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The Happy Nun

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OK, I’ve lived in the South East corner of Saskatchewan for over 5 years, almost 6, and I only just the other day heard of The Happy Nun. Where have I been!?!? It is the most incredible restaurant I have ever been to in my entire life! From the first step I made through the door, I instantly fell in love. There is such an overwhelming ambience of joy and a glorious welcoming spirit that permeates the whole establishment. It’s in the decor, the staff, the art work, the ambience. It truly is something special. Everyone knows that a good restaurant is hard to find, but so is a great place for entertainment. When the two come together with perfect perichoresis it’s sensational.And that describes the Happy Nun to a tee for it’s not only a restaurant, but it is also a mini centre of performing arts!  We had got tickets to see Craig Cardiff  live in concert at the Happy Nun. He was tremendous as well, adding to the over arching good times of the night. As the music filled the place, the ambient light levels became saturated with warm, beautiful colour.

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And then, dear friends, there’s the food. I’m really not exaggerating when I say that it is the best restaurant food I’ve ever had. It’s all homemade. No propeller pigeon chicken. No industrially baked bread. No typical ‘big business’ restaurant food. I had the beef with mashed potatoes and asparagus. My wife had the orzo and Israeli couscous. Both dishes had incredible flavour and that unmistakable “made by hand with love” feel. There was also a starter salad that was bursting with flavour, not to mention a mushroom zucchini soup that was to die for. And when the soup came out, it was noticeably contained in a hand made pottery bowl. Every last detail has been thought out, including the numerous examples of nun-based decor. And who doesn’t love nuns?! Remember Sister Act? 😎

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And, the final book end of the night was driving home, only to look up and see the most incredible display of Northern Lights. The whole sky was illuminated by the dancing green and blue Aurora. Could there be a more perfect end to a great night with great friends, awesome entertainment and the best dining experience you can have in south east Saskatchewan? I think not. And, I will certainly be back!

 


Ground Hawg Day

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Everyone loves ground hog day! I think today there is no chance of that little gaffer seeing his shadow. Whee! 😎 Should be good to go for an early spring on account of the wicked blizzard that just blew in… sigh. Oh well, here’s some cute photos of the kids & Reg’s cool groundhog day snack/craft. Ain’t it cute? Delicious too. 😀

As an aside, what’s the point of naming these g-hawgs such annoyingly long and obscure names? Punxsutawney Phil? Chattanooga Chuck? Holtsville Hal? Why not just simply Ted? Or Len? Or Ben?

I have a dream. Where groundhawgs, marmots and other small cave dwelling creatures, can have single syllable names that are easy for people to pronounce. I have a dream! 😎


Sunset Gourmet with Ruth D!

Do you want to eat better?! Do you want to live in flavour country?! Well, then you’d better check out products from Sunset Gourmet!

Oxbow’s newest entrepreneur locally selling Sunset Gourmet is Ruth Dearlsey. Their products taste great, take little time to prepare and are perfect for any occasion. And she is hosting a really exciting come and go tasting party at the Friendship Center on Saturday Oct. 29th from 1-4. Everyone is welcome to come out and experience first hand all that Sunset Gourmet has to offer. On a personal note, we just sampled the peach mango habanero salsa the other night with a pork roast. It was unbelievable! Sweet heat in one convenient package. 8) But they make a huge variety of different stuff if heat isn’t your favourite. You really owe it to yourself to go and check it out! And, as a bonus, Ruth is giving away some really great prize baskets with a variety of Sunset Gourmet products and recipes. Come on down to the tasting party for your chance to take home some of that good ol’ gourmet goodness! 😀


Pit Master

I’ve been a YouTube junky for a good long while now. And, I also like eating Barbecue. So when you put those things together, you get the Barbecue Pit Boys! I love these guys! Good ol’ fashioned rednecks cooking the finest, choicest cuts of meat over a charcoal grill. . . . Charcoal!? It sounds weird, but it’s true. In Canada, we cook with Propane and propane accessories. Maybe Natural Gas. But charcoal seems so old school. So old world. So . . . foreign. But it’s sooooo delicious! I bought a small kettle grill from Wal-Mart when it was on sale as a season close out for $35 bucks because I just had to see if it made any difference to the food. And boy howdy, does it ever! You actually taste fire in the food! Granted, even if you slow cooked stuff on a propane grill it would have the same effect, but there is something extra in the charcoal (and don’t say Volatile Organic Compounds) 😉 It’s pure delicious!