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Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

A 150th anniversary is a good reason to take pride in Canada’s accomplishments and we have much to toast when it comes to our wines. Compared to some other New World countries, wine had a difficult start in this country. Early attempts by European settlers to cultivate their own vines typically failed due to the […]

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Peru’s complex culinary evolution

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Peru’s complex culinary evolution

Peru, situated on the west coast of South America, sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, boasts a rich multicultural cuisine combining the flavours of four continents. Dating back to pre-Inca times, an ever-evolving Peruvian cuisine has shown unique tolerance and assimilation of those cuisines introduced by immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. […]

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A big secret that everybody knows

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A big secret that everybody knows

I have a framed poster on my wall at home that illustrates 14 different types of small explosive devices. The same poster is found in nearly every elementary schoolroom in Laos (and Cambodia, too) where it’s intended to teach the little ones to refrain from, for instance, playing with landmines. My copy hangs above the […]

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Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

Set behind the former Iron Curtain that divided Europe for 40 years sits Slovakia, a country whose modern history only began in 1993. That year marked the  “Velvet Divorce,” a peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Slovaks inherited a land of extraordinary natural beauty, where fertile plains in the south rise to Alpine mountains in the north. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

                                                 

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Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

That the Islamic world has long produced stunning carpets isn’t exactly breaking news. Indeed, discerning Europeans were scooping up fine specimens as early as the 14th Century. But what tickles Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan are the occasional irregularities in carpets such as the deep red one that adds warmth and texture to the […]

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Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

It’s quite natural for those who enjoy wine to develop some nesting tendencies. Things start off innocently enough, with a glass of wine when out and about, or perhaps a bottle bought to be enjoyed at home. Then, some hoarding begins. Whether it’s stashing a few bottles in the closet or building a designer wine […]

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Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

In the beginning, Madagascar was physically part of Africa, as were the islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. Some 165 million years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake set Madagascar free on a 45-million-year 400-kilometre northeastern journey to its current location. For millions of years, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, has been teeming […]

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Auto Draft

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Auto Draft

When the yoga instructor says “Go to your happy place,” I go to Shanghai in the 1930s. I’m not being facetious. In the years between the two world wars, Shanghai had an abundance of a priceless commodity that the world finds in such short supply today: freedom. I’ve spent much of my life looking for […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

                                                                 

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