Dining in the Office



What could be better than hot and tasty pepper chicken, veg and curry chick peas…in January…when you can’t…won’t face driving winter roads at lunch time. A sandwich…when it’s cold out? Soup? Mmmm chemicals and I am still hungry! Perfect Prep makes incredible lunches for a budget! It may be cold outside, but a wonderful meal to look forward to during a hard day in the office, on site, anywhere… Perfect Prep makes healthy lunches and I freeze them by recipe in bags in my deep freezer, pick a different one out every night for the next day. Great way to count calories and try to trim the Christmas fat…or baking with butter as I call it! 5 different recipes and they are so good!!!


Everyone envies me in the lunch room at the office and I keep telling them…order and freeze them cause they cost the same as if you made them yourself! No MSG, all organic, and hearty!. It is the only time I truly can dine at my desk…no dress code in effect!


So when the weather turns warm…and you just have to have a salad…It’s off to the salad bar!  I just love getting extra tomatoes without asking…just a sprinkle of onions…no…no not too many…just enough for that tangy crunch every so often. I LOVE my salads the best! Other pre-made salads are my last resort and if I have to…Superstore rocks those out the best against every grocery store, but Co-Op is the DOMINATOR of Salad Bars! Safeway…the salad recipes are good…but usually stale`ish, small and pricey…however the Safeway Signature Sandwich Bar…my god!  I always pick one up for my ski day…and it tastes like heaven on the hill!  (I will save the sandwich rant for another day), back to salads…mostly…all pre-made salads are ok… but usually too heavy here…too light there…my way is always the right way.


With the cost of produce in Alberta…the salad bar can often give you better value to get exclusively your favorite salad items, the way you like them…granted in smaller amounts, but no waste.  Two Large Salad Bar Salads usually gives hubby and I supper, (with some bread.) and lunch the next day.  It`s not just rabbit food for me either…oh no…load it up with chicken, eggs, nuts, cheese…oh yes cheese!…black olives are kinda like the onions. Depending on the time of year throw in some berries or melon…Melon and Poppy Seed dressing tastes like summer!  I love the Salad Bar…my favorite recipe is as follows:


Bed of greens…preferably spinach…romaine is the last choice.

Next Red Peppers…scattered all over the greens.

Just an ever so light and random sprinkle of finely cut Red Onion.

Tomatoes, preferably cut, not the grape style…can be bitter, but LOTS…since child birth…I have asked for…extra tomatoes please.

Mini Bocconcini Cheese about 6 balls all shoved in the NW corner

Sprinkle any shredded Cheese all over the salad as well please…

Sprinkle with Cooked Chicken like the Red Peppers

Hard Boiled Eggs, I like about 1 full Egg in the NE Corner

sprinkle with Walnuts or Sunflower Seeds

Sprinkle top with Bacon Bits

Chick Peas mixed equally with black beans in the SW Corner

Pickled Beets in the SE Corner…I treat those like dessert and eat them last.

Poppy Seed Dressing all over…Renee`s is best! YUM-MY!!!!



Don’t W.A.I.T. to check out Calgary’s S.A.I.T.


SAIT’s Modern vibe cannot be ignored http://www.sait.ca/…the Aldred Centre Trades and Technology Bldg. is a Modern Beauty, with it’s wave roof line that borders 16th Avenue’s main entrance into the High Tech traffic circle. This is a gorgeous unique Modern Glass buildings surround, speaking to the Technological Advancements SAIT has seen since 1922.  Since then SAIT has transformed it’s homogenous 60/70’s brick, block compound  into a cutting edge, leading Post Secondary Elite Technology School in North America…and they have the facility to prove it!

All while offering hands on education for Trades, Business, Construction , Automotive, Manufacturing, Automation, Culinary Arts, and the Energy industry.  This campus has it ALL! Students agree, as an amazing 80% of graduates are employed in their field of study, (94% get a job period).  In 2014 96% of students would recommend SAIT, and a large percentage are from outside of Canada.

With so many fields to choose from S.A.I.T. Offers Certification Programs and Degrees for the following fields of study:

School of Information & Communications Technology

School of Business

School of Construction…as an excellent example of their cutting edge vision; this school includes an “ARIS” Green Energy Building testing alternative energy systems of all types, (who knew planted earth walls can filter water?!)

School of Energy Technology

School of Health & Public Safety

School of Hospitality & Tourism

School of Manufacturing & Automation

School of Transportation

School of Culinary Arts

…Not to mention the GORGEOUS Campus with a Panoramic City View, Green Spaces, Parkland and the symbolic Heritage Hall which has stood proudly since 1926!  Top of the line Sporting Facility…Home of the Trojans!  Ice Arena, Aquatic Centre with Salt Water Pool, Gymnasiums, Weight Rooms, Sports Teams and The Outdoor Cohos Common Athletic Field!

Food Glorious Food…It is absolutely everywhere!  The 4 Nines Dining Centre offers a different menu every day featuring the talents of S.A.I.T.’s Culinary Chefs in Training!  Incredible meals to enjoy or take away for dinner time, (often featuring veggies and herbs from Jackson’s Garden on campus).  Scattered among the main buildings on campus, students can choose from over 18 food outlet options…(Sushi to late night pancakes at Denny’s…doesn’t everyone eat pancakes at midnight?) The Gateway boasts one of the best patios in Calgary with live music, and drinks, (voted Best Live Music Venue in Calgary>500).  On campus convenience store, ATB Bank.. and Market Place…it’s a one stop shop.


