Posts by: Lisa Jackson

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Iceland Travel Guide

 There’s a ton to do and see in this tiny country with a big backyard. It’s home to the talented singer Bjork, and a sanctuary for Damon Albarn of Blur.  Plus, Iceland is one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights, and has one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world. … Continue Reading →

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Love Locked in Paris

Looking to get locked in for life with your lover? Do it on a bridge in Paris. Outside Notre Dame Cathedral, thousands of couples are writing their names on locks, securing them to the bridge’s fence, and tossing the key into the Seine below. C’est tellement romantique, non? Well, not everyone is swooning over this site. It’s … Continue Reading →

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Where to Eat: Cafe Bar Pasta in Toronto

Unless you’re a hipster, the food scene unfolding on Dundas West may not be on your radar. But word is out with a slew of trendy restaurants opening in the neighbourhood – including the newest kid on the block, Cafe Bar Pasta. Cafe Bar Pasta is a bit of everything – coffee shop by day, … Continue Reading →

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A Culinary Journey at Sandals St. Lucia

As a world traveller, I’m always on the hunt for a genuine dining experience. Exploring cuisine is one of the best ways to learn about other cultures. On the road, I want to taste local ingredients, meet the cooks, and hear stories and traditions associated with the dishes.

I never expected to experience this at an all-inclusive resort. But Sandals has created a culinary expedition with its Discovery Dining concept. Continue Reading →

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Where Can You Find A Beef Aging Chamber in Toronto? Head to Michael’s on Simcoe

As if there wasn’t enough happening on King West to keep us busy – there’s yet another gourmet restaurant to try. Well, if you can get reservations, that is. Michael’s on Simcoe has become a hot spot for the theatre crowd and the Toronto International Film Festival. This year at TIFF, the restaurant hosted celebrity events and even scored a mention in People Magazine. Continue Reading →

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Checking In: Sandals Regency La Toc Resort in St. Lucia

I have a confession: I’ve never been a fan of all-inclusive resorts. The repetitive meals, the gated community atmosphere, and the obnoxious tourists on their fifth drink by 11am – none of it has rocked my world. I’d rather be backpacking someplace, meeting new people and sampling unique dishes.

That is, until my recent visit to Sandals Regency La Toc in St Lucia. A four day visit changed my perspective on the resort experience. Continue Reading →

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Six Secret Stopovers for Your Next Vacay

The stopover has rapidly become the best deal for savvy travellers. If you’re travelling on a long haul flight, why not get off the plane at the halfway point and add an extra country to your trip? It’s an opportunity to stretch your legs, get some decent sleep, and explore an extra city (or two) that you would’ve otherwise flown over. Continue Reading →

Montréal Marriott Château Champlain Hotel

Checking In: Montréal Marriott Château Champlain Hotel

There is certainly no shortage of hotels and B&Bs in Montreal, but the Marriott Château Champlain stands out. Nestled between historic statues and the greenery of Dorchester and Dominion Squares, this contemporary hotel offers first-rate hospitality and a convenient location at a reasonable price. It’s also fun that the locals have affectionately dubbed this hotel as “the cheese-grater” for its 1960’s-era architecture. Continue Reading →

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A Food Tour of Montreal’s Little Italy & Jean Talon Market

Most visitors to Montreal are well aware of the city’s lively culinary scene. Foodies gravitate to Downtown Montreal and the Old City to feast in cafes and restaurants. But have you ever considered starting your food journey outside of the downtown core?

On this food tour with Fitz & Fowell, discover one of Montreal’s most captivating culinary neighbourhoods – Little Italy and the Jean Talon Market. Continue Reading →

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Gourmet Pizza at Olio e Più in New York City

When I visit New York City, I often feel overwhelmed by endless food options. I’ll often revert to chain restaurants and celebrity Chefs out of sheer laziness and hunger. But this time, I strayed from the NYC guidebooks and typical tourist trails. I went to the West Village to try Olio Pizza e Piú – a trattoria open 24/7 that serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas, breads, and other Italian delicacies. Continue Reading →

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Exploring Plant Sculptures at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Visiting Montreal this summer? Here’s some radical travel advice: take a break from the outdoor music festivals, and head to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. So landscaped bushes and flower beds may not seem as exciting as a shopping spree at Simon’s. But this is not your average tourist attraction. It’s a socially and environmentally conscious urban hike … Continue Reading →

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Israel and Palestine: More Than a Conflict Zone

Given the flurry of media attention, Israel and Palestine may not be your first choice for a travel destination right now.

But I’d like to challenge readers to open their minds and look past the political conflict. There’s so much culture and history to explore in this land, and it’s a shame that many travellers skip it. Before you write off Israel and Palestine, consider some of these highlights. Continue Reading →