Heli Hiking Ghost Peak

Heli Adventures with Selkirk Tangiers are available from July 3 – September 7. Join Liz Craig (Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Media Relations) on a preview flight to the alpine basin below Ghost Peak.

Looking down from the helicopter at the valley below, it is hard not to be blown away by the beauty that surrounds the town of Revelstoke; the meandering Columbia River, the lush green of the flats, and the wall of surrounding mountains.

The Columbia River Valley

Revelstoke’s Columbia River valley

This is the first time that I’ve ever flown in a helicopter, so I’m having a hard time not grinning from ear-to-ear.

A group of us are heading into the alpine for a sneak peek of the new summer heli adventure products that we are launching this summer in partnership with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

As we make a sharp turn and start climbing higher into the mountains, my jaw drops even further, and by the time the helicopter touches down and leaves us high in the remote alpine, I am beyond excited to explore this remarkable expanse.

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

The wild flowers are just starting to bloom and are poking out in little bursts of colour amongst the spongey moss and lichen adding to the overall beauty.

Once the rest of the group has been shuttled in, we set off on our half-day hike.

I have to force myself to focus on the ground in front of me to avoid spraining my ankle while I ogle the jagged peaks that surround us.

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

After nearly an hour of hiking, we follow our guide down an embankment and come out at a stunning azure blue alpine lake where we take a moment to sit and take it all in while simultaneously devouring a tasty lunch.

Blazing trails to Revelstoke's alpine lakes

Blazing trails to Revelstoke’s alpine lakes

Fueled by our quinoa chicken wraps and freshly baked cookies, we are ready to continue our climb. A quick ascent brought us around to two more lakes nestled below the impressive Ghost Peak.

Hiking below Ghost Peak

Hiking below Ghost Peak

One last scramble and we are at yet another fabulous vantage point where we relax and snap a few last shots before our helicopter arrives to whisk us back to reality.

Taking off from the alpine

Taking off from the alpine

Back at my desk, I’m already reliving the magic of the day and I’m ready to go again… only this time I think I need to do the full day hike!

Happy World Oceans Day!

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The Immense Ocean
Imagine that you are an ant on Mount Everest. That’s about the size relationship of one human being to the ocean.

Everything about the ocean is immense. It has the tallest mountains in the world and the deepest valleys. It covers 72 per cent of the Earth’s surface. That’s 139 million square miles or 139 with 19 zeros after it. And it’s not just wide. It’s deep; 12,460 feet deep on average. That’s 10 Empire State buildings stacked on top of each other!

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Oceans Alive
Most scientists think life began in the ocean over 3 billion years ago. Today, the ocean contains an amazing array of life at every depth. Over 1 million known species of plants and animals live there, and scientists say there may be as many as 9 million species we haven’t discovered yet. Marine animals come in all kinds of weird shapes, sizes, and colours; and they live in all kinds of different environments within the ocean. The blue whale, the largest animal in the world, lives in the open ocean, along with millions of tiny drifting organisms called plankton. In the tropical seas, silvery great barracudas pursue colourful coral reef fish.

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Then there’s the deep sea where it’s as dark as night and icy cold. At depths as great as 7,000 feet below the surface, tube worms live in the most extreme environment in the world – hot sea vents. There, the water temperature changes from scalding hot to icy cold in the space of a few feet. No matter where you go in the ocean, you will always find life.

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Gimme Energy
Life in the ocean depends on energy. No animal can move or grow without energy. Most ocean animals get their energy by eating plants or other animals. The connection between organisms based on the transfer of energy is called a food chain or a food web. Most food webs start with the conversion of sunlight into food through a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is an important process that occurs at the surface of the ocean. But deep within the ocean, at hydrothermal vents, food chains are based on the conversion of chemical energy into food. This process is called chemosynthesis.

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What’s the difference between and ocean and a sea?
You’ve heard of “one world?” Well, technically, all the world’s oceans and seas are part of one continuous mass of seawater. But because the ocean is so big, humans have divided it up and named the different parts. There are five oceans and several dozen seas.* Seas are usually smaller than oceans and are partially enclosed by land. But otherwise, they’re exactly the same thing.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Launch Summer Heli Activities

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk TangiersRevelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (STHS) are excited to announce a brand new program of heli-accessed summer adventures in the spectacular Selkirk Mountains.

Revelstoke Mountain, Selkirk Tangiers, heli hiking, mountain bikingThe line-up being offered for the inaugural summer of heli activities will include: helicopter sightseeing flights, heli hiking, heli-assisted alpine picnics, heli mountaineering, heli glacier trekking, and select heli-accessed mountain bike options.

The summer adventures will all take flight from the heli pad conveniently located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, just steps from The Sutton Place Hotel, and will be operated by Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, said they are thrilled by the opportunity to introduce new and existing guests to over 50,000 acres of remarkable terrain this summer.

“While this is new territory for us as a business, it’s a familiar playing field in terms of taking guests into the mountains via helicopter,” he explained.

“I’m certain that guests are going to be blown away by the stunning alpine scenery, and we are looking forward to playing in the Selkirk peaks in warmer temperatures than we’re used to!”

Selkirk Tangiers, Revelstoke MountainAs one of the original heli-skiing operations in the Revelstoke area, Selkirk Tangiers has been offering highly successful winter programs since 1978. The recent approval of the summer tenure application from the British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Land & Natural Resources makes this exciting next step possible.

The season is scheduled to run from July 3rd until September 7th. A full list of offerings is available at www.revelstokemountainresort.com.
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MATCH HIS PASSION TO A `TEA’!

Written by Tealeaves, and originally posted on tealeaves.com.

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your dad for who he is. The key is finding the perfect gift; one that fuels his creativity, aligns with his deepest passions and keeps him healthy for years to come. Tealeaves has some ideas to help you bring a smile to his face this year.

The Aficionado
Does your father always demand the best? The smoothest whiskey, the softest leather, the freshest cut of tenderloin. This Father’s Day, give him a gift to meet (or likely exceed) his passion for quality. The Connoisseur Collection delivers a hand-picked selection of some of the most prestigious blends in the Tealeaves repertoire. It’s the perfect gift for those who constantly seek the finer things in life and the best way to show how much you appreciate his superior taste.

The Speedster
From fast cars to speed boats, is your dad all about the rush? He loves the thrill, the wind in his face and the adrenaline pumping through his veins. To keep these speedsters safe, they need the highest level of focus and a steady hand on the wheel. This Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of high performance with Tencha Matcha High Energy. Matcha, arguably one of the world’s healthiest teas, is known for improving focus and providing caffeine energy without the crash of coffee or energy drinks. Fuel his need for speed (and keep him healthy to boot)!

The Epicure
Is your father the master chef of the house, always in the kitchen, mixing, tasting and creating? He needs a gift to fuel his creativity and infuse his ideas with a new flavour and a unique punch. Give him the gift of Lapsang Souchong. The smoky flavor of this tea is the perfect addition to savory dishes, dark chocolate delights or to bring a new twist to a late night bourbon. Inspire him with the recipe below and be prepared to taste test all his new concoctions.

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JUSTIN TAYLOR PRESENTS: CHIEF SKUGAID

Words from Justin Taylor, Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar:
“Vancouver’s rich history never ceases to inspire me in my quest for unique cocktail creations. The Chief Skugaid, which is still afloat today and remains moored in New Westminster, B.C., was the most successful rum-running vessel in the country. Commissioned in 1912 and built in Coal Harbour, the Chief Skugaid was originally designated as a fishing boat, but sailed for 11 years as rum-running vessel without ever getting caught. While the Chief Skugaid is the longest serving ship in Canadian history, its future is uncertain as development in the area currently threatens its place of rest.”

· INGREDIENTS FOR CHIEF SKUGAID ·
3 dashes
BC Forestea Tincture*
1 Barspoon
Giffard Gomme Syrup
Orange peels
2 oz Diplomatico Anejo Rum

· STEPS FOR CHIEF SKUGAID ·
In a mixing glass, combine 1 orange peel and the remaining ingredients.
Add ice and stir for 20 seconds.
Strain over fresh ice and garnish with remaining peel.

· *INGREDIENTS FOR BC FORESTEA TINCTURE ·
10 oz 151 Proof Rum
4 tbsp BC Forestea

· STEPS FOR *BC FORESTEA TINCTURE ·
Add rum and loose leaf tea in a mason jar.
Secure with a lid and let rest for 24 hours.
Strain ingredients and place liquid in a bitters bottle with eye dropper.

Tealeaves Folio | Chief Skugaid

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom

Mother's Day brunch in Edmonton

My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
Mother's Day brunch in EdmontonShe planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds & rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong & tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
~ Author Unknown ~

Spoil your mom and say ‘I Love You‘ with a delicious brunch this Mother’s Day at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton. Enjoy a traditional brunch buffet, featuring a selection of house-made sweet and savoury breakfast favourites, including slow roasted prime rib, made-to-order omelettes, and much more.

When: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Grande Ballroom
Seatings: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm
Costs: $45 per adult
$38 per senior
$22 per child ages 5-12 (no charge for children under 5)

*Prices above do not include taxes and gratuities.

For reservations, please contact:
Lucia Gonsalves, Catering Department
Tel: 780.441.3011
Send an email

Mother’s Day at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Mother's Day Brunch, Vancouver

Written by Dale Hanson Bourke
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

Time is running out for my friend.

We are sitting at lunch when she casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.”  What she means is that her biological clock has begun its countdown and she is considering the prospect of motherhood.

“We’re taking a survey,” she says, half jokingly. “Do you think I should have a baby?”

“It will change your life,” I say carefully.

“I know,” she says. “No more sleeping in on Saturdays, no more spontaneous vacations…”

But that is not what I mean at all.

I look at my friend, trying to decide what to tell her.  I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.  I want to tell her that the physical wounds of childbirth heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will be forever vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never read a newspaper again without asking, “What if that had been my child?” That every plane crash, every fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will look at the mothers and wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think she should know that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will immediately reduce her to the primitive level. That a slightly urgent call of “Mom!” will cause her to drop her best crystal without a moment’s hesitation.

I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might successfully arrange for child care, but one day she will be waiting to go into an important business meeting, and she will think about her baby’s sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure he is all right.

I want my friend to know that everyday routine decisions will no longer be routine. That a visit to McDonald’s and a five year old boy’s desire to go to the men’s room rather than the women’s room will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that danger may be lurking in the rest room.

I want her to know that however decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive friend, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not so much to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish his.

I want her to know that a cesarean scar or stretch marks will become badges of honour.

My friend’s relationship with her husband will change, but not in the ways she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is always careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his son.  I think she should know that she will fall in love with her husband again for reasons she would never have imagined.

I wish my modern friend could sense the bond she will feel with other women throughout history who have tried desperately to stop war and prejudice and drunk driving.

I want to describe to my friend the exhilaration of seeing your son learn to hit a baseball. I want to capture for her the laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real that it hurts.

My friend’s quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes.

“You’ll never regret it,” I say finally.


Mother's Day Brunch, Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
On Sunday, May 10, pay special tribute to the mothers in your life by treating them to either a three-course Mother’s Day brunch or dinner service at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Vancouver, either in their expansive dining room or chic outdoor patio, which just opened for the warm weather season.

