Weekly Adventures

The last couple of months has been a whirlwind to say the least. I've had far to much on my plate and I'm finally just getting around to posting about it. Here is a little bit of what I've been up to. I stopped by Wine Festival at the BMO Center last month to check out some new wines and try some old favourites. Here are a couple that I loved while at the event.

Anna Codorniu Brut Rose

The bottle caught my eye, but its fresh crisp fruity notes with hints of spices made it one of my faves. Composed of 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay and 12% alcohol, this Spanish brut was a hit amongst the ladies judging by the crowd surrounding their booth and would do really well at a stagette, graduation or celebratory event. 

G7 Merlot Rose

With an intense aroma of fruits and flavors of tropical  and citrus fruits, this one was in a party in my mouth. I savored every sip and didn't want it to end. Clean, crisp and sweetly balanced in acidity. Perfect on a warm summer evening.

After 10 months of moving into my place, I finally had a housewarming party with over 30 friends and family for some music, food and dancing. It was a fun time but catering to that many people was stressful and is something I won't be doing for a while.

After months of preparation, Joyce's Closet secured a location downtown and we moved into the space last weekend with an official launch party a few days later. It was a very proud moment to be surrounded by friends and family to celebrate such an amazing accomplishment. The store is located at 1412- 1 Street SW. Open Mon- Fri 10-7pm, Saturday 11-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Stop by and check it out.

 The recently closed Parkerhouse restaurant in the heart of downtown Calgary, reopened its doors a few weeks ago as Swine & Sow restaurant, still owned by CA group Enterprise, who also own some of the best restaurants in the city like The Trib and Murriettas. A few days ago I attended their VIP opening and was quite impressed with the newly completely renovated space and menu. The decor significantly different from the stuffy and dark room the Parkhouse once had was now a warm, bright and well lighted room bustling with the after work crowd. Executive chef Ian Smith has created a menu with many locally sourced ingredients and some items on the menu have some British influence where Chef Smith hails from. Don't let the name fool you, as the menu has a variety of  dishes with pork comprising less than 50% of it at affordable prices. Not only is the Swine & Sow a perfect place for lunch and dinner, but also a perfect destination for a dinner date, birthday party,dinner party and cooperate meetings thanks to their private dining room that seats up to 30 people. The staff and management team where super friendly and accommodating and is a place worth checking out.
With the growth of the business came many personal changes and the acquisition of a new vehicle to transport goods. After 2 months of test driving different vehicles, I chose a 2014 Jeep Patriot Sport Limited Edition, a purchase I am very pleased with and a pleasure to drive.



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