GOLD: Oodles of Noodles Swerve
A delicious overview of the ramen trend with lots of tasty details, insider info and specifics on how and where to eat it in Calgary. The gorgeous photography helps make this story the full meal deal. It provides an overall historical context for ramen in Japan, along with a local context for the current ramen scene in Calgary along with in pop culture references that connect with the subjects. It’s a well-thought out and thorough package. Yum!
SILVER: Avenue’s Essential Guide to Summer in the Mountains Avenue Calgary
This is a solid package of information, with advice that is comprehensive, useful and easy to read. Readers will likely dog-ear the pages to mark the new (or rediscovered) destinations they will want to check out on their next trip to the mountains. It highlights a good blend of outdoor adventures and historic sites with restaurants and spas. It’s a throughly engaging package with a writing voice that is maintained with multiple authors. The pacing is good. It’s difficult to be fresh in writing so many short takes, but these writers accomplished it.