Ladies Who Golf

Imagine a life where you earned a living playing golf at exotic locations around the world! Well, these ladies have done it. They have taken their professional golf skills to play in 32 tournaments across 13 countries, through LPGA.

Want to know more about their lifestyle? Below are interviews from Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson, LPGA vet Ryann O’Toole, and rising star Alison Lee.

At age 18, Brooke Henderson has won numerous amateur tournaments and was the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world before turning professional in December 2014.

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 16: Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the trophy after her 21 strokes under par victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 16: Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the trophy after her 21 strokes under par victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Which countries did you play in during the past year (2015)?

I played in France, Scotland, Bahamas, Canada and the United States.

What do you enjoy most about travel?

I love being able to go around the world and experience different cultures, landscapes, food and everything! It’s amazing getting to see new places and meet new people.

Do you get enough time to go out and explore the local culture? 

I definitely try to as much as I can. It’s pretty busy traveling and also playing every week, but I try to go see unique things or landmarks in each city. For example when we played in San Francisco, we went to see the Golden Gate Bridge.

What have been some of your most insightful moments of 2015? 

Winning the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic was definitely the highlight of my season. On top of that, two top-five finishes at Major championship tournaments. Winning an LPGA Tour event is a dream I’ve had since I was a little girl and to do so at my age was more than I could have even hoped for.

When you are on Tour, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?

The LPGA takes pretty good care of everyone. They offer a fitness trailer with plenty of equipment that we can all use whenever we’d like.

What do you like most about golf?

I like how age or gender does not affect the success of a player. I started playing when I was three and my great grandmother played into her 90s. I also like all the values it teaches you – honesty, integrity, perseverance.

Besides golf, what are your other passions?

Outside of golf, I always like to do a little bit of reading and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends whenever I can. I also enjoy watching hockey. The Ottawa Senators are my favorite team, so I try to watch them whenever I can!

Do you play for any charities? If so which ones, and why?

We started our own charity tournament last summer in my hometown, which we raised money for developmentally disabled people. As a result, we were able to donate money to a variety of people, like a guy who broke his neck and is still working on being able to walk again. We’re also working on getting a foundation set up called the Team Henderson Foundation.

Click here to part 2 of this interview.

If you are inspired to play golf around the world, join Go Eat Give’s 3rd annual charity golf fundraiser on November 7, 2016 at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia.

Canada Day Picnic in New York City

Saturday, June 29 will be an unforgettable day in New York’s Central Park – with a free celebration of Canada’s best entertainment, sport and food. For the first time, Canada Day International, the organizers behind the hugely successful Canada Day London present Canada Day New York, a day-long festival with Canadian music legends Spirit of the West and Joel Plaskett joining award-winning electro-rock sensation LIGHTS on the main stage at Rumsey Playfield.

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Open air ice museum

The snow capital of the world, Quebec City hosts the annual Quebec Winter Carnival from Jan-Feb. During those three weeks, the festival grounds turn into a giant open air ice museum with an ice castle surrounded by ice sculptures created by artists who come from around the world.

In 1973, the International Snow Sculpture Competition of Québec officially opened and four teams participated. It is the oldest snow sculpture competition and one of the most prestigious. Every year, sculptors from the four corners of the earth meet the challenge to create a work of art with this ephemeral and fragile medium under extraordinary conditions.

The competition is judged in three categories: Student Artist CategoryQuebec and Canadian Categories and International Category.

While judges award the winner in each of the categories, visitors can walk through these giant marvelous structures carved entirely of snow and ice. The sculpture are at least 5-6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, some even larger. It is incredible how these artists work outdoors in negative temperatures to create a unique piece of art that eventually melts away.

Stay at an ice hotel when visiting Quebec 

 

Take a bath in French style

The snow bath was an essential party during the 58th Winter Carnival in Quebec this February. Eighty-some participants volunteered to shed their clothes down to their bathing suits to bathe in the snow, while it was -20C outside!

A little bit of preparation was needed in order to be on stage while hundreds of people watched. Participants had to sign waivers and vigorously exercise for almost two hours before the event. They also made use of the saunas at the Carnival to warm up their bodies before going for a snow dip.

The crowds cheered on as Bonhomme, the official Carnival mascot came to greet the snow bathers.

People were rolling around in the snow for almost half an hour. I suppose all the dancing and jumping around was keeping them warm. In the background, Macarena and 80’s music was blaring.

Super heroes don’t feel cold. Look at the expression on this man’s face.

Oh the joys of winter! You must have a great attitude to participate in a Quebec snow bath.

Some of these people are looking too pink or is it just me? My fingers froze while I was just taking these pictures and I had to go indoors before they did.

