Preparing for the Holidays

Great Food Related Gift Ideas ~
It's gift giving time of the year. I have toured this little town of ours and come up with some of my favourite food-related gift ideas. Here are just a few.

Le Grande Fromage is host to a large number of cool food-related gift items, including a variety of cheese and cutting boards. From slate to bamboo, acacia and olive wood and beautiful custom made maple boards by Fernie's own Bisaro Woodworking. $7-79

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Dec 14, 2012 in Health

Autoimmune Disorders

Celiac Disease. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Multiple Sclerosis. Type I Diabetes. SLE (lupus).

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Nov 29, 2012 in Health

Chef Jason Durig's Roasted Beetroot & Pickled Fennel Salad Recipe

Max Restaurant at Park Place Lodge has a new chef. Jason Dirug is an enthusiastic and articulate guy passionate about his work. Born and raised in Squamish, BC, Jason has been working in kitchens since high school. “I come from a large European family – I'm half Italian and half Swiss and everyone in my family is into food and cooking. My mom still loves to cook and bake and my sister is a pastry chef.”

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Nov 16, 2012 in Health

Getting Pumped for the Ski Season

If you are motivated by feeling strong, preventing injury or being the best you can be, this routine will definitely help you show up your friends and relatives on the slopes this winter season.

I have chosen the Bosu for some of the exercises because it challenges balance at the same time as working muscles. If you do not have one, you can use a box or bench instead which will make it easier, or a wobble board which will make it harder.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Nov 16, 2012 in Health

Protecting Against the Flu Virus and Other Infections

I set out to write an article on the seasonal flu vaccine but as I waded through the research – some good, some bad – I decided that I didn't want to be the one to tell you whether or not the flu vaccine is appropriate for you and your f

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Nov 09, 2012 in Health

My Cup of Tea

“I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer.” I hear this a lot in Fernie. For me, I love all the seasons. Fall is hard to beat for sure.

Of course, skiing is not my cup of tea (just ask anyone who has seen me try). I grew up in a small Nova Scotia hockey town. Before arriving in Fernie, my skiing experience was limited to one Grade 5 trip to the local ski hill named The Keppoch (all nine runs). The only thing I remember about that day is the t-bar. I fell off halfway up the “mountain,” turned around to catch the next bar, and caught it… with my forehead.

Posted by Adam K. MacDonald on Nov 01, 2012 in Health

Exercise in Pregnancy

Exercise is such an important component of health and well being for everyone, and pregnant women are no exception.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Oct 02, 2012 in Health

Helping to Make the Little Things Count

On day number one of my Bachelor of Education degree, our class was required answer the question, “Why do you want to teach?” Due to my preference for sitting on the edge of a room, I would answer last.

One woman answered, “My mother taught, and I always loved hearing her stories at supper.”

My mother taught too. Of her ten siblings, seven went into education. My relatives played a role in my choice to become a teacher, but they were not the reason.

A well-dressed guy answered, “I got into trouble lots as a kid. My Grade Ten teacher turned my life around.”

Posted by Adam K. MacDonald on Sep 21, 2012 in Health

Scavenger Hunt

This month to spice up your fall trail runs, walks or hikes take the Scavenger Hunt challenge. Try to find each obstacle on the following list and perform the given exercise slowly and controlled until exhaustion before continuing.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Aug 31, 2012 in Health

On Anniversaries

Photo by Kyle Hamilton

Posted by Adam K. MacDonald on Aug 24, 2012 in Health

Summer Six Pack

When your regular exercise routine is replaced by outdoor pursuits such as hiking or a day at the lake, it’s a good idea to remind your core how to engage and shine in that swimwear. Here’s a quick routine for your summer six pack.


*Make sure none of the exercises cause pain or discomfort- muscle burning only!
*Perform movements slowly and smoothly while breathing regularly. Holding your breath may cause hernias, which can seriously dampen your summer!

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Aug 03, 2012 in Health

Chef Logan Gaede and his Korean Flank Steak Recipe

Like many Fernie locals, Logan came to Fernie in 2002 for a ski season, fell in love and stayed. At the time he didn't have his sights set on a career as a chef but over time with opportunities that presented themselves, including being mentored by a few great chefs, his career path has been decided. “I have been extremely lucky with the opportunities I have had so far,” explains Logan. “Working in some great kitchens that allow creative freedom with some exceptional chefs.”

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 27, 2012 in Health

Preparing for Pregnancy

The truth is that as many as 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, and the majority of those pregnancies, labours, and postpartum periods go just fine, but there are definitely ways that you can get your body and mind to an optimum level

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Jul 06, 2012 in Health

Chef Alain Stahl and his French Pasta Recipe

Alain Stahl was born and raised in North Eastern France where he lived between his family home and his grandmother’s house. “We all lived really close to the same small village in Alsace and every weekend we would get together at my grandmother’s place to work in her garden harvesting and then in the kitchen canning.” These family gatherings always included big meals together.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 29, 2012 in Health

Travelling Chef Brett Roberstson

Brett’s cooking career started when he left home and moved to Lake Louise to be a ski bum. “Working in a kitchen is the perfect job in a ski town because you ski all day and work at night.” It was at the Lake Louise Inn where Brett was mentored for three years before moving onto Fernie in 1999 where he got a job at the newly opened Mug Shots and ended up running the place for two years.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 22, 2012 in Health