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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 …

Indigenous Retreat

Indigenous-owned and operated Klahoose Wilderness Resort in British Columbia immerses guests in storytelling, traditions, craftwork and grizzly bear tours.   By Linda Barnard The grizzly bear was close enough to watch it chewing. It sat chest deep in the shallow river, gripping a chum salmon in curved claws as long …

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Nut & Fudge Satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season with handmade treats by Bruce County Nut & Fudge. The family-run business specializes in uniquely delicious gourmet caramel apples and confectionaries – perfect for hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. Also available are gift sets named after favourite Bruce County locales, …

Barbados Cutters, Rum and Roti – Barbados is Food Island

By Barbara Ramsay-Orr Barbados was my first Caribbean island and has forever imprinted itself on my memory. I remember being astounded by how loud the tree frogs were. I learned here that a slice of papaya tastes wonderful with fresh lime juice squeezed over it, and that, if you aren’t …

Baking inspiration: Q&A with Hamilton pastry chefs and authors of Earth to Table Bakes

Whether you love to bake over the holidays, or just love to eat what others bake, this is the time of year to ditch the guilt and indulge in the flakiest, freshest, delightful-est baked treats available. The new cookbook, Earth to Table Bakes, by two world-class pastry chefs from Hamilton …
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