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Day 3 in Yellowknife was an amazing day since we did so much. Exploring museums, dog-sledding
and staking out at night to watch the northern lights.


We woke up nice and early and headed to New Town to try the coffee at Javaroma. This is like the Starbucks of Yellowknife.

We had a little time to explore the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and eat before our scheduled dog sledding time. We actually ended up at the Northwest Territories Legislative Building instead, which was a block away.

There are some cool artifacts in the building like the Mace of the Legislative Assembly. The detail on the thing is most impressive!



There are guided tours but since we had limited time we just explored a little by ourselves. The public is allowed to go upstairs and go into the seating area overlooking the Chamber.

There's a huge polar bear run in the centre of the chamber.

We then walked over to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Both these places didn't require any admission fee.


 We headed up to the Museum Cafe for lunch.

Bison Burger with cheese curds, lettuce, tomato, onion & cranberry black pepper mayo on a ciabatta bun - $17
I had the bison burger. All the burgers and sandwiches at the cafe are served with choice of soup, house salad, caesar salad or potatoes with garlic truffle aioli. I chose the house salad, which was a decent size! Food was ok, not spectacular but pretty decent.

 Hurrying through the exhibits.


 I really liked the exhibits that showed all the local wildlife in Yellowknife and the north.

We actually saw a fox the first night we were in Yellowknife. Right in town, too! Didn't get a picture of it though.



In the early afternoon, we headed to Beck's Kennels for a dog sledding experience.

The dogs are so cute! They were so excited and where almost like barking "Pick me! Pick me!"


Preparing the dogs. The sleds were initially attached to snowmobiles just to help the dogs get to the final destination.

We traveled to a nearby frozen lake (Grace Lake) where the dogs were let loose. They were raring to go. We didn't need to give them any instructions or anything they knew what to do.


We went two times around the perimeter of the lake, switching between standing and sitting in the sled. All too soon, the ride was over and we headed back to the kennels.

We warmed up inside with hot chocolate and Beck came out to say hi to us. He has won a lot of trophies for dog sleg racing!

Said goodbye to the dogs one last time and headed off to our next adventure - Cameron Falls!


 The Cameron Falls trail is located on the Ingraham Trail, about 47 km east of Yellowknife.

It was getting dark so we had to hustle.


 We finally got a view of the falls.


This was as far as we got because we were afraid it'll get too dark if we didn't turn back when we did. We went home prepared a home made dinner then took a nap before heading out for our last Northern Lights viewing. We had passed by an area at Prosperous Lake on our way to Cameron Falls where we thought we could park and view the lights.

Again the clouds were out so we made our own fun, light painting while we waited. A fox came by to investigate, too!

For about an hour around 3-4am the sky cleared up and we could see the stars so clearly. It was amazing. Then we spotted some very dim greeness in the sky. We were still not sure if it was the Northern Lights since it was so dim and the clouds were also moving in. Then a green band moved across the sky. Still very dim but we were sure of it this time!

Too bad we didn't see a spectacular show. Next time we'll know not to go to Yellowknife in November! At least we got to see it a little bit!


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MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!. 

Broadway Across Canada presents Mamma Mia! 
Show dates: March 29 – April 3, 2016
Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Pre-sale dates: January 22 – January 24
The passcode is SOPHIE

NOTE: The ticketmaster link will not be active until 10AM on Friday, January 22, 2016.



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Vancouver, B.C. - Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 29 – April 3, 2016. Performances begin on Tuesday, March 29 and run through Sunday, April 3.

MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five current musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its seventeenth year. The international tour has visited more than 81 foreign cities in 37 countries.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The performance schedule for MAMMA MIA! at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm..

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! start at $35 (plus applicable service charges).Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Reservations for groups of ten (10) or more are now being accepted by calling 1-800-889-8457.

MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

The original production of MAMMA MIA! was produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

The special edition cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway.
For information about MAMMA MIA! visit www.Mamma-Mia.com


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Here is your chance to purchase tickets to Dirty Dancing before anyone else! The presale link will be active starting Friday, Nov 27 at 10am!


DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’sSunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You will have the time of your life!

Broadway Across Canada presents Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage
Run Dates: January 12 – January 17, 2016
Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Presale timeframe: Nov 27 – 29
The passcode is MOVIE

NOTE: The ticketmaster link will not be active until 10AM on Friday, Nov 27.




The newest Cook Culture store in Lonsdale, North Vancouver has a full kitchen and teaching space for holding cooking classes. I was fortunate enough to win a spot at the Autumn Harvest class on November 23rd, thanks to Cook Culture and Helijet.


