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Mario's Restaurant

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:23
Since 1981 Kevin and Sharon Pudwell have been serving up traditional Italian cuisine to their customers. 
Mario’s Restaurant is their beautiful Italian restaurant located in historic downtown Medicine Hat.
“Customers will often ask me is there is, or ever was, a “Mario,” says Kevin. “The answer is yes. Mario DalCollo was our partner until 1988 and we pride ourselves on using his recipes to this day. Our meat sauce, tomato sauce, alfredo and wine sauces are all from his family recipe books, are tried and true. We would never change them. Caesar dressing and house dressings are made on site with our signature house spice.”
Some of the more popular items include Fritto Misto, Steak Mario with red wine and mushroom sauce, and a traditional chicken parmesan.
“Icelandic scampi are the Cadillac of lobster — prepared with fresh garlic butter and our house spices — and are truly delicious,” says Sharon.
Sharon says Mario’s restaurant is well known for its carte service. Their wait staff takes pride in preparing your Caesar salad tableside. 
“Chateaubriand (for two) is a lovers’ delight — a delicious 16 oz filet mignon broiled to perfection and served with fresh vegetables, carved and flambeed at your table,” Sharon says. “It doesn’t take second place to our signature peppercorn steak — a 10 oz New York seasoned with cracked peppercorns and flamed table side.
She says Mario’s offers many delicious desserts.
“The home made Tiramisu, our cherries or peach flambe — flamed at your table and poured over ice-cream — are by far most popular.”
Mario’s Restaurant is about personal service. Both Sharon and Kevin like to greet you when you come into their restaurant as they would in their home. The couple works hard to ensure the meals coming from their kitchen are of the highest quality and value.
“We pride ourselves in buying locally, from Medicine Hat Wholesale and Brewmaster,” says Kevin. “They work closely with us to maintain a high quality in all our menu items.”
Both Sharon and Kevin love the City of Medicine Hat and are always humbled by their loyal clientele.  
“Medicine Hat has been very kind to us  — making Mario’s their destination restaurant for all their special occasions, or just a night out,” Sharon says. “To add to your summer dining experience Mario’s added a beautiful patio for summer service. In true Mario’s style all menu items are served on the patio with tableside service.”
She says the couple truly loves the restaurant business. 
“There is something to be said for getting up everyday and going to work at something you love.”
Visit Mario’s Restaurant and Pub for yourself at 439 5th Ave. S.E., on the corner of 5th and 5th, or call 403-529-2600 to make your reservation. The restaurant opens Monday to Friday from 11:30 –  2 p.m. and reopens at 5 p.m. for dinner (Monday – Saturday). The Pub always opens at noon Monday – Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Both Mario’s Restaurant and Pub are closed Sundays.

Relax on the beach while winter rages on at home

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Thursday, 04 October 2012 15:03

Summer might be over but the thousands that went before prove it is possible to relax on the beach whilst winter rages on at home.

The folks at Fareconnect.com are in the business of helping cold Hatters find their way to a more favourable climate – if only for a little while. Whether your destination be exotic, balmy or packed with adventure, Fareconnect.com can get you there.

Travel consultant Wendy Burnett says many are already planning their escape to a more desirable climate.

“We’ve had a lot of inquiries about the Christmas season which is already getting booked up,” Burnett says. “Then there is the February break and people are already starting to look into that.” She admits that because the weather at home hasn’t gone south Hatters haven’t either - yet.

“We were sitting at 29 the other day, which is not normal,” explains Burnett. “The Carribean is feeling the effects of that – it is not as busy down there this year as it has been in the past.” Of course some destinations are a family favourite for good reason.

“Because most people are only able to get away during the actual holiday seasons, for seven to 10 days at a time, most want to stay as close to home as possible but still get some sun like in Los Cabos and Puerta Vallarta.”

Burnett says the Pacific Rim gets a “good beating” from Hatters and the like come November. She also says many are bravely searching out more unique destinations.

“If people are willing to sit on a bit longer flight or stay a few extra days they often head for Panama, Costa Rica, Punta Cana or Jamaica. They like to take advantage of the direct flights that leave from Calgary or Edmonton. If they don’t mind taking the red eye and a brief layover in Toronto they can visit Barbados or St. Lucia - even Antigua.”

She admits less people are interested in visiting Europe this time of year.

“European weather is pretty consistent with ours and the trip can be quite expensive,” explains Burnett. “A European trip is for the adventurer - a place where you go and endeavour to see it all. I was in Amsterdam for nearly two weeks and still didn’t see everything I wanted to.”

Among those escaping winter will be those looking to combine nuptials and holiday. Burnett says she has been booking destination weddings more frequently. She explained that there are a number of tour operators willing to go the extra mile for a bride-to-be.

“The idea seems to be gaining steam. We can usually get you a good price for a group of 10 but there are some operators that will actually hold up to 30 seats for as many as 90 days for a wedding party. Cancun and Jamaica seem to be the most popular - the prices are good.” With numerous desitinations the laws are as different as the food. Burnett is just one of the travel consultants at Fareconnect.com capable of ensuring you not only book your dream vacation but also enjoy it.

“Our prices are no different than those online so why wouldn’t you come in and talk with someone who can tell you whether or not you need a visa, discuss passport requirements and currency exchange. Booking your own vacation is fine but who do you phone when you run into problems? I had clients in Thailand during that red shirt problem - their parents wound up feeling much better because I could tell them where their children were, could get hold of them and get them out if necessary.”

Browse destinations, book the vacation you’ve dreamt of and start planning today with Fareconnect.com. Find Burnett and many other friendly faces at Southlands Crossing on Strachan Road S.E.


