Caroline Barlott is a writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Discover and Avenue. In her spare time, she practices yoga, travels with her husband and takes photos of her pampered cat.
For those who are tired of the same-old hamburger or chicken with your meal, there are plenty of interesting meats to choose from at restaurants around the city. Local meats like bison and elk can be satisfying or more exotic versions like alligator can pique the interest of your taste buds. [Image credit: iStock.com/nvelichko]
Matcha is a Japanese full leaf tea that’s crushed into a potent caffeine and vitamin rich powder. In recent years, matcha has become not only popular as a drink, but as a flavour enhancer in various foods. It’s got a bitter kick that can be amazing on its own, and when blended with something sweet, creates a memorable balance. [Image credit:i Stock.com/Jordanlye]
Your yard is more than just a patch of grass; it’s an extension of your home. It’s where long summer days are spent with friends and where you relax with a cold drink and a good book. Landscaping can improve not only the way it looks, but also its function. Local landscapers offer ways of incorporating natural elements so that your yard is as self-sufficient as it is beautiful. [Image credit: iStock.com/Jodi Jacobson]
Summer and cycling are synonymous in Edmonton. While many people ride bikes regardless of the season, there’s nothing better than cycling through tree-lined streets while the sun shines. Our city has a fair share of bike shops that ensure your ride is up-to-date. [Image credit: iStock.com/sturti]
The first impression your guests have of your wedding will not start right on that day; it’ll be weeks before, in the form of the invitation. Picking the right stationery and design to match your tastes will start your big day off right. Here are some options for designers who can create the ideal first impression. [Image credit: iStock.com/ivstiv]
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but these west-end restaurants prove that lunch can be the tastiest. The west side of the city is home to a variety of restaurants with cuisine from around the world. Here are some of my favourites. [Image credit: iStock.com/tbrainina]
This fall, you’ll want to trade in sunny patios for warm restaurants with roaring fires. Here are several options to make the transition to the cooler weather a little cozier. 
If you feel like bellying up to the bar, this fitness routine will serve you better than a pitcher of margaritas - at least when it comes to your physical health. Barre fitness uses the ballet barre to combine elements of dance, yoga and Pilates. Check out these places in and around the city that offer the classes.
Your purchasing decisions affect more than your own bank account — they can impact those who produced the goods in the first place. By choosing fair trade items, you’re supporting a system that promotes improved trading conditions for producers. Better wages, along with improved social and environmental standards, make that chocolate taste all the sweeter.
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