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!    

Wisconsin Shines

More than 35 wineries, 600 cheeses, 6,000 lakes and the dazzling Cream City brick of Milwaukee. “After a visit to Italy, we decided to model our winery after a Tuscan villa,” Steve Johnson tells me.  A Tuscan winery in Wisconsin? Yes. Parallel 44, high on a hill, overlooking the vineyards in the glacial-etched valley of … Read more

A Chocolate and Culinary Celebration in the Birthplace of Cocoa

It’s the cusp of rainy season, in Belize’s rainiest and remotest southern region, Toledo. The keel-billed toucan sits on his painted perch high up in the rainforest canopy of the town’s clock tower mural. The national bird of Belize knows the tropics will soon be at their most tropical. Punta Gorda, Fat Point in Spanish Read more