Both the brunch and dinner services will also include a dessert-course selection of either mother’s tart (sweet ricotta, muscovado crumble, spiced tea ice cream) or chocolate torte (brownie sponge, mousse) and every mother in attendance will also receive a uniquely edible milk, white and dark chocolate flower.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Time: Brunch: 11am – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 11pm
Costs: Brunch: $59* per person
Dinner: $65* per person

View menu: Brunch Menu | Dinner Menu

For reservations, please call 604.642.2900 or book online

*Note: Prices above are exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Win Tickets to Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga-FBWe’re giving away a pair of tickets to Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek Concert Tour!

These ONCE in a lifetime performances will feature tracks from their critically acclaimed album Cheek to Cheek which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release in September. At 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Cheek to Cheek marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years.

For your chance to win tickets to the May 26th performance in Vancouver, visit our Facebook Page.

For more information about the concert or to purchase a hotel/concert package, visit our website.

 

 

An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

In partnership with Coastal Jazz, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is pleased to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an unforgettable evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Coastal Jazz presents a 30th anniversary banner event to bring you the highly anticipated ‘Cheek to Cheek’ Concert Tour, with two performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

This one-of-a-kind offer is only available while supplies last, so be sure to book your package today!


Monday, May 25, 2015

GOLD PACKAGE (From $799)
Price Zone 1 (Centre Orchestra/Centre Front Mezzanine/RC Front Mezzanine)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 1 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

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BRONZE PACKAGE From ($609)
Price Zone 3 (LC Orchestra/RC Orchestra/Right Dress Circle)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 3 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

booknow


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GOLD PACKAGE (From $799)
Price Zone 1 (Centre Orchestra/Centre Front Mezzanine/RC Front Mezzanine)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 1 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

booknow

BRONZE PACKAGE (From $609)
Price Zone 3 (LC Orchestra/RC Orchestra/Right Dress Circle)

Includes:
• Deluxe overnight accommodations
• Two Price Zone 3 tickets to see Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
• Complimentary self parking
• Complimentary Wi-Fi

booknow


Terms & Conditions: Full non-refundable, pre-payment due at time of booking. Rates are based on double occupancy. Valid for the nights of May 25 and 26, 2015 only. Reservations must be booked by Sunday, May 17, 2015. Seats will be assigned at time of booking on a first come, first served basis. Subject to availability, taxes, and applicable fees. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Poetry always gets us ready for spring

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Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
For winter’s rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

“Spring is like a perhaps hand” by E. E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of nowhere) arranging a window into which people look (while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here) and changing everything carefully.

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812 by Emily Dickinson
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

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Red Bull Cold Rush Cancelled

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Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Due to compromised backcountry conditions, Red Bull Cold Rush will be cancelled in 2015. With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to call off the freeski event.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either,” said Scott Jewett, National Event Manager.

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature. While Revelstoke Mountain Resort has terrific terrain and snow on resort, conditions in the remote backcountry regions unfortunately do not support the needs of the contest.

Red Bull Cold Rush is an important pillar of the Red Bull snow program that aims to offer the best and most progressive freeski action, and will return in the future when conditions permit.

Through the lens with the Sutton Place Wine Merchant

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W. C. Fields

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ~ Joan Collins

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What is a Bad Wine?

Everyone has a different palate preference so objectivity is required to fairly determine if a wine is good, bad, or great.

When tasting wine, we enjoy a combination of its fruits, alcohol, tannin, acidity, sweetness, and body. Imbalance means one element awkwardly stands out. For example, a wine that leaves a burning sensation on the throat is out of balance, as there is insufficient fruit intensity and body to integrate (and contain) the alcohol. Another example is a commercial wine that is overly oaked without sufficient fruit leaving a hollow mid palate.

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What is a Good Wine?

A good wine is not faulty and has a great balance. As mentioned, it means all the elements complement one another and no one element awkwardly stands out.

What defines a Great Wine?

A great wine is a good wine that has the below five factors:

1. Outstanding Varietal Character: It is important to remember the grape variety when assessing a wine. For example, having an intensely oaky nose does not imply quality on a Pinot Noir. However, being intensely aromatic, with a sexy delicacy and a silky texture would qualify.

2. Good Intensity: An intense aroma on the nose and palate implies a good concentration of fruits in the bottle. This can only result from using high quality grapes and undergoing a rigorous production method to preserve the varietal character. How do you tell if a wine has good intensity – You can smell its aroma while holding the glass at chest level. On the palate, it is dynamic and flavourful.

3. Complexity differs from intensity. For example, an intense wine can be simple (with only one dominant flavour). A complex wine makes you think. It has layers of aromas and a diverse range of flavours. The aroma changes with time. It is not one-dimensional, flat, or boring.

4. A long finish is a good indication of quality. How many seconds does the wine remain on your palate after swallowing or spitting. A great Bordeaux Grand Cru has finishes that last 30 seconds, but 15 seconds is a good benchmark for a great wine.

5. Emotional reaction: It is captivating, makes you happy, and more importantly, eager to have another sip.

Final words:

When judging wine, it is only fair to compare the wine against its variety, gauge the balance of its elements, and not be biased by our palate or brand preference.


wine tastingWith over 700 wines, touching all price points and labels from all over the world, the Sutton Place Wine Merchant is a wine lover’s dream.

The boutique itself has a very cozy and rustic ambiance, and carries a wide selection of attractively displayed wines from British Columbia to the USA, Australia to Chile, the Wine Merchant consistently features wine from every popular wine region in the world. Regular wine tastings take place in the Private Tasting room, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry.

Join us on Saturday, February 28th from 4:30pm-6:30pm for a Therapy Vineyards (Naramata, BC) wine tasting.


We want you to see the beauty of the Sutton Place Wine Merchant in the same way we see it, so we placed beautiful photographic filters over our photos to showcase the store’s brightness.

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Here’s to a Year filled with luck, prosperity & fortune!

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, during which most people in China have eight days off work.

The Date Is Based on the Lunar Calendar

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Chinese New Year 2015 began on Thursday, February 19, and ends on Thursday, March 5. It is day one, month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period between January 21 to February 20).

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with a Chinese zodiac cycle, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents one year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day.

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2015 is the Year of the Goat (“Wood Goat”)

2015 is the Year of the Goat according to the zodiac cycle, and furthermore, is a year of the “Wood Goat”, according to the Chinese Five Element Theory. A “Wood Goat” year occurs every 60 years.

Year of the Goat or Sheep?

Since the goat and sheep are two entirely different species of animals, why do some Chinese zodiacs refer to a sheep and others a goat?

The reason is that the word for the eighth animal in the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle of creatures, ‘yang’ in Mandarin, does not make the distinction found in English between goats and sheep and other members of the Caprinae subfamily. Without further qualifiers, ‘yang’ might mean any such hoofed animal that eats grass and bleats.

Another reason is that when the signs first evolved in ancient China, the breeds of sheep and goats in the area looked very similar. So alike that no distinction between the animals was made until much later. The zodiac sign applies equally to the description of a goat and sheep. Moreover, no distinction was made over whether the animal was male or female. Hence, some zodiacs also refer to the sign as a ram.

Geography can also make a difference. Sheep are raised in northern China, while goats are more common in southern China, which plays into what the year is called depending on one’s location.

The Longest Public Holiday in China

Officially, only the first three days of Chinese New Year (February 19–21, 2015) are statutory holidays. Chinese New Year’s Eve and three more days are always added to give seven consecutive days of holiday. These four extra days are taken from weekends: the weekend closest to the statutory holiday is included, while the Sunday before (February 15, 2015) and the Saturday after (February 28, 2015) are worked.

A Festival for Families to Be Together

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is called Reunion Dinner, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families – families of several generations – sit around round tables and enjoy food and time together.

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Foods with Lucky Meanings Are Eaten

Certain foods are eaten during the festival because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearance.

Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish (鱼 yú /yoo/) sounds like the word for surplus (余 yú). Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year.

Dumplings are very popular in Northern China. It is one of the main dishes for New Year’s Eve dinner. Conversely, very few people in Southern China serve dumplings for New Year’s Eve dinner.

New Year Cake is a solid cake made with glutinous rice flour together with some sugar. New Year Cake is popular in Eastern China.

Tang Yuan is a small ball made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tang Yuan can be filled or unfilled. It is traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao, or the Lantern Festival (the 15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar).

LaBa Congee is a mixture of rice, nuts, and beans cooked together. LaBa Congee is usually served at the LaBa festival, which is the 8th day of the last month of the year.

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Chinese New Year Lion Dance

During the Chinese New Year, lion dance troupes from Chinese martial art schools visit houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” (採青), literally meaning “plucking the greens”, whereby the lion plucks the green vegetables like lettuce either hung on a pole or placed on a table in front of the premises. The “greens” (qing) is tied together with a “red envelope” containing money and may also include fruit like oranges. In Chinese cǎi (採, pluck) also sounds like cài (菜, meaning vegetable) and cái (财, meaning fortune). The lion will dance and approach the greens and red envelope like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out but keep the red envelope which is the reward for the lion troupe. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
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The Colour Red
Every street, building, and house is decorated with red. Red is the main colour for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious color. Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian or “Year” in Chinese. Nian would come on the first day of the New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year and believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. Once, people saw the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red, they then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and spring scroll on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten the Nian and from then on, the Nian never came to the village again.

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Red Envelopes — the Most Popular Gifts

During the Chinese New Year, young people who greet their elders with a happy and abundant new year are handed lucky red envelopes by the elders. These envelopes are really good luck for a youngster because these have money inside. The lucky red envelopes are called “hong bao” in Mandarin, or “lai see” in Cantonese.

Symbolism of giving a lucky envelope filled with money during Chinese New Year is considered lucky for both the giver and the receiver. Those who give will also invite the flow of money in during the entire year. Giving these envelopes also symbolize that the family luck is passed on to children and unmarried teens/adults. Red is the luckiest colour, as it symbolizes life, so it’s appropriate that Chinese New Year items are coloured red.

Hong baos/lai sees have assorted designs, such as that of happy children, Chinese characters for abundance and greetings, animals of the zodiac, etc. The Chinese word for red (“hong”) also sounds like “plenty”. Thus, it is believed that money wrapped in red will make money multiply. The money inside the hong bao is called Ya Sui Qian. Ya means suppress. Sui sounds somewhat like evil spirit. Qian means money. Therefore, Ya Sui Qian means money that can suppress evil.

Money in even amounts, except for 4, is considered lucky. Four is not a good amount to put into the lucky envelopes because the Chinese word for “four” sounds similar to the sound of “death”.


Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at The Sutton Place Hotels.

Congratulations to all the Sutton Tree Pageant Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who supported our holiday tree pageants and helped us raise a lot of money for some very worthy causes. Each of The Sutton Place Hotels is donating $1,500 in addition to the tree pageant contributions.

We would also like to congratulate each of the winners personally! Thank you for your support!


The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton:

Raised a total of $2,040.00 for Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Islay Agencies
2nd place: Graham & Lane Florists
3rd place: tie between Hudson’s Bay and YESS

Prize winners:

  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Edmonton – Britney A.
  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Edmonton – Brittany G.
  • $100 Chop Steakhouse & Bar Gift Certificate – Sylvia C.
  • $100 Eeva & Eve gift certificate – Allison H.
  • 6 month World Health Club membership – Ken O.
  • 6 month World Health Club membership – Shoana H.
  • Winter blues spa Package from Spasation Salon & Spa – Danielle R.
  • Banff weekend getaway to the Banff Lodging Company – Florence W.
  • Banff weekend getaway to the Rimrock Resort – Marylin P.
  • Wine basket from Peller Estates Winery – Jennifer B.
  • Four Edmonton Rush tickets – Marcel L.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort:

Raised a total of $2,445.00 for Community Connections Revelstoke Society.

