Article appeared in the Winter 2018 Issue of Taste & Travel International Magazine A Culinary and Artisanal Oasis in the Sonoran desert Phoenix, Arizona As twilight deepens into dusk, I follow the Phoenicians into the desert. Music in the distance beckons us and thousands of tiny, twinkling lights illuminate a ghostly panorama of saguaro and … Read more Article appeared in the Globe and Mail Phoenix is Rising From the Ashes Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan Phoenix, aptly nicknamed “The Valley of the Sun,” has been experiencing an urban revival. The moniker was coined in the 1930’s to boost the first wave of tourism and the name stuck. A building boom in the 1990’s … Read more

Article published on Montreal’s Culinary Festival turns Five MTL à TABLE 2016 – Nov 3rd to 13th Montreal, Quebec   By Diane Penwill   MTL à TABLE, Montreal’s annual culinary festival, has 150 restaurants participating this year (22 new ones) and crosses 12 neighbourhoods. Districts that have become recognized for food in recent years, … Read more

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

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


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