Bullet Proof Coffee

So far I’ve been chugging back this cup of joe for the past week and so far I’ve been feeling pretty awesome.Its important to get the actual. According to the creator and “Bulletproof Executive” Dave Asprey, the frothy beverage triggers weight loss by way of ketosis, a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that kicks fat-burning into overdrive. It also promises to keep cravings at bay and boosts cognitive function, getting rid of that “foggy,” morning feeling. Maybe it’ll even make my bed for me in the morning. Consider this now added to my morning routine!

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  1. Brew or buy hot coffee. I picked up Peruvian Andes Gold (#509) from the bulk bins at Community, Calgary, AB. These beans are grown at an altitude that allows for high-quality beans as well less contact with bacteria.
  2. Using a blender (I used my Vitamix), blend in two tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter, (I found it at Community and Superstore) as well as 1 tsp-2 tbsp of Brain Octane or XCT Oil.  I actually used to a tablespoon of coconut oil. It’s not as potent as XCT but it does the trick
  3. I enjoy my coffee a little sweet so I added a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut palm syrup. Coconut sugar will also work.
  4. Once everything is in the blender, blend for 30 seconds. There should be a nice white foam on top.
  5. Enjoy!
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To Do List: The Coolest Things to Do in YYC Right Now

  1. Heart & Swirl: PAINTING, WINE, AND APPETIZER PAIRING

A night out all to yourself, to explore your senses and indulge in the creative process.

Art and Wine Workshops that will allow you to explore your creative side and allow you to take a few hours off from your busy life to try something new, or even meet some cool new people.

$100/person

What is included in your night:

  • a gallery quality wrapped canvas
  • all paint and supplies (including paint, brushes, knives, palettes, aprons)
  • 2.5 hours of instruction from one of our accomplished artists
  • three glasses of wine with an appetizer pairing
  • a professionally guided tasting for each wine

Check out the upcoming workshops here

2. Ollia Macarons & Tea: FRENCH WINE & MACARON TASTING EVENTS

This class provides French wines paired with four macarons: you will learn about the region of wine, what makes these wines unique.

$40 per person // 8-9pm 810C 16th Ave SW

Cancellation and date change policy: There are no refunds on events, but if you need to change your date we require 2 weeks notice.

3. Betty Lou’s Library: TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ

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I love entering a bar that gives you that feeling that you’re being transported to a different city in a different era. I also adore live jazz music and classic cocktails. Did I mention that this bar is a speakeasy?  Located in The Devenish Building, finding the door is half the fun.

Every Tuesday at 8 pm for the month of March 2017 enjoy some swinging jazz with the Speakeasy Jazz Trio featuring Jeff Sulima, (drums) Mark DeJong (sax) and Steve Fletcher (keys)

4. Roni’s Kitchen: VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES

Calling all herbivores!  Roni’s has some unique way to spice up your plant based life. They offer a variety of cooking classes from making vegan cheese and milk to a delicious vegan Thai inspired meal. I can’t wait to give this class a try!

$59 per person -Fee includes class, dinner, and recipes to take home.

Check out the upcoming events here

 

5.  The Clothing Bar Boutique YOGA+MIMOSAS

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Clothing Bar Boutique is one of the hippest consignment stores in YYC with tons of cute options for spring right now!

The Clothing Bar and Yoga Bunz bring you a Sunday Funday with a healthy twist.

March 26th, at 10 am yoga session for $16. After a restorative yoga sequence, enjoy a mimosa and shopping with 25% off of your purchase!

Buy tix here: https://www.eventbrite.ca

6. Rodney’s  SEAFOOD DINNER AND BEER TASTING

Enjoy a night at one of the best seafood restaurants in Calgary. Three-course meal with beer pairing for each course for $45. Sounds like my kind of night!

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Photo credits: Instagram accounts from each venue

 

Hello Mondays: My Morning Routine

I loathe mornings. I have to get up at about 630am to get to work on time. I usually hit the snooze button until 5 minutes to 7 and then I’m rushed. These are a few tricks that make my life much easier in the morning.

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  1. I discovered this great new lotion that is also super cheap. You can purchase a big bottle for less than $10 at any drug store. I keep it in the shower and apply it immediately after I turn the water off. It leaves my skin nice and soft plus  I smell like delicious coconuts.

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2. More recently I discovered this local product from Skwiik! In scrubs your skin and leaves it super smooth! You can pretty much skip the lotion with this product!

