Win tickets to the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival.

It’s Monday. The day furthest away from your next escape. The long weekend is around the corner, but it’s not close enough.

Do you have a case of the Mondays?


Well, do not fret my pet. I have something to cheer you right up! Have any plans for Friday night? Cancel them. You’re now going to The Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival.

One lucky reader and a guest are getting entrance tickets to the festival that is sold out year after year. These hot little numbers are for the Friday, May 10  session from 7-10 p.m.

In February, Rebecca and I checked out the Winefest in Calgary and left a bit tipsy and a lot satisfied. I decided to find a red that I loved, and Rebecca caught up with the wine reps, speaking of trips to Napa and Kelowna – I have such cultured friends.


The Banff event invites guests to sample from a wide array of wine, scotch, beer and other libations, paired with delicious food samples. Wine and beverage experts will be available to share their knowledge and suggest tasting notes as attendees sample their way from booth to booth.

Not only is the hooch something to talk about, the Grand Tasting Hall will also feature the best cuisine that Banff restaurants and eateries have to offer.

Chefs from across the town will be serving up specialties such as:

  • Wild Mushroom Arancini – Crisp and gooey risotto balls with rich red pepper and creamed Parmesan sauce from the Bear Hill Brewing Company
  • Reuben Slider – Montreal smoked meat on a mini pretzel bun served with chardonnay Dijon and sauerkraut from the Eddie Burger & Bar
  • Dark Mole Pulled Pork Spring Rolls – Fried spring rolls with honey sriracha drizzle and watermelon cubes from the Rimrock Resort Hotel
  • Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffée  – Spicy Cajun stew served with dirty rice and cornbread from Touloulou’s

Are you drooling all over your keyboard yet? You should be!

So why not make a weekend out of it? Enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains, fantastic wine and delicious food, then sleep in and go hiking on Saturday – or just stay in town, shop the strip and have fondue for lunch at Grizzly House?

There are numerous ways to enter and the only mandatory one is to leave a comment below. Contest closes at 2:00 p.m. MT on Thursday, May 9. Winner will be contacted by email. Good luck!

How’s your Monday looking now?

 – Contest now closed –

  • Leave a comment below telling me why you should have a night out in Banff
  • Optional: Follow Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival on Twitter:  @RockyWineFood and tell me that you did
  • Optional: Follow me on Twitter: @laurabridgman and tell me that you did
  • Optional: Like scribbles&sass on Facebook and tell me that you did

If you’re not the winner, tickets are available online at

Disclaimer: The comp tickets are for the Friday, May 10 from 7-10 p.m. When presented at the door, these tickets will allow for complimentary access into the Grand Tasting Hall.  Tickets are not transferable to Saturday’s session. This is an adult only event. All attendees must be 18 years or older. Minors (including infants) are not permitted to attend.  Sampling coupons can be purchased separately.

It’s not okay.

This week has been crazy busy. Between meetings, catching up from vacation, a magazine print deadline and the sprinkle of fun activities, I’ve had minimal relaxation time. It continued this weekend with my Saturday spent at the Baby & Tot Show.

If you’re ever looking for a way to deter yourself from having children for a few years, this is the exhibit to visit. So much screaming and everything smelled like poop.

Since it was in a convention centre the food options were limited to that you’d find at a football game. Hotdogs and hamburgers, nachos, etc. Since I was running on a whopping four hours of sleep I didn’t have time to pack a lunch and settled on the chicken fingers and fries. It had been forever since I treated myself to something deep fried and delicious – now seemed like the perfect time.

As I sat and ate my lunch, I chatted with my coworker about the norm – boys, life, work, boys. This was until we were rudely interrupted by a complete stranger.

“Should you really be eating that?” she scoffed.

“Yup!” I said.

“So, you’re going to the gym after?”


At this point my blood was boiling. What gave this total stranger the right to try and fat shame me? She knows nothing about me. She doesn’t know of my mostly-veggie dinner the night before, the steel cut oats I had for breakfast, or the large salad I was having as part of my dinner. She knew nothing about the anxiety I have faced all my life when it comes to food, or the help I have sought out for it. She knew nothing about my broken leg and how I wish I could get back into the gym.

Did I ask her if she should really have a child? No…even though some people should not be able to mould the thoughts of others.

So, ladies, now we’re calling each other fat, and sluts, and too skinny, and stupid, and boring, and too smart, and this, and that, and the other. STOP IT!

I may not be a size 2, but that’s my business not anyone else’s. But incase you’re curious: I don’t want to be a size 2.

Moral of this story? Two part: It is NOT okay to shame anyone AND mind your own business, lady!

First and last.

Happy October!

It looks like we are skipping fall here in Calgary and going straight to winter. The forecast is calling for snow on Wednesday; thank goodness I’ll be jet-setting to Vancouver and Victoria with mom. There is no part of me ready for snow and while this brace is on I can’t fit my leg into my boots.

After seeing Katy and Emily take part in Foodie Pen Pals (I’m such a copier – they are the coolest, it makes sense) I was curious to know what all the hype was about and decided to sign up for September. A stranger sending me goodies? It’s my two favorite things combined: mail and presents.

My name was given to the lovely Helen from What Happened Next… After a few questions to get to know me she hopped around and put together what she considered the perfect care package for me.

A package sent from BC to Alberta with Argos stamps. I liked her automatically. A girl after my Toronto heart! It doesn’t take much.

I liked her even more once I opened the package.

  • Gold fish crackers
  • Larabar
  • Vel seed bar
  • Curry paste
  • Quinoa crunchies
  • Tea
  • Dried peaches
  • Chocolate filled raspberry licorice
  • And a beautiful card that I can only assume was handmade since it has such gorgeous detail.

I wanted to dig in right away and I did! A nibble here, a bite there. I loved that the peaches were from a town close by; trying local products is such a treat and hard to come by. So special. My favorite thing had to be the licorice! It is also Helen’s. She admitted in the card that she bought a package for me and for her but ended up eating both so she had to go and buy a third pack. I need to find these around me. I couldn’t stop eating them. Delicious!

Thanks so much, Helen! Loved it.

That being said, I don’t think this is for me. As much as I love to cook and bake and try new restaurants, I’m not one to post recipes or much food stuff on s&s. I love food because of the community it creates. Having people sitting at my table and conversing warms my heart. This did not leave me with the same feeling. Thus, my first and my last.

If it does sound interesting to you I urge you to sign up. Following this link and get your name down before October 5 to be paired up for this month.

Speaking of mail and presents, I am happy to announce that Kammie is my lucky birthday giveaway winner.

I’ve sent you an email. xo