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It’s one of those rare things in life–you wake up early in the morning before the rooster crows, make your way to the shore, bait and drop your traps and begin collecting them–taking your fresh catch home for an evening steam.

I do a lot of work with story in my job and life–and I’ve always considered myself a writer first and visual expressionist second–and recently started learning how to take better photos by looking for photos that have story attached to them. And then weaving them all together to create overall story.

I love this approach–it forces you to curate a little more, and you can also find more heart in your photos.

Think about how often you could use photo essays…and you’re probably already capturing beginning-to-end family and vacation moments. Maybe you capture more process shots. Maybe you shoot for candid moments instead of posed. Whatever it is, focusing on story can elevate your photos to a whole other level.

Now that I’ve started, I’ll never be able to go back to the old habit of snapping sporadically posed shots of smiling faces where I judged artistic expression whether everyone was in the centre of the frame….

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On a recent trip home I went crabbing with my parents. We used to go when I was young, and it was interesting to see how things have changed since then and become a lot easier. One thing hasn’t changed–the fact that my mom is better than everyone else at pulling traps.

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Coffee biscotti milkshake

Subtitle: “or why milkshakes make me cry”

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When I lived in Russia off and on from 2005-2009, I looked forward to glimmers of light in between long stretches in the former USSR. One of those glimmers of light was traveling to London, which I did every chance I got. I don’t have the space to go into what’s going on politically in Russia right now, I’m glad to be home, glad my loved ones are safe and hope for an end to the increasingly maddening situation there. [click to continue…]

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I’m back in Canada after five weeks of travelling that flew by.  At one point I was flying to Russia and it seemed like the next day that I was already leaving. Time just goes quickly when you enjoy everyday. It’s a very tangible feeling. Anyways, over the next couple of weeks I will finish a series of posts related to the trip. Access to the internet became pretty spotty while traveling, plus admittedly, what I needed more than anything was a break.

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These past two weeks have been full of travel. And I’ve changed time zones so much that my endocrine system has yet to catch up. I have breakfast around 1PM everyday.  As we’ve come accustomed to saying, who wants to eat breakfast before noon!  It’s bright as day at 9:30 at night.  I wish I had a kitchen, I could take so many food pictures here with this much natural light around.

Friday June 7 already feels like it was a month ago, but that was the day that I began travelling from Toronto to Moscow. I arrived in Moscow late Saturday night and was met by two dear friends after I disembarked from the train from the airport.

I had all of one day to get reacquainted with the city I used to live in.  In many ways, I didn’t recognize it at all. And much of the feelings were overwhelming and difficult to process in so short a period of time while also being jet lagged, tired, cranky and a little paranoid. In some ways Moscow was unrecognizable. In other ways it very much reinforced the perception I’ve always had of it.

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I love Velveeta, but I feel really guilty eating it. Part of the reason is that it has a lot of modified ingredients, it certainly isn’t “clean.” That’s not the deal breaker though. I can justify almost anything on an occasional basis, even if I shouldn’t. But on top of the processed-ness, it is nearly $10 in Toronto for 500 grams (one pound). Seriously? You can buy real cheese for less than half that. No, you won’t get a full pound, but you’ll get a lot more flavor. [click to continue…]

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What is better than guacamole on a hot summer evening?

This chipotle corn and black bean guacamole.

I don’t know about you, but when I make guacamole it is usually my meal. Not the best of habits since it’s hardly balanced, unless you’re using vegetables to dip in your guacamole (but I wholly admit that I am not). [click to continue…]

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Happy Victoria Day today for those of us in Canada.

If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed a new menu at the top for “travel.”

This is because I am leaving in three weeks for an epic 5 week trans-Siberian journey. [click to continue…]

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Strawberry kiwi bread

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And a new shed!

Well, not quite new, but a new roof (an amazing feat considering we covered 120 square feet in one day, and 3/4 of us had no prior experience).

But more about that later…. [click to continue…]

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This one is so simple, yet nicely packed with flavour.

I’ve been working on quite a few salad recipes lately, ones with bulgur and quinoa too.  Salads for breakfast, as well as other meals.  This salad here is the first one in the series that’s coming.  And I’m delighted it’s so easy to make. [click to continue…]

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artichoke-and-asiago-zucchini-pastaI am not the type of person to use weird, cutesy, made-up words such as “zoodles.” But I also don’t want someone searching for recipes containing aforementioned “zoodles” to miss out on this one, which is sure to be a hit, even more so because it is a beautiful balance between flavour and nutrition.

And I think more than anything, this recipe really embodies my take on healthy food: [click to continue…]

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