How It’s Made

Last weekend I went on a tour of the Steam Whistle Brewery in the historic John St. Roundhouse in downtown Toronto. The tour was a blast! With two complimentary glasses of pilsner and a bottle of beer pulled straight off the line how could it not be. Yet, as I walked around the spotless factory sipping my cool bottle…

Is community building really that easy?

There’s a new little store in town called Shabby Motley. The shop opened up on a Queen St. just a few doors down from the Outspoken Brewery, which is another local business a handsome pair of homegrown entrepreneurs dreamt up and is set to open in the coming year. The knitting shop and cafe has been an instant success,…

Sugar Shack

From what I gather there are just a hand full of things that really define Canadians as Canadians, one of them being maple syrup. Somehow a bottle of Grade A 100% Pure American Maple Syrup just doesn’t have the same ring. Admittedly, despite my nationality, my experience with the ever so sweet and luxurious maple…

Inspiration

Inspiration I received a mail yesterday from an old friend of mine. It was a link to a blog that discusses life on an organic farm, Bold Point, on Quadra Island. I have been going there with family and friends for years. In addition to the fantastic company – Rod and Geraldine – are wonderful…

Ice Queen

Since I can count the number of boutiques and little cafes that I like visiting in the Sault on just one hand and since farmers’ markets don’t start for another few months, I’ve had to look elsewhere for those authentic experiences that I hold so dear. When in Rome ––– or in this case at…

Nothing like a good cup a joe

Well, it looks like there is hope after all in this wonderful little town of mine. Through my colleagues at work I came across this place on Queen Street called Dish. They brew I Deal coffee, which is a native Ontario roaster that has cafes in Toronto and to my delight at the Byward Market in…

As autumn turns to winter

It wasn’t just the bitter cold and bright blue sky that signalled winter is coming. It was the pine and spruce wreaths hanging out front of the Farmer’s Market and the Designer Christmas Craft Show down at the Pier. Winter is approaching but there were no signs that business at the Saturday market was slowing down….

Back to the Neighbourfood

Mom and I checked out the Neighbourfood Market this past Sunday. I was surprised to see that the set up was different from last month. There were no tables inside the warehouse, but instead all the food vendors were standing under their small tents in the heavy heat. Cooking in 34 degrees couldn’t have been…

The German Brezel

There is something hauntingly beautiful about Berlin. Being there in November may have added to the eery feeling I experienced while walking around this gigantic city. It started to get dark by 3:30pm and the mist that hung over the  magnificently grand buildings and the Brandenburg Gate was delightfully spooky. It wasn’t quite cold yet, but…

Spritzing in Venice

It’s been a week since I moved back to Canada and now that I’m settled I’ve started to go through all my holiday photos from Italy. My Italian girlfriend Samuela and I were in Venice for three days last month. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. We walked around the…

This is Rotterdam

Last  Sunday a friend and I checked out the Swan Market in Rotterdam. It’s a lifestyle Market where you can buy anything from traditional savoury English pies to vintage jewellery, to hand made arts and crafts. The Market was held at the Museumplein, which is only about a fifteen minute walk from the central station. We arrived around 4:30…