Weekend Anthology ~ January 2017

Winter has firmly grasped her icy, damp hands on our home here on Haida Gwaii. To compliment the chilly days we’ve consumed a lot of hot chocolate, turmeric smoothies. I spend my nights cozying up by the fire catching up on Game of Thrones. Can anyone say girl power Aria, Sansa and Daenerys?

So back to reality…. this week has been a cycle of keeping the house warm, chopping kindling, and readjusting back to work. It’s also a time of trying to be healthy again. The lazy days, abundant food and social invites of December are a fading memory as I shake off the cobwebs and gear up for a crazy summer at work. I’ve been drinking loads of water and focusing on wellness. I’m hoping 2017 is going to be a year of awesome health and happiness for my family, so bring on the turmeric and lunch time walks. Maybe I’ll even start running again. This fall I’m hoping I can see some Palm Trees IRL and grow some freckles. Where is your favourite palm tree place?  Read more

Kelis’ cookbook as good as chocolate & chips + A Giveaway

Transitions have been a way of life for my family in the last three years. Food has been a constant through our ups and downs, moves, new jobs, new parenthood adventures and new travels. So I wanted to introduce you to one of my new favourite cookbooks, by Kelis of ‘Milkshake’ fame.

We’ve moved a total of five times since October 2014. That’s right: five different houses. I sometimes feel a bit nomadic. Like as in, we should just sell it all and trade our cars for camels or a LandRover and cross continents slowly steeping ourselves in food, culture and language.

But just when my global nomad fantasies were at their height, we landed on a pretty sweet island spot so no more round-the-world fantasies (for now).  During life’s transitional moments cooking, baking in particular, is my constant, my therapy, my way of relaxing. As long as I have my cookie sheets, my wee hand blender and some parchment with a well stocked baking cupboard, I’m happy. It’s what gives me a sense of home, when home is changing so often. Read more

Guest Post: Outdoor Fun in Bandung

The hustle & bustle of West Java's capital city: Bandung. Photo credit:
The hustle & bustle of West Java’s capital city: Bandung. Photo credit: Achmad Soerio Hutomo/Flickr/CC

By Jyotsna Ramani of Wander With Jo

Bandung, the capital of West Java, is nicknamed Paris of Java because of it is remarkably similar to both Paris and Europe. The city also enjoys another nickname – Flower City – as Bandung used to have many flowers. The city boasts of mild and year round pleasant weather and is equally popular with the local Jakartans who travel there for weekend trips and international travellers who trek there for short or long stays. For outdoor fun in Bandung, there are a lot of hotel options but one of the best is the Dago Highland Resort because of it’s access to local golf courses and cultural parks. So find out here what kind of outdoor fun you can have in Bandung and places like the Dago Highland.

Alun-alun is the city square in Bandung and is typically a square of grass fields with the major residence and a grand mosque that has undergone a major renovation and expansion. Tangkuban Perahu lies towards the northern side of Bandung and Lembang is the nearest city. Your trip to Bandung will not be complete without visiting the crater of an active volcanic mountain. Read more