Her Majesty’s Pleasure

Her Majesty’s Pleasure. Can you think of the better name for a bar/spa establishment?? Especially after my sis told customs that she was in Toronto for pleasure. Well, then! Pleasure we must find! And that we did. The super girly looking bar lured us in from the street while we were waiting for our dinner…

Gusto 101

Two weeks of eating out every meal in Toronto was certainly an aggressive endeavor, but hey someone had to do it. After honestly, many a mediocre meal, the final night my sis and I dined at the often recommended Gusto 101, which was absolutely fantastic. I’m not sure if they take online reservations, but they…

Thompson Toronto

After a few days in Mexico, I stopped home, swapped suitcases and headed to Toronto for two (very long) weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see my bed before. Or cook. Or nap. Or read. Or anything at my house (except unpack). I spent a chunk of my time at the…

Unico 20 87

Recently, I returned from a long weekend at the beautiful, new-ish, all-inclusive resort, Unico 20 87.  I must admit, I wasn’t jazzed about the idea of going to Mexico. While I LOVE Mexico, there have just been so many murders and whatnot, I thought the Caribbean seemed like the more logical option. Also, I’m never…

Jump for (Almond) Joy!

That’s right, jump when I say jump. How high? At least as tall as this caloric explosion of no-bake goodness. That’s right NO BAKE. It’s hot and humid so you aren’t going to turn on your oven. You just aren’t. This little gem is an Almond Joy pie/cake hybrid and it looks way harder to…

Interior

Is anyone up watching the royal wedding? I am! I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. I think my own Prince Harry must be lost out there somewhere. With no wedding or move in my own near future-what else is there to do, but femme up the place for myself? A new area rug AND…

El Cartel

The next night, I headed out to dinner, super early in pursuit of tacos. Again. El Cartel, I will eat your tacos come hell or high water. This time, it worked. I just had to wait maybe twenty minutes at the sister restaurant across the street because there is no waiting space in El Cartel….

Fishers in the City

Another long day of work leading into a dreary, rainy evening alone in Edinburgh. The only pick-me-up… tacos and tequila! Well, or so I thought. Despite it being only around 7PM on a gross Wednesday night, El Cartel, my destination of choice, was absolutely mobbed. Or just normally mobbed, as probably not a dozen table…

Côte

Cote Brasserie was my three course caloric splurge because well, it was Edinburgh and raining. What else would I do but sit in a dark room and read by book? The wait staff was very kind and attentive and didn’t seem to be bothered by my lingering at a four top. They even stowed my…

Hoot the Redeemer

Hoot the Redeemer. Yes, that’s the name of a bar. An incredible bar. Perhaps one of my favorite drinking holes I’ve ever set foot in, anywhere in the world. Where do I even begin?? The door is hippie, psychic chic, yet totally unassuming. It fits in well with its old, Edinburgh surroundings, just off the…

Rabble Taphouse & Grill

Just a couple blocks down the street from The Principal George Street was Rabble Taphouse & Grill – a trendy resto in another boutique hotel. A source told me this was a place to go “and be seen.” On Monday at 6PM, I didn’t expect it to be, which is precisely why I went when…

Principal George Street

Time to head back up to Edinburgh! This round, I test drove the lovely Principal George Street. Around since the 1700’s (!!), the hotel recently received a face lift and was lauded by Conde Nast as the spot to stay in Edinburgh. It’s among some great restaurants, bars, and shopping in New Town. Obvious choice!…