Clarkdale, AZ – the road less traveled

I know it’s hypocritical but when I’m traveling I’m usually not a big fan of being in settings that are clearly there just to serve tourists. So it was a happy accident when we were planning a long weekend near Phoenix and, for no particular reason other than that the accommodation in Sedona seemed quite…

A New York state of mind

I had the chance to spend a few days in the Big Apple last week. Although most of my time was spent working I did have one cold sunny Sunday to myself to explore. Last time I was in New York was 1999. I wasn’t sure what to expect but many parts of the city…

Every block is a short story, every hill a novel.

I’ve been researching what others have said about San Francisco lately and keep coming across the most wonderful quotes. After a visit to the Cable Car Museum this weekend I was looking for something to inspire a fun title for my blog post and came across one of my favorite SF quotes yet courtesy of…

San Francisco – a love letter

Coming up on nine months living in The Golden City and it feels like the right time to do a little reflecting. June, 2016 really doesn’t seem like that long ago but I don’t think I can get away with telling people “I just moved here” much longer. What I love about San Francisco (nine…

The magic of Muir Woods

Named for naturalist John Muir, Muir Woods National Monument protects one of the few stands of old growth coast redwood left in the Bay Area. The park is less than hour from San Francisco and, with trails for all ages and abilities, it was no surprise to find lots of cars all going to the…

Poetry and pizza: an afternoon in North Beach

With so many nooks and crannies to explore and more delis, coffee shops, restaurants and bars then you can count, North Beach is one of those neighborhoods where I could happily come for breakfast and stay for dinner. My goal had been to check out the City Lights Bookstore but once I was in the…

Starting the new year on Angel Island

We’ve been meaning to get over to Angel Island for months and on January 1st we finally made it … barely. We were aiming for the 9:45 am ferry from Pier 41, San Francisco and planning to pick up some sandwiches for a picnic lunch along the way. There is a cafe on the island…

Lemon-y garlick-y chickpea salad

I go through phases when I only want to eat a certain kind of food. I’m sure there’s a name for this and maybe it’s a sign I’m low in some particular nutrient. Anyway, it’s not great when the phase is ketchup potato chips (yes, I’m Canadian!) or pizza but right now it’s lemony chickpeas…