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Review: Halo Bar & Bistro at the Renaissance Hotel (Edmonton International Airport)

Halo Bar Bistro Renaissance Hotel Edmonton International Airport

Last week, I was invited to try Halo Bar & Bistro Restaurant and tour the Renaissance Hotel at the Edmonton International Airport, with some of my closest friends Andrea (Little Miss Andrea) and Chris (Eating is the Hard Part) and our partners.  The experience was put together by FlyEIA as a way to highlight some of the airport’s many dining and shopping opportunities. Most people who visit the airport (myself included) arrive at the very last…

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Explore Alberta: How To Make The Most of Open Farm Days 2016 (Preview)

Grand Taste Tour 124 Grand Market Farms

(Photo above: getting an urban farm tour at Lactuca Farm Northlands during the Grand Taste Tour in July!)  I’m super excited for the weekend (August 20 + 21) – when farms and ranches across Alberta open up to the public for the fourth annual Alberta Open Farm Days 2016!  Alberta Open Farm Days is like a big open house for the province’s farms. It gives Albertans the easy (and for the most part – FREE!) opportunity…

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Explore Edmonton: K-Days 2016

K-Days - Edmonton - Summer

Summers in Edmonton are unbelievable. There’s always something to do and often – especially on weekends – there are SO many events and activities that it’s really hard to decide which one to do! That’s a great problem to have, especially if you’re summer vacations revolve primarily around staycations. Each summer, Mike and I make a point to spend a day at K-Days, Edmonton’s biggest summer festival. We do some…

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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…

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Review: Exploring Alberta in a Ford Explorer

Over the weekend, we got the chance to explore Alberta with a Ford Explorer! The lovely Nisa from Focus Communications got in touch with me last month about the opportunity after seeing my Alberta Railway Museum blog post/tweets and my desire to do daytrips and staycations this summer. Part of Nisa’s job is working with Ford Canada to get social people testing out vehicles and reviewing them either via blog…

