aloette: diner heaven

the counter at aloetteA 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 shape that defines diners to me, dates from the 20’s. A long counter, kitchen in the back, a couple booths and fixed spinning stools.

charred chorizoPre-fabricated, they were long and narrow for easy transport by truck or train. They were also an inexpensive way to start a business. A quintessential symbol of America they were often family run, owned by immigrants and open 24 hours. They are the hangout of after school teenagers, shift workers looking for a meal at odd hours and people who aren’t quite ready for the night to end. Continue reading

lawren harris discovered

stee martin does lawmen harris on instagramEvery publication I’ve opened over the last two months seems to be writing about Lawren Harris. Now it’s my turn. The reason is simple…   the special exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario is amazing! Continue reading

“one shoe can change your life” – cinderella

IMG_69011985, I was living in Paris and everyone was laughing at me. In true Working Girl style, I walked everywhere in my tretorn tennis shoes changing into proper shoes once I got where ever I was going. My French colleagues were appalled.

my collection Canadian born Tanya Heath had a similar experience. But while I just kept on being the funny American, she invented a whole new kind of shoe. A footwear miracle. A sophisticated shoe with a changeable heel.

It wasn’t easy. It took over three years and 14 technical experts to figure out how to make a shoe that could withstand being moved repeatedly to different heel heights. Then they had to make them beautiful. Lucky for me they succeeded. Continue reading