This past week I was invited to Standard Nightclub, Calgary‘s hottest club.
Quite simply, Standard is the most elegant, classy, and beautiful place to mingle in Calgary. It is one part L.A. chic, one part New York flair, and one part London cosmopolitan, which culminates to create the best night club experience in Calgary.
Jaywalking makes sense.
Plain, and simple.
Crossing the street while being observant, and watching out for your own personal safety is how things should be done.
None of us want to die.
This may sound like common sense to the majority of the world.
And it is.
However, here in my beautiful home of Calgary, Canada it will get you strange looks, social out casting, and possibly a ticket.
I write this because I fundamentally believe in my right to do something if it’s not causing harm.
Jaywalking is not causing harm.
When I cross the street, I don’t want to die.
I put my phone away, I look both ways, and I make sure that no thousand pound pieces of metal are going to hit me at 50+ km/h.
That’s what I do, because in many of the places I’ve lived you won’t live long if you assume you’re safe crossing the street.
To be ticketed for me moving freely about my day is absurd.
I say this because last week 90+ people were ticketed for . . . you guessed it, crossing the street.
I understand that this was a construction zone.
I understand that the intent of the police was to protect people.
I get it.
However, how about you protect the people of this great city by stopping people from doing this “illegal” activity instead of hiding at the end and handing out $115 fines?
I have made a pact to jaywalk now whenever possible. If the road is clear, I will cross.
Happy jaywalking friends.
I recently had the pleasure to dine at Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro in the heart of Calgary on a unusually steamy July eve.
On this particular night I was dining with Lauren Webb, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts‘ marketing manager, and Jolene Stillinger, a new media marketer and web entrepreneur. Needless to say, having two beautiful and intelligent women as companions for dinner was not a bad way to spend the evening.
The newest edition of Calgary’s Best Restaurants found me visiting Bar C.
Bar C is found on the east side of 17th Ave, right beside my previous entry to this series, Cilantro. It’s easy to find, just look for the massive iron doors which guard it’s chic patio.
Continuing in the series of Calgary’s Best Restaurants, I visited Cilantro on Monday afternoon to talk about the holdings run by Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR.)
Lauren Webb invited me there to talk about the many holdings which they operate, and to discuss where they fall in Calgary’s burgeoning culinary scene.
For a restaurant to last for twenty six years they must be doing something right. Cilantro has a name for consistently high quality within Calgary’s culinary scene. Fads and trends have come and gone, but Cilantro – with one of Alberta’s first wood-fired pizza oven – has weathered every storm.
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This week, continuing my tour of Calgary’s Best Restaurants, I visited MARKET on 17th.
MARKET opened its doors on the heart of 17th ave in 2013 to much buzz and accolades. It immediately became a hit, and they have been serving hungry Calgarians nightly for just over a year now.
MARKET was founded on culinary principles, instead of a particular cooking school or style. The culinary principles which the team at MARKET employs are:Read More »
Yellow Door Bistro is housed in Calgary’s coolest hotel: Hotel Arts.
The Hotel Arts Group has a reputation for creating cool in Calgary. Besides the hotel that is their moniker they also run Kensington Riverside Inn, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, and Chef’s Table – all of which are on the cutting edge of Calgary’s service industry scene.
This particular night, however, was all about Yellow Door Bistro and the Chefs Choice menu that Executive Chef Duncan Ly and Sous Chef Quinn Staplehad prepared for us.
This past week I was invited to continue my trek through Calgary’s best restaurants with a trip to Brava Bistro on 17th Ave.
Before dining with Brava I was invited to meet with Dewey, the smiling face at the helm of Brava’s management. Dewey and I got along well right from the beginning, partially because of our shared passion for great food being shared with great people. He invited me and a friend to dine with his team at Brava to see their philosophy in action.Read More »
Last week I had the honour to be invited to Rouge in the Inglewood neighbourhood here in Calgary.
When it comes to Calgary restaurants, Rouge is known for setting the bar for excellence in consistency and quality.
Does the previous statement sound like a hyperbole? A food writer pouring on the praise a little too thick? Well when a restaurant has been named to the S. Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants, I think it’s justified.Read More »
Rural Alberta is a place where very few visitors go; Albertans included.
The majority of Albertans don’t venture far outside of the Calgary, Edmonton, Banff triangle with an occasional foray into Jasper. Very few, including people who have called urban Alberta home their whole life, have ever seen the unique rural Alberta culture.
I grew up in Red Deer, a large town of 80,000. I wouldn’t call it a true Alberta rural town, but it is a hub for many rural centres around central Alberta. However, my mom grew up on a farm, and my dad in a small mining town; therefore I was regularly exposed to rural Alberta.