Sunrise Banana Cake

We are very familiar with the rustic and hearty Banana Loafs and Banana Breads.  But for those with slightly sweeter cravings how about a good ol’ Banana Cake?  The natural sweetness of Bananas has finally got its due in the cake world and it couldn’t be any simpler.  This is a middle of the road…

Hidden Gems of the YUL

Canada’s second City has recently become my second home, thanks to my wifey (Happy Valentine’s day babe).  When my parents first immigrated to Canada, Montreal was the first port of call and was certainly more well-known than Toronto or any other City.  After all they had the Expo and the Olympics.  But the more I…

Wrath Of The Bed Bugs

I still shudder at the thought of bed bugs….I had the extreme misfortune of dealing with them.  You thought Al Qaeda was hard to get rid of?  Bud bugs are crazy!  The amount of times I washed the sheets, vacuumed the mattress, steamed the mattress and had professional cleaners, short of burning my house –…

They Are Always Watching/Listening

No it’s not the CIA or FBI, the KGB or Mi5 – not that they aren’t already all watching you along with Google, Apple and Facebook.  But it’s closer to home…..it’s your little kids.  Their capacity to absorb and mimic everything you do is astonishing.  It shows itself in the most random of time when…

Lotus Biscuit Cake

Lotus Biscuits are a big deal outside North America, I would say on par with Nutella with a range of lotus biscuit products like pancakes, sweets, smoothies, ice cream etc.  You can however still find the addictive biscuit and the related Lotus Biscoff Paste in ethnic and speciality supermarkets in your area, and after you…

Child vs. Shoelace

I don’t quiet remember when and where I learned how to tie my shoelaces, but I know for some it was an important milestone of growing up.  Akin to first time you got potty trained, showered on your own, or even the first kiss (not quiet).  But it is an important milestone, having said that…

Where Have All The Darkrooms Gone?

There was a time when developing your own film was not only a badge of honour, it was seen as a skill of creativity; instantly making whoever masters it into the cool one!  In that vain I have dabbled in University with film development using the dark room, it was a place of solitude appreciating…

Hazelnut Date Cake

Most hazelnut cakes are primarily made up of thick hazelnut chocolate spread.  But for some who like the hazelnut flavour but with less overpowering sweet chocolate taste, dates might offer a good alternative.  This dry, semi-sweet cake holds up well and makes a delectable tea cake or a less imposing dessert than a Nutella pie…

Travelling Essentials – Items to have with you at all time

Despite the negative connotations I find the man purse a very important part of travelling (for me of course) – equal to the purse for women.  It’s more subdued than the siren light that comes with the “fanny pack” screaming tourist.  I would say it is even less obvious than the back pack albeit probably…

When You Can’t Reduce Your Monthly Bills

So you’re trying to get your budget on track.  You went through your monthly expenses and you really can’t cut back any more, bills are overwhelming and nothing is being saved.  Well if the expenses can’t be cut, then the income needs to be ramped up.  It’s never an easy thing to make extra money…