A Guide to Paris, France

In the pantheon of great cities, none have arguably achieved a more legendary status than that of Paris.  With its grand boulevards, towering monuments, endless historical facades, and the general joie de vivre that fills every city pore, it’s hard to imagine there’s a more impressive and vibrant urban center anywhere else in the world….

Sweet and Treats – A Guide to Toronto’s Vegan Bakeshops

Through Being Cool, a beloved Toronto bakery recently closed its doors after six years of serving up a hearty selection of vegan pastries, donuts, and other sweet and savory delights.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in 2013 the vegan scene in Toronto was only just starting to take off, and vegan fresh…

Vegan-Friendly Travel Destinations for 2019

The last couple weeks or so I’ve been feeling particularly stir-crazy.  The weather here has not been great and it’s been forcing me to stay indoors more than usual.  Adding to the wet milieu is a general irritation with urban living – the incessant noise, construction, and chaos of life in a city of 3…

A Guide to Toronto’s Best Vegan Pizza

As I’ve documented a few times in various online channels, pizza is my favorite food.  A cheese pizza was the last thing I ate before going completely vegan ten years ago, and while there wasn’t much that I thought I’d miss foodwise, I did have some reservations about giving up pizza.  Fortunately that same year,…

A Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

The last five months have passed by in such blur as I tried frantically to get some movement with several long term projects.  I was finally able to officially launch the Plant and Pine store, made some headway on my novel, started writing a second, wrote, revised, and submitted several short stories, a few poems,…

A Toronto Guide to Vegan Ice Cream

While we may be heading into the last stretch of summer, the temperatures are still soaring and that means the quest for some cool, sweet, and flavourful relief is still very much on. With that in mind, I’ve journeyed across Toronto’s vast sprawl to bring you a comprehensive list of where to get your vegan…

Je t’aime Montreal.

It’s odd that I’ve never been to Montreal before.  It’s only a 5-hour train ride from Toronto (or a one hour flight).  At times, I admit I’ve felt a bit apathetic towards exploring Canada more.  There is a temptation to unfairly define and assess the entire country based on the qualities of its largest city, Toronto.  I…

Falling in Love with the City of Angels

I’m not sure what ignited my Los Angeles and SoCal infatuation but it goes a long way back.  An eight or nine-year-old version of myself even made a bold prediction – that he would one day move to California, a place he’d never been, and live near the ocean, in a beach house, with sand…

A Vegan’s Intro to New York

     I didn’t know quite what to expect from my first venture to New York City.  Having lived in Canada’s largest city for the past 11 years, there was a part of me that expected to not be overly impressed.  I thought maybe it would be just another big city – larger than my…

A Vegan in San Francisco

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir, an eloquent early advocate for wilderness preservation, a frequent explorer of California, and an occasional San Francisco resident, understood the restorative powers of interacting with the natural…