The Little Things

I can’t be the only one who is enamored by cards. To me, a good card is better than any gift in the world (Ok, maybe not any gift). In fact, it’s not even the card itself that brings most of us joy; it’s the words inside that make them so special. Having said this, it does help when a card is pretty, no?

When I think of pretty cards, I naturally think of Papyrus, one of my favorite card stores. Although their cards are slightly pricier than the average, they are undeniably special and unique. Speaking of special and unique, I couldn’t help but post pictures of the adorable little cards that I recently bought at Anthropologie—my absolute favorite store. Although Anthropologie may not carry as many cards as Papyrus, their cards are certainly just as cute.

I’m not only excited to give these cards away, but im equally as excited to use my new camera in the next couple of days. What else could a girl ask for? New camera, new things to take pictures of…

 Fellow bloggers, you understand.

Bye for now, happy card making/admiring!

My Calgary Fav’s

When people ask me what I blog about, I often say that I blog about a variety of things–restaurants, events, food, books and so on. Reality, however, is that I most frequently write about restaurants and food. After working in downtown Calgary for the last few months, I have been able to go to a number of different restaurants and pubs. What I haven’t been able to do is write about them. What a shame.

1. First and foremost, Craft Beer Market. Although I am not a fan of beer, I ventured over to Craft Beer Market less than a month ago and all I have to say is “wow”. It is truly unlike any other place I have been to and the environment is super relaxed. The food was amazing, and the beer list will blow your mind. Beer lovers (and beer dislikers!), Craft is calling your name.

2. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a slight addiction to Groupon. I mean, who doesn’t love a good deal, right? So when I came across a Groupon to Double Zero Pizza, I knew that I couldn’t turn it down. I have been to every other Neapolitan pizzeria in Calgary (Pulcinellas, Famoso, Una’s…) so I figured one more wouldn’t kill me. Plus, I always love checking out new, different restaurants. The verdict? Everyone must pay Double Zero Pizza a visit and try their Mushroom Bianco Pizza . The food is exceptionally delicious and the vintage bookshelf wallpaper made my day.

3. The Coup, a popular vegetarian restaurant on 17th Ave is slowly (ok, quickly) working its way up on my favorite restaurants list.  I am no vegetarian by any means and when the idea of going to The Coup arose, I had flashbacks of going to hot yoga–I really had no idea what to expect. Let’s just say that the tiny little restaurant is truly amazing. I love The Coup for a number of reasons: They use as many locally grown and organic products as they can, have unique and delicious dishes, and have the best vanilla bean cheesecake in the entire world. Did I mention that I love The Coup?

4. I just don’t feel right about wrapping up this post without mentioning Bagelino’s. The name may not be all that original, but the bagels certainly are. My fav? The cheese bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese “schmear”–simply delectable.  Since I’ve become a regular at Bagelino’s, I make a point of telling the owners how fantastic their bagels are each and every time I go. Most of us only share our thoughts on a product or service when we have to complain about it, so I’ve been making an effort to always compliment a company when they are doing a great job. After all, a compliment never killed anyone!

Slowly….But Surely

They say “slow and steady wins the race”, but I’m certainly not going to be winning any races at the speed I am reading. “Have you finished the books?” my friend cheekily asked me today. Those of you that know me probably know what the answer was: “No, but ill finish them”. I may be the master of procrastination, but I am also the master of reading and writing under pressure. This precisely is why I know I will finish them…eventually.

My goal a month ago was to have The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Project, The Secrets of Supplements and What the Dog Saw finished by the end of the month. What I can tell you is that I am almost done What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell and that I absolutely love it so far. When Craig Seligman of Bloomberg News said that Gladwell could right “engrossingly about anything”, he wasn’t kidding. 

Malcolm Gladwell, who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996, is basically the master of linking completely unrelated ideas and somehow manages to make connections between topics like the Nazi’s V-1 rocket and the Enron collapse. Think that’s unrelated? Then chapters like “The Ketchup Conundrum” and “Million-Dollar Murray”, which discus the complexity and history behind a bottle of ketchup and how we should be handling homelessness, will really make you think. From ketchup issues, to medical and stock market issues, this book, and Malcolm himself, cease to amaze me.

I could of course go on about how fantastic this book is, but I must say that I truly appreciate the simplicity in Gladwell’s writing. Coming from myself, who tends to ramble on about anything and everything, I quickly came to enjoy Gladwell’s explicit descriptions of individuals in these articles. Sure, these descriptions may only be a sentence or two long, but these particular sentences allow readers to better understand who they are reading about. Gladwell doesn’t need to describe people like John Rock and Jeffrey Skilling, but the mere fact that he does, makes this book far more enjoyable and relatable.

Enough Gladwell praise for now. With only a few more chapters to read, I can’t wait to see what chapters titled “The Talent Myth” and “The New Boy Network” have to offer.

The Good Ol’ Country Life

I come home from work, grab a quick bite to eat and out the door I go again. Whether I am meeting up with friends, running errands or going out to the barn, I always seem to find myself busier than I would sometimes like to be. Was a ready for a vacation? Heck, yes.

After returning from my trip out to the Shushwap Lake to an empty house, I savored each and every moment spent at home–especially outside. Even when I think about it now, I find it absolutely crazy that I hadn’t taken five minutes to roam about outside prior to my vacation. Sure, I go for runs on a somewhat regular basis, but it wasn’t until last Saturday that I realized I had a garden with delicious fruit and veggies.

I remember the first year that I moved out to the country, I spent a ton of time picking raspberries and strawberries from the garden. Somewhere along the line I had forgotten how cool it was to have them in my own backyard (I am easily amused…). I also forgot that one needs to be fully clothed when going out to pick raspberries–I was nearly eaten alive by mosquitos in my shorts and t-shirt. 

After changing into garden-appropriate clothing, I returned back outside to take a few pics of my lovely little garden. I knew that I had potatoes, onions, raspberries, strawberries and herbs, but grapes?! I was slightly enthused.

And raspberries…

 

I certainly put these raspberries to good use: Vanilla gelato + raspberries = Heaven

My next project will be to make myself some strawberry-basil sorbet. Check out Alexandra’s Joys for some seriously good looking sorbeto.