Photo essay: Life in lockdown

Photo essay: Life in lockdown

A few photos to reflect daily life during these extraordinary times. Riding eerily empty subways to work at the hospital. Social distancing at Tim Horton's. Walking past shuttered playgrounds and parks. Spending quiet nights in. Venturing out for the occasional takeout pickup. Starting barbeque season early. Taking creepy photos. Working on my travel scrapbook and [...]

Travelling the McWorld

Travelling the McWorld

Last month, I suggested to Mr. Chuckles that he consider starting a blog entitled 'Travelling the McWorld' in order to document his habit of eating at McDonald's in every international destination we visit. He scoffed at the idea of joining the blogging world, so I've decided to write this post in his stead. In doing [...]

Mom’s Bún Riêu Cua: Vietnamese crab and tomato soup vermicelli

Mom’s Bún Riêu Cua: Vietnamese crab and tomato soup vermicelli

We are finding ourselves progressively grounded these days with all these evolving restrictions being put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Toronto, school is out, all major league sports are on hold, public facilities are closed, large gatherings are cancelled, and we are basically being told to stay at home as much [...]

Mango sticky rice

Mango sticky rice

Travel plans are on hold these days, but that doesn't stop us from reminiscing about our past adventures around the world, and occupying our time with recreating our favourite dishes from abroad. One of my favourites from Thailand is mango sticky rice, which we enjoyed several times during our trip there last year. Although it [...]

Bánh xèo: Vietnamese fried pancakes

Bánh xèo: Vietnamese fried pancakes

If you have been following the travel section of this blog recently, you'll know that Mr. Chuckles and I spent the last month obsessing over the amazing food of Vietnam. While we were in Hoi An, we attended a cooking class with Coconut Fragrance Restaurant and learned how to prepare several traditional Vietnamese dishes. One [...]

Trip roundup: More thoughts on Cambodia & Vietnam

Trip roundup: More thoughts on Cambodia & Vietnam

We are now safely back in Toronto, getting reacclimated to the brisk temperatures and snowstorms. I'm still trying to rework my circadian rhythm to get over this terrible jet lag, so am forcing myself to stay awake by writing this blog post, with a few more random thoughts on my recent journey through Cambodia and [...]

Last look at Vietnam in Ninh Binh

Last look at Vietnam in Ninh Binh

I thought that I had seen the most beautiful place in Vietnam when we visited Bai Tu Long Bay. That is, until I saw Ninh Binh. On our final full day in Vietnam, we went on a day trip to this province in the Red River Delta of North Vietnam. Ninh Binh is known as [...]