Chocolate Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

I’ve been trying out various recipes for an Italian themed dinner party I am catering. Whilst I can usually find suitable recipes doing an internet search, once I focus on a particular recipe, I can never leave well enough alone. For my planned trio of desserts, I wanted a ricotta cheesecake as one of the …

Mea Culpa

Please forgive me for the lack of postings. For the last 2 weeks I have been doing nothing but eating, riding, more eating, more riding, even more eating, even more riding, eating again and then sleeping. It’s been exhausting. So, the highlights and lessons I have learned during my trip through Spain and Portugal are: …

Malaga to Granada, Spain

Following our good-byes to Martin and Joy, our hosts for the motorcycle tour of the Canary Islands, Howard and I boarded the plane for Malaga, Spain early Saturday morning, 28 February 2015. We had a very tight connection at the Madrid airport for our connecting flight to Malaga. The plane from Gran Canaria was late …

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

We had a return day in Gran Canaria after leaving Tenerife in order to catch the ferry to Fuerteventura (Second largest of the Canary Islands). It was day of riding in mixed weather: 50% clear and sunny, 50% overcast and light rain. During the period of sunshine, we (re)rode the mountain pass of Pico de …

Tenerife

We left Gran Canaria for Tenerife on Friday, 20 February 2015 aboard a ferry on very rough and choppy seas. It was an hour and half voyage. I was fine; Martin, the tour leader, and Howard, my friend, not so much. Upon our arrival in Santa Cruz, the capital city of Tenerife, Martin fought off …

Gran Canaria

I arrived in Gran Canaria at 23:25 (11:25 PM) local time Monday, 16 February 2015; un-showered and un-shaven for the past 26 hours. My friend Howard and our hosts for the next 10 days of motorcycle riding in the Canary Islands, Martin and his partner, Joy, were there to meet me and whisk me away …

Airport

When traveling by aircraft, I always like to allow myself plenty of time before the flight. One thing I hate having to do is the OJ Simpson run though the airport and security checkpoint. They would just tackle you and haul you off to airport prison, thus causing you to miss your flight, anyway. Arriving …

Airport

Originally posted on The Canuck Chef:
When traveling by aircraft, I always like to allow myself plenty of time before the flight. One thing I hate having to do is the OJ Simpson run though the airport and security checkpoint. They would just tackle you and haul you off to airport prison, thus causing you…

Beautiful British Columbia

My friend, John, always joins me for the Celebration of Light festival in Vancouver. The festival is a fireworks exhibition where countries compete for the best pyrotechnic display. This year, the competing countries were: The United States, France and Japan. Japan was favoured to win, and they did. Personally, I thought Japan’s display had several …

Bosa to Porto Rotondo, Sardinia

The morning brought a scenic ride along the coast to Alghero, the capital of the “Coral Riviera”. Being Saturday, the city was teaming with locals and tourists alike, milling about enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean morning. I stopped for a cappuccino, a couple of cappuccinos actually, before heading off-route, to ride out to Punto Conte. I …