My visit to Toronto has been a long time coming. The last time I ventured over to ‘the 6’ was over four years ago.
Home to Drake, The Weeknd, Lilly Singh and Rupi Kaur, I did secretly hope I would bump into one of the four during my week there but alas, it didn’t happen.
I did however have a lot of family time and even though I was struck down with a relentless cough, I still braved the elements and got to admire some of what Toronto had to offer.
People tell me time and time again that I was born in the wrong country. Given my love affair with New York, I’m starting to believe it.
My adoration for this city started at the tender age of 13 and no matter how long I left it until my next visit, my enthusiasm for the big apple never dwindled.
The moment I realised I would be going to Valencia for a hen do, the first thing I could think of was indulging in an authentic paella.
You might not think about Valencia as a place for a typical hen party but that was the point – this wasn’t the standard weekend filled with neon pink feathery accessories and drunken escapades. This gorgeous bride wanted a weekend of luxury – Kardashian style.
Spending your Tuesday evening at an award ceremony isn’t a bad idea at all.
Nestled behind the busy streets of Knightsbridge, Atout France hosted the French Travel Media Awards, where travel writers gathered to celebrate the best of France in an intimate ceremony.
Two hours west of Paris lies Nantes, one of the major cities of the historic province of Brittany. Dubbed by the Times in 2004 as the most liveable city in Europe, Nantes has continued to flourish and is now a buzzing destination for art, culture and culinary delights. On a recent press trip to the 2013 European Green Capital, we were treated to an eventful history as well as a glimpse into a sustainable and fruitful future.
Between our visits to notable landmarks and towns just outside of Nantes, there was time for deliciously rich food, which even in the blazing heat went down an absolute treat. Granted, Nantes isn’t a halal haven, there is ample choice when it comes to vegetarian and/or seafood options. Let’s not forget we’re in France, which can also only mean one thing – dessert and pastry BLISS!
La Boulangerie d’Antan was our first stop for lunch on day one. I admittedly scoffed my baguette down before capturing a picture, but trust me when I say it was absolutely delicious. Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella was perfect for a hot summer’s day and dessert didn’t disappoint either; Tarte au citron.
Dinner was a delicious affair at Le Bouchon where I fully delved into the seafood options. For dessert we all opted for the Sable; a French shortbread biscuit, with a cream cheese-like topping and fresh strawberries.
Next was wine tasting – without the wine. We headed to Clisson the next day to meet with a family owned vineyard that has been passed down through seven generations. I prepared myself for some astonishing pictures – what I didn’t prepare for was the thoughtful glasses of red grape juice throughout the tasting experience.
Lunch at the Great Western Villa Saint Antoine in Clisson was another three course feast with fresh mussels, soft risotto and a minty dessert. Our view of the historic castle and calm waters made for the perfect view.
On our last day we headed to see some stops on the well known art trail around Nantes. Lunch was at La Civelle, our last stop before departing to the airport. Known for their seafood, I couldn’t not try their sea bass. Soft, melt in your mouth with a smooth butter sauce to compliment the entire dish, this was the ideal meal. Light but filling and bursting with flavour and overall goodness. Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, I laid my eyes on the profiteroles. I’ll let the images do the talking for this one…