Fresh produce prices increase by up to 46%[INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve gone grocery shopping lately, you’ve surely seen the affect the downturn has had at the register. Many food essentials like meat, produce and diary have soared in price thanks to a low loonie, high transportation costs and a bad crop in the last US growing season (Alberta especially imports many of it’s fresh items from…

FREQ HI-FIVE – PJ L’Heuruex

What do Tequila Nightclub, Jamesons Irish Pub, Commonwealth Bar and Stage, and CRAFT Beer Market all have in common? One guy. PJ l’Heureux has been opening bars and nightclubs in Calgary since he was 23. With one of his latest ventures, CRAFT Beer Market, branching out into the Vancouver and Edmonton markets, it seems like…

Pop-up restaurant holds charity event for Calgary Food Bank

CharPopLuck hosts 100 chefs to feed those who donate to feed the less fortunate After less than two months of planning, executive chefs from Charcut Roast House, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson have pulled off the first charitable “temporary pop-up restaurant”—CharPopLuck — with all proceeds going to the Calgary Food Bank. The $135 ticket to…

Bernard Callebaut talks Valentine’s chocolate [Gallery]

WHAT GOES INTO YOUR SWEETHEART’S SWEETS For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…

FREQ HI-FIVE – Connie DeSousa

Despite her best efforts, Connie DeSousa, co-executive chef and co-owner of Charcut Roast House, didn’t ever become a prima ballerina. Not because of her lack of skill or devotion, but because her love for Portuguese sausage and blood pudding trumped the permanent diet of watery lettuce and rice cakes demanded by the profession. Quickly after…

Calgary tourism takes a hit in the winter months

THE CALGARY ZOO AND HERITAGE PARK SEE SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN ATTENDANCE  CALAWAY PARK SHUTS DOWN With the howling winds biting at ears and cutting through jackets, there is little motivation for Calgarians to spend more time outdoors than required. Carol-Ann Mysyk, a mother of three young children and frequent visitor of Heritage Park and the Calgary…

Local butcher sees sales spike after E. coli outbreak [Video]

QUALITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRICE AFTER MASSIVE BEEF RECALL Albertans love their meat, but when news of the XL Food’s E. coli outbreak hit the media, the love became tainted. The outbreak affected beef products at big chain grocery stores in early September and by early October over 1,500 meat products were pulled from shelves to preserve…

Glorious West Coast Trail should stay open for hikers

RE: “CALGARY MLA DAVID SWANN JOINS HIKERS CALLING FOR CLOSURE OF THE ‘HAZARDOUS’ WEST COAST TRAIL,” THE CALGARY HERALD When I landed in Port Renfrew to start the trail at the end of June, I had everything I needed. I had $250 boots, a $300 back-pack and a number of veteran hikers in my group,…

Shri Ram Ashram: A New Life [Video]

A new life at Shri Ram Ashram from Jodi Egan on Vimeo. This multi-media video was put together after we returned from our trip to India. We stayed at this Ashram for 10 days, and we were astounded by how peaceful and loving the children were. Most of the children were “complete” orphans, meaning both…

Overtime Sports Bar aims to clean up S.E. neighbourhood

DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS WORK PRO BONO TO GET LOCAL BAR UP AND RUNNING IN FOREST HEIGHTS The place was gutted. The floors were torn out. Walls were torn down, signs were built, lights installed, and the smell of Keith Brown’s volunteers’ sweat hung thick in the air. The gargantuan sign that read “Overtime Sports Bar”…

Calgarian would-be backpacker experiences UK work visa headaches

RECENT CHANGES IN UK VISA APPLICATION PROCESS CREATES ADDED BARRIERS FOR TRAVELLERS With a folder full of government-issued identification and personal documents in one hand and a Tim Hortons double-double coffee in the other, Olive Brough, 20, made the three-hour drive to Edmonton, Alta. from Calgary to get the biometric scan required for her United…