How to find good restaurants while travelling (without doing any research)

How to find good restaurants while travelling (without doing any research)

Eating is the best part about exploring a new place, but figuring out how to find good restaurants while travelling can be tricky. Even defining what a ‘good’ restaurant means to you is tough. Throughout your trip, you’ll have moments when it means something different: […]

The Inn Thing: BOLD Hotel Munich in Germany

The Inn Thing: BOLD Hotel Munich in Germany

Walking through the door of BOLD Hotel Munich Giesing, I couldn’t believe our luck.  It looked SO COOL — modern, hip and still smelled of fresh paint. During our stay, the hotel had been open for like five minutes (April 2014), and considering we were paying under […]

Around the world in 12 plates: the 2017 recipe challenge

Around the world in 12 plates: the 2017 recipe challenge

You may recall I completed a year-long recipe challenge a couple years back. I started the Food & Wine Cover Recipe Challenge in 2013 with a few other bloggers, but I was the only one to complete it, something I am super proud of. But I have […]

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 […]