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Ness Creek Must Haves

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 17, 2015 10:26

If you are headed to Ness Creek this weekend, here are some great essentials that you will want to have.

Twisted Goods, located in Lawson Heights Mall and Circle Center Mall, has swell bottles in stock and they are perfect for keeping your water cool all day long! http://www.swellbottle.com/

Don't forget to fill up your crafts of locally brewed beer at Prairie Sun Brewery for the weekend http://www.prairiesun.ca/

Pair your fringe and flare style with Back then & Again's vintage jewellery, perfect for Ness Creek trends.

 

 

The My Saskatoon Team

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February Events in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 22, 2015 11:12

We can't believe January is almost over! So far, this year feels like it's flying by. The amazing weather we've been having has given us such a wonderful opportunity to really enjoy the season and explore the beauty of our city in its snowy state. There's so much to celebrate about winter, and we are looking forward to some upcoming events that are all about doing just that! Here's what's on our radar for the last few days of January, and for month two of 2015!

 

PotashCorp Wintershines 

Saturday, January 24th to February 1st // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Fun for the whole family, special winter events will be happening all week long, including sleigh and pony rides, a petting zoo, an ice park, and more! Details about each activity can be found here

 

Let The Good Times Roll | In Support of The Princess Shop

Friday, January 30th at 11:30am // Bon Temps Cafe

Bon Temps Cafe is hosting a Cajun Seafood Boil and Mardi Gras themed party fundraiser for The Princess Shop! Your $50 ticket also includes a complimentary Hurricane cocktail, access to a great silent auction, and a chance at a grand prize from Sheraton Cavalier. Tickets can be purchased here

 

Frosted Gardens 

January 30th to February 15th // Delta Bessborough Gardens

The Delta Bessborough Gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring stunning, illuminated ice carving creations by artists from near and far. Other attractions at Frosted Gardens will be a feature Ice Bar, Ice Maze, Ice Graffiti Wall, and Ice Bowling. Get more information here

 

Enhance Your Positivity Seminar

February 3rd from 5:30 til 7:30pm // Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique

This seminar presents principles that both men and women can apply to optimize their life, both professionally and personally. Design your vision, know your 'why', convert your vision into goals, and overcome obstacles with this interactive presentation. Space is limited, so get your ticket today by calling (306) 242-0017. 

 

Morning Cartoons | In Support of Family Service Saskatoon

February 8th from 10am til 12pm // The Roxy Theatre

Stay in your pyjamas and head to The Roxy Theatre to enjoy your favourite retro cartoons and a cereal buffet! Tickets are $15 and the event is free for kids under 12. Get more information here

 

Coldest Night of the Year | In Support of The Bridge & The Lighthouse

February 21st from 4:00 til 7:30pm // The Lighthouse 

The Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk supports the impact that The Bridge and The Lighthouse have in our community. Your involvement in the walk will positively impact hundreds of lives, and its a lot of fun! Get more information here

 

Free Family Fun | Mendel Art Gallery

February 22nd from 2pm til 4pm // Mendel Art Gallery

Gear up for spring by building a bee garden with exhibiting artist Monique Martin. Use paper embedded with seeds to create flowers that can be planted in spring for bees to enjoy. 

 

Craft Beer & Cheese Festival 

February 27th from 7pm til 12am // Prairie Sun Brewery

Not only will there be beer and cheese, but also the best local wineries and distilleries and tapas by amazing local Saskatoon chefs! Tickets are available at Prairie Sun Brewery, and are $32. Get more information here

 

We hope you enjoy getting out and taking in all that Saskatoon has to offer for the next few weeks! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

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5 Things: Upcoming Events in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 19, 2015 13:41

1. This Saturday kicks off PotashCorp WinterShines! From ice fights to sleigh rides, you won't want to miss this fun family event! 

2. Optimize your life with the 'Enhance Your Positivity' seminar at Paramount Day Spa on February 3rd. Tickets are selling fast, so contact the spa today to start the new year with a clear vision for your future!

3. There's a Craft Beer & Cheese Festival happening at Prairie Sun Brewery on February 27th! It will go from 7pm to 12am, and tickets are $32 plus tax. It's going to be an awesome gathering featuring a number of great local producers!

