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Welcome to my blog! I am a Creative Communications student at Red River College. My blog will feature local specialty drinks and my own favourite recipes from home! Take a break from the books and check in every week for weekly specials and events, and holiday features!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Check out my bloggy friends!

This week I am going to focus on a few of my favourite classmates blogs that I follow. It’s important to see what else exists in the blog world and I know a lot of people that put a lot of time and effort into their thoughts and posts. I’ll tell you a few of my favs and why they are worth checking out in your free time!

Teemu Salami

First of all I have to give a shout out to my good pal John and his blog Teemu Salami. He always features delicious recipe ideas and some awesome pictures of the cooking process. He has catchy blog titles and includes great detail. This past week he taught the blog world how to make his tasty pea soup! Such a great idea with the colder weather coming…In Winnipeg anyways! Definitely make sure to check out Teemu Salami if you’re looking for a meal idea!

Stepping away from the Blogger world, and enter the word press format of Kulture by Katherine Dow. I love Katherine’s blog for a few reasons. The layout is very clean and easy to read. I like that she uses a different blog format, and it’s something new for me to discover. I appreciate her honestly and fully developed thoughts and opinions. She takes a lot of time and care into her posts, and the passion in her writing jumps off the page. She covers a broad range of ideas and topics from her favourite local sushi review, to the always interesting life of Lindsay Lohan. Check out of the blogger network and check into the word press world of Katherine Dow’s ideas.

My good friend Tammy’s blog will leave you with nothing to whine about with her tasteful thoughts about different wines. I love her blog because similar to mine, she features new and interesting drink ideas. She reviews different kinds of wine, both white and red, and a range of price points. I appreciate layout and design choice. The blog is easy to read and I love her personal pictures. Earlier in October she took advantage of the warm fall weather and made her way to the cabin. She shared her weekend pictures and pick of the week: The Beach House. She always includes pictures of the bottles she is referring to, which makes it easier to identify when you go to pick up the bottle yourself! I always trust her wine sense.  Check it out!

This is the mother of all blogs. Definitely one of my favs! I love Monique’s blog posts because they are so current, and so frequent that you can read her daily thought process. Monique blogs about everything and has such great visuals with her professional pictures. Sometimes I just check out her blog to look at the gorgeous photography she includes! Check out her blog and learn a thing or two about the blogging world from this blog pro!


The only blog to check out if you have a passion for fashion, like my girl Lauren Best, is her very own blog, Dressed by Best. She has the hottest fashion gossip and all the latest styles. She is my very own living breathing vogue magazine... and has even more to offer then the September issue! Check her out, and you will not regret it!

Dressed by Best

Okay so food, drinks, art, and fashion aren't your thing? My last recommendation for today is my pal Mike Cuma's sports blog. Mike is the man when it comes to sports news! He is an expert Winnipeg Blue Bomber Blogger and a Winnipeg fueled Jet of sports information. He hosts a sports radio show called Two Jocks and a Jill on 92.9 KICK FM in Winnipeg. Check out his blog.

Winnipeg Sports Scene

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Winnipeg Blue Freeze

Okay so normally with the weather getting colder you think I would suggest a hot beverage to warm up to, BUT this week I am going to suggest a little cocktail idea to celebrate the big sports weekend in Winnipeg.

First off we have the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicking off at CanadInns Stadium at 2:00pm on Saturday against the Montreal Alouettes. From there we will move our way downtown the the MTS Centre to watch the Winnipeg Jets go for the "W" against the Carolina Hurricanes. Can't wait for the Winnipeg blue action all weekend.

If you're watching the action from home with friends or celebrating afterwards, I have the best blue drink for you!


- 2oz Vodka (flavoured if desired)
     *I like Smirnoff Blueberry

- 1/2 can of 7up or Sprite

- large Mr. Freeze freeze pop (blue raspberry)

- mix the 7up or Sprite with vodka. DO NOT ADD ICE CUBES

- take the Mr. Freeze freeze pop and break into ice cube sized pieces and add to drink

- stir and enjoy!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

tea time!

I've got some more delicious Mountain Bean tea time ideas! With the weather getting colder try them hot to warm up, or quench your thirst drinking them chilled!

1. Canadian Maple:
black tea with real maple flakes!

2. Prickly Pear Sencha
Green tea, papaya bits, pineapple chunks, mango bits, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms, melon flavour

3. Apricot Chai
Green tea, cinnamon sugar, cassia, peppercorns, fennel, apricot bits, ginger bits

4. Masala Chai
Cardamom, cinnamon, fennel star anise, peppercorn, orange peel, coriander seeds, ginger bits, assam black tiger flavour

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Skinny on Skinnygirl Margaritas

Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City has been working on her own line of pre mixed cocktails with fewer calories. They have only been available in the United States until this year and are still not available in many provinces including Manitoba.
"Skinnygirl Margarita" was her first pre mixed drink, and she just recently released "Skinnygirl Sangria." She is currently working on "Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo."
Frankel writes,
"Everyone loves margaritas, but no one ways the guilt or the calories. That's why i created the Skinnygirl Margarita. At only 100 calories for a full 4 Oz serving, natural flavors, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and made with premium Blue Agave clear Tequila, Skinnygirl is the margarita you can trust," however the makers of Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita are being sued for $10 million with claims that the drink was incorrectly marketed as being “all natural” with “no preservatives.” Apparently this is not the case.
So the real question is, how are these drinks despite this preservative controversy? Over the summer I spent some time in Washington and tried the margarita version. It was okay at best. I would get it again if in a rush and looking for a low cal fix. The bottle retails for approx. $15-20 American.

Click here to see how Frankel makes her margarita, and try it at home!