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Dining in #yegdt

Posted on February 12, 2016 by

When you combine a diverse and expanding Downtown Edmonton with delicious and extravagant food, you’re bound to have an incredible experience and that’s what Downtown Dining Week is all about! From March 11th to 20th, the Downtown Business Association organizes this culinary event to showcase the hospitality scene that Edmonton is receiving national attention for. With new concepts and menus being brought to the table seemingly every month, this event lets you explore exclusive downtown menus at special prices.

Although the listing of restaurants hasn’t been announced yet (check back soon on the website), there’s no shortage of restaurants downtown to explore on your own. Just recently, OpenTable listed 5 Edmonton restaurants as top restaurants in the country: The Marc, Hardware Grill, Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Sabor Restaurant, and Solstice Seasonal Cuisine. Supporting these incredible restaurants not only brings people downtown, it also provides Edmonton talent the opportunity to celebrate local food and creative ideas. Edmonton’s restaurant scene no doubt has something for everybody. With the new arena in ICE District slated to open this year, Edmonton’s core is only going to get more vibrant with new restaurants, shops, and attractions, making living here all the more exciting!

If you haven’t checked out the culinary scene in #yegdt yet, now is the time to do it, and keep coming back for more.

| February 2 | Events
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Valentine’s Day in Edmonton

Posted on February 5, 2016 by

Well… it is that time of the year again. The inevitable month of February, when loving your significant other every day of the year means nothing unless Valentine’s Day is perfect. I am here to act as your new-age Cupid and bring you a variety of fun ideas to make this V-Day one for the books. Whether you have a significant other or not, I’ve got you covered. Here are my top ideas of things to do in and around Edmonton.

If you are meeting your Tinder match for the first time, I highly recommend a date in a public setting. A visit to the Humane Society will see how they act with animals; are they a cat person, a dog person, or a straight up sociopath? If you really want to see their competitive side, I would recommend checking out one of Edmonton’s local board game cafes, like The Hex Boardgame Cafe.

If the dates have gone great, but it is too soon to tell how serious the relationship will get (and you don’t want to spend too much money; tough economy, tough times — I get it), but you are ready to take that next step to get to know them better, I would suggest going to Rosie’s on Friday for a Karaoke night. You truly don’t know someone until you see them belt out their favourite hits. Want to see what makes them laugh? Check out Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improv.

Take things to the next level by going on a mini road trip to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane; a definite step up from the initial dates at the Humane Society.

For all my single people out there, have fun at the Axe Hole, attend one of Edmonton’s local brewery tours (like Yellowhead or Alley Kat), and go to Denizen Hall to play a variety of vintage arcade games.

Treat-yo-self and treat-yo-loved-ones.

5 Tips For Edmontonians This Winter

Posted on November 24, 2015 by

Anyone who says they like winter is liar. It’s dry, depressing, dark, and let’s be honest, downright dangerous (alliteration intended). Most of us live here because we were born here, found work here, or foolishly fell in love with someone who lives or works here. I mean, sure there’s something existentially beautiful about a freshly fallen snow that covers our whole city in white, but give it a few hours and it will become the dirty, congested, ice-trap we all experience for six months of the year, every year.

If you’re like me, you probably don’t have any immediate escape plans, so the following is a list of 5 tips that will help you not only survive, but also maybe even make the most of this barren wasteland we call home.

1. Accept that you’re going to be late
Everyone gets a little extra wiggle room, especially after a snowfall, and stressing out about being late is only going to make you cranky/crankier and more likely to get into an accident. Then you’d REALLY be late. Skip the drive-thru and give yourself some extra time, but if you’re late, that’s just one of the costs of living in Edmonton.

2. Trust no one
Did you overhear your coworker say it’s supposed to warm up on Friday? It’s not. And even if it does, it’s better to be pleasantly surprised than utterly disappointed.

3. Have perspective
Try to focus on being grateful that even in this cold and crappy season, we’re lucky enough to live in one of the best countries in the world. One flip through the news solidifies that bearing the cold is well worth the perks that we get for being lucky enough to live in the true north, wild and free.

4. Online shop
There’s a Norwegian saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. While I don’t completely agree, they may be on to something. Cyber Monday is this Monday, so why not stock up on some cozy vests and scarves from the comfort of your warm bed? It definitely couldn’t hurt.

5. Don’t be afraid
Although tempting, trying to hibernate all winter will probably just make it go by slower. Try to get out there (wearing your new gear from Tip #4 of course), and make the most of some great activities Edmonton does have to offer in the winter!

Bonus adorable puppy pictures can be found here!

Purple is the New Black

Posted on August 20, 2015 by

A new colour will hopefully soon cover the 104th District Area downtown: purple. zag creative has proudly sponsored this awesome initiative to get our neighbourhood Purple Flag accredited by the Association of Town and City Management. What this accreditation means for our vibrant street is recognition as a safe and diverse community that demonstrates excellence in nightlife and security.

Spanning from 102nd to 106th Street and 104th to 98th Avenue, this area is different from many others in Edmonton. The historical buildings and warehouses of our community are filled with exciting art galleries, restaurants, bars, small businesses, and more! There’s something exciting every day on 104th Street from the Farmer’s Market to Al Fresco this weekend, and other celebrations that bring this urban community together.

The process of getting accredited requires demonstrating, using facts and statistics, that our community is setting exemplary standards in well-being & safety, transportation, collaboration, has a diverse nightlife and appeals to a variety of tastes. There’s certainly no shortage of initiatives and committees downtown that have been working together to develop an exciting and fun community!

If accepted, the 104th District Area will be the first area in North America to be Purple Flag accredited — currently there are 56 Purple Flag communities in the United Kingdom. There have never been more cranes working in downtown Edmonton, as Rogers Place, the Ice District, and other towers are being built. As downtown Edmonton continues to grow at breakneck speeds, this accreditation will help to increase the image of downtown and 104th Street as an exemplary area of Edmonton.

