City Girl Whisky Diary: Unique Whisky Cocktails and Recipes from The Distillery Bar in Vancouver

Mercury is in retrograde: my laptop died on Easter weekend, work's been a bit crazy, and my left rotator cuff is telling me it needs a little more love. Aside from that, it's been a pretty good week. But I'm definitely ready to put my my feet up and have a glass of something lovely. …

Blog Pod Fancy Tea at The Secret Garden Tea House

I love tea. I particularly love having tea with friends. I've mentioned the Blog Pod that I belong to a few times; these ladies have become a lovely group to get together with, and some of us recently had the opportunity to spend a hygge afternoon enjoying Secret Garden Tea Company's High Tea together. One day, all …

Date Night In

It's already past the midway point of February! What the what? I had (what I had originally thought were) fairly realistic plans to get some Date Night blog posts done to coincide with Valentine's day; but in the way of things, work and life got busy, and I need to sleep. But I realized that …

7 Budget Friendly Ways to Experience Barcelona

Winter in Vancouver is down to your bones cold. I'm in the middle of some Sunshine Coast drafts but the windy, rainy weather and the cooking shows I've been watching on Netflix have my thoughts straying to the dry heat of Barcelona. As close to a tropical vacation as I've had a while, June in …

#12DaysofHygge Day 9 – My Favourite Craft Beer Tasting Rooms in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver is a hub for many industries, including tech, film, and mining. But a more relatable 'industry' is the craft beer scene - no, craft beer isn't just a 'hipster' thing. (Are hipsters even a thing anymore? I'm not a 'hipster', and Brit most certainly isn't one.) In a city and province where 'big beer' …

#12DaysofHygge – Day 8: Candles & Cocktails + City Girl Connects with French Seventy Six

Candles are... Practical. Sensory. Fanciful. Romantic. Celebratory. Cozy. The perfect lighting for a photograph. A major player in making a space feel hygge. As Buddha once said: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Cocktails …

#12DaysofHygge – Day 6: Stove Top Almond Milk Hot Chocolate + My Favourite Vancouver Hot Chocolate Spots!

Hot chocolate or hot cocoa. However you call it, it's the perfect winter treat when you're out and about, or when you're having an evening in. It is a very hygge beverage in my humble opinion. I used to be indifferent to this marvelous hot beverage. Likely because I'd only ever had it as the …

#12DaysofHygge Day 2: The perfect cup of tea in Edinburgh + Tea-to-Go in Vancouver + Joy Tea Giveaway!

The British are famous for their stereotypical love of a 'cuppa'. Naturally, my Brit doesn't like tea. Ha. Anyway, I'm obviously not British, but like Oprah LOVES bread, I REALLY love tea. I have at least one cup, every morning. It's comforting, it's warm, and tea always smells lovely. So for Day 2 of the …