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Book review: Female Nomad and Friends

Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A book that combines two of my favourite things: travel and recipes! How could I resist? I’ve been eager to read Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World since it came out in 2010. But, with one thing and another, I just got around to it now. And I’m […]

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Greatest hits from Facing the Street: My 7 links

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Way back in July, I blush to admit, fellow blogger Edie Jarolim very kindly invited me to participate in a blogosphere event called My 7 Links. Edie writes the wonderful pet-lovers’ blog Will My Dog Hate Me?, which is by turns hilarious, informative and heartbreaking, depending on the day. And My 7 Links is sponsored […]

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Navajo tacos at Cameron Trading Post in Arizona

Posted on August 10th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Navajo taco at Cameron Trading Post in Arizona

Always set for adventure, my husband Paul and I drove five hours from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, Arizona, with a vague plan for getting to the Grand Canyon the next day. We figured it wouldn’t be hard to get directions and we were right: the cheery clerk at the front desk at the Fairfield Inn […]

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Cinco de Mayo recipe: Easy salsa

Posted on May 5th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Courtesy of fine dining restaurant Andrea at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, here’s an easy-to-make salsa recipe. It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo, the May 5 Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. ¡Buen provecho (enjoy!). Ingredients: 7 Tomatoes ½ Large Onion 4 Tsp Cilantro 2 […]

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Aussie cafe serves chocolate on steroids

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

If you’ve ever thought, “Gee, chocolate bars would be great if they weren’t cluttered up with nuts and caramel,” then Max Brenner’s is the place for you. The Australian chain of chocolate cafes (which also has shops in New York, Philadelphia and several other non-Aussie places) has the genius to serve chocolate in its most […]

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Food that bites back in Peru

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

cuy

Warning: Those with squeamish stomachs might wish to skip this post. I’m just saying. Throughout my week in Peru, one dish popped out on almost every menu: cuy. I saw it on chalkboard lists on roadside stands in the Andes. I spotted it on fancy menus in Lima hotels. It came to seem like a […]

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McChickens = prestige in Pakistan

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

McChicken McDonald's

I’m a bit behind on listening to my podcasts of the always-fascinating CBC Radio One foreign-affairs show “Dispatches,” so I just heard an intriguing report from late March about the class differences in fast food in Pakistan. Western tourists (myself included) are often convinced that one way to get into the “authentic” culture of a […]

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Grenada + nutmeg: Inseparable

Posted on April 28th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Brian Godwin nutmeg Grenada

Quick, now: Name a use for nutmeg. I’m willing to wager the vast majority of the people reading this post immediately answered, “Eggnog!” And while the spice is indeed a vital topping for the Christmas beverage, it’s used in lots of other things, too, from cookies to sausages. You’ll even find nutmeg and its sister […]

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Cafe with a view in Melbourne

Posted on April 7th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I discovered the St. Kilda Pier Kiosk cafe by accident. I’d strolled up the long pier in the beachfront Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda just to check out the view. And quite a view it is. The fact that I could munch on a decent, inexpensive sandwich while absorbing the scenery was a bonus. To […]

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My new sweet-tooth fix: Welsh cakes

Posted on March 13th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I’m just back from Wales and will put up some longer posts about my trip soon, but in the meantime I had to share my latest pastry addiction with you: Welsh cakes. Yummy-looking, yes? They’re a bit like flattened scones and they are maddeningly addictive. I came to crave one at every tea break during […]

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