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In Food/ Toronto

Fantail Bakery-Cafe in Toronto

Not to sound shallow, but I knew the moment I set eyes on Fantail Bakery-Cafe that I would love it. I mean, any bakery that lets you know the exact moment you can get their baked goods fresh out of the oven gets me on a deep level. On a sunny day in September, I walked into its bright shop in sleepy Roncesvalles, immediately taking note of an eccentric poem printed in gold lettering on one of its blue-and-gold filigreed walls entitled…

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In Food/ San Francisco, California

Brunch at Zazie in San Francisco

If there’s one thing San Franciscans do well, it’s brunch. I often joke with visitors that if they want a TRUE San Francisco experience, then we have to stand in line for an hour at a popular brunch place (sadly, sometimes they don’t realize I’m joking and we actually do this). Zazie is somewhat of a SF institution. Nestled in a narrow space on the main strip of the peaceful/quirky Cole Valley neighborhood, Zazie is a French-inspired bistro that has been serving…

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In Food/ San Francisco, California

Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

The first time I went to Tartine Bakery I was with the man I thought I might marry someday. I should’ve known the relationship was doomed when we shared Tartine’s famous big-as-your-face croissant, and he went right for the hard crust, devouring its dry and charred bits, while I opted for the only part I found edible: the soft center. “See, this is why we make a great team,” he told me. “I like the crust, and you like the…

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In Cusco/ Food

New York’s ‘Cronut’ Has Come to Cusco, Peru (And It’s DELICIOUS)

Yesterday, I ate a cronut. For those of you who don’t know, the “cronut” – a cross between a croissant and a donut – took the world by storm in 2013 when chef Dominique Ansel invented it and started selling it at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. I kid you not, people started lining up hours before the bakery opened, and there even developed “cronut scalpers” who would buy up cronuts, and sell them to people outside…

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In Buenos Aires/ Food

How Not Knowing Spanish Caused Me to Accidentally Eat a Rabbit

If it weren’t for my need for food, I would probably never practice my Spanish. While traveling through South America, speaking Spanish is directly tied to getting food. At a restaurant, if I’m unable to communicate what dish I want, then I don’t get to eat. I can’t think of a better motivator. But sometimes this horribly backfires. Like the other night, while ordering food at a Peruvian restaurant in Buenos Aires called Chan Chan, I thought I was ordering…

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In Food/ San Francisco, California

The Penny Ice Creamery, Santa Cruz, California

Since summer is almost over, I decided to go on a spontaneous trip to Santa Cruz last week. I hadn’t had a beach day all summer, and I longed for a hot day spent lazing in the sun and frolicking in the waves along the California coast. When I got to Santa Cruz, it was cold and rainy. There was no one on the beach. The sun wouldn’t so much as peek out from behind the gray sheet of clouds.…

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In Food/ San Francisco, California

6 Weird Things I Ate at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

I guess you could say I like garlic. I guess you could say I like garlic enough to drive 50 miles to a festival that celebrates it. I guess you could say I like garlic enough to ditch my friends and drive to this festival alone on a Friday morning at 9. Okay, so maybe I have a bit of an obsession. The 2013 Gilroy Garlic Festival is in its 35th year, held in a town hailed as the Garlic…

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