Chef Cameron Stauch is a world traveller. As the partner of a Canadian diplomat he has lived all over the world, documenting his travel and his cooking on his blog A Global Kitchen. Dive into my review of his new cookbook Vegetarian Vietnam.
The best part about a staycation? There’s no pressure to leave the hotel! I’ve spent a lot of time taking photos of hotels, and I usually don’t get to enjoy them as much as I should because I’m busy Instagramming my stay. But I still love hotels. I still get excited walking through the lobby, my head on a swivel trying to take it all in. While I’m all about AirBNB for longer trips, the magic of a freshly made bed, a chocolate on my pillow and a fluffy bathrobe get me all riled up (I still always check if there’s a pool, my eight-year-old self insists). As part of a media event, I was lucky enough to win a stay at the Alt Hotel St. John’s, so Adam and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a night in a hotel without leaving the room!
I visited Ottawa not once, but twice in 2017. The first in the lingering frigid days of winter and the second in the midst of a warm(ish) fall. Needless to say, I wasn’t strolling around Byward Market in a t-shirt. While many travellers opt out of visiting Canadian cities in the winter, it does have its benefits — small lines into Parliament, lower hotel rates and all those hole-in-the-wall restaurants are that much cosier. Just take a look at my guide for exploring the Chicago restaurant scene in winter. Snagging hard-to-get reservations comes easier when there’s snow on the ground. So pull on the parka, lace up your boots and venture out to eat everything at these Ottawa restaurants. (more…)
This post is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
I haven’t had good luck making chili. I love the flavours but for some reason whatever recipe I try turns out like a sloppy soupy mess — I don’t fail at many things in the kitchen, but chili is one of them.
Enter the 2018 Milk Calendar.
While I’ve stayed in lots of hostels in Europe, Asia and Australia, my experience in North America has been limited. And in Newfoundland? Non existent. There are actually less than a dozen hostels across the province, ranging from row houses in St. John’s to lodges in Gros Mourne. But as our Newfoundland explorations continue, Adam and I have been more interested in finding unique accommodations. Enter Skerwink Hostel.
I was excited about our overnight stay at Skerwink Hostel in Trinity East, a great little community on the picturesque Bonavista Peninsula 3-hours drive from St. John’s. The hostel is named after the epic awe-inspiring (and award-winning) Skerwink Trail just down the road, and having never done this particular trail before it was on our 2017 Newfoundland travel bucket list. It’s also happens to be a short walk to my favourite Newfoundland brewery, Port Rexton Brewing, which I raved about earlier this summer in this blog post. (more…)