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A Tour of Italy In Six Perfect Plates

Our first stop was in the Marche region, on the Adriatic coast, where Massimo Mancini’s family-owned factory produces pasta. The cream-coloured spaghetti is a great support for a glistening, perfectly emulsified vongole sauce made with butter and white wine.

Wickaninnish Inn’s On The Rocks Bar

After a day on the water, guests and local naturalists retire to Wickaninnish Inn’s On the Rocks Bar. The remote hotel, perched atop the Tofino shores and circled by a pine forest, recently revamped the bar, bringing in furniture and…

Harvesting ‘Red Gold’

On the early-morning drive from L’Aquila to San Pio delle Camere, an armoured truck zooms past us in the fog. Is saffron now transported by military? The spice so expensive it’s called “red gold” has, according to local legend, been…

The Herradura Margarita

Swim against the tide on National Margarita Day with La Ciudad. Featuring Ancho Chili Liqueur and Chocolate Bitters, it deserves a place on your favourite tequila cocktails list.

The Best Travel Luggage

With the excessive charges for checked bags these days, the carry-on reigns supreme. At the front of the pack: Away, a brand that has built a cult-like following on tarmacs and in terminals—and for good reason. Offered in a rainbow…

Make Love to Winter

Winter is here, get out and make the most of it! In Vancouver, try a winterized zipline over Grouse Mountain (with sleigh rides and sledding for the less daring). Eastward, the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello covers 300 acres of trails…

JennAir: Redefining Luxury

Customization and connectivity is the new kitchen-cool. When's the last time shopping for an oven felt glamourous? The thought may feel paradoxical: chances are, curating your kitchen pieces was a chore, primarily made up of pulling cookie-cutter pieces from line-ups…

Ethical Travel: Can You Travel Without Leaving a Trace?

Indulging your wanderlust is one of life's greatest pleasures. But with the growing swell of concern over the environment, conscientious frequent flyers are posing the question: can you travel without leaving a trace? Happily, hotels—both boutique and big-name—are going beyond…

Our Fall Best of the City Dinner Series = Exceptional Dining

Now in its third year, Best of the City is our don't-miss-it dinner series presented by Scotia Wealth Management.  The series showcases Canada’s vibrant food scene via exclusive dinners and fine wines by Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits.  This year, dinners were…

Restaurant Service Overload

Earlier this year at a downtown Toronto Italian restaurant where the entrees run nearly $50 a pop, a waiter placed a tiny plate of penne with tomato sauce in front of me. He then launched (uninvited) into a three-minute lecture…

What’s Happening on Canada’s Hotel Scene

In 2018, Toronto welcomed 15.9 million overnight visitors, occupying over ten million hotel rooms—a record for the city. Canadian hoteliers got inspired and 2019 produced a crop of Canada-bred properties: a four-year renovation transformed a strip joint into the chic…

Amber Bruce’s Boulevardier Cocktail

I was originally taught a 1:1:1 ratio, but it always seemed a little off to me. The whisky would get lost, and the balance was off. So I rejigged it to be heavier on the whisky while relaxing the Campari and…

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