First class dining in award-winning establishments, endless activities to enjoy in the beautiful sun and a majestic tapestry of cultures woven into one state…Welcome to Florida!
For those of us that live in Canada, the harsh reality that winter is upon us is something that we can all do without. To complain about sand in between my toes sounds much better than complaints of trying to scrape off a thick layer of ice on my windshield.
A warm getaway vacation to Florida is something that thousands of Canadian snowbirds do each and every year. And who can blame them? With Florida’s endless array of activities and sights to be discovered, it is unmistakably a place for everyone – for both the young and the young at heart!
True to form, like a kid at Walt Disney World, I wanted to do everything once I arrived in Florida. I wanted to see and do absolutely all that I could in the time that was permitted. As for the activities that I’d miss…there’s always next time!
Fort Lauderdale and Miami were the destinations onto which I laid my focus. Specifically, fun in the sun in Fort Lauderdale and culinary indulgence in Miami. It would result in the perfect blend of both scenic and satiating pleasure.
Fort Lauderdale will always conjure up images of everything beach and spring break related…and for good reason! Fort Lauderdale’s beaches are world renowned. Visitors can enjoy eight Blue Wave certified beaches, spanning over 23 miles (37 kilometres) of land, each one having its own distinct appeal.
Sun bathers who enjoy people watching will take fancy to the beautiful and newly transformed ‘beach chic’ Fort Lauderdale beach. This beach haven is steps away from the luxury shopping area of Las Olas Boulevard. Deemed as a ‘sophisticated mile of fashion, art and sidewalk cafes’, it is not only beautiful during the day but stunningly impressive at dusk. Perfect for a night stroll after a wonderful evening out.
The beautiful shopping area of Las Olas Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of Greater Fort Lauderdale).
A family favourite is the well-known Pompano Beach with its fishing pier, dive shops, boat charters and my favourite…Jet Ski rentals! And for those seeking something more private, a less crowded stretch of shoreline, Dania Beach is the place to go. I was informed that it happens to be a local gem of a spot for both kayaking and picnicking.
After some time spent relaxing at the beach and enjoying long strolls down Beachfront Promenade, I was in need of some retail therapy, especially if I was going to enjoy Miami’s infamous nightlife later on. The Sawgrass Mills Mall is exactly what the Fashion Doctor prescribed!
Every high-end luxury fashion store you can imagine is there and eagerly waiting to swipe your plastic. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of savings to be had and that was the driving force behind my shopping expedition. A piece of advice if you visit, allow yourself a minimum of four hours to experience this shopping mecca and make lots of room in your vehicle for all your purchases!
Miami’s Food Scene
Generally speaking, Miami is known for its culturally rich diversity, especially with its ever so present Cuban influence that is seen and felt in cafes and cigar shops in Little Havana.
Being the food lover that I am, I wanted to take in all the exotic and extravagant flavours that Miami had to offer my taste buds. And with limited time, I decided to indulge in one of Miami’s Culinary Tours.
To say that I was excited to take part in the South Beach Miami Food Tour is to underestimate my level of enthusiasm. I chose the South Beach Tour because I wanted to learn more about South Beach and its famed, and at times, controversial history.
With the food tour, not only are you treating your taste buds to the exotic flavours that the eateries are offering, you are also immersing yourself in the rich culture and history that South Beach is notorious for.
“Taste the best of Miami Beach’s global (“melting-pot”) cuisine with its predominantly Latin, European, and American comfort food. Uncover the hidden hotspots for ceviche, empanadas, homemade Cuban dishes, Refajo drink and much more. -Miami Culinary Tours
Even with the hot humid weather that Miami was gracing the culinary tour with, nothing could dampen the enjoyment that the group was about to embark on. Walking through the historical Art Deco Historic District and learning about Miami’s rich history made the culinary tour that much more engaging.
The Art Deco Historic District
For a culinary tour that lasts no longer than 2 and half hours, it packs the most delicious of meals and gives participants the opportunity to casually walk about and take in all the sights.
