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Friday, November 4, 2011

Howdy!


Missed Texan flight #2 - Solution: baileys and coffee with your 9am bagel

I had a great Hallowe'en weekend in Texas! Updates to come...one day :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Seattle :: Kabul Afghan Cuisine

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After our “hike”, we took advantage of the zip car to get a good look at the city. Not a bad skyline, Seattle! This view followed a decent dinner at Kabul Afghan Cuisine. A fast talkin’ owner and homey food made for a good stop in Seattle…

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Seattle :: Vietnamese Crepes!

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I love flying around the west coast! Regardless of how many times I pass by them, I never get tired of the beautiful mountains…this time, I stopped by Seattle for a brief visit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yellowknife :: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Well I did it! I have a perpetually growing list of things to do/see in my lifetime, and I knocked one off my list…
  1. Travel somewhere new on my own Follow my Oceania story here
  2. Live somewhere new on my own (for at least 6 months)
  3. Find a job I love For which I think FSM every day
  4. Climb Mt. Fuji  Check-ish - I reached the last station but the top was closed due to a typhoon
  5. Explore every continent
  6. Complete the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu
  7. Complete a trek over a week long, if not two (El Camino de Santiago, maybe?)
  8. See the Aurora Borealis check!
So…this weekend, I felt like going to Yellowknife! I have to admit that the average reaction from my friends was a less PG version of “What is there to do in Yellowknife?


A few answers:
Take a walk around Niven Lake
Fall in the lovely cold waters of Cassidy Point
Watch the beautiful Aurora Borealis dance along the sky
Enjoy a steamed almond milk while working away at Javaroma
Nosh on a bison burger at The Black Knight – a local fav
Pretend to be a local by stuffing yourself with turkey
Tumble down the Cultural Crossroads monument
Giggle like a child at Ragged Ass Road
Take a walk around Old Town

I'm in a list-y mood today.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Zealand :: Road Tripping to Rivendell

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Better late than never! It seems like the only time that I get a chance to write these days is when I’m 35,000 feet in the air and too zoned out to work!

I've become very attracted to posterous' integrated slideshow function - I'm tempted to make the jump and migrate over there. I'm currently using blogger and Windows Live Writer, but I'm sure there are better applications out there...suggestions?

In an attempt to hang onto blogger, I'll try Google's slideshow out...but it doesn't have the nice little thumbnail view that I found so appealing in my friend's blog.

North Island Road Trip - Day 1!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Toronto :: Nuit Blanche!

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“How was your weekend?”

A co-worker asked me that question today – and I was reminded again of neglected Cookies & Tomatoes. This blog sorely needs some love – I’ve been to Seattle, Mexico, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Germany, Paris, and the Netherlands this summer! Wowee! Quite a bit to catch up on!

But, before I get to all of that…how was my weekend? Was definitely sorry to see it end. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a damn good weekend in Toronto with friends, family, and lots of laughter. We danced the night away, ran around the streets of my favourite city when it was alive with art, and talked as if I had been gone for years, but never really left.

Toronto, I’ve missed you!

One way to start the weekend right is with an open bar:
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The Calgary lounge for frequent flyers is always buzzing with smart businessmen and exhausted travellers. What I’ve found the most amusing is the sheer amount of alcohol at these lounges – on tap!

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It was a particularly hard flight – the combination of Baileys and a strong of mocha proved to be a terrible idea since I was mentally exhausted but physically jittery for the whole flight – so it was not surprising that I left my suitcase in the bathroom on my way out.


Not surprising but sure as heck not fun.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Australia & New Zealand :: Tasty Translations


I was chatting with a friend this morning about how fun supermarkets are when travelling.

Yeah, that’s right. Supermarkets.

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I know I know - I'm a total dork. Feel free to judge!

Woolsworth (Woolies) were everywhere and is where I shopped to save a bit of cash while on the road…but phew – groceries in Australia were not easy on the backpacker’s wallet.

Peppers are capsicums:
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Cantaloupes are rock melons
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Seattle :: Caffe Senso Unico

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When I hear Seattle, I think coffee shops, rainy weather, Microsoft, and a cheesy medical soap opera (I bet I’m going to lose all my subscribers from that comment, eh?). Armed with my trusty rain jacket and the determination to have at least one good cup of coffee, I arrived in Washington without a clue or a plan…

Friday, August 26, 2011

Toronto :: Queen Margherita Pizza…Napoletana Round 2!

