Ahh, dear, sweet icewine. It’s one of those dessert drinks that leaves you feeling like you’ve tasted the nectar of the gods and are experiencing life fully for the first time.
I kid, I kid. (Well, somewhat.) Truth be told, though, icewine is pretty darn fantastic. The Niagara region in Ontario, Canada is world-renowned for its premier icewines, which is why we were so excited to fly out in January 2017 for the annual Niagara Icewine Festival. After a full weekend sampling icewines ranging from the traditional to the groundbreaking, here are the Niagara wineries you need to put on your itinerary for your next trip.
2017, I’ve got a feeling we’re going to get along. I’ve got a spring in my step just thinking about what’s ahead. From more consistent posting to trips to Europe and beyond, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic year.
Before we get to reviewing our #2017goals, though, let’s take a moment to reflect on this past year.
I’m a huge film buff. In fact, spending hours in a cool, dark theater watching the latest Coen brothers’ masterpiece or Audrey Tautou film gets me just as excited as jetting off to Iceland or Barbados. That’s why spending this past weekend as a bright-eyed newbie at the Toronto International Film Festival was undoubtedly one of my top experiences this year.
As with any first—first date, first job, first time eating piping hot Shanghai soup dumplings—you’re bound to do some things right, but you’ll also make some mistakes. Here’s what we learned during our first trip to Toronto’s prestigious cinematic event.
It was only a matter of time.
Between the two of us itching to travel together, plus the fact that most of our friends had visited Montreal and raved about it, it was only natural that Mr. Five O’Clock and I selected our Northern neighbor for a quick weekend getaway. We quickly fell in love with Québec’s metropolis, replete with food and drink that left our tastebuds dancing like jitterbugs and architecture that left our minds reeling.
If you only have 48 hours to spend in Canada’s second largest city, make it a priority to hit these picturesque places. Trust me: you’ll leave with drool worthy Instagram pics and a satisfied stomach!
Montreal, I’ve got to hand it to you: I had no idea that the caliber of your watering holes (not to mention your food) was so high. Here we are, sitting in New York City after a fantastic whirlwind getaway to Quebec’s metropolis last weekend, and all Mr. Five O’Clock and I can think about is how soon we can return to your charming city to revisit our favorite spots and scout out new ones.
While there’s no doubt that our current residence will always have a new, hot “bar of the moment” to try, there’s something really exciting about a city that hasn’t been overrun with dozens of speakeasies and can hold its own in the world of excellent microbrews. If you find yourself up in the Great White North with a hankering for some booze, here are the top spots to grab a drink in Montreal right now.