AJ, Jeff and myself would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!
Patio season has officially arrived and Catch & the Oyster Bar owns the best seat on Stephen Ave for sunshine and people watching. They also have a killer Happy Hour menu that includes $5 pints, select cocktails and appetizers.
This month is busy with events and social gatherings. The Metropolitan Grill has re-opened and looks FAB! The interior has been completely remodeled and designed to be extremely urban. I love this spot after work with some friends for a cocktail and tasty bites.
We’ve had a pile of fresh snow over the past few days which means the mountains are ready and waiting with perfect winter conditions. If you don’t have plans for the weekend I suggest packing up the car and heading to the mountains.
Here are some winter wonderland activities I recommend in Banff:
1. Skating – spend the day skating on the pond by the Waldhaus Pub in Banff. (Skate rentals are available from Kippers downtown).
3. Dining - After a day of fun in the Rockies your stomach is sure to be crying for a hearty meal. Hit up the Maple Leaf Grill for a seared steak cooked to perfection. I’ve been here several times and honestly have never had a better steak experience.
Happy New Year everyone!
Are you ready for 2013? I sure am as I rung in the new year with a FAB trip south to Mexico. I spent 8 glorious days basking in the tropical, humid and of course sunny Manzanillo. This part of Mexico is located in the deep South Pacific and was the perfect way to finish 2012 and bring 2013 in fresh and sun-kissed.
This trip was spent with fantastic friends and plenty of ‘me’ time. Most of my days consisted of swimming, walking along the beach, and catching the raise and fall of the sun with a cold Modelo in hand (I know… hard life).
This quaint little village tucked behind our condo was full of amazing, genuine loving people. The Spanish culture is unique and in my opinion values ‘living life to the fullest’ in a most profound way. They are always surrounded with family and friends, embracing every moment they share. I have been to Mexico a few times and every experience has been a FAB one. If you haven’t been to the Southern Pacific area, or Mexico in general, I highly recommend going.
Till next week my FAB friends!
This is for all those last-minute shoppers out there… god speed.
Rubiyat- Gorgeous blown glass dishes, trendy urban gems. Located on 17th Ave this store is filled with gorgeous items that will dazzle your loved one.
Holt Renfrew- Stalking stuffers including tasty jams, cookies and Christmas decorations. Located in the Core Shopping Center. Or if you are wanting to get more they have an array of luxury stores. I recommend checking out “Hermes” the scarves are a timeless pieces, and a fantastic gift.
Restoration Hardware- Faux fur throws, and cozy little bootie slippers. This store will have those last minute “hmmmmmm…..what do I get mom and dad for Christmas?”. They have this adorable stuffed faux fur teddy if you are stuck on what to get little ones. For all the shoppers not able to find Dad something, this is the place! With neat display tables you will be sure to find the perfect thing.
Bath and Body Works- For those ladies looking to find mothers, sisters and friends a little something, Bath and Body is your shop. They have so many FAB scented items and the prices are great. The deals are exceptional for example, large 3-wick candles are 2 for $25.00. My favorite scent is Vanilla Brown Sugar.
Stillwater Spa (Hyatt)- Men looking for wives, moms, girlfriends here it is. Every women deserves a little relaxation time and of course they all love the spa. Stillwater has some amazing options for you if you’re stuck for ideas. You can get gift cards for treatments or a dollar amount so they can choose for themselves. They sell Farm House Fresh products which smell and feel amazing – I recommend the Fluffy Bunny Cream. Located on the second floor of Hyatt Regency Calgary, you can visit the conveniently set up Spa Booth or go directly into the spa. Be sure to check it out!!
Merry Christmas and happy shopping everyone!
Wow has it ever been an exciting last couple of weeks. I am proud to announce that I’ve officially received my second Les Clefs d’Or Golden Keys!
It’s a huge honor not only to wear them on my lapels, but to have the “keys” to the city. I am one of 4000 new members internationally and one of four who received my keys for the Alberta area including Nella (Westin Edmonton), Jeff (Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise) and Udo (Corporate Affiliate Oxford Securities). I am a proud ambassador to the Hyatt Regency Calgary and a key component to making our guests feel like they’re at home during their stay. The have gained an abundance of knowledge and strong network that I’m excited to use to help guests with an array of options for their travels.
