Time is a social construct, right? So how is it that it seems like there just isn’t enough time in the summertime for all the things we had planned to do. But yet there is more daylight hours in a day for activities? Hmm… Also, how is it mid-August already! Where has the summer gone? And where IS everyone? And can I come? I’ve noticed this year more than before how dead Toronto is during the summer months. Local haunts and watering holes have on average 2 people at any given time on weekends (may be exaggerating). It’s very strange… [Read more…]
Back by popular demand (LOL hi Myra & Rachel), part 2 of my quasi-economical student’s guide to BW is a brief compilation of day trips near and around Stuttgart! Having to plan and embark on full-blown weekend trips every single week can be stressful and a bit exhausting – not to mention, exorbitant. Fear not, for this is where day trips come in handy! Space out those busy weekend trips, or save them for long weekends to make them more worthwhile. So, pack a sandwich, fill up your water bottle, apply sunscreen (always) and put on your comfy shoes. These little outings will have you reminiscing about school field trip days. But, be forewarned that much of the following involves strenuous gravity-defying efforts (aka walking up gentle hills) that my semi-prairie-upbringing did not predispose me to. [Read more…]
Last summer, I spent two months as a visiting researcher at Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. There were about 30 of us students from various Ontario universities that got research placements at partnering universities throughout Baden-Württemberg (BW), a state in Southwest Germany. While many of the others were planning ambitious weekend trips to Barcelona, Paris, Venice, etc. I was hoping to discover more local gems so I could truly live and experience Deutschland, while keeping travel costs to a minimum. Part 1 of my (quasi-economical) student’s guide includes two weekend trips I took to the further stretches of BW. And since I made it that far, I simply had no excuse not to cross the border into France and Switzerland (teehee). [Read more…]
I think it’s pretty obvious that I have a strong affinity for pasta. Might I even say that it’s stronger than my love for hot dogs?! Pasta has all the makings of the perfect meal. It’s versatile – it can be eaten from a bowl (or pot) on the couch or be dished out as a nice sit down dinner with vino. It can be healthy (ish) as long as it is not laden with butter, cream and cheese (I’m obviously not opposed to that though). Making it can also be low involvement.
The holiday season is not complete without an assortment of freshly baked cookies. This is the only time of year when you’d find non-bakers like Melissa rummaging through my baking drawer, greasing up her palms and rolling up balls of dough only to produce cookies an eternity later. Although it’s always worth the effort for cookies, these guys come together quick and easy with just a wooden spoon and some bicep action. [Read more…]
Ah, the dog days of summer… If you’re like me, you’ll want to do nothing more than to lounge in some shady spot with friends while someone feeds you watermelon and barbecue. Unfortunately, life is not like that… But this heat and humidity has still melted you into a puddle and you desperately need an ice cold drink that is not that can of beer in your fridge. Now what? This. Watermelon. Punch. That’s what. Punches are great because they are simple to put together and easy to mass produce. You literally dump everything in an icy jug, give it a good stir and voila – boozy refreshments for everyone! Minimal effort, maximum return. [Read more…]
To say Berlin is cool is an understatement. Since the fall of the Wall, the capital city of Germany has become a breeding ground for creatives, DJs, lost souls and, more recently, tech start-ups. From learning about its turbulent history to experiencing its grungy bohemian vibes and eating too much currywurst, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring Berlin.
Baileys and coffee go together like sugar cane juice with lime or a Gin & Tonic – which I’ve found out was originally concocted by British soldiers to prevent malaria in colonial India (important facts we learn in Food Science). Well, in this case, Baileys and coffee in a tiramisu combine to serve a greater purpose of its own, Mother’s Day!
Ireland is definitely the friendliest country I have traveled to so far. And that’s coming from someone who’s lived in Canada for 10 years (but imo, Canadians are more polite than friendly). While most would spend spring break somewhere tropical, my friends and I opted for a less popular option. But I would gladly give up sun tanning (which is so boring) any day to gallivant about in Ireland to the background music of Hozier.
Ever since I began baking, I have gone through countless recipes. First, I started off with bookmarking them in cookbooks. Then, I realized some cookbooks may look nice but they cannot always be trusted. Alas, I switched over to recipe sites (all hail allrecipes) where I’d go straight to the recipes with 4043 five star ratings – which is all well and good for classic heirloom recipes. But most grandmothers don’t have recipes like Slutty Brownies or Imploding Honey Custard Cake. So finally, I sold my soul to Pinterest and 41 boards later, there’s no turning back…