Tradition Bar San Francisco

Tradition Bar San Francisco The reputation of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District precedes itself. It’s traditionally been the roughest neighbourhood in the city, with its high crime rates and drug use. But as with the seedier area of most cosmopolitan cities, it’s becoming gentrified. There’s a portion of the San Francisco community that is outraged over […]

The Alexandra Hotel Leura

The Alexandra Hotel Leura  Sometimes you just want a juicy burger after a long bushwalk. That’s more on the scale of North Nomad’s wants/needs, not mine. But I agree on the need for a hearty meal after a lot of physical activity in cold weather. Built in 1903 and named after King Edward VII’s wife, […]

Vegan Fried Rice

Vegan Fried Rice with Gilroy Garlic I can’t decide whether the Gilroy Garlic braid makes us look like the “rustic décor” types, or like I have a genuine fear of vampires. But aside from the aesthetics of a garlic braid hanging in your house, it has been very handy on our three month+ trip through […]

Wet Weather Activities in Banff

Wet Weather Activities in Banff When I thought of Summer in Banff, images of swimming in lakes of aquamarine, and hiking through snow-capped mountains with the sun on my face, and elk  grazing in the distance came to mind. When we arrived in Banff, we realised that it can rain or snow in any season. […]

Tillie Gort’s Cafe Pacific Grove California

Tillie Gort’s Cafe Pacific Grove California “What can I do for you?” came the brusque question with a raised eyebrow when I walked in. Perhaps I looked a little vague and it disconcerted the owner. Or maybe it was my accent – I was asked to repeat myself several times. When the owner deciphered my […]

Baked Tofu and Baby Brussel Sprouts

Baked Tofu and Baby Brussel Sprouts If you told me over a decade ago that I would voluntarily eat tofu and brussell sprouts, I would have choked on the coffee and cigarette I was probably enjoying at the time. Not only that, but I would have been in sheer shock that tofu and brussel sprouts […]

Telus Spark Calgary Alberta

Telus Spark Calgary Alberta Telus Spark is the perfect place to take your little children to… or your big adults! Located next to the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark is Calgary’s newly constructed Science Centre, built on 18+ acres of reclaimed land. The Centre is highly interactive, with over 100 hands-on exhibits that are suitable for […]

Dave’s Travel Corner Writing Competition 2014

Remember our blog post The Stranger Side of Travel  (or See Dem Hills? I live in dem hills…) a couple of weeks ago? That post was written for a travel writing competition over at Dave’s Travel Corner. The winners were announced on 2 September. While we didn’t win the grand prize of $$$, cameras, and travel gear, we […]

Soul Groove Civic Center San Francisco

Soul Groove Civic Center San Francisco “Do you have any dietary requirements?” This is a question that can strike fear in the hearts of people with food allergies, vegetarians, and vegans. Or it does in mine, at least. I get awfully anxious about inconveniencing friends — or being interrogated by an angry person about why […]