Rows of grape trees planted at Konzelmann Vineyard

Herbert Konzelmann was in quite a predicament when he took over the reins of his great-grandfather’s German vineyard in the late 1950’s. It was around the same time that Germany’s population was in full growth and land was scarce. Unable to acquire the acreage he needed to expand, Herbert tookContinue Reading

The Azure Window (Daenerys and Drogo’s wedding)

Malta, Gozo and Comino are the only inhabited islands in the Republic of Malta, famous for its handmade lace, baroque churches and deep-sea diving. This tiny archipelago is home to an impressive nine UNESCO world heritage sites, and draws influences from having been ruled by the Romans, the Argonese and the FrenchContinue Reading

Red wine braised lamb shank

It does not surprise me that AG Inspired Cuisine appears in OpenTable Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada. “The Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada represent the establishments where creativity, consistency, and hospitality meet at every meal, every day. The list of honourees is based on an analysis of more than 275,000Continue Reading

A mexican dish called enchiladas pachucas. Enchiladas Pachuca — slow roasted lamb, tomato & chipotle salsa, sour cream, panela (unrefined whole cane sugar), cilantro, served with a friend egg on the side.

I’m very grateful for the variety of restaurants in the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA. There are times when my gastronomic palate demands the distinct flavours of Latin American cuisine — that’s when it pays to live within walking distance of Milagro Cantina, located at 3187 Yonge Street. When Mexico City-born brothers ArturoContinue Reading

A photo of the outisde of BrannCliff Inn Bed and Breakfast

In a perfect world, the term “hidden gem” would be set aside exclusively for gems as wonderful as BranCliff Inn. This elegant Georgian manor is tucked away on Platoff Street, in the National Historic District of Old Town. Beautiful enough to look at from the outside, the real joy startsContinue Reading

Inside one of the cellars of Ravine Vineyard

Considered one of the most historically significant farmhouses in the region, Ravine Vineyard is a grape-bearing property steeped in Canadian heritage. The farm is known to be one of the first commercial grape vineyards in the area with 500 vines planted in 1869. Proprietor Paul Harber has done an excellentContinue Reading

Front lobby of the Miraj Hamma Spa by Claudalie Paris

Synonymous with sophistication, the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is notorious for creating extraordinary luxury experiences in the heart of downtown Toronto. This stylish hotel is home to a relaxing oasis boasting all the amenities needed for a rejuvenating treatment. Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris is situated on the fifth floorContinue Reading

Photo of the Gran Teatro de La Habana and people crossing the street in front of it on a sunny day

If you’re traveling to Cuba as a Canadian there’s very little planning involved, but if you’re traveling as an American there are a few things you need to consider before planning your trip. Basically speaking, tourism from the United States to Cuba is stilled banned. “You can’t go to Cuba toContinue Reading

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing at Roy Thomson Hall

Yet again Toronto has been ranked the best city to live in the world by the Economist. A unique creative spirit thrives in cosmopolitan Toronto. World-renowned festivals, events and spaces celebrate the arts, theatre and the city’s heritage. All set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and inspired by Toronto’s eclecticContinue Reading

A dish containing Baby back ribs with grilled shrimp on a bamboo skewer.

Located at 3438 Yonge Street (between York Mills Rd. and Lawrence Avenue) Wildfire Stakehouse and Wine Bar has a passion for great food, an expansive wine list, and good service. Their dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients. The ambiance is casual to fine dining with great decor all around including cherry-redContinue Reading