Chef’s Assembly Hall – The Sizzling New Place to Meet and Eat

The recently opened Chef’s Assembly Hall in downtown Toronto brings together 17 of Toronto’s popular and much-loved chefs under one roof. Scattered about the large industrial looking space are the restaurants mini pop up stalls and help yourself tables and benches. Combining restaurant quality food with upscale food court style seating and fully stocked bars.

Dear husband and I love this style of dining, with me being such a fussy eater and husband being the more adventurous. This way we can both find something we love and come together to enjoy. Chef’s Assembly Hall has a little something to satisfy all the cravings from Ramen and pizza to healthy snacks, vegan and gluten-free delights as well as drool-worthy treats from Short and Sweet and Bulldog Coffee.

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quebec city winter

Top 7 Things To Do in Quebec City – Winter Edition

When you combine the charm of Europe, the romance and cuisine of France and friendly Canadians you get the perfect city. Quebec City! Sprinkle this perfect place with a dusting of snow and the historical Quebec City is instantly transformed into a magical winter wonderland – making it an ideal weekend winter getaway.

From November through to February Quebec City is packed with things to do, see (despite the sub-zero temperatures) and eat. This list will ensure you miss none of the magical festivities and charming corners whilst wandering through the snow-covered cobbled streets lined with Christmas trees and illuminated by strings of twinkling fairy lights.

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Expat Diary- Applying for an Ontario Drivers License

It’s Been a Long Road to Get Here

So you’re thinking of moving to Canada? I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Being an expat in Canada requires one to obtain a Canadian drivers license (unless you are from an exempt country – which we are not). So yes, after 13 years of having a South African drivers license, we had to start from scratch.

Going on our first epic Canadian road trip wasn’t as simple as plotting a route and hiring a car. In order to embark on the aforementioned adventure, we had to study up, do the written learners test, go for lessons (to learn to drive on the wrong side of the road) and then do an actual full road test.

But now the road trip was booked and paid for thus we soldiered forth. I had little concern as between us we have 26 years of full-time driving experience. How hard could it be? Well, after three very wild months of attempting to unlearn bad driving habits, a few weeks of untold stress, a pinch of denial and 1 failed driving test later. We got our licenses and embarked on our road trip.

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A Kickass Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary

What better way is there to experience the majestic terrain, glacier mountains, pine tree filled forest and jewel toned lakes in the Canadian Rockies than by taking to the open road for yourself.

This pretty much outlines the exact route we took on our grand Canadian Rockies road trip from Calgary, through Banff and Jasper National Park’s and ending off in the city of Vancouver. This 12-day Canadian Rockies road trip itinerary will have you encountering Canada’s west coast’s most jaw dropping scenery. With so little time and so much to see, this perfectly plotted path (which includes our personal accommodation recommendations) will assist you in planning your journey that much easier.

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Guide to Vancouver

Guide to Vancouver – Where to Eat, Play and Stay

Vancouver, the big city that seems to have it all. Perched on the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by majestic mountains, the city has a thriving art culture, an established dining scene, historic and diverse neighbourhoods and all these mere minutes apart from one another.

Not going to lie though, it took me a few days and the discovery of the cheesecake brownies from PureBread (more on these later) before I found my groove and started to appreciate and recognise the beauty of Vancouver.

On the day we arrived, after a lengthy 5-hour drive from Vernon, leaving the serenity of the mountains and national parks behind only to arrive in Vancouver to fight through peak weekend traffic and a city overrun with tourists. I was standing on the waterfront with the mountains masked behind the smog of summer wild fires, being jostled by tourists and strollers wondering what the big hype was?

In this guide to Vancouver, I reveal the places that were actually worth a visit and how to make your stay memorable from the get go. Here’s where to eat, play and stay in Vancouver.

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