We’re so excited to be part of this really cool opportunity to put our community on the map and further the perception of our downtown as an urban community that is vibrant with a variety of businesses and residences! Stay tuned for more as we go through the accreditation process and chase the Purple Flag.

Hooray, it’s Customer Appreciation Day (on104th)

Posted on December 18, 2014 by

As thanks for the continued support throughout the year, 20 merchants on 104th street will be offering special pricing on their products and services today. In addition, the unveiling of a new park, located next to the Icon I Tower, will take place in the afternoon. This space will offer a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of one of Edmonton’s liveliest streets. Fun activities including hot chocolate provided by the Coast Edmonton Hotel will commence after a special lighting ceremony at 4 p.m.

 

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Come one come all!

| December 12 | Events
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Jumping

Posted on October 31, 2013 by

I’m not much of a jumper.

Off a cliff – nope.

In the form of squats – nope.

Teleco-….. whatever that word is where the guy went through walls and into different countries – I wish but nope.

There is one form of jumping that I’m not usually keen on but I am just fired up about lately however, and that is jumping on a bandwagon. More specifically jumping on the Anchorman 2 bandwagon.

I am a huge fan of anything by my man Will F. (except that weird movie where he was all sad and serious… bla) and I am a giant fan of Anchorman. Given this, I’m sure you can understand not only my excitement to find out that they were making a round 2, but also my joy in seeing how various companies have jumped on the wagon to ride Ron Burgundy’s coat tails.

If you live under a rock here are some of my favourite examples:

It Comes Standard

Staring Contest

Scotch Scotch Scotch

And most appropriately for today a message from Ron Burgundy himself:

Special Report

Happy Halloween – if you’re not on the bandwagon yet I suggest you jump!

Stay Classy.

Live Leisure

Posted on May 30, 2013 by

Edmonton is widely recognized for its robust arts and culture scene, and this summer’s array of local music festivals is a fine testament to this notion.

Admittedly, my attitude towards these symphonic celebrations has not always been overly enthusiastic – an aftereffect of gawking at friends’ photos from events with more established acts and larger venues such as Coachella and Sasquatch? Oh, for sure.

In recent years, I’ve experienced a shift in the mentality that our city’s outdoor performances are merely a
watered-down version of what exists elsewhere. On the contrary, I believe that we’re fortunate to take part in such gatherings that support homegrown talent, foster a sense of community and contribute to the ubiquitous entrepreneurial spirit in our town.

Whether your personal comfort zone permits a toe tap, a handclap or a full-on body convulsion, this season’s instrumental merrymakings have got you covered. See below for my top-three jam-worthy festival picks:

1. Interstellar Rodeo
When: July 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park

2. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival
When: August 8 – 11, 2013
Where: Gallagher Park

3. Sonic Boom
When: August 31 – September 1, 2013
Where: Northlands Park

There you have it. About as great as low-fat ice cream that doesn’t taste like low-fat ice cream.

| May 5 | Events
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Dining in the Downtown Core

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

As some of you may or may not know I Co-Chair the Marketing Committee for the Downtown Business Association.

One of the things that we are working on is growing the exposure of Downtown Dining Week.

This is your last weekend to get out and try one of the fabulous lunch or dinner menus available.

There are 30 restaurants to choose from all over the downtown core, all delicious.

If you take part in Downtown Dining Week you can also enter to win 50 bottles of wine from deVine Wines along with a 35 bottle Whirlpool wine cooler.

So get your snowshoes on this weekend and get out to one of the great dining options in downtown Edmonton.

 

 

 

 

| March 3 | Events
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Falling for Jennifer Lawrence

Posted on March 1, 2013 by

Being the movie buff and pop culture enthusiast that I am, watching the Oscars is a pretty big to-do on my list. Seeing all of the stars glammed up in couture I will never wear, walking a red carpet that I will never step a Jimmy Choo on (mostly because I will never own a Jimmy Choo – let alone two) and gracing the stage to receive the coveted statue in front of Hollywood’s finest. The entire evening, to me, seems like such a surreal experience.

Now I haven’t paid much attention to Jennifer Lawrence until recently, even though (or because) she is 23 years old, absolutely stunning and has already played some major roles in some major movies. It wasn’t her riveting performance in X-Men, her kill or be killed attitude in Hunger Games or her Academy Award winning performance for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook that got my attention. It wasn’t even her fall up the stairs to the stage to receive her award that made her stand out in my eyes… What made me fall for Jennifer Lawrence was the speech she gave after the fact. Take a look…

I have to say that I was more than impressed with the way the young starlet handled this mortifying moment and, in scouring the Internet I’ve noticed that there is more buzz surrounding this interview then there is around the fall itself.

Let this be a lesson to all – not everything goes as planned and embarrassment happens, it’s the aftermath and how you deal with the fallout (heehee) that really matters. Oh and a good PR plan doesn’t hurt 😉

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY

Posted on January 31, 2013 by

Yup. Super Bowl.  I’m not going to lie.  My favourite part is the day after.  When the critics are out with their claws and teeth gnashing and ripping at the Super Bowl commercials.  Of course the pre-release-get-more-for-the-money-fingers-crossed-it-goes-REALLY-viral tactic kind of detracts from that a bit these days. So I already know the Bieb will be making an appearance along with some cars, hot chicks, Doritos and some weird accent guy.  And all I did was watch 15 seconds of a Mashable.

So let’s not focus on the up and comers.  Let’s take a look back at some of the greats  because let’s face it, Super Bowl advertising does bring out ad brilliance. And don’t get all riled up – these are in no particular order.


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