Annie’s Bakery and Cafe – Calgary, Alberta

February 24th, 2017

We quite enjoy wandering through Fish Creek Park in Calgary. There’s always things to see around! We’ve always walked by Annie’s Bakery and never got a chance to go in. This one time, we made an effort to come here during their opening season, and we’re glad we did!

Although everyone seems to eat ice cream, we were more into baked goods. I ordered their Cinnamon Rolls which looked really good. I’m not sure if it was just out in the air without being covered too long or what it was, but it didn’t seem that great! It was a little dry and hard. The taste of it was amazing, but it was more of the texture. Not bread like, or the soft ooey-gooey.

We also got an Apple Strudel as we just got back from Eastern Europe at this time so a cup of coffee and baked good was on the top of our minds. The apple strudel was really good!

The coffee we got with this was their latte which to my excitement, they made it in front of you and made it taste amazing!

Overall experience, it was fun! the place was small, so be prepared for a picnic when you come here.

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Annie’s Bakery and Cafe

15985 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Calgary, AB
403-476-1308

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kananaskis Lodge

February 24th, 2017

I have now been the Kananaskis Lodge twice now and both experiences were quite different. We really enjoy going during our anniversary as it’s shoulder season, yet the road conditions are still good enough. This resort is always picture perfect, so we love taking photos of it to match some local postcards.

The room was actually the same as the last time, but reversed layout. So, it was a familiar stay which I enjoyed, like an old friend. Once you oepn the door, you’re into the bathroom sink area, and through the sink area would be that main bathroom with the tub and toilet.

The room is always spacious for 2 people, but I can see it being comfortable for a family, and still big enough with a group of friends. The bathroom situation would be a little strange sometimes if you’re with a group of friends, but if you’re close enough to stay in the same room, you’re good!

Overall, our stay was wonderful as always. Hospitality was impeccable and the food was top notch. I’m sure another anniversary down the road we would be back! It’s a nice quiet and remote location, yet has enough things to do, especially if you enjoy the outdoors.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kananaskis Lodge

1 Centennial Drive
Kananaskis Village, Alberta

Chong Fat – Calgary, Alberta

February 22nd, 2017

We’ve been going to this little noodle place for years, and I’ve actually never knew the name of Chong Fat as we had a nickname for them… which directly translates to “big bowl of noodles”. But, because this place is usually opened only during lunch hours, I’ve been having a harder time to get to, but everytime we make it in there, we love it!

My favourite to order is their Fish Ball noodle soup and as odd as it sounds, they make these balls in house so they’re amazing! They pretty make everything in house which I love. We’ve never had a bad meal here. Sure, the place is a little bit “dirtier”, but the food will make you forget about that.

One of our friends went to Hong Kong, and she thought she was ordering a “Horlick”, which isn’t something avvailable in Canada. With her Chinese being kind of poor… she ended up with a Hot Lemon Coke. We always wanted to try it, so when we found it on this menu… we ordered it. It is exactly like how you’d imagine it to be… a coke, hot.. with lemon. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but I wouldn’t order it again.

The last thing we ordered is Beef Stew noodle soup which has been an all time favourite for any restaurant and even homemade. It was pretty amazing here as well!

Overall, we love this place. Parking can sometimes be challenging, but we always seem to luck out, or come really early. Otherwise, just pay for parking. Food here is worth it!

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Chong Fat

132 -3rd Avenue S.E.
Calgary, AB
(403) 261-5710

Peking Ginger Restaurant – Canmore, Alberta

February 22nd, 2017

We were having family in Canmore for a family function, so we decided to scope out some Chinese restaurants to make sure they’re worthy of bringing family there. One of our stops was the Peking Ginger right on Bow Valley Trail. Parking wasn’t too bad as it there was a little parking lot in front of the restaurant, which was a strip plaza.

Once we sat down, we ordered their fried rice, which they called Special Fried Rice, and it was pretty standard. I am very bias to fried rice as I have yet to find a place that makes fried rice as good as my uncles… so, if it’s “good”, it’s probably quite good. Although standard is standard, this fried rice was good! Simple things needs to be done perfectly.

The other dish we ordered, I quite enjoyed and Peking Ginger calls this dish Hot and Sour Soup with Sizzling Rice and this was pretty unique. What they do is basically bring out sizzling hot rice on an iron board and dunk it in hot and sour soup. As odd as it sounds, I really enjoyed this dish!