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3. I try to make my meals the night before. I’ve found that overnight oats are easy delicious and healthy. Plus I feel full all morning! Here are some great recipes I found on Pinterest.

LATTE OVERNIGHT OATS (VEGAN)
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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup rolled oats, gluten free optional

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or brown sugar*

1/2 cup Original Silk Soymilk or Almond Milk

1/4 cup brewed coffee, hot or cold

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients to a bowl or jar and stir to mix completely.

Place, covered, in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

Add extra soymilk/almond milk in the morning if you want to thin it out a little bit.

Serve cold.

Recipe from 24 Carrot Life

CHERRY CHIA OVERNIGHT OATS

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INGREDIENTS

6 tablespoons quick oats, divided

½ scoop vanilla vegan protein powder, divided (optional)

½ cup unsweetened almond milk, divided

¾ cup cherries pitted

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon almond butter

2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional, from the can – you can also use additional almond milk)

Liquid stevia, vanilla (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, add the cherries and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, mash slightly, and stir in the chia seeds, add a few drops of stevia, and set aside to thicken.
  2. In a small jar add 3 tablespoons of oats, 1 tablespoon of protein powder (if using), ¼ cup of almond milk, and a few drops of stevia, if using.
  3. Add in ½ of the chia jam by layering over the first oat layer.
  4. Add another 3 tablespoons of oats, 1 tablespoon of protein powder (if using), ¼ cup of almond milk, and a few drops of stevia.
  5. Layer in a tablespoon of almond butter, then the other half of the chia jam, and drizzle over the coconut milk.
  6. Close the jar and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, remove from the fridge and enjoy with a spoon!

Recipe by Nutritionist in the Kitch

4. My Nespresso Machine : All I have to do is pop in a pod and throw some milk in the frother and ta da I have a latte. No long Starbucks lines and not to mention how much money I save.

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5. I use Ole Henriksen Face Wipes sometimes if I’m in a huge hurry in the morning. I also keep them on my bedside table so there is no excuse not to wash my face before bed! They remove makeup, oil, add moisture, and plus they smell like a creamsicle!

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6. Simple Makeup Routine: I don’t go crazy with eye shadows or eyeliner on work day mornings but I do like a little bit of a glow, big lashes, and eyebrows.

First of all, I get eyelash extensions. You pretty much wake up ready to go! 🙂

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I used to be a Mac Makeup girl for years but in the past little while I decided to expand to different products and fell in love. My favorite has to be the Burberry product since I can use it both on my lips and cheeks and it adds a lot of moisture.

Brow Gel, Tinted Moisturizers, Brow Powder, Angle Brush, Mascara, Makeup Blender, Lip and Cheek Bloom

7. I find picking out your clothes is half the battle so if I can pick them out the night before I can save tons of time.

Pub Crawl: Microbrewery

1) Branded Peak: 

Located close to the Chinook Centre in Calgary. This was our first stop of the crawl. This place is small and has an industrial look. We all squeezed in on a picnic table, sipped on beer tasters and tossed back kernels from the has a popcorn machine!IMG_8164.JPG

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2) Highline: 

Located in Inglewood, Calgary. This second stop was equally as cool. I felt the  Yep/Nope sign was a nice touch. The tasting flight came in muffin tins and were thirst quenching. Plus they had some cool games to play with your mates. We ended up playing exploding kittens and cards against humanity.

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3) Cold Garden:

Located in Inglewood, Calgary. This was our third and final stop. It was also my favorite out of the three. The beer was unique and tasty, my favorite being Cakeface. It had a good vibe and a cool atmosphere. They had comfy vintage furniture to kick your feet up on. They also had a giant sized Jenga game! I will definitely be coming back to this one.

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Shuckin’ Oysters 1o1

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I always wanted to learn how to shuck oysters but was always terrified of that knife diving into my hand. Last night at Rodney’s Oyster House I conquered my fear and learned how to finally shuck some oysters! It’s not the easiest thing in the world but I definitely feel comfortable enough to do it on my own.

The Tool

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The Sea Friends

The How To

Scrub the oysters clean.

Grasp an oyster in one hand, cup-side down. (the flat side is actually the top)

Wrap the oyster shell in a cloth to protect your hands (you don’t have to do this but I highly recommend it, it may save you a trip to the ER).

