Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Great Pie Chuck-N- Chomp!

On June 24th my wife (who doesn't know yet) will get a chance to throw a Pie to My Face!!! and I'll be more than happy about it!

Pie Cloud and Calgary Meals on Wheels present the 1st annual Great Pie Chuck and Chomp Event!
  • The Chuck!  Those being pied will be dubbed “Pie Chuckees” and will wear goggles and a clothing cover to receive a cream pie gently tossed from a distance of five feet from our designated “Pie Chucker”. Pie Chuckees will choose a fundraising goal and use a public pledge page to collect support for their charitable efforts. Those getting pied must reach their fundraising goal in order to get a face full of whipped goodness! We need YOUR SUPPORT to ensure the Chuckees taste the good stuff!

  • The Chomp!  Our “Pie Chompers” will have their hands tied behind their backs and will be timed in eating a full berry pie to completion.  The champion wins bragging rights, alumni distinction, and a congratulatory trophy. Chompers will have fundraising pages for public support of their charitable efforts.  The Chomper with the most funds raised will win a catered lunch for their team to chomp on courtesy of Calgary Meals on Wheels and Pie Cloud!* *Maximum 20 people*
A pledge of over $100.00 grants you access to view the pie spectacle and to cheer the participant you chose to support.

Like I said before, I'm participating in the Pie Chuck part of the event and I want my wife to be the one to throw that pie straight to my face.

Why do I want to participate? The Calgary Meals On Wheels began as a small operation back in 1965, delivering meals to eight clients from a church basement and now has grown into a thriving, innovative production facility that prepares, packages and delivers 1,700 meals each day; more than 420,000 meals a year! Although their principal clients are seniors, they offer five different programs that are open to all Calgarians who are in need of a meal service to maintain independence in their own homes, regardless of age or circumstance. They focus on serving all individuals in need of nutritious meals including the homeless, and vulnerable school children.


So please, donate!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Café of the Future in Calgary!

On Thursday, May 12th, Second Cup Coffee Co.™ officially unveiled its first-ever café of the future in Calgary at 1919 Southland Drive SW. The new Second Cup Coffee Co.™ design reflects a new independent spirit, a commitment to the world's finest coffee, and the company’s vision to be the coffee brand most passionately committed to quality and innovation. The welcoming café revolves around the company's brand pillars of superior quality, optimism, collaboration, creativity and community, and focuses on the individual customer experience. The new café is the 12th new concept Second Cup Coffee Co.™ to be opened in Canada and represents an important milestone in the company's three-year strategic plan, showcasing the Second Cup obsession with bringing the ultimate coffee experience to Canadians.

They're bringing the true meaning of a Coffee Bar to us with their new features that include:

Slow Bar: where Second Cup Coffee Co.™ blends art and science for the ultimate cup of coffee. This is where handcrafted beverages shine with an interactive seating area that allows customers to connect with baristas, hone their coffee tasting skills, and learn about coffee and the process of making a perfect cup. The Slow Bar features an expanded portfolio of the world’s most exceptional, specialty coffees exclusive to Second Cup Coffee Co.™ including estate blends as well as light-roast, limited-edition microlot beans. These coffees will be rotated throughout the year to ensure the peak of freshness and quality. Customers can enjoy these exceptional blends made from one of two revolutionary brewing technologies: - Pour-Over produces a noticeably more delicate and complex brew than conventional drip machines. This handcrafted, customized technique is popular with coffee connoisseurs.
- Steampunk, a ground-breaking coffee and tea brewing system, is true theatre in motion. Artful craftsmanship meets innovative engineering and delivers unprecedented extraction, temperature control and thermal stability for a great coffee that can be precisely tailored to specific tastes.

Milk Bar where dairy options are “on tap” in a fun custom design.

 Multiple seating options to address needs of customers, whether they’re looking for a private area to work, a table for visiting with friends, or a communal experience at the Slow Bar.

At this event I was given a media gift bag that included a $50 gift card that I'm going to pass on to a lucky reader of my blog so they can go out to the Second Cup Braeside and have a fantastic experience like I had the chance to enjoy.

I'm going to be giving away this $50 Gift Card from Second Cup. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 25th at 10:00pm - Comment in this post to be entered to win!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Only for a limited time.?!?!?

Excuse me as I droll all over my desk. I'm having a moment right now...
Just got this email from Tim Hortons "...these Tims Signature Donuts are a decadent treat any time you want something sweet. Try the NEW Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Whoopie Pie, and Raspberry Truffle donut today! Only for a limited time."

The only part I'm not OK with is the part that says "Only for a limited time." - Right?!?!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia

Today I got news of a Cirque show that sits close to home. Cirque - Luzia!

Not much has actually been given to media outside of Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco, the 3 cities that the tour is already set to Tour, but I've managed to compile info from their website, Facebook and other online sources.

