Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide If you’re a vegan, buying another vegan a gift in the holiday season is a piece of cake. If you’re not a vegan, this can be a daunting task. There is so much stuff that’s off the list. Handbags? Gotta check they’re not made out of leather. Ditto wallets, belts, and […]

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona Donkey rides on the valley floor, white water rafting, abseiling  – there are many adventurous things you can do in the Grand Canyon. And trust me, I wanted to do all of these things. Sometimes, life gets in the way of the best laid travel plans. Shortly before we left […]

Five Things To Do In Gilroy California

Five Things To Do In Gilroy California Gilroy Garlic Festival If you consider yourself a foodie, or you just enjoy a festival with beer, wine, good food and good music, then time your visit to California to coincide with the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It’s a celebration of all things garlicky, with music and alcohol to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

California Academy of Sciences San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is a glorious mash-up of aquarium, gardens, geography, science and early history museums. It’s great for everyone from toddlers to adults, and it’s my favourite tourist attraction in San Francisco. The Academy is split over several levels: The Rainforest, the Aquarium, the Galapagos Islands, the Earthquake Zone, the Rooftop Garden, […]