Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan (March or April in Gregorian calendar); the first month of the Hebrew calendar’s festival year according to the Hebrew Bible. These holy days and festivals commemorate the biblical event of the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt.
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If we are what we eat, we should be able to extrapolate a lot about a culture from its cuisine. Such is the idea behind Asian Foodprints 2010, the international conference focusing on Japanese food and beverages, to be held March 5 by the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute.
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MoRoCo is an acronym for owner Kelly Kimel’s labours of love: her two children and…cocoa. Once an art gallery; MoRoCo is an elegant, French inspired lounge in which every nuance, every accoutrement, has been lovingly created with no expense spared. A fondue of joie de vivre.
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It’s there in Black and White. Lunching with names in the movie-tone news at a chic beach front restaurant on the Croisette in Cannes, I ask the waiter in my best high school French for fresh black pepper for my Salade Nicoise. “You want black pepper,” he snarls, “go to Africa.” Still, he grudgingly brings an ancient pepper mill.
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