Italy – A Photo Essay

I can’t remember the last time I was wide awake at 5am.  It’s light out and the city is quiet. The bridge void of the usual commuters heading downtown.  We arrived in Vancouver late Saturday night after an aborted landing; what a strange sensation to be seconds away from touching down and suddenly be propelled…

May Favourites – Waterfalls, Secret Suppers and Hocus Pocus.

I know, I know. It’s a week in to June and I’m just getting around to writing this. In my defence; I’m planning my wedding, a trip to Italy this month, working and keeping up with everyday life.  You know how it is.  Excuses aside.  Here are the things I loved and am loving from…

A Sunday Roast

It’s 7:20 pm. Sunday. I’m in the studio. This is where my piano is kept as well as all my books, my favourite upholstered chair and a wooden armoire adorned with Indonesian carvings and filled with linens and candles.  I keep extra pillows on top of it and the warmest blankets that only come down…

A Sunday Stroll Through Olympic Village – A Photo Essay

I’m sitting on my balcony looking out over what my fiancee and I call the “Vancouver Riviera”.  Cars crossing the bridge into Downtown, the marina with a yacht that dwarfs the rest of the boats docked there. The water sparkling in the sunshine. Water taxi’s and party boats heading in after a day cruising the…

Movies That Get Me In The Mood For Summer

Every year around February and after our long dreary winter’s on the coast. Winters that can bring up to 60 days of consecutive rain. There’s a week of sunshine. A week where I step outside in the morning and see purple crocuses sprouting and the earth smells warm and sweet and it hits me:  It’s…

April Favourites- New Hood, White Teeth and Flying Pigs(?)

May ushered in with a small heat wave on the coast.  I set up my own private beach on our patio and got a good 2 days of sunbathing in which was delightful.  Books, music, a cold drink with a view of the yachts in False Creek and the coastal mountains that remain snow capped…

Colombian Carne Desmechada (Shredded Beef) with Corn Arepas and Guacamole

We’ve been having some really beautiful warm weather on the coast.  I’ve been taking full advantage of it spending the afternoons yesterday and again today, laying out on the patio working on my tan.  All the sunshine and Carlos Vives music I was listening to  inspired me to make some yummy Colombian food today.  I…

Jenn’s Chicken Enchiladas

Today I thought I’d try a dish I’ve never made before. They turned out better than I imagined but I would best leave them as a weekend dinner, when I/you have extra time.  Even though I got home at 5pm today, with this being a new dish and the improvisation that comes with creating the…

Tour My New Closet & Step Into Spring Fashion Tag.

“I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet” – Carrie Bradshaw   I’ve written 4 other “In My Closet” blogs; Two Summer entries, One Winter and one Autumn/Winter. This is my first Spring closet blog, how exciting! I’ve been waiting anxiously to share this one. 1. Because I bought…