Our wine scribe Jim Walker’s 60th birthday was fast approaching and his wife Hélène wanted to know how he wanted to celebrate it. “How about with a bunch of close friends in Provence,” he suggested somewhat facetiously. “If anyone would come,” he added. So Hélène got the word out and low and behold everyone thought it was a grand idea. And that was how a long, thoroughly enjoyable association with Beatrice Navarre and her bastide near Châteauneuf du Pape began.Continue reading “THAT BASTIDE NEAR CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE”
SUPER-YACHTING ISN’T JUST FOR THE SUPER-RICH
The mega-rich can afford to build their own super-yachts and fill them with expensive toys. And more are doing so than ever before. But for those who don’t have $50 million to spare, there’s always the option of chartering someone else’s yacht, or cruising aboard a small luxury vessel that just feels like one.Continue reading “SUPER-YACHTING ISN’T JUST FOR THE SUPER-RICH”
ON THE SUBJECT OF SUPPER
In Toronto, we’ve been invited for “drinks and a light supper” by a dear friend. We know who the other guests will be, a charming couple we’ve known casually and bumped in to at various occasions over the years, so there’s no minefield on the people side. But what will we be served? That’s the big question.Continue reading “ON THE SUBJECT OF SUPPER”
PATIO SEASON AGAIN. HURRAH!
On our first few outings when lockdown allowed us to dine on outdoor patios in Toronto, we went for our favourite ethnic comfort foods: Italian, Greek, English and Italian again, where the sweet scent of basil flavours everything.Continue reading “PATIO SEASON AGAIN. HURRAH!”