• The White Hart, a Derbyshire pub in Duffield. Photo by Yasmine Hardcastle.
    Drinks,  England,  Food,  United Kingdom

    Pubs to Visit in the Heart of Derbyshire

    Deep in the heart of Derbyshire, the village of Duffield and its surrounding area are home to some of the best pubs in England. From affordable, quality pints and bites served in 17th century snugs and riverfront locales to a delightful wine bar and some of the best wood-fired pizza outside of Naples, Duffield's pub game is strong. Here are some of my favourites.

  • Drinks,  England,  Food,  United Kingdom

    Afternoon Tea at the World of Wedgwood

    Picture this: Savoury sandwiches, fluffy scones with jam and cream, mini sweet treats that pack a tiny but mighty punch of cheer, served on a pretty three-tiered tray… getting hungry? I’m salivating just writing that. And let’s not forget the pretty pots of piping hot tea, to be enjoyed from delicate porcelain cups in a comfortable, yet elegant, setting. This is afternoon tea, a much-loved British custom, and one of my favourite activities to enjoy in good…

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    The City Girl Craft Beer Festival Survival Guide

    Enjoy craft beer festivals, West Coast City Girl style. Practical tips and tricks for enjoying a day or evening of hoppy libation with fun, grace and gumption. While summer tends to host the bulk of the adult beverage festivals in BC, they usually happen year-round. Particularly in Vancouver and Victoria. The Brit and I recently attended the immensely popular Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) for the first time, and I think it’s one of my favourite festivals…

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    Wine Down on a Budget – Five Affordable BC Wines to Sip On This Summer

    With summer shining through, it’s time to sip some lighter wines: pretty Rosés, crisp whites and plummy Pinot Noirs. And let’s not forget some vibrant bubbly to toast all the events of what I like to call ‘celebrate everything’ season. (Weddings, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, graduations, barbecues, you name it… It’s that time of year.) Over the years, I’ve become more conscious of shopping, eating, and drinking local. The reality of this is that it’s not…

  • Drinks,  England,  Travel

    Exploring East Sussex Wine Country

    If you’re not from the UK (or have been living under a rock since Harry married Meghan), your first question is possibly “Where is Sussex?”. Answer: Sussex is in southeast England. Your next question might likely “England has a wine country?” Answer: Yes. East Sussex wine country. Actually, wine countries, plural. And they make damn good wine. When you think of England for alcoholic beverages, you might think of ales or bitters; maybe a refreshing gin and…