Former TO dive bar overhauled..restores its roots from the Tavern Era Maple Leaf Tavern, Gerrard Street East, Toronto Taste & Travel Magazine caught up with Todd Morgan, Owner and Operations Director of the Maple Leaf Tavern in Toronto, as well as the PORT Restaurant in Port Hope. Article by Diane Penwill   Q Maple Leaf … Read more

Montreal’s new place to chill   Our cab pulls up in front of a decaying industrial building, our driver as confused as we are. Taxis still get lost in the South-West Borough, or Le Sud-Ouest, in spite of the area’s reputation as the new go-to part of the city. I spot a bright lime-green truck … Read more

Belcampo Lodge Belize – Rainforest Luxe

  Think staying at a jungle lodge in Belize means roughing it? Think again. This boutique lodge, perched on 12,000 acres of pristine Maya rainforest, with 3,000 acres of its own coffee, sugarcane and cacao plantations, organic farm and rum distillery, redefines the meaning of luxury. At Belcampo Lodge, in southern Belize’s Toledo District, breathtaking … Read more

Dishing up local  THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE INN, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

The latest from the Drake team (CEO Jeff Stober (Drake Hotel and Drake One Fifty Toronto), chef Matt DeMille and innkeepers Chris and Jessica Loane), the new “Drake by the lake” in Wellington, on the shores of Lake Ontario, is a modern take on a classic inn, housed in what was originally a 19th century … Read more

Spirit of Belizean town revealed in its handpainted signs

                                                     

Sideways in Toronto – an interview with Gray Hartley of the Hitching Post Winery in California

Article to appear  in Taste & Travel International in January 2015   Sideways in Toronto – an interview with Gray Hartley   Diane caught up with Gray Hartley, co-owner and winemaker at Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery, at the California Legends Wine Fair in Toronto. The Hitching Post, located in the Santa Ynez Valley of California’s … Read more

From the creators of Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, the Boiler House and Archeo and in the Boiler House space, comes the Mexican-inspired El Catrin restaurant. Spectacular design, inside and out, is an homage to the Mexican cantina. The vivid floor-to-ceiling mural by Mexican street artist, Oscar Flores, is a dramatic backdrop for the … Read more

Movable Feast East of the Adriatic – eating and drinking in Croatia’s next hot spot

Article appeared in Taste & Travel International Spring 2013 Edition  – We nervously keep our distance as the cellar master at Stari Puntijar Restaurant in Zagreb demonstrates how to open a champagne bottle using an antique sabre – a preprandial flourish I’ll likely not pull out at my next dinner party. He removes the foil, … Read more

40,000 people can’t be wrong – no Megaquarry!