Mexico City. An accidental layover turned into a spontaneous birthday trip for myself and my dad. What a vibrant city. An eclectic mix of modernity and and the old. Still authentic to a tee. Dirt cheap tacos and world class mezcal cocktails. Currently awaiting my next weekend trip to this wonderful city. Skip the beaches and go to CDMX instead.
Porto, what a dream of a city. I loved visiting you so much. You were first my introduction to Portugal - and what an introduction it was! A quaint little city nestled by the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and the Douro River, producing the best port in the world. The food was out of this world. For someone that knew nothing of Porto prior to visiting, I cannot stop boasting about how wonderful my stay was.
Iceland has been a dream of mine to visit for the past little while and I am so glad I finally got to visit! With tourism increasing every year, it was time to go. I visited over my birthday with two of my girlfriends and it certainly lived up to its expectations - and more. I still don’t think the pictures do justice but judge for yourself! Prepare yourself for a very picture-heavy post on Iceland.
Never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling to Wellington but of course, life trajectories happen and have lead me to this beautiful city. Wellington was the highlight of this trip to the Pacific Islands and I am glad I made the trek out there. Wellington, although small, is completely doable in a day or two. Its best enjoyed starting off the day at one of the many artisanal coffee shops, people watching by the bays and ending with a cocktail or two. One of the most hipster cities I’ve seen as a whole and I loved it all. Read on to find out why!
Bula! Fiji was a spur-of-the-moment add-on to my recent trips to New Zealand and Australia. Featuring a one-night stint, Fiji in a day might not sound doable…but if you’re on this side of the world, why not? Heavenly blue waters, tropical climate and everlasting sunsets, what more could you possibly ask for? More after the jump!
Yangon, Myanmar. A place only opened to tourism a mere six years ago and is still unbeknownst to the Western world. So little is known about the country tourism-wise and you’re stuck reading the same blogs with the same tips. But what else is there to do? I was luckily able to explore and wonder over a couple of days in the old capital of Myanmar and it came as a wonderful surprise after my chaotic tourist-filled stay in Thailand. If you’re wanting a place that is still relatively undiscovered and you can count the number of foreigners on your hand, Yangon just might be the place to visit.
The sprawling metropolitan capital of Rome. What a sight, what a beauty! A city studded so full of ancient monuments and doused in history. But is it possible to visit this city in a mere matter of days? A spontaneous flight purchase and boom, I did it again - another weekend trip! It’s definitely doable but I would advise you to plan accordingly. Rome in 48 hours, the complete itinerary - after the jump!
Bali... Oh, where to start? Such a hot destination for over the past ten years or so. I always dub Bali the new Thailand. Island life, hot tropical weather, exotic fruits, white people everywhere. No, seriously. My posts are always honest and transparent. Did I enjoy Bali? Yes. Did I love it? No. Scenery was breathtaking but I fear that the island is starting to be overrun by tourists and locals wanting to make an extra buck. Read on to find out my honest opinion on Bali.
Ah, Seattle. Grunge. Pacific Northwest. Nirvana. Pike Place. There are so many reasons why people flock to Seattle. For me, it’s a quick 2.5 hour drive away from Vancouver. Like international travel…on a really small scale. Learn about some of my favourite go-to places in this chilled out city after the jump!
Panama City - what a fantastic weekend trip this was which remains vivid in my memory today. And on such a complete whim as well! Panama City is an excellent choice for those who want a bit of culture but don't want to leave the comfort of a big city. It is the most cosmopolitan city in Central America - read on to find out why!
There’s something about the salty sweet crunch of potato chips in cookies. The saltiness it adds to an otherwise sweet cookie is enticingly addicting. Any compost cookies will have potato chips in it, but feel free to add in other mix-ins as I did here. Kitchen sink cookies or not, these were a complete hit and a great way to use up all those random ingredients in your pantry!
I know winter has come and gone already BUT I’m a little backlogged on posts, okay!? I had made this lentil shepherd’s pie in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and was eating this by myself for almost a week - and I was not mad about it. So comforting and such a breeze to make. Honestly, you won’t miss the meat in this one!
Who knew you could make French meringues out of…bean liquid? Seriously guys, it’s a thing. I’m no stranger to the aquefaba movement but I just had to share this basic foundational recipe with you guys. Completely convincing and 100% vegan - don’t even think about wasting another carton of eggs to make meringues ever again! Recipe after the jump!
Is there a better combination of pear and bleu cheese? It’s such a classic combination and can gravitate equally to both a savoury and sweet scale. In this application, it’s best served as a dessert. Instead of presenting a simple cheese plate, why not marry both fruit and cheese into a a beautiful crumble? Your guests will be asking you for the recipe for days (as mine did!).
There’s something about marrying Asian and European food together. The flavours of the east lend an interesting element in otherwise very traditional European recipes. Now, this can either work or fail – there’s no middle ground. Luckily, a recipe I had found for gochujang spaghetti which worked marvels. This spicy and cheesy Bolognese sauce is tongue-tinglingly delicious. Finally, a use for that tub of gochujang you’ve been dying to use up!
Saucy. Glossy. Noodly. Jajangmyeon is a Chinese-Korean dish that will soon be making regular appearances in weeknight dinner roster (mainly because that jar of chunjang sauce is so large). This easy traditional and nostalgic Korean dish will want you coming back for more. Oh, and did I mention that this can all be done in under 30 minutes?
Pear and ginger pair so eloquently together. Like apple and cinnamon, this underdog pairing is perfect for a rainy day in or even to simply fill your house with the addictingly intoxicating aroma. Makes for a great breakfast, snack or dessert. Just try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting, okay?
Yakiudon has always been a go-to in my kitchen. It was one of the first meals I’d ever made when I was growing up - one that didn’t involve any condensed soup or onion soup mixes! It has been such a staple in my house and something that I crave out of all other Asian noodles. Big, fat udon noodles and a chock of vegetables…yum!
Stuck with leftover candy canes from work? Throw them in some chocolate cookies and call it a day. That’s what I did when I whipped these bad boys up. Fudgey and gooey with bits of crunchy candy canes, you definitely will not want to share this with Santa this holiday season!
When you have random ingredients in your kitchen that you don’t want to go to waste, you are forced to improvise and hope for the best! In this case, I married Quebecois cretons, mascarpone, dessert wine and red wine to create a wonderfully savoury and rich ragu. I would definitely call this one a winner! Recipe after the jump!