Montreal: more than just bagels and poutine

Montreal has fantastic food options, both in terms of cuisine, price points and quality. There are a number of vibrant neighbourhoods with iconic food scenes and populated streets to supplement these areas. We ate out basically every meal and it’s been a while since I ate such repeatedly good food. I think most prominent is…

A long weekend in Toronto

For so long it seemed like the only plane we would be catching during our time in Canada would be the one we got on to take us home. We only booked Toronto a few short weeks ago, and because it was such an unexpected trip everything we did managed to feel like a bonus….

A day in the life of: a bear watcher!

Easily one of the coolest things I have ever done: this past weekend our friend Lauren, Andy and me headed across to Vancouver Island to base ourselves in Campbell River, and catch a boat up to the Toba Inlet to see some grizzlies in their natural habitat. It was a mission of a weekend, but…

Eating my way around the Sunshine Coast

On our recent trip to the Sunshine Coast, we spent our days indulging in many of my favourite things: hiking, beaching, exploring and dining out. It was an unusual experience to be waking up in a tent each morning, substituting showers with swimming, but then be putting on nicer clothes (i.e. not my usual camping…

Fishing village vibes oh so close to Van

Our friends Lucy and Guy would always make reference to how cute Steveston Village was and I didn’t truly appreciate it until I went there myself. It is actually crazy that this charming little seaside village is so close to Vancouver; they feel worlds apart. This post is a bit of a throwback to when…

Review: Bonjour Vietnam

Ever since the first day Andy and I walked down Fraser Street, we wanted to visit Bonjour Vietnam. It has to have one of the coolest interiors I have ever seen. There are flowers all over the roof, lanterns, flamingo wall paper, black and white checkered floor… no part of the restaurant has been forgotten,…

Review: Flourist

When we moved to East Vancouver, Flourist was one of the few cafes that was already on my radar. They sell the ‘best ever chocolate chip cookie’ so naturally, I had already scoped it out. We had tried to go once before, when we still lived in the West End, but we were walking from…

Review: Ubuntu Canteen

Ubuntu Canteen is hard to miss. Its exterior is painted a bright sunshine yellow and the shelves in the window are packed with freshly baked loaves of bread. There is usually people milling about outside, or forming a line as they wait in the queue. While I think the quality of the bread and other…

Review: Heritage Asian Eatery

Heritage first came to my attention following one Vancouver’s Dine Out Festivals, where I saw that Heritage was offering a $15 special. No bargain gets past me, so after checking out their menu and reviews I was pretty keen to visit! The annoying thing about their downtown location is that they always only seem to…

Review: Say Mercy

Moving to a new neighbourhood always has the excitement of bringing it with new local eateries to try. I had never really noticed Say Mercy in all of our jaunts up Fraser Street, expect for the fact that it has a patio down a side street which backs onto a public plaza, making it often…