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Mona Brown’s Fogo Island

15 Aug

“I grew up one of six siblings—three girls and three boys. During the day our mother and several other ladies would go out berry picking. They’d mark the trail with blue ribbons, so when we got home from school, we’d […]

Grocery Shopping on Fogo Island

10 Aug

Winston Osmond is an acrylics painter and organic farmer living in Shoal Bay. He took me round his veggie garden and harvested a mixed bag, scissors and trowel in hand. I left with rain-splashed kale; fat, yellow zucchini; squeaky onions; and sweet, soily carrots–some of them as leggy as squid.

Coca-Cola Cake, Popcorn Ice Cream and Twizzlers Sauce

1 Aug

“You might say this place is my second home; I’d say it’s more my home,” says 22-year-old Farzam Fallah, head pastry chef at Toronto’s Richmond Station. “I spend more time here than in my own house.”   It’s Sunday afternoon; […]

Tobacco, Turmeric and Twizzlers

1 Aug

At 22 years old, pastry chef Farzam Fallah is already making a name for himself thanks to the weird and wonderful desserts he creates at Richmond Station, in Toronto. I met with him recently on his day off to watch […]

First Canada Day as a Canadian

1 Jul

I’m standing in a room with about 100 people. A couple elementary-school boy are weaving in and out the crowd, wearing embroidered gold satin waistcoats, baggy pants and kufi hats; a baby girl sits on her suited up dad’s lap […]

Terroir Symposium 2014

6 May

Each year, Terroir Symposium attracts some of the world’s best chefs and thinkers to come to Canada and present their most brilliant ideas, and it puts our food culture on the map, by showing those international guests what we’ve got to offer right here.

Jungle Adventures in Belize

12 Apr

This morning I was excited to see my travel story on Belcampo Lodge, Belize, in the National Post. It was an especially hard one to write: I met so many special people and experienced so many new things there, that […]