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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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On Wednesday we all loaded into the car and drove to Sonoma for a wine tasting day. Our first stop was a winery that I have wanted to visit for some time but have never managed to get to. Normally... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at A Life, Lived
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When Paul and I were first in San Francisco years ago we made the trek across the Bay to hike in Muir woods. We have wonderfully happy memories of that. A few years ago when I was hear with a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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Paul's plan for his special day was that he would wake up and head to the Golden Gate Bridge. He wanted to walk across it to the Marin side and back to the SF side - presumably this was a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This trip to California was planned in honour of Paul's big 40th birthday. Here is a pic of the birthday boy this morning . . . Our plan for today is to walk across the Golden Gate bridge to celebrate.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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We woke up on our last day in Paso Robles feeling torn – there were things to do in the area but at the same time we were focused on packing up and leaving the next day and meeting our... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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It has been four years since we had been in Paso Robles - we were amazed at the change in the town. While it still very much had a small town feel to it there had been amazing growth. Perhaps... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'lavender'. We are currently in California staying in a beautiful rental house. The property is beautifully landscaped and the lavender by the fire pit is in bloom . . . Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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The time change was playing games with me - wide awake at 3 AM Pacific time because my body was thinking it was 6 AM back home. I forced myself to sleep as much as I could but in the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Traveling is never easy these days. No matter the precautions that are taken, the plans that are made, the mental list of things to avoid. That being said, we arrived in California relatively unscathed. One of the benefits of all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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Paul decided that he wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in California. Our plan is to fly into LA, pick up our rental car and head up the coast. Our first stop is Santa Barbara The next day we're off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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Paul and I off to California to hang out with friends for the next week and a bit - of course I decided to 'go' there for travel Tuesday this week . . . Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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I was in Ottawa for three days of bargaining last week. It was a busy time in the city: it is traditional for school groups to visit the nation's capital during June . . . the FIFA World Cup is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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When we met our friend Val for brunch at Langdon Hall we hoped to wander the famous gardens. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. SIGH The rain had stopped by the time we finished our meal so we managed go out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'hop'. This is the historic Hop Kiln at Hop Kiln Winery. This structure served the important hop industry of California's north coast region, once the major hop-growing area in the west. Built in 1905... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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This recipe was selected because it allowed us to use up some of our Thai basil which is growing out of control. . . bok choy from our CSA shipment . . . and self-sown cilantro which is also growing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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A Nobel-winning biochemist's announcement that he has "trouble with girls" in labs because they either cause romantic sparks or start crying when criticized ignited wide condemnation. And as a barrage of tweets shows, the responses of many female scientists are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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Our friend Val is visiting from BC. Much of her visit is spent with quality time with family but she asked us if we were interested in a visit to Langdon Hall - a fancy 'hotel' about an hour away.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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A year ago we were enjoying our last day in Venice. This is how we spent the day: Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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Angel food cake is a low-fat, airy dessert that is the perfect finish to a summer meal. If you're using the grill for dinner, grill the angel food cake after you finish your meal - but make sure the grilling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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In theory, pork tenderloin is the perfect cut for grilling. It’s dressy enough to be served at an elegant dinner party, yet casual enough for weeknight supper. It’s substantial enough to be treated like red meat, yet mild enough to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'touch'. I saw this sign while wandering the market in Bologna . . . Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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I've mentioned before that halibut is likely our favourite fish to toss on the grill. Unlike other fish it doesn't fall about easily and because of its flavour and texture takes well to marinade. Paul found this recipe on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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I was really excited to come home on Friday and discover that our first wine club shipment had arrived from Laughing Stock Vineyards in BC. This was the first winery we visited while we were in the Kelowna area last... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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With me being on the road so much lately it was been a struggle to use up all of the wonderful veggies in our CSA delivery. Yesterday I was digging through the refrigerator and found plenty of asparagus, mushrooms, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at A Life, Lived
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I am back to reminiscing about our trip to Italy last year. After our stay in Montisi our friends headed to Florence and back home while we drove north, dropping the car off in Verona and spending some time in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at A Life, Lived