Traditional Italian Dish, Cioppino - a traditional San Francisco dish

West Coast Walkabout in the City of Lights: San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a charming city offering delicious food and drink and a variety of activities for anyone to enjoy. The usual suspects like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Haight-Ashbury are what first spring to mind for most West Coast-bound tourists. But after you’ve seen the bridge and been squicked-out at prison, take a day to explore the local delights and get to know the original home of the streetcar just a little better. Continue Reading →

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

Surviving St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

For many, Dublin is a great place to visit — except on St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, the Patrick’s’ Day celebrations and annual parade in Dublin attracts over 1 million visitors. Eight years ago when I lived there, I was excited to be one of them. But looking back, it wasn’t at all what I had expected. Here’s what you … Continue Reading →

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A Taste of Argentina at iYellow Wine School, Toronto

As a self-described wino, I jumped at the chance to participate in the iYellow Wines of Argentina wine school.  In case you haven’t heard, Toronto Life recently included iYellow Wine School in their “The Best of the City” series. But what isn’t publicized is that iYellow avoids all the usual wine snobbery in their classes. Owner Angela Aiello emphasizes that “no … Continue Reading →

Christkindlmark Christmas Market Germany Munich

Five Things to Love about the Christmas Market in Germany

The Christmas season is one of the best times to visit Germany. It’s when the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is in full swing – a must do on any traveller’s bucket list. They are easy to find as most are located in the centres of major cities. They usually coincide with Advent as the German word literally translates to Christ Child Market. Munich and Nuremberg were my favourites, as these markets stayed true to Bavarian tradition.

Here are 5 things about the German Christkindlmarkt that are unique from other countries — and that we love about it!
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