The Recollection Diaries: Italy

My recollection Strongest memory: On one of our last days in Florence, my family all had independent activities planned. The others were doing various day trips, but Andy and I wanted to stay local and do something relaxing. We packed a picnic blanket, our sketchbooks (to clarify, I’m not an artist and the occasions on which…

Local cuisine in Gibson’s Landing

I must admit I never expected to be writing a food based post off the back of instructions from my dentist to consume mostly liquids with a slow migration to soft food over the coming days. Time to get creative! I’d heard great things about the quality of food and drink in Gibson’s and I…

Post lock-down getaway to Gibson’s Landing

Getting a tooth extracted the day we left for our first post lock-down getaway might not have been the greatest idea, but those things are never really planned, right? The irony of wanting a weekend away to eat, drink and explore was not lost on me when my dentist informed me I should stick predominantly…

Three majestic day trips from Lucerne

Anyone planning a trip to the quaint city of Lucerne in Switzerland’s interior will no doubt be faced with this question at some point. From Lucerne, there are three popular day trips to different mountains in the area – Mt Rigi, Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis. All three mountains offer stunning vistas of the surrounding…

Switzerland on the cheap!

Okay, so it feels like the underlying theme of all my Switzerland posts is that Switzerland is expensive. It is. But it is still entirely possible to travel through Switzerland and not burn a gaping hole in your travel budget for the entire year. How do I know? Because we did it. And I would…

The Recollection Diaries: Switzerland

The snowy white peaks and sprawling green meadows of Switzerland were calling our names. First up we were bound for Bern, the Swiss capital. Our backpacks laden with bread, vegetables, snacks, pasta and rice, we crossed into the land of chocolate, mountains and watches, well-prepared for whatever excessive prices lay before us. We learnt quickly…

Recipe: Vegan Choc Chip Cookies

Just because it is a vegan recipe, doesn’t mean it can’t taste like a normal cookie, right? Indeed. This recipe is fantastic. Packed with chocolate, the cookies also taste a little bit nutty from the use of whole wheat flour. Not only is the recipe vegan, it is also great because it requires no beating…

Recipe: Sourdough

I have gone and done it. I have joined the craze that is making sourdough. In lock-down. Cliche? Probably. But that does not make it a bad idea. Perfecting sourdough is actually quite the art and what a better time to practice than when I have oodles of time and a 10 kilogram bag of…

Review: Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Shout out to Timbertrain for providing the goods during lock-down! It took Andy and I a few weeks to venture out of the West End properly (all our walks kept us much closer to home, as advised by the provincial government) but eventually we made our way along into Gastown and the downtown area. The…