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4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

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Verbal communication is how we connect with each other. Being proficient in your native tongue can help you make local connections but knowing different languages can help you better engage with the rest of the world. Continue reading to learn how you can broaden your horizons by learning a new language.

Professional and Career Advantages

Learning additional languages can expand your access to job opportunities. In Canada, being bilingual in English and French makes you eligible for a variety of professional roles including federal job positions.

Having more than one language in your repertoire can also help you explore work in additional cities throughout the world.

Expanding Your Education Globally

Learning another language makes it easier to study abroad and earn a degree in another country. Depending on where you’re located, it may be more cost-effective to study outside of your home country.

Travelling to Foreign Countries

One of the main reasons to learn a new language is to smoothly navigate a foreign country when you visit. Being able to speak to and understand locals expands your social skills and can help you make some new friends. If you can speak the local language while travelling it can be easier to accomplish basic tasks such as ordering food at a restaurant, calling a cab, asking for directions, and reading street signs.

Only 20% of the world’s 7.5 billion people speak English and travelling overseas can easily cause a language barrier.

While travelling isn’t a priority right now because of COVID-related restrictions, having some extra time at home may give you an opportunity to pick up a new language before you travel to your next dream destination. Online language courses and apps, and travel dictionaries are a great place to start.

Discovering New Recipes

Being able to read another language will help you better understand recipe instructions and ingredients, helping you learn new dishes and add them to your cookbook.

There is delicious food from all around the world, so the more you understand, the better you’ll eat and appreciate food from different cultures! Check out this list of popular dishes from across the globe that you can try cooking at home while you wait to take your next travel adventure.

Try to pick up some new phrases using an app like Duolingo as a starting point for learning a new language, and follow our blog for more COVE™ Crafted articles.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Healthy Restaurants in Vancouver

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Vancouver is the home of some of the most interesting dishes in Canada. But outside of the numerous fine cuisine options, this city is also one of the best places to find healthier food options. It’s hard to decide on what to eat in a city with so many healthy options. Prepare for your next trip to the west coast with our Top 10 Healthiest Vancouver Restaurants guide.


Smak

 

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Smak is one of Vancouver’s pioneer healthy food chains that currently has 3 locations in the downtown core. The restaurant is one of the few healthy options that offers breakfast and lunch, both of which boast 100% gluten-free ingredients. Their menu includes a variety of energizing smoothies, salads, hot bowls along with catering options available with delivery.

Tractor

 

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Tractor was first birthed in the neighbourhood of Kitsilano, in Vancouver, BC. The restaurant is passionate about whole food wellness and provides a healthy balance of nutrient-rich dishes that involve veggies, lean meats, fish, whole intact grains and more. With a menu that includes everything from soups to bowls, Tractor is a great place to get a high-quality lunch while on the go.

Kind Cafe

 

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Kind Café is one of a kind eatery that is almost entirely vegan. The restaurant offers a wide variety of salads, bowls and specialty lattes that can give you a break from your daily coffee. Besides their menu of natural food choices, this restaurant is also great for those looking for a café that is dedicated to earth conservation with their strict BYOC policy.

Kokomo

 

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Kokomo is a plant-based restaurant that is truly dedicated to bringing the warm spirit of summer to your lunch plate. The restaurant features many heartwarming dishes to choose from including their notable Hemp Caesar Salad and Chickpea Curry.

Peqish

 

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Peqish is a café located in the downtown Vancouver area that also offers catering services that are customized for any dietary needs. The café has some of the freshest options thanks to their in-depth health science backgrounds. Their Health and Wellness Advisory team work diligently to create menu items fit for any diet.

Nosh

 

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Nosh is a simple on-the-go eatery and patisserie. The restaurant serves artisanal pastries, breakfast and lunch, all of which are also offered in their catering services for the downtown Vancouver area. Their catering includes an assortment of sandwiches,  wraps, fresh salad, charcuterie & cheese boards, along with their specialty coloured macarons.

Chomp

 

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Chomp is a vegan eatery and meal prep service that is 100% organic and gluten-free. The eatery utilizes locally grown produce and herbs to create some truly creative dishes. You can enjoy their Smoked Tofu Banh Mi from their Grub! Lunch menu or arrive early and try the monstrous Bacon PB & Jelly Burger.

Nuba

 

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Nuba is a restaurant is the Gastown area of Vancouver that creates healthy Lebanese cuisine with a modern twist. .Their menu contains original Lebanese recipes that are always evolving with newer ideas. It also features multiple brunch items that mix free-range eggs with classic middle eastern recipes.

Indigo Age Café

 

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Indigo Age Café is a unique establishment that offers fresh and healthy vegan cuisine options made with local and organic ingredients. Their menu features many Ukrainian-inspired dishes including soups, pirogues, cabbage rolls, and more. If you’re travelling in the Gastown area of Vancouver, this restaurant is the ideal pit stop.

