canada's 100 best

canada’s 100 best restaurants…and the winner is…

Well, actually we won’t know which establishment the #1 restaurant in Canada is for 2019 until tomorrow (April 15). This will be the fifth year of competition. It has garnered increasing notoriety and importance to both the foodie consumer community…

great lighting at the park hyatt chicago

best bed: The Park Hyatt, Chicago, USA

Jay Pritzker was one smart hotelier. In the late 50’s he figured out that people needed nice hotels near airports. He bought a small motel near LAX and started the Hyatt chain. 20 years later he saw a market for…

sunset in the dead sea

best bed: Hilton Dead Sea Resort, Sweimeh, Jordan

The new kid on the block, the Hilton Dead Sea Resort only joined the string of resorts which line the beach in March 2017.  I am not a resort person, but the Hilton does a good job of taking the…

view from the breakfast terrace

best bed: Le Gray Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon

Sleek, chic and contemporary,  Le Gray is Gordon Campbell Gray’s first hotel creation in the Middle East. Gems from the art collection that he has curated are everywhere, he personally decided where each of the more that 500 pieces scattered…

the cover of the 2019 edition of obelisque magazine

marie khouri in obelisque magazine…my article

Marie Khouri, from Cairo to Canada. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to write about Marie for the leading Egyptian lifestyle magazine Obelisque. Here is my article. I hope you enjoy it. A tiny woman making huge art, Marie Khouri is a…

the stunning staircase of an aiirbnb we stayed in belgrade

how to nail a great airbnb

Airbnb… the best or the worst?  Personally, I love them! A great way to have a different experience, save some money and feel like a local. But there are horror stories. Filthy bathrooms, bad location, or places that don’t even…