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Revelstoke Credit Union
2nd place: Pharmasave

Prize winners:

  • Ski and Stay Package at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Gloria B.
  • Ski and Stay Package at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Gisila R.
  • One day heli-skiing with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing– William H.
  • Breakfast Club for two – Kathy T.
  • First Tracks for two – Paula B.
  • $100 gift certificate for Rockford wok|bar|grill – Bob F.
  • Spa package – Shane V.

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver:

Raised a total of $5,000.00 for PALS Autism Society.

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Accentrix Design
2nd place: PALS Autism Society
3rd place: Vibrant Design Group

Prize winners:

  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver – John K.
  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver – Breanne L.
  • Island Getaway Package: round-trip airfare for two from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet and two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Grand Pacific. – Parisa R. who has lovingly donated her prize to PALS Autism Society to use at their gala event in the spring
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, British Columbia – Sarah A.
  • Vida Spa package: 60-minute couples’ massage including exclusive Vida Spa products. – Liz M
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville, British Columbia – Tamara D.
  • $100 Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift certificate – Kate W.
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise for Two courtesy of Harbour Cruises – Marjan N.
  • One foursome at The Sutton Place Hotel’s 11th Annual ‘Just FORE Fun’ golf invitational – Victor R. who has lovingly donated his prize to PALS Autism School to use at their gala event in the spring

 

Sealed with a kiss… But why?


Did your mother teach you to add an “x’’ and “o’’ — a kiss and a hug — after your signature? So deeply embedded in the English-language tradition that it probably never crossed her mind these symbols are affiliated with religion.

From where do these emoticons that English speakers of all faiths sprinkle so liberally come? Let’s start with the “x’’ — a simple, easily drawn shape that got its start in Western civilization as the ancient Phoenician letter “samekh” for the consonant sound “s’’. In early Hebrew, “x’’ was the letter “taw” and makes an appearance in the Book of Ezekiel as a mark set “upon the foreheads” to distinguish the good men of Jerusalem from the bad.

With the advent of Christianity, “x’’ came to stand for Christ. “In Christian texts, one abbreviation of the Greek christos — meaning messiah — used the first two Greek letters of christos, chi (X) and rho (P), combined into one shape,” says Stephen Goranson, a historian of religion at Duke University who studies the etymology of symbols and words. “So both orientations of crossed lines — the ‘x’ shape and the more-or-less lower case ‘t’ shape — took on religious significance among Christians.”

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Once it was a sacred symbol, the “x’’ represented “faith and fidelity,” says Marcel Danesi, a professor of linguistic anthropology and semiotics at the University of Toronto. It became the signature of choice in the Middle Ages, when few could write and documents were sealed with an “x’’ embossed in wax or lead. This may be when the “x’’ first became associated with the kiss: It was customary to close books with a kiss, and oaths of fealty to kings were sealed with a kiss.

“Symbols have a way of jumping from one domain to another, and it’s a small step to come from sealing a letter to sealing a love affair,” says Danesi, who wrote “The History of the Kiss: The Birth of Popular Culture.”

He speculates that “x’’ underwent a conversion in an act of medieval romantic rebellion. “Romantic love becomes an obsession, and the kiss became empowering.” This may have been particularly true for women who had less say than men over the choice of lovers. “The kiss became ‘If I kiss that man, then this is the man I love and want,’” says Danesi. “So much was packed into that symbol of a kiss. … It has become a kind of collective memory. We use ‘x’, even if we don’t know why.”

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There’s another theory about how “x’’ crossed over into kissing territory. According to Goranson, “x’’ was a symbol for a blessing, and blessings and kisses have long been intertwined in the human psyche. “Mystics went back and forth on the love of God and love of a beloved spouse going way back,” he says. “Just look at The Song of Songs. The same song could be one person’s devotional hymn and another’s love poem.”

“A Woman of Valor,” the Hebrew poem recited by Jewish husbands to their wives before the Sabbath evening meal, is also understood to be an expression of love of God.

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When the circle — “o’’ — came to signify a hug is another unknown.

Most scholars consider this theory apocryphal. Linguist Ben Zimmer says it is far more likely that the “o’’ stems from an entirely nonreligious source: the ancient Egyptian-Roman game of tic-tac-toe. The game was originally played with pebbles or coins and only incorporated the easy-to-master symbols of the “x’’ and “o’’ when paper became plentiful. Zimmer also believes this explains why “x’’ and “o’’ are used together.

Despite their relatively recent appearance on Valentine’s Day cards, the “x’’ long ago shed its religious significance, and the “o’’ likely never had one.

XOXO

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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Sutton Place Hotels

 

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH TIMELESS ELEGANCE AND CHARM AT THE SUTTON PLACE HOTELS

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Love is in the air this February at The Sutton Place Hotels. Offering exciting and elegant experiences including exclusive room offers, spa packages, and dinners, The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver have it all covered this Valentine’s Day.

“If you’re looking for a great place to spend time with your sweetheart, look no further than The Sutton Place Hotels,” explained Taj Kassam, president and COO of The Sutton Place Hotels. “No matter who you are, we have created the perfected romantic packages to spoil your loved one.”

Give the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Spasation Salon & Spa Couples Treatment: Aroma Steam therapy for two, including a 60-minute couples’ massages, two Classic Manicures, and two Classic Pedicures
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $494 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 3-course prix fixe dinner for two at Chop Steakhouse & Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $219 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $174 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Choice of a 60-minute Swedish Couples’ Massage or two Classic Facials at Vida Spa
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $459 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 4-course prix fixe dinner for two at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $339 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $224 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

cute coupleIf you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day than February 14th, then The Sutton Place Hotels have you covered. The perfect romantic package has been created to show your special someone how you truly feel all month which is why Valentine’s Day has been extended this year to encompass the entire month of February. With sparkling wine, chocolate, and breakfast in bed, the perfect way to celebrate love is with this ‘Month of Love’ romantic hotel package.

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Month of Love

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Month of Love

Whether you need an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, you want to please your palate, or you’re looking for a serene getaway in pure luxury, both The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver are offering the perfect romantic packages this Valentine’s Day.

Win a VIP Tour and Tasting of Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars!

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We’re giving away a vineyard tour and a limited time bottle of the 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir!

Until February 19th, 2015, every purchase of a bottle of Blue Mountain NV Brut at the Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be entered to win a VIP Tour and Tasting for two at the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls, BC. The winner will tour the vineyard during the 2015 Summer Season (May 1st until October 10th) and receive a bottle of the famed and very limited 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir.

Draw date is February 20th.

Simply head to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant for your chance to win. Good Luck!

**Must be 19 years of age to enter and win. The Contest Winner will be provided with the direct contact to make their arrangements for their visit.**

Groundhog Day… Again

Groundhog Day attracts media attention across Canada every year, but why?

Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the area of Europe now known as Germany believed the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

This tradition was brought over to North America, predominantly in Pennsylvania in the United States, where it was the groundhog, not the badger, which makes these “predictions”. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will return to its burrow, indicating there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way.

The Groundhog Day concept became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February “weather predictions”. Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival grew as Willie’s fame increased. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

There are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Schubenacadie Sam is reportedly the first groundhog in the country to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba, and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

So what did Punxsutawney Phil predict this year? Click the link below to see the furry rodent’s prediction.

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RED BULL COLD RUSH POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 23-26 DUE TO CURRENT BACKCOUNTRY CONDITIONS

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Due to unstable conditions in the backcountry, Red Bull Cold Rush will be postponed until March 23-26 when it will make its Revelstoke Mountain Resort debut.

With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to delay the contest.

“Recent warming has impacted our venues in remote areas of the mountain over the last few days. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, current conditions will not allow for either.”  –  Scott Jewett, National Event Manager for Red Bull Canada

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature and unseasonably warm temperatures have made current conditions less than ideal outside of the resort’s boundaries.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to welcome the athletes and the event to their mountain later in the season and are looking forward to an awesome event! See you in March Red Bull Cold Rush!

In the meantime, join us at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for epic skiing, amazing terrain, and the most snow in Canada! We are definitely still open (and you won’t regret experiencing the most vertical in North America)!

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

RED BULL COLD RUSH ANNOUNCES ATHLETES & COURSE DETAILS

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Sean Pettit hits the Castle Jump at Red Bull Cold Rush 2012 in Silverton, Colorado.                  Photographer Credit: Mike Arzt / Red Bull Content Pool

Invitations went out in early December to a select group of the top freeskiers around the world to meet in Revelstoke, BC for one of the biggest showdowns in the backcountry.

With Red Bull Cold Rush returning after a two year hiatus, athletes were quick to RSVP for a chance to take on a new mountain and claim a winning spot at the legendary contest. As an invitation only event, the 2015 athlete roster is stacked with some of the biggest names in the game featuring 15 male and 5 female competitors.

Being a multi-disciplinary event that fuses big mountain, cliffs, slopestyle, and touring, the competitors come from a diverse background. Athletes will be pushed well beyond their comfort zone in a contest that seeks to reward the most versatile all-around skier. Slopestyle skiers most comfortable with throwing big spins in the park will find themselves negotiating the steep alpine terrain and massive cliff drops of the upper area of Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Mount Mackenzie and traditional big mountain skiers will take on rails, kickers, and other custom built features. To help even the playing field, the contest will include a larger focus on ski touring allowing athletes to potentially recoup points lost in disciplines that are not their strong suit.

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The view from the top of the Slopestyle venue for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 in Revelstoke.         Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content

The brand new playing field at Revelstoke Mountain Resort features one of the most all-encompassing contest sites in freestyle skiing, offering an amphitheater of powder that hosts four distinct venues each catering to one of the specific contest disciplines.

Tasked with the job of preparing the venue is veteran builder/freestyle skier Riley Leboe (Vernon, BC) who has been building jumps for as long as he can remember. Of the four contest zones, it is the slopestyle venue that Leboe gets most excited about which will feature roughly eight or nine jump and step-downs where skiers will have a choice to hit three features at the top of the venue, mid mountain, or at the bottom.

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Freestyle skier Riley Leboe working on a jump at the Red Bull Cold Rush slopestyle venue.        Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

“Athletes are going to have to nail three jumps in each line… it’s hard enough stomping one jump first try in the backcountry, so stomping three huge tricks out here is really going to show the level that freeskiing is at,” says Leboe. Beyond the built up kickers, the slopestyle course also comes equipped with some challenging natural terrain like wind lips and a step over that competitors can take advantage of, allowing them to pick their own unique lines on the slope.

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe, Tatum Monod work on building the bottom jumps for the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course. Photographer CreditBryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe & Tatum Monod building the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course.    Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

Putting this all together takes a six-man crew a full week on the mountain constructing the features entirely by hand. As a competitor in the event himself, Leboe is the perfect candidate to oversee the design of the course, ensuring it is up to the safety and skill expectations of his fellow athletes. He isn’t merely building his own personal dream park as he relies on the close input of other competitors. Athletes Dane Tudor, Chris Rubens, and Tatum Monod have already made a trip to visit Leboe on the build site. Regardless of the competitive format, the close knit group of athletes supports one another to simply ski the best they possibly can.

