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Far & Wide: The Best Coffee In Saskatoon

If you’re like me, when you travel, you go searching for the best coffee shops in the city. This is for both the tasty cup of coffee and the access to hip local neighbourhoods within the city. Lucky for you, we recently went to Saskatoon and tested out all the coffee shops so you don’t have to waste time finding what you are looking for.

Collective Coffee

What: Locals claim it to be the best coffee in Saskatoon and we aren’t here to argue with them. Not only are the latte’s silky smooth, the cafe is located in the hip up-n-coming neighbourhood of Riversdale.
Where: 220 20th Street W
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W9
Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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City Perks

What: The perfect place to go for early starts, welcoming staff and a great cappuccino.
Where: 801 7th Avenue N
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2V5
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Underground Cafe

What: This music venue/coffee house is the place to go to meet all kinds of creative and music-loving people in Saskatoon.
Where: 430 20 St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Karma Cafe

What: Feel good about eating here, both nutritionally and spiritually. Spin the karma wheel and find out how you can give back for good karma.
Where: 157 2 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2A9, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Drift Cafe

What: Go for the coffee and crepes and stay for the late night upstairs lounge. The lounge is the place to be during the summer.
Where: 339 Avenue A South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1L7
Hours: 8:00 am – late

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Mueseo

What: Come here for aesthetically pleasing decor, typography, americanos, affogatos and homemade lemon tarts.
Where: 730 Broadway Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B4
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Think there is a better cup of coffee in Saskatoon? Let us know in the comments below.

Portland To Do List

Almost everyone I know asks me what to do in Portland, OR. Although I am not from Portland, I have frequented the city for the amazing coffee, shopping, food and proximity to snowboarding, hiking and surfing. This list fell into my hands a few years ago and has been added to throughout the years. If you have any suggestions or new places that are better please contribute in the comments below…

Portland To Do List: 

1. Washington Park/International Rose Test Garden – really gorgeous on a clear day you can see Mt. Hood.

2. Self-guided Beer Tour

  •     Bailey’s Tap Room (downtown) – tons and tons of beers on tap
  •     Cascade Brewery – this is one is one of our favorites because they are one of the few bars in the country that sell sour beer – def. a must try! You also get the unique experience of seeing the Portland Goats that are across from the brewery.
  •     Apex – on division – good selection of beer and great outdoor seating
  •     McMennimins (sp?) – they are all over town. I recommend going to the Kennedy School. location. It is an interesting experience. They have a soaking pool there where you can buy a pitcher before going into the soaking pool. We love to do this on rainy days.
  •     Green Dragon – near Cascade – goo selection of beers
  •     Tug  Boat – near Baileys – very funky weird place
  •     Dechutes Brewery – in the pearl district
  •     Bridgeport – there is one on the SE and SW side

3. Multnomah Falls/The Gorge – millions of fun hikes. If it is your first time, doing the Horsethief loop that passes the falls is a great 1/2 day hike and it is a gorgeous time of year. I also recommend doing the Angel’s Rest Hike around that same areas.

4. Wine Tours in Willamette Valley

5. Chinese Garden – Chinatown Downtown PDX

6. Japanese Garden – in Washington Park

4. Walking Tours on Fun Streets

  • Hawthorne – fun to walk from ~33rd to ~49th   (if you continue past 49th – keep going all the way up to Mt. Tabor – it is a GREAT lookout and a fun walk)
  • Belmont – 33rd area are some shops. Highly recommend you walk to Stumptown Coffee at 34th and Belmont and get a cupcake on that same block at SAINT Cupcake and take a stroll around Laurelhurst Park (keep heading North from Stumptown and you will hit the park after Stark ) Belmont also hosts two awesome bars – Sweet Hereafter & Alto Lounge – always a good place to go any night.
  • Alberta st. – Lots of funky shops and great restaurants
  • NW 23rd – Again more shops and restaurants

Mississippi – NE area – very hip and trendy with good food and bars

Alberta – further North still on the East side – very artsy, lots of fun

NW 22nd and 23rd – very shishi but fun shops – great shopping for the ladies

Pearl – the utmost in shishi and fancy – but it’s where Powell’s Books and Dechutes Brewery are located

Best of List (as of 2013)

Best Cocktails – Kask – near SW 13th Ave area and Beaker and Flask – near burnside

Best Food Cart turned Restaurant – Lardo at 12th and Hawthorne

Best Food Cart area – Downtown Washington and Alder area

Best Sour Beer – Cascade

Best Beer Selection – Baileys Tap Room

Best Mexican Food – Pandoria Taqueria in St. John’s or Por Qui No on Hawthorne St ( the Bryan’s bowl is soo yum )

Best Fancy and Different Restaurant – Racion (downtown)

Best Fancy and Italian Restaurant – DOC ( in NE )

Best Date Night Fancy Restaurant – Tabla (SE 28th)

Best Coffee – Stumptown (any location) and Heart Coffee (downtown or Belmont)

Best Specialty Market – Pasta Works (SE Hawthorne)

Best Restaurant to get your Meat on: Laurelhurst Market

Best not so avg. brunch – Broder (SE Clinton)

Best Southern Goodness: Pine State Biscuits for breakfast or Screen Door for Dinner

Best Sushi: Bamboo

Best Pizza: Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Dove Vivi or Sizzle Pie.

