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.
- Cirque Du Soleil has been in town for the past month and is finishing up their time in Calgary with a few more shows this weekend. Amaluna is performed daily until May 12th and I highly recommend it for everyone! The show is exhilarating and full of energy which is simply amazing.
- Stage West is now performing the ever popular musical Chicago. Chicago is the longest running broadway show, based on a murder in the 1920’s, this story is sure to have you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes.
- The King of Pop shuffles across the floor of the Jubilee, showcasing the Jackson 5 era to current. This legend is in most of our daily routines over and over.
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.
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.
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!!
I’m back, relaxed and looking forward to many exciting and FAB Events taking place this month.
As promised, I want to share a bit of my vacation with all of you. My vacation started with a dose of relaxation as I was pampered at Stillwater Spa. For an hour and a half I was captured in an intense treatment specially designed for dry, devitalized skin. The Enrich Body Treatment started with a gentle exfoliation, followed by a Moor Mud application and warm wrap. While my body soaked up the moisture and warmth of the wrap, my face and scalp were treated to a gentle massage. The treatment ended with a full body butter application. I walked (or should I say rolled) out of the spa feeling like a new replenished man! It was almost like a snake shedding skin. This has to be the best possible way to start a vacation – completely and utterly relaxed. From the moment I checked into the spa I felt as if I were a Prince being pampered for the evening ball.
Stillwater Spa also has this FAB new booking program to ensure even the busiest person is able to find treatment availability that fits their tight schedule. Please watch for daily posts through Facebook for next day spa openings. Seize the Day with an exhilarating spa experience! Like Stillwater Spa on Facebook.
Now lets get to my vacation. For all of you who haven’t been to Eastern Canada it’s a must. Many of the places were hidden little gems that you wouldn’t find on your own. I flew to Ottawa with my Family and ventured through Quebec.
The colors were magical. I had never been East in the Fall, so it was amazing to see our nations capital covered in rich reds, yellows and oranges.
Upon arrival we were whisked away to my sister and Dan’s beautiful home in Gatineau, Quebec. This is where the “Zen Time” began. We arrived to a rainy 13 degree Fall afternoon. Something was cooking as the house was coated in smells of amazing flavors.
Well yes it’s Fall, and Thanksgiving would not be complete without having duck. WOW….. this dinner was so FAB I had 2 plates finished off in no time. I felt right at home with the family laughing and connecting in such an array of love. After dinner Mareta and Dan asked me to go to a friends wedding with them. The reception was held in a beautiful old cathedral. What fun – it was FAB. I blended right in on the dance floor where I met such wonderful individuals. One moment comes to mind of dancing away with my new found friend, Alex. We chuckled, flipped, spun and then started all over again – so much fun. The bride and groom looked so happy together surrounded by their loved ones. As our evening came to an end we exchanged cards and said our goodbyes.
“Wakey, wakey eggs and bakey” was the morning theme. We cruised the Warehouse District of Ottawa to come upon this amazing bistro called Art-Is-In. Here we discovered my new favorite breakfast sandwich; it sure helps to have the locals opinion on best restaurants when visiting new places, thanks Mareta and Dan. Art-Is-In was packed with people sipping cappuccinos and visiting with family and friends. At the back of the bistro you could see gourmet bread loafs being baked and placed on shelves for sale, “Oh my, I’ll take 3!”. The owner came over to greet us and started telling us about his impressive background as the former Prime Minister, Paul Martins personal Chef. You can say that we were in good hands. We exchanged cards and with many compliments from my family said farewell.
We were off once again, heading South to the cottage for another Thanksgiving dinner with Dan’s family. There’s something about country roads that evokes a sense of calming in me, perhaps it’s from growing up on a farm. There’s nothing like a country cruise were everywhere you look is something new and gorgeous.
The next two days with Dan’s family were filled with crackling fires, board games and lots of laughter. While sitting on the porch one evening I heard a Loon, this was such an incredible moment as I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing one before. Dan’s family cottage was truly one of the best places to soak up RNR time.
After this wonderful time we headed south to Kingston and toured the beauty of Canada’s First Nations Capital. The history, from city hall to old architecture, was jaw dropping.
We took a tour of Fort Henry and then headed to Thousand Islands. This particular area of the Country was just amazing.
We then made our way to wine country in Prince Edward County where we visited a number of FAB wineries.
Apple Orchids were in full harvest mode. You can smell the sweet apples as soon as you open the car door.
As I’m sure you can see from all my photos my vacation through Eastern Canada was tranquil. I can easily go on and on about this trip. It was one heck of a FAB experience and all the more memorable to have shared with my beautiful family!
This weekend I am taking my Concierge team Bobsledding and then attending a Fashion Show at 80th and IVY.
See you all next week.