Breakfast At Red’s

Hey Guys,

So recently I ventured out to Calgary! It was probably one of the worst trips I’ve ever been on because it was for work and it was a very difficult work trip. However, I will be back to Calgary to have a better experience- because it is a very beautiful place! One of the things I did enjoy about this particular trip was that I came across a very good diner! Red’s Diner is downtown, and has plenty of regular and vegan options as well.

I loved the vibe that it has! It’s a small room, but has a great vibe! A brick room with metal chairs and tables and a large bar, it’s one of those places that keeps you coming back. My friend and I were talking about restaurants yesterday, and we both had mentioned that places like Remedy were great! Anyone could feel free to hang out for a lengthy amount of time and not be rushed out. The food is delicious and they have beers if you are looking to go for drinks with friends too. This place definitely has that vibe!

So I was doing the driving- no drinks for Erin, however, I did get a cappuccino and I can say that is was one of the better ones that I have had! I’ve been drinking them so much that I can now differentiate really well between which ones are good and which places have bad ones! It also came in a mug that looked like I would drink out of at home- which I loved.

I also got an Eggs Benedict! Very good! It’s hard to find a place with good hollandaise sauce! I still would say that I have had better, however it is in the top 5 for sure! The potatoes were extra crisp, and it did come with toast and fruit. Overall, it was a large breakfast, but very good! I so enjoyed it! It gave me the energy to finish up the trip and drive home after that is for sure!

I would recommend this place. The prices were good and it has that great hangout place vibe!

-Erin

Classic Books to Read

Hey My Fantastic Readers!

So great to post for a second time today! I find writing is so soothing, especially in this stressful time! Two more weeks of hectic life, and then I may have some days off! Excited for this to happen! One of the things I haven’t been able to do is read, so I will be happy when that opportunity comes up again! I find I’m too tired to read lately, but that will change- hopefully sooner rather than later!

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about some classic children books that I think everyone should read! The other day, I was working with this individual with a disability, and we were in the Chapters trying to pick out a new book for her to read. When I went through the teen’s section with her, I picked out all these books I wanted to read with her and was like PLEASE. It was like I was the child and she was the adult saying No Erin, my god I want to read this one over here. Anyways, it’s safe to say that in my last Chapters Instagram post, I ended up buying two new books I was trying to convince her to buy! So, here is my list of books that I think are important for everyone to read! Sometimes, adult books lack the fantasy and adventure that kids and teen books have, so I love reading some of these as an adult and tend to appreciate them more!

Here is my short list!

Heidi– Johanna Spyri- I read this all the time as a kid. Based in the Swiss Alps, Heidi is based on the events of a young girl living with her grandfather. Also, this version I bought is so cute! One of the two purchases.

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Aren’t they so cute! I love Heidi- the yellow and pink is so beautiful!

Little Women– Louisa M. Alcott- This is the other purchase. Aren’t they beautiful?!? I can’t help myself with pretty books. This is book is a story of four young sisters transitioning from childhood to womanhood. Nothing is better than that episode of Friends where Rachel reads the Shining and Joey reads Little Women- you can be just like Joey- Watch the whole clip below!

Treasure Island–  Robert Louis Stevenson- It’s a story of bucaneers and bury gold. Super exciting and my dad bought me this beautiful copy of the book! Pirates OG!

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The front cover is dedicated to Treasure Island, but there are 7 novels of his in here! My brother got King Arthur set from the same place which is also very cool!

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde– Again, Robert Louis Stevenson-  The classic is about a lawyer investigating his friend Mr. Hyde! Really, who doesn’t want to read a good book about a schizophrenic! Also, this is part of that same book my dad bought me! I got it for Christmas, but I think it’s from Costco if you’re interested!

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Gold Pages Love

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling– Of course this is on here, you all know me so well and the story, so I won’t go on! I have so many copies! I recently bought my house copy (Gryffindor obvs), but the illustrated copies are beautiful and where it’s at! The third one comes out this year!!

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This is the most beautiful book I own! By far!

Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book– All of these are amazing. I have loved Peter Pan since forever. It is my first love when it comes to some of these classic children’s books! The reason why I lumped all of these together, is because I recently bought them in the adult section of Chapters! They are adult popup books! So amazing! These are the ones that are currently out- very beautiful books as well!

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There are surprise popup pictures too!!
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Just missing The Jungle Book!

Another series everyone should read is the Series of Unfortunate Events- Daniel Handler. So how I bought all of these books, was I went to my local thrift shop, after I watched the show, and purchased all the books there for not even $40. I seriously recommend doing this! There are 13 books in the series and if you can save a little bit by doing this- than do it! They were so cheap and ALL of them but one was there. I bought that single one from Chapters later on! They’re all hard copy and mint condition. ANYWAYS, a very good series (check out the TV show on Netflix too) about three kids who are being chased for their fortune!

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I want to briefly remind you of Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is a new series, but so good. I loved it, read our previous blog post on this book! Still a good teen series!

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Also, I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but the Magic Treehouse- Mary Pope Osborne– books were SUPER popular when I was little! I LOVED them! Maybe I should re- read them as an adult although that would take me 5 mins. Basically, Jack and Annie use the Tree House to go back in time to solve different riddles. They go back to famous historical events!

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I think that is all I can think of for now! There are so many that I’m missing, but here’s a good chunk for now! Hope you enjoy!

Erin