Must-dos in surf town Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California has become one of my favourite places to travel. This legendary surf town (home to 11 world-class surf breaks, O’Neill Wetsuits and Santa Cruz Skateboards) located on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, just north of Monterey and about an hour south of San Francisco along Pacific Coast Highway 1, is a vacation hotspot in Northern California that provides a perfect mix of tourist attractions and local gems.

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Craft Arts Market launches espresso bar, brings Toronto’s Pilot Coffee to Niagara

Niagara residents can now enjoy some of Toronto’s finest coffee without leaving the region, thanks to Craft Arts Market.

Located at 7 James St. in downtown St. Catharines, Craft Arts Market recently opened a full-service espresso bar – adding to its already popular arts and crafts boutique – and will be serving coffee beverages using beans from Toronto-based Pilot Coffee Roasters.

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Muskoka Surfboard Co., Frankies Surf Club bringing surf culture to Muskoka

The Muskoka Surf Board Co. showroom in Baysville, Ontario.

The Muskoka Surf Board Co. showroom in Baysville, Ontario.

Muskoka may be known for its amazing lakes that provide perfect conditions to practice a variety of watersports, but surfing isn’t one that typically comes to mind.

Wakeboarding, wake surfing and stand up paddleboarding have been the closest Muskoka gets to traditional surfing – that is, until the Muskoka Surfboard Company opened its doors in 2010.

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Toronto Eats: Wvrst, Insomnia, Electric Mud BBQ

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Electric Mud BBQ, 5 Brock Ave., Parkdale, Toronto.

It was my birthday this past week, so I spent the weekend in Toronto indulging in some amazing eats and treating myself to some coffee and clothes at Frank and Oak (for more on Frank and Oak, check out my recent post here.)

Here’s a quick recap of my weekend restaurant choices – all of which I would recommend trying the next time you’re looking for some food in Toronto.

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A love letter to San Francisco and my must-dos

To paraphrase an old poet – you wouldn’t think a place like San Francisco could exist.  The sunlight, the hills, the great bridges and the foggy Pacific at your feet. The cable-cars passing down the city hills… And all the people are open and friendly.

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