Review: Nook

Oooooooh yes. One of Vancouver’s most beloved Italian spots, Nook actually has several restaurants around Vancouver. Ironically, the OG store is a teeny tiny restaurant around the corner from our house (you can see how its name originated) but it was never the West End restaurant that caught our eye. I think the pandemic caused…

How it feels to live abroad during a pandemic

December 2019: Holy smokes it felt good to touch down in Vancouver. Andy and I had been travelling for over 8 months, and ever since South America, it wasn’t exactly the smoothest ride. It was such a relief to arrive in a country where we could speak English, we had an actual apartment to sleep…

Vancouver’s local mountains

What better place to start for some local insight than by introducing Vancouver’s local mountains? Vancouver is one of the few cities I have been in the world where the city’s somewhat striking skyline is further graced by a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Enhance this vision by inserting a body of water in the foreground…

2021: a shift in focus

Alright friends. It is well and truly 2021 and finally 2020 can be considered a thing of the past. Done and dusted. Put to bed. Unfortunately Covid-19 is still very real and I suspect that we will all be feeling the implications for a while to come. The restrictions in Canada vary by province, and…

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: Nero Waffles

I always overestimate how far Nero is from our apartment – sometimes Robson Street feels a lot longer than what it actually is. Guess what? I Google mapped the distance from our apartment to Nero waffles and it was 260 metres. Upon that realisation, I insisted that Andy and I head there that evening: let’s…

Cycling the Myra Canyon trestles

Cycling through the Myra Canyon is one of the coolest activities I have done since being in Canada. We were particularly lucky with the weather when we went: dry, balmy temperatures but with the colours of autumn saturating the hillside around us. It was absolutely stunning and a real breath of fresh air. The Myra…

Review: Cedar Creek

I chose Cedar Creek for my birthday lunch based on a friend’s recommendation. He had been there for his own birthday a few weeks prior and said he couldn’t fault it. We locked in a booking of our own for a late lunch; a two course meal to be paired with wine.  On the day…

Five fun things to do in Kelowna!

1. Visit the Farmers Market. I love a good Farmers Market and this one was up there with the best. It’s on twice weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am – 1pm) which I love, because it basically means a day for locals and a day for tourists. We went on Wednesday, because we could, and made…

Review: Raudz

With the tagline ‘Kelowna’s Best Restaurant’ I think high expectations are a given for anyone visiting Raudz. I had picked it out as an extended birthday celebration, a special last night activity for Andy and I. I’m a huge fan of the concept of farm to table, as well as when places take pride in…