There’s no waiting in lines, or feeling hungry – the group, including myself, were very satisfied to say the least. Casually, the culinary tour takes you to five incredible restaurants to discover and try some of their signature meals and learn about their background.
The South Beach Miami Food Tour spoiled us right from the start. We were treated to warm, crunchy Spanish churros that were enveloped with the best of both worlds – a sweet and salty coating, filled with dulce de leche that made them absolutely delicious!! The Manolo restaurant nailed these treats! I have tasted plenty of churros during my travels and these were hands down one of the best!
Delicious Churros made at the Manolo eatery.
The culinary tour and the dishes that were so eagerly consumed by yours truly acted as a culinary voyage. Each restaurant was serving one of their signature dishes. These were not only representative of the eatery, they also strived to highlight the country of origin or its genre of cuisine.
The food tour brought us to what has been hailed as the ‘best Columbian Restaurant in Miami’, Bolivar. True to form, a South American staple and one of my favourites was presented before us, ceviche with passion fruit and canchita (pan roasted corn). And to wash down this delicious dish, a Columbian beer and soda cocktail. On a rather hot and humid day, the ceviche and cocktail were the perfect accompaniments to my trip so far.
Bolivar’s passion fruit ceviche served with a Columbian beer and soda cocktail.
Adding to the tour was the award-winning Cuban restaurant owned by Cuban & Miami sensation, Gloria Estefan. Her famed restaurant, Larios On The Beach is a swanky upscale restaurant showcasing Cuban’s comfort food. The tour group was fortunate to taste some true Cuban classics such as Larios’ minced beef cooked with Cuban spices served with some homemade ‘mojo’. Mojo is a dipping sauce consisting of garlic, oil and vinegar…insanely addictive when dipping in the freshly fried mariquitas (plantains chips) that accompanied the beef dish.
Cuban classic dish at Larios On The Beach: minced beef with Cuban spices served with some mojo and fried mariquitas.
Walking along the Art Deco District, the tour group learned many amazing facts about Miami, the famed ocean drive and tidbits of Hollywood sensational stories that contributed to the famous Miami area.
And now it was time for some Naked Taco, as that is the name of the Mexican influenced gem where we inhaled their mouth-watering chicken empanadas with caramelized onions and cilantro. This funky Mexican taco bar is all about high energy and having a great time.
Naked Taco’s chicken empanadas with caramelized onions and cilantro and their signature sauces.
Before making our way to walk through Española Way, a historic Spanish village that spans two blocks where one can shop, dine and people watch from the varied European restaurants and boutiques that line the village, we indulged yet again.
This time Italian cuisine was the resounding theme. Blocks Pizza Deli had the group saying ‘manga manga’ as we learned about the eatery’s ancient Italian dough recipe. Here we enjoyed their Sundried Hippy meal. A pizza pocket-like sandwich consisting of sundried tomatoes, baby spinach, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and basil pesto on their famous “Mother Yeast” dough.
Blocks Pizza Deli Sundried Hippy sandwich.
I must admit that at this moment during the tour many of us were feeling rather full and couldn’t think of eating another crumb…until the word GELATO was uttered!
Milani Gelateria was something else and it didn’t matter how full you were feeling or how much food you had just consumed. This, after all, was gelato we were talking about! Hailed as the best gelato in Miami – it definitely earned its title as this was the perfect end to the culinary tour.
South Beach Food Tour Video
On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
A Miami Culinary Must
Miami has endless award-winning restaurants and cozy ‘mom & pop’ gems which merit accolades for their delicious meals that evoke memories of comfort. However, there is one establishment that clearly stood out for me for both its gastronomy scene and for its hospitality. The Forge is an experience within itself.
The Forge Restaurant (Photo courtesy of The Forge restaurant)
Since the roaring 1920’s, this high-end wine bar known for their grilled steaks, has become a staple for those from Hollywood as ‘the place to eat’ and be seen. Over the years, The Forge’s wine cellar has become one of the finest rare-wine collections in the world.
