Life in Colour: Belated January – Brown

Unfortunately, I joined in on HeyJude’s Life in Colour Photo Challenge a month late, so missed the theme for January. I’m going to go ahead and catch up with some earthy Brown. I’m trying to post photos I have not yet shared, but some of them are worth repeating so they may look familiar if…

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Life in Colour: February – Yellow

Thanks to Marie from HopsSkipsandJumps, I was introduced to HeyJude’s Life in Colour Photo Challenge. Each month, she posts a photo theme and this year will be focused on colour. Colour affects us all – it can ignite our senses, change our moods, our perceptions, our choices of what to wear or how to decorate our…

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Cantonese steamed fish

This recipe post is a belated one, as I meant to post it last week in time for Lunar New Year, but better late than never, right? Steamed fish is a traditional part of the Lunar New Year meal, thought to symbolize good luck. My blogger friend Rebecca reminded me that there is a Chinese…

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Outstanding Blogger Award

Last week, I’ve Bean Travelling reached another milestone – the two year anniversary of the inception of this blog. In celebration, I’m finally getting around to responding to my nomination for the Outstanding Blogger Award, granted by the kind folks Michelle and Richard from Chalk & Cheese Travels, and Angela from Suitcase Travel. My responses…

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Travel nostalgia at Tivoli Miniature World

Whatever happened to miniature villages? Back in the 1980s and 1990s, children and families in Ontario were spoiled by these attractions filled with small-scale replicas. Tivoli Miniature World in Niagara Falls, Canada was opened in the early 1990s, after moving from its original location in Prudhomme’s Landing on the shores of Lake Ontario. It featured…

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Mildred’s inspired blueberry pancakes

One of my favourite brunch spots in Toronto is Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, located in Liberty Village. Their hallmark menu item is Mrs. B’s Famous Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes — a fluffy, sweet and super photogenic concoction. Based on the date of that Instagram post, I haven’t had Mildred’s pancakes for over a year, so it was…

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Around the world via 10 ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto, Canada

With international travel plans still on hold, I have not been doing the trip planning that I normally would at the start of a new year. Instead, I’ve been looking for places to discover locally, and what better way to substitute travel abroad than exploring the cultures of Toronto? Toronto, Ontario is the most diverse…

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Under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Located in downtown Toronto adjacent to the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of three public aquariums owned by Ripley Entertainment. The aquarium was originally intended for Niagara Falls, where it would undoubtedly fit in on the kitschy Clifton Hill, but plans fell through and it opened in Toronto in 2013. It houses…

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Maple pecan baked brie

I haven’t posted a new recipe for awhile, so I’m finally bringing you a fresh one for the winter season. We found a simple recipe for baked brie that only requires five ingredients, producing a perfect combination of sweet and savoury. This is an ever popular appetizer served at holiday parties, but during these days…

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Hometown Challenge: My favourite photos of Toronto

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you’ll know that I recently completed the Travel Challenge, where I posted 10 of my favourite photos taken during my international adventures. Unfortunately, 2020 was a bad year for travel so beyond the ones from my timely pre-pandemic trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, most of the photos in…

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