Category: Anne Away: published travel stories

  • Drinking in Healdsburg, California

    Drinking in Healdsburg, California

    Greener Grape Growing  

  • tasty lessons in Québec City

    tasty lessons in Québec City

    I’m at Café-Bar Artéfact in Auberge Saint-Antoine seated comfortably beside a cannonball. It’s of French manufacture, shot some 260 years ago from a small French cannon aimed, I would imagine, at the British.  Still embedded in the hunk of wood in which it was found, it relaxes next to a section of stonework that was […]

  • Portuguese Treats in Montreal

    Portuguese Treats in Montreal

    I moved into Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood in the autumn of 1985. My neighbours became friends and their generosity soon burdened/ blessed my fridge and pantry. Gifts from their gardens and grape vines, and bottles of their vicious homemade wines, made their way from their home to mine. I’d send over chocolate chip cookies, by […]

  • Food life in the Fez Medina

    Food life in the Fez Medina

    “There are, give or take, ten thousand lanes in there,” our Fez taxi driver tells us as we wait outside the Batha Gate for our hotel porter. “The narrow streets were built to be complicated. It made it more difficult for the invaders.” It’s no picnic for modern invaders either. Every map of the Fez […]

  • Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands

    Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands

    I had done a modicum of homework for my maiden braai. At least enough to know the word is pronounced ‘bry’ not ‘bray’; that I should bring my own contribution to the coals; and that if I wanted to fit in, it shouldn’t be veggie kabobs. Afrikaans for barbecue, a braai is integral to South […]

  • Summer Dinner Series at J.K. Farm

    Summer Dinner Series at J.K. Farm

    Jamie Kennedy sports two pins on his chef’s coat. They’re small, but they speak volumes about his Toronto career, his impact on Canadian gastronomy, and his dogged commitment to causes that make a difference. The first pin is the hexagonal snowflake worn by a Member of the Order of Canada. Kennedy has worn it since 2010. […]

  • A week in Prosecco country

    A week in Prosecco country

    November is a peaceful month to hang out in these pretty hills. The vines have been mostly put to bed, the leaves that still cling on have turned a golden colour, and if you look hard, you can find the odd Glera grape missed at harvest, shrivelled, shivering and tasting remarkably of its liquid self. […]

  • Local mission at Fairmont Banff Springs

    Local mission at Fairmont Banff Springs

    There’s something so ‘Canadian’ about sitting in a 19th century railway hotel, looking out over the splendid Bow Valley, tearing into naan fresh from a tandoor and scooping Alberta goat stewed with curry leaves, created by Indian-born, Austrian-trained, Vancouver chef Vikram Vij… (click on image to continue the story.)

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, True Fish

    One Fish, Two Fish, Good Fish, True Fish

    A story about Newfoundland cod, and about a collection of chefs who care deeply about sustainable fish