Chihuly In The Garden: Glass Sculpture Amidst The Arizona Desert

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Continents, Photo Journeys, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Chihuly In The Garden

Chihuly In The Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona would be a lovely place to spend a day at any time of year, but on my visit I also had a chance to enjoy an amazing exhibition of glass installation art by renowned American sculptor Dale Chihuly set amongst the plants and cacti of this 55 acre desert site – this is Chihuly In The Garden

Savoir There World Food Awards 2013

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Photo Journeys, South Korea, Thailand, The Gambia, Wales, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Keeping food simple in Siem Reap

Keeping food simple in Siem Reap

As the year drew to a close I found myself writing a post recapping my favourite travel memories of 2013 and I learned a couple of things about myself in the process – firstly that many of my favourite moments of the year involve nature and animals, and secondly that when I’m not looking for an animal-related activity, I’m basically eating.

So to celebrate and commemorate all the fantastic food that I’ve enjoyed in the last 12 months I decided to hold my own mini world food awards based on all the places I’ve travelled to and eaten in during 2013. No golden envelopes or teary speeches here, just a list of my best eats of 2013…

A Weekend In Whistler Sans Skiing…

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Photo Journeys, Spa Stopover, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Whistler

Whistler’s Peak To Peak Gondola

I have a confession to make: I can’t ski. So when I was invited to the famed ski resort of Whistler I was a bit apprehensive about what a London girl like me would do while everyone else made plans to zoom down a mountain.

It turned out that I was still able to zoom down the mountain – both by cable car and on a zip line – and that there’s a lot more to Whistler than the fabled winter sports.

The resort has a huge range of year-round activities and happily some incredible food to warm you up in between outings. Here’s what I did on my weekend in Whistler…

My 8 Essential Travel Memories of 2013 – And What They’ve Taught Me For 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Canada, Continents, Holland, News, Opinion, The Gambia, Wales, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Gambia

Stroking a croc – one of my year’s most memorable travel moments

It’s been quite a year for me and my travels; I wrote about the best bits of the financial year in an earlier post: How To Do An End Of Year Tax Assessment Travel Blogger Style – so I decided to round up my top travel memories from the rest of 2013. They are…

Megan’s Fairytale: Travel and Blogging, But Not As You Know It

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Canada, Continents, Women of the world

Blogger turned author Megan at her book cover photoshoot

Blogger turned author Megan at her book cover photoshoot

The first time I meet Megan Williams is over refined cocktails at Vancouver’s Wedgwood Hotel. She’s blonde and beautiful, poised and personable and when I’m told she’s a blogger I naively assume she writes about fashion, food or culture.

When Megan asks me about my work I launch into an explanation of my travel blog, we talk about where I’ve been and where I’m hoping to go next and discuss why I love being a travel writer, as well as what inspired me to start sharing my stories.

I then ask Megan’s about her own blog, but I could never have predicted the startling reality behind  her very different inspiration

Where To Get A Soya Latte in Whistler – Fix Cafe At Nita Lake Lodge

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

Fix Cafe at Nita Lake Lodge

Fix Cafe at Nita Lake Lodge. Look closely and you can spot RTW Girl surveying the scones.

As a location independent girl who likes her soya lattes I’m constantly looking for the perfect cosy cafe to hole up in and squeeze in an hours’ work on my laptop (ok, and hang out on Facebook and Twitter).

In some destinations this is easy and you can’t swing a cat without hitting five cool cafes serving soya. In other places you can pound the streets for days looking for a half-decent place to hang your hat and contemplate your home screen.

So I’m happy to report the winner of the title of location indy spiritual home – as well as that of dream deli – in Whistler goes, hands down, to Cafe Fix.

Here’s why…

Tuscan Cookery School – How To Make The Perfect Tiramisu

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Worldwide Vacation

Tuscan Cookery School - Tiramisu

Making Tiramisu

Tiramisu is the legend of Italian deserts – everyone’s heard of it and almost everyone knows it means ‘pick me up’. So it’s surprising to learn that the dish didn’t even exist until at least the late 1960’s.

As one of my favourite puddings I seek it out all over the world and I’ve had some exceptional versions in restaurants everywhere from Bangkok to the beaches of Costa Rica, but I’d never made it myself, until now…

Tuscan Cookery School – Making Field To Table Passata Under The Tuscan Sun

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Photo Journeys

Tuscan Cookery School

Making passata alfresco

This is a true slice of rural back-to-basics Italian cookery; walking through the plentiful land surrounding a quintessential Tuscan villa, down steep verdant hills and into the flourishing vegetable garden I crouch down to hand-pick huge succulent tomatoes.

Together with my friends we collect the fruit in baskets and the folds of our aprons, then, glass of wine in hand, we spend the afternoon turning them into a tasty fire-red passata

Tuscan Cookery School – The Jam Plan

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Worldwide Vacation

Tuscan cookery classes - Jam

Everyone who know me knows what a sweet tooth I have. So when I signed up for a residential cookery course at a secluded villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, plum jam making was one session I was never going to miss. It turns out that making your own jam – with a fraction of the sugar found in store-bought jams – is more straightforward than you think. Here’s the 8 point jam plan…