A Hot Chocolate (and Thyme Lemonade or two, or three) at La Boulangerie de San Francisco , San Francisco, USA

If I lived in San Francisco (yes, it was very hard to leave as the whole time we were there I wished we did live there ….. but back to my post), if I lived in San Francisco and for the very short time that we did, our local became La Boulangerie de San Francisco. We came here over and over again, for breakfasts, for snacks and, especially for their gorgeous glass bottles filled with magical lemonade with a hint of thyme. I say magical because I have never had a lemonade in my life that tasted as good as [...]

March 7th, 2017|California, NORTH AMERICA, San Francisco, USA|

A Long Walk and a Hot Chocolate at Jane’s, San Francisco, USA

Japan town is a fascinating area. It is a six square city block area which is the largest and oldest Japantown in the United States. If you had been dropped here, you might even think you were in Japan. The architecture is Japanese, as are the restaurants. There is a shopping mall that goes for several city blocks filled with Japanese stores, bakeries, and more restaurants. We stayed at the nearby Kimpton Buchanan (highly recommended). This whole area was filled with interesting things to see (and a lot of hills, we are after all in San Fran). We spent some [...]

February 20th, 2017|California, NORTH AMERICA, San Francisco, USA|

A Hot Chocolate at Eve Cafe, Ottawa, Canada

It took three years and $360 million dollars, but the Rideau Centre, the shopping mall right smack in the centre of Ottawa, has been completely transformed from a sad and dreary place to a serious shopping destination. One of the new additions is Quebec department store Simmons. Go inside, walk to the left, take the elevator up to the top floor and you will find Eve. It isn’t obvious that there is a coffee shop here, probably the reason that it isn’t very busy. But if visitors knew it existed (as you now will know because I’m telling you), it [...]

February 14th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at The Scone Witch, Ottawa, Canada

  A properly baked scone is a beautiful thing. Its slightly crusty outside protects a pillowy and light inside. The improve it further, slather it with strawberry or raspberry jam and a generous dollop of clotted cream. Then, pair it up with a nice pot of tea… I have been lucky enough to have some near perfect tea and scone moments in my life so far. Lavenham in the UK is perhaps the ultimate tea and scones destination. But across the pond, far far away, there is another spot where you can get a very nice cuppa, an unlikely spot. [...]

February 6th, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate at Red Door Provisions, Ottawa, Canada

You could easily drive past Red Door Provisions and not notice it, which would be a real shame. After years of wondering why Beachwood wasn’t developing into the ‘go to’ street I always thought it had the potential to be, there are now, finally, a few pops of greatness. In fact, this little stretch of Beachwood seems to be where small buisinesses that make it big in Ottawa start out. Bridgehead Coffee has a location here, one of its first locations (although, granted, not its first). Burger giant The Works started here (and sadly the little building where it all [...]

January 31st, 2017|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Ottawa|

A Hot Chocolate, a Good Night Sleep and a Fantastic Meal at Bonaparte, Montreal, Canada

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that Old Montreal is full of gems. The Bonaparte is another one of these gems, perhaps the gem. Housed in a five story building built in 1886, this restaurant/hotel has been operating since 1984. The entrance is modern and trendy, dripping with holiday cheer. If you are looking for a place to stay in Old Montreal this comes highly recommended and is incredibly affordable considering its location and history. The service is fantastic, the glass of sparkling wine when you check in doesn’t hurt either, and the rooms are great. Included in the [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

A Hot Chocolate and Lots of Vitamin D at Tommy’s, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is a jewel filled with jewels. If you are visiting, forget the tourists and follow the locals around. They will bring you to gems hidden inside historic buildings. Tommy’s is one of these. Just next to Place d’Armes, Tommy’s is a great little coffee shop housed in the British Empire Building (formerly the Exchange Bank of Canada built in 1874). Quite simply, I fell in love with Tommy’s. While outside it might be cold, inside it felt like a summer day, as if you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D just by sitting inside. It is [...]

January 17th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|
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