Their Facebook page describes it as "Discover LUZIA, where a waking dram transports you to an imaginary Mexico. Experience a wondrous world that inspires you to explore your senses, enveloped in light and nutured by rain." This leads me to believe that there's some "O" inspired acts coming to this show as they've proved an amazing success and delivery with this show for many years now.

A media release on their website gives this description: "LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.

Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality."

I'm unsure if the fact that I'm Mexican makes me more excited about the review given by The Montreal Gazete: "Cirque Du Soleil's Luzia unveils a Mexican Dreamscape" you have to check out the article, it makes me want to go even more! "Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Luzia provides us with a glimpse into a dream-like Mexico that is simultaneously traditional and modern".

Calgary is not in their map yet to bring this show... But I really hope they do, the history and traditions that Luzia goes into, seemed perfect!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

#KeepARoof for the YWCA of Calgary 

Women become homeless for many reasons. Some have lost their jobs, others are fleeing violent, unhealthy relationships or have health breakdowns. Many women also struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues. All have one thing in common; they are vulnerable and need a safe, warm and compassionate place to land.

This is my second year volunteering to become a “Homeless Hero” for 1 night tonight (May 5th) I`ll be taking part in this adventure, “Keep a Roof Over Their Heads” for the YWCA. I`ll be experiencing what it is like for a woman that has nowhere else to go. This may include a women fleeing domestic abuse in the middle of the night or a young person that simply can’t afford rent and has been evicted and can’t go home. Hopefully this is nobody in our circles of family and friends…..but it happens all the time. Doesn’t matter if’s its -35 on a Monday night…..there are women in need. Most of these women get up and go to jobs the next day and depend on donations to keep the shelter open.

Every dollar counts and I’m trying to raise as little or as much as possible. If, and only if, you have $5 or $10 to spare for this cause, please donate.  If you could pass this around your office, friends or family that could help support the cause, I would really appreciate that too.

Here is the link to donate:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#TrueBLue - Mount Royal University

A Few Weeks ago I was asked if I would like to be featured in True Blue, an Alumni Section for Mount Royal University. I'm a proud MRC/MRU Alum and I'm always available to do anything for them. Here's the small little article published on their website.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#BowlsYYC - Fundraising for the Calgary Food Bank

Here are some 2015 Fast Facts about the Calgary Food Bank.

141,271 - This is the number of Calgarians who received emergency food support.

3,000,000 - Meals and snacks were provided to hungry Calgarians

150 - Local agencies and programs received food to distribute to their own clients

44 - Food banks across Canada that received food from the Calgary Food Bank during emergencies.

Are you wondering what can you do to help?

Donate Funds - The Calgary Food Bank is able to stretch every single dollar utilizing their partners.
Donate Food - Here's a list of some items that are more commonly needed.
Donate Your Time - Because time is very valuable, try donating some time and volunteer.
Raise Food & Funds - Start your own Food Drive or Fundraiser in your community.

Or... I saved my favourite for last! - Place your bids on your favourite Bowl in the #BowlsYYC Empty Bowl Benefit 2016! This is my 6th year participating and I Lovebeing able to put in my 2 cents to help. - Click here to see my art throughout the years

Empty Bowl Benefit Banner 2016

The 16th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit raises funds in support of the Calgary Food Bank by soliciting the artistic abilities of Calgary’s local personalities! From real-life artists to your favourite news anchor, the Empty Bowl Benefit brings the community together in a fun, interactive auction.
The funds raised in this auction will go a long way in to providing food and snacks to Calgarians through the Food Link Program, allowing agencies to focus their resources on programming rather than resourcing food.
  • Start Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 09:00 AM MST
  • End Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 09:00 PM MST
Feel free to place your bids on my bowl:


My Bowl comes with some Swag too: 
  • 2 Tickets to Hedley Hello World Tour (Friday, May 13th)
  • 2 $50 Certificates to Involtini
  • 5 Jugo Juice Freebe Coupons (Free Smoothie or Fresh Pressed Juice)

Or, you could also bid on my friend and Coworker Dryden form KooL Mornings bowl:


Brad's bowl comes with some Swag too:
  • 2 Tickets to Hedley Hello World Tour (Friday, May 13th)
  • 2 $50 Certificates to Involtini
  • 5 Jugo Juice Freebe Coupons (Free Smoothie or Fresh Pressed Juice)

Or My other friend and coworker Fraser from WILD Mornings created this Bowl:

Fraser's bowl comes with some Swag too:
  • 4 Tickets to the Coca Cola Covert Concert (Thursday, May 26th)
  • 2 $50 Certificates to Involtini
  • 5 Jugo Juice Freebe Coupons (Free Smoothie or Fresh Pressed Juice)

Thanks for your continuous support!