• 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,  CityGirlTravels,  Dinner with Friends,  Eating Local,  Eating Out,  Tourist in my town

    The Scottish Invasion – Part One – Seattle and Pulled Pork

    Today was a sad day for two reasons: 1) Sean is away for a week for work; and 2) Our friends from Scotland are now on a plane back to the UK. So, after a week of a full house, I have it all to myself, and I’m still uncertain how I’m feeling about that. I know I will enjoy the weekend to myself, because next week I’m back at work for what may be a chaotic week; I won’t have time to think about the fact that I have the house to myself. 😉 And so, I present Part One of the Scottish Invasion: After months of waiting and…

  • Eating Out

    Making reservations and belated post of anniversary dinner

    I was flipping through photos on my laptop and stumbled upon the pictures from our second anniversary dinner at my new favourite restaurant, Chambar (562 Beatty Street) back at the end of July. How I forgot to post about such a lovely evening and meal, I don’t know. Especially since we only had to pay for a third(!) of it. It was a really nice night out with my guy. How so? Well, there is a great site called OpenTable.com where you can make reservations at restaurants all over North America and other parts of the world. (Dinner in Dubai, anyone?). For every reservation that you make and that is…

  • CityGirlEats,  Date Night,  Eating Local,  Eating Out,  Tourist in my town

    Sunday Date Night – Memphis Blues BBQ

    Summer is officially here. Finally. It’s me, SPF 30, my UPF 50 hat, and whatever pair of flip flops strike my fancy that particular day to go to/from work. I’m cycling through my many sundresses and Sean is officially in shorts every day. We can open our newly screened windows and patio door all day long. It’s great. It also means that practical activities like cleaning the house or doing a Pilates DVD become slightly more arduous. There’s a saying that I can’t remember where I first heard but it’s “horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies glow”. Despite open windows and a fan, I was definitely glowing last Sunday after…

  • Canada,  Date Night,  Eating Out,  Tourist in my town

    Dining in the Nook

    Friday was a beautiful, hot, sunny Vancouver day. So, as one does when this weather appears, we went and sat on a patio (specifically, Cardero’s – 1583 Coal Harbour Quay) overlooking the water and had a couple drinks and appies with friends. Vancouverites were happy campers on Friday evening. We were even happier campers when Katie and Tom brought us into our old neighbourhood, the West End, for a fantastic Italian meal at an aptly named place called Nook (781 Denman Street, Vancouver). Nook was not open when we lived down there, otherwise, we would have eaten there all the time. We were joined by another friend, Sally, and the…

  • Eating Out

    Dine Out Vancouver 2012

    Dine Out Vancouver is an annual event sponsored by Tourism Vancouver. It’s a great event that gives people an affordable option to have a three course meal at restaurants they may not usually or ever go to. Each restaurant does a prix fixe menu (starter/entree/dessert) of either $18/$28/$38. Tax and tip are on top of that, as are the optional wine pairings, but it’s still cheaper than a non dine out dinner. When this year’s event was announced, I immediately logged on to OpenTable.com (sign up, make reservations, get points; it’s awesome) and made reservations. And so the Dine Out adventure began. Dinner #1: THE BOATHOUSE (900 Quayside Drive, New West)…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Dinner with Friends,  Eating Local,  Eating Out,  Europe

    Wind, rain, food

    Today is our last full day in Edinburgh before we go back to London before flying home to Vancouver. I’m very sad to be leaving, but I must say, I’m not going to miss the damn wind and torrential rain… (And I’m from Vancouver.  )Windblown Yesterday, we were meant to go to Glasgow to visit my friend Kyle and watch a hockey game, but that was put on hold and then cancelled as there were gale force winds (102 miles/hour!) across the south of Scotland and Northern England. The trains were suspended and bus service was sporadic. So we stayed in windy Edinburgh and watched the fence nearly fall over…

  • 2011 Cleanse,  Eating Out

    And my taste buds sang

    Yesterday morning started out early and early mornings are not something I do well. (That’s what I get for checking my work email on Sunday – but at least I was prepared when I got in!) But it also started of with my cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter and the icing I licked off my finger from the cinnamon bun I put into a Glad container. I hope my teeth enjoyed the acoustics of my mouth, because my taste buds sang “Alleluia” (like the nuns “The Sound of Music”) when I took that first bite of my bagel. One would think it would have been the “Hallelujah” chorus from “The…