Here are your Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 competitors:

Male

  • Bene Mayr (GER)
  • Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA)
  • Sean Pettit (CAN)
  • Dane Tudor (CAN)
  • Sammy Carlson (USA)
  • Chris Rubens (CAN)
  • Kye Petersen (CAN)
  • Riley Leboe (CAN)
  • Callum Pettit (CAN)
  • Wiley Miller (CAN)
  • Logan Pehota (CAN)
  • Richard Permin (FRA)
  • Johnny Collinson (USA)
  • Stan Rey (SWZ)
  • Joe Schuster (CAN)

Female

  • Tatum Monod (CAN)
  • Michelle Parker (USA)
  • Ingrid Backstrom (USA)
  • Grete Eliassen (USA)
  • Suz Graham (USA)
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Red Bull Cold Rush 2011 in Silverton, Colorado. Photographer Credit: Erik Seo / Red Bull Content Pool

 

Edmonton: The City With the Most Nicknames

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Although it’s currently winter, we are dreaming of blue skies and green grass…

Whether you’re from Edmonton or not, you’ve probably uttered one of many nicknames describing Alberta’s capital: The Big E, The Chuck, Edmonchuck, The City of Champions, E-TownFestival City, Gateway to the North, River City…

(We like to call The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton the perfect location for all your business or leisure needs.)

One thing that cannot be denied is the mass amounts of amazing festivals that Edmonton holds every year. With the beginning of festival season upon us, we are very excited for all the festivities that will ensue this year!

Festival
Date
Ice on Whyte January 23 to February 1
Opera NUOVA’s Vocal Arts Festival March 2015
Improvaganza
June 17-27
Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 19-29
The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival June 19-21
Freewill Shakespeare Festival June 23 to July 19
The Works Art and Design Festival June 25 to July 7
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival July 3-12
A Taste of Edmonton
July 16-25
Edmonton’s K-Days July 17-26
Interstellar Rodeo July 24-26
Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival July 31 to August 2
Servus Heritage Festival August 1-3
Rock’n August August 4-8
Edmonton Folk Fest
August 6-9
Cariwest – Edmonton’s Caribbean Arts Festival August 7-9
Edmonton Fringe Festival August 13-23
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival August 14-16
Edmonton Blues Festival August 14-16
Symphony Under the Sky August 28-31
Edmonton International Film Festival October 1-10
LitFest October 15-25
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
TBA
Pure Speculation TBA

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The lobby of The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

Visiting Edmonton this year for one of their amazing festivals? We have the perfect deal for you at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton.

Exclusive Savour Sutton Offer
Our exclusive Savour Sutton promotion features savings of up to 40% off our standard room rates PLUS impressive value-added extras.

Featuring great rates and your choice of two of the following hotel benefits:

Complimentary Guest Room Upgraded Wi-Fi
(5 MEGS vs. Standard 1.5 MEGS)
This package allows you to stay connected to friends, family, or the office while away from home.

Guaranteed Early Check-In & Late Check-Out*
Make the most of your stay with an early check-in of 12:00pm and a late check-out of 2:00pm.

Complimentary Self-Parking
Cars stay free! A value of $26.

Complimentary In-Room Movie
Be captivated by the latest Hollywood films in the comfort of your luxurious guest room. Enjoy two in-room movies per night.

Package also includes:
• Complimentary use of pool, Jacuzzi, and steam room
• Accumulate Sutton Prestige membership points
• Sutton Shopper program, offering savings of up to 30% at participating retailers

For more information, click here.

Girls Do Ski – Start the Year with an Epic Adventure

Calling all ladies! Ready to start the year with an epic adventure? Join Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing for an amazing weekend full of powder, laughter, and memories that will leave you wanting more. Don’t miss out on the best winter camp you could ever wish for.


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There’s this feeling that goes hand in hand with the experience of enjoying a favourite pastime with a group of friends – it’s a pretty amazing combination of freedom and joy. But when that group of friends consists of all guys or all gals, it transforms into something truly special. The term ‘let loose’ sums it up pretty well. There’s a feeling that you can do anything and push the limits of what you thought was possible just by being part of a group of like-minded individuals. We LOVE this feeling. So much so that we’ve teamed up with Girls Do Ski again this winter to bring back one of our favourite events of the season, our Girls Do Ski heli-ski weekend.

We got in touch with Katie Marti, Media Relations at Girls Do Ski, to hear her thoughts on this event: “Heli-skiing is the ultimate freeski adventure, so, naturally, this is one of our most anticipated camps of the season. All of our guests have skied resorts before and some have even toured around in the backcountry, but very few have had the opportunity to spend a day heli-skiing – much less with an entire crew of super supportive, incredible women. It’s bucket list material. This year, we’ve also added an extra day to the program, so that guests have a chance to acclimatize and do a bit of on-mountain prep at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before heading out in the heli with Selkirk Tangiers on Day Two. We’re stoked because we truly believe the full weekend experience will allow ladies more time to connect with our coaches and will leave everyone feeling confident and enthusiastic for the season ahead.”

Meghan Tabor from Revelstoke Tourism recounted her experiences from last season in her blogpost, and summed it up best: “…What I’ll never forget is the smiles on those Girls Day Out campers after conquering their heli-day. Exhaustion began to set in, but spirits remained high right up until the very last turn. As the chopper lowered us back down into the clouds, thoughts were on Mt. Begbie brew and après – to relive the moments that will inevitably last for a lifetime. I know it’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Watch the video from last year’s winter camp to get a taste of what it’s all about.

We’re flying with this package on January 10 & 11, 2015, with Saturday January 10 happening on the slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sunday January 11 heading into the hills with our STHS Bell 205 helicopter. For more details and information on how to book, click here: http://rvls.tk/1xIuUup.


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2015 Girls Do Ski Itinerary

Friday night – January 9th
• 6:30pm: Orientation and overview of weekend agenda

Saturday – January 10th
• 8:30am: Meet at gondola with Girls Do Ski coaches for epic morning ski time
• Lunch
• Epic afternoon ski time
• Dinner

Sunday – January 11th
• Breakfast/Yoga
• Safety training
• HELI-SKIING ALL DAY LONG
• Après ski
• Prizes!

This amazing weekend includes:

• 2 nights accommodation
• 2 days coaching
• 1 day lift ticket at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• Lunch at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (La Baguette)
• Professional photography
• 2 day Salomon demo ski rental
• Saturday evening dinner
• UNLIMITED runs included on the heli-ski day (4 runs guaranteed)
• ACMG or UIAGM guide services
• Yoga with Diana Newson
• Avalanche transceiver and related safety gear rental
• Comprehensive transceiver training plus backcountry and helicopter safety briefing
• Full breakfast, gourmet lunch in the mountains, and après-ski snacks included on your heli-day

“SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!” ~ Buddy the Elf

Santa Claus has officially left the North Pole and has arrived at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Merry Christmas!

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THE BIG MOUNTAIN RUSH IS BACK BRINGING THE BEST IN FREESKI ACTION TO REVELSTOKE Mountain Resort

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After a two year hiatus, the biggest event in backcountry freeskiing returns to its roots. Fusing the disciplines of backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine ski touring, Red Bull Cold Rush will return to Canada from February 3-6 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. The Red Bull Signature Series event will see a handful of the world’s premier skiers invited to battle it out for a chunk of the $36,000 prize purse awarded to the most versatile, well-rounded freeskiers.

The return of Red Bull Cold Rush means a blend of fresh powder and fresh ideas. Along with the new location in Revelstoke, the event is also being updated with fresh elements including innovative on-mountain features and a  competition format that places a greater focus on alpine touring. But one thing remains the same: the peer-judged three-day competition will see athletes pushing one another to raise the bar of backcountry freeski progression.
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“Red Bull Cold Rush is the one and only top tier event that I, and all the other backcountry skiers, have to express our type of skills in a competition format. The fact that this amazing event is coming back to Canada just gets me all fired up! It’s where I spend my winter doing what we do, so I’ll be right at home this year” says Sean Pettit, professional backcountry freeskier and two-time winner of Red Bull Cold Rush in 2010 and 2011.

HISTORY OF RED BULL COLD RUSH

In an event that pits man against nature, nature always has the upper hand. Born and bred in Canada, the first ever Red Bull Cold Rush was set to take place in 2007 at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Due to warm temperatures and a deep freeze that followed, the terrain was deemed unsafe to ski. When the event returned to the mountain in 2008, it was a skiers’ dream come true. Blue skies and deep snow greeted some of the best freeskiers in the world. Dave Treadway ended up at the top of the podium followed by Sean Pettit in 2nd and the late JP Auclair in 3rd.

In 2009 and 2010, the event moved to Retallack, BC pushing riders further and into new and challenging territory. A year later, Red Bull Cold Rush moved south of the border for the first US event held at Silverton, Colorado where it remained for a second year into 2012.
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Even in the powder-heaven that is the BC Interior, Revelstoke was a stand-out destination and obvious choice to play host for the return of Red Bull Cold Rush. Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the most vertical in North America at 5,620 ft. of lift accessed terrain, two alpine bowls and legendary glades. The only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry access from one village base, it has become a true ski mecca and synonymous with backcountry adventure.
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“This is the perfect event for us because it showcases all we have to offer – our diverse terrain, excellent conditions and all the challenging vertical and features they could event want” says Revelstoke Mountain Resort General Manager Rob Elliott.

On average, the mountain’s peak receives roughly 30-45 ft. of the fluffy stuff every year. For those in search of the white room, the high altitude and location in BC’s Interior Selkirk Mountains brings some of the most consistent quality snow in the region.

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There’s nothing more important than impressing your friends, and that is exactly what the premier field of 15 men and 5 women will do throughout the peer-judged event as athletes aim to raise the bar of backcountry freestyle progression.  Following each run, competitors will evaluate one another on performance basing scores on style, speed and technique.

Spread across three powder-laden days, the competition focuses on several distinct ski disciplines including backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine touring in order to find the best all-around freeskier. Each day of competition will focus on one specific discipline, with a new emphasis on the ski touring component that will see athletes traversing to different areas of the mountain in the shortest possible time. Athletes will now be able to accumulate more points through the touring portion, helping to offset potentially lower scores in other disciplines that might not be their strong suit.

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Red Bull is excited to have the support of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing and the The Sutton Place Hotel. In addition, for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015, Red Bull is excited to announce partnership with The North Face, official host of the ‘Big Mountain’ day of competition.  

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Since 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft.) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. For all the latest news, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.

About The North Face

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About The Red Bull Signature Series

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Joyride, Rampage, Straight Rhythm, Mint 400 and Volcom Pipe Pro. These represent a collection of the most innovative snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorsports and BMX events on custom courses inspired by the athltes themselves.

Yum, Yum… Christmas Turkey-To-Go

Christmas Turkey-To-Go1This holiday season, let The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver take care of cooking Christmas dinner, so you can enjoy time with family and friends. Our chefs will prepare a delectable holiday feast with all of your festive favourites and have it hot and ready so all you have to do is pick it up.

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Includes:

Includes:
• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Herb Stuffing
• Brussel Sprouts
• Ragout of Vegetables
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Turkey Jus
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Cranberry Cheesecake

$375.00 + tax.

Available December 24th and 25th, 2014.

To place an order, or for more information, please call 780.441.3011 or visit our Front Desk.


The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Includes:

• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Apple Sage Stuffing
• Brussel Sprouts
• Steamed Seasonal Vegetables
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Turkey Jus
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Cranberry Cheesecake

$375.00 + tax

Available December 24th through 26th, 2014.

