Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, February 4, 1972 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HFRA1D 15 THE FINISHING TOUCH A yard-tall "poof" of blue flame brings a grimace lo a Bermuda Hotel and Calering College student's face, but puts ihe finishing louch on a scampi flambe. Under ihe watchful eye of Brian Thomas, the school's reslafranl man- ager. Miss Peggy Ingham and McAllan James learn the intricacies of tableside -food prepare I ion and service. Bermuda's gourmet college is booked far in advance HAMILTOS, Bermuda A looking the blue Allanlic. In! Canada or Uic United Slates, stern admonition should be Tact, Neil Ilansfonl-Smith, Ihe One graduate now is a chef at French skiing values PAULS As to costs, Ihtre are so many schemes to choose from that skiing has now be- come well within the reach even o[ the most modest comes. The emphasis is value, and some of the "for- faits" (all-inclusive cost ar- rangements covering hotel room, meals, inslniclion, un- limited use of ski lifts, elc.) pioneered by Ihe French are unbeatable. The facts speak for them- selves: Sixty-three big French resorts. Over hotels with rooms. Over skiing instructors (real instructors, and not parUime local woodcutters, And 50 skating rinks, COO mechanical lifts (the absence of long lines adds to the pleasure of skiing) and 80 schools teaching the champion French method of skiing. France has the most modern and ths best-equipped complex of ski resorts in Europe. Dining out in Moscow Patience and endurance By JAMES n. PEIPEIIT MOSCOW (AP) Dining out in Moscow sometimes requires the patience of Job, the endur- ance of a long-distance runner and an ironclad digestive tract. But Russians out for a tion flock to restaurants despite long lines at [he door, long waits for the menu, and indif- ferent waiters. This metropolis of more than seven million lias slightly more than 100 full-Hedged restaurants counting cafeterias and snack bars. Tourist brochures recommend only a dozen or so la foreign visitors. The first impression is that of a fortress under siege. Nearly every evening on the sidewalk a rr.illing, insistent crowd stamps about in the cold demanding to be let inside. .lust inside the door a grim old man in a threadbare uni- form has two words, delivered in snarl: "Mest nyet, mest No room, no room. The skirmish a.t Ihe door goes on most of the evening, while Travel guide to Europe given all who choose lo visit the i school's principal and Bermu- Bermuda Hotel and Catering da's College: The visit may be fat- tening. Few other college lunchrooms can Iraast of china, cryslal and six-course meals ranging from Asperges Vinaigrette cents) through Escargot Bourguig- nonne and Steak Diane (53) to Crepes Suzetle (G5 Few other college food ser- vices are forced to take reser- vations cither, bul if you don'l ring up (lie holel college within the first two hours at ilie start of a new term, your chances of getting a seat for lunch or din- ner during the ncxl 13 weeks are nil. (Even trying to get through to the switchboard on reservation day is telephone roule'lte. own Galloping Gourmet Rockies attracting more visitors has stacks of Idlers from those Americans or Europeans who plan visits lo Ihe island and want a reservation. "We're booked up so far in advance. I usually have to turn them down unless they've writ- ten six or seven months ahead and have indicated an cxacl dale." says Uie principal. Althougii ihe visitor lo Err-1 rmida may rarely see Ihe hole] EDMONTON (CP) Alberta college, he will be enjoying the ljTmg to balance its winter benefits of ils training. Grail- i tourism business with ils suni- Ihe Savoy Hotel in London and will shortly return to become "chef instructor" at the holel college "Fielding's Travel Guide to Europe 1372" by Temple Fielding (Fielding Publica- tions, Inc., distributed by George .1. McLcod Lid., 58.93, Twetity five years ago, Tem- ple Fielding wrote a "practi- cal what to, vrhere-lo, how- to" guide to travel in Europe. The book has evolved into a yearly publication and grown to about 10 times its original size. In collecting information for