Calgary, Canada
Cassandra, 26
Digital Project Coordinator with ICONA Inc.
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What do you do and why do you do it?

To pay the bills am a Digital Project Coordinator with ICONA Inc. - a kickass web design & SEO services company in Canada. I work with an incredible team who make it easy to show up every day and do my very best. When I'm not at work I'm at spin, chef'in it up in the kitchen, planning dinner parties for all my closest friends or watching South Park. I love my job because we do great work with clients who become our friends and I do everything else to continue to build my character and make me a better person.....BUTTTT I'm mainly just obsessed with eating so I guess I do everything to either fund that or counter act all the ice cream.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Is it weird to say I've never had a bad job? I've worked many different jobs from a groundskeeper in a small town, to a social media manager/barista at a cute cafe. I am very picky with how I spend my time, because when it comes down to it, that's really all we've got. So if I sit down in an interview and don't get good vibes... see you later. I'll find someone that wants to be my new best friend elsewhere ;) And trust me it works! You'll be so happy with the work you're doing and the people you work with.

Were you born and raised in Calgary? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Calgary?

I was born in Regina, SK (one province over) and raised in a small town where the entire population feels like a neighbour. Saskatchewan truly breeds the most kind and polite people, I miss all my friends and family every day. But Calgary has become my home! When I was younger I committed to the University of Calgary because of it's small town feel in the big city. Saskatchewan was the first chapter, the Haskayne business school was the second, and I am now in my third chapter and I can't wait to see where I end up next!

What’s your current hood in Calgary and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Living between the Core and 17th Ave is the place to be! It's where everyone from 20-30 years old goes out for food, craft beer, ice cream and where all the best bars are. I don't want to brag but I also have a pretty epic view of the city! It's walking distance to everything, including the CTrain, which makes things very convenient. Worst part about living in the middle of any city is missing out on the stars every night and how incredibly loud traffic is!

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I really appreciate the lyrics of music and basically anything that makes you feel something. Tropical Childish Gambino is my absolute favourite, he has passion for everything he does. I also really like J Cole, Kygo, ODESZA, Halsey, The Fray.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Oh my.. been there and it stays on repeat. Be Still, Look after you - the Fray, 18 - Steve Moakler, Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart, It Will Rain - Boyce Avenue,

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Games of Thrones obviously.. every single part of the story is connected from beginning to end, it's written so well. And the cast isn't too hard to look at either! My guilty pleasures are The Mindy Project, Big Mouth, F is for Family, workaholics; I love TV shows that are written by comedians that they star in. They really make it around their personality, so if you like them it just kinda clicks.

Name some spots in Calgary that are good for a Tinder date.

I have NEVER been on a tinder date... So I'll answer this for first date spots! The coffee scene is huge here, so I recommend a coffee shop. There are little expectations and you can always ditch if you aren't feeling it. Hit up Rosso for the best coffee in town, they have spots all over the city so you can definitely make something work! Ice cream at Village or Made by Marcus are great summer options!

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

I would absolutely love to see Tom Cruise get roasted by a bunch of 6 foot tall dudes that just rip on him.

Who’s your hero and where in Calgary would you take them out for a serious hang?

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is my hero. I used to watch him wrestle on WWF, yeah before wwe was a thing. He is an incredibly hard working man who came from nothing. I admire how he treats his fans and how much money he donates to various charities across the world. I would take him to NoTable. It is my favourite restaurant and he would be super impressed with the service and quality of food. The booths are super comfortable too so you can definitely get caught up chatting with a bottle of wine for hours

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I like buying clothes from local shops while I'm traveling - it's nice to have a style of your own! But I love shopping at Purr in Calgary, there's a 2 story shop on 17th ave that is definitely worth the visit and there is something there for everyone. Also there's a new Simons department store (started in Montreal) in the downtown Core that has an incredible women's selection, men's clothing, and home decor.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Stay out of the NE quadrant. If you get in the wrong area it can get very sketchy and more importantly the malls and food scene are not worth the drive.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

One of the best things about Calgary is how close the Rocky Mountains are. There are crazy good hikes only a short distance away with unbeatable views. I wish I could go hiking every single weekend of the spring, summer, & fall. Hiking is my favourite thing in the world!

Where do you go in Calgary for a casual night out?

On a week night when me and my friends are looking to get some late night snacks and a couple drinks we head to Cleaver! If you head over there after 9pm their fun cocktails and beers are only $5 and their sliders are $3/each. Make sure to get the buttermilk, veggie and crab sliders!!

Where would you go in Calgary to celebrate some freaking good news?

National on 10th is my favourite bar in the city. But if I was celebrating I would head to the Bourbon Room in National and treat my whole group of friends to some yummy Bourbon cocktails. Also once you get bored of the old school room, head downstairs to play ping pong or to the basement for bowling.

What’s your choice of transportation in Calgary and why?

Car2go is how I get around. You can rent pretty badass Mercedes Benz to rip around in or just small smartcars that make parking a breeze. The parking in downtown Calgary is insane ($25-35/per day) so it's worth it to leave your car and sign out with Car2go. So either take a car2go, bus/train, or take an Uber!

What are the Calgary spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

It's great to start on 17th ave and walk through the Core so you can check out the Calgary Tower (don't pay to go up there) and The Bow Skyscraper. Then head to the Bow River so you can walk across the Peace Bridge (it is beautiful at night). Once you cross head left to check out Kensington it is one of the best walkable areas of the city! Grab a beergarita from Julios, some appetizers from the Brasserie, some cupcakes from Crave and and a coffee from Higher Ground! ... Wow that actually sounds like a great afternoon, I think I'll do that tomorrow

What are the Calgary spots tourists should run from screaming?

Don't pay for the Calgary Tower it's $20 to go up and see buildings that are taller than it. Go to a surrounding building that it would be cooler to see the Calgary Tower from! Also the food up there is crazy expensive it's a waste of money.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Calgary. How do you spend it?

I would get an Una 4-maggi pizza and kale caesar salad to go, grab a bottle of wine, and head into the mountains with all my closest friends. We would spend the entire day in nature, eating pizza and drinking wine while being surrounding the Rockies.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Sorrento, Italy is the most incredible city in the world. If you haven't been you should plan your trip now. It's a small, adorable city with the most amazing Italian food. It's ocean front so you can rent a boat and drive to the city of Capri and or surrounding coves to spend the day. I spent the best day of my life, so far, in Sorrento.

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