Reflections Antiaging Beauty Centre

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Thursday, 19 July 2012 22:47

Reflections Antiaging Beauty CentreIf you’ve had concerns about the safety of injecting foreign substances such as Botox or silicone into your body you need worry no more. There is now the option of using your own blood to achieve a youthful facial appearance, address scar tissue issues or even bring about change in a painful joint such  as a knee.

Dr. Viren Saujani, Reflections Anti-aging and Beauty Centre inMedicine Hat, says he believes he is the first to offer this type of treatment in Medicine Hat.

“It’s the sort of thing athletes have been doing for a long time to enhance their performance,” said Saujani. “About 30 ml of the person’s blood is extracted and then treated or spun before the platelets are reinjected where needed.”

The rejuvenated blood helps the body’s own cells to bring about change, said Saujani. Women are seeing the benefits in their facial appearance.

“It’s been called the Vampire Facelift when used on the face because it is a process of using the person’s own blood,” said Saujani. “It helps to replace volume and stimulate blood vessel growth. It can even be injected where there is hair loss to simulate hair growth.”

The process can take about an hour and does involve a little discomfort because of the injections but result are reasonably quick.

“Within a month use can see the change,” said Saujani.

The procedure costs about $1,000 and after enjoying the benefits, the biggest advantage is knowing there is no foreign substance in your body, said Saujani.


The Maxi Dress

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Monday, 09 July 2012 20:37

The Maxi DressThe Maxi dress is every woman's answer to the age old question “What should I wear?” No matter what shape your body, or which event, place or couch you are attending, the Maxi dress is one versatile piece to keep in your wardrobe. They have thousands of designs, from long to short sleeve, and the material can vary as well, you can even buy maternity Maxi dresses! If you are short, hippy or tall and skinny it will won't matter, this dress is just that forgiving. If it wasn't, it wouldn't have stuck around for years and years, it is the most versatile article in any closet, even on the dreaded “fat days”! You can find a vintage Maxi dress at The Post, down off Kingsway!

If you are wondering what kind of Maxi dress to get for summer 2012, the choices are endless. Mint green, fluorescent orange, lace and stripes are super trendy right now. Please don’t mix mint green and orange stripes! Write a comment and let us all know where you found your Maxi dress, please share photos!


The Benefits of Strength Training for Boomers

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Monday, 28 May 2012 16:34

Article by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  of Heartbreaker Dance and Fitness

The number of baby boomers is growing in leaps and bounds, and more than any other demographic, this population realizes the importance of staying healthy. As baby boomers age, regular strength training is the key to improving joint flexibility, reducing the risk, and hopefully postponing the development of arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease or diabetes. 

In terms of weight loss,low calorie diets alone don't work.  They simply cause metabolism to plummet. That's not what you want.  You want to raise your metabolism. For baby boomers this is particularly important, as strength training raises your metabolism and helps you to avoid the metabolic sluggishness that often plagues people who are over 50. 

Benefits of Strength TrainingThere are several benefits to why baby boomers need to stay active:

    1. Maintain or lose weight
    2. Prevent osteoporosis
    3. Reduce the risk of diabetes
    4. Ease arthritis conditions
    5. Control hypertension & cholesterol levels
    6. Restore balance & reduce falls
    7. Build and keep muscles looking toned and strong 

We know the importance of staying healthy and active throughout life as a lifestyle choice.  Heartbreaker Dance & Fitness is adding 6:30am "Boomer Bootcamp" to our existing 5:00pm Fit & Fabulous After 50 class option to target individuals over 50 looking for a low impact solution to staying active and fit!


A Guide To Keeping Your Carpet Clean To Improve It's Lifespan

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Thursday, 30 June 2011 19:30

Article submitted by Dean ParkerCarpet Cleaning Guide

When it comes to a thorough carpet clean, it sure is a long laborious job. Should you get an expert in, or do it yourself. If you to go down the do it yourself route you will ideally need to rent a good machine that is designed to deep clean removing those tough stains that you don’t normally see. Your household carpets should be cleaned at least once a year, also depending on the amount of battering they take.

Instantly mopping up any spills straight away will certainly help. Most times water alone will do the job, but always keep a cleaning solution in storage that is designed for use on fabrics or especially carpets. You can buy these products from your local department store.The cleanliness of the flooring will also reflect the cleanliness of your home as a whole. Many of the dust particles that are in the air will come from the carpet. 75% of the dirt in your home is in your carpet. So therefore purchasing a good quality vacuum cleaning machine is essential. It’s the difference between doing a job, or doing half a job, ie leaving dirt deep within the pile. Electrolux have always been well known for manufacturing the market leading vacuum cleaners, with excellent lifespan. It’s true that if you buy cheap, then you buy twice. Having an entrance mat will without a doubt help reduce the amount of dirt outdoor shoes bring in. Removing your shoes in the porch or entrance area will certainly help, by eliminating the mass of dirt.

Regular cleaning will increase the life of your carpet, but after years of foot traffic treading and cleaning the day will come when the carpet does need to be replaced. It may be that it’s just the high traffic areas such as in the doorways that really need replacing. You may want to consider using carpet tiles as small squares can easily be replaced rather than the whole carpet in that room. This is normally the case in offices, and workplaces. When it comes to the home more people are in their comfort zone with a fitted carpet. Carpet tiles are actually becoming more common in the family home. Some very unique designs can be created. Well if you are sticking with the traditional fitted carpet, then when the time comes the rooms carpet will need replacing. Just look after the new carpet this time round.

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