Insert the oyster knife into the hinge, which is the back end of the oyster

Ensure the oyster knife is stable inside the hinge, then twist the knife the top shell will pop off

Run the blade along the top of the shell and release the muscle

Open the oyster.

Run your blade along the inside of the shell to get rid of any grit

Loosen the oyster on the bottom shell

Serve the oysters.

Add horseradish, tabasco, lemon, etc

Suck that baby back!

My Finished Product

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Video of Shuckin’

Tips

Store oysters in the bottom of the fridge, rounded-side down.

Oysters should be tightly shut before you buy them or open them – if they are already open, they may have perished and are not safe to eat.

East Vs West Coast

Appearance

East coast oysters have smoother shells and rounder on the edges. They range from two to six inches in diameter, depending on the age, location and growth method of a specific oyster.

Alternatively, West coast oysters will have more jagged edges with points and ridges on the shells (this is due to the Pacific coasts roughness)

Colour

The coloration of the East coast oysters includes more shades of brown, green, and white.

West coasts have colorations of purple, white, green, pink, and black.

Flavour

East Coast oysters are grown sub-tidally with smooth shells. The colder waters slow down the metabolism producing a crisp, sweeter oyster.

West Coast oysters are inter-tidally grown. The rough fluted shells make for plump meat with subtle mineral flavor.

Texture

East coast are slight chewy

West coast are creamy and smooth

Shop Local: Inglewood

I love Inglewood. It has a bit of a Vancouver Vibe to it, with its trendy shops and tasty restaurants. Nothing beats this neighborhood in the summer! Grab a gal pal, a cup of joe, and stroll the streets to check out some sweet shops. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Recordland: I love everything about records. Watching them spin, the sound, and just the way vinyl feels in my hands. Recordland is definitely one of my favorite record stores in Calgary. The price is decent and they have a huge selection. Separated by genre and alphabetized; my kind of store.

2.  Plant: There are flower shops then there’s this plant shop. I love the fact that most plants last longer than a week (unless your green thumb isn’t so green). This store is stuffed with cute vases, succulents, air plants, and much more.

3.  Outside The Shape: I finally got to check out this store the other day. They sell completely local products! Some of my favs included Milk Jar (only $25 a candle instead of the outrageous $40!) and Skwiik! I picked up the candle Dandy, which smells firewood and pine needles. Skwiik’s earl gray scrub left my skin soft and lightly scented.  Needless to say, my bubble bath was extra wonderful last night!

4. Silk Road: Is by far one of the best spice shops I’ve been in. It has spices I’ve never even heard of to make to help make some very flavourful dishes. It also, of course, has all the usual suspects of spices. It’s always one shop I make sure to stop into when in this neighborhood.

5. The Livery Shop: I adore this shop. It caters to all my wants, plus it’s in an old barn. What’s not to love? Here are some of my favorite local brands it carries: Coutukitsch, Camp Brand Goods, and Compartes.

6. Stash: Calling all those crafty individuals. This is the cutest yarn shop, with a huge selection of yarns and knitting products. They even do classes. Check out their website for class schedule!

Noodle Addict: Ramen Addition

Ramen is my current obsession is the chilly winter weather in Calgary, AB.  I love the broth, the noddles, and how it just warms you head to toe. My top three ramen places in Calgary include:

  1. Shiki Menya located in Bridgeland, Calgary, AB. Veggie friendly, opens at 11am and is known for pumping old school hip hop.This is definitely the trendiest ramen spot that I know of in Calgary and my favourite.  Its a small establishment and crowds appear fast for these delicious bowls. Be prepared to sometimes wait up to an hour in line but don’t hesitate because once they run out of broth for the day they close up shop.

Hours:

Monday-Saturday 11am until out of soup

Sundays- Closed

2. Shikiji, located just off centre street in Calgary, AB. This is the sister restaurant of Shiki Menya. It’s equally as good but you won’t be waiting on the street for a prolonged amount of time. Wait time averages between right away to 15 minutes. Only downfall is there’s no hip hop blasting in the back ground!

Hours:

Tuesday-Friday1130am-2pm, 5-9pm

Saturday-Sunday 1130am-230pm, 5-9pm

Monday- Closed

3. Jinya, located in Mission, Calgary, AB. There’s a new kid in town and their ramen is pretty damn tasty. When I gave it a try it was fairly packed but since there are a fair amount of tables and their turn over is quick I got a table in 15 minutes. Also veggie friendly. I’d go back for sure!

