Cooking up 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Cooking up 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Honestly, I rarely stick to my new year resolutions…who does, really? I’ve made all the stereotypical ones before: go to the gym more (I HATE the gym), eat better, blah blah blah. But after getting married this year, and deciding to go freelance full-time, I […]

How to Pack a Carry-on for a 10-day Trip Home for Christmas

How to Pack a Carry-on for a 10-day Trip Home for Christmas

I’m always surprised when people tell me they are still checking bags when they fly. First of all, it costs at least $25 these days to check a bag on an economy ticket, and come on, who wants to wait in those lines? Especially during […]

Finding beef in Florence | Review of Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino

Finding beef in Florence | Review of Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino

I research restaurants a lot. When I’m travelling I make restaurant reservations before I plan accommodations. I pride myself in having “good restaurant karma,”managing to find a great spot to eat wherever I go. I was so excited to eat in Florence, after Rome’s wealth […]

Spaghetti Carbonara: the history and recipe for two

Spaghetti Carbonara: the history and recipe for two

The first time I went to Italy, I ate the same thing for every. single. meal. For me, there was nothing better than Spaghetti Carbonara, twirling those noodles coated with the thin and rich sauce. The simplicity. The flavour. The porky bits. Sometimes I scold […]

The Inn Thing: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton New York

The Inn Thing: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton New York

When people think of 1000 Islands, the image of a charming but rundown cabin undoubtedly comes to mind. Who knew there was a 4-star hotel hiding away in upstate New York? Who knew it’s a fun place to visit in the off-season? And that it’s […]

Souk Tabule for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner | Toronto

Souk Tabule for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner | Toronto

I’m so freaking happy the first restaurant in the “up-and-coming” Canary District is finally open. Souk Tabule — the little sister of Toronto’s Middle Eastern restaurant mogul Tabule — is a fast-casual spot I fell in love with in a hurry. If you read my […]

Gate Expectations: Social Media Anxiety Disorder

Gate Expectations: Social Media Anxiety Disorder

Why the hell am I here again?  I was 300 feet above the ground in a hot air balloon, floating over the martian-like terrain of Cappadocia in central Turkey.  It was six o’clock in the morning. And I was going to shit my pants. After […]

How to get Black Friday & Cyber Monday hotel deals

How to get Black Friday & Cyber Monday hotel deals

When I think of Black Friday deals, one terrifying image comes to mind: I’m standing at the front of a line the minute the doors are unlocked, and thundering crowds trample me as they are reaching for the latest iPhone. This may seem hyperbolic, but […]

Taste Canada Awards Gala and new culinary book bucket list

Taste Canada Awards Gala and new culinary book bucket list

Last night at the Taste Canada Awards Gala, Seema Jethalal, Regional Director of General Ontario at Canadian Heritage, said: “Food is at the heart of Canadian heritage.”  I couldn’t agree more! In its 19th year, Taste Canada honours the best culinary writers in Canada and once […]

NoshFest: Toronto’s Jewish Food Festival | PHOTO ESSAY

NoshFest: Toronto’s Jewish Food Festival | PHOTO ESSAY

Growing up in Newfoundland there was a very small Jewish community, and my years in Halifax were spent eating at a pseudo-Jewish deli serving mediocre matzoh ball soup. Needless to say, I don’t know much about Jewish culinary culture. So, when I was invited to attend […]

A heartfelt hello, again

A heartfelt hello, again

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. — M.K. Fisher — A lot has happened this year. I turned 30 this year and while that in itself has been an aging introspective roller coaster. Three […]

36 Hours in Salzburg

36 Hours in Salzburg

Never have I fallen in love with a city faster than I did with Salzburg. Even though it rained, even though we were only there for 36-hours, my love for this city grew exponentially with each corner turned. I already loved Salzburg through the scenes of […]