Craft Beer Tour in Toronto

Craft beer in TorontoIf you had asked me 2 years ago what I thought of beer, I would have told you that it lacks flavour, has a horrible after taste, and it all tastes the same. I really couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about over a product I thought was so bland. Clearly, my beer experiences had been limited to a few of the major beer brands produced for mass consumption (ie. getting drunk on the cheap). But after I discovered craft beer, my previous opinions on this brewed beverage were laughable.

Craft beer, or micro brewing, is the handcrafted production of beer on a small scale. Each brewing facility has a brew master who essentially makes the recipes and oversees production. Beers are made with all natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives. What makes craft beers stand out from the pack is the individualization of each product. Instead of creating a drink to appeal to the masses, craft beer is created for varying palettes. With ingredients such as fruit, tea, coffee, cinnamon and honey, it’s all about creativity.

Over the past 10 years, craft beer has been making its mark in bars and restaurants, and in liquor stores across Canada, and is growing every year. No where is this more apparent than in Southern Ontario with the Ontario Craft Brewers estimating there are over 50 craft breweries in the province with over 100 nation wide. Read more “Craft Beer Tour in Toronto”

Video: Crossing the Streets in Vietnam

How to cross the streets in Vietnam
Over 4 million motorbikes (and counting!) cram the roadways everyday in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Being a pedestrian can be quite a challenge and seem down-right scary to new visitors. But the key to crossing the streets in Vietnam is to go slowly. Believe it or not, the motorcycles and cars will swerve around you. Check out the video to see a first-person’s perspective of crossing the street in Vietnam. Read more “Video: Crossing the Streets in Vietnam”