4. The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is back in support of The Lighthouse and The Bridge. You can make a difference in the lives of people in Saskatoon by walking and raising funds for these amazing organizations. 

5. Looking to de-clutter your space? Perhaps one of these cool up cycling projects will turn your unwanted items into something beautiful and useful. 

Enjoy your Monday!

5 Things: Food & Drink in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 16, 2015 08:15

1. Today is the last day to have your donation to the food bank doubled by PotashCorp. If you would like to contribute to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre's vision for a food secure community, today is a great day to do it!

2. It's IPA Friday at Ingredients Artisan Market! This means you can drop in after work for free craft beer tasting from 3pm until 6pm.

3. Pink Cadillacs is kickin' it old school with today's feature- homemade mac n' cheese!

4. Prairie Sun Brewery is now offering brunch. Sundays from 11-3, enjoy the amazing rotating brunch menu and of course, the locally made craft beer!

5. If you're feeling brunch at home this weekend, check out this homemade quiche recipe courtesy of fantastic local food blog sweetsugarbean!

Photo Credit: Renée Kohlman

Enjoy your Weekend! 

5 Things: Gift Ideas & Food in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 3, 2014 09:58

1. Prairie Sun Brewery has a new kitchen with a great menu by Wild Cuisine!

2. Tea and tea cups are now available for gifting at Herbal Time

3. Unsure of what to get the man in your life? Twisted Goods just shared their Top 5 Gifts for Him on Facebook

4. Did you know Paramount Day Spa has a boutique full of great clothes, bags, belts, jewelry, and gifts? 

5. Local foodie sweetsugarbean recently shared a great on-the-go meal recipe for the busy holiday season.  

photo credit: sweetsugarbean

Enjoy your Wednesday!

5 Things: Weekend Events & Restaurants in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 21, 2014 10:40

1. Its perfect weather to tour the Enchanted Forest on foot this evening from 5:30pm till 9pm. 

2. Calories is hosting a Prairie Sun Brewery beer tasting from 4pm till 7pm tonight. 

3. The Rook & Raven is featuring Ragoût of Braised Oxtail & Mushrooms on House Tagliatelle. Yum.

4. Pucks N' Paws is happening at Sasktel Centre tomorrow. This means pets are welcome at the Blades game, and $5 from every ticket sold will go to local animal shelters. 

5. Today is the Grand Opening of The Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop at The Centre Mall. Give back this weekend by giving the gift of hope, dignity, and change to Saskatoon's homeless. 

Enjoy the weekend!

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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 23, 2014 10:35

1. Today, after 7 months of aging in tequila barrels, Cactus Tap becomes available at Prairie Sun Brewery!

2. Make your own baby leggings from recycled t-shirts with this fun DIY.  

 

3. Get all your nutrition questions answered at Believe Fit's active nutrition seminar on Sunday.

4. You can overcome your fear of flying with these simple methods

5. For those feeling ambitious, here is the ultimate painted pumpkin inspiration. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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Help Grow the Local Saskatoon Food Scene

posted by Elle    |   September 16, 2014 15:34

Not long ago, I wrote about a post about the importance of supporting locally owned and operated Saskatoon businesses. I thought I would revisit the subject with a slightly different focus- food. We all need it, and most of us seem to love it! So while we're buying it, I propose we all put some thought behind where our dollars are going, and how they can tremendously impact our local Saskatoon economy. Here are a few ways to ensure that your money spent on food is staying in our community. 

Support Locally Focused Restaurants.

This one is, in my opinion, one of the most enjoyable! A few restaurants in Saskatoon that focus on sourcing locally are Prairie Harvest Cafe, The Hollows, Leyda's, and Ayden Kitchen + Bar. Choosing to spend your money in support of a restaurant that sources its ingredients within the region, you're helping to sustain both the restaurant owner and the farmer. Not to mention, everyone employed by both. And, I don't think its a coincidence that the food at the restaurants mentioned is some of the best in the city. If you know of any other great Saskatoon restaurants with a local focus, let us know on Facebook

Shop at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Supporting local farmers and producers is most easily done at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, as many are congregated there on Saturdays (and to a lesser degree on Sundays). I enjoy exploring the entire market first, and then making my purchase decisions based on what's available. Not only is visiting the market fun, but local food is fresh, tastes great, and studies show that it fuels your body better than food grown outside of your region. I find that there's a huge difference between the taste of produce purchased at the market vs the grocery store. Even during the winter months, there is still much to be found at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Buy from other local vendors. 

