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Monday
Dec312012

Toasting to the New Year with snow & Icewine

It’s New Years Eve in Canada, there is snow on the ground and the fireplace is burning. It's a very different experience to what I am used to in Australia - with the sun, sand, and fireworks over Sydney Harbour - but I've already started toasting to the New Year in my winter wonderland. To go with the seasonal theme, my drink of choice tonight is a local product from the Niagara region where I’m staying –Icewine.

The Icewine that I am sampling is the Wayne Gretzky Estates 2005 No. 99 Icewine Vidal, which won the 2009 Ontario Wine Award Gold Medal.

I’m no wine critic so here’s what Arta Ghanbari had to say:

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Monday
Dec312012

Getting acquainted with Tim Horton - a Canadian hero

I had heard that Canadian's love their Timmies (Tim Hortons) and that it was somewhat of a cultural icon but I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. So while I was north of the border, I thought I should find out.

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Sunday
Dec232012

Enjoying the Holiday Season in New York

My first "real" northern hemisphere "Fraser Fir" Christmas tree.

It's true, New York does Christmas really well. I have always loved Christmas, but experiencing the holidays in the northern hemisphere has really brought it to life.

All the words in the carols finally make sense - I do feel like I am "walking in a winter wonderland" and I really was "dreaming of a white Christmas" with every Christmas card I wrote.

Even better, hardly anyone settles for an articifical tree, when the real pine trees look and smell amazing and there are street vendors selling them on the sidewalk.

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Sunday
Dec092012

My first: Thanksgiving

Some of the Americans I’ve spoken to recently are surprised to learn that this year was the first time I have ever celebrated Thanksgiving. In turn, I am a little surprised to learn that Americans think Australians celebrate an U.S. holiday commemorating a feast between colonists and Native Americans...but moving right along!

My first Thanksgiving in New York (2012) was an unusually warm and sunny fall day - perfect for viewing the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. We caught the end of it and it was a great teaser to encourage me to again next year. Pure magic.

Strolling through midtown I stopped at Bryant Park, one of my favourite places in Manhattan where I discovered The Holiday Shops. It was easy to spend a couple of hours exploring and watching the ice skaters at Citipond. The Holiday Shops are very stylish seasonal markets in gorgeous little glass houses filled to the brim with gift ideas. If you have time, stop by Sabon for a complimentary hand scrub using their divine products from the Dead Sea. And while you’re wandering, sip a decadent hot Italian Milk Chocolate from the bald man who knows his chocolate, Max Brenner. You’ll regret it if you don’t!

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Sunday
Dec092012

My First: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade



Whoever tells you that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is just for kids has;

a)       either only ever seen it on TV

or

b)      hates the tourists and people that flood the streets of Manhattan

If you live or work in Manhattan it's easy to understand why the influx of tourists and people from the greater New York/New Jersey area who come in very early in the morning to stake a place to watch the parade would drive you to the couch instead of 6th Avenue.

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Sunday
Nov252012

My first: Snow

Not long after Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy ravaged the tri-state area, New York City braced itself for another storm. This time (around November 7, 2012), we were told to expect a Nor'easter. A storm typical along the North-east coast of America with hurricane characteristics, accompanied with heavy rain or snow.

This Nor'easter came with snow, bucket loads of it, and I could not contain my excitement....it would be the first time I have experienced snow. It event made news on the company Facebook page!

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