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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Louisville :: Sol Aztecas, Mexican in the 'South'

My first trip to Kentucky! What did I know about the state other than the Derby, bourbon, and Colonel Sanders about the 'South'*

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Toronto :: Crispy.Porky.Sandwiches!

<3 Toronto
Mornings like this remind me why calling Toronto home will always make me smile. I've started training again. It took a year since I recognized that I need to fix that about myself for me to wake myself up to actually make a priority. I took this photo from a struggle-filled run one morning in Toronto - I'm proud to say that I have run and finished a 10km run since then under an hour. But this run was important to me because it made me give some serious thought about where and when I should set my roots. And to a certain extent...if.

I love travelling - that's not news to anyone. It's been over a year and a half since I've started to live out of suitcases and backpacks, perpetually snatching any chance I could get to explore. I guess you could call it an obsession. (Okay, not could. It is.)

Lately, however, I've been wishing that I had a place - a constant place - to call home when I go back on the weekends. Shared housing, rentals, and living with parents have worked in the past - but I'm at a point where I just want my own space and privacy. My home.

#2 on my Must-Do list is Live in somewhere new on my own for at least 6 months. I would be satisfied adjusting this to Travel for at least 1 year. Not sure where I'd go - it'd very much depend on timing - but South America is pretty high up on that list. I'd love to do nothing but hike in the mountains and explore the cultures down there for months on end!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Madrid :: Jamón ibérico desayuno

Not a bad breakfast.
I know I know. I’m supposed to be behaving – not giving the old I’m travelling! excuse when indulging. But I couldn’t help myself when I spotted legs upon legs of beautiful Iberian ham hanging from the window…My time here is short and this is definitely on my must-have list, so I didn't want to wait!

Add some warm, crusty bread with sesame-flavoured breadsticky bits, and you have a happy Canuck :-) Perfect after a full day of wine, exploring, lots and lots of tasting, finished by a night of rock barring - promise to write more about it soon :-)

I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I went in thinking that I’d only eat half and save the other half for later, but discipline was thrown out the window the second I started on the salty goodness. This was a random find on Paseo de la Castellana in a little place called Más Jamón. They knew no English, but luckily pointing at a giant leg of ham then your stomach is pretty universal.

Now I'm off for tapas and more dancing*!

*or what I like to call dancing, anyway

Monday, May 14, 2012

Oh Canada?

My friends South of the border agreed for some foodie things from Canada. In the past, I've flown with smoked salmon, ice wine, and maple syrup. I have yet to discover the art of flying down a poutine (short of bringing Quebec cheese curds, PEI potatoes and Alberta beef gravy, then going to town in someones kitchen*).

This time the request was a little different:

Which fit surprisingly well in my suitcase!

In the Canadian Junk Food Round Up we got:

  • Coffee Crisp
  • Smarties
  • Aero Bars
  • Ketchup Chips
  • Spicy Ketchup Chips
  • All Dressed Chips
  • Dill Pickle Chips
  • Tikka Masala Chips

I'm sure that a few of the flavours (most likely the dill and the all-dressed) are available in some locations of the US, but they hadn't heard of them so I brought them down to try :-).

What else should I bring my snack-loving Southerners?

Only one exploded in my suitcase, leaving my rain jacket smelling oh so sweetly of dill pickles. Very attractive.

*not a terrible idea, eh?
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Kentucky Derby time!

This weekend is going to be epic! Started yesterday morning with Down at the Downs...bacon, biscuits and gravy, greasy potato casserole, oh my!

...and headed to the Pegasus Parade after work before meeting up with a friend who flew in from Toronto!


We did a bit of bourbon tasting at the Hilton Seelbach as well as a cute little bourbon shop next to Harvest - details to follow, but the pictures are below :-) ! Off to Oaks - can't wait to see my first race!!!


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