Get Ready for Father's Day
Get Ready for Father's Day

Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our...

Get Ready for Father's Day

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Get Ready for Father's Day

This weekend we’re celebrating the most important men in our lives – our dads, grandfathers, husbands, sons, partners, uncles, friends… If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, we’ve got some spectacular recipes for appetizers, salads, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and more…everything you need to make your party a smashing success!

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.
Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose,...

Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

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Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud.

The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud” is one of his hacks. Whether you’ve heard of it before or not - now might be the perfect time to brush off this simple game and give it a whirl.

Summer Trip?
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Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact,...

Summer Trip?

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Summer Trip?

Likely not this year. But that doesn’t mean you can skip your week off. In fact, if at all possible, you mustn’t. Summer holidays, like weekends serve a few specific, vital purposes. The wants and needs differ from person to person, but we all benefit from an occasional, healthy dose of a few - or a lot - of the following: Rest, recovery, escape, play, sleep, fiction, family-time, me-time, down time, outdoor time, slower pace, faster pace, different pace, more exercise, sex, less exercise, more beer, no beer, no news…

Transition
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We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled...

Transition

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Transition

We’re in the midst of transitioning from Spring to Summer. The earth is filled with growth and promise: there are glorious flowers peeking through the soil and nutrient dense fruits and vegetables simmering just below the surface.

The Lion and The Unicorn
The Lion and The Unicorn

The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each...

The Lion and The Unicorn

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The Lion and The Unicorn

More than four-hundred years ago, a single sovereign came to rule two kingdoms. Each possessed its own coat of arms: one depicting two lions, the other two unicorns. Unification of the lands resulted in the creation of one single coats of arms, with one beast on either side.

Virtual Pride
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Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in...

Virtual Pride

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Virtual Pride

When something exists virtually, we mean it is essentially the same. The same in essence. When something exists in essence, it is simpler, while the fundamental, important parts remains in tact. Pride will be celebrated virtually this year. As with many things – Personal Training certainly – nothing can replace the energy, power, and impact of person-to-person contact. But still, we can keep the integrity of some of the essential things that Pride Month tries to accomplish.

Your Life Matters
Your Life Matters

Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness...

Your Life Matters

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Your Life Matters

My Exercise Fundamentals have borne these titles: Movement Matters. Mindfulness Matters. Intensity Matters. “To matter” means to be of importance, significance, of great consequence. My titles are deliberate. My own attempt to make you the reader, you the exerciser sit up and take notice. 

Acceptance
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Acceptance

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Acceptance

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Acceptance

People don’t typically ask to be celebrated for their differences. They ask to be accepted. Presumably accepting others begins with accepting ourselves. We need to know our whole self. To accept our whole self. As the foundation for embracing and being our whole self. Love is a basic human right. And so, therefore, is love of yourself. 

Different Differences
Different Differences

Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance...

Different Differences

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Different Differences

There is a lot of literature out there on the power of being different. The importance of honouring your uniqueness. Of being strong and courageous and holding true to your different-ness because this will open doors, build new bridges, change the world.

Pride.
Pride.

Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do...

Pride.

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Pride.

This month is Pride Month. And I would like to “lean in”. I am afraid to do so. Fear is a strong emotion. A strong word. I don’t use it lightly. I am more afraid of silence.

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes
Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer...

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in...

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

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Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in the garden and whipping up our favourite summer treats to help beat the heat. Spoil yourself, your family, and your friends with these delicious recipes all summer long.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.
Creative. Determined. Inspired.

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can...

Creative. Determined. Inspired.

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Creative. Determined. Inspired.

That’s you. No virus is going to hold you back from taking charge of what you can control: your strength, your health, your fitness, yourself. Today, June 6th, 2020, is National Health and Fitness Day. And today, we want to celebrate you.

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Lip-Smackingly Delicious Summer Recipes

Posted: Jun 6, 2020

Spice of Life

What a beautiful start to the weekend! Our team has been spending some extra time in the garden and whipping up our favourite summer treats to help beat the heat. Spoil yourself, your family, and your friends with these delicious recipes all summer long.

Gardening with Martha: French Breakfast Radishes

by: Martha Wright, Executive Chef, Stratus Restaurant
martha@stratusrestaurant.com

I love everything about radishes. They are juicy, crunchy, a little spicy, and often they can taste like the earth they grow in. They are available early in the growing season. Serve with some flakey Maldon salt, or even better, the very French picnic item; a radish and butter sandwich. The key is to use a lot of butter, a lot of radishes, plenty of salt, and a great sourdough (Blackbird Bakery is my favourite). The greens are also delicious, sautéed like kale or spinach. They can also be stirred into soups or stews near the end of cooking.

Radishes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow at home, taking only 28 days from seed to table. Being cold loving plants, they do well early in the spring, and late into the fall. You can plant seeds once to ground is workable, in loose soil, with lots of organic matter worked in. Make sure they will get lots of sun, and consistent watering. The rapidly growing roots do best when they don’t have alternating periods of drought and flood, but rather, even watering that can drain away and not pool up and cause rot.

Once the bright red shoulders start to push out of the soil, they are ready to be eaten. Enjoy!

