How Do You Roll? Edo Japan Sushi Showdown

By July 30, 2014 Uncategorized

I love to take on a project where I can develop a concept and create something that reflects the Fab message. I’ve designed lamps, reimagined chairs, and collaborated on several food items over the years. So of course I would say yes to creating a unique sushi roll! Only problem is that I’m still out on secret wilderness assignment… So again, I sent my Editor (Rob) in my place…

If you know me at all, you know that I only like one thing less than grocery shopping… COOKING! So it may come as a surprise to you that I had such a blast competing in Edo Japan’s first ever sushi rolling competition!

(Ok ok, I guess I didn’t technically “cook”… But food assembly and preparation in general, for people other than myself, with specific rules and a 20 minute time limit: even higher stress levels).

Last night, Edo Japan invited 7 Calgary (mostly food centric) bloggers to compete in a heated sushi roll-off to create the most “unique and delicious” roll. The judging parameters were: presentation, creativity/risk taking, and taste. Each competitor was allowed to bring two secret ingredients to use alongside Edo’s full selection of sushi staples.

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Mr. Fab consulted members of the Fab team and came up with a concept, but at the last minute when he was unable to go, I got sent in his place: no pressure!

He sent me with detailed instructions and diagrams, but as the location manager gave a rolling demo, I quickly realized I had never rolled sushi before. Not only that: The plans indicated that I wouldn’t be using nori (seaweed wrapping).

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No time to stress: the “Fab Fiesta Roll” was about to be created! A collection of Mexican flavours presented in a Japanese style. The blending of ideas, people and places into Fabulous-ness is what Fab’s all about… So it felt like a winning concept! The clock started and I began seasoning the Sukiyaki Beef with taco seasoning, and mixing in diced jalapeños… “10 minutes left” I heard.

Oh boy, Time to roll! After adding some cucumber and a little spicy mayo on the rice, I rolled it successfully (!) and plated with some “guacamole” & peppers with 1 minute to spare.

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A moment of relief until I remembered that I was about to be subjected to judges eating it… In front of me! And then declaring a winner.

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And Although there was a lot at stake: not only bragging rights, but Edo Japan for one year… The Fab Fiesta Roll did not take home the grand prize, rather it was the person who brought the blow torch (cough and perhaps 5 secret ingredients instead of 2? cough) who ultimately won.

Regardless, we took a risk, had some fun, and made a pretty Fabulous roll (I tried it… I think with a few more ingredients and a bit more time, it could be the next big thing!)

Editor Fab

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Organic Beauty – Neal’s Yard Remedies Opens in Calgary

By July 29, 2014 Shop

This week, I’ll be away in the wilderness on a very special project, I even had to sign a non-disclosure agreement… As such the FAB team will taking our Editor out from behind the screen and thrusting him in to the lime light to attend some pretty spectacular events. Last night was his first!…

Last night, I was treated to some organic bites and wine while I discovered a new-to-Canada brand of beauty products. Neal’s Yard Remedies began in the UK in 1981 and has expanded to 20 countries. But it is only now that they’ve arrived to Canada, having chosen Calgary’s popular Mission area for their first North American location.

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I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but what I found was very exciting! After chatting with one of the knowledgable members of the family that is opening the store, Lisa Costello (the CEO of the expansion), I learned that the pretty products are sustainable, ethical, and organic; part of a carefully curated supply chain that they are very proud of

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Neal’s has skincare, cosmetics, remedies, aromatherapy and even home fragrance. It is this crossover between health and beauty that is so important to the brand: as Susan Curtis, Director of Natural Health, said “inner health and outer beauty are connected”, and you can see that message clearly throughout the store in their wholistic products and packaging. 

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I was intrigued… Time to try out some products. I was pleasantly surprised at the calm and gentle scents I came across: no overpowering florals here. 

While most of their products are good for men and women, they do have a small selection of “NYR Men” products, and they were delightful just like everything else; I’ve continually been smelling the spot on my arm that I sprayed with the cologne, it feels subtle, clean, healthy

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This location also has a treatment room where they currently do Facial Cupping… A process that again speaks to both health and beauty as it is not only good for the sinuses and problems like TMJ, but is also skin firming.

To top off the great event, I was scent home (pun intended) with a full size sample of their signature Wild Rose Beauty Balm! And although it has many uses, I was instructed to put it on my face before bed and I will awake “feeling amazing”… 

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Welcome to Calgary Neal’s Yard Remedies, I’ll see you soon for some facial spray and shave cream!

Editor Fab eauty

 

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An Evening Concert at Heritage Park

By July 28, 2014 Giveaway, Musical Mondays

Summers are too short, so we’ve got to make the best of them.

Warm evenings, light breezes, friends, and a musical affair with Holly Cole, Sarah Slean and The Stellas !

