The Eden

A little bit of France has come to Inglewood with the new Eden Bistro here in Calgary. The place and food spell out comfort, warm wooden chairs, small tables and great European style food. This is the perfect place to hang out on these cold Calgary nights.


Fence & Post

Check out the new Fence & Post restaurant in Cochrane. Only 15 mins from northwest Calgary. Chris Hartman and Melanie Martzoukos and the new crew behind the place. Great warm friendly place with some killer food. They have a wine and beverage list that compliments the local food, a great way to look at a menu.


I was lucky enough to get to go and photograph the new Cotto restaurant in Calgary late last year. They have the coolest 3D Wine list in the city, and their dishes are wonderful. The Gamberi Panzanella and the Arancini are two favs. Check them out in Kensington.


Need to really get caught up posting some of the great food places I have got to visit in the past little while here in Calgary. Here are some photos from the new Oxbow Restaurant at the Kensington River Inn. The food is simply lovely and delicious being put together by Chef de Cuisine Sean Cutler. If you have a chance stop by and reward your taste buds. (Click on the photo for larger version)




Bar Von Der Fels

By far my new favorite place in Calgary these days is the little wine bar, Bar Von Der Fels. The place has the feeling of stepping into a little wine bar in Paris, where it’s all about the great food and great wine. This is a small place in Calgary seating maybe 30 people, packed, but so worth it. Great atmosphere, incredibly tasty food and wonderful service, what else do you need. If you’re downtown check it out.

Rodeo and Powwow Workshop

rodeo2Come join me July 29 for the Tsuut`ina Nation Rodeo & Pow-Wow photography workshop. We are lucky to have complete access to indigenous cowboys and dancers that will be celebrating their culture at Tsuut`ina Nation near Bragg Creek, Alberta.


Not only are the classic rodeo events including bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing exciting to capture, the grounds are filled with colourful tipis, dancers in extraordinary hand-made dance outfits and will be holding traditional ceremonies and more.



During this workshop Todd will lead the group around grounds offering advice from his wide range of experience, and will challenge participants to push past their own photographic boundaries. Students will be pushed to try and find their own photographic vision and their own unique way of storytelling. Students may work in any form of photography they wish, from photojournalism, fine art or portraiture, the instructor will help you create a body of work from this event. Participants will have full access to the instructor to work out any questions in the field relating to technique or how to approach and photograph subjects.


For tickets and more information go here to The Camera Store’s web site.




Nam, Vietnamese Kitchen

Had the pleasure to go photograph Nam, a great new Vietnamese Kitchen that opened a few months back here in Calgary for The Globe and Mail. The place feels like an upscale Vietnamese restaurant but eats and costs like a regular one. This is my kind of place, great hearty bowls of food at a good price, plus close to where I hang out downtown. It will be a regular spot for me.



Calgary’s Deane House

I was lucky last week and got an assignment to photograph the newly minted Deane House in Calgary for the Globe and Mail. Chef Jamie Harling is cooking up a storm there using local Alberta ingredients; and the bread he bakes is simply amazing! Owner Sal Howell, who also owns The River Cafe has done an incredible job of the place and I plan to be there as a guest soon. I am a huge fan of great local food, prepared and presented well. Check out the Globe’s review of the place here. If your in town or traveling through, do yourself a favour and check it out.


Spruce Meadows

September here in Calgary is always the start of the leaves turning colour here in Alberta and the start Spruce Meadows Masters horse jumping event. It’s always a wonderful event with the best riders and horses from around the world gathering in Southern Alberta and competing for one of the richest prize purses in horse jumping. Yesterday was media day at the event and I shot a couple of portraits of buggy driver.