What is Korean Temple Food? Learning about Vegan Korean Food from Chef Ji Young Kim

Korean Temple Food - Grilled Potato with Jujubes and Chestnuts

Chef Ji Young Kim is the head chef at Balwoo Gongyang, a Korean temple food restaurant in Seoul. Driven by the Buddhist tenets of temple food, the restaurant aims to promote Buddhist culture and the practice of balwoo gongyang, the act of eating as part of practicing Buddhism, and how to appreciate food using all five of the senses. Read on to learn more about this vegan cuisine, and how Chef Ji Young Kim achieved a Michelin-star. ... Read more »

Caffè La serra | Our Favourite Cafe in Venice

Caffè La serra | My Favourite Cafe in Venice

Cafe culture is quintessentially Italian, and that certainly holds true in Venice. There are a thousand cafes in Venice in which to enjoy a cappuccino, espresso or macchiato, (or tea, beer or soft drinks if you prefer) and we paused in several during our recent visit. Many Venetian cafes offer light meals and sweets, perfect ... Read more »

Our Favourite Traditional Restaurant in Venice

Mixed cold cured meats - Nevodi, a fantastic traditional restaurant in Venice's laidback Castello district.

Although we had several fantastic meals during our week-long visit to Venice, there was one restaurant that we enjoyed so much we booked a return visit for dinner on our last night. In my previous posts, I’ve talked about how to find great food in Venice, shared our favourite places to eat cicchetti, and favourite ... Read more »

The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada

Canadian Maple Syrup - The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada

Continuing with our series of suggestions for the best souvenirs to buy around the world, enjoy this selection of treats from Canada. The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada First Nations Arrow Head | Hockey Stick | Ice Wine | Indigenous Art | Lumberjack Shirt | Maple Syrup | RCMP Plush Toy | Salmon Jerky First Nations Arrow Head A flint arrowhead, ... Read more »

Favourite Places to Eat Cicchetti in Venice

Favourite Places To Eat Cicchetti in Venice

In my guide to finding great food in Venice, I talked about the tradition of cicchetti, small morsels of food served alongside drinks in the bacari (bars) of Venice. Bacari can be found throughout Venice, with a concentration in the areas where the four sestiere (districts) of San Polo, Castello and Cannaregio come together (near the Rialto bridge). ... Read more »