My travel distraction: Gizmo the Shih Tzu

Hi folks. I’ve been neglecting my travel/food blog and social media lately. This is why. Last week, we welcomed home our little Shih Tzu puppy, named Gizmo after the mogwai in the movie Gremlins. Gizmo loves to cuddle, bite at my feet, and sleep 18 hours per day. I’m pretty sure she knows her name,…

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Life in Colour: July – Blue

Another month, another Life in Colour Photo Challenge. In July, we are looking at Blue. I’ve had a serious case of the “travel blues” these days so most of my selection was found from browsing old trip albums. This month we will be looking for Blue. A primary colour that we look upon almost every day.…

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Life in Colour: June – White

This month’s Life in Colour Photo Challenge theme is a special one. We are looking at images of White and it seems that I have quite a few to share. White is technically not a colour, white light comprises all hues on the visible light spectrum. White is the lightest colour and is achromatic (having no hue). White…

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On this day: Rome to Amalfi via Naples, Italy

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On June 8, 2018, I was at the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Following a whirlwind day in Florence, we returned to our hotel in Rome in late evening and hopped into bed. The next morning, we awoke early to…

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On this day: Rome to Florence, Italy

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On June 7, 2018, I was in Florence, Italy. We had arrived in Italy a week ago, and were basing ourselves in the national capital. We spent our first few days in and around Rome, going on a…

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Urban wilderness at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto

Despite having lived in Toronto for over three decades, this weekend was my first time venturing over to the Port Lands and exploring it properly. We tuned up our bikes and took them out for a ride along the Martin Goodman mixed use trail that leads you to Tommy Thompson Park. Located along the east…

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Life in Colour: May – Purple

Following a month of Pink in April, we are now highlighting Purple in May for the Life in Colour Photo Challenge. This month’s theme is a bit challenging, as HeyJude wants us to avoid Violet. Both are secondary shades of red and blue, but purple is red predominant and saturated, while the spectral colour of…

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Life in Colour: April – Sakura Pink

This month’s Life in Colour theme of Pink was perfectly timed for sakura season. Otherwise known as cherry blossoms, sakura are the flowers of the genus Prunus trees. For a couple weeks at the beginning of each spring, cherry blossoms bloom into clouds of pink and white. Those who have been lucky enough to visit…

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Esquites (Mexican street corn salad)

Mexico is a country that I may never visit, but I sure do enjoy Mexican food. Esquites is one of our favourite side dishes to serve on Taco Tuesdays. It is a popular recipe of grilled corn, mixed with creamy, cheesy, lime-scented, chilli-flecked sauce. Sounds delicious, right? It’s perfect as summer approaches and fresh corn…

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Everything we ate in Chicago, USA

When we visited Chicago in 2018, we had the chance to marvel at its world-famous architecture and scope out its top landmarks, but the part of the trip we were most excited for was the food. Chicago has been voted America’s top foodie destination in various publications — and based on our five days of…

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