• CityGirlConnects,  CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels

    Guest Post: Gill Murray’s Food Photography Hacks for Instagram Worthy Images with Your Smartphone

    Instagram has become more than a fun place to share photos. It has become a community. I know that social media has its downsides, but a fun part for me is connecting with people via the app and then having the opportunity to meet them in person. The Blog Pod girls are an example of this and so is the lovely Gill Murray, a Scottish food photographer and blogger that I met a few years ago when she liked one of my Scotland photos. We’ve kept in touch and I was so happy to meet her in person last year when I was back in Edinburgh. She is a gorgeous…

  • #GetThrifty,  CityGirlEats

    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 ten of us will be in the same room, but for this day we had me, Karlie, Emily, Po On, Melissa, and Orla.

  • CityGirlDrinks,  CityGirlEats,  CityGirlStuff

    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 posting after what I know some call a ‘Hallmark holiday’ works better.

  • CityGirlEats,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 5: Tuesday Night Supper + Recipe for White Bean & Kale Soup with Sausage

    One of things that makes me feel most hygge is a small dinner party, eating family style with favourite people. I have been eating at Karen Dar Woon’s 1920’s oak table since I was 16 or 17 years old. She was one of my dance moms (referred to as Ballet Mom in this post) and is a really lovely friend to me and my own mum. Karen used to be a paper sales rep, and decided to start making biscotti. (Which was very tasty!) Her Biscotti Queen business took off and going through the BCIT Venture Development program, she eventually turned it into Your Secret Chef, a successful private chef…

  • CityGirlEats,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 4: Roasted Fennel & Butternut Squash Soup

      There’s a frosty bite in the air, which means it’s officially hearty soup and stew season. With that, the next few #12DaysofHygge posts will be all about hearty food and beverage! We had a roasted fennel and butternut squash for dinner last night. Much needed after a day of being out and about in the cold. (I was running errands and getting new photos shot for the blog. Really excited about the results!) I’m a little obsessed with fennel. I don’t like licorice, so I’m baffled about this fixation – perhaps it’s just more subtle than say… ouzo (*shudder*) – but I digress.   I love soup. It’s quick…

  • CityGirlEats

    My Favourite Metro Vancouver Brunch Spots

    Brunch. The Goldilocks and most hygge of meals. Yes, it’s Thursday morning and I’m already thinking about where to have weekend brunch. If you’re like me, you might like to plan things out and want to make a reservation. That doesn’t always fly as many restaurants in the city don’t take resos during brunch time, if at all. This gives me mild anxiety, but the key is to show up 20-30 min before you actually want to be seated so they can take your name down. I’m not a huge fan of standing in a queue forever, but there are some restaurants that are worth it! Here are my favourite…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlStuff,  Recipes

    Finding Hygge in the Chaos of Moving House + Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe

    I can hear the rain outside and I have a cup of tea. As I type this, I’m bundled up in my sweats and a blanket. It’s officially soup and stew season. My favourite. But 99% of my kitchenware – so,  everything – is packed up. Naturally. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about beginning a year of immersing myself in the Danish concept of hygge. You may wonder why I decided to start this at the same time a moving house. I do, too. Ha. But really, it’s been a good way to balance out the chaos. Particularly since I made a point of keeping one corner completely box free,…