Edmonton blog roundup: April 6, 2017

April 6 blog roundup

New shoots are popping up in my flower beds! So exciting after a slog of a winter. So let’s begin with three Local Good pieces focused on growing things, two related to last night’s Farm to Fork event and one related to farming in the city, before we swing into the rest of an eclectic-as-ever blog roundup:
Interview: Tanner Stewart, Vertical Farming Evangelist
We had a quick chat with Tanner Stewart, one of the featured guests at our Green Drinks: Farm To Forks event, about Nutraponics and other local goodness. You can connect with Nutraponics on…
Interview: Jonathan Luckhurst, Aquaponics Educator
Jonathan Luckhurst, one of the featured guests at Green Drinks: Farm to Fork, is a multitalented guy with a passion for both aquaponics and visual art. Learn more about his company, Sea to…
Local Business Profile: Urban Farm Kits
Victor Bentiez is the founder of Urban Farm Kits, a small company on a mission to make healthy, organic food cheaper and more accessible by making it easier for people to get started with…
Speaking of local, both Kari Skelton and Justine of With Justine share their local love for The Skinny, among other things, and Lillian Tse of Beyond Umami expresses her love for ACME Meat Market.
Local Love List #1: Cats & Coffee, An Almost-Naked Workout, and...
Welcome to the first edition of my Local Love List! Look forward to this list in your inbox every Friday morning. If you know me, you know how passionate I am about Edmonton. The list will…
Why I shop local.
A few weeks back, I was asked to help showcase The Skinny’s women’s collection. While it was an honour to stand beside many woman I admire, it was even more of an honour to be part of…
Neighbourhood Gems: ACME Meat Market and a recipe for Reverse...
Spring has finally arrived in Edmonton and seeing that I had a week off due to March Break (the benefits of following the school schedule), I had the chance to wander over to the new…
A couple of photographic journeys: Jody Bailey chronicles the River City Runners 24-hour Treadmill Challenge, and Jerome Martin challenges you to find meaning in a photograph.
2017 RCR 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge - Jody Bailey
The Edmonton run community-spearheaded by River City Runners (RCR)-2017 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge raises over $32,679 for the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Edmonton &…
Seeing Photographs
As the language or vocabulary of photography has been extended, the emphasis of meaning has shifted from what the world looks like to what we feel about the world and what we want the world…
Animals in the news! Linda Hoang reviews the new Cat Cafe on Whyte; Michael Short helps collar cougars for study; and Dustin Bajer counsels you on what to do if you come upon a swarm of bees.
Inside Alberta`s First Cat Cafe: The Cat Cafe on Whyte...
Alberta has its first cat cafe!! The Cat Cafe on Whyte (10111 – 82 Avenue) opened on March 30 – making it the first of its kind cafe to open in Edmonton and the province. So what is a cat…
Cougar collaring project underway in Alberta - Let`s Go Outdoors...
In what is expected to be a five-year project, provincial biologists are tracking down Alberta’s largest cat and one of the most efficient predators, the cougar. Wildlife managers are…
Report A Honeybee Swarm Or Colony - DustinBajer.com
Before we go too far – if you have thousands of bees flying around our yard or clumped together on a branch – you have a swarm of honeybees. No need to worry. If you’re in the Edmonton…
Let’s get dramatic. Liz Nicholls of 12th Night previews Rapid Fire Theatre’s Bonfire Festival; Curious Arts talks to the students acting in Colleen Murphy’s world premiere, Bright Burning; and Jenna Marynowski gets the story behind The Maggie Tree’s Nine Parts of Desire.
Lighting a (bon)fire under improv
By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Wrap your mind around this terrifying idea for an improv show: What if an improviser found himself onstage in a fully rehearsed, costumed, blocked 30-minute…
From Concept to Creation: The Actors` Experience - curious arts
Bright Burning (I Hope My Heart Burns First ) was commissioned by Studio Theatre. Lee Playwright-in-Residence, Colleen Murphy , was invited to create a new play for this specific graduating…
Survival, humanity, and unity in Nine Parts of Desire
The Maggie Tree’s upcoming production of Heather Raffo’s Nine Parts of Desire is a great example of the enduring power of art and its resonance across time and place. The idea for Nine…
Three ways to learn about cooking: Gabby at The Broke Girl Blog learns to wield a knife; Julie’s Kitchen Adventures learns about pie dough from the Duchess Bake Shop; and YEG Date Night invites you to an evening of culinary science.
A Night with Knives- Knife Skills Course Review
I’m a sucker for Italian food. I love eating it, I love making it… so when my mom invited me to go to a risotto making course put on by the Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group last year, I was…
Duchess Bake Shop Pie Class Part 1: Pie Dough
Hello everyone, In Edmonton, we have a very chique and popular bakery called Duchess Bake Shop. BuzzFeed named Duchess as one of the top 23 bakeries around the world you need to visit (and…
Culinary Lab Series Kicks off in Edmonton
Culinary Lab Series is a date night like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s an opportunity to experience to turn the kitchen into a laboratory, as Chef David Leeder and Chef Edgar…
How about some wise counsel? Ashley Janssen shares thoughts on resilience, in business and in life; Jeff Archibald offers up a cure to scope creep; and Nadine Riopel reassures introverts that they’re actually good at networking.
5 Way to Help You Bounce Back When
