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An American in Paris (of the Prairies)

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 14, 2014 12:12

There's a new blogger on the block! We are so excited to introduce Melissa, a Californian turned newbie Saskatoon resident. We can't wait to hear about her experiences and perceptions as she explores our beautiful city! Check out her first post below- maybe it will inspire you to get out and enjoy a tasty treat in this hot, hot weather. Like you needed inspiration...

Not only am I newly married, I’m new to this amazing city of Saskatoon. I met my Saskatoon-born husband in California a few years ago.  He proposed to me in the middle of a NorCal vineyard and we were married five months later. Being a transplant from California, I (literally) cried tears of joy when spring arrived.  Saskatoon winters are beautiful, but they are COLD! I’d been summer-dreaming since January, so we have been living it up ever since the temperatures started to rise, taking in as much of summer in Saskatoon as possible! 

What’s better than a hot summer day? A hot summer day with ice cream.

During my first visit to Saskatoon (and to Canada) last summer, I was lucky enough to enjoy Canada Day, Saskatoon’s infamous Jazz Festival, AND ice cream from the amazing Bus Stop Refreshments, aka “the Red Bus”.

Not only is this the cutest idea for an ice cream vendor (I mean seriously - selling summer treats from an antique double-decker bus located in front of the castle-like Delta Bessborough Hotel, does it get better?) but the ice cream is out of this world!

I ordered their cookie dough ice cream and I couldn’t believe it!  As someone who grew up on Dairy Queen’s cookie dough Blizzards, I’ve had more than my share of cookie dough ice cream.  But I must say -- there is something extra delicious about the cookie dough ice cream from Bus Stop Refreshments! 

Now my husband and I live one block away from this glorious ice cream bus (uh oh!) and often pass it on our way to go for a run on the river trail.  Can you say self-control? We are fortunate enough to be conveniently located very close to the bus, but I can definitely say from my experience (and I've had quite a few of them since summer began) that its well worth going out of your way on your next ice cream run! Visiting the Red Bus has definitely been a recurring theme in my first Saskatoon summer, and I plan to keep it that way for as long as the weather permits! 

Saskatoon really comes alive in summer, and I am loving it! I'm looking forward to sharing a few of my experiences with you as I explore this city I now call home! 

Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 13, 2014 09:50

It's about time a place like Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe opened its doors in the Paris of the Prairies. Go for the macarons; stay for the sandwiches, the soups, the butter tart terrine, the kouign amann. And a few more macarons to go. Seriously. 

The My Saskatoon Street Team recently paid a visit to this sweet spot just off 20th street in Riversdale, and expectations were most certainly exceeded. It is evident that great care is taken with everything at Little Bird, from the tea to the tourtière. The high ceilings and natural light spilling in through big windows lend a bright, fresh feel to the atmosphere.

Elegant details throughout the space give an understated Parisian vibe, as a collection of delicate frames house the chalkboard menu, and an array of antique brass pots and trays line the service area. Vintage-esq wrought iron and wood furniture arranged in intimate vignettes strike a beautiful balance with the gleaming white walls. Fresh cut flowers in glass vases adorn the tables. The space is truly unique, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cup of organic tea and a dainty French pastry. Or two.



The macarons at Little Bird are seriously addictive. Apart from their obvious Instagram-worthy cuteness, the perfect sweetness found in these buttery, melt-in-your-mouth morsels are more than enough to warrant frequent visits to the café. While the pastries are expectedly phenomenal, the fresh, from-scratch lunch menu makes Little Bird the sort of place one could visit guilt-free multiple times each week.

Our Street Team enjoyed marinated artichokes, roasted tomatoes, balsamic onions, and creamy goat cheese on fresh baguette. Creamy, flavourful bacon corn chowder rounded out the meal, with a blueberry-thyme macaron to finish. The sun-dried tomato, feta, and olive quiche was the best combination of savoury, creamy, and flaky. Our foodies loved the perfect balance of flavours found in each item they tried. 



Little Bird goes above and beyond with its beverage menu as well. Beat the summer heat with a refreshing Strawberry Ginger Mint Iced Tea, a Citron Pressé, or a delectable Iced Chai Tea Latté. Catch up with a friend over a craft coffee from Fernwood Coffee Company out of Victoria. Or, pair your pastry with a selection from the extensive tea menu from Bellocq Tea Atelier

Just a two minute walk from Midtown Plaza, Little Bird is the perfect lunch spot to hit if you're shopping, staying, or working in downtown Saskatoon. Or, stop in on a weekend afternoon after a browse through the lovely adjoining Anthology Home Collection. Don't forget to take a box of macarons with you to enjoy later!

