What does a rustic retreat in the city look like? I’m not talking about a cozy country home – but the rustic restaurant retreat in Toronto with a big name chef attached to it. We may have found such a place. Chef Mani Binelli (who you and your fanciest friends may recognize from the likes … Continue Reading →
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 →
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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Years before I made it to Scotland, I bought a giant guidebook hoping that it would inspire me to get there someday. I read that sucker cover to cover, highlighting, dog-earing, studying and memorizing every last detail. I knew which pub to haunt, which castle would haunt me, the creepiest graveyards to tiptoe through and … Continue Reading →
I love the city life, but I get anxious if I don’t expose myself to greenery every few days. While visiting Kuala Lumpur, I decided to go on hike at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). About 80 years ago, FRIM wasn’t a lush forest full of hiking trails, wildlife, and inspiring trees. FRIM was … Continue Reading →
Don’t get me wrong, I love Bali, it’s beautiful. But after visiting Gili Trawangan, one of the three Gili islands, I felt as though I was being unfaithful to Bali. Why? Because I enjoyed the Gili Islands so much that a part of me wished I booked more of my holiday there. The three Gili … Continue Reading →
Saint Lucia is famous for its balmy weather, Pitons, and white sand beaches. But did you know there’s more to your visit to Sandals in Saint Lucia than just lounging? Here are five amazing travel experiences at Sandals in St. Lucia. Continue Reading →
Twenty minutes from downtown Baton Rouge, the White Oak Plantation stands in all its glory: 22 acres of lush foliage, gardens and lakes. Continue Reading →
New Orleans is a city full of personality, rich history, fantastic music, charm and Southern hospitality (yes, this is a real thing!). A city that can be enjoyed year-round, there is no shortage of things to see or do. I visited NOLA for an extended long weekend, focusing most of my time in the French Quarter, and was able to see and do a lot over four days.
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As most foodies would agree, there’s nothing like watching a Chef showdown – especially when we get to participate in the judging. Yes, this happened. Our food journey of Baton Rouge led us to an epic event — the Fête Rouge Chefs Competition. Continue Reading →
It’s unfortunate that so many travellers to Louisiana restrict their visit to New Orleans. Sure, it’s a fabulous city not to be missed, with its live music, restaurants, and historic architecture. But just an hour away from NOLA, there’s Baton Rouge — the State capital and a foodie’s delight. Continue Reading →
The experience of flying over a glacial mountain range in a Cessna is difficult to describe. As the overwhelming and awe-inspiring landscape pours into your eyeballs, your language functions are rendered inoperable. Sights like this can make even the Hitchens-iest of atheists reconsider their faith if only for a moment — I did. But God … Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
If you’re familiar with the Downtown/U of T area of Toronto, you’ll know that there’s a plethora of major coffee chains. Yes, these coffeehouses have great variety and an almost militant routine, but the independently owned café was refreshing change from all that. Nestled cosily between Yonge Street’s local boutiques, Café M turned out to … Continue Reading →
When I checked in online for my overnight flight to Amsterdam, a message suddenly popped up on my computer screen. “Would you like to upgrade to World Business Class for $300?” Um, yes please. I decided to take advantage of an upgrade option to World Business Class on KLM. For less than $300, I experienced comfort and luxury at its finest. The … Continue Reading →
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 →
Whenever I set off to a new destination, I like to do a little word-association test with friends, family and a couple of complete strangers thrown in for good measure. It helps to better orient my piece if I understand the existing landscape. On doing research for my recent fine dining tour of Calgary, it … Continue Reading →