Upon request, guests can be given a tour to the many rooms that hold the rare wine collection (there are 8 rooms in total) within the restaurant. To walk amongst the rooms where the likes of Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor dined was surreal. More than 300,000 vintages are stored in the cellar. Given the pleasure of seeing such rare bottles of wines and Champagnes made me feel special.
The spectacular library dining room at The Forge Restaurant in Miami (Photo courtesy of The Forge restaurant).
The dishes presented by The Forge were beyond spectacular. The crisp and refreshing flavours of their dishes awaken your senses to the point where you naturally gravitate to ordering another dish… so that the feeling doesn’t dissipate. The hospitality and old school dining traditions where certain dishes are finished tableside add to the whole dining experience.
During the grand tour of the restaurant, you discover several dining rooms, from their elaborate wine cellar dining room to the renaissance-like themed ‘library’ decorated with beautiful stained glass, which fit almost any occasion or mood.
My favourite, the bubbles, with its tables that are adorned by what could only be perceived as Champagne bubbles and its elegant captain chairs, made me feel like a true princess. Just simply exquisite.
The Food Tease at The Forge Restaurant in Miami.
Miami being Miami has come to be known as one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations; thus giving tourists and locals alike, a nightlife like no other!
Just like the saying goes ‘When in Rome…’, I needed to experience what was behind all the attention surrounding Miami’s nightlife. So, if I was going to do this I was going to start with one of the most famous nightclubs around, Story.
Miami’s famous Story nightclub.
Story is a mind-blowing 27,000 square foot nightclub that offers over 60 exclusive VIP tables and five full-service bars. To see this in person is off the charts and I am not even referring to their sound system and production team.
I was fortunate enough to have friends who were able to grant me access via the club promoter Avenue. That being said, for those that are watching their pennies, this is a very costly establishment and everything and I do mean everything, is very expensive. All in all, it was all worth it as Story is known for their high caliber DJs like David Guetta to Kaskade just to mention a few.
Another nightclub with a different twist is Mango’s Tropical Cafe. It was suggested that if you happen to find yourself in South Beach Miami then you need to see this nightclub firsthand as it is one of the longest running Cabaret shows in Florida.
Mango’s Tropical Café in Miami.
Mango’s Latino vibe is ever-present with its live performances atop of the bar – mere feet from your table. The energy and heat of the Latin culture is electric and very contagious. Performers singing and dancing in traditional costumes executing Salsa and Bachata routines are breathtaking! It’s something different for sure and I can see why it resonates with many people.
Florida as a whole has numerous amazing sites and activities to offer and engage tourists. I had the pleasure of taking part in several in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, there are many other cities within this beautiful state that are left to be discovered.
More activities to experience, more dining establishments to savour and more importantly …more memories to create!
Where`s my rubber ducky 🐤😉?! . A year ago this week, I was enjoying some bath time while in @discoverdominica 🏖🏝😍 . Dominica`s lush scenery is extraordinary, and I`m grateful to have been invited to visit their beautiful island😊😊 . Visiting Wotten Waven Sulphur Springs was perfect to relax and rid of some unwanted stress. And the outdoor bath surrounded by all that green landscape was simply the BEST! An unforgettable experience! 🤩 . Dominica`s adventure activities - diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, swimming - are just some of the many ways to enjoy this tropical island.🤿🙂 . Put Dominica on your travel list. You`ll love it!!❤️❤️ . #foodblogger #travelgram #travelblogger #passportready #presstrip #discoverdominica #dominica #sulphursprings #lush #bubblebath #outdoorbath #newdestination #newexperiences #tmactravel #ifwtwa1 #thefoodteasetravel #tmac #tropical #zen #wottenwavenhotsprings
