a patio with wooden tables/chairs and flowers all around

A taste of New Orleans in Toronto

After an extended absence from Toronto that included a week in New Orleans, I was so thrilled to return home and find out that a little piece of New Orleans opened up in my neighbourhood.  Fat City Blues, located at 890 College St, has an excellent west-facing patio, which means lots of afternoon sun for…

Blooming tree next to pond

Getting away from it all in High Park

One of the best ways to spend a sunny day in Toronto is exploring one of the many parks and green spaces.  A favourite of many Torontonians, High Park lies in the city’s west end directly next to High Park subway station for easy access.  The park is jam packed with activities including a swimming…

a Volkswagon beetle bus painted in crazy colours

What I learned travelling 24 states in 34 days

It’s hard to believe that over nearly 5 weeks, we covered 24 States *deep breath*: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan…plus, not to be forgotten, District of Columbia!  We managed to…

a slice of deep dish pizza full of cheese and tomato sauce

A quick taste of Chicago

Chicago could be the city that never sleeps, just as much as it is the windy city.  No last call for alcohol, and you can always find a place that’s open and happening, even if you are visiting the city on a Sunday and Monday like we were.  Having been to Chicago before, we skipped…

A bronze statue of a man sitting in a hair with a farmhouse behind him

Kentucky: Bourbon and Pizza?!

Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.  This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass.  Jim Beam offers tours, but…

a band on stage with USA flag in the background

Taking in Music City: Nashville, TN

Two things we noticed immediately about Nashville: live music everywhere and everyone seems to be under 25!  Perhaps I’m exaggerating on the second point a bit, so let’s call it under 30.  With 21 universities and 6 community colleges and an overall population of only 600,000, Nashville’s student vibe is quickly noticeable. Even the tourists…

A band playing at Rum Boogie night club

Five legendary experiences in Memphis, TN

Memphis is a city full of history, sometimes triumphant and sometimes tragic, but always legendary. Although not a huge city (population of about 650,000), we were overwhelmed by the number of things we wanted to see (and eat) while visiting! Two days were not enough, but we squeezed as much as humanly possible into those…