my favourite things: VENICE

Ah VENICE! Beyond crowded in summer, damp and foggy in winter, yet somehow always totally enchanting. A city packed with art, history, culture and the most incredible amount of tourist tat. Truman Capote said “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”. Divine, indulgent, decadent; must be done at least…

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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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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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how do you make the best of a stopover?

What to do with 16 hours in Miami? The same as I’d do anywhere… a meal, a walk and a museum. We landed at 8 pm. We were leaving at 1 the next afternoon. And I hoped to include 8 hours of shut eye.

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my favourite things: CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA CITY

CASCO VIEJO, where elegant mansions rub shoulders with dilapidated ruins in the oldest most vibrant part of Panama City. Originally the home turf of Panama’s elite, the second half of the 20th century was not kind to this old quarter. Rapidly re-gentrifying, it is once again the place to be. James Bond himself, well, actually…

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aloette: diner heaven

A jersey girl knows her diners. I spent a lot of late late nights (aka early, early mornings) sitting on a stool eating fried eggs, drinking milk shakes and sobering up.They were all over the state. Diners have their roots in horse drawn lunch wagons and were particularly popular in the northeastern US. The iconic…

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