What goes better together than Champagne and lobster?! Nothing, except MORE Champagne...hence the magnum of Veuve!🍾🥂🦞 . This is the definition of indulgence. 😉 . Why wait for special occasions?! Enjoy what makes you happy whenever the mood strikes! . Carpe diem!!🍾🥂😍 . #foodblogger #foodlovers #travelbloggers #travelgram #champagne #champagnelover #lobsters #lobsterlover #carpediem #indulgence #anyoccasion #seizetheday #lobsterdinner #splurge #thefoodteasedrinks #thefoodteaseeats #bubbles #more #moreplease #specialoccasions #anyday
When you taste a meal that makes you sit back and wish you could have it more often, then you know it`s a real culinary gem! 🏅🏅 . Special thanks to @pti_casque from @co.makerfeed and his brigade for an amazing evening out. 😍 😋 . I was spoiled with the most amazing dishes!! ● PEI oysters for the win! Love the presentation!!🦪🦪 ● Auntie Jo`s Wagyu corndogs with honey mustard...So, so tasty!! I couldn`t resist😋 ● Chef`s risotto: roasted squash with Osso Bucco beef and goat cheese. So rich and insanely flavourful!!😍😍 ● Osso Bucco at its best...melt-in-your-mouth tender and a sauce that makes you want to spoon it all up.😋😋 . Always a great time eating Chef`s creations in the beautiful `Alice In Wonderland` room - my favourite!!😍 . A must try for any occasion!!😋 . #foodblogger #foodpornshare #foodgram #foodlovers #travelblogger #restaurant #ossobuco #risotto #oysters #chefschoice #chefsspecial #supportlocalbusiness #ottawarestaurants #ottawaeats #diningout #specialoccasions #thefoodteaseeats
No trip would be complete without a delicious food tour😋😍 . I had the pleasure of taking part in @tours_de_la_table guided walking tour - exploring Montréal`s Chinatown. Engaging host, interesting cultural facts, and my favourite, tasty dishes made for a great afternoon.😋😍 . Having a very engaging and informative guide is key to any successful tour, and Mélissa Simard, founder of Round Table Tours/Tours De La Table nailed it. Melissa has a wealth of knowledge regarding both Canadian and Chinese history and its connection to Montreal. . During the tour, I learned that the Chinese Holiday Inn, the only Chinese Holiday Inn in Canada other than China, all the rooms and decor in the hotel are done in respect to the Feng Shui practice. Additionally, I also learned, amongst many other interesting facts regarding Montreal and its beloved Chinatown, that 50% of businesses in Montréal`s Chinatown are Vietnamese owned. . Now to the food😋😋 ● The classic Vietnamese dish, Bánh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), was perfect to start off this yummy culinary tour!🥖😋 ● @dobeandandy restaurant: BBQ pork, BBQ duck, chicken, and crispy pork. 😍YES!!! ● @chezchili_mtl: Traditional Hunan and Sichuan dishes are their specialty. I devoured their tofu with spicy blackbean sauce!! AND their spicy lotus was amazing! I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed this dish! 😍 Plus, their stir-fried Cumin lamb...I could have eaten all of it!!!😋😍 ● Kim Fung eatery: dim sum dishes of rice noodles, dumplings, cuttlefish, and Shumai (Chinese dumplings). 🥟🥟 ● For drssert: Dragons beard candy dessert: Similar to cotton candy, but with some saltiness from peanuts and sweetness from coconut...super tasty!😍 . I highly recommend this style of food tour as it`s very interesting and ridiculously TASTY 👌 😋😍 . #foodblogger #foodlovers #foodgram #foodphotography #travelgram #travelbloggers #mtlmoments #mtl #foodtour #foodtourism #chinatown #montrealchinatown #discoveringnewplaces #mtlresto #supportlocalbusiness #smallbusiness #presstrip #tmactravel #tmac #ifwtwa1 #thefoodteaseeats #thefoodteasetravel
