Category Archives: Photo-it

Sunsets in Ireland

a single photo from this past weekend, because that’s all I have so far!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be seeing this surreal scenic country we have been living in for about two years now.

This last weekend I travelled 4 hours to Connemara to visit the very special Dillisk Project.  I have been wanting to get out for way too long.

this is just the beginning…

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Wedding Hiatus Addressed – show some LOVE!

So we have been on a little hiatus for a while; because weddings, my dear, are a lot A LOT of planning! I am so glad that we were able to share the day with so many of our closest family and friends. The emotion of that day is truly overwhelming. We are reminded of our blessings – the love, sacrifice, servitude, and joy that our friends and family poured out to make that day unforgettable.
Just to give you an idea of how crazy lucky we are; my friends cut down a 6′ tree so they could make tree cookies and cart them all the way to Vancouver, they also lugged down a whole load of coffee equipment & musical instruments, they gathered musicians not to mention – some of them even put out mini-fires, figuratively. I am in awe.

Now, I say ‘live to love’ and you have to love to eat if you’re going to read this blog! One of the things I love is photography, but honestly our photographers must just blow this love out of the water. The amount of emotion packed into some of their photos is to the brim. They are amazing, gripping, and they take my breath away.

The story the photos tell when strung together is in the intricacies of each moment of that day and can’t be captured just by a by-stander, but one who understands and anticipates the emotion before it even happens. (Or works like a ninja to capture it)

DQ, Your ability to work so fast to compose the photos, to catch the split-second glimpses or gleen in one’s eye is unparalleled. I am so touched. There are no missed moments, you’ve captured them all!

When I see these pictures they bring me back to that day; the overwhelming love that I felt. I feel it will make the memories tangible forever- that I won’t forget even a moment of that day. I want to juice the emotion of each and every one of those photos and live each day remembering that life is about these moments. Recreate them.

Sounds Dramatic, I know. But that’s the truth.

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Cork & Canvas – Propose a Toast to your Orchestra

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Last night saw the kick-off of the annual Cork & Canvas Festival- a month of wine, drink, and art.  Pick your poison, whether it be wine, beer, whisky, or tea, there is something catered to stimulate senses and support local live music.  The festival is filled with enjoyment of the finer things, but also incorporates love of all styles of music- including, yes… the Barenaked Ladies.

The crowd was lively and spirits were high last night.  As we worked our way around the room, the tasting stations were spread out with wines from various regions and food stations.  I will let most of the photos do the talking.  With each event that I attend, I try to take notes on what I’m tasting and eating, but I’m really starting to gain an appreciation for how difficult it is to keep track of everything.

Great Events Catering offered:

Moroccan Lamb Tajine – black sesame cone topped with bamboo rice fritters.

Ahi tuna Fish Tacos with wasabi aioli, soy reduction and pickled ginger – I felt like this was the Alberta special, the ahi tuna trend that is often the card played as the crowd pleaser.

Basil Marinated Scallops breaded with panko and served with a sake injection shot- Now THIS, was an interesting experience!

Hotel Arts served:

Beet root Cured Sokeye salmon with Fairwinds goat cheeese and house-grown micro greens- Delicious cured salmon was the bed for the surprisingly flavour rich goat cheese.  Chef Duncan Ly topped this dish with smoked Maldon salt, what an interesting dimension!

Belgo’s team plated:

Pan Seared Scallop with lentil salad, truffle culiflower purree, port caramel, and crispy smoked bacon – this was a very sweet dish with the predictable but a nice contrast to the wine.

The evening wouldn’t complete without the serenading and folk sounds of Cellist, Morag Northey– creatively strumming her cello like a guitar and singing rhythmic lyrics, she created a mood of alluring exploration and expression.   I should add that each time she played, she was introduced by the clanging of a large gong.

The silent and live auctions were varied in cultural adventures and vintage wines and ports.  I missed out on bidding as I was too busy tasting and honing the palate- and failing.  Honestly, who wouldn’t want to bid on a 7-nights accommodation in France including a wine tour?  Folk fest tickets anyone? How about a meet and greet with the Barenaked Ladies? or an Urban getaway, in my backyard at Hotel Arts.  It all came to an abrupt end, way too fast, and before you knew, there was money all over the floor! – kaput!

What an evening! – even ran in to some unexpected friends 🙂

UPCOMING events for Cork & Canvas: [click for tickets]

“Beer is the New Wine” on Mar. 8 @ 7 p.m. at Willow Park Wines & Spirits.  Craft beers with top local restaurants, check.

High Tea at the Fairmont Palliser. Mar. 10 @ 2 p.m. The event will feature specialty blended teas, pastries and sandwiches, and a live classical serenade ** there may even be TWO quartets!

Four-course luncheon at La Chaumiere restaurant.  Mar. 14 @ 12 p.m. The meal will feature vintage wines and a live auction

The Art of Whisky through 100 of the world’s finest whiskies Mar. 21 @ 7 p.m. at Willow Park Wines & Spirits

Winemaker’s Dinner on Mar. 31 at 6:30 pm

 

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Char Pop Here we come!

Last night was amazing. I have few words to describe the atmosphere of the last night at CharPop. The small store-front and commercial kitchen of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery was transformed into a restaurant, seating 60, with a bustling kitchen open to the crowd. The shouted orders, “service”, and … the odd Sweet bread on the fly, made it pretty intimate. When dinner service was nearly finished, the dinner crowd of the last night of Char pop rose to a standing ovation.

We had almost everything on the menu, and the sweetbread that was accidentally dropped at our table, turned out to be the perfect mistake! – More FOOD! I’m not even embarrassed to say that gluttony was the least of our concerns. (I’ll work out tomorrow, and I pre-worked out for this!) I had a Pinot Noir but the Shiraz was so popular they sold out.

The concept of a limited availability, time sensitive, highly creative collaboration between industry innovators like Charcut’s Connie DeSousa, John Jackson, Grant Van Gameren, and Aviv Fried owner and mastercraft of Sidewalk Citizen’s was a smashing success. In conversation, it was mentioned that thousands of emails were received within 2 minutes of reservations being made available. Although there is much talk about the heightened demand created here, I think the hype is real and the marketing seems to be working just fine. I was a bit skeptical of the excitement, I mean, it’s good food but would it be as good as the hype? Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint, the flavours were spectacular. (See Menu below)

Baked Kale Salad- Light acidity, nutty, with farro - King mushroom and Persimon!

Foie Gras and Blood Sausage-Oh the Richness! Perfected bread was crisp and amazing sweet savoury goodness, rutabaga purée was slightly pungent but paired perfectly with blood sausage.

Cinnamon Bun in a mini Staub Castiron- Homemade Rum & Raisin Gelato

 

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Get thee wed.

June 5, 201

June marks the beginning of the most eventful wedding season as of yet. It seems the wedding rush has hit; and in full-swing!

Here are some photos of our good friends, Mike and Steph. What a gorgeous day, it could not have been more perfectly planned. The sunshine on Saturday was sandwiched between two days of Vancouver rain! These pictures were taken at the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver. I love the celebrations and am so honoured to be a part of your milestone day.

Boys

Stephanie & Michael Peacock

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Get thee wed.

June 5, 201

June marks the beginning of the most eventful wedding season as of yet. It seems the wedding rush has hit; and in full-swing!

Here are some photos of our good friends, Mike and Steph. What a gorgeous day, it could not have been more perfectly planned. The sunshine on Saturday was sandwiched between two days of Vancouver rain! These pictures were taken at the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver. I love the celebrations and am so honoured to be a part of your milestone day.

Boys

Stephanie & Michael Peacock

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