Brugges Bruges Belgium

Where Can You Snort Chocolate and Drink 650 Types of Beer? Only in Bruges, Belgium

Squeezed between racy Amsterdam and cheese-mongering Paris, Belgium’s Bruges may seem small potatoes at first glance. But this fairy tale-like town has more to offer than Medieval architecture and canals. Foodies and ale-lovers flock to Bruges to indulge in calorific cuisine, craft beer, and some bizarre ways of ingesting chocolate (think: cocaine-style). Here are five things to love about Bruges’ food scene: Continue Reading →

Okanagan Valley Wineries, British Columbia

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley: Second Best Wine Region in the World?

As I wind my way through the grape-heavy vines of the sun-dappled Naramata Bench in mid-September, I can’t shake the feeling that I must be in the viticultural heart of France or Italy. Surely not British Columbia in Canada.

But believe it. Travelling through Naramata, one of the richest wine-growing regions in the world, the only thing more arresting than seeing the Okanagan Valley is tasting it. USA Today readers seemed to agree when they named the Okanagan Valley the second best wine region in the world.

My mission for the day: taste as many different wines at as many different wineries as possible. 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 →

Lanterns in the Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Beyond the Beach in Istanbul: A Photo Essay

Welcome to part two of our Istanbul series. This time we explore the sights, sounds and tastes of this historic destination.

Of course, the main reason most visitors head to Istanbul is to take in the city’s incredible history and culture. Sites like the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are iconic landmarks, as recognizable around the globe as the Eiffel Tower, but with centuries more of history behind them. After all, from Constantinople to Istanbul, this is a city that has witnessed the rise and fall of multiple empires, that has been both Christian and Muslim, Ottomon and Byzantine. Continue Reading →

Braai Day BBQ

How to Host a Kickass South African-Style Braai Party

To host a successful Braai Day, the first thing to do is to figure out what it is. In case you haven’t heard, Braai Day is a South African national holiday inspired by the spirit of barbeque and celebrates multiculturalism. Braai is also the Afrikaan term for barbeque – a popular pastime in South Africa (note to self: add South Africa to travel bucket list).

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on September 24 — and to celebrate, some African wineries are hoping that you take up the tradition and host a Canada Braai Day party. Here’s how to throw a kickass Braai Day party. Continue Reading →

Sandals Resorts steakhouse

Around the World in 9 Dining Experiences: Discovery Dining at Sandals La Source Grenada

What makes a vacation great? Well, that’s a matter of taste. But no matter what you’re into any trip that falls short in the culinary department leaves the bad taste in your mouth. No one wants a bad glass of wine and after a day on slopes or cardboard burger and yuck-sauce beer after a grueling hike. For ocean lovers, a beautiful beach is important but bad food is a real buzz-kill. And at Sandals LaSource Grenada, they know that amazing meals are the magic ingredient that transforms a great vacation into a wonderful memory. Continue Reading →

Fleur du Cap wine

Summer Wine Series: Fleur Du Cap 2012 Chardonnay

Oh my gosh, you guys! Summer is winding down. It’s late August and it won’t be long before it’s all “I love your sweater”, and “those boots are amazing”. But before we bid adieu to the dog days of summer, we have to wrap up the EDT summer wine series. And what better way to do it than with a tropical tasting chardonnay from Fleur Du Cap? So let’s have just one more before you turn over that summer wardrobe. Continue Reading →