Fresh Tomato Salsa


It's summer so you know it's time for tomatoes! I remember eating tomatoes like they're apples as a kid.  I remember my grandma telling me to eat tomatoes because they help you have clear, beautiful skin and you know what, whether it's an old wive's tale or not, I think she was right. Nowadays, I don't eat tomatoes like they're apples, but I do love them in salads or cut up with just salt and pepper.  Arkadi on the other hand would rather snack on tomatoes over potato chips.  Weird. I know.  One … [Continue reading...]

Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel


I spent one year without and oven and I really missed baking.  So the first chance I had, I decided to bake muffins and cookies all in one day.  I found a recipe for rhubarb muffins on and because I've had success with a lot of their recipes in the past, I decided to make their rhubarb muffins with almond streusel.  The recipe is really easy to follow and the ingredients list is not complicated. There were four things that I changed in their recipe.  When I tasted the batter, I … [Continue reading...]

La Cubana


Ever been to La Cubana on Roncesvalles ? What do you think of their food and service?  To be truthful, it took us awhile to try La Cubana when they first opened because of some bad reviews online with respect to their service.   Not sure if the complaints were warranted or not, but we don’t […]

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Visa runs from Chiang Mai by car and by bus


Guess what? We’re experts at visa runs now guys! Well, not really. But we wanted to write a post to share our experiences with you guys.  We have a one year business visa here in Thailand and it requires that we leave the country every 90 days.  Sounds easy? Well, sort of.  Our first visa […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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