Review: Palate Kitchen

Wow! I am SO pleased to announce, ladies and gentlemen, that I have a new brunch favourite in Vancouver. This is very exciting news as brunch is one of my absolute favourite meals, and living in North America I have felt my excitement for brunch dwindle a bit. Although we have eaten at plenty of…

Review: Strathcona Brewery

So many of my reviews of Canadian restaurants and cafes have been done during Covid-19, that it has basically created a whole new 2020 standard. I had the good fortune of visiting Strathcona before Covid-19 hit and then again once the pandemic had become the new way of life. Anyone who lives in Vancouver and…

Review: Jingle Bao

I am not a huge fan of Chinese food, mainly because my experience of it is that it tends to be quite meaty, very oily and often fried. As a huge vegetable lover, I don’t often crave a beige plate.┬áThere are a ton of cheap and cheerful Asian restaurants located on Denman Street in the…

The Recollection Diaries: London

My recollection Strongest memory: Before we had even arrived in London, our host-to-be, George, had invited us to an event called Sofar Sounds. We like to say yes to most things, but a few months of travelling with each other left us very keen for wider social interactions. We said yes, without hesitation. For $20,…

Autumn in Van

I have never been someone who gets excited by autumn, or fall, as it’s more commonly referred to here in North America. Maybe Vancouver just does it better than anywhere I’ve ever lived before, or maybe 2020 has taught me to better appreciate the little things in life (probably it’s a combination of both). Whatever…

Review: Cardero’s Restaurant

Nestled in Coal Harbour, amongst the boats and fancy apartment buildings, Cardero’s is built on the water and has intrigued me since Day 1. I noticed on our first walk here that the window display listing shrimp and oysters is accompanied by trays of… oranges and tomatoes. Each time I go past it (which is…

Review: Tacofino Ocho

Obviously any visit to Tacofino is always going to draw instant comparisons to the OG food truck. I had expected the menus to be virtually identical and the quality of the food to be pretty similar. I was right on the latter, but the menu definitely took me by surprise. Tacofino Ocho (located in Mt…

The Recollection Diaries: Malta

My recollection Strongest memory: How strange Malta was as a country. It felt like it was destined to be a rich, glamorous hot spot for expats, that was abandoned before all the sky scrapers and developments were finished. We stayed in an ex-resort, where our enormous room had nothing but 3 beds in it, and…

The Recollection Diaries: Budapest

My Recollection Strongest memory: I was only in Budapest for a really short time, like 2 days worth of time. I had caught a bus from Prague to Budapest, during which time I had tried to zone out as I watched repeats of Gossip Girl playing on the screen attached to the seat in front…

The Recollection Diaries: Prague

My recollection (the only recollection!) Strongest memory: Prague is an anomaly in my 2019 travels, for the reason that Andy wasn’t there. One of my strongest memories is the fact that everything fun that I did, or cool thing that I saw, I wanted to share that memory with Andy. After all our travels, it…