March 7th, 2013
We may be high flyers, but we certainly aren't high maintenance. Well, until we're stuck in a hotel room without a blow dryer.
The Hyatt Regency Calgary has turned a highly attuned ear to its female guests who are constantly looking for new ways to travel with more ease and comfort. With its Hyatt Has It service you can pick up anything from a curling iron to a yoga mat to a phone charger at absolute ease. Say goodbye to hauling your straightening iron in your carry-on.
This almost sounds better than the luxuries of home. Staycation, anyone? —Kait Kucy
Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Center St. SE, Calgary, 1-800-233-1234, www.calgaryhyatt.com
March 8th, 2012
Our highly subjective ranking of the best places to eat and drink right now:
Best Brunch: AKA Winebar
I almost hesitate to spread the word for fear that you’ll take my table, but this bistro has a killer weekend brunch and there’s rarely a line to get in. AKA Winebar, 709 Edmonton Tr. N.E., Calgary, 403-984-7534, www.akawinebar.com
Best Korean: Anju
Look for the little house among the downtown condo towers. Once you get there, dig into tapas Korean-style with tofu kimchi, oxtail tortellini or baby back ribs. Anju, 507 10 St. S.W., Calgary, 403-532-9419, www.anju.ca
Best Diner: Blue Star Diner
During the day it’s chili-stuffed grilled cheese, veggie burgers and eggs Benny, but at night this diner is all about whisky and tacos. Blue Star Diner, 809 1 Ave. N.E., Calgary, 403-261-9998, www.bluestardiner.ca
Best Burgers: Boogies Burgers
The golden rule of ordering is choose an item that is named after someone and get the special sauce. At this retro burger bar, I get the Sam’s Burger every time. Boogies Burgers, 908 Edmonton Tr. N.E., Calgary, 403-230-7070, www.boogiesburgers.com
Best Prix-Fixe: Charcut Roast House
A perfect example of how even those on a budget can afford the best restaurants. Charcut’s Lunch All At Once comes with a soup and sandwich as well as a bag of warm cookies for $15. Charcut Roast House, 899 Centre St. S. Calgary, 403-984-2180, www.charcut.com
Best Vegetarian: The Coup
A veggie restaurant carnivores will love, The Coup also has an epic drink menu that takes advantage of its penchant for fresh juices. The Coup, 924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, www.thecoup.ca
Best Local Ingredients: Cilantro
It’s a carbohydrate face-off between the flatbreads topped with ingredients from the restaurant’s own ranch or the pasta made in house and topped with those same stellar ingredients. Cilantro, 338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, www.crmr.com/cilantro
Best Destination: Crazyweed
Consider the scenic drive into the mountains an appetizer for a wicked fusion meal. Last time I was there I loved my sweet potato lasagna but coveted my friend’s Vietnamese pork meatballs. Crazyweed, 1600 Railway Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2530, www.crazyweed.ca
Best Pizza: Double Zero Pizza
Get a few friends together, park for free in the Core’s parkade right below. Take the elevator up and share the roasted cauliflower salad followed by the mushroom and mortadella pizzas. Double Zero Pizza, 751 Fourth St. S.W., 403-265-9559, www.doublezeropizza.ca
Best Bakery: Ladybug Bakery & Espresso Bar
This place can get bonkers busy, but it has that bustling European café vibe, which is helped by the Belgian pastry chef and his baked goods, crepes and salads. Ladybug Bakery & Espresso Bar, 10 Aspen Stone Blvd., 403-249-5530, www.ladybugandcafe.com —Jaelyn Molyneux
February 6th, 2012
Soap operas are being cut from the daytime schedule as quickly as talk shows are being added.
While the television sudsers struggle, Calgary's live improvised soap is going strong in its 12th season. Dirty Laundry takes to the stage every Monday evening with the actors winging the storyline, trying to trip each other up to provoke drama and laughter. The characters are the same each week with a bonus guest star and, this season’s ancient Rome theme is consistent, but everything else is up for grabs. Like the daytime serials, you can show up every week or drop in occasionally and quickly catch up to the storyline.
Evil twins, torrid affairs and babies stolen at birth may or may not be included. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Tickets are $14, www.dirtylaundrycalgary.com
December 6th, 2011
Anyone who has piled onto a yellow school bus to go to the science centre can appreciate the attraction of interactive learning for curious kids.
Just because we are old enough to vote for government officials who supported finding of Calgary new $160 million Telus Spark science centre, doesn’t mean we trade in that curiosity. Because it is rude to push aside a six-year-old to gain access to exhibits that lets us make music out of rain or bottle the colour of rain, Telus Spark is introducing Adults Only nights. Starting December 8, adults get free reign of the exhibits on the second Thursday of every month.
Did I mention adults only night has bar service? They don’t offer that when the kids are around. —Jaelyn Molyneux
$19.95 at Telus Spark, 220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., Calgary, 403-817-6800, www.sparkscience.ca
November 21st, 2011
He broke guitar strings and broke onto the music scene playing Calgary bars with sets that left audiences ready to follow him wherever he went. Wil Mimnaugh known affectionately as just Wil calls Vancouver Island home now, but he is sticking to his roots with his latest album Heart of Mine.
The folk rocker wrote all ten songs recording them in a Victoria studio trying to capture the soulful verve of his live shows. He aggressively strums his guitar while crooning poetic lyrics with an authenticity that keeps the attention of even the most cynical bar crowd.
Blasting Heart of Mine in our living rooms is no substitute for a live Wil show, but it is as close as we’re going to get.
For an extra helping of Wil paired with some provincial pride, check out the new Travel Alberta videos set to his original recordings. —Jaelyn Molyneux
October 6th, 2011
Dear Leslie Feist, we heart your crafty pop and the four-year layover between your last album and your latest album, Metals, was worth the wait.
If The Reminder was the album that taught the world how to count to four and garnered a fistful of Grammy nominations, her latest recording, Metals might be the album that reminds us again that Feist’s quirky pop can be both complex and catchy, hopefully leading to some actual Grammy hardware.
Recorded this past February in an abandoned barn at the top of a California cliff, Metals is what you might expect from a punk singer turned indie-pop darling who read Steinbeck in her downtime. Which is to say the songs are confidently all over the place, sometimes chaotically noisy, sometimes hauntingly quiet, and always carefully thought out. —Jaelyn Molyneux