It’s about time!

On a lovely Groundhog’s Day I went to Starbucks to pick up a chai tea latte and a copy of February’s BeatRoute Magazine: Calgary’s Indie Arts & Entertainment Monthly. BeatRoute is a awesome free magazine that has tons of reviews on music and movies. It’s super helpful if you want to find out what bands are coming to Calgary, and I always like picking up a paper and getting a little ink on the fingers instead of constantly staring at a computer screen.

Anyways, the reason for this post…. I came across the most amazing ad that made me gasp in joy and excitement!

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TA DA!

Have my eyes deceived me or is there really a restaurant opening  on 17th ave that is solely devoted to the most delicious of all food creations!?

Holy crap! or should I say Holy Curd! If you can’t tell, in the picture the phone number is 403-457-CURD. Very witty, I like. But when will it open? WHEN!? Coming soon is so vague. The internet is no help, and on twitter people just as anxious as I have posted pictures of the papered up store front.

So this got my mouth a-watering and me a-wondering what tasty poutine creations will be on the menu?

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The Classic? although I prefer Diet Dr. Pepper.

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The Meaty? cause everything is better with meat!

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The Vegan? with tofu, mushrooms, onions, and a veggie based gravy.

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The Hoity Toity? for when you feel like sticking your nose in the air.

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and finally The ????? I don’t know what all is in there but it sure looks deliciously intense!

Conclusion: Opening day you’ll be sure to find me on 17th Ave with my bib on!

all poutine photos via  everystockphoto.com

Found: new years resolution

I usually don’t like to make a New Years resolution. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to keep it and then feel like a failure when i don’t, but after seeing this show I think I will give this one a try.

Last night I watched Extreme Couponing on TLC. It’ s about:

Four of the country’s most coupon-obsessed savers who will do anything for a deal. Their game is simple – get as MUCH as possible for as LITTLE as possible.

And their not saving just a couple dollars here and there but crazy amounts of money. They pretty much get all their groceries for pennies! Here is an example of how much Joanie Demer from McKinleyville, CA saved on one trip to the grocery store.

Retail value: $638.64. Joanie’s cost after utilizing her coupons: $2.64 – 98% savings

“What?! WHAT! That is freakin nuts! What the F@#K!!!!” Is what I said as I simultaneously screamed at the t.v. and fell off the couch. Here is a picture of Joanie with her son and pregnant friend digging in a recycling dumpster for coupons:

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If I was saving that kind of money I would probably jump in too! The other 3 peoples stories’ are just as amazing. I’m not talking about going to this extreme for my resolution but rather just to be more aware and on the look out for coupons. I never use them and after seeing this show it seems silly not too. If these folks can walk out of the store with that big of a savings maybe I can do that too, on a smaller scale, of course. One woman got 150 chocolate bars for free! Free I say! And even though I don’t need that many I wouldn’t say no to 5 or maybe 20.

Most of these people look online for their coupons and I found 2 sites in Canada where you can order coupons for free. save.ca and brandsaver.ca. If online shopping is more your thing there’s a great site that gives you codes for discounts on your online purchases, which is just like using a coupon.  promotionalcode.ca. That’s where I learned about the sale at Soia & Kyo and I got my winter coat 40% off!

If you want to see this jaw dropping dedication to saving money it’s on TLC again January 15th at 6:00pm.

Conclusion: there’s nothing wrong with using a little coupon every now and then.

What I did on my x-mas vacation

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So after a loooong ride on the Greyhound, where we were detained in Edmonton for an hour and a half waiting for a connecting bus, I made it home to my family in Slave Lake. Yea! It was crazy cold there, so unfortunately outdoor activities were out of the question, and I had to find other ways to entertain myself.

Of course I ate lots of chow. It was the holidays after all:

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I bought my brother a pack of novelty moustache’s for Christmas, which proved to be very entertaining and looked quite dapper on both humans and animals:DSC01111

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$10 couldn’t have been better spent!

Played some Just Dance 2 on the wii. No pictures but if you imagine some grown women flailing their limbs erratically, bumping into each other, and laughing hysterically I’m sure you’ll have some idea of what went on. It’s a really fun game and quite a workout if you do a bunch of songs in a row. Rasputin by Boney M is very challenging. Only the limber of knee should attempt this!

After a week I was ready to head back to the city, just in time for New Years Eve!

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Happy 2011!

Potluck perfection

Last weekend Kiah and I attended a potluck at a friends house. Even though it was hella cold out, I ended up spilling shrimpy water on my new coat, and we had to walk up and down the street multiple times to find the place it turned out the trek was well worth it. We brought seven layer dip:

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and guacamole!

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Also black pepper pita chips and nachos. There was tons and tons of food. Everyone stuffed themselves silly and then we preceded to drink and play rockband. Kiah demonstrated how NOT to make a paralyzer:

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We figured out that the key missing ingredient here was ice, which apparently binds all the substances into a yummy concoction instead of a separated mess.DSC00974DSC00967

Conclusion: there should be more potlucks in this world.

the cupcake made me do it

So today, after Kiah and I treked to the Greyhound station to pick up our tickets for the long x-mas journey home, Kiah just had to have a cupcake, and I admit she didn’t have to twist my arm to get me to go to Crave cupcakes.

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I was only going to get 1 but it just seemed more economical to get the six pack and split the cost. We got 2 nutty over chocolates, 2 velvet Elvis’, a eggnog , and a gingerbread. The Velvet Elvis’, which is my absolute fave, were devoured before a picture could be taken, but trust me, they were amazing!

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The seasonal flavours are tasty too. The snowflakes sprinkles on the eggnog cupcake are the perfect touch, but I am a sucker for a snowflake!