Last, but most certainly not least is the Highwood Dining Room..an amazing unique dining experience by their culinary students who offer world class culinary dishes and service in the award winning restaurant under the guidance of their renowned chefs.  Whether you are looking for an outstanding luncheon to impress…or just a feast, (Thursday is a buffet!)   The best is dinner!…(not only very reasonable), 5 course, elegant gourmet dining experience…but usually unique and outstanding.  Now…for some us “older” students, who would like to learn a new trade, technology, direction in life…or just some cooking classes.  Check out their post secondary programs for exciting evening courses…not to mention the best kept secret in fine dining in Calgary…see you at The Highwood!  This is just part of the amazing meal we were served at The Highwood.




Over your head in Calgary…

One thing Calgary always does for me is show me amazing skies…it never ceases to amaze me the wonderous Chinook Arches, the firey sun rises and the tropical, pastel sunsets…the moon a giant white orb in the middle of a Blue Bird afternoon.  Fast moving storms, all types of clouds and even the odd tornado.



The mountain effect in Calgary truly lives up to the local expression; “If you do not like the weather, wait 20 minutes.” Joke or not, can literally happen…often in Calgary.  The glorious Chinook winds delivery warm, pacific winds during cold winter months…even though Leonardo Dicaprio is convinced that it is a global warming…maybe, but Calgarians have been enjoying warm winter Chinooks, (mountain effect), since the first 500 arrived here…forever.  The sky entertains me more here than anywhere…so vast and beautiful…I can never ignore it, not for even one day.  My daughter always sighs when I say…”Look Kate, look at the sky…”




…I love soup!



I love soup…all soup, but mostly Vietnamese Soup…and I have LOTS of choices in Calgary…one of my faves is Pho Kim.  …funny story today…I had a work meeting with a Mr. Kim, had lunch at Pho Kim…and tonight going out with my awesome friend – Kim! That`s a lot of Kims! Hahaha

I just love their soup…it is divine.  I never, ever regret soup here of any kind, but my favorite order is Chicken Noodle with Spring Rolls …not salad rolls, which is my norm…only cause it is one of the places that still offers lettuce and basil as an option.



I really don`t enjoy spring rolls without lettuce and basil…always seems like it`s missing something.  Chinese restaurants have not learned that yet, and for that reason I rarely eat spring rolls anywhere else.  At Pho Kim, I can order the huge crispy pieces of lettuce with basil leaves, rolled tightly around the deep fried goodness of their tasty spring rolls.  Dip in the sweet, tangy hot sauce with a hot and cool crunch…all at the same time! Yum!



The chicken soup broth is the best part of the bowl, but the tender chicken is juicy and the perfectly al dente…(can I use that Italian expression about Vietnamese Cuisine?), rice noodles are DELICIOUS…which are kinda square…so they don’t slide of the chop sticks very easily…which means getting more stuffed in my mouth at one time! Yum!  I love soup!  I love Pho Kim!

map to Pho Kim

Skiing at Sunshine is Sublime

Not just one, but three amazing mountains, (Goat’s Eye, Lookout & Mount Standish)…


http://www.sunshine-village.com/sunshine-village/…after a 360 degree wowwy wow view up the mountain in the spacious, comfy, high speed gondola.  You can stop and get off at Goat’s Eye to enjoy steep, snowy trails that offer nice longs runs, with a shorter chair ride on the Goat’s Eye Express Quad.  Great trail designs on this mountain.  The natural terrain on top of “The Goat” offers some of the best natural trail lines in North America.  This is elite ski territory.


Next stop is The Village…truly a family resort with adorable kiddies bombing around, while still offering nice variations in terrain from the 5+ main chairs, basically something for everyone.  Wide, open gentle slopes to some nice challenging chutes off of all the chairs…not to mention the hair raising Delirium Dive, (bring a shovel, beacon and helmet to get through the security gate), cause this is completely natural terrain, true back country experience…and a ride like no other…anywhere…all the while at a bustling ski resort. AMAZING!


After you get your morning in, you can return to the Day Lodge and enjoy a great lunch!  On a nice day, (which at Sunshine there are many as it always the last resort to close for the year), you can work on your winter tan on one of the patios, while the BBQ’s serving up burgers and dogs.  Live music events and the annual Slush Cup make it one hell of a party on a ski hill, just a great time in one of the most beautiful places on the planet! My brother and I call it paradise on earth..closest you can get to heaven…we love coming to Sunshine and skiing hard…making friends on the lifts, (like Mick our ski buddy for the day visiting Calgary from the Netherlands…he was on his own, so being the Canadians we are…invited him to ski with us for the day, we rode every chair in the resort that day.)  Great times!  The best new treat is the incredible new heated Chair Lift.  Steep double d’son this chair, so ski it in the am!  Sunshine also recently added a new modern sleek Timberframe Lodge on top of the mountain in the village. Only a couple of years ago added the gorgeous base mountain lodge…like Calgary, Sunshine gets better with age.  I love Sunshine…cannot be beat!


Ride Delirium Dive