Palate

From tram lines to epicurean designs.

While the horns no longer sound and the tracks no longer rattle under the weight of approaching streetcars, the tram depot in Amsterdam’s emerging Oud-West neighbourhood remains as busy today as it was a century ago.

From pint glass to shaker.

There’s a high probability that if you love beer, you’ll be sipping it in a cocktail very soon, if you haven’t already.

Sweet obsessions.

It was three years ago, on a beach in St. Lucia, when Jennifer Vaughan and her husband Dustin started brainstorming a new business. The Toronto-based couple looked at different food-industry models, eventually realizing that their city could use a gourmet doughnut shop, and Von Doughnuts was born.

The one and only.

The steep-cliffed, narrow winding roads of the island of Capri can make you feel like you are riding along in the back seat of Cary Grant’s coupe, Grace Kelly fussing with the picnic basket beside him.

Raw appeal.

What is it about an oyster that incites such passion? At any gathering where oysters are served raw and glistening on a bed of crushed ice, a crowd forms quickly, and onlookers lean in to watch the shucker unhinge each bivalve and slice loose the flesh while preserving the prized liquor.

Wines from coast to coast.

Canada isn’t as densely planted in vines as Italy, France, and Spain, but vineyards can be found from coast to coast. To the west are wineries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and on the eastern seaboard are a few in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, with many more in Nova Scotia

Always in fashion.

Wine and fashion. Operas and pasta. The Italians are globally famous for many, many things. Yet one of the world’s most recognizable Italian brands is not a fashion label or a wine producer. It’s a beer.

Rías Baixas and its albariño.

It’s a cliché that the wines and food from a particular region go well together. So the high-acid reds of northern Italy complement the many tomato-based dishes common there, while pinot noir from Bourgogne pairs nicely with coq au vin. Yet the principle doesn’t always work. Marlborough sauvignon blanc with New Zealand lamb? English sparkling wine with roast beef? But if you need a poster region for this wine and food matching principle, it might well be Rías Baixas.

Surf and spice.

When food trucks turned the culinary tide in the 2000s, Portland’s weren’t the only moveable feasts on the West Coast garnering serious buzz—Tofino’s Tacofino did, too.