Category Archives: Beautiful Things

Bunkhouse Hotels


I just had to share this….

One of my favourite hotel groups in the world, Bunkhouse Hotels,  has a great room sale on right now. If you’ve never stayed in one of Liz Lambert’s Texas hotels, you don’t know what you are missing.

She really gets the idea that there is no way a small hotelier can compete, luxury-wise, with the big boys like Amman or Four Seasons. Instead, she offers unique, curated, ultra-cool and supremely comfortable hospitality experiences. What her places sometimes lack in over-the-top service they way make up for in personality.

Here’s the group’s website :

Spring has sprung…even in Quebec City!



” And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.”   T.R. R . Tolkien

Who knew that Tolkien had some romance writer in him?

But back to Quebec in Spring: what better way to celebrate the thaw than pointing your face  into the sunshine on the terrace of Panache Mobile 2 (a restaurant that is only open seasonally), which faces the Saint-Lawrence, and eating the most decadent lobster roll on earth?


Healthy Cupcakes?


I recently hosted a birthday for my fantastic yoga teacher and excellent friend, MC. She is, not surprisingly, a first-rate health nut but she has a secret crack in her armor of good habits: she loves icing.

I decided to celebrate this passion of hers  at her party by using cheap grocery store cupcakes to serve as candle holders. They were the best use of a bad cupcake that I can think of.

See below the result

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To buy the candles in question go to Craft Candles:


Should you be interested in MC’s magic brand of yoga be sure to check out  her blog/website:



It is her retreat in Tulum, Mexico that I attend every year and that jumpstarts my energy, passion and commitment to an authentic life in a way nothing else can.

Hello world!


This is what remains of the legendary Alexandrian Library at Ephesus, in Turkey. It is one of the wonders of the world today but in its day it stood as the depository of the world’s most learned tomes gathered in antiquity. Books then were rare, precious, often one-of-a-kind manuscripts jealously guarded by the wealthy and noble. Today, Ephesus is thronged year-round by tourists many of whom haven’t set foot in a library or bought a physical book in the last few years. It is not that we have stopped reading, apparently book sales are on the rise from last year, but that we read differently, digitally.

Three years ago, I wrote a novel that I called CURRY APPLE PIE. I worried that as a full-time interior designer, and mum of three,  I lacked the writing chops to hope getting it published. Publication to an untried writer can seem as monumental and unscalable as, well, the Alexandrian Library.  But this month,  I finally got the courage up  to epublish it because life should be an adventure and if you don’t lace up your sneakers and get your ass on the track you’re never going to know which itineraries were available to you that you left undiscovered.

This is the blog that I have created to support readership of CURRY APPLE PIE and any of its future siblings.

It will not be a blog purely about writing. Like my book, and as its title suggests, I am deeply interested and involved with food, but also travel, design, art, health, child raising, relationships, in other words, what makes life sweet.

People are often asking me where should I eat when I got to (fill in the blank)? What’s the best lingerie store in Paris? How did you lose 20 LBS and keep them off for over a year? What’s a good book for a long plane ride? And because I have led a crazy, rich, full, fortunate life I frequently have an answer that seems to keep them coming back for more. I’m a big believer in sharing THE INSIDE SCOOP, and thereby encouraging and promoting everyone out there who’s doing IT right.

So look out for regular posts on a variety of subjects which hopefully can enhance your experiences.

I am also going to be launching a MAJOR GIVEAWAY to anybody who buys (gasp!) reads, reviews or helps get the word out there about, CURRY APPLE PIE.  But more on that later when I have it all set up and my book is actually available online, which it isn’t yet.

Until then, I welcome all comments.

PS  I am writing this blog, and the novel, under a pseudonym, Alexandra McGowan, because so much of my life is in the novel and will be in this blog and I’d like to keep it as drama-free as possible!