Oh, Ottawa!

Oh, Ottawa!

Four days in Ottawa last week – which I almost backed out of for fear I’d be bored – wasn’t enough as I ran out of days before I ran out of things to do. Toronto Mayor Miller recently asked: who would want to live in Ottawa? Well, I wouldn’t mind. Perhaps it takes a Torontonian […]

Oh, Oahu!

Oh, Oahu!

Finally, Hawaii. We’re kicking ourselves for not having gone before. Why didn’t we? Too expensive? Not in April. Too far? Not bad if you fly during the day (jetlag doesn’t seem to happen flying east). With only a week we stayed on O’ahu, wanting the quintessential Hawaiian vacay, headquartered in touristy–and, yes, gorgeous–Waikiki.  The Hawaiian Islands […]

Tut Tut

Tut Tut

A double Tut treat Saturday: first a private walkthrough of the Tut show at the AGO courtesy of the Egyptian Tourism Authority, then a trek through the dusk to hear rockstar Egyptologist and Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass speak at the U of T on the Mysteries of Tutankhamun […]

08.03.2010 · Filled under: Architecture · Tags: , · No Comments »
King Tut exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario

King Tut exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario

Outside the Art Gallery of Ontario in December sleet, colossal Anubis uards the treasures within. The King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs show is a wonder. The story of Tut is actually the story of two boys: the mysterious Egyptian Boy Pharaoh and another, more modern, English boy who would grow up to discover […]

15.12.2009 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: · No Comments »
Creepshow

Creepshow

Rain, fog and creepy tales. What a night to go see Stephen King in conversation with David Cronenberg at the Canon Theatre! Last night’s packed house quieted down long enough for the King of creepy fiction to read a selection from his new book Under the Dome. He uses something he calls “mutual observables” and […]

21.11.2009 · Filled under: Architecture, Canada · Tags: , , · No Comments »
Buffalo Gal

Buffalo Gal

Still carrying on my not-so-secret love affair with Buffalo, an affair that shows no sign of cooling any time soon. This time, a stroll down Elmwood Avenue, the sidewalk scattered with with golden gingko leaves, to our favorite Buffalo hangout, Cole’s.  Robbie at the old (1934) bar – dark wood, college memorabilia, antique carousel horses – […]

17.11.2009 · Filled under: Art, Food, New York · Tags: , · No Comments »
Atlantic City, End of Season

Atlantic City, End of Season

Atlantic City, end of season. Walked miles on the shore with the gulls, watched the still-out-there surfers, munched salt-water taffy, then wandered back along the Boardwalk. Believe it or not, AC’s a great place to commune with nature and get some exercise. I’ve always found this old resort town very atmospheric and never more so […]

13.11.2009 · Filled under: Destination Guides · Tags: , , · No Comments »
A perfect fall weekend in Montreal

A perfect fall weekend in Montreal

Montreal was wonderful. Pat and I caught the pre-dawn train from Guildwood; he did some work while I snuggled into my seat, watching the sun rise over the trees we flew past, waiting for drinks and brunch to arrive. Via Rail Business Class truly rocks. A few hours later, we were settling into the Pierre […]

22.10.2009 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Food, Hotels · Tags: , , , · No Comments »

Searching for Cinderella

One of my most anticipated guests was missing at Thanksgiving, though I’d hunted all over Toronto for her. I’m talking about Cinderella, the cheese from St-Raymond de Portneuf, Quebec, voted best in the world recently at the World Cheese Awards 2009. The nice guys at Alex Farm (Danforth and Chester) were confident their supplier would […]

12.10.2009 · Filled under: Food · No Comments »
Has anyone seen my perogy?

Has anyone seen my perogy?

6’2″, eyes of blue, has anyone seen my pyrohy? It’s almost impossible to find those tasty pillows of stuffed dough in the east end so Mario and I made sure we got to the Toronto Ukrainian Festival last weekend to get our fill. It’s the largest Ukrainian festival in North America, big enough to close […]

27.09.2009 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Food · Tags: , · No Comments »
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