Kuzina: best Greek food I’ve had in Calgary

GreekResto5I took my little guy out to a fancy restaurant for the first time the other night. My definition of a fancy restaurant is “not Earls.” He had been doing so well, and always immediately falls asleep the second I put him in his stroller, that I thought no problem. We’ll walk to the new Greek restaurant down on 17th Ave, he’ll sleep through the whole thing and we’ll be home before he knows what happened.

Yah, right.

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Dream home updated

photo-2I thought I’d add a shot of the exterior of my new house! It … isn’t totally pretty. It’s been painted the same shade of beige … everywhere. I don’t really understand how this happened, but no worries. We’ll fix it eventually. Renovating the exterior is not our top priority right now, but we’re trying to decide how we can, say, make it somewhat more attractive? Add some curb appeal? I’m looking for ideas here – what would you do to improve on this? Stones at the bottom? Darker colours or more contrast? I personally love the shingle look but I’m not sure it would work here.

Word of the day:

Literally: actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.

 

Culinary adventures with cedar planks

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Cedar plank soaking for hours ahead of time

My latest culinary adventure all started in one of the craziest places in Calgary: Costco. Guys, Costco is crazy. This was a new experience for me. I went with a friend who showed me around. Only, we went on Sunday afternoon. There were so many people there, they didn’t have any carts. Do you know how many people have to be there so there are no carts? We had to wrestle one away from someone who was leaving.

And then you get inside and it is this giant warehouse of random shit. It actually got to the point where I was just pointing at stuff and saying words like: Kayaks! Toilets! Greek yogurt! Costco seems to have everything and nothing. What kind of place sells kayaks but not size 1 diapers? But I see the benefit. The pork tenderloin there was like, literally, the size of my leg. For cheap! I was having fun.
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Chicken soup for the soul … in less than 20 minutes

Chickensoup1Okay, peeps. I just found a new favourite recipe and it is fantastic. This is what you make when you get home from work late and need to throw something together. Or, like me, you get home from visiting the grandmas and just want to have some easy comfort food. I just use leftover chicken that’s already been cooked – it cuts down on the cook time a lot. The recipe is from Epicurious – it’s chicken soup grown up, with the subtle flavours of leek and dill.
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A dream home … in the making

Things have been very exciting over in our household – we decided our baby needed a house, so we bought him a house! The very best part of it is, it’s a renovator’s dream. Like, this house is ugly, super ugly, but most of the work needed is cosmetic. And, it’s a split-level on a big, 50 foot lot. This kind of lot is basically unheard of in inner-city Calgary anymore, as the developers snap these up and put in giant in-fill duplexes. Somehow we managed to steal this place at an awesome deal, and I can’t wait to take possession to start making it beautiful! This post is pretty much going to consist of the “before” photos. I can’t wait to start updating with photos of the reno.

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Book reviews

So many books, so very little time to read them in! I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading list, but it took a valiant effort to get through some of these. Not because of the book, but because I feel like it’s a triumph to read two pages at once.

 

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

I’ve been meaning to read this book forever, and it was the movie that really kicked me to get going on this, because I want to see the movie but always like to read the book first. The edition that the library gave to me was an illustrated version. I can’t remember the last time I read an illustrated book (picture book) but Life of Pi has such delicious visuals it really worked with it. I can’t wait to see what they did do with the movie, I’m sure it’s beautiful. The adventure story was fun too, although I wasn’t too surprised by the ending … I mean, it had to be something like that, right?

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