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 —


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 —

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 —


World’s Best Chili Recipe

There is nothing better than coming across a recipe that is easy to execute, made up of accessible ingredients and turns out to be The Best X You've Ever Had. Well, for anyone who likes a warm bowl of spicy chili on a crisp autumn night, here it is. — Read More —

Your Fall “Reading” List

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile. — Read More —

The Summer That Was

Another summer has come and gone. Next week on September 23rd, the season officially fades to fall. It was a memorable one for me. There was cottage time, endless sunshine and not enough rain. There were road trips, plane trips and a few good parties. I mastered the charcoal grill, named the Aperol Spritz my summer drink, ran an 8km race, ran a half marathon and went on hike after hike after hike. I saw live music, threw the ball with Lola the dog, played in the sprinkler with my nieces and turned lemons into lemonade. Here is my summer in pics... — Read More —


Peach Pie To Die For

I'm all about cooking with what's in season. Not because I'm a food snob - au contraire. When in season, ingredients are easier to find and taste infinitely better than those that have been shipped from a far away land. I'm referring mostly to fruits and vegetables here. Cooking with local produce makes my life easier and makes me look better as a cook! Flavours are deeper and more intense. Fruit is juicier. At the moment, I'm all about peaches. — Read More —
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Down In Front! Rock Concert Etiquette

This was the view from my second row seat at the Dave Matthews Band concert this week in Vancouver. You would think that with such excellent positioning I'd be able to catch more than just a glimpse of Dave himself. Instead I got a different kind of show. And sadly, these two just didn't do it for me. — Read More —

Lessons In Empathy

When something significant happens in my life, I go to any one of my three sisters to share, ask for advice or vent. The nature of the subject matter determines who I reach out to; like if I score a designer sweater on sale or I need to talk for hours (maybe days) about that person who wronged me, I go to the ever-patient fashion-loving Amy.  Then when I need a behavioural analysis that holds nothing back, its straight to the psycho analyst Lisa. — Read More —