Labeled as `hunting lodge meets speakeasy`, the @foxymtl restaurant perfectly executes each dish with their wood-fire cooking🔥🔥😍 . All aspects of this dining experience were spot on - warm hospitality, tantalizing cocktails, and dishes that pop with flavour. 🥃🍸🔥 . Foxy`s head chef, Catherine Couvet Desrosiers and her talented brigade made exceptional wood-fire dishes, that left me wanting for more!! . Sabrina master mixologist at Foxy, made several tantalizing libations for me, but one stood out like no other - the New Delhi.😍🍸🥃 The New Delhi Cocktail was by far the best cocktail I`ve had in a very, very long time! Exotically addictive! 😋 . Dishes that I was spoiled with: Homemade feta and pita: 1) burnt eggplant, blueberry, walnut and honey. 2) Radicchio: garlic confit, anchovy, olive and sourdough bread. 3) Cappelletti: corn, chanterelle and nasturtium. 4) Ontario walleye: porcini, lobster mushroom, sherry and chevril. Stunning dishes!!😋 . Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure and experience Foxy!! . #foodblogger #foodlovers #foodpornshare #foodgram #travelbloggers #presstrip #montreal #montrealrestaurant #foxy #awardwinning #griffintown #griffintownmontreal #huntinglodge #speakeasy #thefoodteasedrinks #thefoodteaseeats #thefoodteasetravel #ifwtwa1 #tmac #tmactravel
This time of year is perfect for an illuminated adventure.✨️✨️ . I had the pleasure of taking in the immersive sensory experience of the Gardens of Light at the Montréal Botanical Gardens @espacepourlavie . Hundreds of silk lanterns in the Chinese Garden light up the night sky! . Walking through the Garden of Lights, displays are dramatic and eye-catching with their vibrant colours. 🐲🐉🤩 . The Chinese Gardens share the legend of the Butterfly Lovers. It`s the story of two lovers, separated by fate, and yet, not even death could separate them. Death transforms them into two marvellous butterflies whose wings will beat together forever. Simply gorgeous to see!!🦋🦋💕 . There`s still time to enjoy this incredible display, as it`s available till October 31st. . #travelgram #presstrip #travelbloggers #passportready #mtlmoments #montreal #montrealbotanicalgarden #gardensoflight #illumination #japanesegarden #chinesegarden #legend #butterflylovers #montrealactivities #tmactravel #tmac #ifwtwa1 #thefoodteasetravel
When my two weaknesses merge together, it`s a beautiful thing - Bubbles and tasty treats. 🍾🥂😍 . The @ritzcarltonmontreal and its glamorous hotel bar & restaurant, The Palm Court, where I enjoyed my Afternoon Tea experience, was luxuriously spectacular!! 🫖🍾🤩 . The Afternoon Tea experience is a tradition at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal since 1912. When something is THIS good, you don`t dare change it! 😍 . Champagne bubbles with a selection of homemade sandwiches, scones, and pastries in front of a roaring fireplace... I could get used to this!🔥😋 . The famed Palm Court is in collaboration with Dom Pérignon....Another reason for me to LOVE it 😉🍾🥂 . Life is too short...Go and enjoy these luxurious moments! . #foodblogger #travelbloggers #travelgram #freelancewriter #ritzcarlton #luxelife #luxetravel #teatime #afternoontea #champagne #champagnelover #domperignon #palmcourt #mtlmoments #montreal #thefoodteasedrinks #thefoodteaseeats #tmactravel #tmac #ifwtwa1 #lifeistooshort #seizetheday #seizethemoment
What weekends are all about - experiencing epic and luxurious activities thanks to @montreal 😍😍 . Desiring a boutique downtown hotel that was both intimate and hip in its vibe, I had the pleasure of staying at @legermainhotels . The warm hospitality and attention to detail from the staff were exemplary. A great start for my Montreal stay.😍😍 . A beautiful surprise in my room. Bubbles and flowers are my favourite!! @legermainhotels knows how to spoil!🥂🍾💐😍 . A chic room to ensure my stay in Montréal is a great one. I couldn`t get enough of the swinging suspended chair... very interesting 😉 . Continental breakfast in bed...croissants and pain au chocolat were perfection!! 😋😋 . Let the Montreal fun begin😉 . #foodblogger #travelbloggers #travelgram #montreal @mtl_moments_ #mtlmoments #mtl #legermainhotel #boutiquehotel #weekendgetaway #presstrip #tmactravel #tmac #ifwtwa1 #thefoodteasetravel #thefoodteaseeats #freelancewriter #veuveclicquot #champagnemoments #champagnelover
