On this day: Magnificent Mile, Chicago

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On April 7, 2018, I was at the Magnificent Mile, Chicago, USA. A few years ago, I had booked a week off work around my 30-something birthday, so Mr. Chuckles and I decided to celebrate with our first…

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Life in Colour: April – Pink

Welcome to a new month and a new Life in Colour Photo Challenge. In April, we look at Pink. Pink: A delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness; is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.

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Life in Colour: March – Green

With a new month comes a new Life in Colour Photo Challenge theme. In March, we are looking at Green. Green signals new life in spring, fresh green leaves, the shoots of new bulbs emerging from the soil. It is a cool and soothing colour, bringing us moisture and shade. Landscape greens Botanical greens Edible…

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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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