Niagara Falls

Short Trip Getaway in Ontario

With having a busy schedule, sometimes it is hard to get away for a long time. This is where a short local travel trip is in order. You need the getaway from the every day, the every week,…the every month of the same old routine. Here are a few photos of our little 2 day getaway to Niagara Falls. – Adelka Molcan

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San Francisco Makes its Mark on the Farm-to-Table Culinary Scene

Food

For those in the restaurant world, the effort to deliver an authentic farm-to-table menu is not taken lightly. Restaurants take pride in knowing exactly where their ingredients originate and that the source of their food is raised without the aid of hormones or pesticides. More stringent followers take this notion even further and factor in environmental issues such as overfishing or the ethics of supporting fair trade companies. The end result of this trend is the start of some superb dining establishments. As one of the country’s top dining destinations, San Francisco was at the forefront of this movement and has since become home to some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the country. Here is a sampling of some of these establishments.

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Located in the trendy Nob Hill neighborhood, Farm: Table states its directive from the get-go. With rustic charm and a communal spirit, Farm: Table prides itself on serving local and sustainable food all while relying on homemade ingredients whenever possible. This pet-friendly hotspot delivers delicious breakfast and lunch daily with menu items such as homespun house cereal and an off the charts tuna melt.

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Nopa   560 Divisadero St, San Francisco

Self-described as a “San Francisco gathering place,” Nopa has made its mark by delivering organic wood-fired offerings all made with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Found in Alamo Square, Nopa values its relationships with its farmers and even incorporates them into regular staff menu training lunches.

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Spruce    3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco

Nestled in the Presidio Heights neighbourhood, Spruce embraces its ability to provide its diners with the freshest produce and other local ingredients found in northern California. With exclusive access to a private five-acre farm in the area, Spruce incorporates the bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs into its daily menu.

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With its origins formed from the wild pop-up world, Saison has thrived to become a stronghold in the San Francisco dining scene. This China Basin neighbourhood eatery offers an innovative contemporary American menu by integrating an array of local ingredients and as a result, can bask in the glow of some of the most widely acclaimed reviews in all of San Francisco.

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Whether a tried and true locavore or just someone that can appreciate an incredible dining experience, many will find that San Francisco may just be the heart of the farm-to-table movement today. With access to the freshest local ingredients and a flair for innovative cuisine, San Francisco is and will continue to be, a top destination for diners seeking the best farm-to-table eateries.



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5 Safety Tips For International Travel

International travel is exciting, particularly to those who experience it for the first time. Inexperienced tourists on vacation will be immersed in exotic cultures, walking tours, and museums. However, world travel should be taken seriously to avoid problems such as theft, personal injury, and detainment. To assist tourists in making safety a priority, listed below are 5 practices that will ensure a stress-free vacation.

Guard Your Valuables

When traveling to a foreign country, your passport is your most important item. Credit cards, cash, and electronics should be locked in a hotel’s safe. Be sure to make at least two copies of your documents in case of loss or theft.

Follow The Law

Some countries can have laws and practices that are entirely different than the laws of your home country. Laws can sometimes be unclear and difficult to understand. As a rule of thumb, vacationers should adhere to the same rules of their home country, when in doubt. It is imperative to research the host nation’s policies and customs before arriving.

Be Careful When Walking or Driving

Getting hit by a car is one of the most frequent injuries to pedestrian tourists. Driving practices can vary greatly, along with driver’s regard for pedestrians. Always avoid jaywalking. Due to the amount pedestrians hit by vehicles, be sure to take appropriate measures to ensure your safety when crossing streets. Additionally, avoid using your phone when walking or driving.

Understand Your Itinerary

Give yourself lots of time to read over and understand all your travel components such as booking with connecting flights too close together, which can cause unwanted delays and unneeded stress.

Pack light

One overlooked travel nuisance is arriving at your destination and then realizing you brought too much luggage. Heavy luggage can impact movement during an emergency and is more expensive to take on airplanes. It also can keep travelers from buying the souvenirs they want.



     

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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

Beans & Leaves

Let’s start with our favourite place that is a must when visiting New York City.

Located in Staten Island, a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan,  Bean & Leaves Cafe is a must for travellers looking for a warm friendly atmosphere with great priced food, delicious creations and the best service we had during our stay.

We tried the Peanut Butter Overload waffle. Our taste buds were pleasantly surprised at the perfect blend of sweet and salty with the right amount of  whip cream.

We also tried the Hungry Man Waffle which was more than meets the eye. It may look simple on the outside with the shredded cheese but it’s bursting with flavour on the inside. It has a full potato in the waffle mix and savoury not sweet. It filled me up perfectly.

And of course it wouldn’t be a great cafe without the hot, fresh and delicious flavour of the day coffee to round out this dining experience. Served by the friendliest staff that was so accommodating  we wished we had a longer stay so we could come back again.

We will definitely make this a must visit every time we are in New York!

The End in Brooklyn

For a unique latte The End is worth the visit to Brooklyn. Beautiful crafted lattes with ingredients like coconut milk and other plant based ingredients. “Spiritual awareness and feel good philosophy” is their goal. They have handmade organic snacks and are famous for their unicorn lattes We highly recommend stopping at this small but quaint coffee stop.

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3 Theme Park Treats You’ll Want to Try

S’mores

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida

Herbie’s Drive-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is serving up these old campfire favorites in a new way. What may look like toasted ravioli at first glance is really                a dainty pocket filled with the luscious flavors of marshmallow and chocolate.          These s’mores are served warm so the only thing missing is the campfire.

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Apple Fries

Legoland, Carlsbad, California

These fried apple slices are bathed in a sweet coat of cinnamon and sugar and             then topped with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream. Forget the rides — we’re        making a beeline for the only apple fries stand in the park!

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King Size Shakes

Hersheypark, Hershey, Pensylvania

It would be inexcusable to visit Hersheypark “The Sweetest Place on Earth”                    and not indulge, so head right to Simply Chocolate & go big. More specifically,                  go King Size.  The 32-ounce King Size Shakes are available in Hershey’s, Reese’s.            and Kisses & are delicious in themselves. But it’s the toppings (slices of peanut           butter pie, sprinkles, pretzel rods, Reese’s Pieces, mini Reese’s Cups) that put               them breathtakingly over the edge.

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