Light tasty bites to start an evening on the right foot is exactly what @aloraottawa delivered, and then some. 😋😍 . The appetizers were perfect for an evening out. Don`t take my word, go and try them for yourself. . Yummy and highly addictive CRISPY CRAB BITES: Atlantic Wild Crab, Crispy Rice, Avocado Mousse, Spicy Mayo, Red Chili, Ginger Soy Glaze🦀🦀 . SEARED TUNA: Chill Soy Tuna, Whipped Avocado, Cucumber Salad, Cripsy Taro, and Nori. . SMASH BURGERS: Canadian Angus Beef, Maple Prosciutto Jam, Smoked Cheddar, Garlic Aioli, and Toasted Brioche. So tasty!!🍔🍔😋 . And tasty Parmesan fries!!🍟🍟 . Alora`s staff and ambiance were ideal for an evening of indulgence😉😋 . #foodblogger #travelblogger #foodpornshare #foodporn #nomnom #alora #alorarestaurant #supportlocalbusiness #ottawaeats #ottawarestaurants #appetizers #tastybites #newrestaurant #thefoodteaseeats #ifwtwa1 #tmac
Perfect way to start the weekend, picking up my contest winnings - a dozen delicious and authentic Pastel de Nata from @casadenata 😴😍😋 . They are simply irresistible with the right amount of crunch to them, and their custard is next level!👌😍 . I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Casa De Nata, husband and wife Amer and Huda, who welcomed me in their production kitchen. . Casa De Nata prides themselves on making their Natas from scratch. They are inspired by the same ingredients and methods used in Portugal. . These highly addictive portuguese desserts are being sold at the @portobakery . A MUST TRY🤗😋 . #foodblogger #foodpornshare #foodie #foodgram #pasteldenata #portuguesedessert #winning #contestwinner #ottawaeats #ottawabakery #supportlocalbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #bakery #portuguesefood #dessertlife #dessertporn #thefoodteaseeats #tmac #ifwtwa1 #fwt #tmactravel
When you have a craving for a tasty Peking duck dinner, @pekingduckottawa delivers on quality, hospitality, and flavour!! 🦆😋 . I loved the fact that you could see chefs slicing tasty Peking ducks in the beautiful dining room, as patrons waited with anticipation for their dishes. . Aside from the tasty Peking duck experience, I thought it was a nice touch that the restaurant staff explained and demonstrated how to properly assemble the duck pancakes. Talk about excellent hospitality and perfect for those not familiar with the peking duck experience!!👏👏 . To accompany the Peking duck, we also feasted on some tasty marinated jellyfish, Mapo tofu, fried yellow croaker fish, and date filled desserts. . It should be noted that patrons need to call in advance for their Peking duck order. . I`m already looking forward to my next visit.😍😋 . #foodblogger #foodpornshare #travelblogger #foodlovers #pekingduck #pekingduckpancakes #ottawaeats #ottawarestaurants #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocal #diningout #duck #ducklover #greathospitality #wantmore #thefoodteaseeats
Any excuse to have a beautiful evening out @lesfougeres is a good one in my book.😍😍 . Inviting ambiance, stellar dishes, and top-notch hospitality... What more could you ask for?!! . The duck tartar was exquisite with the use of Indian spices - a real treat! For the main course, and since I was craving some pasta, I chose their scarpinocc dish with my favourite...le @lecoprin_mushrooms with brown butter!! If that wasn`t enough, it was seafood time!🦐🦐 We are talking about scallops, shrimps, salt cod ravioli, and smoked PEI mussels. . Regardless if you enjoy lunch or dinner at Les Fougeres, you won`t be disappointed. An all-time favourite of mine.😋😍 . I am looking forward to my next visit already!!🤩 . #foodblogger #travelblogger #foodlovers #foodgram #foodpornshare #lesfougeres #chelsea #chelsearestaurant #supportlocalbusiness #diningout #supportlocal #supportrestaurants #amust #highlyrecommended #thefoodteaseeats
