Dining

Icons, hidden gems, cucina typica.

The notion that Italy is a land of many highly specific cuisines is demonstrably true, even if you only have a few days to explore. On a recent visit, we had many opportunities to experience this first-hand, and are pleased to share some of these “don’t miss them if you’re there” restaurants.

Style

The bag.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie’s travel totes, briefcases, and bags by Byron and Dexter Peart have never been expressly for men; however, the designs do lean toward the masculine. Finally, the wait is over. This fall, the Peart brothers have launched their inaugural women’s collection.

Travel

Gone to Greenspond.

The fishing community of Greenspond with a population of roughly 400 is an ideal setting for learning about Newfoundland’s longstanding culture. Located south of Fogo Island, this tiny isle is one of the oldest outposts in Canada.

Culture

Giving back.

As Djavad Mowafaghian’s success grew, so did his generosity. In 2003, he established the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation in Vancouver, and to date it has donated or committed more than $48-million to various charities in Greater Vancouver.

Dining

From farm to table.

Located 30 minutes out of Seattle, tucked away in the winery enclave of picturesque Woodinville, Washington, the Herbfarm is perennially rated one of the top restaurants in the United States.

Arts

The dreamer.

Earnestness may have suffered an untimely death with the advent of the online age, but you’d never know it from talking to the Broken Social Scene frontman.

Design

Knock on wood.

From small scale interiors to full scale civic and institutional buildings, architect Michael Green is splintering conventions with simple but profound ideas from the way design is taught in schools to the materials from which we build our world.

Dining

Casual fare.

A handful of recent arrivals underscore a more laid-back but also re-energized Vancouver dining culture that started with small plates and blossomed under more relaxed licensing laws.

Arts

Inside the court of China's emperors.

For half a millennium, the Forbidden City, the largest enclosed palace complex in the world, was inaccessible to the public. What lay beyond the vermillion walls, nearly eight metres high, could only be imagined.

Arts

Three galleries to visit.

Salt Spring Island’s reputation as a centre for the arts has been earned by the growing number of artists and studios that have emerged from the gulf island and the impressive list of artists who show their work there.

Dining

Recipe.

Brugal has been made in the Dominican Republic since 1888, and the dry, cask-aged spirit is well-suited to a wide range of cocktails not often associated with rum.

Culture

The upside of getting lost.

I was just reading an article about obsolete technology. Number one on the list: folding maps. Apparently they’re as passé as buggy whips. But I just did a 9000 kilometre trip using folding map technology.

Transportation

Kids have the race of their lives.

Every year for the past 13 years, Franco Corona has taken many hours of his free time to put together a fundraising event he calls the Friends of Ferrari. Ferrari does actually participate, donating actual racing attire (sized appropriately).