Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival 2017

So, one of my New Year’s Resolution was to post more often* on Instagram. I like telling a short story with the photo – it being like microblogging and all. With my Hot Chocolate Festival adventures, I’m well on way to being successful with this resolution! 21 January: Terra Breads with my Aunt Cindy #56…

The other California trip: L.A. portion

NPY’s dear school friend, BK, whom we visited in 2009 and 2011 in NY moved to LA last year and we are more than happy that our repositioning cruise would drop us off in LA and we could visit. She has two kids all of a sudden (twins) who are 16 months older than E….

The other California trip: Cruise portion

It has been a couple of years where I’ve wanted to try out going on a cruise. FIL and MIL and their gaggle of semi-/retired friends go on – it seems – a cruise every year so FIL is on all the right email lists, has a travel agent he books with and knows the process…

Weekend trip to SF/Napa eats

Just like that, the family wedding and weekend trip to SF/Napa came to an end and just like that, four days and three nights went by. In my ambitious days, that’s like 12 meals but with three wedding events and a toddler in tow, we squeezed in just nine. However, some of it was so good that I…

Last Hurrah Trip to Portland 2016

After I was on leave for 49 weeks, NPY started his three weeks of parental leave and I took a week of vacation to overlap and we went with another couple and their eight-month-old on a mini Pacific Northwest trip. I really should look up if the last time I was in Portland was in 2008…

Weekend Island getaway to Victoria and Sooke: Dining & beer recap

Nearly five years later and we were back in Victoria. Why aren’t we there more often? Because of the blasted ferry rates. And the slow pace and lack of activities for us. But the exchange rate is still quite terrible and it has been five years. And I made an Aeroplan redemption to stay in…

Food finds on my Toronto and Halifax Adventure 2016

Five months ago, I visited Toronto and Halifax with E who was then four months and what a world of difference it is to travel with him again. (The flights are another matter altogether, not to be addressed here.) Sunrise House [Yelp] Ahh, one of the the many pleasures of visiting Toronto. My sister asks…

Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

It is now halfway through this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival, running from January 16 to February 14 with 25 participating shops and 59 unique flavours. I’m on leave at this time so how many would I get to anyhow? January 16 / Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionary For all that NPY lived and worked closeby and loves…

Dining around Toronto, 2015 edition

Over lunch recently with my Toronto cousin who now lives in Vancouver, he seemed surprised that I still follow Blog TO. Yeah, I don’t really see why I would stop. It’s just so me to want to keep a finger on the pulse of the city that originally captured my heart. Don’t tell him, but…

The assorted meals we had in PSP and LAX

Co-worker: Where are you going during your time off? Me: Palm Springs. Co-worker: That’s great! Do you golf? Me: No. Why do people keep asking me that?? Palm Springs is apparently good for golf (not just good, fantastic), outdoor swimming pools and eating. For us, it has a great central location and we had our…