Kissa Tanto, a review

Italian-Japanese cuisine. Yes, you read that correctly. These two seemingly widely separate cuisines actually share a lot of common ground in their use of simple, seasonal ingredients. The 80 seat Kissa Tanto was conceived by Tannis Ling and chef Joel Watanabe in 2016. It’s tucked up on the second floor at 263 East Pender Street, an ungentrified end of Chinatown in Vancouver. …

AnnaLena, a review

AnnaLena, at 1809 West 1st Avenue in Vancouver, is Chef Michael Robbins baby. Named after his two grandmothers, it’s an intimate 60+ seat space with a cooking style he describes on his website as, “Modern Canadian cooking, heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest”. Recently listed as one of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2016 and one of Vancouver’s best new restaurants in …

Spring in Vancouver

Spring is (very) slowly making us forget the great Vancouver snowfall(s) of this past winter, so I decided to show some of the spring sights in Vancouver. It’s my favourite season: time to break out the bocce balls, start planting, pruning, and dreaming of sunny days spent in the backyard. We use the BBQ and smoker all year round, it’s just …

My Best Travel Tips

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I’ve put together for you some of my best travel tips that I’ve come up with over the years through experience and trial and error. Feel free to share some of your own! 1) Pack a Pashmina/Shawl Technically pashmina is a type of fine lightweight cashmere, it is also used as the name of a long wide scarf made from this wool …

A Week in Maui

We found an excellent deal via WestJet to fly to Maui, Hawaii, in late June. The three of us could get there and back from Vancouver for $1,200. We couldn’t not go! Those of you with teens know how much easier a vacation is if there’s a friend along. Our girl would have been bored out of her tree just …

A Weekend in San Francisco

Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend in early December to San Francisco. We based what weekend we went on what band was going to be playing at the Fillmore and we decided we wanted to see Los Lobos. We found a reasonable flight on Air Canada and left around noon on the Friday. We took the BART …

New York… food, drink, music, and a lot of walking.

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“These are bad seats.” “I know.” “This thing in front of us is pouring out heat.” “I know.” “Hey look. Those people are going to leave.” “Which ones?” “The ones at the back there, under the flag. They have the best seats, let’s get them.” “On it.” As the couple at the back with the best seats on the New …

A Trip to Portland by Train with a Teen

“Will there be wifi?” is a question any parent with a teen is familiar with. Happily, and to her delight, I was able to answer, “Yes, the train will have wifi.” Train travel is relaxing while driving can be super-stressful. Given a choice between a six hour drive and an eight and a half hour train ride, it’s the train all …

A Quick Tour Of Belgium… beer, food, and speeding tickets.

One by one I slowly climbed the 366 narrow, dark, and steep steps up the Bruges Belfry. I used a thick, coarse rope railing to help pull myself up, squeezing flat against the cold stone walls to allow room for those heading down. At the top, a reward: each window offered a picture-perfect view of a quarter of Bruges. As …

Cuba Family Getaway

The Iberostar Ensenachos Resort, 90 minutes from the Santa Clara airport in Cuba, is a sprawling property that takes up its own cayo (a small low island), on Cayo Ensenachos. Never having visited Cuba before, I didn’t know what to expect. I like to do a lot of research before I go somewhere, but this time the best reason to go was …