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It seems like I made the vow to try Pizzeria Libretto’s Neapolitan competitor ages ago. I patiently waited for an opportunity to go there for lunch – a rarity nowadays. I was extremely pleased when I was finally able to escape on a beautiful Friday afternoon with two friends to Queen West. We decided to go for their $25 prix-fixe menu and started no-longer elusive Marghertia lunch.

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Verdict
: Eh…skip. Cold pizza, Libretto wins hands down!
Meal: Lunch
Price: $25+ t&t
Location: 1402 Queen Street E

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hazelnut Butter?

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I’m in trouble. I am seriously in love with Nutella but my never-ending obsession with travel and quite honestly stressful weeks at work has left me turning to it, and other not so healthy foods, when I need to feel some comfort. Despite my claim that I’ll dust off my shoes and start my trek to 21-km again, I have gone longer without touching a treadmill than ever before :\
Well, a lack of peanut butter and craving for Nutella (but refusal to buy either) led me to find a bowl of hazelnuts that I toasted a week prior.
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If you want hazelnut butter, simply toast then pulverize the nuts in a Magic Bullet (or equivalent). If you' want the creamy consistency, add a bit of olive oil if you so wish…or if you’re able to hit the gym more than I, use a double-boiler to melt some 70% dark chocolate and combine the two. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Toronto :: Seoul House

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“Where do I go for great Korean food?”
I get this question all too often, and I always give the same recommendation – Seoul House! Yes, the service can leave something to be desired if you’re not fluent in Korean – I’ll digress – but the quality of the pork belly, soups, and stir frys have me going back again…and again…and again!

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Verdict: Go!
Meal: Dinner
Price: $50pp
Location: 3220 Dufferin St, Toronto

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chicago :: Taqueria Tayahua

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Around the corner from Smunderground were a ton of Mexican eats and stores for the Hispanic community. While I had travelled through the US many times before, I stuck to the national parks and never realized the influence from our friends at the southern end of North America.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Toronto PATH :: Fast Fresh Foods & Marcello's

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As I explore cities across the world, I’ve come to appreciate Toronto’s simple, mid-range offerings that are quick and relatively healthy for the downtown crowd. A growing trend, Salad Creations and Sandwich Box are seeing new competitors like Fast Fresh Foods and Marcelo’s make their way into The Path. Fast Fresh Foods is a relatively recent addition underneath 145 King St West (from Sunlife, cross through St. Andrew station). I found the pesto too oily, but the plethora of mushrooms and tasty chicken breast fantastic so I’d return, simply asking for less pesto next time.
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Marcello makes a decent sandwich as well, with fresh chicken and vegetables – but I find that it’s on the pricey side. Fast Fresh Foods on Urbanspoon Marcello's Market & Deli on Urbanspoon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Calgary :: Brasserie Kensington … Foie Gras Oink!

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BrasserieSince Hoof Cafe’s Foie Gras on French Toast (R.I.P.), a love for decadent (and guilt-ridden) duck liver slathered on carbohydrates has exploded – not sure if I simply hadn’t noticed beforehand or if a crazy trend has spread across Canada but it’s here.

Upon a recommendation from the hug-worthy gelato scooper at Wake, we clomped our cowboy boots (okay, I was the only one wearing them) to Brasserie for dinner reservations.


The gelato scooper’s words, Piggy Piggy, rang true for this meal but ohh…piggy-piggy-delish  it truly was! My friend was both apalled and amused by Wine Bar’s little note on the bottom…
Grape Drink”?? - K
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

We started with the Foie Gras Poutine and the Foie Gras Potato Skins. We don’t fool around!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Toronto :: Dumpling House & Tea Shop 168

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Rats frolicking in the window aside, Dumpling House remains to be a popular spot for late night feasts. While many are turned off from the less-than-pristine Chinatown lurks, I’ve noshed from enough dives, stalls, and sketchy blankets to say when it’s good it’s good without too much paranoia.

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Verdict:
Cheap, tasty, and epic dumpling feast
Meal: Dinner
Price: $6/dozen!
Location: Chinatown, Toronto