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Crêpes morph and evolve

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Crêpes morph and evolve

  Who doesn’t like crêpes? When in doubt over what to serve, you can always turn to crêpes. Although many see them as a special treat for breakfast (and so they are), they may be creatively introduced into virtually any part of a menu. Crêpes Suzette set aflame with brandy can proudly lay claim to […]

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The big Pig War

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
The big Pig War

The boundary between Canada and the United States was a matter of dispute between 1783 and 1872, when the issue was arbitrated by German Emperor Wilhelm I. The last portion of the boundary had been ambiguously determined by the Oregon Treaty of 1846, which extended the 49th parallel “to the middle of the channel which […]

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How Anglo-American diplomacy averted ‘world war’

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
How Anglo-American diplomacy averted ‘world war’

  As we begin to observe the bicentenary of the War of 1812, it’s hard to miss the importance of a passage on the very first page (the first of 958) in Amanda Foreman’s impressive new book A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (Random House of Canada, $40). One […]

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My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

My South Africa is the white man in his ML500 stopping to tow to a nearby petrol station the broken-down car of a young black mother and child stuck in traffic. It is the successful accountant who works for a global conglomerate and returns to Langa, the township he grew up in, to run Saturday […]

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Envoy’s Album

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

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The Irish residence: A home and a harp

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Irish residence: A home and a harp

Cars slow down at the busy intersection in the heart of Rockcliffe and people stop and stare. The object of their attention is the newly-renovated Irish embassy. Once a modest but stately home, it’s been renovated into a stunning 12,000-square-foot stone and brick behemoth. The residence has had quite a journey to get where it […]

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The art of pairing dairy and grapes

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of pairing dairy and grapes

Wine and cheese: At first, the pairing seems natural. Both are beautiful examples of nature and humanity working together. Both can express a time and place from whence they came, and both, perhaps a little less poetically, are the result of controlled spoilage. Unfortunately making the pairing pleasurable is not a simple task. With two […]

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The art of small bites

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of small bites

  Over the past decade, food and wine have become a serious part of many people’s lifestyle. Just take note of the number of new restaurants popping up, the myriad TV cooking shows and the expansion of high-end kitchen accessory and gourmet stores. With all these resources and sources of inspiration, entertaining at home may […]

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Win, lose or draw? Mythology of the War of 1812

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Win, lose or draw? Mythology of the War of 1812

Two hundred years after the War of 1812 began, the war, and the question of who won, remains lodged in the Canadian tendency toward cultural mythologizing. The war was fought between Great Britain and the United States and involved Upper and Lower Canada (today Ontario and the southern portion of Quebec, respectively) and many First […]

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The walls of the world: keeping in, keeping out

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The walls of the world: keeping in, keeping out

  Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books/MIT Press, US$25.95 cloth) is concerned with the role that walls — the Berlin Wall, for example, or the Israeli wall that winds through the West Bank — play in modern political discourse and economic thinking. She begins by quoting Paul Hirst, the late British political theorist. […]

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