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Canadian Cuisine: A Guide To Eating Out In Calgary If You're Not A Meat-Eater

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"The best way to know a city is to eat it." — Scott Westerfeld
After eating our way around Vancouver last year, Tom and I fell completely in love with the Canadian food scene. Contrary to popular belief, it's not all poutine, butter tarts and maple syrup (although they're all very delicious in their own right); no, dining out in Canada is all about creating interesting dishes with locally grown ingredients, tucking into hearty portions and having a jolly good time with your besties. So, having enjoyed Vancouver so much, we decided to delve into Canadian cuisine a little deeper and eat through a few more of her largest cities, starting our culinary tour in Calgary, Alberta.

Known affectionally as Cowtown, Calgary is one of the largest beef producers in the world, so it sounds like it's a great place to eat out if you're a meat-eater - but what if you're not? Having given up meat three years ago, I make it my mission to seek out restaurants that can satisfy…

Travel Tips: 9 Unmissable Things To See and Do in Iceland

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.”John Muir
For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to visit Iceland. But if I'm completely honest - I don't remember how or why it first made its way into my sights. For a place that I knew relatively little to nothing about, I was strangely drawn to it. Maybe it's because I imagined it to be like visiting another planet? Maybe it's because it sounds so archaic, so unusual, so far away from city life in London that an opposite existence attracted me? Or maybe it's because somewhere down the line, I'm part Viking; I can't quite be sure... So for my birthday last year, I decided that Iceland was where I wanted to celebrate it. We booked a flight from London Luton to Keflavik and chose Reykjavik to be our base for a few days.

And it seems I'm not the only one who's been curious to explore Iceland recently. Over 2 million tourists visited the island last year - and considering that the general pop…

Culinary Capitals: A Guide To Eating Out In Reykjavik, Iceland

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"Blind is a bookless man." - Icelandic Proverb
Being a self-confessed foodie and travel-holic, it seems I've subconsciously made it my life's mission to eat my way around the world. So, during a recent 3-day trip to Iceland, Tom and I spent our days (and nights) visiting as many restaurants as possible - eating as much as was physically possible - to experience first-hand what the Icelandic culinary scene is really like. (Bye bye, waistline). 
In recent years, Reykjavik, the country's capital and the base for our trip, has established itself as a true foodie destination, earning itself its first Michelin star in 2017. So with a massive influx of tourists wanting a slice of Nordic cool, there are now more restaurants in the city than you can shake a stick at. Taking advantage of their local seafood and hand-reared meats, the capital is the perfect destination if you're looking for a taste of New Nordic cuisine. 
In veritable Viking style, hearty meat stews, ferme…

Canada's Capital: 48hrs in Ottawa, Ontario

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'For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home'  - Simon Van Booy
As a British tourist, when thinking of cosmopolitan Canadian cities, it's often that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the first to spring to mind while Ottawa is usually left without a single thought. But with so much history, culture and adventure on offer, Ottawa is by no means any less of a multicultural metropolis than her Canadian counterparts and in fact, she's a pretty cool place to explore - come snow or shine!
Appointed as Canada's capital city in 1857 by Queen Victoria, Ottawa is indeed the epitome of bureaucracy but after spending a short while in her company, it's safe to say that there's a lot more to Ottawa than politics, poutine and pucks (of the ice hockey variety, of course). 
Where To Stay
ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa's first boutique hotel, ARC The Hotel, pairs ultimate comfort with unobtrusive luxury set inside a beau…

Unique Hotels: Hotel 10, Montreal

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"Believe in something." - Dédé Fortin
Montreal; edgy, nonconformist, seductive and bohemian. A cultural chameleon with bundles of European charm, a vibrant arts scene, mouth-watering food and home to one of the most extraordinarily unique hotels that I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. 
On the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and St Lawrence Boulevard stands Hotel 10. From the outside, it looks like many other modern boutique hotels; a contemporary, grey, squarestructure with floor-to-ceiling glass windows lining half of its external perimeter. It's only when you venture inside that you realise Hotel 10 is in a class of its own. Behind the glass lies an ultra-modern reception area complete with stylish furnishings, offering guests a glimpse of what to expect from the rest of the hotel. Sophisticated, abstract and chic and with striking bursts of colour. 
But there's more to this than meets the eye.
Hotel 10 actually comprises of two contrasting buildings that li…