Kicking off 2015 in Toronto

Another year and another mini vacation in Toronto to kick off the year and cap off a Christmas holiday journey east as far as Halifax. I don’t foresee any trips to Toronto in the coming year (although I did starkly say that last year, didn’t I), so I took an opportunity to savour some sights…

Toronto on the Last Minute trip recap

In the evening of Tuesday, November 4, because my mother didn’t want to distract me from work (I would have called her right away), I learned that my maternal grandmother, widowed three years ago, had passed away. She hadn’t been sick that I knew of (but apparently had been sick for several days) so it…

30 hours in St. Pierre, France

For the best context, read this after my previous post, 30 hours in St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. Pierre… it’s even harder to explain why I went. No one has ever heard of it and I have to explain what I know: when I was learning Atlantic Canada geography, I learned there were some islands near…

30 hours in St. John’s, Newfoundland

For additional context, after reading this, read 30 hours in St. Pierre, France. I got in to town on an Air Canada Express flight that touched down shortly before 9:00 a.m. and after I checked into my room, a little chilled, set out again. I had a full itinerary and wondered if I would get…

Eating really well around Seattle/Washington

Unlike other trips, I refrained from planning my #2DaysInSeattle to the hilt. Who knew what lay ahead or the exact schedule and what we’d feel like after the ordeal that is a half- and full marathon? Willows Inn The first meal was already planned. We were to dine at Willows Inn on Lummi Island (Lummi…

4th Annual Okanagan trip by the numbers

(our previous trips were in 2007, 2012 and 2013) Number of vacationers: 8 (4 couples) Number of days away: 5 Number of breweries: 3 Wines purchased: 7 – amongst them 2 Merlot and 3 Gewurztraminer Late harvest/dessert wines purchased: 3 Bottles of beer purchased: 5 Games of Game of Thrones played: 1/2 Games of Big…

My Vegas weekend in Fitbit

Let’s just leave most of it to the imagination, okay? But this is what my Fitbit Flex logged on Sunday, June 22 when I was in Las Vegas then Bellingham then Vancouver. We waited over 90 minutes to get into the club (Hakkasan) and really just started dancing at midnight… until it closed down at…

Our May trip to California: the dining perspective

Oh boy, it has been over a week since we’ve been back from our mid-May trip and I can only now finally post about our dining exploits. Nevertheless, the memory lingers and I look upon it all even more fondly as the rude adjustment of returning home is now fading. Super Duper Burger We ought…

Our May trip to California: madcap recap

By the numbers: – days away: 9 – burgers + fries and/or milkshake meals: 4 – ice cream sandwiches: 3 – Chinese breakfasts from Wong Lee on Jackson: 3 (i.e., each day we were there) – Napa wineries visited: 3 – bottles of wine purchased: 2 – hockey play-off games watched in bars ’round town:…

A weekend away from K’emk’emelay* (Vancouver)

Winnie, Andrea, Juliana and… Yoda. Those aren’t our real names. They are the Starbucks names of our little merry band that went to Whistler last weekend. Our firm hosted a weekend in Whistler to celebrate the end of another busy season. The total head count was 90 people, nearly a quarter of the Vancouver office…