Check out Little Bird's Spotlight Profile for the current menu (changing weekly!)

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!


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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Pink Cadillacs Malt Shop & Lounge

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 4, 2014 17:08

We sent our street team out to experience Pink Cadillacs Malt Shop & Lounge, and the reviews we received were off the charts! Everything from “What a unique place!” to “The service was excellent!” and “The food was amazing!” not to mention all the comments about the decor and vibe the place gives off!

Stepping into Pink Cadillacs is like stepping into a time warp back to the fifties. The fashion worn by the staff, the rock and roll music played over the speakers, and the decor all contribute to that decade's nostalgia. 

The menu is also a throw back to the classic hotrods, actors, performers and hits of that era. “The Caddy Burger” features melted cheddar cheese, onion rings, cherry bacon, finished with a house made Caddy Sauce. The “Aloha Elvis” combines shaved ham, chipotle glaze, pineapple salsa and mozzarella cheese. Try the "Good Golly Miss Molly” which is a delicious combination of BBQ sauce, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions topped with swiss cheese. These burgers and so much more can be experienced at Pink Cadillacs, and they will definitely make your senses feel All Shook Up!

This “local diner” is situated in Willowgrove's Village Square, which just makes it that much more unique. Bringing together family fun and hearty homemade food is just the beginning of what Pink Cadillacs has to offer. On Fridays and Saturdays it turns into a late night lounge, open tip 1am, giving people a local place to hang out with friends. Pink Cadillacs is bringing back that “place around the corner.” 

Pink Cadillacs Malt Shop & Lounge is a must visit for both young and old. Once inside the doors, you’ll be taken back to a different time and place. Soon you’ll be grooving to the oldies and swapping stories about the good ol’ days. 

Visit Pink Cadillacs' Spotlight Profile!


5 Renos You Should Leave to the Experts

posted by My Saskatoon    |   June 4, 2014 10:00

When it comes to home repairs and renovations, there are certain things that are better left to the experts. Professionals usually know best when it comes to expensive or potentially dangerous projects, despite how easy the job may appear on that YouTube how-to video! Here are some home renovation projects where it is usually better to call in a renovation company for help. 



Simple mistakes in a bathroom renovation project can lead to water leaks in the worst places. A hidden water leak can do tremendous property damage before it is even discovered. Make sure to always call a professional plumber when your renovation project requires it. The initial cost of the project may seem higher, but in the end you will be saving a considerable amount of money and time as well.





Minor imperfections in a window installation can result in costly energy losses during the winter months. Unless you are an expert when it comes to windows, this project is best left to the pros.


Granite or Marble


When working with expensive materials like granite or marble, it’s best to hire a professional to do the measurements and installation for you. If you make even a small error with your measurements, you will likely have to spend more money to fix the problem than the cost of a professional. These types of material are also very difficult to work with.


Kitchen Cabinets



Kitchen cabinets are a tricky business. Ordering online or at your local hardware store may seem like a cost effective way to create a dream kitchen; however, this is another job that is best left to the experts. It all starts with a solid plan based on experience. Time and time again we receive calls from consumers who can’t use the cabinets they have purchased because of unforeseen issues with their space. A professional cabinet installer is a master of creating the look that you want for your kitchen.





When it comes to dealing with electricity, it is very important to hire the proper person for the job. If you don’t have a thorough understanding of how electrical systems work, a seemingly simple project can end very badly. Renovation projects that involve electrical components can be very, very dangerous and even deadly if done incorrectly – don’t take any chances- have the experts look after you.

Are any of these projects on your to-do list this summer? Saskatoon Woodworks, locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, is a great option for all of these services. Contact Saskatoon Woodworks for a wide range of services, whether the project is big or small. Visit Saskatoon Woodworks' Spotlight Profile for contact details. 

We Were on Global Saskatoon News

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 8, 2014 11:31

We officially launched My Saskatoon this week, and had our first TV interview! Our CEO, Allison Thiessen, had a great time on the air this morning discussing who we are and what we are all about. We are so excited about what this website can do for our city, and we can't wait to feature more local businesses! If you know of any great locally owned shops, restaurants, or service providers that should be a part of My Saskatoon, let us know in the comments! 

We look forward to enjoying and sharing all that our city has to offer this spring and summer! 