this latest edition, Fielding, his wife Nancy, and their lliree as- sistants visited approximately hotels or pensions, restaurants, 050 nightclubs and hundreds of "incidental attrac- tions." The result of their re- search is a page guide to costs, passports, modes of tra- vel, and other ditties of general information, plus a counlry-by- country rundown of people, cus- toms, hotels, restaurants, what not to buy and what lo see. Other books by the Fieldings include Fielding's Super Econ- omy Europe, and Fielding's Se- lective Shopping Guide to Eur- ope. Walker. Alberta boosts skiing nates work in practically every hole! or cottage colony on Ihe mid-Atlantic resort and in every position from waiter, maintenance man and game of! steward to maitrc d'. butcher, chef and reservations manager. _____ But the small dining roon: is i thereby accomplishing another iner visitor levels by using ski promotion programs aimed at Japan, the United Slates and Eastern Canada. Bob Dmvling, tourism minis- ter, said UK Alberta Govern- ment Travel Bureau has spent nearly a year developing a pro- not for students. i goal of (lie holel college j To them, it is merely anolh- j placing Bcrmudians in pasi-; cr classroom. A classroom just I lions of responsibility once held like Ihe kitchen, cocktail j mainly by Europeans, lounge, wine cellar or front "Our colltge is very dif- desk. (The college has a fully i ferc-nl from Canadian or appointed front desk, but no i ican holel schools." lire 33-year-i I" JHUJCCL Record numbers of visitors lour guest rooms.) Although Hie stu- denls and faculty have succeed- old headmaster says. "We try to cover the practical opcra- ed in making the classroom one 1 lions, as well as Ihe theory, in of the colony's favorite dining j .great detail. In a hotel admin- spots for continenliat cuisine, i istralion course at a Canadian lhat really is just an offshot school, Ihe student probably of its real pin-pose lo train j tvould not have to learn how lo young Bcnnudians in all phases prepare food feel they need of hotel operation. The tourist rarely sees Ihe holel college, which sits atop n high hill in Devonshire over- VAXCOUVER For the second year in a row, B.C. Hydro's Peace River power project ha.s attracted more than IW.flOO visitors. The figure was exceeded in j gram to attract skiers to the province's "Big Four" moun- tain ski Vil- lage, Mounl Norquay and Lake Louise, all near Banff, and Mar- mol Basin at Jasper. "I am very pleased will] the high degree of co-operation be- tween hotel-motel operators, ski areas and ski schools, bus and transportation companies, and particularly with the major air- lines and travel trade organiza- tions, which have created com- petitive and enjoyable winter ski vacations in the minister said recently. He specifically referred to the charter operations thai have made "our Rocky Mountain ski areas Ihe most desirable ski ex- perience in North America and i at prices very competitive with European and U.S. ski destina- tions." About to new skiers are expected in Alberta from Eastern Canada this win- ter, Mr. Dowling said. Japan, as a high potential travel area, was given special attention during an 68-day trade mission last October, he said. About travel agents in Japan received a special promo- tion package. With about 25-million skiers in Japan as possible visitors, the travel bureau aimed at develop- ing new ski packages for Japa- nese travellers. The travel bureau estimated that about to Japa- nese nil! visit the Western Can- ada mountain areas during the 1972 season. and 1970 by a lurn- I lo know these things if Ihev are I'U'e Tmt sitc' lo be good administrators." From the minute the guest is Europe, Britain and Ireland Information Brochures from your Travel Agent FRAMES-estflbfehedlBSI ushered into the ca fover attractions w. clt and toward the school's cock-1 lhc s tail lounge, until he pavs f.aylMl' !lrimi: for the evening at the front. lslc11 Columbia s brgest inland body of water; and the project's underground powerhouse, blasted out of bed- desk, he is watching sludcnts put iulo pr.icticc (hcory they have learned during (he day. Most