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a culinary workshop at my alma mater, @lecordonbleuottawa for an upcoming project. . It had been 20yrs since I last stepped foot in their production kitchen, and I was immediately flooded by so many beautiful memories, and it felt like time stood still. 👩🏼🍳😍 . Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute offers a variety of culinary short courses ranging from demonstrations with tasting, practical workshops, and multiday courses. During this particular workshop, I had the pleasure of seeing students pursue their culinary passions, be it as a hobby and, for some, as a career aspiration.👨🍳👩🏼🍳 . Chef Arnaud DeClercq was the instructor chef during this workshop, where braised trout with Riesling wine sauce and spätzle noodles were being taught... absolutely DELICIOUS 😋 😍 . Do you have a passion for cooking? If so, then perhaps a culinary workshop at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa would interest you... Food for thought😉 . #foodblogger #travelblogger #foodie #foodlovers #lcb #lecordonbleu #workshop #culinaryexperience #cookingclass #pursuingyourdreams #hobby #careerchange #lovetocook #cheflife #culinaryinstitute #goafteryourdreams #settinggoals
Tapas, tapas, and more delicious tapas!!😍😋 . When in Kingston, Ontario food lovers should make it a MUST to have some delicious and over-the-top tapas at Tango Neuvo. . Everything from the tuna poke nachos, scallops, ceviche, potatoes, poke belly to their insanely tasty lamb tacos - EVERYTHING WAS A HIT!! . This is what summer indulgence is all about!! Check it out!!😋😍 . #foodblogger #travelblogger #visitkingston #kingstonontario #tapas #tapasbar #kingstonrestaurants #ontarioyourstodiscover #summereats #newdiscoveries #diningout #wantmore #thefoodteaseeats #thefoodteasetravel
@discoverdominica was incredible, and I am happy to share with you some of my adventures in the latest issue of @ottawawedding. . Experience limitless adventures unforgettable beauty, thanks to lush rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, and volcanic peaks. 🏝 🏞 . In addition to other exciting activities, I had loads of fun snorkeling with @wanderlustcaribbean and with @mrweskayak from @soufriereoutdoorcentre 🤿🐠🐚 . And the pampering services in Dominica are beyond NEXT level!! 💆🏼♀️😍 . Special thanks to @junglebaydominica @wanderlustcaribbean and @coulibri_ridge for their exceptional hospitality!!🥇🥇 . Dominica, the Nature Island that leaves you wanting more, couldn`t be more true. . #travelblogger #travelwriter #dominica #discoverdominica #presstrip #published #honeymoondestination #pampering #pamperingtime #thenatureisland #junglebaydominica #wanderlustcaribbean #coulibriridge #5star #luxelife #luxurytravel #weddingdestination #lovemyjob #tmactravel #tmac #ifwtwa1
Who doesn`t love fireworks?! 🎆 🎇 With a view like this, im completely on board😍😍 . Year after year, @grandsfeuxducasino puts on an incredible show, where various countries compete in the juried pyromusical show. On this particular evening, I happen to be at the right place to watch Italy perform their magic!✨️🎆 . What more could you ask for when you have breathtaking fireworks displayed in the backdrop of the stunning @natgallerycan as it illuminates the night sky? And let`s not forget to mention Ottawa`s famous spider sculpture, which adds that extra something to any photo. 🕷🕸 . Here`s to enjoying more summer evenings! . #foodblogger #travelblogger #travelgrams #ifwtwa1 #tmactravel #tmac #fireworks #lesgrandsfeuxducasinodulacleamy #fireworkcompetition #italy #rightplacerighttime #summerevening #ottawaphoto
