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Beyond Bannock: How Feast in Winnipeg is Reconnecting Food with Culture

 Sometimes you get sobering answers to what seem like simple questions.  I’d often been puzzled by the lack of First Nations restaurants in Canada. I’d asked before why there were so few—you can pretty much count them on two hands, from Salmon...Read more...

Winnipeg to Vancouver by train through a blizzard

  Try as you might, you can never plan for Mother Nature. We’d not anticipated so much snow so late in the year. Boarding ViaRail’s Canadian train in Winnipeg, on the way home to Vancouver, bundled up against an icy cold snap, I’d been...Read more...

Cheers to the P.I.C.A. Kitchen Party

Because all the very best parties end up in the kitchen, it seemed like winding up the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival with a full-blown kitchen rager was the best possible plan… Take nine great chefs from some of Vancouver’s...Read more...

Home-Grown Sparkling Wines Pop Canada’s Cork

The Vancouver International Wine Festival rolled into town recently, and to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, Canada took centre stage with wineries from across the country pouring their wines for a sold-out crowd.  The big hit of the...Read more...

A Tribe Called Red Meet Black Bear

I talk about the time I spent up in Manawan a lot, and I think about the people that I met there and the warm hospitality that they showed me even more. Of all of the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have in Canada, spending time with...Read more...

All Om Board

I fought it for so long, but after almost four years in Vancouver I guess I’m finally worn down. Dear reader, at last I have given in and I’ve begun practicing yoga. I held out for longer than I’d imagined possible. Here in Vancouver, it seems...Read more...

A Few Words on Canada Day

Today I celebrate Canada Day as a Canadian for the very first time. I became a Permanent Resident back in January, which was one of the happiest days of my life. I fell in love with Canada back in 2009 when I came to the country for the first...Read more...

Vancouver Celebrates Its Tenth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s that most beautiful time of year again in Vancouver: Cherry Blossom Season, a brief lull through the soaking rain, grey skies and all-round blahs of the first few months of the year. The West End of Vancouver where I live has exploded with...Read more...

Vancouver International Wine Festival Tasting Room Quest: Find Five Alternative to Pinot Grigio

In the darkness and gloom of February in Vancouver there is one bright spot to look forward to: the Vancouver International Wine Festival. One of North America’s biggest wine fests, VIWF brings a head-spinning variety of wines from around the...Read more...

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