12.35pm, Sunday 18th September, Centre Street, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Howdy folks, just about to walk out the door and catch up with a long time staunch supporter of Yalumba wines who used to run a country house hotel in England, now with the Pampa restaurant here in Calgary – where we did our dinner last night. So just a quick dateline – safe and sound on the ground in a very sunny unseasonal Calgary – a bit disappointed that I didn’t check the concert listings. Why? Because if I’d taken the earlier plane across from Vancouver…..I would have been able to make the concert here Friday night….the absolutely fabulous in every sense of the word….Dolly Parton!! Never mind, I’ve turned up a little juke joint here in Calgary where a bluegrass band – The Men Of Constant Sorrow – are playing this afternoon, so that’s where we’ll be spending our Sunday off.
Welcome to Calgary, home of The Stampede, The Calgary Flames hockey men, and fantastic local Alberta beef brisket? This is the big mural that greets you at the Calgary Airport arrivals area – not hard to see why the locals call it Cowtown.
And as for the local brisket? Yep, it’s as good as they say – thank you to the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club