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Dining with a group is better for our health, so why is everybody eating alone?

Recently, I was watching Instagram stories while preparing a meal from Chef’s Plate, a food-delivery service that ships recipes and premeasured ingredients to customers’ front doors. As the videos scrolled by, I saw that two other friends were also in the midst of putting together their own Chef’s Plate meals. That is, we were all about […]

Something’s brewing: Canada warms up to the luxury tea market

On an early December evening in Vancouver, hundreds donned sparkles and suits to walk a red carpet downtown despite the unusually snowy weather. Supermodel Coco Rocha was a guest of honour and posed with party patrons, as well as with the event’s hosts, Taha Bouqdib and Maranda Barnes. The couple had invited the crowd to […]

Fit to print: why shoppers still gravitate to the printed page

Legend has it that after the Bible, the second-most popular book found in homes around the world is the Ikea catalogue. This year, between Aug. 14 and Aug. 25, Ikea will distribute almost 7 million copies of its latest volume in Canada alone. The Sweden-based furniture retailer’s catalogue has been around since 1951, when the […]

Our chairs are killing us, but that’s just the start. Why it’s time to re-think the entire office

There is a workplace where employees can drop off dry cleaning onsite and chat with an in-house doctor before arriving at their desks. Low on cash, they can hit the ATM on the way to the onsite convenience store, or go to the gym for a mid-morning break. There’s no cafeteria here, not in the […]

Photo by Kevin Van Paassen / The Globe & Mail

I hate food: A look at the chemistry behind the crave (or lack thereof)

While I have been known to take the odd photograph of a dish at dinner, and occasionally eat at the most au courant of restaurants, I would never describe myself as a foodie. I’ve had the same breakfast every day for the past 10 years: a glass of green sludge (a powdered supplement mixed with water […]

Photo by Alex Fradkin

Zita Cobb, founder of Fogo Island Inn, on conquering the unknown

Zita Cobb is not afraid of the unknown. At the age of 16, she left her home in Newfoundland to attend Ottawa’s Carleton University. After graduating, she and a friend bought a van and drove it around North America, “anywhere there was a road,” she says, for six months until the vehicle eventually died in […]

Travel agents haven’t been replaced by the Internet — in fact they’re more in demand than ever

Part of the joy of watching the television show The Americans, which is set in the early 1980s, is marvelling at the fashion, design and accoutrement that now are, if not defunct, then at least retro (and not in a chic way). Big hair, shoulder pads, station wagons. The two main characters even own a […]

A trip to Veneto — Prosecco’s home — shows why the fizzy drink is an easy favourite

Acqua di Vita is the name of a grappa in Bottega distillery’s product line, but it could — nay, should — be another name for its Prosecco, or for Prosecco in general. The bubbly is a lifeline for vineyards in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, hectares of steep hillsides blooming with glera grapes every […]