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Got a Hot DATE?*

So if you live in Lethbridge like I do then you understand that the restaurant selections that are available can feel lacking. Don’t get me wrong I do very much enjoy the food at the Cheesecake Cafe, Moxies, and Earls, which seem to be the old standards for a lot of people. Sometimes, especially when it comes to a date, I start to feel like I want something a little more special. 

 So if you have a hot first date coming up or if you are just looking for some place to take that someone special 360 Inspired Cuisine is sure to be the perfect spot.

360 Inspired Cuisine is located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge right across from Galt Gardens and the Park Place Mall. They use the highest quality, local ingredients that they use to create a diverse menu that changes with the season. They are also the only restaurant in town that offers a full tapas menus. The tapas menu varies in price from 3 – 15 dollars, making it an excellent value for budgeting students. 360 also has a full bar and wine selection to choose from.

You may be asking yourself how I know so much about 360 as the perfect date spot. It’s because I went on a date there… with my sister and her husband.

It wasn’t quite the hot date I imagined being on in such a nice place. Nor was it the perfect date for my sister and Henri i’m sure. Regardless we had a great time. 360 has a wonderful ambience that they have created through smooth jazz music, warm low lighting, and rich decor.

We of course started by ordering some drinks. I had the Geisha Punch. It was a blend of Sake, Blue Curaco, and Juices. It was a delicious drink with just enough sweetness. Ashley, my sister, had the Vanilla Ice, which is a mix of Vanilla Skyy Vodka, Cream, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Juice. She said that it was very tasty and she would definitely order it again. Though the drinks are a little on the expensive side I felt my drink was worth every penny.

For any of you who know me and read my blog consistently you know that I am seriously allergic to garlic, paprika and dairy. A lot of times it can get really complicated for me to find things that I can order in restaurants. So much of this depends on the quality of the waiter and the chef. Unfortunatly over half of the time when I go to a restaurant I end up having to send back my food because either the waiter hasn’t told the chef the correct order or the chef just didn’t pay attention. I know human error is common of course, I worked as a chef and waitress before, but it does get frustrating for me and other people I know with food allergies. Fortunately this wasn’t the case at 360. When the waitress came to take our order I told her about my allergies and that I was interested in having the duck or the salmon. I asked her to ask the chef if this was possible to make without dairy and garlic so she went and asked. They made the duck to my specifications, and they also gave me non-menu options that the chef could make for me for a starch. I have never had better service or had staff make so many accommodations for my allergies for me. Just because of that I knew it was somewhere that I would return to.



On top of all of that, it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The duck was succulent. I had never had duck before but I want it every day. The pasta was had a mystery sweetness, and the white asparagus was cooked to perfection. Ashley had the Dry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Maple BBQ Sauce and Roasted Pear, Red Pepper, and Charred Scallions Salsa. The pork was incredibly tender and the maple bbq sauce had a sweet depth of flavor. Henri had the 10oz. New York Sirloin with Shrimp Butter and Garlic Prawns. He said it was good (not the best he’d ever had) and he didn’t feel the portions were big enough.

For dessert Ashley and Henri ordered the shared trio for two. It came with a Godiva Creme Brule, Cappuccino Mousse, and Milk Chocolate Flan with Vanilla Gelato. It was beautifully presented (as were all of our dishes) and they said it tasted divine.



When it was all over it was time to see the bill. For two people, including two drinks, two entrees, and one shared dessert, plus a 20% tip you can expect to pay 100 dollars to eat out at 360 Inspired Cuisine. To many of you that may seem like a lot to spend on one meal. Personally I think I’m worth it. And in the wise words of Henri, as the man you need to remember that you’re eating too so you’re really spending that money on yourself. And for the ladies we can look for some advice from Phyllis from The Office. When we’re on a date always order the most expensive thing on the menu so he knows you’re worth it. You’ll have to put out, but then he’ll know.



