Islands for all tastes

On a very recent trip to Toronto, we made a getaway to a whimsical place we used to frequent when we lived there.  It used to be our special time together, hand-in-hand we’d walk through this unusual and quirky little island called Ward’s Island.  He was not my husband then, but we always went off the beaten path to explore and wander away from the crowds.  The Toronto Islands as a whole are a refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other.

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Île d’Orléans – Off the beaten path in Quebec

It had been a while since we visited our friends Art and Nicole on this beautiful island, about a twenty minute drive from Quebec City.  So when we decided that it was time to re-visit, we picked up the phone re-connected, and before you knew it, we were packing our bags.  Don’t you just love it when you can pick up where you left off with good friends and get right into it?  This was our 4th visit to the island, the anticipation and excitement of the 12 hour road journey also brought with it a heightened buzz.  I love road trips and I was definitely looking forward to being in classy Quebec again.

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Picture-Perfect Florida!

When our Canadian snowbird cousins invited us for a getaway to sunny Florida, I did not hesitate to check on flights and calendar dates to make sure we could make this happen.  What can be better than trying to beat the winter blues in mid-February?  When I saw a picture of the villa, I was sold, there was no stopping me, I needed warmth on my skin, I longed to bathe in the sunshine, sit by that beautiful pool and sip on tropical drinks :).

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A jewel in the sea

When we discovered that our family were all off for the Thanksgiving week, we decided to take a trip for some sun, sand and much needed relaxation.  Isn’t it difficult to plan vacations when your children are now adults?  It is just so hard to get everyone’s calendars in sync.  It is even harder when they live in a different state. Why Puerto Rico?  We had been to Puerto Rico quite a few years back when our children were very young; we stayed in Dorado and as we were on a business trip, we had never really explored the island.  Besides, Puerto Rico is only a 3 hour flight from our closest airport, that was reason enough to pack our bags and head for the sun 🙂

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Where is Goa you might ask?  If you know the answer, give yourself a pat on the back.  A few folks look at me quite puzzled when I talk about Goa.  Goa is the smallest state on India’s west coast, it was a former Portuguese colony with a rich history.  The Portuguese ruled Goa for about 450 years.   Swaying palms, white sands and blue waters draw tourists from near and far.  Goa is dubbed the “Caribbean of India”.  My roots are Goan, (as the locals are called), but I have never lived in Goa.  However, our parents and Grandparents … Continue reading GOAN CARAMEL BREAD PUDDING and some history!

Limoncello cheesecake squares

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy.  Even though there is debate about the origin of this drink, it is said to be at least 100 years old.  Limoncello is very popular in Italy and is only just becoming popular in other parts of the world.  It also happens to be a popular ingredient in cocktails and imparts a strong lemon flavor without the sourness or bitterness of pure lemon juice.  Today I’m going to share a recipe with you using limoncello in a dessert.  A guest that came over for dinner a few weeks back … Continue reading Limoncello cheesecake squares

The Beauty of Brazil


Little is known about the history of Brazil before 1500.  When the Portuguese arrived in 1500, the Brazilian population consisted of over 5 million indigenous people. When their numbers began depleting, the Portuguese started shipping slaves from Africa in the mid-16th century.  Over the centuries, Brazil’s peoples were diversified further by several waves of immigration from the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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