Trastevere Treasures: Where to stay & eat

To the locals living in Rome, Trastevere is nothing short of a treasure. Away from the usual tourist route, this neighbourhood is free of the animated (read: frantic) crowds that make central Rome quite hectic at times. Crossing the river and walking to Trastevere—which literally translates to “beyond the Tiber”—one will notice and feel the …

Food Finds at the Brussels Christmas Markets

I confess: Even if I thoroughly enjoy shopping for winter trinkets at the Chrismtas markets, I honestly and unequivocally go for the food.  And I’m willing to bet good money that most visitors share the same laser-focused goals as I—to savour the atmosphere that’s thick with holiday fuzzies, and to enjoy a variety of scrumptious food, …

Video: 2-minute tour of the Frankfurt Christmas Market

In less than 2 minutes, the Frankfurt Christmas Market will surely get in the mood for the holidays and well… for some good food. Hear the buzz of the visiting crowd, the crackle of the fried potatoes, and the sizzle of the grilled sausages. Watch the gooey Nutella slathered on the crepe, the clouds of …

Good food and Gluhwein in the Frankfurt Christmas Market

Starting off the Christmas special with a highlight from last year’s holiday season.  This was first posted in December 2013 right after a weekend trip to Frankfurt.  Hope you’re not too hungry because these food photos will make you want to eat! Having spent all of December last year in Toronto for our civil wedding, …

Brunch at Andaz Amsterdam

We’re grounded for the months of January and February.  At first, I dreaded the thought that we won’t be able to do our usual winter weekend getaways during the darkest and dreariest months of the year.  In 2012, we broke the long winter stretch with weekend trips to Barcelona and Tromso.  In 2013, we saw snow-covered Budapest …

Food map of Barcelona

There’s paella, and there’s wet yellow rice with 4 pieces of green peas mixed in.  Although Barcelona is known for amazing delicious food, it’s still not free from restaurants that serve… well… bad, inedible items they try to pass off as food.  ¡Que horror!  After 3 trips to Barcelona, I’ve had my own share of not so exemplary …

Cooking class in Barcelona

If you only have a weekend to spend in Barcelona, I will recommend the following itinerary: Day 1:  Get an overview of the city by visiting all of Barcelona’s highlights—very doable in one day; and Day 2:  Immerse yourself in a more hands-on activity like learning what the Spaniards possibly do best: cook amazing food. This is …

Enoteca: Paco Pérez’s obra maestra

In the past decade, the Spaniards were able to achieve a level of distinction and authority in the culinary world that no other can rival.  Every year since 2002, a Spanish restaurant has placed as one of the Top 3 restaurants in the world.  In fact, Chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli ranked No. 1 for 5 …

Getting a Noma reservation

Getting a reservation in Noma is almost impossible.  Almost, but not entirely.  I personally do not know anyone else in my network who has been to Noma, but I am testament to the fact that regular people—not just journalists or food critics—can secure a table.  With a lot of preparation and a little bit of …

Birthday Lunch in Noma

Tomorrow, I will be turning 30.  I am certain that every other 29-year old female out there will attest that this is a big number.  Not wanting to get into any bouts of depression or life crisis, I made a very conscious plan of distracting myself with even bigger gifts.  So instead of seeing the …