a crowd watching movies outside

Movies, music, food – all under an Open Roof

In case the Pan Am Games and the multitude of street and cultural festivals in Toronto weren’t keeping you busy enough this summer, may I suggest one more excellent way to spend your time in this city?  The Open Roof Festival presents first run indie movies under the stars every Wednesday (including Canada Day) until…

logo of Pan Am Games

Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Preview

Toronto has been gearing up for the 2015 Pan American Games for years, with new airport to downtown rapid transit, a revitalized Union Station and completion of gaps in the waterfront trail.   Now it’s hard to believe we have less than 2 weeks to go before the official kick-off!  Whether you are visiting Toronto especially for…

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…

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 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…

Boogie, bites and brews in Austin, Texas

Being a huge fan of music, I was super excited to visit the town that brought us SXSW and Austin City Limits. I immediately noticed something else to love about Austin, it’s distinctly chilled out small town vibe. Not that Austin is a small town…as the state’s capital, a major center for high tech industry…