To place an order, or for more information, please call 604.682.5511 ext. 34 or visit our Concierge Desk. Orders will be taken until noon on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

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Craft Beers Galore at The Sutton Place Wine Merchant

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Ho Ho Ho!

Santa just delivered the best present ever to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant
A new fridge full of seasonal Craft Beers for you to experience from local brewers and around the world.

New arrivals:
– Granville Island Brewing Coco Loco (BC)
– Granville Island Brewing Winter Ale (BC)
– Driftwood Fat Tug (BC)
– Driftwood Farm Hand (BC)
– Driftwood Hopfenweissen (BC)
– Karmeleit Triple
– Val-Dieu Grand Cru
– Caulier Blonde de Noel

Arriving in the next few weeks:
– Parallel 49 – Gypsy tears (BC)
– Parallel 49 – Old Boy (BC)
– Caracole Troublette
– Deus Brut des Flandres
– Duchesse de Bourgogne
– Gulden Draak
– Birrifico Karma – Amber Doll
– Birrifico Karma – Lemonale
– Heineken
– Strongbow Cider

Have a beer question? Stop by this holiday season, and let us help you with all your lager and ale needs.

855 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2K6
Tel 604.642.2947 •  Fax 604.642.2741
info@suttonplacewinemerchant.com

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT OPENS NOVEMBER 29


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Powder on the Menu — Revelstoke Mountain Resort Opening Weekend

As the snow continues to fall on Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is preparing to open November 29th amidst excellent early season conditions.

With over 270 cm of snow already, and a further 30-40 cm forecast before opening day, the 2014/15 season will be kicking off with a base of over 115 cm and enough powder to go around.

“Things are looking awesome! With all the new snow we will be opening top to bottom, giving skiers and snowboarders access to all 5620 ft of vertical,” says Mike Verwey, Mountain Operations Manager.

“Looking at the forecast, what is going to make this even better than past opening days is that we are going to have amazing visibility… after all the snow comes down, it is going to clear up and be bluebird for Saturday.”

One hundred per cent of the lifts on the mountain will be operational for the first day of the season, giving skiers and snowboarders access to nearly all of the 3,121 acres of inbound terrain.

With all that untouched powder being served up, Steve Bailey, Director of Skier Services and Base Area Operations says, “be prepared for Saturday to feel like heli-skiing, but for the price of a lift ticket.”

Lifts will start operating at 8:30am on Saturday, with the last ride on the Ripper at 2:30pm and on the Stoke at 3pm.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort couldn’t be more excited for the 2014/15 season!

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The Beauty of The Vertical Card!

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

For decades, heli and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain, and quaint mountain community.

Photo courtesy Alain Sleigher

Photo courtesy Alain Sleigher

Since 2007, the Resort has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs, including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies, that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain.

With under one week before Opening Day, Saturday, November 29th, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is gearing up for another amazing season!

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Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Looking for the perfect lift ticket for your amazing winter getaway?

The Vertical Card is the best way to ski multiple days at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this winter. Now available with 3 or 5 days pre-loaded, this direct to lift loyalty card is your ticket to savings. The best part: the days purchased can be used any time all season – no blackouts!

Comes with 3 or 5 days preloaded

Load straight onto the lift without having to visit Guest Services

Skip the ticket line with Direct-to-Lift

More discounts

Tons of discounts + added benefits

Get your powder sooner! Buy your Vertical Card by December 5 and:

  • Ski 3 days for $159 or 5 days for $250
  • December 6 – 25, 2014: Ski 3 days for $189 or 5 days for $300

Unlike other loyalty cards, this one is direct to lift so you don’t have to buy lift tickets every day. Even after you have used all your preloaded days, you don’t have to go inside and talk to anyone. Additional days can be charged directly to your credit card at a $20 discount on the window rate. So go straight for the gondola and get your powder fix faster!

The Vertical Card also includes:

  • Save $20 off regular ticket prices on all other days – no blackouts, no restrictions
  • Save 10% off Day Heli Skiing in December and January with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (Vertical Card must be presented at time of booking)
  • Save 10% off Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for last-minute specials all season long
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exclusive slope-side accommodation. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015.
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at Sandman Hotel Revelstoke. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015. Complimentary shuttle to Revelstoke Mountain Resort included.
  • 25% off First Tracks – load the Revelation Gondola 45 minutes before anyone else, and take advantage of untouched powder or perfect corduroy. Must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • 25% off Private Lessons – when you book 48 hours in advance
  • 25% off Ski & Snowboard Rentals – discount available on High Performance gear!
  • 15% off Repairs – discount available on full or minor tunes
  • 2-for-1 Tubing – enjoy family fun at Turtle Creek Tube Park

For additional information or to buy your Vertical Card online, click here.

See you this winter!

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Indiana Jones™ & The Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibit Package

Indiana Jones2The Indiana Jones franchise is an American entertainment franchise, based on the adventures of Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones played by Harrison Ford, a fictional archaeologist. It began in 1981 with the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. A prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, followed in 1984 and the sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. In 1992, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, featuring adventures the character had as a child as he travelled around the world with his father, began airing on television. A fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008.

The franchise has expanded beyond film and television. Marvel Comics began publishing The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones in 1983, and Dark Horse Comics earned the comic book rights to the character in 1991. Novelizations of the films have been published, as well as many novels with original adventures, including a series of German novels by Wolfgang Hohlbein, twelve novels set before the films published by Bantam Books, and a series set during the character’s childhood inspired by the television show.

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But Hollywood is not the only one that loves Indiana Jones. We do too! In partnership with Telus World of Science – Edmonton, The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton is pleased to offer an exciting package with all the elements for a fun-filled getaway! Get an insider’s look at your favourite movies and learn about the real artifacts that inspired them all while relaxing in the comforts of  your luxurious guest room.

Rates from: $140

Package includes:

  • one night’s accommodation
  • two tickets to Science World’s Indiana Jones™ & The Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibit
  • complimentary Internet access
  • 3:00pm extended check-out
  • accumulate Sutton Prestige membership points
  • 15% discount coupons applicable to the IMAX theatre, gift shop and café

Click here for more information.

Lest We Forget

Remembrance DayThis year, November 11th  not only marks Remembrance Day but the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day, but how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?

Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe’s heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell. That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England’s “Order of the Burial of the Dead”. For security reasons, Helmer’s burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness.

The next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Yser Canal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium.
As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled, “His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer’s grave.”

Within moments, John McCrae had completed the “In Flanders Fields” poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved:

“The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.”

Lest we forget.

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Get Ski Fit with Greg Hill

Opening day is fast approaching and that means it’s time to stop procrastinating and start getting physically ready for the upcoming season.

Now, it’s possible you’ve been prepping all summer in anticipation for winter fun? In that case, disregard everything that follows and continue doing what you’ve been doing.

However, if you fall into the same category as us and have, despite your best intention, not been squatting and lunging up a storm all summer, we will help ease the pain.

That is why we called in an expert from Revelstoke Mountain Resort‘s pro team.

Whitecap Alpine, South Chilcotin Mountains, British ColumbiaGreg Hill is one of the fittest people you will ever meet. EVER. The man was named one of the top 25 Fittest Guys in the World in 2011, for climbing and skiing 2 million feet in a year. In case you were thinking of trying that… it’s the equivalent of climbing Toronto’s CN tower three times every day for 365 days. Bottom line, Hill knows how to get the most out of your body and he was kind enough to offer up some tips:

Q: It’s three weeks from opening day and we haven’t started training. Where do we even begin?

I would think that Cardio is the best thing to work on.  Getting your overall fitness up will help you recover quicker, which means that each time on the lift you will be ready for the next shred fest. You may not have the strength to stomp big cliffs but at least you will be able to keep going all day. It’s also something that can be gained quickly.

Q: We want to be ready for opening day but don’t have a lot of time. What type of exercise do you recommend where we will get the most ‘bang for our buck’?

Obviously quad strength is key for skiing, but explosive strength is more important. So lunges, squats, and jumps are pretty key.  Anything that works your core strength is handy too, since the core is what will keep it all together while you recklessly shred lap after lap.

Q: What’s your go-to exercise to make sure your legs are ready for opening day?

We used to do a lot of wall sits. Which is similar to tucking snow rodeo top to bottom.  Most shred runs last less than 5 minutes so if you can sit against the wall for 5 minutes and then break and repeat. It will be similar to your days on the hill. Intense leg workouts for 5 minutes and repeat.

Q: Fast forward to opening day, what are your tips to make sure we don’t injure ourselves first day out?

Take it easy. There is a whole season ahead. Pull back a bit and shred at 75%. Obviously hard to do, but well worth it in the long run. Also don’t go for the whole day, just go for the excitement and psych of the day and ease into your season.


Amazing pre-season Ski & Stay packages available at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Click here for more information. See you this winter!

We Want to Give you $100!

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Looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, catch all the Grey Cup action in the heart of the city, or bring in the New Year in style? Or maybe you just need a break from the everyday hustle and bustle. Whatever the reason, we invite you to escape to The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver with our ‘Gift Card Getaway’ and get rewarded with a $100 AMEX Gift Card!

Gift Cards can be used any way you like – to cover hotel costs, room service, amenities, or at surrounding restaurants and shops. The choice is yours.

Book your stay through this promotion and receive rates from $142, including:

  • Overnight accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • A $100 AMEX Gift Card to be used in any way you choose

Offer must be booked through this link: www.suttonplacehotel.bevancouver.com.

Facebook iconContest announcement: Next week (November 3-7, 2014), we’ll be giving away Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift cards on our Facebook Page. ‘Like’ us to hear the official contest details and to learn all about our latest promotion.

*Terms & Conditions: Must be booked by Sunday, November 16, 2014 for stays until Saturday, February 28, 2015. Subject to availability, taxes, and applicable fees. Cannot be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply. Full payment is required at time of booking. Offer is non-refundable. The gift card is provided by our partners at the VHDA.

 

 

Escape to Edmonton this Fall!

Edmonton FallEscape to the city and enjoy a relaxing getaway in downtown Edmonton. Whether you are looking to do some shopping, see a show or concert at one of the nearby venues, or simply be a tourist in your own city, The Sutton Place Hotel’s ideal location, warm hospitality, and luxurious guest rooms will make your next retreat perfect!

Fall coloursfall_46511Rates starting from $109 per night

Package includes:

  • One night’s accommodation in a Sutton Guest Room
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in (12:00pm) & late check-out (2:00pm)


or call 1.866.378.8866 and ask for our “Residents’ Rate”.
Promo Code: LOCAL

Hotel features:

  • Exclusive Sutton Shopper Program, offering savings of up to 30% at participating retailers in Edmonton City Centre Mall
  • Attached by indoor pedway to the neighbouring Edmonton City Centre Mall with access to over 400 shops and services
  • On-site Chop Steakhouse & Bar offering tender cuts of steaks, fresh seafood, an expansive wine list, and delectable desserts
  • Indoor rooftop pool
  • Ideal location within close proximity to the arts, entertainment, and business districts of downtown Edmonton

Terms & Conditions: Offer only available for stays until December 30, 2014. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply.

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What’s New for Winter at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Mountain Operations has been busy this summer!

