Summer is in full swing. My instagram feed is full of magic hour photos of patios, picnics and colourful cocktails. My real life feed is full of toddler trips to the beach, road trips with visiting family and when I can manage, a fancy cocktail or three. I love having folks for a bevvie on our deck. There’s nothing better than a tumbler full of quirky flavours spiked with some interesting spirits to mark the end of the day or the beginning of the weekend. I’ve been alternating my TGIF bevies between rose cordial spritzers and strong, extra sour mojitos. (The never ending pot of mint on our deck is a total enabler.)
Last year I interviewed some of Canada’s best bartenders for their favourite summer cocktail recipes and was completely inspired to up my host game. This summer, I decided to continue canvasing Canada’s cocktail stars to highlight the crazy talent we have in front of our bar stools from sea to sea to sea. Whether you love savoury sips with carrot garnishes or a rainbow twist on an old classic, I reckon you’ll swoon over the drink recipes below. Read more
Happy Canada day from the land of maple syrup, Bieber and beavers. To celebrate our Country’s 149th Canada I wanted to share 149 things to love about travel, food and culture from Canada. If you live here, cheers! If you’re coming to visit, here’s 149 reasons you should.
1. Space to roam. We have big skies, big mountains, lots of rivers, oceanfront playgrounds and trees. We have only four people per square kilometre compared to 232 people per square kilometre in Germany. Now that’s elbow room. Read more
And the look of a red and white flag with a maple leave flapping in the wind. Positive leadership. The sound of red/yellow/orange leaves crunching under my feet. The gravelly tones of Leonard Cohen’s voice. Holiday traditions. Pancakes slathered in maple syrup. Conversations in train stations. Million-strong cheers for Olympic hockey games. Mountains carpeted in conifers. Long road trips. Short road trips. River swimming holes. The taste of salt on my lips, neoprene on my body. Endless canola fields. Buffalo scratching their heads. The way the Rocky Mountains stretching towards the sun. Northern Lights dancing on the horizon. Local, fresh produce, meat and dairy. Poppies on left lapels. George Stroumboulopoulos djing in our living room. Snow on the ground. Visions of totem poles on my hard drive. Small town Chinese food. Big city croissants. Parks, parks and more parks. Salmon swimming upstream. Whales spouting in English Bay. Moose strolling across our front yard.
Canada is so vast – I’ve only seen a small portion of it but I’m so excited to travel more, because of all these things. I’m feeling pretty excited to be living in Canada these days – like the future is sunny though we’re heading into the season of short days and low temperatures. Oh Canada, I do adore you so.
What do you love about your country? Is there a smell/taste/feeling that instantly brings you ‘home’?
When you step off the plane and love the smell of the air. When every bite is delicious whether it’s at a high end restaurant or a makeshift street vendor. When the locals make you feel like you’ve lived there your whole life. This place is far away. It’s not your real home but it feels like it. And you LONG for it.
In Spanish, the musical word describing this metaphysical concept is: querencia.
Querencia refers to that place you feel your most authentic self or the most at home. It also refers to the spot a bull returns to when he feels his safest in the bullfighting ring. It’s a concept Hemmingway described in Death in the Afternoon and it’s a feeling I’ve felt in three different but equally magnetic spots on the globe. Read more