8 Reasons Why Thunder Bay is the New Hot Getaway

Local is the new exotic. We want adventure with peace of mind. A world away in our own backyard, we’ve discovered Ontario’s exhilarating Northwestern hub of activity: Thunder Bay. Surprised? Take a look at this!

1. Get off the Beaten Path. This is an astonishing all-season destination of outdoor activities. Cradled between Lake Superior and the Canadian Shield are six Provincial Parks. We reach remote lodges by floatplane and then paddle through pristine parkland to get up-close and personal with Canadian wildlife. Fall colours are spectacular. Ouimet Canyon, among other parks, is wheelchair accessible. Hike through dramatic forests like Casque Isles Trail, or surf the waves of Terrace Bay. Views are breathtaking. Winter is a paradise for every sport, from fat biking in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park to snow kiting in Mission Island Marsh, and ice climbing in Silver Harbour to ice fishing in, well, anywhere. Continue reading “8 Reasons Why Thunder Bay is the New Hot Getaway”

Sara’s Dream Picks at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show

I can’t take my eyes off of this luxury, sports sedan beauty, making its premier appearance in Canada. The details on the doors handles, the grill, a few copper touches on chrome, but most of all the translucent porcelain finish. It looks like a custom car made lovingly in someone’s garage. Surprise—it’s a newly designed Hyundai. This hybrid concept has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The five finalists for the 2017 Luxury Car Awards in N.Y. in April include Genesis. And the car will come to you. Genesis At Home service brings a test vehicle to your home or office. (Genesis Motors Canada, 75 Frontenac Drive, Markham) Continue reading “Sara’s Dream Picks at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show”

When is a Nut Not a Nut?

We’re all nuts, and all nuts seem like nuts to me, but…when is a nut not a nut?
It depends on whether you’re using a culinary or botanical definition. Many nuts are referred to as such because they can be used as nuts in cooking. For example, a soy bean can be used as a nut, but we know it is not one.

Botanically speaking, the following nuts are not nuts: peanuts are seeds from legumes; almonds and pistachios are seeds from “drupes”; pine nuts are seeds from pine trees; cashews are seeds from “accessory fruits”; Brazil nuts are seeds from “capsules”; and macadamia nuts are actually kernels from “follicle” fruits. Continue reading “When is a Nut Not a Nut?”

Where To DINE Now: Lbs. Restaurant

A Tale of Two Palates: Sara Waxman and Adam Waxman dine-out in Toronto’s restaurant scene and share their views.

We love Atlantic lobster, and while the young co-founders of Lbs. Restaurant are not fishermen, they sure know their business. Co-founders Jonathan Gonsenhauser and Will Tomlinson, both wine professionals with impeccable credentials in hospitality, are reintroducing fine dining to Yonge Street one crustacean at a time. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Lbs. Restaurant”