Seafood pasta @ Mati
Greek, Italian, Seafood, Special occasion

Mati: a Surf and Turf Extravaganza

We recently had the opportunity to check out Mati, a relatively new Greek/Italian restaurant on Preston Street replacing the previous Black Cat Bistro. Location/Ambience The location is excellent, right in the middle of the busy Preston Street. Parking can be found along the main or side streets. The ambience is very modern and chic. There… Continue reading Mati: a Surf and Turf Extravaganza

Table-side service @ 毋米粥
Asia, China

Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 3 (Guangzhou)

Last day in Guangzhou and it’s time to hang out with Bear Woman’s relatives and to really experience Guangzhou cuisine. Dim Sum in it's Homeland First things first, dim sum. This cuisine, meant to be eaten in the morning, originated right here in Guangzhou. It’s a nice opportunity to bond with family, drink some tea… Continue reading Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 3 (Guangzhou)

Cow parts @ 老貓牛肉
Asia, China

Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 2 (Guangzhou – Chaoshan)

Lesson: China is not Japan The plan today was to visit my maternal roots in Shantou. We needed to take a morning 3-hour train over to Chaoshan, which was still another 1 hour away from Shantou. My mom’s relatives were meeting up with us at the train station to drive us over to Shantou. Not… Continue reading Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 2 (Guangzhou – Chaoshan)

Asia, Japan, Tips

Tips on Navigating the Tokyo Metro System (So You Won’t Miss Your Flight!)

Since we had a gong-show of an experience trying to get to the airport for our most recent flight out of Tokyo, I figured I will write about post with tips on navigating the Tokyo metro system (so you won’t miss your flight). 1. First and foremost, try not to book a flight in which… Continue reading Tips on Navigating the Tokyo Metro System (So You Won’t Miss Your Flight!)

Asia, China, Japan

Japan 2.0: Day 11 (Tokyo – Guangzhou)/Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 1 – Guangzhou

Travel day! I thought it would be nice to not have an early morning flight (mistake #1). Unfortunately, a supposedly relaxing morning turned out to be anything but. We left the airbnb at about 7:50am, expecting to arrive at the airport slightly before 9:00 for our 10:30 flight (mistake #2). We already tried to avoid… Continue reading Japan 2.0: Day 11 (Tokyo – Guangzhou)/Journey to My Roots 2.0: Day 1 – Guangzhou

Canada, Wellness

An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature

Winters can be (really, REALLY) long in Ottawa, so we try to break this up by heading over to Spa Nordik close-by in Chelsea, Quebec at least once a year to relax and recover. It is only a 30-minute drive away and it is as if we are in a different world. The Nordik Group… Continue reading An Oasis in Chelsea, Quebec: Nordik Spa-Nature