The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Two Calgary pastry chefs are educating consumers on elegant treats

Produced by Allison Badger and Victoria Stey

North Americans are used to seeing desserts that are too big and too sweet.

Recently in Calgary, there have been more pastry chefs providing customers with European-influenced treats. High-end chefs suggest European inspired pastries, while not completely guilt-free, are more elegant, use higher quality ingredients, and leave people feeling good, and not like they've overindulged.

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Calgary woman leaves poverty behind to start her own business

Produced by Madison Farkas and Cameron Perrier

The rich aroma of Jamaican jerk spices —pimentos, cinnamon, cloves and Scotch bonnet peppers — fills the air at Wings n Tings, Necole Hines' food stall at Crossroads Market. Hines bounces constantly around less than 100 sq. ft. of space. She pops a pan of freshly-made vegetable patties into the oven, then turns around to the stainless steel sink to wash as many dishes as she can in between cheerfully serving customers plates of patties, rice and peas and her signature jerk chicken wings.

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Chris Munstermann's health problems shaped his career as an acupuncturist

Produced by Jesse Yardley and Amara Mclaughlin

One man's family health struggles and loss of his best friend, have forced him to find compassion for himself so he can discover who he is.

Chris Munstermann, 32-years-old, grew up in the Deer Run area of Calgary, Alta. As a young boy, Munstermann faced a long line of hardships, which ranged from watching his best friend move away, to living with his mom as she battled cancer.

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Psychologists treat clients with a little help from their furry friends

By pairing clients with animals, registered psychologist Eileen Bona and the staff at Dreamcatcher Nature-Assisted Therapy Ltd., have helped dozens of people overcome developmental and social hurdles.

Most of the therapy animals at Dreamcatcher have had some kind of trauma or were donated from local residents.