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A monumental residential balancing act

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
A monumental residential balancing act

The trick to designing a monumental home is to avoid overwhelming those who live and visit there. Prominent Ottawa architect Allan Keefer achieved that delicate balance almost a century ago when he designed Waterstone, acquired by the Japanese government as its official ambassadorial residence in 1958. It is currently home to Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane and […]

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They make wine in Quebec?

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
They make wine in Quebec?

Yes, they make wine in Quebec — and in a few cases, some of my favourite wines in the country. Historically, due to the brutal winters, producers in the province mainly planted hybrid grape varietals (grapes developed in a lab to be able to withstand colder temperatures), which can certainly make tasty wines, but rarely […]

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Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

Japan and its history — at home and in Canada — star in Ottawa’s fall calendar of art, with three exhibitions at two institutions. War, and its abettor xenophobia, will cast a shadow over all. The largest of three exhibitions will be Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography, which opens Oct. 11 at the National Gallery of […]

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Cooling down: Warming recipes for autumn

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Cooling down: Warming recipes for autumn

With fall upon us, we must take advantage of the last garden-fresh produce, herbs and edible flowers. There are also several special occasions for family and friends to gather together, particularly as the holiday season approaches. My Salmon-Crowned Crêpes, versatile Stuffed Fresh Pears and Lobster in White Wine Shallot Cream Sauce will offer much satisfaction […]

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Chernobyl’s untold story

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Chernobyl’s untold story

Midnight at Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster By Adam Higginbotham 561 pages Simon & Schuster, 2019 eBook $14.99 Hardcover: $29.95 Paperback: $18.00 Audio download $23.99   On the night of April 26, 1986, a young engineer, Leonid Toptunov, working in the control room of Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear […]

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The United Arab Emirates: Something for everyone

The United Arab Emirates: Something for everyone

Whether you are a luxury traveller looking to relax on pristine beaches or spend time shopping in the world’s most glamorous malls, an adventure seeker looking to journey by camel over golden sand dunes or ride on the longest zipline, or someone looking for an entertaining family-friendly vacation with some of the largest waterslide and […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2019

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2019

                                                               

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Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

The odds are good you’ve never seen a dumb waiter quite like the one in the Sandy Hill residence of Sri Lankan High Commissioner Madukande Asoka Kumara Girihagama. In fact, at first glance, you might mistake the wood-panelled beauty concealed behind a white interior door as an elevator for short people who don’t suffer from […]

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Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Champagne: Why smaller producers are worth a try

When we hear “Champagne,” our minds tend to conjure up images of opulence and prestige. Years of brilliant marketing on the part of Champagne producers have resulted in an instant association between the region and a few major brands — Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and Pol Roger, to name a few. The […]

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New views of 19th-Century icons

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
New views of 19th-Century icons

The National Gallery of Canada has intriguing looks at two 19th-Century icons of modern culture, the artist Paul Gauguin and writer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Gauguin is one of the world’s best-known artists, so it’s incredible that any aspect of his work has not been studied, studied and restudied. Yet Gauguin: Portraits is the first exhibition anywhere […]

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