Avocado Sandwich on Grilled Ciabatta with Roasted Tomato, Pomegranate, Vegenaise, and Arugula

We CAN all just get along: Eat in Harmony at The Butcher and The Vegan

Eat less meat. And when you do eat meat, make it count. That’s the mantra at The Butcher & the Vegan, a new Hamilton restaurant specializing in haute vegan cuisine and local farm-to-table meats.

Walking into this ethical eatery, guests feel instantly at ease. The Butcher & the Vegan boasts a casual vibe, complete with mismatched chairs and tables and a welcoming open concept kitchen.

The “butchers” (aka meat-eaters) who have been frequenting the restaurant swear it’s the best filet mignon they’ve ever had. Meanwhile, vegans savour the creative and thoughtfully prepared gourmet options. Continue Reading →

Photo: Ryan Edwardson

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Kick Off Opening Night Showcase for Pan Am Games

Last night, dozens of First Nation and Métis performers from across the country officially opened the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. With multiple stages, food vendors, and a marketplace, the Pavilion—located at the Fort York National Historic Site at the foot of Strachan just north of Lakeshore Boulevard—promises to be a key family-friendly site during the event. Continue Reading →

Israeli hummus

Delicious Israel: Making Food Memories Off the Beaten Path

When I was little, my grandmother would make Yorkshire pudding on special occasions. Whipped up on the spot, she made them from memory, from scratch and with love. She is gone now, but the tastes of her Yorkshire pudding’s crunchy tops and savoury centres remain as vivid in my mind as her jokes and hugs.

This kind of taste and emotional recollection is what I like to call a food memory. These are memories that haul us back to the intersection of delicious food, tradition and love, and leave us with phantom tastes in our mouths.

But what if you could preserve your food memories? Keep them real and alive for everyone to enjoy.

This is exactly what Tel Aviv-based Delicious Israel, is doing for locals and visitors to food memory-rich Israel. Continue Reading →

Scott Wilson - Canadian travel show host of Departures & Descending

An Interview with Scott Wilson, Host of Departures

Is riding a reindeer across Siberia on your travel bucket list? How about visiting the last man living in the radioactive zone in Chernobyl? Or uncovering sunken ships and wreckage of World War II planes in the Pacific Ocean?

Canadian TV host and adventurer Scott Wilson (above) has done all these things and more on the television series, Departures – an internationally acclaimed travel show that captures the journey as much as the destination. Continue Reading →

Montreal Botanical Garden

Exploring Plant Sculptures at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Visiting Montreal this summer? Here’s some radical travel advice: take a break from the outdoor music festivals, and head to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. So landscaped bushes and flower beds may not seem as exciting as a shopping spree at Simon’s. But this is not your average tourist attraction. It’s a socially and environmentally conscious urban hike … Continue Reading →

Cuba

The Naughty Way to Catch a Havana Taxi

Thou shalt only take designated tourist taxis. That’s what my trusty guidebook had dictated in my pre-trip studies. For once I thought I might actually do some serious research on my destination prior to my arrival. I had never been to a communist country, my Spanish was limited to ‘dos cervazas, por favor’ and I was travelling solo. On day two of my trip, I left the well-highlighted, dog-eared guide in a taxi, all of my homework sped away into the streets, liberating me from such nonsense. Continue Reading →