Life can be unpredictable. There are any number things that can happen, with varying severity and impact, that you don’t have any control over. Learn 5 strategies that will help you make…
Use this Paragraph in Your Proposals and Say Goodbye to Scope...
Scope creep is awful. We struggled with how to handle it for years at Paper Leaf. It’s a tricky balance, isn’t it? We don’t want to be total doormats, but we’re also terrified to…
Introverts Rock at Networking
That’s right, I said it. Introverts rock at networking. It’s true. Introverts can actually be better at networking than extroverts. Shocked, are you? “What’s the catch?” you ask? Here it…
A few about how we get around: Tim Querengesser finds himself driving more than he wants to; Robyn of Musings of an Edmonton Tourist takes a muddy but beautiful walk; and Paper Leaf’s April wallpaper features some old-school skateboarders.
Driving is less about choice than we think
I’ve been driving a lot lately. For someone publicly critical of car-think and who as a result receives car-shamed apologies from colleagues who drive to meet me for coffee, this is not a…
Edmonton Tourist: Government House Park
Such a great day for a visit to a park! But because it is early spring, choosing a park that would have very little melt or muck was important to me. Government House Park is located on the…
April 2017 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Paper Leaf
The snow is almost gone, the sun is starting to shine, Edmonton’s street sweepers haven’t quite made it out yet… This wallpaper was sketched while wishing for warmer days, and inspired by…
It’s always so interesting, and often sad, to see what Rev Recluse finds in Edmonton’s old newspapers on Vintage Edmonton. Here are a couple of samples from 1924 and 1946. If you find yourself about to get modern media coverage, Grant Ainsley has some good advice for you.
April 1, 1924
Articles, photos, ads, audio, and film from Edmonton, Alberta’s history
April 2, 1946
Articles, photos, ads, audio, and film from Edmonton, Alberta’s history
The Best Media Interview Tips I Know
When I thought about it though, the training was much the same. While the stories told by the people I worked with were very different, the way I had them approach the interviews we did and…
Three good things that happened in March: Nicole Rowan made a lot of hilarious but fashionable jokes with her annual Pinspired series; Lindy Pratch read a ton of excellent books; and, oh yeah, the Oilers made the playoffs, which is making OilersNation very, very happy.
International Pinspired March
Y’all (see how I’m learning the Texan way), this month has been AWESOME! It is the favourite time of year for us all and I’m always sad to see it come to a close… But come …
Behold the Awesome Books of March 2017
March might have been my best reading month ever. Out of 30 books, I gave five stars to 15 of them. So many great books! Do I know how to pick them, or what? Read on for highlights….
RIP to the Decade of Darkness
Oilersnation is finally able to say goodbye to the decade of darkness and initiate #MISSION17. Welcome to a new era, Nation. My friends, we’ve waited a long time for this moment. We’ve been…
Some mom things: Marie Zydek shares some more lessons from her first year of motherhood; Marcia Hamm takes her daughter to Italy for some special times; and Lori Godin says goodbye (!) to Frugal Edmonton Mama.
Motherhood: What I Wish I Knew Then, Part 2
Today I’m continuing the second part of my “What I Wish I Knew Then” series, talking about what I’ve learned during my first year of motherhood and what I didn’t expect before I gave birth….
Hotel Aldobrandini
Italy truly is a family affair. Not just in the wine business, but it seems in other areas too. Booking hotels in a foreign country can be interesting to say the least. You go by reviews,…
Seven Years. Goodbye. It`s Been a Slice.
Seven years. That’s how long I’ve been here – sharing things in this space. I’ve always wondered if there was to be a point when the constraints of the space I created no longer matched…
A couple for the gluten-free among you: Gluten-Free Edmonton has news of a festival, and Rachael at Breakfast Club YEG tries to find the right pancake.
2017 Edmonton Gluten Free Festival - Conference and Vendor Fair
We have the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association to thank for this event. On June 10, 2017 the Edmonton Chapter will be hosting a Edmonton Gluten Free Festival which will…
Pancake Round-up (GF and Vegan)
“Pancakes rule; waffles drool.” This is the slogan that gets sent back and forth over text message between my sis-and-law and I on a bi-monthly basis. The truth is: I choose waffles 100%…
More food? Therese Kehler ruminates entertainingly on apples and finds a use for some wrinkly ones on Road Wordy; Larry Harris celebrates cookies on La Bonne Vie; and Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie shares her recipe for what I consider the best dainties.
Day 85: We`re just comparing apples to apples
The apples in my fridge were looking like those creepy apple-head doll craft projects, but tossing them into yet another pie seemed awfully pedestrian. We’ve already used apples for pie…
Cookies - La Bonne Vie
Cookies! We love cookies in our house, so we are often whipping up a batch to enjoy for dessert or to pack in our lunches.
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares / Confetti Bars - The Kitchen...
By Karlynn No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares AKA Confetti Bars are from my repertoire of my Grandma Marion’s recipes, as she was an avid fan of “dainties”.
That’s a big harvest, but only the beginning of what you could find. Discover way more on ShareEdmonton or in previous blog roundups, and if you like Flipboard, I put these there, too.

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