Thursday, 26 June 2014

Great Heart Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Great Heart Music Festival drew quite the crowd to Trinity Bellwoods park this weekend. NXNE can be exhausting and hectic so having the opportunity to roll out a picnic blanket and catch some rays with your best buds to the sweet sounds of some acoustic tunes is a really nice way to slow things down a little.  

Monday, 23 June 2014

The Food Diaries: Germany

Before heading to Germany I had a fairly limited knowledge of the deliciousness that awaited me.  Well, except for beer.  I knew that I would be drinking lots of beer.  But we can't survive on beer alone, so here's my list of grub to try the next time you find yourself in Germany.  

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Reggae, of a different colour

In the welded labyrinth known as the Cross Club in Prague, I came across many things on my voyage up the stairs, down the narrow hall and past the sketchy guy with the head tattoos, but none more surprising than the live Czech reggae concert on the main floor.  

Monday, 16 June 2014

I may be a budding street artist

In my quest to try new things and immerse myself in local culture, I decided to do something a little bit off the tourist path and join the good folks at Alternative Berlin for a walking tour and workshop in the graffiti arts.  Graffiti and street art flourishes in Berlin.  The art form has come a long way since the tagging we saw on the Berlin Wall in the 80's and it has become an intrinsic part of the culture in Berlin, especially in the area of Kreuzberg where our tour began. 

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Food Diaries: Portugal

I've been to Portugal a lot and there are always the standard things I like to eat: pasteis de nata (custard tarts), bacalhau a bras (cod fish and potato dish) and regiƵes a moda do Minho (fried cubes of pork).  All of these things are pretty easy to come by and are standard on a lot of menus, but my favourite things can only be found in some pretty specific places and I'm ready to share them with you.  Imitators beware. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Dundas West Fest

In only it's second year, the Dundas West Fest has created quite the buzz and it's not hard to see why.  With a growing sense of community and what seems to be a new place to "kick it" opening every week, Dundas West from Ossington to Lansdowne has a lot to celebrate and maybe even show off a little. The street festival takes that long stretch and closes off to traffic and opens it up for celebration. 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Caving under Budapest

I'm going to preface this adventure by sharing with you that Batman is my all-time favourite superhero and that I was really eager to explore these caves hoping that it would bring me one step closer to feeling like I was in the Bat Cave. Except that they made us wear these dorky get-ups, so it kind of ruined the illusion.  

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Burger Week!

The warm weather makes me think of barbeques and barbeques make me think of burgers, which meant that it was about the time for me to once again indulge in Toronto Burger Week: five days dedicated to over forty of the city's tastiest and most inventive creations, burger style. 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Beer Bath in Prague

When someone first mentioned taking a bath in beer I had flash backs to my beer-soaked undergrad years.  Once I got over the nausea, I thought that this could actually be a pretty awesome experience and a great story. Beer has been around since the 7th century BC, so it's taken on many different uses over the ages.  The beer spa experience dates back to the middle ages and boasts many benefits towards healthier skin and shinier hair.  So, nothing at all like the beer experiences of my early twenties.