Weekend before last, I flew to Calgary for the wedding of my wonderful high school friend, Laura. She went to high school with me in Seattle, then to Toronto for undergrad (she is a native Canuck), then the University of Calgary for grad school where she met her fiance, Derek. They hosted a wonderful fall (winter!) wedding in downtown Calgary, and although i was nervous to go alone i had a great time!
The day started out with a beautiful church ceremony in a 100 year old Elizabethan inspired church in the Kensington neighborhood. I got a chance to walk the neighborhood in the morning – more on that in a shopping post! Froze my patootie off, as it was highs in the low 40s that day.
The reception started early evening at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, another beautiful historic building. As Derek and Laura both have Ukranian heritage (as does a LOT of Canada, i learned), there were a lot of eastern european influences at the reception. For example, i was seated at a table with 7 of Derek’s childhood friends who hail from Winnepeg. Awesome and hilarious bunch of people, all with Ukranian roots. The waiter brought a bowl of dumplings to our table and they all got very excited. Until i asked “what are those?”
Apparently its a crime never to have eaten a pierogi. I mean, i’ve had gyoza, ravioli, empanadas, american dumplings, all sorts of other dough wrapped treats, but i guess i’d never had a pierogi. Pretty much they stood up and decided to announce this to the WHOLE reception who then waited with bated breath until i took my first bite and declared Thumbs Up (i didn’t really have a choice, i mean, Derek’s grandmother cooked them herself and FLEW them from Winnepeg to Calgary) But, they were delicious.
In addition to the pierogi I also polka-d my butt off and learned how to sing “Many Happy Years” in Ukranian Russian. It was quite fun!
Those Canadian’s know hoow to throw a party! The polka didn’t die down until after 1 am! Lets just say this, they brought out MORE food around 11 pm because it had been so long since dinner.
I had a really great time and i am so happy for Laura and Derek. Hopefully I’ll be back to Calgary next year for Stampede!
Stay tuned for a follow up post on Shopping in Calgary!