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Squeezing the last bit out of summer

Things are cooling down in Edmonton (although did they ever really heat up?) Leaves are turning, kids are back in school, and all of that summer energy is slipping away. However, before it’s completely gone, let’s do everything we can to soak up the last few weeks of summer.

Your Last BBQ

Sure, some dedicated grillers are BBQing well into the snow. But, for most of us, the end of summer means the end of cooking outside. So, why not plan one final 2019 BBQ and go out in sauce-covered style? You could try something extra adventurous, like a spatchcocked whole chicken and even grill a pie to go with all of those apples that are falling off the trees right now. Create a special end-of-season cocktail, throw on your favourite summer hits, and you have yourself a party.

And, when it’s all over, consider giving your cast iron/stainless steel grates one last seasoning before storing for the winter. Seasoning helps to maintain the grill and makes cooking more even. This is something you should do at the beginning and end of each season. Just brush it with some canola oil while it’s cold, wipe off any excess, and then heat on high for fifteen minutes, until the grates smoke.

Canoe at Elk Lake

We don’t get a particularly long fall in Edmonton. The leaves turn and drop pretty quickly, so we have to enjoy it while we can. This tragically underappreciated local gem is the perfect place to go for a quiet canoe ride in the sun. And, the local bison look particularly beautiful against a backdrop of fall leaves. Pack a picnic and enjoy your last few weeks of bare grass.

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Your Favourite Patio

There is nothing quite like patio season. Edmontonians have a short period of time to enjoy the pretty exteriors their favourite bar or restaurant, and we want to get in every last day of it.

Whether you are into the small, laid back Sugarbowl, the grand views of the Hotel Mac, the wine and atmosphere at Tzin, or any of the other fantastic patios in our great city, we highly suggest you gather your friends and sit outside. Our days of lounging in the sun while a waiter makes all of your dreams come true are numbered.

Look – we don’t mean to be a drag. We love summer as much as you do. But, we all have to face reality sooner or later – the days of summer are nearly over, and that-season-which-shan’t-be-named is closing in. Don’t panic, but please – get out there and enjoy it while you can.