The Greatest Outdoor Show (Food) on Earth: The Calgary Stampede

Candy stand at the Calgary StampedeThe Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Hard words to live up to, but the Calgary Stampede manages to do it every year, in my mind. A mix of carnival and rodeo, the Stampede sweeps into Calgary for 10 days every July, bringing Midway food, Grandstand entertainment, and bad decisions provoked by too many mini donuts in the beer garden (case in point: apparently several individuals engaged in al fresco sexual exploits outside a bar this week while being filmed, either knowingly or unknowingly). Continue reading

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Summer Days, Summer Treats

Summer is here, officially – the days are getting longer and hotter, my room is a million degrees, and I’m somewhat desperate to find a family-appropriate bathing suit for our annual reunion (so much harder than you think).

I was really hoping to have these next few months off before I head back to school at the end of July, but it seems like that’s not going to happen any time soon. Ideally I would be cooking my way through the Lee Bros Southern Cookbook or happily puttering about with all my plants (omg so many plants I love it), but instead I spend all day in a windowless office, dreaming of the outside world, so close, yet so, so far….okay no. I’m somewhat exaggerating (not about the windows though). I’m getting the summer party started in my off time, starting with these beauties: blueberry gin and vanilla plum pudding ice pops. Continue reading

Fizzy Ginger Campari

Fizzy Ginger CampariYou may have noticed that a lot of the drinks I’m posting are all based around Campari. I just love this bright red, bitter liqueur; it seems so appropriate for festive summer drinks. Also I have a whole bottle of it and I’m the only one in the house that likes (okay, loves) cocktails. Can’t have that bottle just sitting there, sad and lonely! #storyofmylife #explainsalot. Continue reading