How To Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa What is Quinoa? The quinoa we cook with is a seed. The plant itself is related to spinach and beets. We use quinoa in a similar manner to grains and cereals, so there’s a common misconception that it’s a grain. Traditionally, it was one of the main foods used by the Incans, along with maize.  […]

Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola One of the things I love about travel is how universal some experiences are. Some things just transcend language. I’ve seen examples of this being on a train on the western suburbs in Sydney, Australia. Everyone in the carriage was Sudanese apart from me. And one of the guys was copping it from several […]

Senator Restaurant Toronto

Senator Restaurant Toronto  When you eat vegan food, diners can be hit or miss. Most often, a complete miss. And yet, I have a strange fascination with them. Perhaps it’s because the 50s style diner is not particularly prevalent in Australia. Perhaps it’s because I spent too much time watching the Winchester brothers in the […]

Lake Louise Canada

Lake Louise Canada Almost everyone we know who’d been to the Canadian Rockies insisted we had to go to Lake Moraine instead of, or as well as Lake Louise. Sadly, there was no space to park our RV when we got to Lake Morraine, so it’s on the to do list for another trip. And […]

Fabbrica Toronto

Fabbrica Toronto  Do you think celebrity chefs have groupies, like rockstars? This was a question prompted by my recent visit to Fabbrica, with my friend Alex. I turned to Twitter with this question and the answer was a resounding yes. Apparently, not only celebrity chefs have groupies, but your normal, talented chefs without the television appearances also […]

Beer Lovers Tour Toronto Canada

Beer Lovers Tour Toronto Canada The question on everyone’s lips when you’ve been on a beer tour is: Did You Get Drunk? It’s funny how concerned people are that you may not have enough alcohol to get sufficiently sozzled! Rest assured, dear friends, we had an elegant sufficiency of beer during our Beer Lovers Tour. However, being 5 […]

Wild Flour Banff

Wild Flour Banff One thing I wasn’t prepared for in Banff was the Aussies. You’ll laugh at this, because I’m Australian. But they were everywhere. You’d think you were in Thredbo or the Snowies, not in Canada. And not only were they prolific, they were ocker as, mate. Accents are a funny thing. A lot of people in […]

Johnston Canyon Canadian Rockies

Johnston Canyon Canadian Rockies We planned two weeks vacation in Banff during summer this year. We had lofty ideas of hiking, exercising, and swimming (that’s me – North Nomad thought I had moments of insanity swimming in the Merced River in Yosemite and its surrounds). Basically, getting back into being fit and healthy people. The […]

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. […]