Cayman: Birdies, beaches, boating, batmobiles and blue iguana

As light snow flutters by my window, my thoughts turn to our vacation in Cayman where birdies, beaches, boating, batmobiles and blue iguana etched into our memories. It was our first foray into this area of the Caribbean and hopefully won’t be our last. The Cayman Islands are comprised of three islands including Grand Cayman, … Read moreCayman: Birdies, beaches, boating, batmobiles and blue iguana

La Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

When you stand in front of the shelves at a wine shop does your eye automatically search out your favourite varietals? Merlot? Cab Sauv? Chardonnay? Or one of the Pinots—Noir or Gris? Or perhaps you prefer, as so many do, Bordeaux blends. It’s easy to fall into purchasing patterns, searching out the safe and certain … Read moreLa Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

Weekend at Taste of Tulalip

Recently I attended Taste of Tulalip for the first time. Wow, it was everything I had heard and more. We just had the most fun. Although I don’t think “wow” quite covers it. The event hosts, Norma and Allan, did just a fabulous job coordinating everything and the hotel staff were so efficient we felt … Read moreWeekend at Taste of Tulalip

Festive And Active Holidays At Harrison Hot Springs

FESTIVE, ACTIVE AND A LITTLE COUNTRY – HOLIDAY TIME AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS Small-town charm and outdoor winter fun is only 90 minutes away from the crowds. With merry events, family-friendly snow sports and special entertainers, Harrison beckons to young families and seniors alike. The season opens with the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for … Read moreFestive And Active Holidays At Harrison Hot Springs

IMPROMPTU OKANAGAN EXCURSION – part deux

With Wine Tourism Day coming up on November 8 it seems timely to complete my list of places to visit in the Okanagan. I actually travelled to the Okanagan on two occasions this past September. Neither trip was planned in advance yet we managed to pack in a lot in just a few days. I … Read moreIMPROMPTU OKANAGAN EXCURSION – part deux

Which Travel Destination pairs with your Culinary Personality?

Do you love to travel? Do you love to eat? So many of us head off to fabulous destinations & come back with stories of the great tastes we tried.    Recently I teamed up with Travelocity.ca to write the first annual Culinary Travel Trend Report — The Top 10 Destinations around the world, along … Read moreWhich Travel Destination pairs with your Culinary Personality?

Wine Tourism Day on November 8 with @OKCrushPad

Summerland is the BC Wine Hot Spot for Annual Wine Tourism Day   The Story:   The second annual Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on November 8, 2014. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate … Read moreWine Tourism Day on November 8 with @OKCrushPad

IMPROMPTU Okanagan trip – Part Two

  The advantage of an unplanned trip is that you don’t have an itinerary or a schedule to follow you just go where you want to go. So now it’s late Saturday morning and we decide to get out of town (Kelowna) and head over to Naramata Bench. There are dozens of great wineries to … Read moreIMPROMPTU Okanagan trip – Part Two

IMPROMPTU OKANAGAN EXCURSION – Part one – Dinner at RauDZ Regional Table

  What happens when you get a last minute invitation to join in on a weekend trip to Okanagan wine country?  Well obviously you accept, pack and go. So leaving Vancouver just after noon on  Friday away we went – destination Kelowna. The weather was ideal for a weekend away and even though there was … Read moreIMPROMPTU OKANAGAN EXCURSION – Part one – Dinner at RauDZ Regional Table

A day spent with Italian winemaker Barbara Tamburini

  First the place: There are seven zones of wine regions in Tuscany and we were in the North East close to the river. The estate has 50 hectares of vineyards and a very interesting history. On the place of the ruins sat an ancient Roman fort which became the medieval Castle of Vico. In the fifteenth … Read moreA day spent with Italian winemaker Barbara Tamburini