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Salt Lake City Ultimate FOOD Guide: Part 1...

Jan 15, 2017 by

  From April of last year until now, I roamed around all over the world, from the USA to Africa, the Middle East and finally back to my cozy nook called Canada. In those eight months, if I had any doubts of whether I should eat/drink/try/do/go, I just hollered “Yolo!” and went ahead. It was a good year. Since nearly half of that time was spent in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have a thing or two to say about the food. I ate A LOT there, so this will have to be split up into a multi-part series.. Let’s begin.   East Liberty Tap House Absolutely love this place and went more than once. I never had a bad bite here, or drink either, for that matter. The restaurant has a laid back vibe...

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16 Highlights From 2016

Dec 18, 2016 by

A lot of people are calling down 2016 and are ready to move on to the next chapter. While I understand why this is the general sentiment, it actually wasn’t a horrible year for me. School-wise, I started my 4th and final year of optometry. Travel-wise, I visited countless new places, including three new countries and spent the bulk of this year outside Canada exploring. And personally, my guy and I have started a final countdown to the end of long distance for good! Here’s a look at some of my favourite highlights from 2016 in (basically) chronological order.   1. I turned 30, yo. My lovely friends and I went to Proof for fancy cocktails. I got wastey-pants, and the hangover the next day reaffirmed my status as a thirty year old. More...

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Unexpected Experience

Aug 2, 2016 by

  I’m reminded of the time Kathy wanted me to hold warm bread. Not because the experience was similar in nature, but similar in sentiment. It was like stopping to smell the flowers or watching a sunrise. It was a blessed moment, one I was altogether unprepared for as I heard the sound whistle by. I stopped, wondering what it was. Looking around me, there was nothing but canyon views, backed by the La Sal mountain range. The day was easily 35-40C and not a tickle of wind floated by. I could see no immediate explanation for the sudden zip of sound that broke through my always boisterous and stubborn self-talk. Then, there it was again. That sound. There was something mechanical about it, something metal and calculated about it. A flash of black. A...

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Keep Portland Delicious

Jul 23, 2016 by

  This Where to Eat type post is really more of a Where I Ate type post. I wasn’t in Portland long enough to dig my teeth into the culinary culture and provide earth shattering recommendations, but I can certainly provide my opinion on the places I ate/drank while there last weekend. And if I’m being honest, I think I did very, very well. First up, Masu.     I admit, I’m a total sushi snob and I have a hard time eating sub-par sushi. Masu definitely delivered, and I left a happy girl. The fish was all excellent and fresh, and I even had a new experience: quail egg (uzura). They were served as the above photo shows, with an opening in the top and the little yolk inside. Served raw, they are eaten in one quick...

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The Ultimate Countdown

Jul 19, 2016 by

  Couples count down for a lot of things. Anniversaries and birthdays celebrated together. Family holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Sunday dinners. Engagement celebrations, bachelor/ette parties and weddings. Pregnancies and babies on the way. Possession day on a new house.     Finally, for us, a door has shimmied open, and just a tiny slice of light is wedging its way through. Down at the end of a long, black tunnel, a glimmer of illumination has at last appeared. Our countdown has reached the single digits. It’s a countdown that only became relevant to us recently when we realized… single digits. We quickly made a list to confirm.     After 5 years of long distance, countless visits in Waterloo, and meeting up in Iceland, Ireland or the USA… after too many snotty-nosed, red-eyed ugly crying sessions...

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