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Friday, December 15, 2017

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You are in a ceramics store in a tourist town. There are only a few people looking at the expensive, intricately coloured glass vases. Despite the signs warning customers not to touch the displays for fear of breakage, one woman is picking up all the vases, looking at the maker’s marks on the bottom of each one, twirling them around to check for uniformity of colour and design and then replacing them on the shelf. The storekeeper does not seem to take an interest.

Just then two local women enter the shop and greet the store owner. They are speaking in the local dialect. They slowly... Read More

Spirits can be found everywhere in Okinawa, the Island prefecture just west of Kyushu, Japan. Some take the form of protective guardians, while others are 86 Proof and add to the unique flavours of the destination. Okinawa consists of a series of islands, sometimes referred to as the Ryukyus (The Ryukyu Kingdom occupied the island chain before being overtaken by a Samurai Lord in the 17th century, and then ultimately annexed to Japan in 1879). Mainland Okinawa consists of the capital city of Naha, as well as beach resorts, cultural villages, one of the largest aquariums in the world,... Read More

Last weekend I finally got around to cleaning out my file cabinet and in the process, found all sorts of hidden treasures. There was the report of my ‘arrest’ for vagrancy in 1969 when the Town of Midland police department agreed to let my friends and I sleep in the jail overnight so we would not have to spend money on a hotel. The officer signed his title as “Occifer” to ensure that the document remained ‘unofficial’.

Then there was my Air Canada “Flight to the Moon” certificate issued after the Moon landing in 1969, when the airline perhaps jumped the gun a bit with enthusiasm by... Read More

We shared space and enjoyed alone-time. It was an opportunity to renew our friendship and rekindle the flames of romance. And without-a-doubt it was time well spent. It was a time to rediscover who we were, as we shared food and drink, savoring unique eats.

Saturday 07/30/11: We slept until late morning (a rare treat), and woke up starving. So we brunched at the “Byways Café,” another of Guy Fieri’s recommended eats, as seen on “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.” The café was a small and quaint little place, the walls were covered with an eclectic collection of antique memorabilia, and the... Read More

We stuffed our luggage and left with no worries, no cares, just a spread of big smiles and carefree hearts!

After twenty-nine years married, of working hard and raising a family, seeing to everything and everyone else first, we were finally taking a vacation. Just me and hubby—my partner-in-crime to all things endeavored—on a 5-days adventure road trip to Oregon: sightseeing and eating, with the opportunity to reacquaint and rediscover us as a couple. And as humble Foodies we would sample, critique and overindulge, and together would willingly agree to sacrifice unnecessary weight gain... Read More

It all started on my last trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina so blame them. It was a rainy day, not a good beach day, and we decided we were going to check out shops we never went in before. We knew Outer Banks like it was home; we'd been there that many times. One shop in particular that we always passed was a hammock store. I don't need a hammock but well it was raining so what the heck and we went in.

These hammocks were beautiful and very well made. The prices weren't too extraordinaily high for such craftmanship. But there was one section of the store that caught my... Read More

Part One: Sake and the Spirit of Niigata

The choice was difficult.

We could spend our last five days in Tokyo, a city that we had visited many times before where our favourite haunts beckoned us: the observation level of the Metropolitan Building to see Mt. Fuji, shopping for books at Kinokunya in Shinjuku, or at Disc Union for used CD’s, or for clothes at Muji and Uniqlo and then over to Tokyu Hands department store to shop for just about anything you can image.

But this was too easy as it pandered to our comfort level. I’ve surmised that too many travellers fall into... Read More

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