BBQ Tips: Beer Can Chicken

by: Sean Vodden, Sous Chef and Team Canada BBQ Chef, Stratus Restaurant
svodden@stratusrestaurant.com

Ready in 90 minutes
Serves 2 adults

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, 2 - 3 lbs
  • 1 can of your favourite beer
  • 1/2 cup Hardins Seasoning or Montreal Chicken Spice

Tools:

  • Beer can chicken holder, if available
  • Empty pint glass

Directions:

  • Set your grill to 350F with a 2 zone cooking area.
  • Open your favourite can of beer and pour half of the beer into your empty pint glass. Put aside.
  • If necessary, cut off top of beer can to fit into beer can chicken holder.
  • Liberally rub chicken with your favourite chicken seasoning, make sure to coat it all.
  • Place chicken on stand and put on the cool zone of the grill.
  • Start enjoying your favourite beer from step 2.
  • Turn the chicken every 20 minutes to ensure an even temperature.
  • Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Once cooked, let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Tips:

  • Use 2 zone cooking on your gas grill or charcoal grill.
  • If a beer can chicken holder isn’t available, use the chicken legs to help prop up the chicken in your grill.
  • If you don’t drink beer, chicken stock or broth is a perfect substitute.

Summer Cocktail: Strawberry Daiquiri

by: Kyla Markland, Bar Manager, Stratus Restaurant
kmarkland@stratusrestaurant.com

On these hot summer days, cool down with a delicious Strawberry Daiquiri!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of ice
  • 1/2 cup of super fine white sugar
  • 4 ounces of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of lemon or lime sparkling soda
  • 3/4 cup of rum

Directions:

  • Combine ice, strawberries, and sugar. 
  • Add in lime, lemon, sparkling soda, and rum.
  • Blend until smooth and serve in a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with fresh a strawberry or lime wheel.

Don’t forget the kids:

Take out the rum and add a dash of grenadine to the recipe. The kids will love this yummy mocktail!

Fun Cooking with David: Gazpacho

by: David Mendonca, Sous Chef, Oak Room
dmendonca@thecambridgeclub.com

Gazpacho has a long history. Roman soldiers would carry dried bread, garlic, vinegar, salt, and olive oil to make an early form of the soup. But it was in Andalucia in southern Spain that gazpacho became popularized.

Gazpacho has many health benefits. It prevents colds and hypertension; contains Vitamins A, E, and C, mainly found in the peppers and tomatoes; has a certain vasodilator effect which helps control blood pressure; slows the aging process; helps you lose weight; and hydrates your body.

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to blender. Or use a hand blender.
  • Combine diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, green onion, jalapeño, and garlic in a large bowl. Stir in salt, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
  • Place cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a blender.
  • Cover and puree until smooth. Pour pureed mixture through a strainer into the tomato-cucumber mixture; stir to combine.
  • Place 1/3 of the tomato mixture into the blender. Cover, turn blender on, and puree until smooth.
  • Return pureed mixture to the remaining tomato-cucumber mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Season cold soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with basil.

Shelf Life:

Right now, most of us are noticing that our groceries are getting used up and aren’t going bad. But just in case you're wondering, this gazpacho would last not more than 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

Superfood: Avocado

by: Kyla Markland, Bar Manager & Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Stratus Restaurant
kmarkland@stratusrestaurant.com

In talking about our favourite “superfoods,” it’s impossible not to mention this super nutritious fruit. Yes, although the avocado is commonly enjoyed and used in cooking as a vegetable, it is technically a fruit from the Lauraceae family of plants.

The avocado is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Not only that, but it manages to pack in more potassium than a banana and is super satisfying, making it one of the best fruits for weight loss.

There are limitless ways to enjoy this creamy fruit; try spreading it over toast, adding it to a salad or smoothie, or even just sprinkle a bit of salt on a few slices and enjoy.

Cooking with Neesha: Shakshuka

by: Neesha de Souza Miljanovic, Food & Beverage Manager, The HUB – kitchen and bar
neesha@adelaideclub.com

If a truly perfect dish exists, it just might be shakshuka. Easy to make, totally flexible, healthy, inexpensive, and composed of ingredients you likely regularly have on hand, it checks all the boxes for an ideal meal—plus, it’s fit for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 450 ml can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dry coriander
  • 2 medium spicy Italian sausages (meat optional)
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Cut sausages in small chunks and sauté in cast iron or any oven proof pan in a little bit of olive oil until cooked through and golden in colour. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside.
  • Sauté onion, garlic, and peppers for 6 - 8 minutes in olive oil. Add the spices and sauté for another minute then add tomatoes. Cook on medium heat for 7 - 8 minutes until liquid reduces by half.
  • Mix in cooked sausage if doing the meat version.
  • Create small holes to crack an egg into. Once eggs have been placed in the dish, transfer into the oven.
  • Cook until eggs are to your liking. For soft eggs: 2 - 3 minutes, for hard eggs: 5 - 6 minutes. Use an oven mitt or kitchen cloth to remove pan from oven and serve!
  • Can be accompanied with toast or bread of your choice. I baked my own gluten-free corn tortilla chips for easy dipping.
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