There’s always room for improvement where skiing terrain is concerned, and our Trail Crew has worked hard to develop terrain on all sides of the mountain. With extensive glading and regular brushing, exciting new areas and old favourites will be ready to shred on Opening Day.

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We’ve expanded glading on Southside, doubling the size of Tally-Ho Glades.

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We’ve straightened Chopper, improving its flow. We’ve also expanded glading in the Glades of Glory, greatly improving skiing quality and increased ease-of-access from the Ripper Connector.

The BCA Avalanche Ranch is a new and improved transceiver-testing area at the top of the Gondola to hone backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.

Enjoy our new retail concept with ski boots, a specialty BCA backcountry area, and softgoods all under one roof. Bootfitting and custom foodbeds will also be available in retail to fix pressure points and save your ski day.

Opening day is Saturday, November 29. See you this winter!

Ruffino Winery Dinner

Join Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for their first winemaker’s dinner!


Ruffino Winery Dinner with Special Guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino Senior Global Brand Ambassador

Date & Time: October 20th, 7PM
Cost: $129 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Tickets: 604-642-2900 or info@boulevardvancouver.ca
Seating is limited

Please join us for an exclusive winery dinner featuring Italian winemaker Ruffino. Our Wine Director, Lisa Haley, will treat guests to nine wines from Ruffino’s estates in Tuscany, paired with five courses from Executive Chef Alex Chen’s upcoming fall menu. Boulevard will also welcome special guest Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Senior Global Brand Ambassador for the event, which will take place in our elegant private dining room.

RECEPTION

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WEATHERVANE SCALLOP CRUDO

radish, autumn heirloom apples, wasabi, sea salt
Libaio Chardonnay IGT 2012

PACIFIC OCTOPUS TWO WAYS

cold-pressed, marinated, celery paquillo peppers, green olives
Luminia Pinot Grigio 2013
Orvietto Classico 2013

SLOW-ROASTED SQUAB

chestnuts, celeriac confit, muscat grape
Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2010
Brunello di Montalcino Greppone Mazzi 2006

BRAISED LAMB OSSO BUCO

fennel, butternut squash, brussels sprouts
Modus Toscana IGT 2010
Romitorio di Santidame Toscana IGT 2006

ANJOY PEAR ‘MILLE-FEUILLE’

poached, maple diplomat crème, smoked cinnamon ice cream
Ruffino Vin Santo Serelle 2009

To purchase your tickets, please contact us at 604-642-2900 or email info@boulevardvancouver.ca.

Thanksgiving ‘Turkey-To-Go’… Let us do the cooking

place setting_148386761It’s almost Thanksgiving… The perfect occasion to spend time with your friends, family and loved ones. Time to gather and give thanks for everything you have.

But along with precious family time comes a lot of work. You have to make a grocery list, go shopping, cook the meal and then clean up all while keeping a smile on your face.

This year, The Sutton Place Hotels will make your Thanksgiving so relaxing that you’ll want to do it all over again because we want to do all the cooking! Let our Chefs cook up a mouth-watering turkey dinner with all the trimmings and have it hot and ready to go, so all you have to do is pick it up!

Now that’s something to give thanks for.

Turkey to goOur delicious ‘Turkey-To-Go’ meal includes:
• 18lb. Roast Turkey
• Apple Sage Stuffing
• Seasonal Vegetable Medley
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce and Gravy
• Assorted Dinner Rolls (12)
• Traditional Pumpkin Pie

$325.00 + tax
Serves 8 – 12

Available on Saturday, October 11th through Monday, October 13th

To place an order or for more information, please call 604.682.5511 ext. 34.

Note: orders will be taken until noon on Thursday, October 9th.

8 More VIFF 2014 Films That Are Not Yet On Your Radar

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In celebration of the commencement of our 2014 festival, we have compiled another list of fascinating but underrated films that you may have missed while flipping through our program. Take a moment to watch a few trailers and browse the movie intros below, we promise you will find a film or two that will pique your interest!

The Boy and the World:
In this unique and enchanting animated film, the story starts with a young boy standing heartbroken as a train carries his father into the distance. The boy will eventually leave home as well, moving from the country to a towering metropolis in search of his dad. In his adventures, he’ll float on clouds of cotton, ride on ships with the beaks of birds and encounter a world ruled by black-clad oppressors.

Beautiful Youth:
A 20-year-old still living with her younger brother and single mom, Natalia is also pregnant with her boyfriend Carlos’ baby. With no job prospects on the horizon and a few hundred Euros on the table, Natalia and Carlos agree to appear in a porno.

Finding Fela:
Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in this documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. Kuti’s raw charisma, many wives, mesmerizing musical performances and political aspirations and persecution have certainly been documented before, but director Gibney’s decision to fold in behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela! makes this kaleidoscopic film as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Free Fall:
When a senior throws herself from her rooftop, the suicide attempt fails to take. Consequently, she’s left to ignobly limp back to the life she was dying to escape. Her odyssey quickly assumes a phantasmagoric air, with each floor warped into a surreal showcase of bizarre spectacles such as a macabre gynecologist’s office, a dinner party frequented by well-heeled grotesques and a germaphobe’s hermetic sanctuary.
*Caution: Trailer below contains scenes that may be mildly disturbing to some viewers.

Li’l Quinqin:
When a dead cow stuffed with human remains is found in an abandoned WWII bunker, Captain van der Weyden is on the case. A Clouseau-like bumbler afflicted with a strange (and mesmerizingly funny) series of tics and twitches, van der Weyden, along with his assistant Carpentier, whose driving skills leave a lot to be desired, take two steps forward and three steps back as they hunt for the murderer. And all the while the dynamic duo must contend with recalcitrant villagers and mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin.

Jungle School:
In this filmed based on the autobiography of Butet Manurung, Butet spents several years in the Bukit Dua Belas National Park helping tribal kids to become literate and numerate. She faces many challenges in her makeshift jungle school: her own misgivings about leaving behind a life of comfort in Jakarta, the arrogance and self-interest of her NGO boss, and the dangers from illegal loggers in the forest. Most of all, she also has to face the rivalries between the tribes who live in the jungle and the hostility of some to her influence on their kids. TICKETS.

Meat and Milk:
Given reactions to the recent expose of cruelty at a Fraser Valley diary farm, this revealing and unsentimental documentary of where cattle stand in our world forces us to witness the slaughterhouse but also revel in the glory of our land and the magnificent diversity of cowdom.
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Pulp:
This documentary follows the Britpop stars Pulp, almost two decades (and 10-million record sales) after “Common People” and “Disco 2000” dominated the UK charts. In the film, the band returns to their unlikely industrial hometown of Sheffield to play one last gig. Rakish frontman Jarvis Cocker once again assumes the spotlight, delighting in adopting the guise of a doddering retiree, making a show of fixing a tire and feeding the ducks.

VIFF: Bringing Fashion Back to Vancouver

As the Host Hotel for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is thrilled for this year’s festival. In honour of opening day, we pay our respects to all the amazing fashion that will be showcased at the opening night gala and in the films this year.
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This year at the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, we will be bringing a series of fabulously stylish films to Vancouver. This series of films showcases fashion, style, and art that will for sure please the en vogue community of Vancouver.

VIFF is offering an exciting Style In Film Passport ($99). This passport gives you access to all six films and access the most fashion forward events happening during the festival. Events include:

  • September 27th – Series Launch: A memorable evening put on by Ecofashion Week. This special screening of Looking for Light: Jane Bown will include a panel on fashion and what you need to do to reach success as a stylist, model, photographer etc. in the industry.
  • October 3rd – Yves Saint Laurent red carpet: Get dressed up and strut your stuff down the red carpet. Enjoy a pre-screening panel dedicated to the life and impact of this famous brand, and its creator.
  • October 4th – Jason Matlo and Ecofashion Week pre-screening panel: A special panel dedicated to tackling the issue of  sustainability in fashion, and how handmade products can reduce industry impact.
  • October 5th – Red Carpet & Holt Renfrew VIP Party:  Dress up and lead with your self down the red carpet with your best foot forward. The first 100 pass holders are also invited to this exclusive Holt Renfrew VIP party.
  • October 10th – Closing Party/Jason Matlo Fashion Show: To close off the series, we are inviting the first 75 pass holders to join us at Jason Matlo’s 10th anniversary fashion show.

Dress up in your most glamorous attire and share your most fabulous selfie at the events for a chance to win a 2015 VIFF Festival pass & so much more! Come to a show, take a selfie, tag #VIFFStyle on Twitter and you could be doing VIFF 2015 in style!

Click here for passes: Style in Film

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Full Film Screening Breakdown:
Advanced Style: A documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

Hand Made with Love in France: This film charts the work and gradual demise of French artisans’ workshops that are essential suppliers for haute couture fashion houses such as Dior and Chanel.

God Help The Girl: Eve’s a troubled young girl who also has a talent for singing and song-writing. Music leads her to Glasgow where she meets James and Cassie, two kindred spirits each at crossroads of their own. What follows is an uplifting and stylish pop musical filled with renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.

The Two Faces of January: The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as tourists who get to know a tour guide in Athens played by Oscar Isaac. All three are put in danger after an incident at the hotel, and the suspense builds from there.

In the Name of My Daughter: Inspired by the true case of Agnes Le Roux, a young, glamorous heiress, the film tells the story of her disappearance in the late 1970’s after becoming embroiled in a Mafia-backed plot to force her mother Renée to sell the family casino on the French Riviera.

Looking for Light: Jane Bown: This is a moving portrait of Jane Bown, a life-long photographer for the Observer newspaper who has photographed famous subjects like John Lennon and The Queen. The film examines her quiet determination working in an almost exclusively male world and how the sorrow of her early childhood influenced her unique photographic style.

Leftover Smoked Brisket? We’ve got a Wine for that!

bbq wineWritten by Peter Harlos, Sutton Place Wine Merchant

Barbera d’Alba might just be the world’s most perfect barbeque wine.

The other night, I made a pizza I thought I’d share with you. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some leftover brisket, from a previous days 13-hour smoke, that a friend did for a neighbourhood block party. Some fresh pizza dough, a home-made Kansas City style BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and diced roasted yellow peppers came together on the grill with the chopped up brisket to make one of the best pizzas I’ve made all summer.

What the heck do you pair with that?

Well you’ve really got a lot of options, but to me, one of the best is a well-made Italian Barbera, and Pio Cesare does a fantastic job. A classic Barbera is medium bodied, has a little bit higher acidity and a little bit lighter tannin. A well-crafted Barbera d’Alba, such as Pio Cesare’s, has all of this plus an intense soft rich black fruit flavour that playfully mingles on the palate with the sweet peppers, spicy sauce and smoky meat.

It’s a delicious and refreshing quaff between bites of what would otherwise quickly tire the taste buds. And when you’re done chowing down on your favourite sauced-up, pizza, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, or ribs, there is more than enough luscious complexity to keep you coming back for more.

Truly an Italian classic for our modern times.


Join the Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Saturday, September 20 from 4:30pm-6:30pm for an Italian themed wine tasting.

Can’t make it on the 20th? Celebrate September at the Sutton Place Wine Merchant with fantastic wine tastings.

Click here for full schedule.

Savour a “BLOOD ALLEY” at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Provoke_BLVD_BloodAlley1For renowned mixologist Justin Taylor, who serves as Bar Manager at the newly opened Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, nothing beats the true spirit of a cocktail. His philosophy, which is also his reality, is to tell a story with each and every glass.

