Great Vietnamese food in Bedford: I Love Pho Restaurant

I Love Pho Restaurant in Bedford, Nova ScotiaI developed a taste for Vietnamese food when a small restaurant (sadly no longer there) popped up down the street from my condo in Clayton Park about ten years ago. Four years spent in Calgary – which boasts, I think, more Vietnamese restaurants than it does Tim Hortons – solidified it into an addiction. Luckily my husband shares my love of Vietnamese food (we’re working on our daughter), unluckily Fredericton’s offerings are… inadequate.

So when I spotted I Love Pho Restaurant during a vacation run on the Bedford Highway (long story), an immediate craving took over, and I knew we had to give it a try. Continue reading

9 fun things to do with kids in Halifax

Nova Scotian Crystal - a fixture on the halifax waterfrontA friend recently headed to Halifax  with her husband and two young kids for a visit, and asked for recommendations on what to see. If a trip to Halifax with your preschool/elementary age kids is in your agenda, read on for my list of top 9 things to do in Halifax with kids!

First, my tried, tested, and true options: Continue reading

The Prince George Hotel, Halifax

Halifax has no shortage of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, but there are two that, for me, have always had an “old school swanky” aura about them – the Lord Nelson and the Prince George.

Lobby of the Prince George Hotel in Halifax

Not old-school, but definitely upscale, classy, and modern.

Headed to Halifax for the Bluenose Marathon weekend, where I was running the 5k and my daughter was running the 2k (with Daddy’s help), I was looking for a hotel placed conveniently for my mother (who I knew would find Halifax’s hills challenging) and with a pool (for post-run recovery and child entertainment). The Prince George hotel offered an excellent rate for us runners – just $135 a night! – and being located less than a block from the finish line, fit the bill nicely. Continue reading

Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Frog at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova ScotiaThink about your hometown for a minute. How many places to go/eat at/experience have you meant to visit for years and yet have never made it to the top of your list? Despite living in Halifax for over a decade, I’d only been to the Museum of Natural History once. I remember liking it, and I remember the bee hive, but somehow I never visited again.

Thanks to my mother, we rectified that oversight on our recent trip. Like most grandparents, she was more concerned about making sure the wee one had a good time than anything else. With just enough time to squeeze in one child-centered stop, and a great many enticing options, the impending conclusion of the dinosaur exhibit (it was over at the end of May, I believe) settled us on the Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

Why I’m Running the Runway Run in Halifax

Runway Run logoIn just over a week, I head to Halifax to check out the Halifax International Airport’s Runway Run! While I get to go out on runways fairly often at work, the safety gurus frown upon using them for a casual jog at lunchtime, so I’m really looking forward to this experience.

It isn’t just about fun, though. The run is raising money for the Nova Scotia Lung Association, a cause important to me because I have asthma.

I vividly remember my first asthma attack: I was 6 years old, and I honestly thought I was going to suffocate. I was terrified. Luckily, these days I’m able to live without being tethered to my inhaler, but that’s a recent phenomenon and is thanks in part to the advocacy, research, and programs funded by the Lung Association.

I couldn’t run today if it wasn’t for their work.

I’ve set a modest fundraising goal of $200, but I’d love it if my awesome readers (that’s you!) could help me blow that goal to smithereens! Your donations can help other people living with lung disease to lead active lifestyles, too.

Donate here – any amount helps, no matter how small!