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On August 4th 7pm-10:30 Heritage Park  will host an amazing summer concert and I’ve got a set of tickets to giveaway!

Heritage Park is hands down my favourite Canadian attraction. The old-timey world takes you back over a hundred years to delights of historical homes, street performances, foods and even a working midway with several rides.

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It’s a place entire families can enjoy!
My mom and I love it!!

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they decide to throw an outdoor concert to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

A showcase of talented women, covering 3 musical genres, it’s a night you won’t soon forget!

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Tickets are only $44.95 and are available for purchase here.

And because Heritage Park is a registered charity, all proceeds raised that evening will go towards preserving the Park’s priceless collection of buildings and artifacts.

But like I said, I’ve got a pair to give away!

To enter, all you’ve got to do is tweet the following:

3 amazing songstresses performing in an outdoor concert at @HeritageParkYYC, count me in! http://wp.me/p4pGht-3D3 Hope I’ll see you there @immrfabulous

You can tweet it as many times as you’d like and at the end of the week I’ll pick a random winner from all the tweets.

I can’t wait to enjoy an evening under the stars at my favourite place in Canada: Heritage Park!

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Hope to see you all there!

Mr. Fab outdoor conct

 

 

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WICKED Ticket Lottery

By July 24, 2014 Theatre

Broadway Across Canada has decided to offer a ticket lottery 2 hours prior to each show for the ENTIRE show run in Calgary. Below are the details which will apply to ALL shows including Matinees!

Ruby slippers, a magical wizard, and a witch who isn’t as wicked as you’d think…

WICKED, The Untold Story of the Witches of OZ, has once again touched down in Calgary, and I want to make sure the entire city is in attendance at this magical production.

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I’ve been lucky enough to have seen this award winning musical several times, and regardless off my seat location, you’ll still find me mumble-belting out ‘Defying Gravity’ prior to intermission.

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I’ve sat everywhere; side stage, nose bleeds, but my favourite spot is the Orchestra level!

Typically an orchestra level seat will run upwards of $100 each performance.
But this Friday, I plan to have you in those seats for only $25!

How?

I’ll be hosting a ticket lottery this Friday, 2 hours prior to show time, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium!

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In NYC, ticket lotteries are standard practice… And as such, Broadway Across Canada is bring that flair to Calgary!

I’ll have 20 tickets to lotto off, $25 each, this Friday July 25th.

And at this lotto, the odds are in your favour!

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Here’s what you need to do.

Arrive at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Friday, July 25th between 6:00pm-6:29pm and enter your name with me right inside the front doors.

At 6:30pm SHARP, I’ll close the ballot box and draw names.

If I pull your name (you must be in attendance) you’ll be given the chance to purchase 1 or 2 Orchestra Level tickets for only $25 (cash) for that night’s 8:00pm performance!!!

Yep, a huge savings & you’ll be in the best seats for this Grammy & Tony Award winning musical!

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So gather your friends and families and meet me this Friday between 6:00-6:29pm.

Trust me, I’ve got 20 amazing tickets, the odds are in your favour!

Any questions, just tweet me @immrfabulous

See you there!

Mr. Fab roadway

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Olsen Fall/Winter ’14 Collection Preview

By July 23, 2014 M. Fab, Shop

Though it feels like summer just began; our feet are finally getting used to flip flops and our razors are dull from having to shave those legs all the time – I know us fashionistas are already looking forward to glimpses of what trends Fall and Winter fashion will hold.

Fall is my favourite time of the fashion year. Not too cold to have to conceal under puffy winter coats, but not warm enough to go out without that perfectly coordinated scarf.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Olsen Fall/Winter ’14 Collection Preview in Toronto, and let me tell you it left me wishing away these hot summer days so I could wrap up in some of their luxurious knits and office-perfect ensembles.

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First – Olsen never compromises quality. Their easy-to-wear pieces can morph from casual to smart seamlessly and simply.

Take this amazing Fall collection dress for instance. In such an eye-catching colour and flattering shape, this is the perfect office-appropriate outfit, that when paired with your favourite heels and a clutch can take you to a ‘girls night out’ in no time.

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For the upcoming seasons, Olsen is celebrating classic silhouettes with a touch of whimsy.

Easy wear and easy care separates are a staple of Olsen’s new collections. I was seriously lusting after this amazing jersey moto-inspired jacket – best part? It’s machine washable!

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And ladies, their accessories will not disappoint. Now with more offerings than ever, find that luxurious slouchy knit and pair it with the perfect scarf.

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Find that bold, graphic blouse, now pair it with a chunky chain. What I loved about this piece was it was feather-light while still looking legit.

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Sustainable, ethical, and made for real women.

You can find Olsen across Canada inside select Bay locations and free standing stores.

M Fab ashonista

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