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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2017

 

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The castle Birkett built

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The castle Birkett built

We’ve all seen and heard of famous castles — Windsor Castle, Prague Castle, Mont Saint Michel, Ludwig’s (Mad Max’s) Castle in Bavaria. Exotic locations, fantastic designs, tourist destinations. And then there is Birkett’s Castle. Whose, you ask? Birkett’s? Where would that be? Try downtown Ottawa. Ask around about Thomas Birkett, a former mayor of Ottawa […]

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Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Winning Rieslings from Canada and beyond

If wine grapes were people, Riesling would have a large and crazy family. The personalities on one side would be sweet and affectionate, the other dry and austere. In between, there would be all sorts that are combinations of the two, but all would have their own sense of balance, poise and focus. And they […]

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Vietnam’s complex cuisine

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vietnam’s complex cuisine

Vietnam, a long, narrow country, lies south of China, east of Laos and Cambodia and west of the South China Sea. The Vietnamese trace their origins back more than 4,000 years to the Red River Delta around Hanoi where area farmers became renowned for their rice cultivation. Beginning in the Second Century BC, the Vietnamese […]

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Russia’s revolutionary ideas

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Russia’s revolutionary ideas

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year and on the other side of the world perhaps the most profound such observance right now is the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Several important new books on the subject are being published. All of them struggle, some more successfully than others, to explain the […]

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A breathtaking journey through Austria

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A breathtaking journey through Austria

I am often asked by my Canadian friends what one should see in Austria and I usually don’t quite know where to start, as there is simply too much on offer. Austria is a country that waltzes effortlessly between its vibrant outdoors and its historic city centres. From fine arts and music to magnificent palaces […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

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An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

lf you wander into the residence of Czech Ambassador Pavel Hrncir in tony Rockcliffe, you might think you are in the wrong place. In an area known for its baronial manor houses, this house has none of the typical stucco and stone exteriors, no stone columns, no wrought-iron balconies and no circular driveway. Inside you […]

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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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