KluLCnls of Ihe im'el college have made their marks. While the majority stay in Ber- muda and arc imme d i a I c 1 y placed in local jobs, some have emigrated and are now at hotels in Europe, England, rock ted beneath ths duin's east shoulder. The Peace power projecl is located near Hudson Hope can be reached in a short drive over paved highway from the Highway 97 communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. .John. rdi Gras time in Louisiana LAFAYETTE. Louisiana For seeking adventure and a place in the warn: winter sun, IJie combination of Louisi- ana and Mardi Gras is an un- beatable February travel pack- age. There are two kinds of Loui- siana Mardi Gras, so you can even have a choice: country slvle or town version. Betler ion flocks to cities WHAT IS THE A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL? A complete Agency. The A.M.A. can make all travel arrangements anywhere in Ilie world. Escorled lours and holiday packages are also offered throughout (he year. The liicndly, qualified Matf of iho A.M.A. World Travel Service is prepared lo advise and assisl on all travel plans, as well as provide assistance in securing passports, visas, and olher documentation. For all travel needs, airline, steamship, rail, cruises, lours, hotels, and car rentals, etc. "For lhr> Best in Travel Atf-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A.. World Travel Service 903 3rd Ave. S. LETHBRIDGE ALL INQUIRIES WELCOME! Office open Mondny thru Snlurdoy 9 a.m. lo 5 p.m. Frco Forking ot Roar of Building BAGHDAD, Iraq CAP) It's hard lo keep them clown on lhc farm after they've seen Bagh- dad. Todny. almos! two-thirds of country's population of 10 million live in cities, j This has rc-snlLcd in heavy pressure on the Socialist. gov- crinnent lo provide housing, public utilities and social ser- vices. It would pro for to use much of nearly ?1 billion n year iu oil revenue for development projecLs designed lo unite Iho rroromy sHKsuffiricnl. Imq had to import million worth ol wheat in 1971. The foriilo. lands twlwcvn Ihe Tigris and Euphrates rivers provided food for several em- pires unlil Mongol hordes swepl in from the north and destroyed an intricate irrigation system. Canals have gradually been repaired hut once -thriving farmlands have never fully re- covered. A series of natural disasters such as floods, shortcomings in two previous development plans 1 and problems in carrying out a land reform program have con- tributed lo urban migration. LAM) SP01LKD "Another problem is exces- sive salinity of the soil caused In' water seeping from f.lic irri- gation said an official of the ministry of agrarian re- form. "Tliis has left thousands of acres unsuitable for fanning until we can drain them.'1 Driving south of Baghdad, a visitor can sec cracked, brown fields lhat show sail. What ;-c- mnin.s of UK? fanning popula- tion lives in mud brick hovels nearby. In bcfolxr the World Bank granted ;i million loan for irrigation work and building roads and bridges. One ambitions effort is co-op- Talivrs to get farmers to leave llio cities ,iml relnnt lo Ilie laud. The co-operatives set up so far are running inlo prob- lems because the. agency lacks managerial talent, a Western cconomi.st says. yel, you can have some o each. Mardi Gras is an ancient cus torn, dating from old Roman times and coming to Louisiana through her French Catholi ancestry. From the beginning of Louisiana colonisation, the Latin custom of Mardi Gras has been marked with mas- querade balls, and, most likely spontaneous street dancing as well as purpossful fealing in preparation for the lean 40 days of Lent which, naturally, al- ways follows. Historically, the event has been one of revelry and aban- donment, Somewhere along the line it became a bachanalian fcnlasy with masqueraders be- coming for this one day of the year exactly what they want to be. They ride on floats, they drnicc at. fancy balls, Ihey hoi Icr "Throw me something. Mis- to passing float riders who foss frinkefs (o Ihe crowds. They peek at each other through their fantastic finery fantastic for its brilliance, gro- tcsqucncss. glitter, beauty, ele- gance, absurdity