Bistrot le Clocher Penché

Eric Villain and Steve McCandless, chief owners of Bistrot le Clocher Penché in Quebec City say “We are constantly working to provide a table that reflects the human qualities inspired by our craftsmen suppliers: rigor, simplicity, generosity and love of the profession. This desire to pass through exquisite food and unpretentious values ​​we hold dear defines the unique experience of the Leaning Steeple.” After a visit to the restaurant this past weekend, I felt these sentences accurately reflect everything it stands for.

Bistrot le Clocher Penché sources their ingredients locally, from farmers and producers located in Quebec (sometimes even down the street). They strongly believe in supporting local communities and providing fresh food. There is also attention to detail in the preparation of every dish, which is reflected in it’s flavor and presentation. To maintain quality, the kitchen serves a dozen plates every half hour or so.

Meaning bent bell tower, as in one located across from the restaurant, the menu keeps up with the theme of the church. Dishes are smartly named “First Communion, Adam’s Apple, The blood of the saints, Our daily bread, etc.” Consider this an upscale French Bistro with top of the line ingredients in a casual environment.

The brunch at Bistrot le Clocher Penché was simply outstanding! I had the La pomme de Adam, duck confit with apples inside a buckwheat crepe served with grilled potatoes and a mustard creme sauce. It came with a vanilla yogurt parfait with chopped pineapples, maple jello and streusal topping and a huge bowl of cafe au lait.

My brunch companion ordered La soeur Gribiche, which was fried fish and crab croquettes served with egg and tarragon sauce on a bed of green bean salad.

 

Le Clocher Penche Bistro

203, rue Saint-Joseph Est
Québec (Qc) G1K 3B1

Fit for a Princess

Overlooking the St Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace, in the heart of Quebec City, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a landmark of elegance and history. The hotel was built in 1893 to promote luxury tourism and named after Louis de Buade, count of Frontenac.

Having dinner at one of the Chateau’s restaurant, La Cafe de la Terrasse was perhaps one of the best meals I will have in 2012. Chef Jean Soulard keeps up with the upscale European style ambiance by offering a menu that is fresh and inspiring.

Set in a 18th century casual setting, the restaurant offers a locally harvested seasonal and themed dinners. Friday evening is a seafood buffet and what a feast that was, fit for a Princess I would say. I am personally a huge fan of seafood and could be critical at time, but this one blew me away. Not only was the selection impressive, but every single dish was cooking to perfection. Never before I had tasted salmon so tender and delicate, it was packed with flavor yet melted in your mouth.

Here are some of the highlights from the dinner…

Row of assorted salads
Two kinds of Oysters on the shell
Melt in your mouth shrimp salad
Couscous pilaf in a glass
Coconut shrimp dedicated to the delegation from Louisiana visiting during the Carnival
Seafood terrain
Steamed whole salmon
As if the seafood wasn’t enough, you get a steamed whole lobster as your “side”
There were at least a dozen desserts, but this one caught my attention
Ginger cookies with chocolate
Cheesecake with maple pecan sauce (the best of them all!)

The property is beautiful to visit, dine or stay. The Chateau offers Valentine’s escape, elopement and winter family fun packages

Romancing in an ice hotel

There are lots of unique destinations and beautiful places around the world to spend Valentine’s day, an anniversary or a romantic getaway. But none of them come close to the Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada. I am saying that because I woke up there this morning and felt like I have been transported into another world.

Last night, my husband and I checked into the Hotel de Glace meaning ice hotel located just outside Quebec City. With 36 bedrooms, a chapel, bar, lounge and slides, this one is the largest ice hotel in the world.  There are outdoor Jacuzzis and sauna the couples can use to heat their bodies while dazing into the starlight sky.

After that you can go into the ice bar, get some colorful cocktails that match the decor of the rooms and dance late into the night. If you prefer something sober, there are activities such a treasure hunt and ice carving that the guests can indulge in.

In spite of the layers of clothing we had to wear to keep ourselves warm (it was -20C outside and -5 inside the room), it was very quiet and romantic. There were candles lit in our room where sleeping bags await us. The contrast of winter white walls, clear ice beds, colorful backdrop lights against the delicately carved murals created by award winning artists – all was a great sight for the senses.

There were suits and chambers in the ice hotel, each one with a different theme and layout. Some have an ice bed shaped traditionally, others like a circle or a star. The romantic suite has a king size circular bed, a sitting area, a fireplace and private spa. Many people come from around the world to propose to their beloveds, have a romantic getaway or even a wedding.

In fact, the non denominational chapel at the ice hotel has already hosted 24 wedding so far this season. The wedding planners at the hotel can arrange everything from flowers and dinner to a winter wedding dress for the couple.

