…all on an Autumn Friday…

Best New Restaurants

“Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese crowned Canada’s favourite new flavour chip: contest”…”Wolf in the Fog restaurant in Tofino, BC named Canada’s best by enRoute magazine”…

When it comes to potato chips, it seems that “the variety of foods on the same plate at a summer barbecue are inspiration. When potato chips end up next to macaroni salad and adding some jalapeno to give it a kick.”

Apparently the Lay’s potato chip brand “Do Us A Flavour” contest, will see the the new flavoured chips released in November after a competition that received more than a million submissions…

Visitors & residents alike, of Tofino, BC, delight in being on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and can now add fine award winning designing to that as the “Wolf in the Fog” restaurant that opened in June, known for its locally sourced ingredients driven menu, has been voted Canada’s best by an Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine poll. “We get all our fish from a dock that’s one block away and this time of year we get lots of foragers coming in with wild mushrooms.”

Cheers to “fish, forage, feast!” and kudos also go out to Vancouver’s “The Farmer’s Apprentice” restaurant that made No. 2 on the list!…

This weekend’s off to a great start with Vancouver’s “Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon” & “Cunningham Seawall 10k” taking place on Sunday together with a two-day health & fitness expo at Canada Place, today.

Have a great run y’all!…

TGIF sings when it comes down to the crunch, cheers to–on track for a fine flavourful Friday & weekend!!!

…of quiet…


for our nation & our world…

Come and find the quiet centre
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
Infinite Spirit speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming
there is always room to spare.

adapt. S. Murray

…of delectable…


“Is It Worth Hitting Canada’s Ski Resorts in the Off Season?”…”Everything You Need to Know About the First Ever Restaurants for Change”…

Whistler in the ‘off-season’, a bit of a misnomer, if you ask me. There’s much to delight
year round with hiking, cycling, ziplining, trail explorations & many spring, summer, fall festivals of food & wine, & gatherings of folks from around the world for conferences and enlightenment.

Cheers to Whistler, Banff, Blue Mountain, Mt. Tremblant -’tis always the season and each have their unique character beyond the ski slopes!

I didn’t know it but apparently today, coast to coast in Canada, many participating restaurants will be donating dinner service proceeds to fund something called “Community Food Centres Canada.”

Vancouverites take note, it’s Vij’s & Hawksworth that are participating; Calgary- NOtaBLE-The Restaurant & Rouge; & Bar Buca, Buca, Buca Osteria & Bar, Edulis, Jacob’s & Company Steakhouse, Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco, The Drake One Fifty, The Saint Tavern and THR+Co in Toronto.

Cheers to “bringing people together around good food can create healthier, fairer and more connected communities.”

Vegetables are a must on any diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis

No person in the world has more courage than the person who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock adapt.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~G.K. Chesterton

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

Cole’s Law: Thinly sliced cabbage. ~Author Unknown

Cheers to a wonderful Wednesday that dishes up delectable!!

…of you!…


“Earth on pace for hottest year ever recorded”…”Apple sells record number of iPhones”…”Parenting in the age of iEverything”…

Just a few of the iCame iSaw iConquered headlines of our time!…

iKnow ain’t it the truth!!!…

From a young age we all learn about the “I, I, I” or “me, me, me” of life and that it’s not always all about us as individuals in isolation but more importantly, as part of community, be that of family & friends, colleagues & confidantes, acquaintances & people we know of but have not really come to know well.

Relationships, they say. Life is about relationships.

It never ceases to amaze me the number of people that cross life’s path that one meets and greets or listens to in some official capacity, that you just can’t help but think take note, pay attention, this is someone I admire.

Able, adventurous, amazing. brave, clever, imaginative, keen, “a natural”, mindful, motivated, outgoing, warm-hearted & well-intentioned.

To ALL we share life’s journey with, characteristically these are likely things about YOU!!!

Hey you!!!—-cheers to a terrific Tuesday!!

…of weighty, LOL, & earth…


“Weight and see: Are you getting what you pay for at the grocery store?”…”The hot style trend that will make you LOL”…”

Something about “the ‘tare’–the weight of packaging, such as bags and containers, for loose products that retailers are required by law to subtract from the gross weight.”

…sounds & seems complicated!–a heavy issue!…

Something about ‘normcore & LOLcore’–“decidedly goofy, defined by outlandish colour combos, quirky embellishments and a dose of fun fur.”

…cheers to zany they say!…o….k….if you say so…

As a wet Vancouver weekend rolls into Monday, the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition continues at Vancouver’s convention centre.

…cheers & welcome to geoscience professionals here “to get engaged, educated, inspired & enjoy each moment!”

Earth Teach Me…

Earth teach me stillness

as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth Teach me caring

as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep in the rain.

Ute, North American-John Yellow Lark

Fine Monday of taught & thought!



“Canada’s first Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Wants to Give Guests A Unique Experience from the Moment They Check In”…

That’s Vancouver’s Pender Street, Sqwachays (pronounced Skwatch-eyes) Lodge, 18 suites each uniquely designed by a team of aboriginal artists & designers and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society.

