Celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Year of the Dog

Celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – 2018 Year of the Dog 狗 The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 45th time on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 恭喜發財  Gung Hay Fat Choi! Happy New Year! 新年快樂 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo)  Have a good New Year! One of my favourite neighbourhood Vancouver events, the annual […]

Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Year of the Monkey

Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year and Valentines Day in Vancouver’s Chinatown – 2016 Year of the Monkey 猴 The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 43rd time on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, and it’s also Valentines Day. Clever Monkey! 恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!) 情人节快乐 (And Happy Valentine’s Day) One of […]

2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Days

Welcome to Spring, Welcome to the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Certainly one of the most favourite festivals of the year, when we all go soft in the knees admiring those delicate blush of pink petals that seems to cover all of Vancouver. This year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 2 – […]

Chinese New Year Parade Vancouver 2015

Celebrating Chinese New Year Parade Vancouver 2015 Year of the Goat. Gung Hay Fat Choi! 恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!) This year’s 2015 Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade starts at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, and takes two and a half hours to complete. The 1.5 km parade route winds […]

Travel Like a Local, Enjoy Local Like a Traveler

Travel Like a Local, Where Ever Local Is I have always loved the phrase, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. It’s a little bit of travel wisdom given out in 390AD by St Augustine to a co-worker. As I read it, the phrase gives me license to dig into the local scene, to […]

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle – Guide to Belltown’s Best Bars

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle: The List It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Seattle’s Belltown has a reputation that is expanding with superb restauranteurs (notably, Tom Douglas), and brilliant and unique bars. During a recent trip, I set out to sample the top Belltown Bars in one night. Taking the top rated bars […]

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 […]

Gwangjang Market, A Food Lover’s Travel Destination 광장시장 Seoul, Korea

Best Seoul Eats at One Stop Gwangjang Market If you go to just one market in Seoul, Korea, make it Gwangjang Market. Gwangjang Market is renown for its fresh market foods. Featured traditional Korean food worth sampling include bindaetteok, mayak kimbap, soondae, pigs’ feet, bibimbap, and lots more, all complimented by a bottle of makgeolli […]

Slow Travel : Taylor Shellfish Farm on Chuckanut Drive

Taylor Shellfish Samish Farm Store along the scenic Chuckanut Drive in Washington State is less than two-hours from downtown Vancouver, and qualifies as a local ‘Hidden Gem’. It’s definitely a best travel and slow-food find. The Taylor family has been growing shellfish for over 100 years. If you have the opportunity to take the slow […]

Seattle’s Ballard Locks, Explore a Local Gem

Locally known as the Ballard Locks, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle are a beautiful outdoor centre of exciting activity in one of Seattle’s most appealing places to enjoy a perfect day for families with children, nature lovers and historic locations. This is a great, family friendly, free attraction in Seattle. It is a […]