Hubbub

 

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Hubbub is a break from your traditional sandwich shop and has a menu loaded with options. It currently has 2 downtown locations making it a great spot for grabbing a quick meal while exploring the city. The restaurant also features an interactive app that allows you to order ahead of time and accumulate customer reward points with every purchase.

Vancouver is a city that you’d want to cross off your bucket list. With our guide, you can be sure to find the best choices the city has to offer.

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COVE ™ Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track

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Whether you’re in a hot climate or the concrete jungle, business trips can be a test to keep your personal goals intact while work might consume most of your trip. To avoid losing sight of your health and fitness goals while you’re not home, we created a guide for the busy nomad looking to balance work and leisure all at once.


DISCOVERY

Citymapper

This app is an all-around navigation app that can help even the most confused tourists or newcomers. Citymapper provides multiple travel options within a city including bus and subway routes. It also includes biking and walking options along with calorie counts for every option, convenient if you’re looking to getting in a workout on your stay.

Google Maps

Over the years, Google Maps has solidified itself as the benchmark navigation app among its competition, but the app does a lot more than provide directions. If you can’t remember the name of a cafe you visited before the airport, Google Maps now includes new functionalities like the Timeline Feature, which gives you a step-by-step outline of all your locations throughout the day. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat but don’t want to kill time in a lineup, the Popular Times section gives you detailed information about restaurant wait times.

Food Tripping

Whenever you’re ready to put the laptop down and enjoy a lunch break, Food Tripping is a great app for when you’re hungry but don’t want the excess calories. The app connects you to all local restaurants and fast-food chains that offer healthier alternatives including, juice bars, farmers’ markets, and more.

RELAXATION

Timeshifter

Jet lag today is easily curable thanks to apps like Timeshifter. The app creates personalized recommendations, based on sleep patterns and neuroscience, that help avoid jet lag issues before your flight. By notifying you when to sleep, get sunlight and stay awake, Timeshifter getting on and off a flight an easier transition.

Calm

Productivity starts with a healthy sleep cycle and apps like Calm help facilitate that. Calm is a reliable sleep and meditation app that provides you with guided meditation sessions along with sleep and anxiety training programs that are installed. The app is very seamless in helping with mindfulness and relaxation in the palm of your hands.

FITNESS

Glo.com

Gyms aren’t always accessible and sometimes, keeping a workout regimen might seem difficult. Glo is a wellness website that helps you stay focused from the comfort of your room and provides yoga training from a wide network of highly skilled instructors. The website offers unlimited training programs and classes for yoga, Pilates and meditation and is available online and through their free mobile app as well.

Nike Run Club

The Nike Run Club app is a user-friendly running platform that connects you with runners across the globe. The app allows you to track your progress in your run, along with providing personalized coaching for your workouts Nike Run Club is a great travel accessory that can connect you with locals as well as the Share Your Run feature that allows you to share your route with other Nike+ members, which is great for making gym friends abroad.

PRODUCTIVITY

Any.do

Without loading your smartphone with confusing notifications, there are apps like any.do, which help keep you organized right after your flight lands. Any.do is an intuitive task-management tool that helps you organize your tasks, lists and reminders all in one. The app syncs with all of your devices to ensure you’re always notified and making sure you’re making a habit of checking your tasks throughout the day. Whether it be project deadlines or a surprise meeting, this app is great for boosting productivity.

Rescue Time

Rescue Time is a great online tool for keeping you aware of how you spend your time while working. It works in the background of any of your devices and records everything from the amount of time you take during breaks to what apps you use and the time you spend using them. Besides that, Rescue Time also provides detailed reports and breakdowns of how you spend your time while working and blocks websites and apps automatically for you so that you can focus.

We want to create a bit of ease in your workday, regardless of location. With the COVETM Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track, you will have all the tools you’ll need to make the most out of your work trip.

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COVE™ Holiday Essentials Gift Guide

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Searching for the right gift during the holiday season can induce a lot of stress during a time meant for relaxing. While you’re swamped with duties and can’t make it out to the mall, we compiled our COVE TM Holiday Essentials Gift Guide to provide some of the most top-notch gift ideas that will take the edge off of your shopping anxieties.


Pax 3 Vaporizer

The Pax 3 Vaporizer is sleek and bold in its style while working exceptionally well with flower and concentrates. This model is a true upgrade from its original as it features a bright matte finish along with a new lip and motion sensor for even smoother use.

Haze Vaporizer Cleaning Kit

The Haze Vaporizer Cleaning Kit is a great solution to cleaning your portable vaporizer. From cleaning sticks to ISO packs, this kit is guaranteed to prolong the use of your vaporizer.
Find it here.

Malin+Goetz Cannabis Candle

The Malin+Goetz candle carries luscious and earthy tones of cedarwood, patchouli, and sandalwood mixed with a hint of cannabis scents. This scented candle is the perfect aromatic addition to any highly trafficked living space.

