Archive for June, 2013

Joel’s Mexican Food, Sandpoint, ID
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Joel’s Mexican Food, Sandpoint, ID

When we announced our pending road trip through Sandpoint, ID, our niece Alica and BF Tyler excitedly instructed, “You MUST go to Joel’s.  They have the best, authentic, Mexican food.” Hmmm.  Having a Canadian make pronouncements on the ‘authenticity’ of Mexican food is suspect.  That’s like relying on somebody who’s […]

Blundstone 500 boots
Gear / Motorcycles

Blundstone 500 boots

I’ve been wearing a pair of Blundstone 490 ‘Chunk Sole’ boots constantly for four years now.  The Australian brand ‘Blunnies’ have been remarkably durable.  I’ve worn them as walking shoes to hoik up The Great Wall of China, rain boots while sloshing through torrential rain storms during the Targa Newfoundland […]

2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 2LT
Cars

2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 2LT

Bottom Line:  The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is a spacious 7-passenger CUV, easy-to-live-with, and has one of the cushiest rides in its class.  When fully loaded, the 281 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 engine has to work hard.  It has a handsome exterior, but interior HVAC and audio controls are a bit fiddly.  […]

Kimberly, B.C. –  city sports Bavarian architecture and pedestrian-friendly centre
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Kimberly, B.C. – city sports Bavarian architecture and pedestrian-friendly centre

Kimberly has a couple claims to fame. First, it purports to be one of Canada’s highest cities (1,113m).  Second, the town’s business centre sports a Bavarian theme linked by a broad, pedestrian mall.  The look is cute, quaint, and small. And therein lies Kimberly’s biggest disadvantage as a tourist town […]

Frank’s Steak and Schnitzel Haus, Cranbrook, B.C.
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Frank’s Steak and Schnitzel Haus, Cranbrook, B.C.

Frank’s is one of my favourite restaurants on the planet. After four years of raving about this family run schnitzel house to Ingrid, I finagled a road trip and took her there.  Ingrid typically likes nothing, but Frank’s schnitzels impressed mightily.  (And yes, Ingrid is of German origin.)  She agrees […]

Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
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Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

Radium is a place I normally ride my motorcycle through, heading for the twisting roads of southern B.C. or Idaho.  This year was different.  We packed up our old Mercedes and ventured out on a Stop and Smell the Roses road trip.  And for the first time, we made a […]

Edmonton Police Service motor officers adopt new safety gear.
Motorcycles

Edmonton Police Service motor officers adopt new safety gear.

Sharp eyed observers may have noticed that Edmonton Police Service motor officers have taken on a modern, new look.  EPS began phasing in the new riding gear for motor officers last year, but for 2013, all motorcycle patrol officers will be wearing the latest protective riding gear.  Gone are the […]

Coming soon – new road tests
Cars

Coming soon – new road tests

Coming soon.   Mazda CX-9 and Ford Focus ST.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4
Cars

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4

For those of you who don’t ‘get’ the whole car ‘thing’ and just want somebody to tell you what 7-passenger 4-wheel drive CUV to buy, this is what you need to know.  The redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4 is my new, favourite, affordable CUV.  It’s well-priced with an MSRP […]

Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated
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Boston, Mass. and Newport, RI- hip, historic and sophisticated

For many Western Canadians, Boston isn’t a top of mind destination when it’s vacation-planning time.  That’s understandable; it’s on the eastern seaboard, a long way over there.  But with a family function to attend and our Boston-born and –bred relatives volunteering as tour guides, we jumped at the chance for […]