The hotel’s official opening was yesterday and it will “see profits support indigenous artists who live in 24 other suites in the building. The artists are given studio space at the lodge, where they produce carvings and other artwork sold in the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery on the main floor.”

Restaurant features are planned to soon include such delicacies as wild smoked salmon dip with bannock chips, candied salmon, and mushroom duck salad.

Kudos & cheers to concept & community!–may they both flourish!

One’s Offering

I may not have seen the Buffalo roam.
I may not have seen the Eagle fly.
But deep inside my soul the Great
One planted a seed to grow.
Oh how I wish I had been able to roam like the Buffalo and fly like the Eagle so
So I may too, touch the mountain tops that reach for the sky.
Just as I see all people here today.
All of different Shades and Creeds
Not one Person, but all People have added color to my eyes so that I too may See.
So glorious is every day, that we all have another day to Breathe.
Cheri Jubinville

Fine Friday & October weekend sings—earth, sky, water, wind—breathe!

…of ‘how to’ & ‘wonder-full’ delight…

Like Sardines in a Can
Felicity Cloake's perfect flourless chocolate cake

“How to Bake the Perfect Flourless Chocolate Cake”…”How to Keep Your Brain Healthy”…

Yes, yes, that’s right. the “chocolate nemesis cake is gluten-free & good-to-go!…creamy, yet fluffy…chocolate, eggs, sugar, butter or cream & voila!…

Apparently cutting-edge neuroscience has some practical tips about “how to pass exams, remember names, & find where the hell you left your car in a crowded car park.”

“Use it or lose it” suggests that there’s no downside to sudoku, crosswords, reading, & walks and talks.” Keep the blood flowing with exercise & eating healthy will reduce neurotoxins.

Wonder if that all fits with how Grandma always used to say “eat your sardines”!?!!…

We certainly live in a society full of ‘how to’s’…

How much of that has changed through the centuries?, I wonder.

Before the proliferation of guide books & instruction manuals, were folks more on a voyage of personal discovery rather than following someone else’s recipes for this n’ that?

Is a mentality of follow the leader, limiting?…

Lead and they shall follow….should that be our way?…

No answers for today…

Cheers to a “how now brown cow” kinda Thursday.

May your vowel sounds be perfectly rounded & the “what’s next?” on your agenda give you nothing but ‘wonder-full’ delight!!!

Have your cake & eat it too!…


…of perspective…


…”Stocks plunge as cracks begin to show in Canada’s energy sector”…”Listen up parents: Gen Y’s financial problems will cost you”…”Hockey Night in Canada: How CBC lost it all”…

All in a day’s headlines that flash—caution! concern! calamity!

Something about deteriorating conditions and their debilitating effect on demand for Canada’s energy and other resources…

Something about parents working extra hours, dipping into their retirement savings and remortgaging their homes to help out adult children. “The ‘poor young people’ narrative has no traction, it seems. Maybe switching to ‘poor parents’ will change that,” some say…

Something about a cash-strapped broadcaster losing a “Canadian institution it held for 62 years because it could not hope to match the money Rogers threw at the NHL. The only revenue the CBC will get now is from renting its studios, some offices and providing staff to the conquerors”…

And so it goes…our world of woes…

Perspective! Perspective! Perspective!

Amid tribulations & adversity, we need to accentuate the positive of our many blessings too!

There is much in life that is full of wonder & brings joys & happiness!

What will grab your attention with awe & wonder today?…

Will a simple gesture be a blessing to you on a rainy Wednesday?…

When all is said & done, cheers to gratitude with the setting of the sun!…

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. ~Bill Vaughan

Is the glass half empty, half full, or twice as large as it needs to be? ~Author Unknown

The bat hanging upside down laughs at the topsy-turvy world. ~Japanese Proverb

…of fruit & the loom…& a good apple!…


“Building a Better Apple: Move over McIntosh, the new SweeTango is the future of the fruit”…”How I Overcame My Fear of Spiders”…

Apparently the ‘SweeTango’ is “a truly better apple that gives people a truly memorable experience!—explosively crisp with a real apple taste!”

Cheers to the “crunchy taste of progress!”….the mantra of those behind its development.

My ‘spys’ tell me the ‘gala’ still continues for lovers of ‘GrannySmith’ & ‘McIntosh’ as nostalgia sings there’s room for multi core-values!



Terrified by creepy-crawlies?…Overcoming your fear?…I’ll just leave it to–see details on the web! :)

…oh what a tangled web they weave!…

As we springboard from a ‘thanksgiving’ long weekend & thoughts of the blessings in our lives, we realize too, that there are always going to be some uncertainties that loom in the days ahead.

Life’s just like that…

At the same time we can focus, I think, on some of the ‘fabric’ of our lives that weaves a strong sense of community together, buoying each one of us in our day to day living.

For family, for colleagues, for friends, for common interest groups, for nurturing our nation…

For community!

Cheers to a terrific Tuesday that sings—“neck of the woods,” “stomping ground”, and smiles–“you’re a good apple!”