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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sea Legs at Broken City, Calgary

Guitars, mandolin, banjo and violin.  And original tunes.  Makes for great music.  Last Friday night at Broken City on 11th Ave in Calgary, Sea Legs opened playing for an hour.  Some really great driving folk-rock  that got the crowd going.  Here are links to their Facebook page and website.  Keep an eye and check them out.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Sweets at Broken City in Calgary

Here are a few pictures from Friday night at Broken City in Calgary. 
(613  11th Ave SW)

The Sweets just rocked!  Mitch(lead guitar) and I talk a lot about music but I'd never heard them play.  Not knowing exactly what to expect, I was thrilled when I heard them.  Mitch seriously knows his way around a guitar.  Claudia's power with the vocals, was reminiscent, for me, of Joan Jett.  (I had to cue up 'I Love Rock and Roll'  on the way home 'cause I didn't have and The Sweets music.) 

If you can, check them out out. You can find out where/when they are playing on the website:
The Sweets website

and for other stuff:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

King Creek Hike in Kananaskis near Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes

We had planned on hiking up to Rawson Lake today.  We were about to turn right from Highway 40 onto the road to Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes when I saw a left turn 50 - 100 feet before the Lakes turn.  We said let's go take a peak.  There were a few cars in the parking lot.  We asked a lady from Montana about the hike - she said the trail was kinda wiped out because of the flooding but you could still walk up a ways.  As we are always game for something new... we loaded up our gear and went for it. 

It was not a real hard hike by any means.  Because the trail was gone we had to cross the creek - a fairly decently large one - about 20-30 times there and the same back again back.  The rocks were VERY slippery.  I have cuts on my hand to prove it. 

Lots of gravel from the flooding.  We loved the hike though.  It probably went no more than a mile and a half to two but was gorgeous.  Walls of the mountains went up in some parts I'm sure a thousand feet or more straight up.  And parts narrowed so edge walking was necessary.  Our staffs came in very handy.  A fair bit of climbing over rocks and trees.

The view:  Lots of moss edged by the sun.  Chimney's and caves all the way along.  Cliffs going straight up all the way.

We got to a point where is opened up toward the end and decided it was time to eat something. This is where the picture was taken.  The walls on the the side we were sitting were extremely high and when they started shedding rocks we made a hasty retreat. One rock landed where I had been a few minutes before. 

We got out of there without getting conked on the head by a rock falling a thousand feet or so - good thing in my estimation.

Took about 3 hours in and out with our picnic.  We were not hurrying. Enjoying the sights.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pinot Noir Wine Tasting at Enoteca Wine Store (Calgary, Alberta)

Here is a bit of a review of the wines tasted at Entoteca Wine Store on the 29th of May 2014.  

An event for Pinot Noir:

James Kent from Crush Imports tasted out the Wine by Joe Pinot, Backhouse Pinot and the Tyler Harlton Pinot.  Three very different offerings from Oregon, California and Canadian Okanagan. The only Canadian in the show. Wine by Joe and Backhouse produce some the best value priced wines from Oregon State and California and were extremely good value at 27.49 and 17.99 respectively. The TH Pinot small production - 270 cases only - was priced at 37.99  was a unique example of hand crafted quality from Tyler Harlton that will make big inroads as a result of his superbly constructed wines.

David Crossley from Artisan Wines tasted out the Banshee Sonoma County Pinot and the Pascal Marchand Avalon from France. Two exceptional Pinots from California and France. At the end of the show they were both sold out. At 36.99 and 39.99 and this was a clear indication of their quality. 

Warren Walden from Tannin Imports offered us the Richmond Blanc de Noir, a white still wine produced from Pinot Noir Grape, You will have to call Garry to further know what this is all about. The only thing I know it was voted as the best in show by a number of participants. Warrens other offering was the A to Z Pinot from Oregon State. # 55 on the top 100 Wine Spectator Awards for 2013. Need I say more. By the way it was sold out also and a nice wedding couple ordered 4 cases for their up and coming wedding celebration in July.

J Wheelock from Authentic Wine Merchants poured the new Cherry Tart offering from California and took it a big step further with an offering from Paul Hobbs (The Crossbarn) and the iconic Cherry Pie from Jason Woodbridge. Each wine exceptional and all California. The Cherry Pie and Paul Hobbs were not priced for the faint of heart at 46.99 and 74.99 but what a rare treat to sample pinots of this quality. Apparently Garry can’t keep the Cherry Pie on his shelf even at 74.99.

Marlene Mckinnon from Trialto Wine Imports poured a unique offering from the iconic Catena Family In Argentina. The Luca Pinot from Argentina was outstanding, who would have thought! It sets the standard in Argentina for Pinot for sure. Again this offering was sold out that night. Garry promised us he would get more.

Christopher Walker from Wine Syndicate offered us two unique Pinots, the Joseph Chromy from Tasmania (they make Pinot Noir in Tasmania?) and the cult offering  Libra from Oregon State. These names were on everyone list as best in the show. Interesting offerings at 26.99 and 36.99 each. Once again they were sold out by night’s end.

Tim Mitchell and his brother Owen from Plaid Cap Imports apparently stole the show with their Colene Clemens Adriane Pinot Noir from Oregon. Apparently our neighbors down south wanted to keep this wine a secret for the longest time and did not want this cult offering to go further than the Oregon State borders. Their loss and our gain for sure as it was voted best in show by the majority of guests.

Ali Wallace from Vendemmia poured an Italian Pinot Nero from Tiefenbrunner at 27.99  it was well received and subsequent visits to the store by a number of clients to re-purchase this gem speaks for it elegance and quality.

The esteemed Mark Briand from Latitude Imports brought us in an offering from OPP wines in Oregon State (Other Peoples Pinot) These classic Oregon State Pinots are exceptional value that stay true to the character of the vineyards. Many thanks to Mark for bringing these items for sampling. Look for them to be in this market soon of course and availalbe at Enoteca.

A big thanks to all who turned out and the Friends of the Vine Society for the great showing. 

For more information:

Garry Findlay
7112 Macleod Trail SE

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kalamata Grocery Store - Calgary Alberta

Kalamata Grocery Store
On the northwest corner of  11th ST SW and 15th Ave SW.

The best Greek grocery store.
The best olives anywhere.  Great Feta cheese.  Much of the food is apparently from their own place in Greece.  And the fellow that takes your money is faster than an adding machine.  Glances at all the amounts and gives you the total. 

Check it out:

Friday, January 24, 2014

We do love our coffee...

I was sent yesterday to pick up a bag of coffee at Roast. They have a kiosk at Kingsland Famer's Market in Calgary.  We had some before and loved it.  It was morning, things were slow and I was able to have a great chat about coffee with the beautiful Barista, Shauna(I hope I have spelled your name correctly). 

We talked about how wonderful flavours of coffee made from a French Press and lots of other coffee related chatter.  While I was learning all sorts of great things about coffee Shauna made me a kick-ass cup of Americano.  

In case you need the visual to find, I've included a photo:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Elbow Falls changed by the June 2013 flood

We did some snowshoeing last Wednesday at Elbow Falls in Kananaskis.  We really had  a great time - went just for a short time as we hadn't done it before and did not know if we would enjoy or what.  We are definitely going again.  There so many places just along the road to Elbow Falls.  Hopefully, there is still lots of snow for our trip tomorrow.

The whole layout of the river approaching the falls has changed.