Travel & Food Journal - Pamela MacNaughtan
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A couple years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with Air Transat and attend a Dinner en Blanc event. While the dinner was the main focus of the trip, our schedule was filled with opportunities to see markets and museums and nightlife...

I have never thought about choosing a word to describe my hopes for a coming year. It is something my friend Lola has written about at the end of each year, but it wasn't something I thought of doing myself until I last month when...

It’s the beginning of January and the air in Québec City is so crisp I feel like I’m a popsicle that has been in the freezer for too long and I’m covered in ice crystals. In Ontario, I hide inside when the temperature drops, in...

It is that time of year when almost every blogger under the sun writes a blog post to close out the current year and announce exciting plans for the year to come. I wrote them when I was running SpunkyGirl Monologues and then Savoir Faire Abroad....

Food is an essential part of the human existence, so it makes sense that food often plays a big role when travelling around the world –not just in terms of sustenance. Many of us plan trips based on photographs we have seen and articles (or...

When I rented my first apartment in Québec City in 2014 several locals asked why I'm living in Old Québec (Vieux-Québec). Surely other neighbourhoods are cheaper. Why would I want to be so close to the tourists? Personally, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Old Québec is filled with history and character and marvellous architecture, why wouldn’t I want to live in Old Québec?!
Whenever I stay at Lub d Silom, backpackers will often ask me what they should do or see in Bangkok (I think it’s because I know most of the staff, and at this point, people assume I work at the hostel), my first answer is, 'Spend a day on the Chao Phraya River!'.
Bangkok can be, at times, a rather intense city. In 2010, the city had a population of about 8.2 million people –– this doesn’t take into account the number of tourists/backpackers in the city –– all of whom need to, somehow, get around Bangkok. Thankfully, the city’s transportation infrastructure is pretty solid and easy to navigate.

It’s been a long day (or more) of travel as you slog through the customs line at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), you’re tired, hungry and want to stop moving (and probably have a long shower as well), there is only one problem, you still need to get to your hotel or hostel. Thankfully getting from the Bangkok airport to the city centre is not a difficult task.

I didn't watch an episode of Outlander or sit through a couple hours of Braveheart and think, "Ooo, Scotland is pretty, I need to move to Scotland!", even though, you know, it is pretty.

Actually, pretty is not the right word, Scotland is stunning and complex and rugged.

My love of cafes has nothing to do with coffee–I'm not a coffee person–and everything to do with architecture, interior design, ambience, thirst-quenching beverages and good food. While each aspect plays a role in my overall cafe experience, the importance of those roles change depending on where I am travelling at the time.

Sitting on one of the windowsills in my apartment, I survey my surroundings. Black reusable shopping bags filled with food, books, and other household items are strewn around the floor in the kitchen and living area; two black and country style kitchen chairs waiting to be placed, a white laundry basket filled with cosy blankets; two large cardboard boxes from IKEA are ripped open on the ground.