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A Made in Canada Story

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 2, 2014 15:45
Palliser Rooms / EQ3

Photo Credit: Esprit Photography

Our passion at My Saskatoon is sharing about local businesses in the city. We also love trees, so we just had to post about the gorgeous, Canadian made dining furniture now available at Palliser Rooms / EQ3. Palliser Rooms / EQ3, an independent Saskatoon furniture store, has just launched a beautiful new Bermex dining room gallery. This new gallery at Palliser Rooms features solid wood products, made in Canada, by Bermex. Based out of Quebec, Bermex is one of North America's largest dining set manufacturers. Bermex has made a strong commitment to the environment with its tree planting initiative - for every tree that is cut down, a new one is planted. Bermex furniture is made as efficiently as possible to eliminate wasted wood. Extra wood that is cut away during the manufacturing process is recycled and used for other purposes. Bermex also strives to deliver a high quality product that will offer an optimum lifespan to the consumer, creating a heritage of protecting the environment for future generations.

In the Palliser Rooms Bermex gallery, you will find a variety of styles featuring the latest trends in dining furniture. Statement dining tables are strong in home décor for 2014. Create your look with a nod to the past using the new uniquely distressed century finish. If your style is strong and edgy, the "big top" table option with solid panel top is the perfect compliment to a contemporary interior. Customization is accessible and simple with a wide range of finish colours, apron styles, leg styles and a variety of seating options, all offered in a step by step design process. Large wall displays show the choices of colours and customization options so a clear picture of the final product is created in the showroom.

A seasoned staff of sales consultants and design professionals at Palliser Rooms are available to help clients customize a dining set that will work perfectly in the desired space and setting. By bringing in measurements, paint swatches and floor samples, the sales team can help create a layout using computer software to help show clients optimum designs for their dining furniture.

With a dining set from the Palliser Rooms Bermex gallery, you can rest assured that you will be getting a quality "Made in Canada" product, while supporting a business that values the environment.

The video below allows you to take a tour of the new Bermex dining gallery at Palliser Rooms / EQ3 online!

Palliser Rooms / EQ3 is an independently owned, family run business in Saskatoon, SK. Palliser Rooms has always taken pride in supporting local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House and Children's Wish Foundation.

Visit their Spotlight Profile to learn more about Palliser Rooms / EQ3.

If you are looking for some cool dining furniture, drop by the Palliser Rooms / EQ3 showroom at 2125 Faithfull Avenue.

The My Saskatoon Team

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Get a Little Crazy with Color Me Rad

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 1, 2014 12:42

Color Me Rad Every year, a group of Saskatonians come together for one of the most colourful events you will ever see take place in our city! Chances are that you have seen pictures on Facebook - the event we are talking about is the annual Color Me Rad 5K race. This year, a portion of the proceeds will help to support the Children's Hospital Foundation.

The Color Me Rad website gives us some insight into the event - "Color Me Rad fires off in a blaze of colour bombs, colour cannons, colour mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your boss will finally remember your name, the hair on your head will grow back, and the hair on your back will fall out, and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning." This 5k is all about having fun, and supporting a great cause in our city.

In case you are wondering, "why the colour, and what does it mean?", according to Color Me Rad, "the idea is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colours, otherwise known as Holi. Just as you usher in a new year of radness in your life by signing up for Color Me Rad, Hindus usher in a new season with the Holi festival. The festive colours used are a sign of winter's end and spring's new beginnings." Help Saskatoon keep things bright as we move into fall by signing up for Color Me Rad!


Color Me Rad

Slacker Registration

September 3rd is your last chance to register for Saskatoon's Color Me Rad race!

At this year's race, bring the whitest shirt you can find, and get ready to be coated with all kinds of colours as you work your way through the race. If you have been taking boring selfies to populate your Facebook feed all year - this will be your perfect opportunity to spruce up your social scene.

Wondering what's in that colour anyway? No need to fear the colour - it's non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, coloured corn-starch. You'll be amazed at how much fun you can have with corn starch! To top it off, while you are having the time of your life, you will also be a part of a group of people that are giving back to a great charity - The Children's Hospital Foundation.

We are excited to cheer on the team from Fitness Focus, an awesome locally owned and operated fitness centre with a big heart for our community. 

Fitness Focus is one of the premiere fitness facilities in Saskatoon, featuring one of the largest weight rooms in our city. The staff at Fitness Focus are friendly and professional, making you feel at home no matter what your fitness level is. Fitness Focus maintains a No Contract approach to gym membership, so you never have to worry about getting locked into a contract you can't get out of. 

Click here to visit Fitness Focus' Spotlight Profile, and learn more about them!

Fitness Focus

We're supposed to have warm temps and sunshine on Saturday, so why not sign up for Color Me Rad and take advantage of one of the last days of summer weather in Saskatoon?

The My Saskatoon Team

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