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Margaret Bourne is the Suburban Tourist - a lover of the outdoors, travel and food. With a career in PR, she balances work life with weekends of exploring with her husband Frank and son "Baby B". When not learning how to take pretty pictures with her DSLR, Margaret enjoys sharing her experiences and stories through this blog.
Polish grzanki

Polish Grzanki – Delicious Snacks

There’s an art to creating a delicious, authentic Italian pizza. Nobody can dispute that. However, in a pinch, Polish grzanki will do to satisfy the craving for bread, tomato sauce, cheese and perhaps a pepperoni sausage. Grzanki (g-zhanki) are a very simple way of making a warmed up sandwich snack “po Włosku” using simple foods found at home. Like bruschetta, ...

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Influential songs of my youth

Influential songs of my youth

I turned on the old clock radio, with its big numbers clicking over the time. The song on the radio had a driving beat, a synthesized melody and a woman with an amazing voice singing. “Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree…” Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics had me entranced at age nine with this song. ...

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Holyrood Abbey ruins

Travel Photo: Holyrood Abbey Ruins

The romantic Holyrood Abbey ruins at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh are a stark reminder that time and historic events can destroy the most beautiful buildings in the world. Holyrood Abbey’s name refers to “Holy Cross” as “rood” is an Old English word for “cross” – referring to the one Jesus was crucified upon. Founded in 1128 by King David I ...

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Food Tourism in Southern Ontario

Food Tourism in Southern Ontario

While many Torontonians and foreign visitors normally head to Niagara-on-the Lake and the surrounding wine region to immerse themselves in the culinary offerings southern Ontario has to offer, other areas such as Norfolk County offer a quieter, yet equally exciting food scene. Food tourism in southern Ontario is slowly flourishing, providing a great alternative for shopping and a new source ...

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