Escape This Fall with DK Canada and Idiot’s Guides! #Review and #Giveaway ~CAN 11/30

| October 31, 2014 | 30 Comments

Autumn is here! With autumn comes colder, blustery, and sometimes rainy days that may make you want to stay indoors to enjoy your day. One way you can pass a not so friendly fall day at home is to escape with a book! DK Canada and Idiot’s Guides are a perfect way to stay at home and relax while the weather is not as friendly.


I am a huge fan of the variety of books that DK Canada has to offer. It seems as though they cover every the sun. I got to choose from so many books to review from DK Canada’s Food & Drink Boutique. Since I want to travel and I love food, I thought that I would combine both subjects together. I chose to review Ultimate Food Journeys: The World’s Best Dishes &Where to Eat Them to review. I have to tell you: This has to be one of my absolute favourite books I have ever read from DK Canada! From cover to cover, it is a gorgeous trip around the world with some of the best dishes you have either eaten or have ever wanted to taste. I was just expecting to see picturesque locales and some of the foods that represent these places, but there was so much more! I’ll explain with my favourite dish: Fish and Chips.


Here are the pages in this book where they feature the best place to get Fish and Chips. Not only do they show the restaurant where you can order the best plate of this fabulous dish, but it also shows how to get to the town this meal is made, places of interest within this town, and other great places, both in town and abroad, to try this tasty dish. It is like having a having a travel agent and a serious foodie with you, helping you plan your next trip to seek out your favourite dish!

Fish Collage

Another section I loved in this book was their Food Festivals Around the World section. I this section, they list popular food festivals celebrated all over the world listed by the month each of these festivals take place and the continent the festival is in. They have the famous festivals such as Oktoberfest in Germany and La Tomatina in Spain, but this book also lists festivals I have not heard of but would love to attend such as the Blues, Brews and BBQs Festival in New Zealand, the V&A Waterfront Wine Affair in South Africa and Setsubun in Japan.


I also got to review a book from another boutique that highlights a new publisher that DK Canada has acquired. It is the Idiot’s Guide series, and they have a huge range of books for people who are looking to start learning a new hobby or discipline. The great aspect about the Idiot’s Guides is that they have started publishing in full colour, and these pictures look amazing! I have been looking to start learning yoga, and I thought that reviewing Idiot’s Guide: Yoga would be a great opportunity to learn how to do yoga from the comfort of my home.


I loved how the first sections of this book because it does not just jump right into learning yoga poses. I was told how to use this book to become better at yoga. I was also shown some of the tools that would make some of my poses more effective.

Tool Collage

There is also a section that teaches the difference ways of breathing through different yoga poses that I thought was very interesting and useful.


Finally, there are quotes within each section of this book that help to inspire you to do be more in the moment of yoga. This one was one of my favourites.


Since I am a newbie at yoga, I started off doing the lower level poses. Even though I do love a challenge, I did not want to go beyond my level of expertise. These poses were great to do, and they helped to start to relieve the stress of a busy day of hand-on kids, writing and maintaining my home. The steps were also easy to follow.  I really needed to find something productive for my “Me Time.” Idiot’s Guide’s: Yoga got me on the path to doing something for me that helps to relax my mind and body for a part of my day, especially since the kids and I are getting a bit squirrely being inside more often now than we were during the summer.

Poses Collage

So, if you are looking for a way to get away for a while without leaving the comfort creatures of home this autumn, then turn to DK Canada’s Food & Drink and Idiot’sGuide boutiques for some amazing books! As an added bonus, DK Canada is making it easier for Ottawa Mommy Club readers to run away with their books! They are offering a discount on books within these boutiques so you can have fun and save while you are doing it!

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You can connect with DK Canada through their website, as well as through their Facebook and Twitter pages!


Disclaimer: I was compensated by DK Canada with books in return for a review. The opinion expressed in this review are honest and my own.

DK Canada Giveaway!



DK Canada wants one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club reader to escape like I did this fall by giving away

Ultimate Food Journeys and Idiot’s Guide: Yoga!

All you have to do is enter the contest to win both books!

Giveaway is open to Canadian Residents and Ends on November 23rd, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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  1. Victoria Ess says:

    I like Yoga most!

  2. Surso S. says:

    the Bible! 🙂

  3. kathy downey says:

    My favourite book is green eggs and ham

  4. Darwin says:

    I like the ultimate food journey.

  5. Amy C says:

    I don’t have a favourite book right now. I like to read romance and history books. I read Amethyst a couple of times, that would probably be my favourite.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes) I just loved this book & couldn’t put it down, brilliant!

  7. Brenda A says:

    My favourite book would be like picking my favourite child! Some tops on my list are all of the Chronicles of Narnia, Number 1 ladies detective agency series and anything by Alexander McCall Smith, Pride and Prejudice, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and The Pillars of the Earth.

    Love my books!

  8. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    The title of one of my favorite books is Secret. I loved reading it and it helped to focus my thinking.

  9. Fan R says:

    The Best of Holiday Baking is my favorite book.

  10. jan says:

    I Know This Much is True

  11. Maegan Morin says:

    My favorite book is the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks (it was three books in one lol)

  12. Silvia D says:

    A book that I have read many times over the years is Thornbirds or any one of my many photography books!

  13. Amber Y says:

    I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite!! There are just so many good, moving books out there. The most recent book I read that captured much of my attention was The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield.

  14. andie says:

    I love “Murder on the orient Express” – Agatha Christie

  15. Carey Hurst says:

    My fave books are the Secret series by Rhonda Byrne, thanks for chance.

  16. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  17. Pam says:

    The Looneyspoons Collection is the one I read the most these days!

  18. Karine says:

    That’s a hard question!! Can I say Harry Potter??

  19. I think it will be the ultimate food journey.

  20. Tava says:

    Cookbooks and picking just one would be torture!!

  21. JaimeeM says:

    Ehh I really liked Horns by Joe Hill.

  22. holly o'gorman says:

    She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, fantastic read.

  23. Margaret MacKenzie says:

    My favourite book has to be Stephen King’s “It”

  24. Angela Mitchell says:

    Into Thin Air is my favourite book of all time.

  25. Holly Messana says:

    I quite enjoyed Along Came a spider. I have a few favorites I think.

  26. Heidi says:

    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

  27. Nicole says:

    I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman.

  28. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I don’t have a favourite book, but I love Fifty Shades of Grey 😉

  29. KD says:

    I have too many favourites! Right now I’m enjoying reading the House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris.

  30. Nicole says:

    So many favourites – love anything by Maeve Binchy

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