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  • Loved my Bucatini Carbonara from the new-ish @vaticanocucina! 😍Pancetta, Italian sausage, pecorino and delicious handmade pasta at a great price. 👌🏻 Only critique is it could've been creamier but still very tasty! 
Last night's group had mixed feelings overall about the dishes we tried though - yays and nays. I'm in the yay camp for the pasta specifically. ☺️ And am always excited for more Italian options in the city!
Try it and let me know what you think. 🤗
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#yegfood #yeg #exploreedmonton #vaticanocucina #pasta #bucatini #carbonara #italianfood #handmadepasta #lindorkfest #foodlovers
  • * * * G I V E A W A Y * * *
My must-have food at #KDAYS is the Spiral Spud chips with cheese and bacon! (NOT to be confused with Wiggle Chips lol). 🥔 🥓 🧀 
Check out some new midway food I helped judge today in my IG Stories and enter to win a pair of K-Days gate admission tickets:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favourite midway/carnival food.
2. Tag a friend to spread the word! 
I'll pick a random winner by Monday from all entries on my Twitter, IG and FB. K-Days runs until July 30! 🎡 Good luck and happy summer! ☺️
***** UPDATE *****
I was able to pick winners across all three platforms! 🙌🏻 Congrats @smileconquer - winner of a pair of #KDAYS tickets! And thanks all who shared their fav midway treats! .
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #summer #festivalseason #kdaysyeg #chips #midwayfood #carnivalfood #edmonton
  • MOM AND DAD ARE BACK FROM VACATION! 🍜🍜🍜 Satisfy your pho craving at @kingnoodlehouse:
Wednesday to Sundays 
10 am - 7:30 pm
10615 97 Street
(#yegchinatown)
#cashonly 🤑
Because soup - especially my mom's soup - is great in hot summer months too. 🙌🏻
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#yegfood #yeg #exploreedmonton #edmonton #pho #vietnamesefood #kingnoodlehouse #soup #souperb
  • The infinity pool and mountain view 🏔 at the Sparkling Hill Resort in B.C. is one of my favourite hotel features! Now imagine getting this pool and view for free. 🤑 That’s just some of the perks you get as a @hotelsdotcom #TempCaptain! Great rewards like free hotel stays. The #hotelsdotcom #CaptainObvious summer contest ends next week (July 25). Enter for a chance to become a Temporary Captain by submitting a quick video. Script & instructions: www.tempcaptain.com. And learn more about Sparking Hill Resort at the link in my bio! #sponsored ☺️
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#travel #wanderlust #captainobvious #freebies #hotels #yeg #edmonton #contest #travelgram #wewhotravel #instatravel  #britishcolumbia #sparklinghill
  • 🌾🌾🌾 Today's grey day has me thinking of this bright canola field we visited during our day trip to #Lacombe + #RedDeer over the weekend! Highlights from the trip (and what I'd recommend you do in the area!) over on the blog soon!🌾🌾🌾
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#yeg #explorealberta #edmonton #exploreedmonton #canolafields #canola #countryside #weekend #alberta #travelalberta
  • Tonight I went on a spontaneous #yegfood dessert crawl with @britl (as research for an upcoming blog post! 😍) It was so much fun! And the strawberry #bingsu from the new-ish @hanjanyeg is AMAZING! Shaved ice & condensed milk dessert. So delicious! We also snuck in a non-dessert with their jaeyuk bokkum spicy pork belly, kimchi and rice. Loooooved it! Will be back to #HanjanYEG so soon.🤤
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #strawberry #strawberrybingsu #🍓 #🍧 #koreanfood #koreandessert #dessert #summer
  • That feel when you first break into your noodle bowl. 🙏🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻 The Liang-Pi hand pulled cold noodles with sesame sauce from the new-ish @tangbistro is really good guys. 🤤 Tried it today with mom & dad (who are back from holidays and reopening @kingnoodlehouse this Wednesday!) Happy Saturday!💕
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #tangbistro #handpulled #noodles #noodlegram #coldnoodles #chinesefood #lunch #oldstrathcona #whyteave #noodledream
  • I had so much fun building #terrariums tonight with @littlmissandrea and her #bridalparty crew! Watch my IG Story for simple steps to making your own #terrarium!🌱☺️
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#yakebythelake #succulent #succulentsofinstagram #edmonton #yeg #exploreedmonton #fishbowl #summer #backyardparty #girlfriends #bridalparty #succulentlove #diy #diyterrarium #diyterrarium
  • Dreaming of the ikura (salmon eggs) I had in California last week! Not as delicious as what I've tried in Japan but better than what I've found in Edmonton. 🐠 I could eat just this on rice and be very content. 🍚😌
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#lindorktravels #ikura #salmoneggs #salmon #california #hollywoodfood #hollywood #chooishi #oishi #japanesefood #sashimi #travel #salmonroe
  • Had a lovely Sunday #HighTea at @cafelinnea with @catherine0626! This raspberry nutmeg eclair was phenomenal. I also loved the gruyere black pepper bread pudding (see it & more in my IG Story!) 🙌🏻 Cafe Linnea has High Teas every Sunday in July. It's a lovely space with lovely food. I haven't done a blog post yet but I also really enjoy their brunch! 🍳💕
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#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #eclair #desserts #foodblog #foodlover #cafelinnea #cafelinneayeg #sundayfunday
  • Today a group of about 30 of us hit up 13 #InstagrammableWalls of @OldStrathcona #WhyteAve on the 2nd #IGWallsofYEG #photowalk! 📸💕 There's so much beauty in Edmonton that goes unnoticed - these walks are a really fun way to introduce people to all the interesting walls in our city (that also make for great photo ops! 😉) Thanks to everyone who came out (on such a gorgeous day! ☀️) and stay tuned for details on the 3rd walk which will be in Chinatown/East Downtown😄
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#yeg #exploreedmonton #yegsa #streetart #murals #oldstrathcona #edmonton #graffitiart #saturyay #edmontonmade #makesomethingedmonton
  • What a great week at The Happiest Place on Earth with @mikethyking and family! 💕 Trying not to let those post-vacation blues get me down.😬
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#lindorktravels #disney #disneyland #disneygram #californiaadventure #cali #california #mikeandlindork #ferriswheel #mickeymouse #paradisepier #travel #wanderlust #summer #vacation #rollercoaster #matchingcouple

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