Stratford’s Changing Gastro Scene

Stratford is known internationally for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which runs from April to October. The Festival’s primary mandate is to present repertory productions of William Shakespeare’s plays, but it also produces a diverse variety of theatre, from classic Greek tragedies to more contemporary works. The Festival and the renowned Stratford Chefs School have contributed … Read More

Wines for Summer Time Sipping

  “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime.” So, what is a summer sipping wine? The hot summer days call for light and refreshing wines with crisp acidity that excites the palate. White wines such as riesling, sauvignon blanc and Lillet Blanc are perfect patio or pool-side sippers. It’s … Read More

Rethinking The Sandwich

  Elaine Sawyer and her son, chef Josh Sawyer, take comfort food to new heights at their “proper sandwich shop,” Wich is Wich. The shop is essentially homage to the diversity of the sandwich. With global flavours, exotic ingredients and textural contrasts they become edible works of art. Like the artisanal grilled-cheese shops, the gourmet … Read More

Sound Bites

  So much music. So little space. That’s always my dilemma when summer festival season rolls around. This year is no exception… For many Londoners, summer is synonymous with TD Sunfest (July 9–12), a free celebration of world music and culture that drew more than 250,000 people to Victoria Park last year. What began on … Read More

Hessenland Country Inn

  Frank Ihrig is looking at the Hessenland Country Inn through fresh eyes these days. “I’m getting older,” he muses while surveying the family’s five acre property from a silo tower perch equipped with a small balcony. Somehow, he thinks that at 42 he is getting old. His wife, and business partner, Liz, is also … Read More

Summer Breeze

  There are certain moments, on certain summer days, that can later return to your mind with delightful, smile-provoking clarity. A road trip through Essex County can provide many such moments — and create great memories. Essex, Canada’s southernmost county, is bounded by Lake St. Clair to the north, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie. … Read More

Foodie Fiction Beach Read

  A Collection of Novels about Food, Kitchens, Chefs, and Restaurants for Summertime Reading For those with a sweet tooth for both confectionary and storytelling, Chocolat by Joanne Harris (1999) does not disappoint. Vianne and Anouk, a transient mother-daughter pair, breeze into a French village at the beginning of Easter season. Living a gypsy lifestyle … Read More

I Wet my Plants, Do You?

  Water is essential to our life and to our garden’s success. If you appreciate fresh potable water to drink and bathe in, then you also likely respect this precious resource. Being frugal in the garden when it comes to watering is something to think about. We are not talking about lawns. If you are … Read More