Author: Parm Parmar

Springtime in Banff – Shine On!

Photo Courtesy Banff National Park A Spring visit to Banff, Alberta brings optimism for a few end-of-season ski runs, sightseeing and sunny patio chill-outs. The gem of the Rockies does not disappoint! The town of Banff, located in Banff National Park, offers a relaxed vibe, with plenty of sunny vistas and welcoming nooks to catch warm rays, mountain air and more than a few tasty treats! A leisurely stay at the Rim Rock Resort Hotel offers an ideal home base while in Banff. The majestic hotel, with Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, offers a welcoming warmth and stunning mountain...

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Cooking Indian with KFI Sauces

More people are eating out these days than ever before; and the interest in diverse cultures and cuisines has grown with this trend. At one time it was all about Italian and Chinese eateries but the last 30 years have seen a rise in all things Asian – travel, dress and food. The nationwide spread of Indian restaurants, and the introduction of this cuisine has encouraged home cooks to try duplicating the dishes they love; but the combination of unusual spices and ingredients caused a few problems. Enter ‘Indian sauces’; these products hitting our market are taking all the...

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Getaway to the Kawarthas: Viamede Resort

Viamede in the winter….. The first you’re hit with is the crisp, clean, fresh air, the second is the vastness of this property. In the distance we see the frozen lake; most of the snow is gone, reminding us that spring is rounding the corner. Ben Samaan, owner and general manager, purchased Viamede about 5 years ago; we bump into him while walking the grounds after check-in. Samaan is energetic and welcoming, he regales us with the resort’s amenities pointing out the new swimming pool and state of art gym, which we had already seen and been quite impressed...

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St. Pete Florida Beyond the Beach

(This article was first published on the Epoch Times Travel Blog) Who doesn’t like to relax on the beach – soak up the sun in St Petersburg! Get off the chaise lounge and you’ll see there’s a lot going on. There are theaters, galleries, foodie finds and craft breweries just to name a few. All in all, St. Pete (as the locals refer to their city) has experienced a hip transformation. Where to Stay? Downtown or the Beach Situated on beautiful Tampa Bay, the Vinoy Renaissance is like a pink palace in ‘downtown’ St. Pete. As you walk through the front...

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Hamilton’s Rising Culinary Scene

Hamilton’s small business sector is a driving factor in its economy and one of the major players is the growing, versatile, culinary scene. Travelers (both international and domestic) have become very interested in the cuisines offered at their chosen destinations, and Hamilton is positioning itself to fill the bill with a very diverse range of culinary choices. “With the rise of food entrepreneurs, more storefronts are displaying culinary signs in the downtown core. With this, we are  seeing a change in our perceptions of Hamilton- from a mainly steel driven economy to now Canada’s most diversified economy” says Michael...

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