• CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels

    Feeling Posh in Edinburgh

    I love Edinburgh. If you know me personally, you have heard this a million times. (Sorry, not sorry.) Why do I love it so much? That’s an entire other post, but the short version is that the first time I went there, I felt so at home. The city spoke to my soul and it’s the same every time I visit. Given the opportunity – and if nothing was in my way financially or visa wise – I would happily live half the year there and half the year in Vancouver. I love it that much. I also have some really lovely friends in Edinburgh, and staying with them each…

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    The Seven Best Places to Hop Off the Bus in Glasgow

    In continuing with the cheap, cheerful, and efficient theme of my recent May/June trip with the girls, how does one best explore a city with just a couple days to spare? And without breaking the bank? Like I mentioned in my post about finding Nessie, sometimes you need to hop on a bus. In this case, hopping on and off in the beautiful city of Glasgow. Small tangent: Scotland was recently announced by RoughGuides.com as the most beautiful country in the world. Glasgow is definitely an urban reason for this accolade with its intricate architecture, green spaces, and dedication to culture. I’ve been rabbiting on about Scotland for years, so…

  • CityGirlDrinks,  CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Review,  Travel Review,  UK

    The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Soho with Eating London Tours

    Before I left for my trip in May, I was quizzing my expat colleagues about where the girls and I should eat and drink for our three nights in London. They all recommended one place: Soho. Though I’ve been to London many times, it was an area that, aside from the theatres, I had no paid much attention to. Having now explored a bit, I can safely say shame on me. Located in the West End of London, Soho is London’s nightlife hot spot. It has morphed, chameleon-like over the decades, from being the place to find certain company and activities (you know what I mean), to the hub of the…

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    Island Road Trip – 9 Things to Do in Victoria

    It’s been a busy few weeks, but I’ve finally had a chance to go through photos and do a road trip download from my notes. The Island is a perfect place for a road trip, and the Brit and I celebrated his birthday with four-and-a-half days of exploring. (As my calling him “The Brit” would suggest, he isn’t from here, so I love visiting places with him that I haven’t been to in a long time. It gives me a fresh lens.) We started in Victoria and, from there, focused our attention on the eastern side of the Island. (The west side and the crazy all-season surfing people will have…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Date Night,  Eating Out

    Island Road Trip – Roost Farm Centre 

    ROOST FARM CENTRE (9100 East Saanich Rd., North Saanich, BC) A couple weekends ago, the Brit and I hopped on a ferry for a mini birthday (his) holiday on Vancouver Island. As with most of my travels anywhere in the world, there was a mechanical delay. (Surprise!) Silver lining: we got to capture the sunset at the beginning of the eventual boat ride and spend the rest of the journey inside (read: warm), planning our activities for the next day. The delay made us very late for our dinner reservation (we got there 30 min before closing – see note below), but that leads me to my recommended start to a…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlStuff,  CityGirlTravels,  New Year's,  USA

    Happy 2017 & goals for the year

    It’s New Years’ Eve and I’ve just finished making Oatmeal Honey Chocolate Chip cookies for a party later this evening. I’m in rainy San Diego (so strange to say that it’s raining in Southern California…), and I’m happy to be spending the last day of 2016 with a friend very near and dear to my heart and his equally dear partner (the batter thief below) in a place that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. While California isn’t “home”, I think that home is a feeling that comes with who you are with (or on your own) and what you do to be comfortable where you are. I’m always…

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    “Ode” to In-N-Out

    I’m in San Diego this week visiting friends, and after a long travel day, I arrived on Tuesday just before 10 pm in balmy California so very hungry. I would have given my right arm for a green smoothie. My friend Jason rattled off some suggestions, but when he said “There’s In-N-Out Burger….”, my immediate answer was a big YES. Not a green smoothie, but if the movie stars eat In & Out after the Oscars, it must be good, right? (And it was almost TTOTM – I will leave you to decipher – so a fresh burger and fries sounded amazing.) There was an incredibly long line up at the…