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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lawren harris discovered

Every 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!

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“one shoe can change your life” – cinderella

1985, 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.  Canadian born Tanya Heath had a similar experience. But while I just kept…

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ooh la opera

There’s usually a reason a work is “rarely performed”. Usually it’s awful. And so it was with some reluctance I accepted Marshall Pynkoski and Jeanette Zingg’s invitation to attend their Opera Atelier’s Toronto premiere of ‘rarely perfromed’ Lucio Silla. Marc Minikowsli had originally commissioned them to stage and choreograph this piece for Mozartwoche. The performance…

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awesome amazing alo

I booked this table four months in advance. I could only get a reservation for 5:15. I had to leave my credit card number. I know the reviews were good. But seriously, could any restaurant be good enough for this level of hassle. Well, YES! Alo is perfection. When they call to confirm your reservation…

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