Postcards From Cayman Islands

It seemed like a good idea at the time. A winter getaway with a few friends and colleagues on the idyllic island of Grand Cayman. And that’s how it all happened. Eric Rippert, owner and chef of the renowned Le Bernardin restaurant in New York, and Blue Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Grand Cayman, sent an invitation that almost read like a command performance. Continue reading “Postcards From Cayman Islands”

World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction

SOLD!!! For $8,800,000.

A steal at the price, this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, goes to the highest bidder at the RM Auctions at the Arizona Biltmore. It sets a new record at the 2014 auction week, Jan. 16 – 20. Many million $$ change hands, but Ferrari’s seem to be the darlings of the sale. At the Gooding & Co. Auction, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet sells for $6.16 million. At Bonham’s, a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe goes for $3.19 million. Continue reading “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction”

Mie, Japan

Through all my years traveling in Japan I have never before encountered such a variety of diverse niches as in this forest region called Mie. From the ancient birthplace of the Shinto faith to the feudal training ground of Ninja mercenaries; from the raising of the prized Matsuzaka cows to the cultivation of Mikimoto pearls; my journey through Mie was an extraordinary mecca of tastes and experiences.
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Classic Chianti

Driving in Italy requires a fearless attitude and a great degree of skill. Fortunately, we have connected with a gladiator of the highway, Simone Baldanzi, of Chianti Drivers. Through rainstorms that flooded the roads, along hairpin curves around cliffs, he remains cheerful, informative and cooperative. And as a bonus, his car radio is equipped with WiFi.
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Where To DINE Now: Cactus Club Café

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

Yes, it is a chain, but one that has seriously pushed chefs and restaurateurs to elevate their dining experience with creative menus, responsible and ethical dining concepts and service. When celebrated Chef Rob Feenie joined the Cactus Club Café in Vancouver, we took notice. Now he has exploded onto Toronto’s downtown dining out scene. From Day One it has been a going concern. Even it’s long construction generated buzz. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Cactus Club Café”

Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge

Looking through the window of the Orca Airways plane leaves us in awe of the grandeur of nature. One million visitors make their way to the tranquil community of Tofino every year. It is part of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Your camera is your best friend in this dramatic and pristine landscape. Our destination is the Wickaninnish Inn on Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach. Continue reading “Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge”

Discovering Napoli

Early morning and we are on our way. On the high speed Frecciarossa train to Naples, the conductor informs us that we have not entered our travel details into our pre-purchased tickets, and are fined 50 Euros. I am a confused, blonde, Canadian journalist and don’t understand. He negates the fine and I agree to be complimentary about the cooperative Italian Rail System and its charming conductors. Continue reading “Discovering Napoli”

Hawaiian Love Song

Love is in the air. It is in the perfumed breeze that hints of tuberose, orchid and exotic island flowers. It is in the ocean that laps at the shore, where the pristine sand is disturbed only by the occasional tracks of birds. It is in the breathtaking orange and magenta sunset that sinks quickly into the sea to make way for a full moon that hangs above the tops of towering palm trees. It is in the undersea world of brightly coloured fish and ancient coral reefs. It lives here, in Maui, the Magic Island. Continue reading “Hawaiian Love Song”