peru dreaming

I recently got a new computer and imported all my photos from my iPhone. A large majority of them were from my amazing trip to Peru we took in April/May. I thought I would post some of my favourites today. I was able to experience one of the coolest trips anyone could take, one week on the Amazon River in a little cruise boat and then one week Cusco/Macchu Pichu.

Our boat was an old barge transformed into a 20 cabin river boat. No spa or pool here! This was the very rustic portion of our adventure.

We went pirahana fishing, yes that’s what I said. If you know me you know I don’t fish… ever. This was definitely the hands on portion of our trip. Here’s my awesome moms catching the “big ones”!!! I couldn’t have asked for better travel partners.

It truly was a trip of a lifetime, as the water was very high and we were able to travel within tributaries and canals not commonly accessiable at  this time of year.  Many families that live e in homes that are floating and awaiting for the water to go down, so they can rebuild their homes on land. Or some families have a had to move to higher ground. They will return to rebuild when water goes down.

This was a no frills lifestyle, while on the Amazon. I literally barely wore makeup! Shocking I know. Every day we jumped on our skiffs and destined off the mighty Amazon to discover wildlife, villages and beautiful sunsets.

After 1 week on the Amazon River, we flew to Cusco and from there made our way to Machu Picchu. We stopped for a picture opportunity just outside of Huayllabamba. It was spectacular view filled with vibrant sky and farm lands. Let’s not forget the donkeys!!!

As we toured one of the Inca villages, we came accross this lady and her son. She described her life in her village, with a song.

I love this picture because it’s right before we got onto to the train to Machu Picchu Sanctuary. I got to experience this wonderful adventure with an amazing group of people. Here’s my mom and dad!

Here it is. The most amazing place I have ever been.  The guide said get ready for it as we walked through the rock entrance and boom, it hits you! Picture truly cannot describe the way this place makes you feel. Totally awesome!

Well that’s just a few of my pictures from my great Peruvian adventure. I enjoyed looking through these pictures just as much as I love sharing them with you!




hot chefs cool bEATS

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising function for the Canadian Culinary team to attend the 2012 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. The event was cleverly named hot chefs, cool bEATS. It was well organized from the beginning.

I attended the event with my hot date, Sherril who happens to me my mother-in-law.  She is a great partner to go anywhere with, as she is willing to go and try anything. We went in slightly blind, as this was the first year it was held and we were not sure we were walking into.  In a way it was a good thing, we had no set expectations.

The event was held in Hall D of the Shaw Conference Center. We walked in to a street festival. There were several food trucks and other restaurants serving some great street style food.  The scene was complete with mock graffiti artists, hip hop dancers and music. It was a lively & interesting set up! We tried all kinds of food and drinks, such as St. Germaine champagne cocktail, jerk chicken from the Drift Food Truck (picture below) and duck fat poutine. Oh yes, poutine just got fattier!

Now we’re enjoying some fantastic wine and watching some dancing and not sure what was happening from there. We saw through the crack of curtain a whole other area set up. At 8pm they opened the curtains and we walked through to a whole other culinary world. Picture below is a picture of an awesome art display with pots, pans and other utensils.


A french brasserie with mussels and fries, cheese and croque monsier! (Matt’s favorite)

Mini Granville Island seafood bar with fish and chips (pic below, it was a cod fish stick and potato foam) salmon tacos and escargots sliders and beer!

Sushi and saki bar!

Little India with butter chicken rolls and henna art.

To finish it off Duchess Bakery made amazing macarons (pictured below) and Transcend Coffee had espresso bar set up!


Oh, I just about forgot the spectacular Ice Bar! My Hypnotic Martini was sent flying through an ice sculpture into my mini martini glass! It was great!

We also got to watch an “Iron Chef” style competition between two members of the Canadian Culinary team. It was super entertaining! Iwish I could’ve been the judge.

Next we were sent through another area for a full sit down dessert.  It was set up really beautifully and vibrant, complete with chocolate centerpieces! We sat and enjoyed delicious pastries and desserts made by Team Canada Pastry Chef James Holehouse.

As I mentioned before, the whole event was a fundraiser for the Team Canada to attend the Culinary Olympics later this year. There was a silent auction and one item that intrigued us a lot! A pastry boot camp for 6! We bid and won!

Chef James came to talk to us about the boot camp and I had to ask about the centerpieces. He said for us to bring them home! Without hesitation we walked out of Shaw with full bellies and flower arrangements to satisfy any sweet tooth!

We will definitely be attending next year!




p.s. happy birthday to my hot date SHER! love amy