travel: Tokyo Part 1




Tokyo.  A travel destination that was solidly placed on my bucket list from as long as I can remember.  Mostly for stereotypical reasons, I’m sure – Hello Kitty, stationery, bonsai foliage, etc, but as I got older and more friends returned from trips there spewing “You MUST go!”  “Japan is soooo you!”  I couldn’t stop picturing myself in the middle of Shibuya Crossing….

So a few weeks ago I finally touched down in Tokyo town.  After sixteen hours in the air, thirteen hours into the next day and one very long, disorienting cab ride, we arrived at the Park Hyatt and almost as soon as we got off the elevator on the thirty ninth floor we were transported onto the Lost In Translation movie set.  Everything was the same.  From the lobby to the complimentary yukata.  And I loved it.

There are many ways to sum up what I saw while in Japan, but mostly I couldn’t get over how extremely, well, Japanese it was.  I know you’re never suppose to describe something with itself but I’ve never been to a place so unique.  Though I’m not a seasoned vet when it comes to Asia, I’ve only been to Hong Kong and a few spots in Thailand, when talking to others that have visited they were in agreeance with my observations.  And it’s not a bad thing.  It’s actually quite a remarkable thing to observe.

So here are a few things that I observed:


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daily dose:






As a holistic nutritionist, food is everything to me! I love the taste and benefits of great food! And with many of us travelling on road trips to enjoy the summer weather, food is a large part of the experience.

But you’ve heard it several times I am sure:



While on the road, windows down, belting Katy Perry lyrics (we all know them and can’t resist them!) the last thing we are thinking about is making healthy options at the next pit stop….. So I got to thinking on a recent road trip that though the options are quite limited there are some reasonable choices that can make to keep you on track.

Check out my choices from popular roadside pit stop spots:


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Thursday Thought: There’s Nothing Sexier Than Being Smart




Can I fill you in on a little secret? I fully admit it, I’m a geek and I am totally obsessed with a YouTube channel called ASAP Science which consists of fun and easy to understand 2-minute scientific explanations created by Mitchell Moffit (@mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (@whalewatchmeplz). These gentlemen answer who, what, when, where, why and how anything and everything works. I swear if my high school science class would’ve been this entertaining and educational years ago, I probably would be on a totally different career path right now. Learning has never been so fun! I highly recommend that you tune in to this series. Not only is it a good idea to enrich your mind, but this information is very useful and applies to our day-to-day lives.

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Away To The Races With Escalade!



First stepping on the scene in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade was the epitome of rugged class.  A game changer in the SUV category, the Escalade brought back to the Cadillac brand that true classic American style that was birthed with the company all the way back in August of 1902.  I remember the first one I ever saw.  It was the colour of iridescent sand and it sparkled as it whipped past me on my walk to school.  It was the epitome of cool and I would have died for a ride.

Fast forward fifteen years or so and I’m invited to test out the Cadillac Escalade’s fourth generation on a customized ‘ride’ carefully crafted by the Cadillac team.  *pinch me*

Rolling up to The Hazelton bright and early we were greeted with a black and white lineup of the latest issue.


And after a little class in Cadillac’s latest and greatest we were asked to pick our poison (black or white) and hop on in for a ride up to Lake Simcoe.

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