Month: April 2013

Hotel Dalla Mora in Venice

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After arriving from our cramped, overpriced hotel in Paris in May, this hotel was an airy piece of heaven. The Hotel Dalla Mora is owned by a pair of super nice brothers, (Alessandro & Francesco). To get to the hotel, you have to navigate the twisty streets and crazy bridges (why, why would you put so many steps on a bridge??) with your super large suitcase. But once you are there, it’s worth it.

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This is the view from my bedroom of the hotel patio.

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The bedroom was very clean, spacious and came to $135 for the night. Although the room was very simple, it was elegant with it’s wood paneling and sweet wardrobe that locked with an antique key. The bathroom was also very clean. The WiFi was free and had a strong connection.

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Breakfast was included with the cost of the hotel. It was served in the hotel’s breakfast room, and was a typical Italian breakfast of coffee/tea, croissants, crackers and other small pastries.

Getting around was pretty simple, and once we got the layout of the city, it only took us about 10 minutes to walk from the hotel to the train station.

Nearby there are restaurants and some cute shops. (a leather store, glass bead store and a mask shop!)

Hotel Dalla Mora has a tiny canal behind it. It was very nice, but just note that the ferry buses do not go here. If you want to use the canal, you would have to call a water taxi and they are very expensive.

Hotel Dalla Mora is a 1 star hotel, but I give it 4 stars for comfort, cleanliness and service.
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The Québec–Lévis Ferry

 

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Taking the ferry in Quebec in the heart of winter  unexpectedly turned out to be one of the coolest things I did while on my trip.

The ferry connects Québec City to Lévis, costs $3.25 and is 10 minutes long one way.

It was amazing, seeing the frozen lake. I had never seen ice like this before and I felt like I was in the arctic watching ice bergs drift by. I can only imagine how amazing the arctic must be…

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Picture This: The Good Food and Drink Festival

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This weekend, I stopped by the Good Food & Drink Festival at the Exhibition. Smaller than I expected, this crowded show had lots of interesting vendors. Here are some of my favourites.

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I had always heard good things about Evelyn’s crackers, but never had the chance to try them. I picked up a delicious bag of Cheddar Crispies. They were amazing. Softer and and flakier than expected, they practically melted in my mouth. No need for cheese on these, just eat them as they are.

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Rainbow kettle corn from Original Kelly Corn

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Grow your own mushrooms with this Shroom box!

IMG_8107This shortbread was so good! I thought I had my local shortbread bases covered with Coach House Shortbread and Mary MacLeod, but I hadn’t tried Scotch Mountain! This shortbread was rich, buttery and available in a dazzling array of flavours like toasted coconut, brown sugar, toffee, cheddar and more. Mmm.

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Buster’s Sea Cove was a very popular food truck during the show. I waited a long, long time for my shrimp and fish tacos to be ready. (20 minutes!). I was a bit disappointing that they messed up my order, but the fish was incredibly fresh as was the shrimp.

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I was delighted to discover the Pie Guyz from Brampton. They specialize in all sorts of interesting UK style meat pies. They had some unique flavours, like tandoori chicken, mutton curry and sweet corn and cheese. I tried a classic chicken pot pie and enjoyed the puff pastry and savory flavour. I need to visit them one day!

 

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Hot Dog from Mike’s Dog House.

Modern Family Nicole by OPI collection

Modern Family is one of my favourite TV Shows. Have you seen it? It’s awesome. So when I heard about the new Nicole by OPI collection I was excited!

This 24 shade collection features “shades that capture the show’s colorful personalities from a classic taupe named after patriarch Jay, to a sparkly pink hue fit for little Lilly!”

My favourite shades are My Jay or the Highway and Luke of the Draw! Check them all out below. Follow  Nicole by OPI on Twitter at  @NicoleByOPI or Facebook

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Eat St. Recipes from tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible Food Trucks

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Okay, I’m going to be straight with you. This book is going to make you want to run out of your house and find the nearest food truck. It’s also going to make you want to travel to a food truck hotspot, such as Vancouver or Portland, stat. You’ve been warned.

When I first got this book, I was incredibly excited but also a bit intimated. Would I, a person that is an incredibly picky eater yet also a foodie, (go figure) be able to fall in love with recipes that involved potato chips and pineapple on a hamburger? No need to worry here. This book has recipes for adventurous palates as well as traditional ones. And everything looks so delicious that you’ll want to make everything.

The Eat St. Cookbook features recipes  from the best food trucks that have been on the popular Food TV show and collected by James Cunningham, the host. The food trucks are in Canada and the USA. Handily organized into categories like Mobile Snacks, Ultimate Street Sandwiches, and Sweet Wheels, this book is easy to navigate.

There are 125 mouthwatering recipes. Each recipe has a bit of background info about the food truck, where it’s located and a full page photo.
Some of my favourites include: Drunken Shrimp Tacos (Shrimp Pimp Truck), Late Summer Harvest Salad (The Purple Carrot) and the Italian Lollipop (Mangia Mangia Mangia).

Along with the appendix, there is a food truck directly so that you can hunt these food trucks down. Sounds like a plan!

I’m especially excited because I’ll be going to the West Coast the summer, and will be able to visit some of these tucks first hand! Not taking a trip anytime soon? Visit the Good Food Festival this weekend! James Cunningham, host of Eat St. will be live on stage, and a selection of local food trucks will be there.

Eat St. is available in bookstores and online.

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April Reads

Here are some books I’m looking forward to this month!
aprilbooks1 Appetizers by Canadian Living Editors (April 9)
When you’re hosting a party, you need to create just the right mood — and just the right food. That”s easy when the experts in The Canadian Living Test Kitchen are there to offer their advice and their scrumptious, Tested-Till-Perfect entertaining recipes.

 

 

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The Toronto Star Cookbook, Jennifer Bain (April 2)

This family-friendly cookbook is filled with recipes for classic comfort food like rice pudding two ways (diner-style and upscale) apple crisp (made with three varieties of apple) and grilled cheese (updated with smoked cheese and sriracha ketchup), and classic Ontario dishes (True North Flatbread, My Mom’s Pan-Fried Pickerel and The Hogtown Sandwich). Note: Spoiler alert, this book is awesome! I already cooked one delicious recipe from it, which I’ll share soon!

 

aprilbooks2Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (April 23)

Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman. ( April 23)
The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.
Note: Eeee! I love everything by Neil Gaiman. I’m excited for this book, but sad that it’s so short.

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