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The sea, sun and culture abound in Croatia

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
The sea, sun and culture abound in Croatia

When people ask me how much time they should spend in Croatia, usually my answer is two to three weeks. You might ask why so much time for such a small country — Croatia is about the same size as Nova Scotia, with a population similar to that of Alberta, at 4.2 million. The reason […]

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Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

A guest book, along with official photos and other trappings of a diplomatic residence, are all there. But there are also ducks — in profusion. One, a carved, joyously coloured fellow, nestles on a stair. Another is a handsome metallic specimen from Egypt; with several colleagues, he commands the dining room’s wooden mantel. There are […]

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Marrying wine with food from non-wine cultures

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Marrying wine with food from non-wine cultures

As their palates develop and knowledge grows, wine drinkers aren’t always content to drink the same wine with whatever they eat. A few start to dabble in the sometimes-elusive joy of food and wine pairing. Others jump right in. They search for a perfect combination; one in which the combined sensory pleasure of the two […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2018

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Spring 2018

                                                                     

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Egypt’s ancient foods endure

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Egypt’s ancient foods endure

Since the beginning of civilization, a major influence on Egypt’s food history has been the River Nile. Archeologists have revealed through rock drawings that when the Sahara Desert was a green and fertile savannah, nomads hunted wildlife and herdsmen raised cattle in the western desert as early as 8000 BC. For 4,000 years, the way […]

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The ravaged refugees who flee

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
The ravaged refugees who flee

In August 2014, ISIS militants ordered Yazidi villagers from Kocho — a rural farming community in northern Iraq — to march in the sweltering heat to its only school. Women waited on the upper level of the school while men were assembled outside. Those who refused to convert to Islam were shot. From inside the […]

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Hungary’s richly spiced international cuisine

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Hungary’s richly spiced international cuisine

Understanding the cuisine of Hungary, a landlocked country in central Europe, requires a look back at its history. Although it’s been the territory of the Romans, Celts, Vandals, Huns and Avars at one time or another over the centuries, the first true inhabitants of present-day Hungary where the Magyars — nomads who presumably originated east […]

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Vietnam ‘snow job,’ Lawrence of Arabia and Pol Pot

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vietnam ‘snow job,’ Lawrence of Arabia and Pol Pot

At about the midway point between Pearl Harbor and the collapse of the Twin Towers, the United States was the victim of another giant surprise attack. The pummelling assault on Hué, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, close to the sea, south of the Demilitarized Zone, was the work of communist Viet Cong guerrillas and […]

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Indonesia: A world of wonder waiting for you

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Indonesia: A world of wonder waiting for you

When you work hard, you need to play harder. So why not recharge your batteries by travelling to Indonesia? It’s a place to relax your mind, reset your psyche and reconnect with your inner self. Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world; it will take you 37 years if you visit one island a […]

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For the love of the salmon

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
For the love of the salmon

In the Rideau Club’s windowed room overlooking Parliament Hill, a sold-out crowd of 150, from business people and sports fishermen to ambassadors, ate mounds of land-based farmed smoked salmon, enjoyed fine dining and were captivated by the comically effective auctioneering skills of Rock Fournier. The Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 21st Annual Fall Run Dinner and fundraiser […]

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