Photo Diary *Edmonton*

by Carmen Cruz

Edmonton: It's cold, it's dry, but it's filled with incredibly friendly people. Here are some highlights from my trip there.

Flying over the Rockies. Pretty amazing huh?

The Santa Maria in West Edmonton Mall (WEM).
I think it's hilarious how whenever I say I'm from Edmonton, the first thing people say is, "Oh! So you used to go to 'The Mall'? Is 'The Mall' really that big? Are you planning on going to 'The Mall' when you go back to visit?".  Truth be told, most people from Edmonton tend to avoid going to WEM, especially over the holidays. It's pure chaos. Believe it or not, there's so much more to Edmonton than 'The Mall'.

                                                                      There's this amazing cafe in Edmonton called 'Duchess Bake Shop'. While I was there, I came across this amazing replica of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. It's exactly a 1/100 scale replica of the real deal, and it's completely edible. It's made entirely of gingerbread.The windows were made of sugar glass and the roof was tinted with white chocolate. All the gargoyles were replaced by gummy bears. CoooOOOoooool!!!!

And finally....

You know what it's like when you invest money in something truly unique, beautiful, and hand made for your home. You just wanna keep it in near perfect condition, right?
One of my brothers purchased a custom, hand made dining room table. Needless to say, the table turned out absolutely gorgeous.
Here's the thing. My brother has become completely neurotic about the table. He gets all tense whenever anyone puts a cup, plate, or piece of cutlery down on the table "too aggressively" (his words, not mine).  It was starting to get a bit out of control. At one point, we were all eating in the living room to avoid my brother's stink eye. As a joke, we all got together and purchased something for him, which we left on his beloved table.....

The 'Do Not Put On Table' Cake.