24 Hours in Vancouver – Alternative Rainy Day Things To Do

Rainy Day Itinerary – 24 Hours in Vancouver for Travellers, Tourist, and Cruise Ship Passengers I love Vancouver. And on a clear blue-sky day, it is the most beautiful place on Earth. However, it does rain. We’ve had some grey Novembers and some Februarys with 28 days of rain. How do we cope? We’ve got a […]

Makgeolli Gangnam Style

Making Friends with Makgeolli 막걸리 Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy milky texture and a sweetness, and is served chilled. Sometimes it is carbonated. It’s a ‘common’ and cheap low-alcohol beverage traditionally made by farmers. But it’s come a long way […]

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014 Holiday Fun

I love the Downtown Vancouver Christmas Market, it’s festive, it’s romantic, it’s got great food and gift ideas, and it’s an affordable, family holiday activity! This year the winter season Christmas Market is open from November 22 to December 24, 2014. Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. […]

The Fairmont San Francisco in the Heart of the City by the Bay

The Fairmont San Francisco in the Heart of the City by the Bay I once lived in San Francisco, for eight years. As a San Franciscan, we acknowledge that the city is aesthetically blessed, temperately favoured, culturally magnetic, and even earthquake sensitive, and also that The Fairmont San Francisco atop Nob Hill is treasured, loved, […]

Buen Dia Montevideo Uruguay

Buen Dia Montevideo Uruguay! This is a great time to visit Uruguay The South American travel scene is hot with 2014 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, and Uruguay as a travel destination is super hot. Uruguay is a hot topic, with its progressive government, its informal president and its social society. Its football team gearing […]

Plaza Matriz, Yerba Mate and Antiquing

Plaza Matriz on a Saturday is perfect place for travellers to enjoy a Mate and the open air Uruguayan plaza life. Enjoy a Yerba Mate, or a cafe, stroll the plaza and browse the antique vendors, sit under the broad trees and enjoy a gelato. Its a relaxed environment and offers an introduction to the Yerba […]

An Introduction to Mate, the drink of Uruguayans

An introduction to Mate, the drink of Uruguayans, the Yerba Mate Culture Mate is an essential part of Uruguayan culture. Mate is an infusion made by steeping yerba mate – the dried, ground leaves of the llex paraguariensis plant – in hot water. Origins date back to pre-hispanic times and the Guarani indigenous culture. Initially […]

Meat Parrilla-dise Mercado Del Puerto

If you like beef, you’ll love the Mercado Del Puerto in Montevideo’s Ciudad Viejo near the Port and Ferry Terminal. Open daily for lunch, you’re guaranteed an excellent beef Asado eating experience here. This is Uruguay’s palace of Asado, or grilled meat, with a huge variety of beef, port, lamb and poultry and a multitude […]

2014 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Days

Vancouver celebrates Spring with the annual month-long Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF). This year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 3 – 28, 2014. This spring festival offers something fun for everyone’s level of activity and interests. View My Vancouver’s Cherry Blossoms – Photo Gallery Cherry Blossom Picnic – Sunday, April 13, 2014 […]

The Sake Shop Has Godzilla Sized Selection

Honolulu has a lot of hidden treasures, and The Sake Shop is one of them. I admit, when I visit Honolulu, I eat sashimi and I drink sake. I just associate a good sake selection with Honolulu Japanese restaurants. The Sake Shop (on South King Street) is Hawaii’s first retail shop devoted to sake. They’ve […]