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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 […]

Khaled Hosseini on Afghanistan, goodwill and his latest book

“Everything you do for every human being counts.” Khaled Hosseini is talking about the message he’s trying to convey through his eponymous foundation, which provides humanitarian aid to people in Afghanistan, but he could also be referring to one of the themes in his new book, And the Mountains Echoed. It’s been 10 years since […]

Michael Obnowlenny

Michael Obnowlenny will soon be Canada’s first tea sommelier

Kyoto Cherry Rose is the flavour Michael Obnowlenny orders for afternoon tea at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel. While he can’t decide on a favourite, this is the one he prefers at this time of day. The mild green tea is pleasant, he says, “with what I call light, afternoon tastes.” True, most people have […]