An architectural splendor and Perhaps not something you would do every chance you get, but a stay at Hotel de Glace is once in a lifetime experience that every couple should consider doing.

Hotel de Glace, Canada is open only from January to March after which it melts away.

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Upscale burgers at Oliver & Bonacini

Oliver & Bonacini has a few restaurants spread around the metro Toronto area that range from casual affordable to super fine dining where celebrities have been spotted. The restaurants are the creation of celebrity chefs, Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini. I had lunch at Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill in Oakville but they have other locations in Bayview Village, Blue Mountain, Waterloo and downtown Toronto as well.

Fresh fruit juice cider

This Café was located at the entrance to a high end mall, and appeared very sleek yet casual. There was a definite business crowd, along with a few older shoppers who seem to enjoy fine dining during the week. The décor was contemporary with gray and white metallic furniture. We were seated promptly and my 3-year old nephew was attended to with a high chair right away.

The lunch menu consisted of simple everyday dishes with a refined twist. They offered freshly made juice cocktails – an apple beet cider served warm and an orange mango pineapple concoction. I ordered the grilled chicken burger with sweet potato fries. The ground chicken patty was moist and well cooked, served with a chipotle mayo, while the fries were crisped to perfection.

We also tried the vegetarian Portobello burger which had roasted red pepper, roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil almond pesto on a giant roasted Portobello. It was a treat whether you were a vegetarian, or not. The beer batter haddock served with fries and coleslaw seemed a big hit with both young and old. My nephew ate it all without a fuss!

For dessert, I had to have the gelato combination – I really liked the pistachio (despite the little chunks of ice) but the milk cream was ok. Overall, Chef Zuzana Harsaghy did an excellent job in keeping the food real, appetizing, yet upscale.

Their dinner menu seems more adventurous, with many fusion influences. The butter chicken caught my eye and I will have to come back next time for it.

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A break at the Krepesz Café

Krepesz Café is a charming little café located in the eclectic Kensington market in Toronto. Whether you want to grab a bite before setting out for a shopping spree or take a coffee break during your finds, this Hungarian themed coffee shop will not disappoint you.

The interior feels like a lounge with interesting murals, cozy chairs as well as tables for larger groups. There is also some seating outside for when the Canadian weather is cooperative.

I was pleasantly surprised by the artfulness in the presentation. Each cup of latte we ordered had a different design created on top. It made the coffee-drinking experience very pleasant.

For the very first time, I had a Chimney Cake. The menu said “Chimney Cake is a Hungarian sweet pastry. It’s made with yeast-raised dough rolled on a wooden cylinder and baked in a rotisserie oven. Sugar caramelizes on the outside creating a sweet, crispy crust, but inside it stays soft!” To me, it was a simple sugary dough cake that paired well with afternoon tea or coffee. You can watch a video of how they make it.

The crepe menu also looked intriguing. They had savory (chicken paprika, spinach and feta) and sweet (apple cinnamon, walnut apricot jam) amongst others. Next time you are in the area, make sure you give Krepesz Café a definite try for breakfast, lunch or coffee.

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Discovering new possibilities in Montreal

Dining at La Salle A Manger in Montreal last night, I discovered a couple of novel culinary treats. The menu was atypically categorized as just Raw, Cold, Warm, Vegetarian, Meat and Fish. I tried the gravlax with yogurt with orange and fennel salad. It was a burst of flavors, contrasting citrus against the soft salmon. From the Warm, I ordered sweetbread in apple, walnut, and cream sauce. This was my first time eating sweetbread for me, since I am not much of a meat eater. In fact the meat was so tender and creamy, it melted in my mouth, that I could have never guessed I was eating veal throat meat. The restaurant boasted its meat selection in a glass closet which you could view from the dining area. No wonder it was so fresh and delicious! This was my first discovery.

The second one was Farroto. Being an Italian food lover and an excellent cook of risotto, my first guess was that Farroto was its long lost cousin who wasn’t adventurous enough to go out and explore the world, therefore it never got as famous as Risotto. Turns out I was right! Farro is a spelt, hearty, grain from an older generation. It has a nutty texture, similar to that of dirty rice (rice with husk) and cooked the same way as risotto. The vegetarian dish that I ate had well roasted pieces of root vegetables (turnips, potatoes, carrots) with faro in a heavy cheese sauce, topped with parsley leaves. I will have to go back and try this at home.

There were homemade desserts and cheese selection for the last course. I picked the pistachio biscuit, topped with chocolate cream, with a side of oranges, served on a plate lightly painted with Mexican dark chocolate. It looked like artwork that exploded its palette one it entered your mouth.

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