Homemade Vanilla Extract


Small space living was something new for us.  Two not so small people living in a small space presented some challenges but we were happy to call our 30 square meter condo home because it gave us what we needed.  But truth be told, I miss my old kitchen.  I had everything I needed in my old kitchen.  I had a good sized pantry, a full sized fridge, an oven and plenty of storage space!  I enjoyed spending a lot of time in my old kitchen cooking, baking and experimenting.   I specially miss my … [Continue reading...]

How to Chiang Mai: Register your car and obtain a Thai driver’s license

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When we were planning our move to Thailand, we both decided that we would brave it and use a motorbike to get around.  We were not excited or comfortable with the idea, but renting or buying a bike was a whole lot cheaper than a car so we thought we'd suck it up and do whatever everybody else does here.  Our first day here in Chiang Mai slapped that idea right out of our heads.  The traffic is a lot busier than what we expected.  The driving style is very different here and we're not referring … [Continue reading...]

Things to do in Chiang Rai, Thailand


Chiang Mai is the second biggest province in Thailand and generally the most well known province in Northern Thailand. But did you know that Chiang Rai is actually older than Chiang Mai? Both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai were built by King Meng Rai, and Chiang Rai was first the capital of Lanna Kingdom. Later […]

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Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Thai Green Mango Salad

  Most Thai restaurants in Toronto have green mango salad in their menu as their Thai salad option. So when we first visited Thailand 5 years ago, we were surprised to find out that most restaurants here don’t actually have mango salad as an option.  Here in Thailand, they love their green papaya salad.  You […]

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How to get around Chiang Mai as a tourist


Getting around Chiang Mai as a tourist is no big deal. Honestly. There are so many options here at different price points and comfort levels. You can rent a scooter, hire a car, rent a bicycle, ride a tuk tuk, share a red taxi or walk. The choice is up to your preference and budget. […]

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Food from around the World at Heathrow Airport


Trekking across the globe, you’ll encounter so many unfamiliar customs and practices, but what unites us as a global community is our love and respect for food. As the founder and editor-in-chief of MultiCultural Cooking Network (MCCN) Crystal A. Johnson once said, “Food is the cross section for communication.” Food isn’t the only way to bridge […]

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Country Style Hungarian Restaurant, 450 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Country Style Hungarian Restaurant

Winter’s coming! And you know that means, right? It’s time to unearth your elastic pants and put some meat on your bones. Indulging on comfort food is really the only way to deal with winter. For realsies. If you’re hankering for some good ol’ fashioned, rustic, just like grandma’s cooking kind of food, head on […]

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How to find your new home in Chiang Mai, Thailand


There are endless options for accommodation here in Chiang Mai. If you’re staying here long-term, you can rent a condo, a house, a townhouse or a serviced apartment. Some of our friends here rent a townhouse for a lot cheaper than what we’re paying monthly, but they did have to furnish the house themselves. Some […]

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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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  A few months back, we celebrated a very special occasion. It was our friends A & J’s  tenth year anniversary and we threw a surprise dinner for them! J is not only beautiful on the outside (she looks like a cross between Julia Roberts and Cindy Crawford), but she’s a good egg too!  What I […]

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