With that said, ‘Blood Alley’, a cocktail that is sure to tantalize your taste buds is more than just a fresh summer drink.

“BLOOD ALLEY”
Named after the famous alley in Gastown , this is a melting pot of flavour and excitement. It is rich with spice and smoky elements, yet remains on the light and refreshing side. Its vibrant colour, speckled with black peppercorns, is stunning to the eye and its beauty is confirmed with each delicious sip.

TOOLS
Boston shaker
Jigger
Hawthorne strainer
Fine mesh strainer
Muddler

GLASSWARE
Coupe

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz Los Siete Misterios Doba Yej Mezcal
0.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower
0.5 oz lime juice
3 whole strawberries
10 black peppercorns
0.25 oz Venturi-Schulze balsamic vinegar
House bubbly

METHOD
Chilled coupe glass
Muddle strawberries and peppercorns
Add remaining ingredients minus bubbly to shaker
Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
Double strain to coupe glass
Top with house bubbly

GARNISH
Peppered strawberry

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Film Festival Welcomes Films From All Over The World: September 25 – October 10, 2014

viff2A fall fixture on the international film festival calendar, Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is a microcosm of its home city: cosmopolitan, innovative, friendly, culturally complex, and very accessible. As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver loves watching all the creative, innovative, and entertaining films that make their way to the city during VIFF.

Critically acclaimed as “an unspoiled celebration of world cinema,” VIFF presents approximately 575 screenings of films from over 70 countries. An international team of expert programmers view hundreds of films and travel to some of the biggest festival to bring Vancouver the best of cinema from around the world.

VIFF is internationally renowned by filmmakers and fans as an event that succeeds in connecting filmmakers with large, attentive and eager audiences.

With exceptional, entertaining and diverse programming, numerous guest filmmakers hosting lively post-screening discussions and accessible special events, VIFF is truly a film-lovers festival!

Film Series and Awards

The Vancouver International Film Festival has long been one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America. In 2013, 341 films played on nine screens in seven venues. By the time the 16-day festival had wrapped, 130,000 attendees had been dazzled by the top films from more than 75 countries.

Last year, VIFF offered $19,500 in cash prizes plus another $25,000 in services and prize packs as part of five adjudicated awards. Audience Awards were announced in an additional six categories, including the Rogers People’s Choice Award, Most Popular Documentary Film Award and Most Popular First Feature Award.

Films selected for the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival will be presented in a diverse selection of series.

International Series

Cinema of Our Time A spectacular showcase of narrative films from around the globe featuring both today’s masters and tomorrow’s visionaries.
The Cinemas of East Asia For over 25 years, VIFF has presented one of the world’s largest and most adventurous collections of East Asian cinema.
Nonfiction Features Documentary and essay films embrace the spotlight in this acclaimed series, which sees over 75 nonfiction features play to almost 50,000 engaged viewers.
Arts & Letters A cinematic celebration of visual and performing arts with a strong focus on films in which music takes centre stage.
Spotlight on France VIFF honours the rich cinematic culture that continues to thrive in France by highlighting that nation’s finest big-screen offerings.
Altered States A late night series featuring international genre films, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.
International Shorts VIFF introduces you to exceptional international artists who push short-form storytelling to its limits.

Canadian Series

Canadian Images One of the world’s largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Incredibly well-attended, it’s truly a point of pride for VIFF. This series is also home to the B.C. Spotlight which focuses on our homegrown talent.
Canadian Images Shorts Carefully curated short film programs showcase both established Canadian filmmakers and emerging artists we’ll be seeing more from in the future.

Vancouver Keeps Hollywood North Title

ClapboardGreater Vancouver spends a lot of time recreating other cities. It’s served as everything from New York and Forks to a town in Maine populated by fairy tale characters.

What attracts tourists to the area—the cultural diversity, the views, the food — also attracts Hollywood A-listers and their film crews. And, if you know where to look, you can follow in their footsteps.

One of the great things we hear from celebrities is the reason they love Vancouver… they’re allowed to be themselves. However, spotting stars on Vancouver’s streets can be an entirely different matter. When Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart were spied while filming The Twilight Saga, the Twittersphere went berserk over their whereabouts.

It’s not only Vancouver proper that gets the spotlight. The historic cannery village of Steveston in Richmond was transformed into Storybrooke, Maine, the setting for ABC’s hit Once Upon a Time. Walk down Moncton Street and you’ll see signs for Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer and Storybrooke Country Bread. It’s a movie set come to life.

In fact, many TV series have made Vancouver their home base over the years — Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, 21 Jump Street (the original TV series with Johnny Depp), even The X-Files. So the next time you’re in town, keep your eyes open. Your favourite film or TV star could be just around the corner.

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Locally Sourced Menu

Chef Chen’s culinary philosophy: use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients.

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LOCAL SUPPLIERS
Boulevard’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Okanagan wine country and nearby farms, fisheries and ranches aligns with one of Executive Chef Alex Chen’s key culinary principles: to use the best locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. To that end, Boulevard is proud to source a number of its products from the following local suppliers, among others.

Barnston Island Herbs:
A 100% local family business with farms located in Surrey, Barnston Island Herbs has sustainably grown and supplied the best herbs, greens and specialty product to B.C.’s top restaurants and hotels since 1979.

North Arm Farm:
A 60-acre, family run and working organic farm in Pemberton, North Arm Farm produces a full selection of seasonal vegetable as well as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and sources a wide range of fruit from the Okanagan. North Arm practices organic methodology and grows its crops following standards adopted by the Pacific Agriculture Certification Society, which is a member of the Certified Organic Association of B.C.

Cherry Lane Farm:
A family owned and operated farm that has been located in Richmond since the early 1950s, Cherry Lane grows some of the largest varieties of tree fruit such as Italian plums, heritage apples and cherries, white and red wine grapes, black mulberries and Bosc and Anjou pears, as well as an array of vegetable crops all produced without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds.

Pacific Provider Salmon:
Owned and operated by a North Vancouver fishing family, the Pacific Provider is a 43-foot fishing boat that travels through the waters around the Queen Charlotte Islands in search of the best catch and using only the most sustainable fishing methods. Pacific Provider is Ocean Wise certified and trolls with barbless hooks and line designed specifically for Coho salmon, eliminating the risk of endangering other fish, birds and marine mammals and of damaging the ocean floor. 

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Company:
An Ocean Wise certified, family-run farm located in the pristine, glacier-fed waters off Read Island, B.C., Sawmill Bay produces oysters, clams, mussels and scallops that are delivered within 24 hours of harvesting. Sawmill Bay is also in a remote location away from human habitation, which helps provide a clean and pollution-free environment for its harvests.

Mikuni Wild Harvest:
Mikuni Wild Harvest, the exclusive supplier of Boulevard’s wasabi, provides an abundance of richly flavoured foods found exclusively in the wild. Since 2001, Mikuni has focused on developing a boutique line of sustainable wild foods for restaurants and gourmet retail outlets.

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WINE PROGRAM
Boulevard’s noteworthy and wide ‐ranging list of wines available by the glass and bottle reflects Wine Director Lisa Haley’s passion for showcasing the best natural, biodynamic, organic and sustainable labels produced in both British Columbia and abroad.

The Boulevard wine list also features a focus on Champagne and sparkling wine that perfectly complement the seafood-focused menu designed by Executive Chef Alex Chen. Much like Chen’s dishes, all of Haley’s hand-picked selections are unadulterated, true reflections of their provenance.

Boulevard boasts an extensive list of wines sourced both locally and internationally, and with three accredited sommeliers on the front-of-house management team (Haley, Restaurant Director Steve Edwards and Maître d’ Brian Hopkins),the knowledge and experience to help each guest get the very best out of every glass.

If you haven’t yet visited the 290-seat, European-styled bistro and contemporary bespoke style restaurant, make sure to put Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on your Must-Eat-At list.

Now Open: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard_Menu_OystersAn exciting new addition to Vancouver’s ever-expanding restaurant roadmap, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – located at The Sutton Place Hotel – provides a distinctive showcase for the celebrated culinary vision of Executive Chef Alex Chen and redefines the fine art of dining with subtle, unexpected, and playful approaches to cuisine, service, and style.

Chen’s seafood-focused menu is grounded in classical technique and training, while artfully infusing casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences. Boulevard’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Okanagan wine country, and nearby farms, fisheries, and ranches aligns with Chen’s culinary principle of using the best, locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.

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From early morning to late at night, the 290-seat restaurant offers guests a variety of culinary experiences: from the stylish dining room, seated oyster bar and craft-cocktail and champagne bar to the vintage-style lounge, private dining room, and expansive wrap-around patio.

Boulevard_Menu_Cocktail2COCKTAIL PROGRAM

Justin Taylor’s cocktail philosophy is an inspired recipe blending equal parts simplicity and high-quality, local ingredients. With a focus on craft spirits and bitters sourced from B.C. and Canada and house-made syrups and infusions, Taylor and his team combine a wide variety of styles, spirits, flavours and flair to underscore their unique emphasis on telling a story in each and every glass.

From the signature house classic Boulevardier (cinnamon and vanilla infused Canadian whisky, oak-aged Campari and Amaro, stirred and served over ice) to the Boulevard Bellini (white peach purée, peach liqueur, B.C. sparkling wine and peach bitters, built and stirred in an elegant coupe glass and garnished with violet ice) and the Boulevard Caesar (Canadian vodka, all natural clam and tomato juice, house spices, grated horseradish and a lemon pepper and smoked salt rim, built over ice), Taylor’s cocktail menu offers up fresh and unique takes on classic favourites as well as an array of signature seasonal house selections. 

With an emphasis on establishing a comprehensive pre-batched and bottled cocktail program featuring standards like the Manhattan and Negroni, Taylor and his bartending team are committed to curating a truly unique beverage program that will redefine cocktail culture in Vancouver, and set a new standard for spirit of service and hospitality behind the bar.

Stay tuned: next week’s blog will discuss the restaurant’s delicious, locally sourced menu.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

A shot of Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier's summit on the right.

Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier’s summit on the right.

Canada’s top endurance athletes take over Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 19, 2014 when it hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

The race starts at the resort’s day lodge and is a 60-kilometre gruelling run through mountain terrain. Competitors will run up the ski hill, through the alpine to the basin between Mount Cartier and Ghost Peak, and back down to the resort.

The 60-kilometre course is approximately 3,000 metres of elevation gain. Runners have the option to take part individually or in teams of three. The race starts at 7am and the winners are expected to reach the finish line around 2pm. All competitors have a 5pm deadline to finish.

There is more to the event than just a race; there is an entire weekend of festivities. On Friday, July 18, three guest speakers will share their stories beginning at 7:30pm, including Revelstoke ski mountaineering racer Melanie Bernier, elite Canadian ultra-runner Adam Campbell, and American trail running champion Max King.

There is a party scheduled for Saturday evening at the day lodge, and on Sunday, there will be 5K and 10K runs.

The Sutton Place Hotel is thrilled about all the amazing athletes that will be descending on the beautiful town of Revelstoke. The top finishers will be selected to represent Canada at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships at the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado on Aug. 16.

Good luck to everyone competing!

We love you mom!

motherdaughterWhat would we be without our mothers? Mothers are the glue that holds a family together and the fine-tuned engine that keeps a family humming along smoothly. Mothers work a double shift between their “career jobs” and their “home jobs” — juggling their additional roles of family chauffeur, mediator in settling disputes over the remote control, food and beverage engineer, interior decorator, and academic counsellor, to name a few.

