Last weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to take a small trip to Banff. I love the mountains and I also haven’t been to Banff in years, so this was a treat. Also, my boyfriend doesn’t like driving long distances, so for him to suggest going on a trip was really sweet :)
So since we only stayed for one night, we decided to randomly choose a restaurant while strolling down the town of Banff. We chose The Maple Leaf because my boyfriend was craving steak. I had already looked up the restaurants in Banff so I knew this would be a good choice.
Walking into the restaurant, at first it seems to be pretty small but then I realized they had an upper level. We were seated in the small area on the main floor. I didn’t really like where we were sitting because it was quite close to the door so whenever customers came in, I could feel a drift.
Onto the food! First we ordered the Thai Mussels in a coconut broth. (Excuse the bad quality pictures. I only had my iPhone on me)
This was delicious! It was very flavourful, especially with the Thai flavours. Not too bland, not too salty. These mussels are near the top of my list in terms of flavour (my favourite mussel appetizer is from Sicilian Pasta Kitchen Downtown). The only down side was that one of my mussels had a LOT of sand, but it was just one out of the bunch. Nothing to worry about though. Oh, and the flatbread on top of the mussels were SO delicious. Had nice garlic butter flavour with parmasen cheese. Mmmm.
For entrees, I ordered the Brome Lake Duck and my boyfriend ordered the NY Strip.
My duck was cooked perfectly. It was juicy and the meat came off the bone nicely. Very flavourful as well. I love duck, whether it’s Chinese BBQ duck or gourmet duck dishes like this one! There’s something about the flavour that I just love. Kind of like how lamb has a distinct taste, duck also has one as well. The veggies were also nicely grilled and tasty as well. I was pretty full because I ate too much bread lol. I had underestimated the size of my duck!
My boyfriend’s NY steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare. I had a bite of it and it was pretty juicy. But that’s all I can say about it lol. My boyfriend did enjoy his steak though; he said it was very good!
We didn’t order any dessert because we were so stuffed. But overall, The Maple Leaf did not disappoint. I would definitely visit again in the future and would recommend it if you’re visiting Banff :)
I’ve never really been passionate about what I’m taking in school until now. It took me 12 years of grade school & almost 4 years of university for me to FINALLY be passionate about what I’m learning.
When people think of retailing (myself included), they usually think of shopping or working in a clothing store. That’s part of it, but just a small part. This semester I’m taking a Retail and Channel Management class and boy, has it changed my entire view on retailing. There’s so much coordination and skill involved in the retail industry, from properly segmenting, to store layout, to buying and category management. I quickly became really interested in the topics we discussed in class and in the process of applying for some retailing internships this summer. I’m even considering taking interior design after graduating and pursue retail store design after a retail store designer presented to my class. I’m also thinking of going on the retailing trip in May 2012 and visit some of the corporate headquarters of some of the biggest retailers in Canada. The opportunities are endless!
After looking at the courses I’ve taken so far, I will actually complete an unofficial double major upon completion of my degree in Human Resources Management and Retailing & Services. Personally I think both the concentrations will complement each other quite well; you need the right people to be successful in the retailing industry.
But don’t count me out of the event planning industry just yet. Maybe I’ll do both. Who knows? ;)
Today marks the one year anniversary of my Mother’s passing. A year ago today, my Mom lost her life to cancer. They say the grieving process gets easier as the days go by. And it’s true. It doesn’t completely go away but everyday you find new ways to grieve and remember the one you loved the most.
I encourage everyone to educate and inform your parents about cancer. It’s a devastating disease and the only way we can fight it successfully is by early detection. My Mom was a healthy 58 year old, who lived an active lifestyle and enjoyed the company of her grandkids. Little did we know, one simple MRI scan changed everything. She was first diagnosed in 2008. Surgery was a success and the cancer was in remission for two years. We caught it early. But this cancer was very rare and aggressive so early detection was not enough to keep her alive forever. It did, however, give her an extra two years to live which might have not been the case had we detected it later.
Fuck Cancer (www.letsfcancer.com) is a movement that encourages us, Generation Y, to talk to our parents about the signs of cancer or even to encourage them to get screened for the disease. Your parents gave you the sex talk, now it’s your turn to give them the cancer talk. Join the movement. You may actually save a life or two.
Today we remember and celebrate my Mother’s life. To honour her and to look back at all the fond memories we have of her. Memories never die.
Use cash. To make sure you don’t go over budget on any Christmas shopping, use cash. I’m sure most, if not all, of you budget what you’re going to spend for each person you’re buying gifts for. To prevent overspending, take out cash and leave your plastic at home.
Otherwise, use credit card. NOT debit cards. Christmas is a prime time for fraud to happen. I work in retail and one of our stores was hit by fraud recently. The employees had left the debit machine unattended, and someone switched it out. So all of the cards that were swiped afterwards had their pin numbers taken and bank accounts depleted. Using credit cards will minimize this risk because it goes through the credit card company, and not your bank account directly.
1. A modern tea set - I love drinking tea. I drink it almost everyday and prefer it over coffee.
2. A polaroid camera - I love polaroids and this new modern digital polaroid camera is just what I need/want :)
3. A fondue set - Ever since going to the Melting Pot, I’ve been obsessed about fondues because it’s sooo delicious! But expensive. So I figure I want my own fondue set to make my own fondue so I don’t have to spend so much at the Melting Pot.