Hours:

Monday-Friday 1100am-10pm

Saturday-Sunday 1130am-10pm

 

Coco Chanel Inspired Bridal Shower

“You Mustn’t Be Afraid to Dream a Little Bit Bigger Darling”

This is by far the prettiest bridal shower I have ever been to.  The theme was high tea and it took place at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.  Black and white cocktail dresses and fascinators set the tone for the event. The bride, Kara was absolutely stunning in her blush pink dress, setting her aside from her guests. The food was to die for, high tea style bite sized sandwiches, scones, and mini treats.  Beyond the adorable meal there was a  dessert bar complete with french macaroons, channel inspired cookies, and even a delicately made cake. The shower even went a step further and had a variety of scents set up so you create your very own unique perfume. Everything about this shower screamed elegance. A beautiful shower for a beautiful bride and I’m glad I was able to take part in this experience.

“Elegance is the Only Beauty that Never Fades”

“Style is the Way to Say Who You Are Without Having to Speak”

“A Woman’s Perfume Tells You More About Her Than Her Handwriting”

 

“Let Them Eat Cake”

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Nice and Smooth: Smoothie Bowls

I’m not the biggest breakfast person but I love these smoothie bowls. They always remind me of  warm weather and being on a beach. When I take off to Mexico its my favourite post surf treat. They’re plant based and loaded with all the good stuff! You can’t really go wrong with these bowls and what toppings you choose!

“Ice Cream” Smoothie Bowl (Makes 2)

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For the Smoothie:

1 cup plus 2 table spoons of unsweetened almond mild

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

2 large frozen bananas

1/4 cup of avocado

2 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1/4 to 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Toppings:

Sliced bananas

Rasberries

Coconut Flakes

Granola

Acai Smoothie Bowl (Makes 2)

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Acai Bowl Base:

1 package Sambazon acai berry puree (you can buy these packages at Community in Calgary)

1 cup frozen mixed berries

2 bananas, peeled and diced (frozen)

1 cups unsweetened almond milk

Toppings:

½ cup shredded coconut

1 medium banana (not frozen)

2 teaspoons honey (or agave/coconut nectar for vegan)

Mixed Berries: strawberries/Blueberries

Mermaid Smoothie Bowl (Makes 1)

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1 frozen banana, peeled and diced

1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder (you can get this at Community in Calgary)

1/4 tsp mint extract

Toppings

Blueberries

Hemp Seeds

Coconut Flakes

Don’t feel like making your own?

Check out some local places that make delicious smoothie bowls so you don’t have to:

Raw and Wild

Vitality Tap

Things To Do In Calgary In The Fall

Fall is definitely one of my favourite seasons. I love the crisp air and the colours. Another thing that comes with fall is colder weather. Indoor activities are now a necessity and I find just going to a pub for a pint starts to get pretty boring after awhile. So why not find other fun, out of the ordinary things to do?

Paint Night

Get a group of ladies together and go to one of the pubs that the event takes place at, have some wine, and make use of your creativity. Basically you are taught to paint a picture that you get to take home at the end of the night! Groupon and living social usually have the class for only $25.

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Escape RoomLocked Room

Time to channel your inner Houdini and attempt to use the clues in a locked room in order to get out. More head together are better than one so grab a few friends and test your skills and friendship!

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High Tea

Who doesn’t love decadent little pastries, a warm cup of tea, and your best girls? Head to the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary and enjoy an afternoon indoors.

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 Axe Throwing

Never thrown an axe? Well me neither but hey I’ll try anything once. This is definitely a great date night. It’s something different than the norm, which I’m all over.

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Cooking Class

I love love love cooking, if you haven’t figured it out by now. Nothing is better than food. So why not pick an awesome cooking class with a few girlfriends or even your boyfriend. Best part is you get to eat after!

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Board Games at the Hex Cafe

It’s a modern space with treats from Corbeaux Bakehouse and coffee from Fratello, but most importantly for game-lovers, there are around 1,000 board games here. Check in at the front, start a tab, and start playing any game. It’s only $2.50 an hour to play.

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Football Season

NFL is now upon us so grab a few friends and head to a local pub even start up a fantasy football!

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Bowling, Bubble Hockey, and Golden Tee

National on 10th has an awesome bowling alley, which is free on Sunday’s. You just have to rent the shoes. While waiting for a lane to open up there are tons of other great games, such as bubble hockey, golden tee, and buck hunter!