The server set down the dishes in front of each of us, the lucky 12 souls who managed to get a seat at the chef’s table at Bangkok’s illustrious Gaggan. The dish was number 17 of the tasting menu’s ambitious 25, and it looked like a miniature grilled sandwich. Which is what it was, but at the same time, wasn’t.
Nothing is quite as it seems when you are dining at Gaggan, named the best restaurant in Asia for the fourth time in 2018...
These are the salad days of the Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival. Comparisons made by foodies flow like the famed Venturi-Schulze balsamic vinegar that is distilled here: Cowichan is the "new Napa," "Canada's Provence." But when I travelled there this summer, it was still virgin territory - or should I say "terroir."
Truly one of the world's great boutique hotels, we can only hope for a second act closer to home.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The world has come around to that gluttonous French Canadian fast-food specialty known as poutine (loosely translated as “hot mess”). I got a taste of it recently in Ottawa, where the fall edition of Poutinefest took place on Sparks Street, a pedestrian mall where 20 food trucks were offering multiple versions of the dish that is often eaten late at night after hours of partying.
In its most basic form, poutine is made of French fri...
Goodbye spirits!" yelled Mike Earle over the roar of the boat engine as we sped out of Cape St. Charles, a deserted fishing village on the coast of southeastern Labrador. This tiny community, picturesquely perched around a rocky harbour, was Earle's home until 1992, when the federal government declared a moratorium on cod fishing. Until then, Earle had planned to fish his whole life, as his ancestors had done since their arrival from Poole, England in the 1770s.
Instead of being years off, your retirement is suddenly happening right now. Asking your advisor these questions can help you manage the transition.
For most of our working lives, retirement can feel like a distant dream. But a sudden and unexpected change in the latter stages of your career – a department restructuring, a health issue, a buyout package – can mean that, ready or not, your retirement is happening right now.
I was part of a team that transformed one of the largest municipal websites - toronto.ca - by exhaustively rewriting and reformatting thousands of pages of digital content into actionable, service-oriented copy. This involved fostering strong relationships with subject matter experts and stakeholders to arrive at content solutions that measurably improved the user journey to create a service-focused and citizen-centric city website.
During a family move a little more than a decade ago, Bea Johnson had an epiphany.
“We quickly realized that everything we needed we already had,” she recalls.
And so rather than unpack, the Johnsons gave away more than two-thirds of their belongings. They've lived an almost waste-free existence ever since. And they’ve saved a lot of money along the way.
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It seems the entire world has fallen under the spell of Japanese organizing expert, Marie Kondo, who provides a simple way to organize or get rid of anything in one’s life that doesn’t, in her words, “spark joy.” Ever since her Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, debuted on January 1, donation bins at Salvation Army and Goodwill stores have been overflowing. People love her simple approach to decluttering and are discovering that the benefits of her technique go well beyond ...
The cruise director lets out a yell and within a minute we are all assembled on the ship’s starboard side, to see what is going on. A fisherman has drawn up to our ship in his dugout canoe, hoisting a bag of fresh squid, hoping for a sale... Just as he hands the silvery haul to our ship’s chef, another fisherman paddles up, late to the party, but hoping our enthusiasm might trigger another sale.
I was sunbathing on Bella Hodge's deck, looking out at her spectacular view over Gunner's Cove in western Newfoundland, when a sudden whoosh of air announced the arrival of about a dozen humpback whales. For the rest of the morning, they frolicked in the foamy waves below, entertaining us with impressive blows and breaches.