A beautiful evening out at @nac.cna flagship restaurant 1 Elgin. . Sublime dishes, exemplary hospitality, and picture-perfect views. I`m already looking forward to my next visit!!😋😍 . I can`t rave enough about their exemplary hospitality. The service was off-the-chart amazing. And the food...well, I was practically licking the sauce off the plate from my poached halibut. I wanted to try something different, and this spectacular dish still has me craving for more!!🐟😋😍 . In addition to my halibut dish, their tuna crudo, house caesar salad, and their tender beef dish were all spot on. . 1 Elgin is the ideal venue for taking in some of Ottawa`s beautiful vistas. . Go and experience this sensory overload venue! . #foodblogger #travelblogger #travelgrams #foodpornshare #nac #nacrestaurant #1elgin #ottawaeats #ottawarestaurants #supportlocalbusiness #ottawatourism #ottawaphoto #eveningout #summer #summervibes #thefoodteaseeats #ifwtwa1 #tmac
After some fun on the water, the @ontherockscalabogie restaurant delivered with its unique setting and tasty dishes.🚤🌞😋 . Their Watermelon cosmo was a DEFINITE hit with yours truly 😋 🍸🍉 . Everything from their fried calamari and carpaccio to their Wagyu burger and pickerel dish - they hit all the right notes. . Guests can enjoy eating outside and take in the serene view of Calabogie lake (unfortunately, the mosquitoes were liking me a bit too much 😉). . Looking forward to experiencing their Polar Bar in the winter months🐻❄️❄️ . #foodblogger #travelblogger #foodpornshare #ontario #ontarioyourstodiscover #calabogie #ontherocks #supportsmallbusiness #tmac #tmactravel #ifwtwa1 #calabogielake #thefoodteaseeats #thefoodteasedrinks #thefoodteasetravel #explorecalabogie
When you`re in need of a sensory overload blind tasting experience @blacktartankitchen delivers with stellar results!! . I had the pleasure of experiencing their Summer Fare Games 4-course tasting menu. Everything from the highly addictive cocktails to the `want more, need more` tasting experience were next level!! . The 4-course blind tasting menu had me swooning from the start with their refreshing gazpacho, which was simply fitting on this very hot summer evening. Next was their exemplary scallop dish, which gave a muliti-sensory experience, with the contrast of textures and flavours😍 . Now my favourite course, Beef time!! 🐂🐂 Their sous-vide striploin with Dijon potato croquettes were ridiculously tasty!! The pièce de résistance...a chocolate and raspberry mousse on a lemon honey crumble with a side of raspberry semifreddo. This was the perfect way to end this extraordinary meal!!👌👌😍 . I am already looking forward to my next visit, with their 7-course blind tasting.😍😋 . Go and experience this outstanding eatery, your taste buds will thank you!! . #foodblogger #travelblogger #foodpornshare #foodporn #blindtasting #carletonplace #carletonplaceontario #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #culinaryexperience #sensoryoverload #musttry #musttryfood #thefoodteaseeats #thefoodteasetravel
After several years (and many obstacles), I am happy to share that my East Asia adventure to Hong Kong and Taiwan was recently published in the @fwtmagazine . Special thanks to Discover Hong Kong Tour Taiwan - TTB America and Hong Kong Airlines 香港航空 for this incredible experience, filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and lasting memories.😊 . I relished every moment: ✅️ Hong Kong`s endless and impressive skyscrapers ✅️ The majestical Tian Tian bronze Buddha in the mountains (walking up the endless stairs to see the Buddha upclose was worth it) ✅️ The famous Shilin Night Market, the largest and most famous night market in Taiwan 😋😋 ✅️ Learning survival skills from their renowned Cidal Hunter School in the mountains ✅️ And so much more!! = This adventure can only be described as EPIC‼️ . I`m looking forward to the next chapter!!🌏✈️ . #foodblogger #travelblogger #published #travelwriter #fwt #ifwtwa1 #taiwan #taiwanfood #nightmarket #hongkong #hongkongfood #hongkongairlines #epic #passportready #lovemyjob #foodwriter #thefoodteasetravel #tmac #asia #discoverasia #gratefulfortheopportunity