Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Spring Has Sprung

More advice for new residents

So you’ve nearly survived winter, and sometime between the end of March and the beginning of June the weather may warm up enough for you to dare to go outside unencumbered with fleece, wool, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves. Or it may not. In the hope that it does, here are some of the things you may look forward to enjoying.

Published in Regulars
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

A Top Chef’s Perspective

An evening of fine dining, exquisite wine or beer pairings, and enjoyable company, this is exactly what you have to look forward to at the Sawridge Inn’s Chef’s Table.  The Chef’s Table is an evening in which the guests are introduced to an elevated dining experience.  A multiple course menu is created based upon your taste and then matched with wine or beer that complements each course.  In a private room, you and your guests are served by your chef for the evening who shares the secrets of each course so you can savour each bite.

Published in Lifestyle
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

The Old Fort: A musing from the Oil Sands

SURVIVING WINTER

What they don’t tell new arrivals.

I LOVE LIVING DOWNTOWN. APART FROM THE WEATHER, I can sometimes forget I’m even in Fort McMurray. There are new immigrants everywhere and at times it can feel like I’m back in Johannesburg or Nairobi. Plus, if I need a cab, there are always about a dozen of them available.

The diversity of this town surprises visitors. There are more than 100 different nationalities, nearly as many languages, and a spread of beliefs and cultures that cover almost the entire range of human history. But sometimes I think we do these new residents a disservice. It is difficult to move from a country on the equator to a part of the world that actually has seasons. It’s one of the reasons why we talk about the weather so much. Up here if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on around you, you might not make it back home. I remember at the Christmas parade about three years ago, watching a new family climb out of their vehicle dressed in their finest traditional clothing. They lasted about five seconds before the heads dived back in and their saris were covered by bulky winter jackets.

Published in Regulars
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

The Entertainiac

Each year at this time we deck our halls and celebrate the Christmas holidays. While going through the hum-drum of yet another year we pop in our favourite Christmas titles like we’re on annual auto-pilot; but I, for one, am done with celebrating that Miracle on 34th Street. So if you’re like me and the classic movie titles are making you more ‘bah hum bug’ than ‘tis the season’, here are some alternative titles to consider this holiday season. 

Published in Arts & Culture
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

Shop Local

YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN THE HINTS some clear, some not so clear. No, you’re not supposed to guess what she wants, but there’s plenty of help out there.  And it starts here – not only can you shop local this holiday season to give your significant other that something special, but you can have plenty to choose from – from candy to clarinets.

Published in Business & Oilsands
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

A Top Chef’s Perspective

Holiday Traditions & What Foods We Make

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, either religious, cultural, or just your own traditions, we can’t forget to think of why we are doing what we do. One of my family’s holiday traditions is fresh pickled vegetables and refried stuffing.

Published in Lifestyle

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