August 12, 2013

El Camino de Santiago Then and Now

El Camino de Santiago Then and Now

Why would anyone subject themselves to a seemingly endless march through unfamiliar territory and with no creature comforts? Penance?   Belief?  Reflection? Challenge? Escapism? Adventure? What do you think?   (more…)

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August 5, 2013

Letters from the Fete de Village

Letters from the Fete de Village

Cowboy culture runs deep in parts of Provence and throughout the Camargue. Although, the customs have Spanish roots, the Provençal character is what thrives today.  White horses, black bulls, traditional costumes, processions and convivial atmosphere all surround several days (and long nights) of events. The program is built around a celebration of the patron saint of the village church. However, most of the activities have nothing to do with religious orientation. Every Provençal village hosts a variation of these festivities. Consistent elements of which, are captured in the ABC list below. If, you missed Nutmeg’s 2012 post you can see it here. (more…)

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July 29, 2013

Camino de Santiago ABCs

Camino de Santiago ABCs

You have watched “The Way” the 2011 movie staring Martin Sheen, written and directed by his son Emilio Estevez.  OR You have a friend who has walked the Camino and now you are thinking of walking to Santiago de Compenstela. Where to start? What to carry? What footwear? Which route? It is confusing. The following is not a checklist but rather a few things every potential pilgrim should know about the long route to the renowned cathedral. Given the nature of this trek there are a few extra letters (C,P and S) in this ABC list. (more…)

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July 22, 2013

Foodie Pages Delivers Artisanal Food to Canadian Mailboxes

Foodie Pages Delivers Artisanal Food to Canadian Mailboxes

Nutmeg knew immediately that there was an interesting story to be told when she stumbled across Foodie Pages a company founded by Erin Maynes. This brilliant concept brings specialty Canadian food and culinary related products to your mailbox. Erin’s vision was to use the power of the Internet to create an online farmers’ market, a “place” where consumers can buy directly from some of Canada’s creative food producers and specialty farmers. (more…)

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July 15, 2013

Symons Valley Ranch a Fresh New Food Experience

Symons Valley Ranch a Fresh New Food Experience

In June, the City of Calgary just barely survived a “100-year” flooding event, and possibly the worst natural disaster in Canadian history. In response to this terrible occurrence resilient Calgarians rallied. They pumped water from their basements, tossed furniture into dumpsters, and helped their neighbours dry out precious belongings. Then they partied! Despite incredible obstacles, the 101st Calgary Stampede proceeded as scheduled – spurred by this outlook “Come Hell or High Water.” This year there was more to celebrate than usual – diets be damned, bring on the beer and corn dogs! Now it is the middle of July, the middle of Calgary summer, and the city may just have a minor liquid induced hangover. There is a cure! (more…)

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July 8, 2013

Canmore Underground Discovery Tour

Canmore Underground Discovery Tour

Quarry Lake with a sweeping Bow Valley view is perched above the Town of Canmore. It is a popular recreational location in summer months for picnics and wedding photos. The lake is the result of a successful mine reclamation project on a site that was at one time known as Canmore Creek #3, a strip mine. Nutmeg is fairly confident that the buffed athletes who swim in the lake waters when participating in the annual Canmore Triathlon and families who enjoy leisurely summer picnics on the rocky shores have no idea of the lake’s history. (more…)

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July 1, 2013

The Fabric of Provence

The Fabric of Provence

It was a solo visit for Nutmeg. Ginger had no interest in the Souleiado fabric museum in Tarascon. The display provides a historical overview of their fabrics and methods of textile printing.  The lighting in the small museum could be improved, and the information provided could be more explicit. The history of Indian fabrics in Provence is long, with imports starting in the late 16th century.  These brightly coloured and heavily patterned cloths were cherished when they first arrived. French production of Indian patterns started in Marseille in 1648. Initially, the output was of poor quality in comparison to the imports. However, as designers and printers mastered the trade, their capabilities expanded and the quality of products improved over time. (more…)

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June 24, 2013

Nourish Bistro Opens New Doors in Banff

Nourish Bistro Opens New Doors in Banff

Heather McCoy had a dream that most of us would not dare execute – she wanted to open a café in a resort town. Nourish is defined by the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary as: • to promote the growth of • to furnish or sustain with nutriment : feed • to nurture, support or maintain (more…)

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June 17, 2013

Brian’s Fruit Stand in West Vancouver

Brian’s Fruit Stand in West Vancouver

A hearty Mexican dinner erased the results of a terrible golf game, and the Cadillac margaritas could only be followed by “one more drink.” Palm Desert bedtime hours be dammed! Nutmeg is relatively certain that she does not need to layout the rest of the evening for you. It was late and the next morning required copious amounts of strong coffee. (more…)

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June 10, 2013

Marseille France All Dressed Up

Marseille France All Dressed Up

The maze of construction hoarding is gone. Vehicle congestion is a mere shadow of its former chaos. As Cultural Capital of the year, Marseille is ready to welcome the world this summer. The exact value of total funds dispensed for urban infrastructure projects, new artistic exhibition space, and other enhancement work would require a forensic accountant. The results of this massive undertaking are changing Marseille’s scruffy image and vastly improving the previously underwhelming waterfront. Here are some of the highlights: (more…)

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