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California #Strong — overcoming drought, wildfires and rising prices

By Carmelo Giardina Almost six months removed from those devastating wildfires in California wine country, the nearly decade-long prayer for water hasn’t ceased. Simply put, California is parched. Despite the odd rainfall every now and again, three quarters of the area is still suffering severe drought effects. Many of the …

A Manor of Style

By Rebecca Fitzsimmons Entering into the foray of having a home custom built, or a place with good bones remodeled right down to the studs is an exciting undertaking, but what’s trending these days for architectural design elements? From the outdoor living space to party-central kitchens, builders and architects are …

The Best Sunglasses for Your Style

By Dana Krueger Awesome Aviators: dashingly iconic One style of sunglasses that will always be on trend is the aviator, easily the most well-known and still sought-after style of eyewear since they were created in the 1930s. Bausch & Lomb originally designed the teardrop-shaped lenses to help combat pilots protect …

Connoisseur — Balsamic Vinegar

Chat With Eleazar Crespo of The Olive Oil Dispensary, Burlington By Anneliese Lawton How are balsamics made?  Balsamic vinegars are made using certain grapes from the region of Italy called Modena. The grapes are first cooked at specific temperatures, and then stored in wooden barrels and aged to the desirable …

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Discovering France’s Rhône-Alpes

By Josephine Matyas On a smooth, grey bike path I pedaled slowly, drinking in the view over Lac Leman, a crescent-shaped body of water shared by Switzerland and France. In the space of an hour’s ride, I enjoyed a scoop of decadent ice cream, counted the fountains, stopped to recharge …

Resourceful Rhubarb

By Kelly Putter The alternating flavours of sweet and tart in a prepared rhubarb dish is just one reason to elevate this ubiquitous local plant to the top of the list for your next dinner party, brunch or family get together. And there are many other reasons to make room …

At Home With Shelley Alexanian

By Anneliese Lawton Alexanian’s is a true rugs to riches story. The flooring empire launched into business in 1925 at the hands of Aris Alexanian, a noted world traveller and businessman. It has since thrived, growing from one storefront on King Street in Hamilton, to 18 stores across the province. …