A Darkly Delightful Comedy

If you are like most people, you have had at least one day in your life where everything that could go wrong, has. A day when you’ve said something you regret or done something less than kosher and the more you try to fix it, the worse it gets and the more you dig yourself … Read More

Classical Beat

  The Voices of Broadway Show Choir kicks off the New Year with some romantic razzle dazzle, with From Broadway with Love, January 16 at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church. “As a show choir, we incorporate staging, choreography, acting, and simple props and costumes into our presentations,” explains founding member Dan Manherz. It’s all about elevating … Read More

It’s All in the Name!

    In the world of shopping malls, it’s ideal to have anchor stores. Sure-fire steady tenants who bring a reliable number of clients to the centre for quality products. Chef Erin Bonthron, owner of Heirloom Catering in London, has her own form of anchor stores. Every morning she rises early, along with her kitchen … Read More

An Artistic, Artisanal Canadian Capital

  My bucket list includes a wish to visit every provincial capital, so when my son decided to go to New Brunswick University, I jumped at the opportunity to drive him to Fredericton. Because we traveled by car, I got to enjoy the province’s rugged beauty, with the trees and rock cuts along the highways … Read More

True North

  Chef Derek Dammann was a British Columbia boy who travelled to the UK to further his culinary studies. On his last day there he went to Jamie Oliver’s newly opened Fifteen restaurant, ordered lunch, then asked if he could stay to cook dinner service with the British chef. He must have had the right … Read More

When in Reykjavik …

I drew the line at putrefied shark. Okay, I drew the line at eating puffin and foal, too. I’m no vegan, but if you’re travelling in Iceland you’re going to face a few dining decisions. For the most part, the food was delicious during the 10-day hiking holiday my wife and I took there. We enthusiastically … Read More

Gabrielle Hamilton: Writer in Residence

    Culinary provocateur Gabrielle Hamilton is the unconventional chef-owner of iconic New York City restaurant Prune, which she describes as having an “unapologetic East Village demeanor.” Hamilton is also the acclaimed author of the outstanding memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, which garnered a James Beard Award for … Read More

Blood, Bones & Butter

  Anthony Bourdain’s reputation causes people to take notice when quoted on the cover of a book as saying, “Simply the best memoir by a chef. Ever.” The book that caused such a reaction is Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef (Random House, 2011, $30) which chronicles Gabrielle Hamilton’s rise … Read More

Langdon Hall, in Cambridge

  Recently my nephew Nicholas and I were guests of Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa. For our culinary road trip we were provided with an all-new Lexus 2016 RX350 from Lexus of London. We drove to Stratford for a delicious repast of chicken and waffles at The Red Rabbit restaurant and a trip … Read More