Brownville, Nebraska – A Piece of American History

Mark di Suvero's unusual sculpture is a perfect reflection of the whimsy and history inside the Flatwater Folk Art Museum in Brownville, NE

Mark di Suvero’s unusual sculpture is a perfect reflection of the whimsy and history inside the Flatwater Folk Art Museum in Brownville, NE

Brownville, Nebraska has 10 museums.

Now this might not seem odd, but what makes it odd is that this small hamlet has a population of 142. That’s one museum for every 14 residents! Continue reading

Mezcal – the New Cognac?

Mezcal comes with worms, scorpions, in various flavours, simple aged mezcal is a smooth surprise.

Mezcal comes with worms, scorpions, in various flavours, simple aged mezcal is a smooth surprise.

Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también.” (For all ills, mezcal; and when all is well too)

Most countries have their panacea and their toasting beverage. In Scotland, one drinks Scotch. In Cuba, it’s rum. In Mexico, it’s tequila – or is it?

In the Southern state of Oaxaca, it’s mezcal. Continue reading

Surprising Toronto

Toronto's spectacular skyline seen from the deck of the Oriole.

Toronto’s spectacular skyline seen from the deck of the Oriole.

Ask me how to spend a day in Toronto and I’d probably direct you to the Royal Ontario Museum, or the Ontario Science Centre, or the Art Gallery of Ontario. But I spent a day almost entirely outdoors doing some really cool things, all in the GTA. Continue reading

To Market, To Market – Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv market Carmel spice merchant

Shlomo is a happy man. He serves me a strong cup of his own roasted coffee. His grandfather, a Yemenite immigrant in the early 1900s, started this little roastery in Carmel Market. But Shlomo is likely to be the last of his family to roast and sell coffee.

Tel Aviv Markets Schlomo Continue reading

This is How Canadians Do Winter!

The lake is frozen but the welcome is warm at Viamede Resort.

The lake is frozen but the welcome is warm at Viamede Resort.

Let’s face it. Winter in Canada is all about the cold. There’s nothing growing in the garden, the lakes are frozen, and the gloves are on. But Canadians know how to make the best of winter. Continue reading