Ursa Major Travel Kit

Ursa Major provides a wide array of hair, skin, and body care products that are completely plant-based. Their Topo Designs Travel Kit is an easy and practical solution to throw in your gym bag before you head out for your busy day. Find it on their main website here.

Smell Shield Travel Storage

This carbon-lined, smell proof bag, available on Amazon, is a great way to hide the odour of spices, herbs, and other potent smells.

Yeti Rambler 36 Vacuum Bottle

Worrying about your daily coffee spill is a thought of the past with this sturdy vacuum bottle from Yeti. The stainless-steel bottle holds over a litre of liquid and is optimal for keeping your drink warm, especially during that cold morning commute.

Uncommon Goods: Scratch Map

Keep an eye out for your next destination with this scratch map from Uncommon Goods. The global map is great for planning new trips as well as keeping track of all your past adventures. Find it on their website.

Aroma Om® Deluxe Stone Diffuser

Saje’s product lines are great for enveloping your space with some of the most luscious smells. By using natural plant extracts, the Aroma Om Diffuser transforms your indoor space into a tranquil garden of aromas.

Good Cheer Diffuser Blend Collection

The Good Cheer Diffuser Blend Collection is a great holiday addition. The collection is offered on Saje and includes the scents: Festive Friday, All the Feels, Peppermint Twist, Tree Scents, and Deep Forest Holiday Diffuser Blends.

UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Add a bit of music to your home with the Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. This speaker is capable of producing 360-degree sound and contains a battery with up to 20 hours of power, enough to liven up your space. Find it today by Best Buy.

Toronto: The Monocle Travel Guide Series

Taking a trip to Toronto or already a local? This travel guide by Monocle is packed with local gems like Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. This is the perfect itinerary for your next trip, minus the hassle.

GoPro HERO 7

To truly capture the moment, shooting a video is the best policy. With the GroPro Hero 7, you can always relive your most exciting trips from your living room. Find this camera today on Best Buy’s website.

Uncover a variety of options while shopping this holiday. Getting the right gift shouldn’t be this hard and with our COVETM essentials gift guide, we’re bringing the mall to you.

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COVE™ City Guide: Ottawa

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Ottawa is so much more than the nation’s capital city. Once regarded as a sleepy home to bureaucrats, Ottawa is quickly becoming a destination for those looking for an urban adventure. Surrounded by the Rideau Canal, stunning national parks and ample national landmarks, a weekend adventure to Ottawa will not disappoint.


OUTDOORS

Gatineau Park, Gatineau

Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation and outdoor recreation park is just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. In summer enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, camping and in winter, go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. The Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 species of plants and animals at risk.

Commissioners Park, Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival reserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.

Rideau Canal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Canal” weaves its way through Ottawa’s quaint downtown core. The Rideau Canal is walkable and bikeable in the summer months, and you can skate the entire thing in the colder winter months. Hop on a houseboat if you feel inclined to row down its banks.

FUN

Nordik Spa-Nature

After exploring Ottawa, take a short drive over the Chelsea, Quebec and check into the Nordik Spa-Nature. Treat yourself to a massage in the spa’s tiny wood cabins amongst the hundreds of saunas. This spa is the largest of its kind in North America.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. The massive building is host to an impressive array of works by Canadian artists, including rooms dedicated to First Nations art and modern art.

ByWard Market

ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor market stalls, specialty food shops, bars, restaurants and galleries. It’s also known for its street art and local clothing retailers. Perch on a patio for an afternoon and take time to explore this vibrant public space.

FOOD

Origin Trade Inc.

Located in the centre of the Byward Market, Origin Trade Inc. offers a selection of regional foods and beverages, which show their love of Ottawa. Origin supports local suppliers and focuses on serving the freshest products. They source foods from Ontario farms, wine from local wineries and craft beer from local breweries.

Kettleman’s Bagel Co.

Kettleman’s Bagel Co. serves Montreal-style bagels with an Ottawa twist. The bagels are served hot and fresh – and are perfect for a hearty breakfast or lunch before exploring the city. They also make a nice picnic option if you’d like to enjoy al fresco along the Canal or on the lawn of the Parliament Buildings.

Fraser Cafe

Fraser Café is an independently-owned, seasonally-focused restaurant run by brothers, Ross & Simon Fraser. Their focus is locally sourced and globally inspired dishes in a cozy setting. Fraser Café is a must for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays too.

MUSTS

  • Take a free tour of Canada’s Parliament Buildings. Time your tour to take place during Question Period to get a glimpse of MPPs and the Prime Minister debate issues of the day.
  • Eat a Beaver Tail, an Ottawa delicacy, this sugary, puffy pastry is best consumed with an extremely hot, hot chocolate or coffee. Sometimes a beavertail is the only thing that can warm one up on a cold Ottawa afternoon.
  • Skate or walk along the Canal. The Rideau Canal connects Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston, Ontario. It’s an impressive 202 kilometres in length.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Ottawa has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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