There are some great locally owned and operated bakeries, delis, and markets where the breadth of choice may be less than the Farmers' Market on a Saturday in the summer, but are great places to go for specialty ingredients year-round. Think Riversdale Deli, The Bulkcheese Warehouse, Earthbound Bakery, Ingredients, and Night Oven. And you don't have to stop at food! Local liquor and beer producers like LB Distillers, Paddock Wood, and Prairie Sun Brewery have got you covered. 

 

Get on board with a community supported agriculture program.

CSAs provide a great way to support local farmers and advocate for a sustainable food system in our city. CHEP is one in Saskatoon that I am familiar with. Through CHEP, you can purchase food boxes of varying sizes, containing fresh fruits and veggies that come from local producers. The contents of the food box vary by season and availability. Contact CHEP to find the pick-up depot closest to your neighbourhood. There are a few other CSA programs in Saskatoon and surrounding areas, and by doing a little research you can determine which one is right for you. 

The local food movement in Saskatoon is on the rise! If we as consumers continue to choose local when purchasing food, a sustainable food economy in our city will continue to grow. Even small purchases count, so don't feel overwhelmed. Trying different locally made food products, locally grown veggies, and locally-focused restaurants can also be a lot of fun (not to mention yummy!). Spread the local food love by tagging My Saskatoon in your Instagram photos @mysaskatoon, and don't forget to hashtag #eatlocalyxe and #mysaskatoon. 

Prairie Sun Brewery

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 8, 2014 14:57

The best things about summer in Saskatchewan- the fun, the relaxation, the laid back vibes, and the warmth that we crave all winter long can be found year-round at Prairie Sun Brewery. But right now, in the heart of summer, the place is in its prime. We stopped by to do some beer sampling, and discovered so much more than expected! The experience you get at Prairie Sun Brewery is vibrant. Outside on the patio, the late afternoon sun shining through a wall of sunflowers casts a glow on a group enjoying an after-work pint. Indoors, bright murals adorn the walls, and picnic tables lend a casual, comfortable vibe to the space. The people are friendly and down to earth, and you can sense the local love. A feeling of community resonates throughout the space. 

  

But what about the beer? We tasted 7 different beers, and while we are not connoisseurs by any means, these are our best attempts at describing each of the great varieties of local beer available at Prairie Sun Brewery!

Campfire

This smoked red lager tastes like a campfire. In a good way. 

Toffee 5

Chocolate toffee porter, sweet and creamy, its almost like dessert. It would be fantastic mixed with ice cream in a milkshake!

Prairie Lily

A German lager, smooth with a lingering finish. 

Urban Wheat

This one tastes like a classic- hoppy and complex!

Crazy Farm

The fan favourite, it is a crisp, flavourful Belgian Ale. 

Cactus Tap

The lightest of Prairie Sun's offerings, this one has a mellow, balanced flavour. 

Moose Tracks

Dark and sour, it almost tastes like a cross between beer and wine. This assessment might not be too far off, as it is aged in a barrel!? 

 

If you're looking for a local spot to hit after work with friends or colleagues, or you want to mix up your lunch hour routine, Prairie Sun is ready for you. They've always got pizza by the slice, and additional food offerings change daily as they partner with local food vendors to bring you hot eats to enjoy with your beer! Its also the only North-End stop for Saskatoon's awesome food trucks, so connect with Prairie Sun Brewery on social media to stay updated on what's for lunch!

This weekend is the best time of the summer to visit the brewery- tonight and tomorrow (August 8 & 9), stop in for Prairie Sun Brewery's Beer Launch and sample their latest local creation- Dog Patch Pale Ale. While you're there, order a flight and try 4 different beers for the price of a pint! And as always, enjoy responsibly :)

Check out Prairie Sun Brewery's Spotlight Profile for hours of operation and other fun information!

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