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Take a ‘Food-cation’ this Summer

We usually think about taking our whole body on vacation, but why not just take one body part: Your taste buds! Calgary and surrounding areas offer an abundance of opportunities to try new and unique meals, visit farms to learn about how food is grown, taste freshly picked produce from farmers'  markets and take a step back into the past to learn about how our ancestors prepared food before the advent of electricity. It only takes a few hours in a day to expand your knowledge and palate. You can find gardens, festivals, historical sites and classes within the city and most farms and farmers’markets are a close drive. Not only is a food-cation easy to fit in time wise, they are a bit easier on the wallet.

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Camp Treats for Your Little Sweets

Walnut Granola Trail Bars, Adapted from walnutinfo.com.

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Date Night! The Art of Hosting a Simple Wine Tasting

Hosting a wine tasting in your home is a great excuse to come together with friends and sample new wines. So many of us get stuck in a rut with the wine we drink. We order the same varietal and often select wines from the same winery because it is what we know. Attending professional wine tastings at wine shops and restaurants can be intimidating to the average wine drinker. Many fear that they don’t know enough about wines to make a judgment about them. One’s fondness to a wine is unique. It is no different than how a person perceives art. While you may love Renoir, your friend may prefer Seurat. They are both talented artists, but not everyone will see them the same way.

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Weekday Ribs Without the Hullabaloo

Growing up, we had ribs at least a couple of times a week. Not the tender slow roasted, competition-style ribs of today, the ribs we used to slap on the Hibachi were very plain, seasoned with just salt, pepper and the omnipresent spice of the ‘70s: garlic powder. That’s it, that’s all - and it was great.

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