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Mexico

Mexico

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Mexico is a very special place for me. Not because that’s where my happy hour tipple of choice comes from but because it opened my eyes to photography. Al and I went to Mexico in 2010. It was my very first overseas trip outside of Canada and the...

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

As I am writing this, I am waiting for my kugelhopf dough to rise. Kugel-what? It’s this Alsatian cake that to my totally uninformed opinion, the result of an illicit and passionate love affair between a French brioche and an Italian panettone. I hear Ladurée in Paris...

Tarte Flambée Alsacienne (Flammekueche)

Tarte Flambée Alsacienne (Flammekueche)

Tarte Flambée Alsacienne (Flammekueche) Since I’ve been writing about Alsace lately, I thought it would be a good idea to make one of their most iconic dishes, the tarte flambée or flammekueche. It’s a flat bread with crème fraiche, very thinly sliced onion and lardon...

Alsace, France

Alsace, France

I discovered Alsace purely by coincidence. After reading Peter Mayle’s lavish books, I couldn’t stop dreaming of Provence. Its lavender scented air, generous Mediterranean sunshine, glorious vineyards with their fine terroir, colourful fields of flowers and the...

French Apple Tart

French Apple Tart

My husband, Al, and I spent three weeks in Paris in the summer of 2015. Frankly I wasn’t having a great time during the first few days. We’d just had two wonderful weeks in beautiful Alsace. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Colmar just yet. When we arrived in Paris,...

Mediterranean Vegetable Stew

Mediterranean Vegetable Stew

I’m not super fond of vegetables. As a kid, I ate so much vegetables and very little meat that I was practically vegetarian. I grew up Catholic so for a week until Easter Sunday arrives there will be no fish, seafood or any other type of animal product. It's veggies...

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Let me show you one of my favourite places in Vancouver Island. Butchart Gardens is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It never fails to leave me a little speechless.

Ham, Sausage, Beans, Potato and Cabbage Stew  (Ollada)

Ham, Sausage, Beans, Potato and Cabbage Stew (Ollada)

French jazz is playing in the background, I’ve got a big steaming pot of mouth-watering fragrant ollada. There’s fresh baguette, oh and there’s a bottle of chilled white wine. The house feels cozy and it smells amazing. Outside, the cherry blossoms lining the streets...

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I was only in Amsterdam for a 32-hour layover on my way to Spain in 2014. I'm writing about this as I'm currently busy planning our second trip to Spain. I guess I need another displacement activity, my unfinished painting of a fiery tulip just made me think of...

Spring

Spring

Did my Philippine stories get you down? Here, let me fix that with some lovely flowers. It is springtime once again and Victoria is in bloom. Spring is my favourite time of the year. It's the time when nature comes alive after a long, much deserved nap during the...

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