My Christmas Photo Album

Back in the day, the day before smart phones with built in cameras, Christmas was one of the few times of year we remembered to take photos in my family. I'm betting it was the same at your house too. I love going back over the old pics, reflecting on the various Christmases: the meals, the guests, the presents and of course, the squabbles! — Read More —

Navigating the All-Inclusive

When it comes to the quick tropical getaway, I’m partial to the all-inclusive. For the uninitiated, you pay one price, which covers your airfare, accommodations, food and drink. Some activities are usually included, but trips to the spa or excursions off the property are extra. — Read More —

A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It's no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That's why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here's a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season. — Read More —

Very Very Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house not a single gift has been purchased! Not to worry. Even if you can’t make it to the mall, here are a few (very) last minute gift ideas that will keep you from turning up empty-handed. — Read More —

Holiday Musical Roundup

Can I help get you in the mood? The holiday mood, that is! Crack open the eggnog, cozy up by the gas fireplace and let this song list rip. Here are a few of my favourite holiday tunes. — Read More —


I see your turkey (and braise you a pork)

Forty-three Thanksgivings later, I have decided to try something new. It's time to think outside the box. So for the first time ever, I will not be eating turkey next Thanksgiving Sunday. In case you're looking for menu ideas, here's what I'll be working on: — Read More —

A Canadian girl in Paris

It's true what they say about Paris in the springtime: there's something magical about it. This was my third trip to the City of Light and this time I saw it in a whole new, well, light. In the five years since my last visit, the place seems to have developed a new attitude. — Read More —

Beach time

I'm off to Hawaii. The Island of Kauai to be precise. After several visits to Maui over the years, I am pumped by the prospect of exploring new Hawaiian horizons. Maui has endless resorts, world-class shopping, and A LOT of places to eat. It's also where most people go. I'm told Kauai is decidedly relaxed, low key, less commercialized, lush, and still has enough choice of places to stay and play for even the most discerning traveler (me). It sounds perfect. — Read More —
photo credit: CC Flickr/anjuli_ayer


The World’s Best Stuffing Recipe

I try to avoid gluten in my diet. But come Christmas dinner, I can’t resist falling off the GF wagon and stuffing my face with my all-time holiday favourite: stuffing. — Read More —
Opening presents, Christmas 2010, as my old friend Jay Korbelic looks on.

Dear Santa…

There is a lot of pressure at this time of year to find the perfect gift. And when it comes to buying something for me, there is the additional stress of choosing a birthday gift. December 26 is my big day, and it's up there with Christmas Day as one of the worst possible birthdays of the year. Everyone is over-partied and over-spent. — Read More —