There are lots of different things going on in the city right now for the with holiday flare. If you haven’t checked out Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo I highly recommend it. The Zoo is in the setting of a winter wonderland. With over 100,000 lights glowing, this is a FAB outing with your family or friends. Remember to pack a thermos of hot chocolate… and maybe a little Bailey’s
The Nut Cracker will be showing from December 20-24th. As a “World Class Show” this is a FAB date night out and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. It is showing at the Jubilee Auditorium.
I am proud to announce that Hyatt Regency Calgary nominated Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) as our THRIVE* community grant partner this year, and we won! Through our nomination for consideration and their grant application we were able to secure CUPS an incredible $15, 000 USD grant to help improve the lives of Calgarians!
*THRIVE is a program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – that those who live and work there.
Everyone from around the world have a very merry Christmas and healthy happy New Year. Thanks for all the kind words exchanged back on my blog and support. This has truly been a fun year and I enjoy sharing all of my experiences with you.
AJ, Jeff and myself would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!
Brunch anyone? I can easily rank this restaurant as one of my top 5 favorite places for breakfast in Calgary. Close enough to see the skyline of downtown in the near west and yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle. I had the pleasure of enjoying a very delicious brunch while taking in the historical character and our servers educational intro. I highly recommend, not that I’ve tried both of these in the same sitting, the Eggs Benedict, French Toast, and of course their super FAB coffee! The space is well set for large parties and absolutely delightful for tables of two. Make sure you put this on your “Must Do” list becuase you are missing out!
Are you looking to take in some live Theatre? Well do I have a show for you!
I had the opportunity to see Ghost Busted with a few colleagues. Live from the Dorchester Hotel this music packed evening was a hoot. The characters stay in character throughout the whole evening, from serving our meals to the themed music playing in the back ground. This is another fantastic idea for team building, work Christmas parties or going out with a great group of friends. I found this show particularly neat as it’s themed around a Hotel – and well all of us whom attended are Hoteliers. I highly recommend this show for everyone to see. Ghost Busted is showing nightly at Jubilations Dinner Theatre through February 9th, 2013.
The city is glistening with Christmas bliss, full of sparkling colors and a fair to show. If you are looking for some great Christmas gift ideas, or just simply in the spirit check out some local Christmas Fairs.
I took in the sites at the Spruce Meadows Fair last weekend with my family and it was a fantastic time. Sprawled throughout the entire grounds are tents full of FAB booths. In the main center of the grounds there’s a large building which displays an array of countries and there signature theme. There was live music and FAB homemade gifts from all over the world. Indeed I did some Christmas shopping and purchased a few paintings for myself. Unfortunately the Spruce Meadows show is over until next year but click here to find upcoming Christmas Fairs.
Well my Blog Readers that’s all my Fab things this week, and I will be attending some more great things this up and coming week.
Hello everyone. I had an exhilarating time this past week. Are you ready to have your socks blown off? I have the FAB new adventure to add to your list of things to do in Calgary. Last weekend I took my team bobsledding at the Canada Olympic Park. This adventure was jaw dropping at 130kms and 14 turns in 60 seconds!
The adrenaline rush kicked in as soon as we were standing at the start line looking across at the ice curving straight down, to what looked like a black-hole with no end.
The most exciting thing was the G-force; you couldn’t even keep your head up straight while flying around the bends. I felt like a bobble-head doll.
I highly recommend this activity, this isn’t only perfect for a group of friends by a fun date idea too.
I recently attended the Ooh Lala Fashion show at 80th and Ivy. This was a Great evening of new fashion and networking. If you’re not familiar with 80th and Ivy, it’s a FAB new restaurant located in the bustling 17th Avenue district.
With an open concept interior this is such an inviting place with a very impressive menu. The bar looking over the open kitchen is very warm, and fantastic for those larger parties. This urban venue is touched with sophistication, but yet has that cozy local feeling. Make sure you place your reservations in early, as you don’t want to miss out on this FAB dinning experience.
Stay tuned for next weeks Finds!!