Two local chefs were teaching the class - Chef Peter Zambri of Zambris Restaurant in Victoria, and Chef Jonathan Chovancek, co-founder of Vancouver's Bittered Sling Bitters, and was most recently the Executive Chef for Café Medina. The Autumn Harvest class is more of a demostration class than a hands-on (Cookworks offers both types of classes), but some of us had the chance to make some of the food.


Chef Peter Zambri showed us how to prepare fresh pasta dough first because the pasta dough needs to rest after you make it.


It's so easy to make pasta dough! You just need '00' flour, egg, olive oil and water.


We let the dough sit covered under a bowl while we continued on with the rest of the lesson.


Chef Jonathan Chovancek started showing us how to make sea buckthorn cornmeal cake. He says you sometimes need to cook out of order otherwise your dinner guests will never get to eat.

He moved on to the autumn squash and seafood stufato agrodolce, which is a pretty quick and easy soup to make! (Especially if you have a pressure cooker, it only take 1 minute to cook the shellfish! Amazing!)


The best part of the cooking class - eating the dishes. This is an awesome tasting soup!

 Chef Peter made Risotto alla Parmigiano for us, Sooo good.

Making fettuccine with the pasta machine with our dough.

Fresh pasta does take time to make but the end result is worth it. This AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. I was blown away. The sauce was made with tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, olive oil and anchovies!

Meanwhile, the cake was done and we topped it with brown butter mascarpone, pistachio & honey roasted pears.


The cooking class was educational and fun. The two amazing chefs really know their stuff! I had a great time, though I might have to eat a snack before class next time. Haha. I'd love to take another class!

Cook Culture is holding open houses in all their stores this Saturday to celebrate the re-brand of the Cookworks stores and also the opening of the Lonsdale location. There will be deals, demos, giveaways, and food! Find out more on their website: http://cookculture.com/pages/open-house.



Disclosure: I won a ticket to the class on Facebook and was not expected to make a post. All opinions are my own.





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Day two of our northern adventure started started off with a small breakfast in house. While looking at some of the booklets the owner left for us, I saw that watching bison was one of the things-to-do in Yellowknife. Technically, it's not IN Yellowknife. Bison are typically found on Highway 3 between Fort Providence and Yellowknife. WOOHOO ROADTRIP!


It started off optimistic. There were signs everywhere warning drivers about bison on Hwy 3. We weren't planning to drive all the way to Fort Providence where there is an actual bison sanctuary nearby.


We drove about 2 hours (or more, I lost track of time). No bison. We finally reached Edzo (93.71 kilometers from Yellowknife). Took a small detour there...but it was just a small community. We had missed the turn where there was food and gas so we continued on and reached North Arm Territorial Park and where we gave our driver a break.

 It was a nice little park next to a lake.

 Everything looks to vast up in north.


Following the horizon...

Our car commercial shot. lol

After a brief break, wandering around and playing in the snow (can't resist), we hopped back in the car and went on our way.


We decided to give it another 30 minutes but luck was not on our side. No bison in sight! The only thing interesting was this carcass on the side of the road. The ravens were all over it. I have no idea what it is. Maybe it was a small bison and that's why they are staying away from the road. Who knows?

Where are the bison?

So we stopped at the next bison sign and had some fun.

The road to Fort Providence is long and endless.
There were rarely any cars on Highway 3. Sometimes we got our hopes up when we see something black on the horizon only to have it crushed when it turned into a car. Yeah, so we took some pictures of the long long endless road.

 Sat down.

Walked the line.

After that we went back to Yellowknife. The sun was setting by the time we came back into town. We were afraid that all the food places might be closed again. That goodness Sushi North was still open!

 Sushi North was open originally to cater to Japanese tourists but it ended up being a local favourite.


I tried the mini Ebi-ten don ($5), gomae ($5) and the Arctic Char roll ($9), which came with one piece of Arctic Char nigiri. Arctic char tastes a lot like salmon but I think I like salmon better.

Having eaten our fill, we headed back home to kill some time while we waited for darkness to attempt the northern lights again.


We baked some cookies! Yummy, warm cookies.

Took a nap until 2am then went out to try to catch the lights out on Ingraham Trail (Hwy 4). Don't know where we stopped but we didn't drive too long. It was pretty overcast, which sucked because it was mostly clear in the day time. We didn't wait too long because the forecast said cloudy and it was so cloudy that there wasn't even any openings. So we gave up...until next time!

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