Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada

When the Queen Elizabeth opened in 1958 it became THE place to go in Montreal. The rich and famous, including Princess Grace of Monaco, John Travolta, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, made it their home when visiting the city. Queen Elizabeth herself was a guest on 4 different occasions. They were wowed by the…

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looking for a reason to visit montreal?

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to go to Montreal this is it. Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see exhibit. This major retrospective includes the expected. His famous moving sculptures. They were jokingly dubbed “mobiles” by his friend Marcel Duchamp.  In response, another friend, the artist Jean Arp quipped…

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a tale of two restaurants

  Tofino, a culinary destination? Where the f**k is Tofino? It’s certainly what I wondered back in 2014 when one of this small town’s eateries, The Wolf in the Fog, won best new restaurant in Canada. And not by some little local media outlet but by the very influential Air Canada magazine, enRoute. Tofino is…

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do you really want to surf in tofino?

Tofino. Suring capital of Canada. Seriously? Ok, the waves are good, and consistent. But the water is cold. Freezing cold. Though it can reach a relatively balmy 17 degrees C for a day or two in July, the water usually hovers around 10 degrees C pretty much all year round. If you fall off a…

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dip…don’t dip

…in the homemade soy sauce. Follow Ian’s instructions; enjoy perfect morsels of sushi heaven.  Eat each piece in one bite with your fingers as soon as it arrives. Why? because makes for a better experience and the rice doesn’t have a chance to change and harden (one reason sushi is horrible as left overs) Ian…

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four facts about whistler bc you may not know

Whistler is wonderful. Every ski magazine says so. Gourmet restaurants, cool bars, amazing hiking trails and of course, world class skiing. Sometimes I forget, taking it for granted.  I’ve been coming for ages. Watching the Olympics was a life highlight. John brought me here for our first holiday together and my kids know every slope.…

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