To honour the hard work that mothers give the world, some of our guests wrote us to share their love.

 

My Hands

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Submitted by Donna Sawmill. She received this poem from her daughter last year.

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small.
And always leave my fingertips
On furniture and walls.
But everyday I’m growing
I’ll be grown someday.
And all those tiny handprints
Will simply fade away.
So here’s a final handprint
Just so you can recall.
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

 

Written by Sandra Weibley

“My mother’s greatest gift is her unconditional love and her dedication. She has given up her career as an architect in order to take care of my brother, my father, and I. If I ever feel in need of her advice or a shoulder to cry on, she will always be on the other line. I have a mother who believes in me and who always wants the best for her family. A true lovely Latin mom, with fierce dance moves and even fiercer cooking. I love you mom.”

Written by Diana Linkloy

“My mother’s greatest gift is her selfless devotion to her family. She works hard to take care of four children, and still manages to look beautiful every day! She is such an inspiration.”

 

My mom is...

Submitted by Coral Klassen. She received this tribute from her son Jackson this year.

 

Written by Stephanie Slymourg

“Being a mother means blooming into wonderful, amazing people we couldn’t have become without first appreciating the landscape of raising our own children.
It means flowing with the seasons and accepting and embracing the changes as they smack us in the face like the hearty wind of a storm. Being a mother means simply letting the world wash over you, but not losing an ounce of your strength. It means allowing the hardships to shape you and smooth you out like a piece of sea glass destined to topple onto the shore with a shimmer and shine so beautiful you can’t help but pick it up and put it in your pocket.”

 

From all of us at The Sutton Place Hotels, Happy Mother’s Day to mothers all over the world. Thank you for your love.

AN ODE TO MY MOTHER (AND TO ALL MOMS OUT THERE)

I Love Mom_172388024Written by Sarah Lechinskov (a Sutton Prestige member). Dedicated to her mother.

When I forced my mom to sign up for Facebook last summer, I asked her all the standard “profile information” questions. “Are you interested in men or women?” I asked as my mom got dinner ready for my father.

“Women,” she said solemnly. “It’ll be a whole new life.”My mom never fails to leave me in hysterics. She is the master of deadpan.

During my “Mom Gets on Facebook Adventure”, it was a struggle, but I eventually convinced her to use a picture I took of her when she visited me in New York.

During this trip, my mom and I went to the Letterman show, and I held her hand as George Clooney dazzled the audience. Then we walked around the streets of New York with giddy excitement after, my arm looped through hers. Every step was an adventure.

We stumbled upon a man who held a kitten wearing an outfit sitting near some tie-dye purses, and my mom stopped to talk to him. “I just love your cat,” she said, then turned to me and said, “That’s my favourite thing I’ve seen in New York so far.”  Clooney on Letterman had nothing on that cat in the T-shirt.

She stills talks about it.

My mom often calls me at night, and within minutes of talking, she says like clockwork, “Well. I don’t have any news.” She does, however, have her own brand of interpreting the news, most of which comes from her watching TV on mute and reading the ticker. She finds it more pleasant that way. “What do you think of Kim Kardashian?” she’ll ask me. “I think I want to be more like her.”

My mom is 71.

Another time she was watching a VH1 special on Tupac and Biggie. “What’d you make of it?” I asked, curious to hear her take on the murderous feud. “Oh, well, as far as I could tell, it was a rap misunderstanding,” she said.

Nailed it.

When the dot-com boom happened in the early 2000s, my mom would always add “.com” randomly to conversations: “How are you doing dot com?” she would ask. At another point, she had big plans to name her cat “dot com,” but sadly, that never happened.

Emails from my mom are one of my favourite things in the world. Her first email password? “Ilovekids.”

Two years ago on my birthday, she wrote me: “Dear Sarah, I loved it when you were born — you were so big and healthy and loving (you talked to me when they brought you to me. You said ‘uhh. uhh.’) And I talked to you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!”

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I love my mom so much it makes me laugh and cry and feel alive all at the same time.

A shining example of what a mother should be:

  • You’re all things lovely.  Your beauty is like a spring flower in full bloom.
  • rock for those of us who rely on your strength.
  • The epitomy of simplicity and I know no one else who wears it as well as you do.
  • Your unspoken motto is family first; you’re loyal to those you love without being unreasonable.
  • Thank you for the times you’ve seen right through my “I’m right” attitude and for respectfully pointing out the error of my ways.
  • Never boastful, always quite content to let others shine. You’re a listener and not a talker. It’s part of what draws people to you – you’re a wellspring of other people’s secrets but they go no further. Trustworthiness and integrity are my biggest aspirations because, by example, you’ve taught me they’re the the best qualities a person can possess.
  • A mother, friend, cheerleader, counsellor, therapist all rolled into one and each day I learn from you.  And if people were to ever say, “You’ve turned into your mother”  it would be all right by me. Thank you!

What do you love most about your mom? Does she send you the world’s best emails too? Are you doing anything special for Mother’s Day? Send us your favourite mom story (communications@suttonplace.com), and we’ll compile an ‘ode to mom to be published on Mother’s Day!

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As a special treat for Mother’s Day, join us at either The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton or Vancouver for our famous Sunday Brunch buffet featuring our signature specialities, including an omelette station, prime rib, and much more!

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Be sure to save room to indulge in our world-famous Chocoholic Buffet, returning for one day, just for Mom.

Available for groups of 4 or more only.
Versailles Ballroom
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Seatings: 10:30am & 12:30pm

$65.00 per Adult
$32.50 per Child
(ages 4 – 12)
Free for children under the age of 4

Call 604.642.2900 to make a reservation.

The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

Grande Ballroom
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Seatings: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm & 12:30pm

$45.00 per Adult
$38.00 per Senior
$22.00 per Child (ages 5 – 12)
Free for children under the age of 5

For reservations, please contact: Meghan Ferguson 780.441.3011.

Thank You for an Incredible Winter!

RMR End of SeasonOn behalf of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the guests that have made the 2013/14 Winter Season such a great success.

With 972cm (32 feet) of snow, it’s been another powder-filled finale. The 7th Annual Stoke to Spoke went off without a hitch, and Closing Weekend was an event bonanza to remember. Keep your eyes open for the start of our Early Bird Season Pass Sale on May 1 for the best rates on skiing and snowboarding in Revelstoke.

Revelation GondolaAs Revelstoke Mountain Resort enters its second season of summer operations with the lower Revelation Gondola in operation from June 28 – September 8, 2014, enjoy sightseeing with scenic gondola rides available daily from 6:30am to 10:30am (last download at 11:00am).  Make the most of your experience and combine your visit with a full buffet breakfast at the Revelation Lodge.  With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering spectacular views of the valley and the Monashee Mountains, make sure to bring your appetite and your camera to capture an unforgettable dining experience!

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited about the upcoming summer season. Stay tuned for amazing family and couples promotions!

 

Spring has Sprung (or has it?)

The season has changed, the majority of Canada is still covered in snow, and so far, nothing about spring is warmer than winter. Even though this is the time of year the weather usually changes from freezing to moderate temperatures, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So instead of complaining about the weather and the snow, we asked our guests to send us beautiful snowy pictures of either Edmonton or Revelstoke. And boy, are we happy we did.

Edmonton’s Sunny Spring:

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Snowy Spring:

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South West Snow

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In the ski town of my mind, the weather is blue and rainy, the town is sleepy, yet a vibe constantly thrums and a presence looms over the town. Like a heartbeat fueled by snow, everyone knows what blue weather means, and, suddenly, a rainy day becomes the perfect anticipation for the best phrase in any turn hungry town: Powder Day.

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This winter has been a struggle across much of North America’s ski towns to find a weather system pushing snow and averting dry weather. It’s been a race to find any sort of tracks which one could call their own and it seems reluctance and skepticism took the driver’s seat over faith towards the powder pilgrimage. The winter has been slow with snow falls remaining few and far between, even in places typically rife with snow, the weather seems to be following this trend… Frankly, the past few seasons have been this way and the places which receive notable snow are sending up full chair after full chair. I shy away from long lines and short runs because I know of the perfect place with a huge vertical descent and almost non-existent lines. The best part is that each season, a storm system comes off the South West and hands snow graciously to Mt. Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Each run, you are surrounded by not just friends but people enthused about being on a big mountain. Runs can be fast but if you want to stop, relax, and enjoy the peace of the trees, then it’s guaranteed your friends will be there.  I can’t say that I have chased snow across the west and I would be lying if I said that I’ve skied all over the world. But one thing that is for sure, Revelstoke has a pull that I nor any of my friends have felt.

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The snow seems to never end, the lines are always quick, and above all else, the people are local and friendly. It’s the sort of community which can only be found in a small mountain town with a big mountain attitude. If you’re looking for that right place to divide your time in the winter and you want a small community to stray from the mindset of a visitor to a friendly local, make your pilgrimage to Revelstoke.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

kale_85779577Whether on St. Patrick’s Day or any given day of the week, it’s so easy to eat green.

With five super healthy green veggies to try that have been around for ages but may be lesser known on your dinner plate, spruce up your meals with healthy and delicious produce.

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This thinner version of traditional broccoli is a heart-healthy favourite among southern Mediterranean Italians. The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with increased longevity and low rate of heart disease and cancer. With a cup of chopped broccoli rabe containing a mere 25 calories and a whopping 130 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, it’s no wonder it’s a routine veggie choice among Mediterranean lovers.
Tip:
 Try a quinoa with broccoli rabe side dish that combines sautéed broccoli rabe with quinoa, an easy-to-make grain. After one forkful of this high-fiber side dish, you will think you’re in Sicily — even on St. Patty’s Day.
Bonus tip: Whole wheat couscous can be substituted for quinoa.

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While these green veggies look like overgrown scallions, their taste is actually a culinary cross between garlic and an onion. This fabulous flavour aside, a cup of sliced leeks will provide 30 percent of your daily value for vitamin A.
Tip: Since boiled potatoes are a must on St. Patrick’s Day, this year combine them with leeks and spinach for a festive green spinach leek potato soup that is destined to be a new tradition.

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While at first glance, fennel may look like celery, after one bite of this licorice-tasting veggie, the resemblance will be completely gone. In fact, in the case of fennel, the white bulb, not the green celery-looking stem, is what is typically used in recipes, especially in salads. Fennel is a nutritious vegetable gem providing only 30 calories per cup but adding tons of zip and fiber to salads.
Tip: Thinly slice the bulb as part of a salad and balance the licorice flavor with a sweet fruit such as sliced oranges or grapefruits along with a few olives for a fabulous dinner salad.

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As a member of the cruciferous family, Brussels sprouts look like tiny, adorable cabbages. However, don’t underestimate these mini cabbages. Research suggests that a plant-based diet that contains cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Tip: Versatile Brussels sprouts can be baked, boiled, microwaved, or steamed. For your St. Patty’s Day corned beef dinner, substitute yummy Brussels sprouts with browned garlic for traditional cabbage.

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This leafy green is not only a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin C but also the bone-strengthening mineral, calcium. In fact, a cup of cooked kale provides almost 30 percent of the daily value for calcium.
Tip: If you have never roasted kale, you are in for a treat. Garlic roasted kale is a snap to make in the oven and a waist-friendly side dish as it provides less than 75 calories per serving.

And on a completely separate note… watch this cute 2012 ad for Guinness.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!