My daughter Ella is 14 years old. As time goes on, we have less in common. She is a kick ass soccer player, I like yoga. She grooves to Eminem, I am into Natalie Merchant. Etc.
But the one thing we connect with is food. Being a soccer player, she has to stay strong and healthy. Ella is also a fearless baker. And every year, we take a chick weekend. Last year, it was to Seattle. This year, Jasper Park Lodge for Christmas in November.
I’m offering up a selection of photos from our trip. It was a lovely and lux getaway. My favourite moments were:
- attending Bal Arneson’s session. She’s entertaining, and refreshing, and a bit of a hoot, actually. Not nearly as demure as she appears on TV. She’s like your most fun girlfriend.
- watching Micah Dew, mixologist extraordinaire, shake his martini. Whoot!
- opening reception with Ella. We cruised all the food, drank wine (me), drank fruit punch in a martini glass (Ella), and declared our favourites: lamb chop lollypops, and truffle lobster mac ‘n cheese
- dancing with Ella at the Saturday night gala. When else do you get to dance with your teenager? (At weddings – but nobody gets married anymore, or at bars?). Micah, in particular, tore up the dance floor.
This trip was about the food, but mostly it was about the time. Thank you, dear Ella for sharing a weekend with me.