the counter at ten restaurant in toronto

the perfect ten: julian bentivegna’s new restaurant

“I take my cooking seriously, but never myself”.  My first thought as I started chatting with chef Julian Bentivegna was Wow! am I an under achiever. My second thought was Wow! can he cook. Julian has just opened his  first…

perfect sushi at skippa

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…

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…

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!  It took an American to…

“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…

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…

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