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A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

When deciding to bring his love affair with wood into his home, lumber baron Robert L. Blackburn clearly realized that some discretion was in order. Blackburn built the stately hilltop mansion on chemin d’Aylmer in Gatineau next to the tony Royal Ottawa Golf Club in 1924. It has been the official residence of the Italian […]

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Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Beaujolais: Bold, beautiful and budget-friendly

Beaujolais gets a bad rap. For years, consumers have come to associate the region with the cheap, one-dimensional Beaujolais Nouveau that hits the shelves at the LCBO on the third Thursday of each November. These wines can be fun, but they’re largely responsible for type-casting Beaujolais as a region that makes playful, but not serious, […]

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Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

Howie Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy took seven years to make, and it could not have been made at all not so many years before. “The software and hardware limitations from 10 to 20 years ago would not allow the work to exist,” Tsui says. Go further back and the “mou hap” that is at the […]

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Spring recipes that will dazzle

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Spring recipes that will dazzle

In this issue, as we face a well-deserved spring, I feature recipes that always delight guests with the simple complexity of ingredients that strategically play off one another in terms of flavours, textures and even colours. The appetizer and dessert recipes can also be modified to become cocktail party favourites. Macadamia, Shrimp and Avocado Timbales […]

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The real business of Beijing

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
The real business of Beijing

In 2017, Australia’s top defence official declared publicly that China was engaged in widespread espionage in his country. Soon after, Australia’s national security agency warned Parliament that the Chinese Communist Party’s actions directly threatened the nation’s sovereignty. The agency’s head said foreign interference had “the potential to cause serious harm to the nation’s sovereignty, the […]

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Germany: History, culture and cuisine

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Germany: History, culture and cuisine

Every year, nearly half a million Canadians visit Germany, a number that increased by 8.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017 alone — and for good reason. Even though it is only about the size of Newfoundland and Labrador, Germany offers an amazing array of natural and cultural landscapes — from enchanted forests and rugged mountain […]

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No excuse for cocooning this winter

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
No excuse for cocooning this winter

It’s January, and the cold stuff will be with us for awhile. You could head south — and maybe you will — but why not get out and relish an Ottawa winter? It’s bracing, sometimes breathtakingly gorgeous and always a reminder that life offers unending variety. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some cool […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2019

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2019

                                                                   

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Brazilian couple makes a house their home

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Brazilian couple makes a house their home

It’s a big house. The official residence of Brazilian Ambassador Denis Fontes de Souza Pinto and his wife, Maria do Carmo de Moura Rocha de Souza Pinto, commands the property at 400 Wilbrod St. in Sandy Hill. Showing many characteristics of the Tudor Revival style, the home features towering chimneys, a splash of bay, gabled and […]

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Rethinking California wine

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Rethinking California wine

I like to think about California wines as belonging to one of three different categories. Some wines might fit into more than one category or none at all, but for the sake of this column, let’s say there are the modernists, the traditionalists and the avant-garde. As a sommelier, when guests at my restaurant tell […]

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