The Board of the BC Travel Writers Association and I welcome you to attend our May 15th Annual General Meeting, 6.30 pm at the new luxury Exchange Hotel in downtown Vancouver. We’re looking forward to planning a new year of events including next year’s symposium and your input will be valued. We are also in need of someone to step in as Vice President. This will not involve too much responsibility unless the President is absent. And anyone else who is interested in stepping up to assist with the future symposium and other events will be very welcome. Please try to attend and help us plan for an exciting new year with lots of events of interest for the members.
May 15th, 2019
6:30 pm – Exchange Hotel Tour, 475 Howe St., Vancouver BC
7:00 pm – BCATW Annual General Meeting
Open to BCATW members only.
More details to follow in next month’s BUZZ.
Long Beach Peninsula Oysters: Secret of San Francisco’s Happy Hour
The demand for Long Beach Peninsula oysters in San Francisco began with the California Gold Rush in 1848. Prospectors arrived in town with three objectives. First, they purchased gold mining supplies; second, they sought women; third, they ate oysters. We can’t say for sure but there may have been a connection between the women and the oysters. Read luxury fashion and travel writer Edward Quan’s travel discovery on the succulent history of pacific northwest oysters on his personal blog Style Drama.
Why I think Melbourne is the world’s most livable city
Actually the Economist Intelligence Unit says Vienna is now number one but having just returned from Oz I’m declaring Melbourne top dog again – lots of parks, a public transit system that works (rail, trams and buses) and an easy going vibe that can be best summed up in the national mantra “no worries mate.” Its downtown alleyways have been repurposed into cafe’s and bistros – very European – and an upstart cricket league has just introduced cheerleaders to the venerable sport – very American. Fear not, English customs like right hand drive and mandatory school uniforms endure. Melbourians are very polite and say “sorry” a lot and best of all, our currency is at par which is great because the city is awash in restaurants; it’s a foodie’s paradise. Thankfully, Air Canada now flies direct from YVR. Now if I could only master the lingo. – John Thompson
Barbara Cameron is now half-way through her 12-month journey around the world. During her travels Barbara is writing and photographing a series of articles for Edible Vancouver & Wine Country Magazine in which she asks people close to home and around the world the same question: What is your first food memory? In the recently published Spring 2019 edition of the magazine, Memorable Flavours: Brined in the Sea, the second story in the series, features Naramata-based winemaker Matt Mikulic reminiscing about his first food memory in Croatia.
All new women-only wellness journey to India
In November 2019, Bestway Tours & Safaris will host its first ever Women’s Wellness Journey through India. Health and wellness expert Lori Faren will lead this intimate 15-day adventure.
Travellers will relax during yoga classes alongside ancient monuments, take a street food tour through the culinary capital, experience the legendary Pushkar Camel Fair, savour traditional Indian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with a local family and discover the spiritual capitals of Varanasi and Rishikesh.
Throughout the tour, host Lori Faren will share her passion for living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Lori is a certified World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Pro, and a resident health expert on Portland’s KATU Channel 2.
This tour departs November 02, 2018 with limited space! Solo travellers welcome. See the full itinerary here: http://bit.ly/2ziU8ue