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The wondrous world of white

| June 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
The wondrous world of white

The warm brilliant days of summer can inspire us to travel, explore and seek out new pleasures. Thanks to their freshness, vibrancy and plain deliciousness, white wines are a natural fit for the pleasures part. And, why not use wine to scratch the itch to travel or assuage the travel bug, too? Any given bottle […]

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The ultimate stacked dinner

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The ultimate stacked dinner

Just as our political, environmental and social worlds spin at an alarming rate, so too does the culinary world. While not underestimating the importance of global changes, the world of food has dramatically evolved on a number of fronts. In the past few years, organic, local and seasonal have become important buzz words often inspiring, […]

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God save the Queen — and other royal visitors

God save the Queen — and other royal visitors

This summer’s visit to Canada of Prince William and his bride, Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, continues a long tradition of royal visits to this country. That Canada was chosen as the destination for their first official visit as a couple reflects Canada’s importance within the Commonwealth — an importance that has made […]

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Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

There are times in The Fundamental Things Apply (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $39.95), Roy Mac­Laren’s memoir of his life in diplomacy, business and politics, when one is reminded of the Lanny Budd cycle by Upton Sinclair. This is a sequence of 11 novels in which the character Budd, an American diplomat, seems to bump into all […]

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Unique, romantic and affordable, Portugal beckons

| June 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Unique, romantic and affordable, Portugal beckons

One of the best reasons to visit Europe’s west coast is that Portugal offers some of the best value in Europe even in the midst of a challenging economy. My country is attracting visitors at a brisk pace not only because they get more for their money but mainly because they get a fresh and […]

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A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

“What role can singing play when a nation is faced with annihilation by its neighbours? Can culture hold a people together?” So asks The Singing Revolution, a documentary film made in 2006 by James and Maureen Trusty about how the tiny nation of Estonia ultimately sang itself free. To get to the essence of Estonia, […]

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Unleash the beasts: The season for big, decadent wines

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Unleash the beasts: The season for big, decadent wines

Every once in a while, a beast needs to come out. The beasts are those big, dense and decadent wines which sometimes gather and linger in wine collections waiting for their moment. What better time than now to enjoy their hedonistic thrill? Winter’s doldrums provide a great environment for appreciating their sinful irresistibility. For dry […]

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Envoy’s Album

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

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Icelandic home full of light and art

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Icelandic home full of light and art

Iceland Ambassador Sigridur Anna Thordardottir sometimes answers the phone herself in her small embassy office. With a staff of only two, her driver acts as the receptionist in between driving her to official functions. And this same relaxed atmosphere permeates her residence in the heart of the old village of Rockcliffe. This modern stone house’s […]

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A relaxed chic dinner

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
A relaxed chic dinner

This is the second article of six highlighting themes from my new cooking and lifestyle TV series, Margaret’s Table. Each theme guides viewers and Diplomat’s readers through practical entertaining options while always maintaining a sense of occasion. Home entertaining is on the rise. And when it comes to entertaining, it is important to be able […]

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