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Pioneer in a new musical genre – Allergy Music

 “Dealing with food allergies and dietary restrictions should not be taken lightly, but yet must be viewed with optimism.” This is the message  Kyle Dine, a young, Canadian musician, focuses his music on. He uses his music to educate children about food allergies. In fact, he is the first Canadian musician to release an album about allergies. Kyle does performances at schools for children in kindergarten up to grade 8. His songs focus on key messages like bringing your epi pen with you. He actually has a song called Epi-Man who is a super hero epi pen that saves the day. In the following video Kyle speaks about his new CD called “You must be nuts” and sings the song “Epi-Man”


Kyle has a very informative web site where you can buy his CD, look at pictures and videos, read articles, book him to come to your school and much much more.  


He also maintains a my space page where he interacts with his fans and you can listen to songs like, gluten free blues, smellephant, and That’s a peanut!







A teacher at one of the schools he performed at stated that Kyle’s concert was the most fun and most poignant concert their school had ever had and that the students absolutely loved it!

When I become a teacher Kyle will definitely be invited to my school.

Best of Luck Kyle!

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So you all know this week we’ve decided to talk about food allergies. This is a topic that is familiar to many of you out there, and it’s very familiar to me. Aside from my many non-food alergies that have earned me the nickname “bubble girl” among my friends, I also am allergic to garlic, paprika, and cows milk.

For any of you who suffer from a milk allergy (and yes I do consider it suffering) you have probably faced those people who say “so you mean you’re lactose intolerant?” If we were lactose intolerant don’t you think we would say that?

Lactose intolerance is an inability of the body to metabolize lactose, a sugar found in milk products, because your body is missing the enzyme lactase that is required for that process. The symptoms of lactose intolerence are cramping, diarrhea, and gas. It is common for lactose intolerance to have an on-set later in life as many adults will have a decrease in lactase enzymes as they age. It can be diagnosed easily through a simple blood glucose test. (via)

A milk allergy is a entirely different, and much more dangerous reaction to milk. It is when your bodies immune system responds negatively to one or more of the protein’s in cows milk, most commonly Casein and whey. (via)

Milk allergy can cause swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, face or throat. It can also lead to hives, rashes and itchy skin and eyes. In addition, milk allergies can commonly lead to respiratory problems such as nasal congestion, coughing, and asthma. These are just some of the less severe reactions. In some circumstances people can go into anaphylactic shock which can be life threatening. Anaphylactic shock a reaction consisting of extreme itching, swelling of the throat, sweating, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea, and shock. (via)



What should you do if this happens?

1. If you have an Epi-Pen (and you should if you have a milk allergy or any other severe food allergy) inject it immediately yourself or have someone else who knows how inject it for you. I was also told in First Aid Training that if you are someone that is prone to allergy attacks you should always carry Benadryl with you. If you are not within 15 minutes of a hospital and you can still safely swollow you should take two Benadryl in addition to your Epi-Pen.

2. Call an ambulance if you can’t get to the hospital or get someone to drive to the hospital as fast and safely as you can.

Time is of the essense if you are having an allergy attack. I have had the unpleasant experience of going into anaphylactic shock and it can be one of the most frightening experiences you’ll go through. But thankfully everything turned out okay because I thought ahead of time about what to do incase the worst should happen and my friends and family were all very aware of my allergies. So be prepared and don’t be embarassed to tell people around you. It could save your life.



If you are unsure if you are allergic to milk or any other food the best thing to do is consult your physician. They can work with you to help you diagnose your allergies and then prescribe an Epi-Pen if you need one. Also it can be important to work with a nutrtionist if you find it hard to read food labels and don’t know what you can and can’t eat.

When I found out I was allergic to milk it was really hard to find foods that didn’t contain milk. It’s estimated that almost 50% of foods in the average grocery store will have a milk ingredient in it. I found it suprising what all had milk in it. Most crackers do, potato chips, some margarines, bread, and even some deli meat all have milk in it or have come in contact with milk. So read labels really carefully and don’t be embarassed to ask a lot of questions.

I find that a lot of times it’s just easier to make things yourself then have to worry about if something is safe to eat. One of the things that people with milk allergies miss out on most often is baking, especially chocolate baking. Divvies Bakery, founded by Lori Sandler, felt that way when she found out that her son had significant food allergies. She started a bakery that caters to people who have food allergies. Her recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes is truly amazing, ecspecially when paired with her dairy-free Vanilla Icing.


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