Fun Place to Get a Drink – SE Ash and SE Ankeny area (where Voodoo doughnuts is located on the Westside – it is a street blocked off for the restaurants)

Best Strip Club – Devils Point (it is a coop too!) or Sassy’s is pretty popular

Best Ice Cream – Salt and Straw (Skip the line by buying a pint)

Best Indian – Bollywood (next to Salt and Straw)

Popular Things in PDX

Sushi – Bamboo Sushi (SE 28th)

Pizza – Ken’s Pizza (SE 28th)

Voodoo Doughnuts – Downtown and SE location. SE location will have less of a line

Distillery Tours – Just google all the Distilleries on the SE side

Portland Saturday Market – near the Waterfront

Rose Test Garden in Washington Park

Powell’s Bookstore

Portland City Grill (great view on clear day (go early for happy hour)

Bike rentals are pretty cheap and it is fun to rent one for the half day and ride it around the waterfront park and SE side.

Sample Itinerary:

Wake and walk to Stumptown on Se 34th and Belmont – check-out Belmont area

Walk/Drive to Broader on SE Clinton for brunch

Drive/Public Transit to Washington Park/Rose Test Garden

Walk down from Garden through Westside (pretty houses)

Go to Food Carts on Alder and Washington area and eat snack/late lunch

Visit Powell Books in Pearl District and Dechutes Brewery

Walk through Park Blocks close to PDX Art Museum (I think Wed. is the Farmer’s Market) – pick-up some food

Walk to Waterfront (passing through Pioneer Square area)

Rent some bikes (Bike shop on 10 SE Ash Street (Waterfront Bikes) is good)

Bike around waterfront

Go to Ash Street and have a drink at one of the many bars OR go up to SW 13th area to visit Kask

Head back SE and stop at Cascade for Sour Beer

Keep heading East and visit one of the restaurants on 28th

Walk around Laurelhurst Park

Get IceCream (Salt and Straw on Division)

Scan Willamett Weekly or Mercury for listing of music.

 

In the summer there is most likely farmers markets or free concerts/plays/movies going on in one of the many parks. These sites have some listings:

http://www.travelportland.com/calendar/calendar
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/446661

 

Have any suggestions for spots? Leave them in the comments below.

How To Brew Kombucha

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Want to create a batch of effervescent, tasty, low calorie tea full of health benefits for under five dollars? Introducing Kombucha, a fermented tea drink that is becoming widely popular in North America for it’s taste and health benefits. Kombucha has been claimed to aid in cancer prevention, joint care, degenerative diseases, detoxification and immune systems. Lucky for you, it is really simple to make, all you need to do is jump on your local craigslist page and search for a Kombucha Scoby (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). These “Scoby’s”, also known as “Kombucha baby’s” are easy to come by and often free, because every batch produces a new one.  Once you have acquired your “Scoby” follow the easy Kombucha recipe below:
1. Boil 3 quarts of water

2. Add four black, white or green tea bags and four fruit tea bags, then let steep for 20 minutes.

3. Remove tea bags and mix in two cups of sugar until dissolved.

4. Cool to room temperature and pour into a 1-gallon glass jar.

5. Add Kombucha ‘Baby/Scoby’ and fluid to jar.

6. Cover with a clean tea towel and seal with a rubber band.

7. Place in a dark, warm environment (ideally 72 to 80 degrees) for 7 to 14 days.

8. After 7-14 days taste the Kombucha. If it is too sweet brew it for a couple more days.

9. When it has reached your desired taste, poor Kombucha to the brim of your glass bottles

10. Store the bottles for five days and then enjoy!

 

* For those of you who live in the Vancouver area send me an email as I have a new SCOBY every month*

The Paleo Diet In A Nutshell

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For the month of October I have set a personal challenge to attend my yoga studio ( YYoga ) for every day of October. As the month will be filled with all sorts of getting in shape and forming good habits, I decided to try out The Paleo Diet for the next 30 days as well. I have created a little ‘Paleo Diet For Dummies” as I wanted to know more information about it and figured most people do too.

 

 

THE PALEO DIET IN A NUTSHELL:

” If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you.” The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like humans used to thousands of years ago as cavemen.

WHAT YOU CAN EAT:

Things humans could hunt or find – meats, fish, regional veggies, fruits, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, etc..

WHAT YOU CAN’T EAT:

Things humans can’t hunt of find – grains, sugar, breads, cereal, pasta, processed foods, etc…

WHY THE PALEO DIET: 

North America’s current eating habits are making people fat; 66% of Americans are overweight.

WHY ARE PEOPLE FAT?

Back in the day the average human was: Tall, muscular, agile, athletic and incredibly versatile.  When humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off and humans advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers.The problem is, the human body never adjusted properly to eating all the grains that we were now farming resulting in the human race gaining tremendous amounts of weight.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Paleo Diet eliminates: sugars, grains and processed foods because they cause raised blood sugar which is toxic for your body.  When your body has high blood sugar it releases insulin to reduce blood sugar and to convert it into energy. Your body can only burn so much, so your body stores the rest as fat. For energy our bodies need sugars from fruits and vegetables not pastries.

THE PALEO DIET is an effort to go back to eating how we were biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

 

BEGINNER SHOPPING LIST

SPICES, FLAVOURS & OILS: 

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal/ flour
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Raw agave sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Chicken stock
  • Raw honey
  • Vanilla
  • Ground black pepper
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder / Chili flakes
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato paste
  • Sea salt
  • Crushed garlic

PRODUCE ( FRUITS & VEGGIES ) 

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Sweet potato
  •  Mushrooms
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Bananas
  • Oranges 

MEATS & OTHERS- ( MEATS SHOULD ALWAYS BE GRASS-FED & NITRATE FREE. FISH SHOULD BE WILD )

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Buffalo             
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water     
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Jerky
  • Nuts

 

Coconut Nut Granola Recipe

I am a huge fan of making my own granola. It is easy to do, quick, healthy and cheaper to make then buy. Tonight I made a coconut nut mix with wide rolled oats. Try out the easy recipe below and let me know how it went in the comments.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flax seed
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.