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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 ‘n’ Bannock in Vancouver to La Traite in Wendake—and never been given a satisfactory reply. Talking to Christa Bruneau-Guenther, co-owner of Feast Café Bistro in Winnipeg all the

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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 dreaming of seeing the snow capped Rocky Mountains soaring high against a bluebird sky. 

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 most popular restaurants including Vij’s, Bauhaus, the Acorn and Wildebeest, add in a gang of eager students from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and pair with wines from around

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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 festival? Sparkling wines. Bubble is booming in Canada with the country’s three main wine growing regions of British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia increasingly turning to bubbles and experimenting with different varieties

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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 the Atikamekw  nation and camping in the frozen heart of winter, learning a little about their way of life, stands out as

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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 like absolutely everyone does yoga. Head to the Kitsilano neighbourhood and see if you can find anyone who doesn’t have a mat and beautific

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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 time. I went to Newfoundland and it was just going to be another story, just another assignment, but no. The warmth

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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 spring blossoms: vivid pink magnolia trees, the white and pretty pale pink pom poms of the cherry and plum trees –you can learn which is which

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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 world –and from right here in B.C.– to sample along with seminars, winery dinners and plenty of fun events. I was inspired this year to try something new after talking

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Happiness (and Endless Tapas) Found at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

I slid down into the warm pool, lying on my back, my ears pop-pop-popping as they filled with water… And then music. I pushed back and floated across the pool, the bass reverberating in my chest and belly. I’d read about the mineral pool at the Tigh-Na-Mara resort before and assumed I’d love it purely for the sheer joy of bobbing happily in the water, but no one had told

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