We had a pretty enjoyable lunch at this location. It was quite quiet when we went, but the food and service was pretty good. There was parking outside, which worked for us. We only needed one spot anyway.

Peking Ginger Restaurant

1702 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, AB
(403) 678-3365

Fairmont San Francisco Bombay Suite – San Francisco, California

October 1st, 2016

We had a layover in San Francisco, which was strategically planned such that we can work in an overnight at this beautiful hotel, and book an afternoon tea at their location. The location is quite convenient from BART, which brought us in from the airport. It is a short hike to the hotel, but it is uphill all the way.

We got checked into a suite, as requested – and we got their Bombay Suite which was a beautiful suite with a balcony that has a wonderful view.

Once you walk in the door, you’re in the living space, with a desk on the left with fresh ice in the ice bucket.

The living space is pretty spacious and under the TV has the stocked minibar, with complimentary tea and coffee. There’s a balcony that opens up off this room and we spent most of our night out there with their patio furniture enjoying our view.

In a separate room offers the bed and bathroom. We did upgrade to a room with a King bed, and once they switched us to a suite… the king bed was gone, which was too bad. I think the suite would be better with a larger bed. Regardless, the bed was very comfortable and the sheet set was as well!

The bathroom was quite standard, it didn’t have the wow factor, but yet we don’t spend the same amount of time in this room. It’s practical and functional, so that’s all that really matters. There are 2 Fairmont robes behind the door that we were able to use during our stay. We definitely took advantage of it too!

Overall, our stay was quite enjoyable, and it was our pleasure to experience this hotel. One of the most memorable part of this stay was their turn down service – they tucked in my stuffed animal and placed a post card of the hotel in the suite. Although I already purchased a post card, this one is definitely staying in my collection!

Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA
USA
415-772-5000

Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, Nevada

September 30th, 2016

I’ve always loved going to Las Vegas especially experiencing new hotels. This time, I found myself checked in at Mandalay Bay, and the hotel is beautiful. The resort is absolutely beautiful but I wished the staff was friendlier as i had an incident with them, and they didn’t seem to value my experience.

The room was very nice and spacious. The bed was a king size bed and really comfortable. It was a great hotel to lounge at after a long day in Vegas!

The room offered only a bit of storage area, but had lots of space in general and seating area. It’s a lovely room with a stocked mini bar.

The bathroom was very impressive, it was large, tiled, and offered a separate toilet area. There’s a double sink, a stand up shower and a soaker tub.

This bathoom even has a TV in the room so you won’t miss anything on TV when you’re winding down in the tub.

Overall, the experience was quite pleasurable. We enjoyed the beautiful lobby, the pool area looks nice – although it was not opened during my stay. The complimentary flavoured water in the lobby was really a nice touch as well.

Mandalay Bay

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV

The Venetian – Las Vegas, Nevada

August 23rd, 2016

While we were visiting Las Vegas, staying at The Venetian, I’m not sure how we got so lucky… but we got upgraded to Prima Suite which was amazing!

This room has the doors opening into a foyer area, which was marble and amazing. Truly a sense of wealth and luxury!

Just off the foyer is a half bath, very nice and luxurious.

The main part of the suite is a sitting area, with a TV and large table for eating or entertaining!

This awesome space even comes with a full bar, although ours was not stocked, it was an amazing space.

Off the main area was the actual room with it’s own ensuite bathroom. The room was large and spacious, the bed was tall, plush and comfortable. We didn’t want to get out of bed the following morning, it was that amazing!

Just off the sleeping area is a closet with a vanity table.. and we love this space. They provide us with tons of amenities and it was quite nice as we were running low on our supplies.

The bathroom was amazing, with his and her sinks, a jacuzzi tub, a large 2-person shower… this bathroom defines luxury! The shower was wonderful with 2 shower heads, tile entirely, it was just beautiful.

Although we didn’t have a chance to relax in the Jacuzzi tub, I certainly wish we could have. we really enjoy soaking the day away in evenings, but we came to the hotel quite late this evening – and just curled in bed.

This stay has been my most memorable stay, and we have been to Las Vegas for a very long time. Since this hotel has opened, this was the hotel I wanted to stay at. This once in a lifetime opportunity was definitely worth it! Be sure to watch the room walk through clip to see this amazing suite!

