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The Sauce Queens

How three local women founded La Dee Da Gourmet Sauces and helped feed the conscious eating movement By Danielle Leonard Photography by Graham Paine Six years ago, long-time friends Jo Anne Torrance and Mary Marino were sipping coffee in Mary’s kitchen, deliberating about what they wanted to do next with …

Culture Notes

Niagara Icewine Festival One of Canada’s largest and most beloved wine festivals is back, January 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30. The Niagara Icewine Discovery Pass is the best way to experience the 29 wineries that will showcase Niagara’s VQA Icewine, paired with sweet and savoury creations. Discovery Pass includes six icewine …

In her new book JOY: Life Lessons from a Tuscan Villa Debbie Travis encourages us to live like our grandparents did

By Laurie Wallace-Lynch PHOTO CREDIT: Stacey Van Berkel Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to have more joy in their life? Lifestyle and TV décor expert Debbie Travis, of Painted House fame, now lives in a thirteenth century villa in Tuscany, Italy, where she offers week-long retreats for women from …

The Abode: A new business is bringing the home office to your backyard

By Laurie Wallace-Lynch Photography by Andre von Nickisch   If there is one good thing that came out of the pandemic, it’s The Abode backyard home office.  As the remote work model persists, homeowners are challenged to find solutions at home that strike the ideal work/life balance. But with limited …

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Piano Piano: The Italian restaurant opens in downtown Oakville

By Barbara Ramsay-Orr   You know Piano Piano is going to be a good time before you get through the front door. The building on the corner of Thomas and Church Street is pink, with an explosion of flowers painted on the outside. A good omen, in my opinion. The vibe …

Roam Notes

Rockies to The Red Rocks Rocky Mountaineer debuted its route, Rockies to Red Rocks in 2021 – a journey through extraordinary landscapes between Moab, Utah and Denver, Colorado. Vast canyons, inspiring deserts, natural archways and enchanting hoodoos are just a start. This Rocky Mountaineer rail route is filled with highlights …

WINE WITH A CAUSE: A conscious corporate gifting guide

By Carmelo Giardina As the holiday season draws closer, the business and corporate community will soon be scrambling to hunt down the perfect gift for co-workers, clients and employees. Giving wine as a corporate gift is surely one of the most popular ways to show your appreciation and thank those …
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