & I are in Calgary & Banff! I was excited to try sandwich shop & deli @EmpireProvisions and it did not disappoint! 🐷 The porchetta sandwich with rosemary garlic salsa verde was UNBELIEVABLE. One of those first bite makes you exclaim oh my god, kind of dishes. πŸ€€πŸ™πŸ»Must return to try their other sandwiches!! Thanks for the recommendation @jaypeacee! Happy Long Weekend everyone!!
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#yyc #yycfood #capturecalgary #calgary #calgaryfood #calgaryeats #empireprovisions #porchetta #porchettasandwich #porkbelly #salsaverde #omgsogood #explorealberta #travelalberta #foodblogger #happylongweekend
  • Happy Lunar New Year / Year of the Dog! πŸΆπŸŽŠβ€οΈπŸ’› πŸ“Έ photo credit: @karmaephotos
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#chucmungnammoi #vietnamesenewyear #tet #yearofthedog #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #LNY2018 #newyear #asiannewyear #zodiac #yeg #yegdogs #yegpets #tailsofyeg #edmontondogs #edmonton #exploreedmonton #terwillegardogpark #dogpark #furfamily #cutedogs #dogphotoshoot #dogsofig #yegdog #familyphoto #beaglesofig #justbeagles #huskycross #oliveandartie
  • Things I love ❀️ that are all in this photo:
β€’ My Valentine @mikethyking 😚
β€’ This romper dress 😍
β€’ Better weather. πŸ™πŸ»
Hope everyone has a sweet Valentine’s Day!
(or just a good Wednesday). πŸ’•
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#valentines #valentinesday #myvalentine #lovelove #yeg #yegtoyyz #yyz #mikeandlindork #mikeandlinda #love #romper #romperdress #husbandwife #toronto #torontolife #seetorontonow #lumarestaurant #travelbuddies #bae #alwaysandforever #bluesuit #couplegoals #mixedcouple
  • Ahead of #ValentinesDay πŸ’•, I thought I’d throw back to this super cute photo of Olive on her Valentine’s spaghetti date with Australian Labradoodle Flynn! He didn’t really share the noodles. They’re no longer together. πŸ‘€πŸ˜‚ Click the link in my bio for some Valentine’s (or galentines or palentines) #ExploreEdmonton date ideas I shared on @CTVEdmonton this week! πŸ’—
πŸ“Έ photo cred: @jsp.photo πŸ“Έ
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#yeg #yegfood #yegpets #edmontonpets #yegdogs #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram #beaglesofig #justbeagles #lemonbeagle #australianlabradoodle #labradoodle #ladyandthetramp #ladyandthetrampstyle #yegnoodles #yegpasta #tailsofyeg #valentinespups #valentines #oliveandartie #dogsnamedolive #pets #petsofinstagram #dogdates
  • Our regular order at @kazoku_yeg is their delicious tonkotsu black garlic ramen 🍜 (for Mike) & the tonkatsu curry pork πŸ› (for me!) This weekend we added their chicken karaage, which is also wonderful. We love Kazoku! πŸ’•
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #ramen #kazokuramen #japanesefood #japanesecurry #tonkotsu #tonkotsuramen #tonkatsu #tonkatsucurry #chickenkaraage #friedchicken #foodlover #noodles #yegnoodles #yegsoup #souperb #flatlay #ramen #yegramen
  • This week I tried a vegan restaurant AND the #SuperFoods menu at @milestonesrestaurants, so I’m feeling pretty healthy right now. πŸ˜‰ This is the fiery (and it was fiery πŸ”₯) Tunisian Chicken on quinoa and vegetables from #MilestonesRestaurant. They have a special Super Foods menu running until Feb. 25, that I was invited to try this weekend! It features tasty dishes specifically packed with things that are really good for your body, like antioxidants, fibre, omega-3s, protein, vitamins, probiotics and calcium (#FoodwithBenefits!) I also really enjoyed the Tempura Green Beans and Sweet Potato Fries from this same menu! πŸ˜‹ #sponsored
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#yeg #yegfood #edmonton #exploreedmonton #westedmonton #superfoods #healthyfood #cleaneating #milestonesrestaurants #foodswithbenefits #antioxidants #protein #healthkick #healthyeats #greekyogurt
  • Having a happy friyay down at the @SilverSkateFest and @IceCastles_ with @argenplath! β„οΈπŸŒˆπŸ’• We were invited to check out the new @SpiritsOnIce #yegfood #yegdrinks & live #yegmusic event running tonight & Saturday night (but the Silver Skate Festival runs til Feb. 19 & Ice Castles usually runs until March!) Super lovely. Go out and enjoy our #WinterCityYEG this weekend, guys! 😊 πŸ“Έ photo cred: @argenplath
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#yeg #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #foodfestival #spiritsonice #icecastleyeg #icecastlesyeg #icecastle #rainbowwall #icewall #wintercity #silhouette #instagrammablewalls #IGWallsofYEG #rainbow #friyay #happyweekend #walltraveled #livecolorfully
  • * UPDATE * @alyssaparon is the winner!! Thanks for entering everyone!
πŸ’• VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY! πŸ’•
I’ve partnered with one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Edmonton β€” @izakayadorinku β€” to give away a Valentine’s Dinner for 2! (valued at $100). If you win, there’s a reservation with your name on it to Dorinku this Wednesday, Feb. 14! πŸ’•
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To enter: follow @izakayadorinku & me + tag your Valentine in the comments below! (Tagging gals and pals is also totally fine too lol) I’ll randomly select one winner out of all entries here, on Facebook and Twitter, by end of day Monday (Feb. 12)! 🀞🏻
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Dorinku is one of the coolest Japanese restaurants in the city. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ The atmosphere and decor reminds me most of my experience in Japan a few years ago. Their pressed salmon sushi is just one of the incredibly delicious menu items. Another favourite is pictured hereβ€”their udon carbonara. Warm right up with this. 🀀 They’ve also got real Japanese bidets in the ladies washroom! Bidets are the most amazing thing. πŸ™ŒπŸ» If you haven’t tried, even if you don’t win this giveaway, do yourself a favour and go try Dorinku!
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #udoncarbonara #carbonara #udon #japaneseudon #japanesefood #izakaya #izakayadorinku #whyteave #whyteavenue #whyteavefood #oldstrathcona #japaneserestaurant #noodles #noodlegram #valentinesday #valentines #galentinesday
  • As a serious meat eater / meat lover, I was pretty wary when @littlmissandrea suggested we go to @themothcafe for lunch today (πŸ˜…), BUT I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with this super cute (very Instagrammable) restaurant on the east end of Jasper Ave! The Moth Cafe offers a good variety of plant-based dishes including the β€œcrab” cakes, spaghetti and β€œmeatballs,” avocado smoothie bowl and Vietnamese β€œbanh mi” sandwich that we tried! 😊 Beautiful presentation, tasty, filling, and well portioned & priced! πŸ‘πŸ» The meat eater would come back here! lol .
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#yeg #yegfood #yegvegan #themothcafe #veganrestaurant #vegan #smoothiebowl #avocadosmoothiebowl #vegetarianpasta #pasta #noodles #banhmi #hipster #hipsterrestaurant #instagrammable #prettyplating #yegdt #yegdtfood #jasperave #healthyeating #healthyfood #flatlay #exploreedmonton #edmontonfood #edmonton

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