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Lessons Learned in 2015

It’s that time of year again when I like to think back on the months past, reflect, and hopefully extract meaning from my experiences. To quote Confucius, as I often like to do, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” — Read More —

Israel In Pictures

Now that I'm back from a week in Israel and (almost) recovered from the most severe jet lag of my life, I've had time to organize a few pictures. (It turns out one can accomplish a lot when awake from midnight onward.) Enjoy my album! — Read More —

A Shiksa Returns To Israel

Twenty years after my first visit, I have returned to Israel. In 1995 I was fresh out of journalism school and anxious to see the place I read so much about in the headlines. Then, as now, the reality is a far cry from what we see in the news. — Read More —

Viviscal Hair Supplements – Do They Work?

About eight months ago I read an article that mentioned Viviscal, a supplement designed to tackle the very same hair problems I have been plagued by – frequent breakage, loss and thinning hair. — Read More —


Raising Your Bar(cart)

I like to keep a well stocked bar. Not just for myself, but for my friends who seem to invite themselves over a lot. Which I love of course. I was born to entertain! And as we're soon heading into the official entertaining season, it's more important than ever to be at the ready. Here is everything you need to become a mixologist along with a few buying tips and recommendations. — Read More —

The New Starbucks

On a recent trip to Seattle I stumbled across the latest offering from that ubiquitous coffee chain that was born in this very city, Starbucks. If you find yourself looking for something to do while in The Emerald City and in need of a "coffee break", the Tasting Room is worth your time. And this from someone who doesn't drink much coffee. — Read More —

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Over the last 12-18 months I’ve been full-on SOOMCZ – stepping out of my comfort zone. Why do this, you ask? To paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You want something different? Do something different. — Read More —


Best New Restaurant(s) in Canada

En Route magazine has just announced the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada list for 2015. It's a good time to dine out in this great nation! (Full Disclosure: Kristina and I are happy to be part of the group of insiders across the country providing restaurant intelligence for this prestigious ranking.) — Read More —

Your Best Halloween Costume

Halloween is just two weeks away! If you still haven't figured out your costume (because you are dressing up, right?) read on for some ideas and guidance for ensuring you're the scariest monster on the street. — Read More —

Worth Every Penny

I love getting a good deal and don't believe that paying more necessarily gets you more.  I buy drugstore skin creams and hair products; love my Zara jeans and Old Navy tank tops and swear by generic cleaning products. — Read More —

Waste Not Want Not This Thanksgiving

As some readers already know, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. It's all about the food, drink and fun and without the stress of gift-giving. Plus it's a shorter season than Christmas, since we've got to move on to the Halloween season. (Which is the other most excellent day of the year.) — Read More —