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Avenue's Best Neighbourhoods Survey 2014

In each of the two previous years, we’ve run a Best Neighbourhoods issue, where we ask our readers to vote for the places they feel the grass is greenest. In both 2012 and 2013, Strathcona came out on top. Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods issue is slated for August, 2014. And, once again, with the help of Banister Research and Consulting Ltd.,  we are asking our readers to help us determine the best places in the city in which to...

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Leading Cancer Researcher's Move a Coup for the U of A

She’s an attractive, 35-year-old who exudes enthusiasm with the occasional giggle. So it’s no surprise that when the accomplished scientist is asked to speak about her work in cancer research at international conferences, first impressions lead some colleagues to underestimate what she brings to the table. But attitudes change as soon as Dr. Lynne Postovit talks about her work. “I do think it’s an advantage,” says the cell biologist. “I...

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Hurrying Hard

Our special guest blogger, Davin T. Robertson, gives us the low-down on the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships. It’s not just Red Bull Crashed Ice bringing a bunch of energetic athletes from across Canada to Edmonton — this weekend, our city hosts the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships, or CGCC for short. Organized by our local LGBTQ curling league — yep, it exists, and yep, it’s an awesome, inviting, time — Curling with Pride, CGCC 2014, is welcoming 16 teams from seven...

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Word Bridges

Two communities will come together this month at Edmonton’s Poetry Festival: The page poets and the stage poets. Says Jannie Edwards, vice president of the festival’s board: “We are looking at bridging between oral traditions and printed page traditions, music and poetry; between cultures, between writers who are both novelists and poets, history and poetry, burlesque and erotic poetry. We’ve tried to dramatize that and bring that theme to life.” The artists involved with this year’s festival...

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Q&A: Michael Hingston

Avenue: How old were you when you began writing? Michael Hingston: I remember sneaking into my elementary school’s computer lab to type out the first chapter — it was only ever the first chapter — of several fantasy epics starring woodland elves who behaved suspiciously like a certain pre-teen boy. Ditto when my family got our first home computer, in the mid ‘90s. I liked the feeling of word processors. To this day, I’m suspicious of people who claim to write by hand. Avenue: When...

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Wayfinding in the Pedways

When I was 20, I (barely) remember going on my first pubcrawl. Dozens of hormone-filled 18- to 25-year-olds crammed on a rented school bus, heading out to the city’s coolest bars (at least, what we thought were cool at that age). At each destination, we’d hurry off the bus to stand in line at an overcrowded night club to pay seven dollars for a domestic beer, dance among a group of strangers, unaware and uncaring of whose sweat is dripping all over us, pile back on the bus, fight off the motion sickness and get ready to do it all again. On Friday, March...

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Iceland's PM Meets Edmonton's Business Leaders

The stereotype exists; because of its proximity to the Scandinavian nations on the European mainland, chances are you think of Iceland as a place of high taxes, government involvement and state-monitored economic growth. But, in the wake of the country’s mortgage-driven near-collapse during the worst of the recent financial crisis, a new Iceland is emerging. And it wants to let Canada know that it’s...

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Taste of Iceland

Icelandic Chef Hakon Mar Orvarsson says he doesn’t use a lot of seasoning in his dishes, but you’d never know that to taste them. His cured salmon in Brennivin is full of flavour on its own but punctuated by an intense hit of freshness when mixed with the lemon-sour cream he pairs with the dish. Preparing traditional Icelandic food, according to Orvarsson, isn’t about adding extra flavours to the dishes, it’s about bringing out the already delicious flavours of the food, often done through brining, drying, smoking and pickling. From March 5 to 8...

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Best Restaurants 2014 Launch Party

It was a night of great company, and even better food. Avenue feted its annual Best Restaurants list with a celebration at Ernest's Restaurant at NAIT on Monday, March 3, 2014. Approximately 300 guests sampled delicious hors d'ouevres from a diverse group of restaurants...

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Chasing the Leprechaun

It's St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a little taste of the Irish — and maybe it will bring you luck, or even a pot of gold.  While people tend to lump them all together, there are multiple kinds of Irish whiskey. That being said, if it comes from Ireland, it’s an Irish whiskey, says Dave Scott, manager of Keg N Cork. A lot of Irish whiskey is triple distilled, making it smooth enough to drink straight. “It’s par for the course for Irish whiskey to be pretty clean, pretty neutral. Irish whiskey is more floral,...

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