and whimsy. Vet, there arc also tbosc who neither dance, ride in parades dress in exotic apparel. They just come and look. And they all enjoy. Although Mardi Gras Is ac- Inally only one day, Shrove Tuesday February 15, in Loui- liana it has come to mean the last two weelts or so of Carni- nival, immediately preceding Mardi Gras Day, during which tlifl balls and parades staged by lhc private Mardi G r a s "krowes" have built intensely lo culminate in the monarchial meeting of Rex and Comus at he stroke of Mardi Gras mid- lichl. i the doorman periodically opens I year-end bonus. Remarks about up to foreign tourists and the Communist party elite. During the last lew years, and especially since the Mth Com- munist congress last March and April, the leadership has placed emphasis on improving con- sumer goods and services. Pay increases have Ixxa promised. What effect Lhesc exhortations and promises have had on wait- ers and waitresses is somewhat questionable. They have heard such rhetoric before, and their [lay is still only about 70 to 80 rubles a month, plus tips. This is a basic salary of less than 5100 by the official exchange rate. A dissatisfied patron theoreti- cally has the right to complain about poor food or service. All Soviet restaurants, shops and other public facilities are re- quired to have a complaint book. But extracting the book from the staff is no small task. The complaint book, if a pa- tron can get hold of it, is a powerful recourse. Too many bad remarks can cost a waiter, cook or administralor his job or especially good service can lead lo promotions and Iwnuses. FACE LONG WAIT Restaurants which cater to foreign tourists, many paying in Western currency, have tried lo establish standards comparable lo Uie West. Even so, Ihere is usually at least a half-hour wait between courses and another wait for Ihe bill. Except for places whicli serve dishes native to Soviel republics in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the restaurants serve tra- ditional Russian fare. II is a bit heavy and somclimas greasy, but for the most part palatable. IStaple Hems are chicken Kiev, slroganoff, smoked sturgeon, Moscow-style salad made wilh potatoes, mayon- naise, pickles and bits of chicken, broiled side of chicken, black bread, red and while wine, Russian champagne and brairly. Many items listed arc often not available. The item most often missing is caviar, increas ingly rare as pollution destroys sturgeon-spawning grounds in Ihe Volga River and Caspian Sea. The food Ls much the saino from restaurant U) restaurant. Travel office opened by U.S. Service in Out. TORONTO The United Travel Service the national government tourist of- lice f-f the Unilcd established a Canadian re- gional travel promotion office at Toronto. Heading up Ihe office is He- pionsl Director John formerly Deputy Re- gional Director of the USTS Paris office and Regional Di- rector of the USTS office in Ain.'tcrdam. The establishment of an of- j fice Toronto is par! of a pro- gram lo carry Uio VISIT USA message lo Uie traveling lic through advertising, travel exhibits and special promo- tional projccls. .ecommended by The Manufacturers to relieve Simple and Compound Thirst; f Dryness of The Whistle; and Common Fancy for a Brew. for the First Time in The Proud Province of Alberta A NEW BREW of PREMIU M S TRENGTH SKILLFULLY COMPOUNDED BY MASTER CRAFTSMEN TO MOST ANCIENT RECIPE AND ____________ SECRET And the First Such Brew in More than Three Decades (being a period in excess of 30 years.) TO BEAR THE PROUD, HONOURED and UNIVERSALLY ESTEEMED NAME "LETHBRIDGE" This fine product cf Alberta (now generally available for a slightly higher but still modest sum in current coin of the realm) bears the name, title, end device Beware of counterfeit and feeble You are heartily enjoined to partake of its curiously refreshing flavour, appealing to Tradesman and Artisan, Country Folk and City Folk, alike; Even to The Professional Man with an Acquired Taste for Better Things. DO NOT ACCEPT SUBSTITUTES. Ask for it by name only I LETHBRIDGE MALT LIQUOR MOLSON BREWERY ALBERTA LTD.