10 Things Jenn Nguyen Loves

This artist and business enthusiast shares her favourite tea, workout, and place to take in local art.

Photograph by Anoop Brar.

With a background in both art and business, Jenn Nguyen had been searching for new ways to combine her two areas of interest. Her vision came to life two years ago when she founded Trendy Singh, Canada’s first custom dastar (turban) company. Although Nguyen herself isn’t Sikh, she wanted to open up a way for Sikh men to express themselves and start a conversation through fashion. She has immersed herself in the local Sikh community through her friends and by volunteering with a variety of groups. Trendy Singh has a line of solid-colour, camo- and floral-print turbans, and is set to release a new line of designs this month. Here are 10 things in Calgary Nguyen loves.


Two Hills Earl Grey Ice Cream from Village Ice Cream

“I love ice cream and this is my absolute favourite. It’s sweet, but also has that really strong tea taste. I love the aroma, and the flavour isn’t watered down or too strong — it’s perfect.”


Boxing at Rumble Boxing Studio 

“It’s just a good, healthy way to relieve stress, and it’s different than going to the gym. I got into it for self-defence, and it prepares you to be tough.”


Custom Rings by Soul Box Jewellery

“We started collaborating with them to make pins for turbans, but they also specialize in custom rings. I have a few of my own and it’s a great way to express your creative side by having something customized.”


The New Central Library

“It’s almost overwhelmingly beautiful. It feels like a museum in New York. It’s like a big tree house, and you get to go inside and create a world of your own.”


Salute Vegetarian Pizza from Seniore’s Pizza

Photograph courtesy of Seniore’s Pizza.

“It’s like a king’s dinner, so over-the-top and delicious. They don’t hold anything back — all the toppings are fresh and loaded up. You could have one slice and feel like you ate an entire pizza.”


Esker Foundation

“I love to randomly stop by when I’m walking down the street. The exhibitions are always changing, and the rooms are so airy. It makes me feel really light and relaxed to be there.”


Textiles at Bhatia Cloth House

“They import a lot of fabrics from India and China and they’re really fashion-forward. It’s great for inspiration; I purchase their fabrics to test out designs.”


Public Art Along the RiverWalk at East Village

“The walls on the path are full of pop-culture geometric art. It’s especially beautiful at nighttime, when all the lights of the city are reflecting off the river.”


Pho Satay at Saigon Pearl

“There aren’t a lot of vegan Vietnamese places out there, but Saigon Pearl has this off-the-menu option for vegans or vegetarians. I love this dish. It’s perfect for getting something spicy when it’s cold.”


Moroccan Mint Tea at Sultan’s Tent

“Ordering this tea is an experience in itself. They prepare it right in front of you, so you see all the spices and herbs mixing with the water. It’s like artistry, how they mix and pour the tea.”

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This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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