Posts by: Lisa Jackson


How I Saved a Year’s Salary to Travel the World

Four years ago, I was slumped over a desk, longing to explore the world. On my lunch breaks, I surfed the internet and drooled over safaris, seat sales, and rainforest hikes.

Fast forward to now. I’m enjoying a one-year unpaid sabbatical from my office job. I spend my days flying to new destinations to peruse markets, taste fresh foods, meet new friends, and check off an ever-expanding bucket list.

How did I do it? Continue Reading →

Fabbrica Brunch McEwan

This Man Has the Coolest Job in Canada

For some people, it would be a dream job to travel across Canada and eat in some of the country’s finest restaurants.

For Canadian writer and international food and wine journalist, Andrew Braithwaite, it’s just another day at the office. He’s the official judge for “Canada’s Best New Restaurants” 2014 competition. For this annual event, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine seeks out Canada’s best restaurants launched during the past year.

But what’s it actually like to hold the “Golden Fork”? From his home in San Francisco, here’s what Andrew Braithwaite had to say about coveting one of the coolest jobs in Canada. Continue Reading →

Chicken breast From the Farm

The Getaway: Cooking on a Heritage Farm in Prince Edward County

Looking for a field to farm culinary experience? Two hours east of Toronto in Prince Edward County, chef and food writer Cynthia Peters teaches classes on the art of seasonal cooking from her 1830’s heritage farmhouse. Local food products are incorporated in the recipes and culinary tours of local farms, producers, and wineries are often part of the day’s adventure. Cynthia has serious skills too, with training at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa and a cookbook about herbs under her belt. Continue Reading →

So much wine at Vineland Estates

Seven Damn Good Reasons to Visit Niagara’s Vineland Estates Winery

With over 140 wineries in Ontario, what makes Niagara’s Vineland Estates stand out?

For starters, it’s been in the biz for over 30 years and is considered as “Ontario’s Most Picturesque Winery.” Just 60 minutes from Toronto, foodies flock to Vineland Estates to sample award-winning wines and to gourmet food in the restaurant.

But there’s more to it than that. Here are seven damn good reasons why Vineland Estates should be at the top of your wine weekend hit list: Continue Reading →

Wine tour in Mendoza, Argentina

Can You Travel Argentina in Eight Days? You Bet and Here’s How.

In the world’s eighth largest country, the choices of what to see and do in Argentina can be overwhelming. Of course, the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires lures travellers with milongas, restaurants, and charming architecture. But there’s also jungle and desert in the north; penguins and glaciers in the south; and tons of wineries and ranches in the centre.

Unfortunately, the modes of transportation are not as plentiful. Unlike Europe, long distance trains are scarce in Argentina. Although the overnight bus is a comfortable way to travel, it sometimes requires twelve hours (or more) between destinations. I was dying to get outside of Buenos Aires to see everything that Argentina had to offer. Could I plan a whirlwind tour of Argentina in just eight days? And without going broke or sight-seeing bus stations? Continue Reading →

Peameal bacon sandwich from the St. Lawrence Market

When Pigs Fry: A Bacon Tour of Toronto

It’s starting to get difficult to remember that Toronto was once famous for something other than crack-smoking mayors.

Over 150 years ago, Toronto had a reputation for producing the best pork in the world. That’s right – Toronto isn’t nicknamed “Hogtown” for nothing. Back in the 1800s, Brits salivated over Canadian bacon and ate it by the millions of pounds. Where Starbucks and condos now dominate, pigs once roamed in their pens and were slaughtered at an abattoir on Front Street East. Toronto Urban Adventures launched a bacon-themed guided tour called “When Pigs Fry” – a food tour that offers more than eating. . Continue Reading →

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Where to Eat: Morton’s The Steakhouse in Toronto

It’s a little intimidating to dine at Morton’s The Steakhouse for the first time. It’s partly the location and clientele. Morton’s in Toronto is nestled inside the glamorous Park Hyatt Hotel, in the heart of Yorkville. Past patrons have included celebrities like Sean Penn, Sting, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese, and Robin Williams. The … Continue Reading →

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Foodie Friday: The Fifth Pub House in Toronto

What happens to a nightclub when it gets a makeover? It becomes a gathering place for enjoying craft beer and classic Canadian comfort food. Over 15 months, the basement of the red brick building on Richmond Street was transformed into The Fifth Pub House – a rustic bar inspired by the British gastropub tradition. The … Continue Reading →

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Where to Eat: Destingo in Toronto

Destingo might just be my destiny. Okay, so maybe fate didn’t guided me to the door of this new Italian trattoria on Queen West. More like a rumbling belly that couldn’t resist the wafting scent of fresh pizzas and pastas. And with a selection of 199 wines and hearty Italian dishes on the menu, does it … Continue Reading →