Author: Parm Parmar

Island hopping in Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva

South West Florida has great appeal for first time visitors. It is a popular destination for outdoor adventure seekers, fisherman, divers, and nature and beach lovers. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to go Island hopping and shelling in Lee County  (Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva).  I’ve visited the Florida Keys, loved the cool casual ambiance of the Islands, but now it was time to explore this new area on the Gulf Coast. Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach is a short 20-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW); and my first stop. From...

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Vacationing Like a Celebrity at Jamaica’s Half Moon

It’s my first visit to Jamaica, and this was the real deal! Not at all like the time I strolled ashore from a cruise ship and spent a few hours at Jimmy Buffet’s in Montego Bay imbibing “real Jamaican Rum Punch”. Arriving at Half Moon, I’m greeted by  courteous staff and shown to my room, more about that later. On this visit, I’m spending four glorious days at the resort.  The resort has a 1950’s colonial English feel with all the modern amenities. The recently remodelled lobby has the feel of a vintage Palais Royale. It’s airy, elegant and charming,...

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Chef McKenna Brings Farm-to-Table Dining to Mount Julian

Mount Julian, built in 1874 as an Inn; is part of Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake. It’s been beautifully preserved and the perfect setting for the fine dining the resort is becoming known for. This dining room is steeped in history, right down to the creaky floorboards; it felt like I’d slipped back in time. We were warmly greeted by Executive Chef Kevin McKenna who took us on a tour of the restaurant. We started with the wine cellar in the basement; it’s stocked predominantly with Ontario wines and a few European for good measure. They have a well-stocked...

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Guess who’s coming to Toronto – La Cure Gourmande

Mountains of French biscuits, truffles and caramels, lollipops, calissons, nougats and of course, chocolate olives (roasted almonds covered in dark chocolate); all displayed in a warm and cozy general-store fashion – La Cure Gourmande. This amazing concept was born in 1989, in Balaruc-les-Bains, a town in the South of France. These traditional French sweets and biscuits (typical of Provence), are made in ‘workshops’ in France and sold through their stores 54 to date (6 in Paris). The company first spread through key locations in Europe, including Belgium and Spain, then UAE, Asia and most recently, North America. I recently...

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Royal Indian Banquet – Moghul Palace Cuisine

If you’re looking for the right way to prepare an Indian meal, literally a meal fit for a Royal Indian Banquet,  look no further than the charming Smita Chandra. Smita’s “The Royal Banquet – India’s Palace Cuisine” (Moghul Cuisine) was part of a monthly Trending NOW Dinner Series, featuring top Canadian chefs, held at held George Brown Colleges, Chefs House. For those unfamiliar with this spot, The Chefs House, is a student-focused concept restaurant on King St. East, in Toronto, where students of the Chef School, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management get to prepare and serve their creations...

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