I really wanted to name this whole travel series Flyaway but I realized it’s tough to start the series with a name that doesn’t even make sense when I drove to Edmonton. So it’s a multi-name series: ROAD TRIPS & FLY AWAYS. This is the first time that I have ever really explored Edmonton past West Ed Mall which has lost all appeal after I turned 16 and Chinook upped it’s store game. Turns out that Edmonton actually has some pretty cool things to offer like cool coffee shops, killer Mexican food and older architecture.

I don’t know if anyone chooses Edmonton as a vacation destination, but if you happen to be up in Northern Alberta, here’s what I’d recommend:

Eat.

Travelling is about eating for me. I find the best way to discover a city is through food and coffee which I enjoyed thoroughly during my two day vacate.

x BREAKFAST x

CAFE MOSAICS for brunch. I was looking for breakfast/a good latte and Cafe Mosaics was in a really good location on Whyte Ave and also near YEG Cycle where I took a spin class before to work up my appetite. It is vegetarian/vegan so any meat lovers should probably avoid, but for anyone else their breakfast was amazing. I had the Pancake Experiment which was 3 to die for chia seed-filled pancakes with a said elf sausage and fruit. They were hearty and very filling so well worth the price. I paired that with a coconut chai latte which was very tasty but not worth the $7 I had to pay for it. Very instal-worthy though, it came with flower petals on it and the cinnamon was in a flower pattern.

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x LUNCH x

TIRAMISU for dessert (duh). We actually went here for lunch (not just dessert). We started with the Pomodoro Bruschetta – 6 pieces of mouth watering tomatoes topped with goat cheese on house made crostini. I had the Chickpea Masala Curry Risotto as my main and I would highly recommend it. The flavours were rich but not too creamy or overwhelming. A piece of tiramisu and lavender lemon cupcakes finished off the lovely meal (PS the tiramisu is one of the best I have ever had).

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x DINNER x

TRES CARNALES for Mexican. Seriously it was so good. Friday nights they have a mini taco platter to try out 6 types of tacos. I really liked the chicken and chorizo ones. We also had the pork torta which was a large sandwich with guac and salsa on top. The line up was pretty long and there are not a lot of tables so don’t be in a rush to get somewhere after; enjoy the atmosphere and an el jimador margarita.

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Stay.

I stayed at the DELTA downtown because it seemed the most central and close to where Chris was staying. The Marriott bought the Delta chain so many of them are under renovation, including this one but it doesn’t take away from the ambiance, location and overall cleanliness of the hotel. I ended up with a massive room that had it’s own little sitting area separate from the bedroom with a gorgeous view of the city. It’s attached to the City Centre making it convenient to do a little shopping or get to business meetings and conferences through the +15 system.

Explore.

I din’t do much exploring since I was here to watch CIS football, I realized I just ate a lot and drank too much caffeine. But I did meet up with some Edmonton blogger babes (they took me to Tiramisu). We talked about blogging, Instagramming, travelling, and eating. We are all wearing Brunette the Label crew necks because how cute? Check out Liz Stephenson’s blog The Tongue in Chic & Instagram @Elii.Stephens and Robin’s blog My Closet Journey & Instagram @myclosetjourney!

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Stay tuned for my next adventures. I’m off to Winnipeg next weekend and the New York City in the middle of November. If you have any restaurant suggestions or things I need to see if either city, leave a comment below! 

xx Ray  

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