The Venetian

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV
702-414-1000

New York-New York Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

August 23rd, 2016

We had the opportunity to go to Vegas for a few days, and from there we did some hotel hopping to experience more! Our first stop was New York – New York located right on the strip, towards the end (closer to the airport). I must admit, the hotel is much nicer than expected!

We stayed in their standard room with a king bed, and the room was very spacious!

The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were cozy. We really enjoyed our stay here and was pleasantly surprised!

The room was quite spacious as well, and the layout is actually kind of different from the standard rooms. The desk is off to the side and we get the entire wall of storage!

The bathroom was very standard, but it was clean and it did it’s purpose. Nothing over the top, but had everything we needed..

Overall, the stay was truly amazing! It’s nice that you can’t predict what kind of room you would get in Las Vegas! Below is a room clip of our room during this stay.

New York New York Hotel and Casino

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-740-6969

Café Mondo – Jasper, Alberta

June 7th, 2016

We saw a great deal to stay in Jasper, so we didn’t pass it down. In the morning, we wanted a quick brunch which meant it wasn’t too busy. We walked right into Cafe Mondo and it is right on Patricia Street with street parking nearby.

My husband loves soup and we went for a late enough breakfast that they had soup! Their soup of the day was a Beef Vegetable Soup and it was really amazing hearty soup.

I ordered their Breafast Wrap and it wasn’t bad. It was a wrap with egg, tomatoes, onion and cheese with smoked salmon. This wrap is like a smoked salmon pizza on a pita bread! It tasted amazing and they were very generous with the smoked salmon.

My husband ordered their Croissant Toastie which is a ham and cheese sandwich in a croissant. It is an amazing little breakfast that is delicious! The croissant was really fresh, with a nice light and crispy exterior and a soft and buttery interior.

Overall, the brunch was delicious and it smells amazing! The food came out quick and the service was friendly! This was the perfect last stop before heading home!

Café Mondo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Café Mondo

616 Patricia St,
Jasper, AB
(780) 852-9676

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas – Balcony Stateroom

April 24th, 2016

I’ve always wanted to go to St. Petersburg in Russia, and when I was booking my holidays, I knew this was the trip I was going to make it happen! I needed to start crossing things off my “must see” list. I quickly looked a lot of cruise lines, and picked Royal Caribbean as I’ve traveled with them the previous year and loved my trip! Now that I knew this brand was worthy of my time and effort, I found this ship that stopped at my port! I booked it and here’s the stateeroom we stayed at!

My first cruise many years ago was a balcony stateroom. Ever since that cruise, it is the only option we choose as we never realized how much we actually use the outdoor quiet space! We always have the 2 beds pushed together, and these beds were really neat as it’s not rectangular! It’s perfect as I don’t hurt myself as much when I run into the corners! It does have enough room as well, probably because we are short!

Right next to the bed was a little seating area, which is great! We actually sit there if we want, or put thing there. It’s nice to have some living space and it’s large enough. I believe some of the rooms, this is a pull out sofabed, but I do not know if ours was! We left it as it is and used the little table. Sometimes, we’d sit here and eat off the little table, if we’re not doing that on the balcony! It’s quite nice to have options!

Then, the bathrooms onboard are always more compact and only essential things should be brought onboard these cruise trips. We had plenty of space as there’s only 2 of us and I’m the one that has “stuff”. There is storage behind the corner mirrors but there’s also a lot of storage throughout the room too!

Showers can be difficult if you’re use to a lot of space, or if you’re more wide/broad. Even I hit my elbows on the walls when I’m trying to wash my hair, but I can move around.. so I never needed to upgrade to bigger bathroom staterooms or anything like that. But, it’s something to consider if you feel like you spend a lot of time in the shower, or simply won’t fit.

The last part to the stateroom would be the desk/vanity area. It offers everything here! From outlets, to sitting area, mirrors, drawers, and more storage area! It’s the main area for us as we come in and out and put everything in this area.. we do try to clean it up nightly so it’s not clutter.

I did a small room clip as well, but these cabins/staterooms are plenty of space for 2 and sometimes 3 people. I would personally think it’s really crammed for more guests. This cruise that we took was the best cruise to date and we visited Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg and Helsinki! Although I’ve been to a few of these places before, Eastern Europe and Scandinavian places are my favourite!

The clip above is the tour of the room! Like I mentioned, it’s enough space, but small if you’re use to North American luxury hotels!