The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

Happy Mother's Day

Posted: May 9, 2020

Spice of Life

Today, we celebrate the most important women in our lives – our mothers, mother in laws, grandmothers, wives, partners, daughters… But this year, Mother’s Day won’t be celebrated the way it normally is.

Maybe you’ll Facetime your loved ones to celebrate the day. Maybe you’ll drop off a present or flowers on the front step. Maybe you’ll make their favourite recipes and share memories with your own kids. However you spend the day, we want to celebrate with you.

Delicious and Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

by Ray Urban, F&B Manager, Stratus Restaurant

I am one of those people that don’t actually like salad that much. I like vegetables but in order for me to truly enjoy them I need a variety of flavours, textures and a great dressing. I am always left disappointed by the store-bought dressings and puzzled by the many ingredients that I am unable to pronounce properly.

Below is my favourite dressing you can make right at home that turned my veggie eating chore to gourmet delicious meals.

Asian Ginger Dressing

Ingredients:
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Directions:
  • In a 1 pint glass jar or larger, combine the garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water (Blend all ingredients together for thicker creamier dressing)
  • Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake well
  • Remove lid, and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute just to dissolve the honey
  • Let cool, and shake well before serving
  • Store covered in the refrigerator

Proper Poaching Technique

by George Vavaroutsos, Sous Chef, Stratus Restaurant

Poaching is a "wet"-heat cooking method that ranges in temperatures from 140 - 190oF/60 - 88oC. There are two common or more regularly used applications of poaching: shallow or submerged/deep poaching.

Shallow Poaching uses a greased pan and a small amount of liquid to slowly cook a piece of protein in an oven or on the stove top with a tight-fitting lid. This technique is best used for fish/shellfish and chicken breasts. Sauces can then be prepared from the remaining cooking liquid after your chosen item is finished cooking.

Submerged/Deep Poaching is poaching an egg or poaching a pear in wine. This method will give the best results for meats, eggs, shellfish, poultry, and fruits. This method can also be done starting from room temperature oil when cooking lean or delicate items as it will allow it to retain more moisture than starting from hot liquid.

Poaching of items may be done in a variety of liquids. Fats, wine, water, and vinegar all make for delicious options when paired with this technique. Be sure to include your favourite aromatics in your chosen liquid to heighten the flavours of your finished product. Poaching in fats or oils is known as confit and is most often referred to in the famous duck leg confit.

Superfood: Kale

by Kyla Markland, Bar Manager and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Stratus Restaurant

Kale is one of the most commonly known veggies we refer to as a “superfood.”  Kale is full of vitamins A, C, K and other essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  This healthy veggie helps to improve your heart health and reduce inflammation. Kale is low in calories and high in nutrients which boosts your immunity and supports your overall health.  An excellent addition to soups, smoothies, juices or homemade kale chips.

Crispy Kale Chips Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Place the kale in a large bowl and coat with coconut oil.  Be sure to cover the full surface of kale
  • Arrange the kale pieces on baking sheets
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy
  • Remove from oven and add salt to taste (the chips will be crispier the longer they cool)

Enjoy!

Gardening with Martha: Rhubarb

by Martha Wright, Executive Chef, Stratus Restaurant

One of the first perennial vegetables to come up in the garden is rhubarb. It’s true, rhubarb is a vegetable, not a fruit. It is the one plant in the vegetable garden that assures us that summer is getting closer. While we anxiously await the planting season to begin, there’s always rhubarb. I was lucky enough to inherit a huge and reliable plant in my allotment garden when I took it over years ago.

While the leaves are poisonous, the stalks are deliciously sour. The easiest way to prepare it is to slice it into equal sized pieces, cover with water, add a little sugar, bring it to a boil, then take it off the heat to cool. It will keep cooking during cool down. Amounts of sugar vary depending on what type of rhubarb you have (some are naturally more sour than others), and how sweet you like things. I try to always have a container in my fridge this time of year. It makes for a fast breakfast on yoghurt, a quick topping for oatmeal and is amazing on ice cream. Or, if you are like our F&B Manager, Ray Urban, you can just eat it “au naturale” fresh from the garden.

Easy Pico de Gallo

by Sean Vodden, Sous Chef, Stratus Restaurant

Here’s a quick and easy Pico de Gallo recipe for anytime of the year, not just Cinco de Mayo. 

  • 3 Roma tomatoes, finely diced without seeds
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced 
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely diced 
  • 1 lime, juiced. Get every drop out of your lime 
  • 1/4 b chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp Valentina hot sauce. You can substitute your favourite hot sauce
  • 2 good pinches of salt, more if it’s needed

Mix everything together and enjoy! 

Know Your Wine

by Gaurav Ashwani, Assistant F&B Manager and Certified Sommelier WSET 3, Stratus Restaurant

Wine Names

Wine names can be very confusing. People who are new to the world of wine often have difficulty figuring out exactly what they are drinking. This is because wines are named in two different ways. They may be named either for the variety of grapes used or the region in which the grapes were grown.

Why the inconsistency? Just different points of view. Newer wine making regions such as the United States and Australia tend to name their wines after the grape variety, while most European wines are named for the region where the grapes were grown.

Grape Varietal Wine Names

A wine named after its grape variety is called a varietal. It certainly makes sense to name a wine after the grape used to make it. If you open a bottle of Chardonnay, you can be assured that you are drinking wine made with Chardonnay grapes.

Just keep in mind that a varietal wine is named after the predominant grape used to make the wine. There may be juice from other grapes blended with the juice of the predominant grape. There are laws that dictate the minimum percentage of a grape variety that must be present in order to name the wine after the grape. These laws vary by country and state but generally fall between 75% and 90%.

Usually, the wine label will not indicate if other grapes were used or in what amount.

Regional Wine Names

Why would wine makers choose to name a wine after the region in which it was produced? Most of these wines do not even indicate what kind of grapes were used to make the wine. Producers who use regional wine names believe they are actually providing far more detailed information than varietals do.

So, they are providing more information by providing less information? It sounds crazy, but yes. The wine bottle label may say Chardonnay, but it may contain as little as 75% of Chardonnay inside. And who knows what other grapes were used and in what amount. Sure the bottle may tell you that the wine was produced in California. But last we checked California was huge, and those grapes could have come from anywhere.

European countries have wine laws that govern what kind of grapes can be used to make wine bearing the name of the region. Therefore, by providing the name of the place where the grapes were grown they are also telling you which grapes were used to make the wine.

But what if you don't know which grapes are allowed to be grown in which region? No problem...I included a list of common regional wine names and the grapes that are grown in them below.

Grapes and Wine Regions

Here are some of the most common and well known places that have wines named after them. Please note that the grapes listed are the major grape of each region. The region may also grow small amounts of other grapes.

Beaujolais

Gamay grapes

Bourdeaux

Red wines - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
White wines - Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc

Burgundy

Red wines - Pinot Noir
White wines – Chardonnay

Chablis

Chardonnay

Champagne

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier

Chianti

Sangiovese

Port

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao, and Touriga Francesca

Rioja

Red wines - Tempranillo and Grenache
White wines – Viura

Sherry

Palomino and Moscatel

Soave

Gargenega and Trebbiano

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