A guide to shopping mall etiquette during the year's most hectic and brutal shopping season
As the holiday season approaches, shopping centres will no doubt be swarming with cutthroat shoppers on the prowl for the season's best sales. Feelings of fear may arise from the mass mall madness that ensues during the month of December.
A 2013 survey by Deloitte Canada estimates that approximately 80 per cent of Calgarians will do their holiday shopping in-stores. So more than any other time of the year, it is imperative that you are prepared to do your shopping in order to avoid exhaustion, overspending and last-minute stress. Listed below are some tips on how you can navigate through the vicious retail jungle and come out on top — and on budget.
Some of Calgary's best ramen shops
Just to be clear, when we're speaking about ramen here, we're not talking about the instant variety noodles that poor university students make while they ponder what they will do with the rest of their lives. What we're talking about is an authentic Japanese experience that has been a part of Asian cuisine since the early 20th century according to Tetsu Okada in his novel The birth of ramen.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish. The noodles are made from wheat and served in a variety of different broths including miso, shoyu (a chicken-based broth), tonkotsu (a pork-based broth) and many more. Ramen is usually served with eclectic toppings as well, including sliced pork (called chashu in Japanese), dried seaweed and green onions. In short, it is hard to define what authentic ramen really is, but you'll know it when you taste it.
Elite Calgarian bodybuilder on building mental strength through sport
Produced by OLIVIA GRECU
While in her 20s, Lynne Loiselle modeled in advertisements, catalogues and fashion shows. When she began losing jobs because of her extremely thin appearance, she started lifting weights in an attempt to add curves to her naturally slender frame. She ended up loving it so much that she stopped modeling and began bodybuilding competitively.
How magic went from being his hobby to his livelihood, and everything in between
A magician never shares his secrets. It's the cardinal rule of the profession, cloaking the field in an air of mystery and intrigue.
But on a cool evening at Higher Ground Café magician Malcolm Russell, 44, is going to share some secrets of the trade. Malcolm is a charming, dark-haired English gentleman. He's impeccably dressed, and his welcoming nature makes you feel as though you are in for something exciting.
"Do you want to see the first card trick I ever learned?" he asks, pulling out a deck of cards. He asks me to pick any card I would like. I choose the two of diamonds.
Malcolm requests that I place the card on top of the deck, and then cut the deck anywhere. I oblige, and then complete the cut as requested. He repeats what I've just done.