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Travel Pics #17: Caribbean Paradise: Guadeloupe – Club Med

Looking for a Caribbean island with white sandy beaches where you can just sit back and relax while listening to the waves roll in? Then beautiful Guadeloupe is the spot for you. I had the opportunity to check out the area during a visit in early May while staying at Club Med-Caravelle.
Guadeloupe is part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It consists of two main islands, Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east. The two islands are separated by a narrow strait. The official language spoken is French but you will also hear some Antillean Creole.

Travel Pics #16: Sensational Santos Tapas Bar

Santos Montreal, Quebec

I’m always looking.
Looking for a good tapas bar that offers up unique dishes and creative drinks instead of the same-old concoctions or ones that are made with ‘a slight twist’. I want to go somewhere I can sit back and enjoy the food, the music, the atmosphere and the company I am with. When I recently visited Old Montreal, I found that tapas bar. Its name…Santos.
The food served here is Spanish inspired. With all the streets in Old Montreal named after saints, its fitting the bar is named Santos–Saint in Spanish.
Let me tell you, there isn’t anything saintly about the sinfully good tapas and mixed drinks here…

Fave Recipes For Sharing

I’m always looking for great tasting and easy to make recipes, especially this time of year. I was given a new…well…old…well, to me it’s a new recipe that I thought I’d share along with two of my go-to favourites.
I’m giving you a head’s up–these recipes are quite rich and I consider them to be a splurge for the holidays. Let me know what you think.

Cooking Up Some Great Gifts

Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for someone on your list? What about that foodie who seems to have everything? Here are some of my cookbook picks that are perfect for gift giving. They are great for that Master Chef as well as the beginner who doesn’t even know how to crack an egg. These cookbooks have beautiful photos and easy-to follow recipes. Add a bow with some cooking utensils and you’ll be invited to many dinner parties to come.

Practical Paleo Tips and Recipes

The Paleo Kitchen

If you’re ever scratching your head wondering what gift would be perfect for me, here’s a hint– a cookbook. I’m game for a good cookbook that has recipes I will actually try. That’s why I picked up this one…The Paleo Kitchen-Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking. I don’t strictly follow any one particular eating plan, I just enjoy good food, so I decided to add this cookbook to my collection. The recipes are brought to us by two powerhouse Paleo bloggers: Juli Bauer and George Bryant. The Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet to many in basic terms, refers to what foods to eat to not only nourish the body but help heal it too. Juli and George breakdown what eating Paleo is, if it’s right for you and how to get started.

Travel Pics #15: Year ‘Round Offerings at Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market

When travelling I always make a beeline to the local farmers’ markets. I enjoy seeing what the vendors have to offer and sometimes I find myself in interesting conversations with even more interesting people. On a recent trek to Montreal, Quebec, I made it a point to stop by Marché Jean-Talon to see just how much it had changed over the years. Just as I suspected, the market is still one of the best spots around to pick up fresh produce, a bite to eat to eat and of course to purchase a number of items that end up on your grocery list like…cheese.

Style Tips With Lynn Spence

The temperature is starting to cool down, which means it’s time to take inventory of what’s hanging in your closets. Do you have the essential pieces needed to transition into the cooler winter months? Not sure what you need to add to your fashion wardrobe essentials? I caught up with Cityline Style Expert Lynn Spence recently at a fashion event at Spanner where she was the special guest. She shared her top three “must haves” of the season.

Oh My Olive et Gourmando!

It has been too long!!
When I used to live in Ottawa, I’d travel to Montreal since it was just a quick day trip away. From visiting the site of Expo 67 to shopping in endless fashion boutiques, Montreal was the place to enjoy it all. If you wanted an assortment of great food–this was the place to find it too. Despite a lot of time passing, nothing has changed this fact. I had the pleasure of visiting Old Montreal recently and the pleasure was all mine since I not only rediscovered what the area has to offer from the night life to supporting the arts–but also what a fantastic assortment of creative dishes that are waiting to land on your taste buds. My go-to place during this visit was–Olive et Gourmando.
I very rarely visit a restaurant more than once when I travel. I like trying as many different places I can so I get a feeling of what the area is all about. I have to admit, I visited O+G on more than one occasion and you will see why….

Travel Pics #14: Exploring Gatineau Park

Quick Facts:
*The Gatineau Park welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors each year
*Hiking Trails: total length-165 km
*Cross country trails: total length-200 km

Witness it while you can!
There’s still some time left to see the beauty of Mother Nature as she sets the Gatineau Park ablaze with the fiery hues of the season. Mid to late October is the best time to view the changing colours of the foliage in the park.
Located in the national capital region, Gatineau Park is a gem that is home to more than 100 species of plants and wildlife that are at risk. It is 361 square kms of conservation park as well as a place where you can take in the scenery and activities offered all year ’round. From swimming to skiing or hiking to biking and all other activities in between, you can enjoy it all in Gatineau Park.

Travel Pics #13: Cruising The Canal in Ottawa

Rideau Canal – Ottawa, ON

Quick Facts:
*The Rideau Canal stretches more than 200 km from Ottawa to Kingston
*In the winter you can glide on the Rideau Canal Skateway which is 7.8 km long
*The skating surface is larger than 105 National Hockey League rinks

Growing up in the Nation’s Capital I’d always take advantage of as many of the wonderful outdoor activities that I could and take the time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings too. From Sunday Bikedays to skating on the world’s largest skating rink while enjoying a beavertail–of course, are just fond memories now since I just can’t seem to squeeze in a visit to Ottawa, Ontario into my schedule these days. So, lately I’ve been doing my best to carve out time to head back to my hometown. When I do travel back, I make a point to stop and visit some of my favourite scenic spots and take part in some memorable pastimes like something as simple as walking along the Rideau Canal.

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