Scotland: SOUTHPOUR, Edinburgh

I’ve been treated to an exceptional number of bright, sunny days during my visit to Scotland. On one such of these days, I met up with an old friend from university for a hike up Arthur’s Seat. About two minutes in, we realised we were in desperate need of caffeine, so we popped into the closest place we saw. Walking…
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Scotland: Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Coming back to Edinburgh, one of my happiest surprises was discovering Checkpoint. As a student, I’d walk by the old, abandoned building every day on the way to class. Now, it’s been totally refurbished with a unique decor that serves as a cafe and lunch spot during the day and transforms into a swanky restaurant & bar at night. My friend and…
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Québec: Koa Lua Union, Downtown Montréal

Out of all the things you’d expect to find in Montréal, Hawaiian poke bowls aren’t the first thing to come to mind. But trust me, you need to check this place out. I love sushi, but I love poke bowls even more. Something about the deconstruction makes it a lot less pretentious, and a lot more fun and accessible to those that…
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Québec: Little Italy, Montréal

Little Italy is one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Montréal, bursting with unique little businesses and beautiful storefronts. At the heart of it all is Marché Jean-Talon, which has become my go-to as soon as I arrive in Montréal to pick up groceries and a few treats to bring home. Fresh produce lines the main corridor, but along the fringes you’ll…
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Québec: LOV, Vieux Montréal

My friend Kate is a major foodie. It’s kind of funny because when we were kids, I could count the things she’d eat on two hands. Now, she’s the knows all the best places- from hidden gems in strip malls to cool kid aesthetics. So when she heard about the opening of LOV in Old Montréal, she couldn’t wait to…
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