A little bit naughty, a little bit nice

Make this banana bread on a lazy Sunday morning, then whip up the salad in the time it takes to bake for a hearty homemade weekend brunch. Perfect for this time of year when we’re all looking to find balance between healthy options and indulgent treats. BANANA BREAD Years ago on a trip to Maui…

Point Reyes Road Trip

Rather than lie around like a couple of turkeys this Thanksgiving, we decided to take advantage of the four day weekend to do some adventuring. But where to go? We needed something that would be easy to plan last minute and Point Reyes fit the bill perfectly – less than 90 minutes from the city…

Introducing the snack of the summer

I mentioned to my yoga teacher that I was feeling super gross after doing a bunch of traveling lately and she suggested I check out the Goop summer reset plan and in particular the watermelon with cayenne and lime. I’m a huge fan of anything spicy and anything sour so I headed straight to the…

Back to the start

A few weeks ago I found myself in Toronto 9 years to the day from my first visit there. I was there for work back then and this month again was there for work – different name, different hometown, different job, same hotel! The event I was there for was at the Westin Harbour Castle…

A toast to sourdough

Had some tomatoes and mushrooms that needed to be used up and recently read somewhere that sourdough is the healthiest kind of bread. I have no idea if it’s true or not but that was enough to give me an excuse to whip up a couple of my old favourites for a super easy summer…

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…