Stepping into Geneva Crepe Café Bistro evokes my more savoury memories of French cuisine. Although I may not be able to find a crepe as cheap as five euros or an authentic Nicoise salad while living in the Limestone City, Geneva is a great alternative to a trip across the Atlantic.
One of the biggest intrigues has been the adoption of locally sourced food by many restaurants, including Geneva Crepe Café Bistro. The owner, Genevieve Patenaude, adds that the smoked salmon in my crepe came from the BC coast.
Since the creperie’s opening in August 2010, each crepe is made fresh to order, and the most important part of any meal – the ingredients, especially the produce – are handpicked by Patenaude herself.
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With so many opportunities to get involved at Queen’s, sometimes those with a fashion-forward mind just want to get their manicured hands onto something a little more creative or expressive. If following fashion and beauty mavens on Twitter hasn’t satisfied your fix, here are a few ways to find your creative outlet on campus:
Get involved with a fashion show
If you’re a makeup or hair guru, consider lending your talent behind the scenes of a student-run fashion show. Part of the fun is meeting students who love fashion as much as you. Dolling others up for a photo shoot or the runway can be a thrill better lived out through on-campus involvement. Being on the executive committee, as a fashion or clothing exec, means you’ll be dressing the models and liaising directly with the clothing sponsors. There doesn’t seem to be an easier way to know what’s current ... Read more...
On a typical night, it takes less than 30 minutes – sometimes 15 minutes – for shelters around Kingston to have trays of unconsumed food delivered from Queen’s cafeterias.
Soul Food, comprised of an 11-member executive team, organizes the delivery logistics and picks up leftover food from all three campus dining halls, located at Jean Royce Hall, Leonard Hall and Ban Righ Hall. They supply shelters such as Dawn House Women’s Shelter, In From the Cold Emergency Shelter, Ryandale Shelter for the Homeless or the Kingston Youth Shelter.
I sat down with this year’s co-chairs, Roya DelSol, ArtSci ’14, and Sarah Hobbs, ArtSci ’14, to discuss ways in which Soul Food, now in its fifth year, has grown in prominence:
Q: How long have you been with Soul Food?
DelSol: I’ve been involved with Soul Food for more than four years now … At first I was ... Read more...
Come this spring, the Bread and Butter Bakery will be celebrating 16 years in the west end. Originally located two stoplights down Bath Rd., the bakery outgrew its original location eight years ago and moved to accommodate their expanding business.
The owner’s daughter, Katie Whitall said its current location is three times larger than before. Including her parents, her sister and herself, 35 people staff the bakery.
When Whitall, originally from the Niagara area, graduated from the business program at the University of Ottawa, she returned to work at the family bakery. This arrangement allowed her mother to devote more time to what she loved best – baking – while Whitall handles the frontend and management responsibilities.
“[My mother] can then bake and train and help others grow … There’s a lot of cooking programs, but there aren’t a lot of baking-focused programs,” Whitall said.
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Two days later, a dozen speakers and panelists broadened my view on apathy, passion and rage.
Speakers at the sixth annual Queen’s Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP) ranged from Canadian Olympic team wrestler Ohenewa Akuffo to former child soldier Michel Chikwanine. Other speakers included Russ McLeod, chief operations director of Me to We, Adil Dhalla, director of culture at the Centre for Social Innovation, Shawn Cheung, founder of Raising the Village.
The conference opened with an odd metaphor: one of the co-chairs, Christie Park, Comm ’14, described QCOP as her baby finally being born, after nine months of intensive planning and stressful nights, she added. It was a strangely heartwarming description that bespoke of the organizer’s enthusiasm for the weekend.
QCOP, more than anything, appeared from the outset as a labour of love.
Principal Woolf followed with a story about Alfred Bader, a fitting example of a ... Read more...
Deep down in Botterell Hall hundreds of students pass through to grab a quick breakfast every week. The mood is positive and lively; there are no tears despite this cafe being under a medical library.
The general happiness of the cafe is largely due to one cashier, Lauren Webb. Lauren is known to many students for being one of the nicest women they have met at Queen’s. She may be the nicest person I have met in all of Kingston, maybe even all of Ontario.
As Lauren goes on break, I sit patiently to ask her all the questions I have been wondering for a long time. Here are her answers:
Q: How long have you worked at Queen’s?
A: This is my third year working here at Botterell! I worked at Queen’s in the past for three years, but the six years are not consecutive.
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Card’s Bakery is busy and bustling with a steady flow of customers before 9 a.m. They’re all regulars, explained owner Jennifer Moon.
The bakery, located near Bagot and Queen Streets, is more than a daily stop for locals in need of their morning coffee and muffin. A friendly and familiar greeting starts off each visit. The staff have already poured coffee and prepared for their regulars, which keep many coming back.
If we don’t know you, Moon said, our staff will try to get to know you. It’s a heartwarming approach that the third-generation storeowner maintains – and which makes Card’s Bakery a fixture in the community.
For the uninitiated, Boxing Day may seem disorienting. It’s a day that simultaneously gives me a headache and an adrenaline rush – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Picture long line ups and marathon waiting just to get to the cash register.
Boxing Day, however, is totally worth it. Aside from all the holiday merchandise on sale, Boxing Day can be a worthwhile opportunity to stock up on staple wardrobe pieces. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before the big day:
1. Sacrifice sleep: I know the holidays are meant for catching up on sleep and relaxing but, if you’re keen on getting certain wardrobe pieces or a new electronic, do not wait. Sleep can wait – just this once anyways. Last year, I was out ... Read more...
Walking into Days on Front is a real contrast to the run-down plaza it’s situated in. Don’t let the exterior confuse you. Its non-descript location in Kingston’s west end allows Days on Front to remain one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
I first heard about Days on Front last year on the website Trip Advisor, where it was earning quite the positive reputation. Trip Advisor rarely fails me when it comes to restaurant, hotel or even salon recommendations. After reading the good reviews about the service and the food, I made a trip to experience the taste of a real contemporary Canadian cuisine. A bit of maple syrup and sage brown sugar enhance a homey butternut squash soup. Poutine has been upgraded with a topping of short rib and beef demi. ... Read more...
Gifting and wrapping is the perfect time to show off your creative side.
I’m the type to cringe every year while looking at all the discarded wrapping paper and material that piles up after the gifting massacre. I’m going to have a guilt-free craft period this time around with a few tips to keep your present wrapping more eco-friendly.
First thing’s first – take a walk around your house and keep an eye out on reusing what you have on hand. Think of it as a scavenger hunt: patterned paper, magazines, old comic books, maps, cellophane, string, etc.