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Costa Rica’s Award – Winning Sibú Organic Chocolate Connects Tradition To A Sweet Future

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Those who subscribe to the aphorism that it’s the journey, not the destination in life that’s most meaningful, either have a lot of Frequent Flyer Points or have obviously never been to Costa Rica! Chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez Amón and George Soriano took a chance on both to follow their dream. How then, you might ask, did two Jewish entrepreneurs find …

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Vancouver Artist, Jazmin Sasky Paints Women’s Stories With A Compassionate Brush

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Her muse is 20th century Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo and painter, Jazmin Sasky’s folk art inspired clothing and bejeweled fingers recall Kahlo’s distinctive fashion. Sasky paints in the style of the Primitives; brilliantly detailed and textured with colourful flourishes. The eyes, truly the windows of the soul, are  hugely expressive. Her narratives of multicultural women and children are always joyful …

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Veteran Jazz Musician, Stu Goldberg Wins ‘LEO’ Award for Film Score

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Imagine watching contestants racing around the world under terrible duress, experiencing excruciating weather conditions in every mode of exotic transportation from hot air balloons to rickshaws – in almost total silence. “Music makes it exciting,” says composer-musician, Stu Goldberg, who helped establish the library of music for the 13-time Emmy Award-winning CBS television reality show, The Amazing Race. “Executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, …

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Herods Hotel Eilat – Fit For A King, Or An Emperor

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

A Canadian has skillfully combined modern-day opulence with historic details in this grand Israeli Herods Palace hotel I am doing the backstroke in the Olympic-sized pool surrounded by palm and grapefruit trees as 20 stone Egyptian cats stoically spurt azure water in arcs above my head. Gazing up at the hotel’s soaring Turkish domes and minarets, I feel like a …

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Roots Goes Retro With Mary Maxim Hand-Knit Collection Of Sweaters And Accessories

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

For those of us growing up in cold climates in the ‘50s and 60’s, I remember wearing a zip-up knitted wool sweater jacket to go skating on someone’s backyard rink. (Hard to imagine now with all the $750 Xtreme sport brands of outer wear protecting us from avalanches and the polar vortex.) Skiers, skaters, snowflakes, hockey motifs and of course woodland …

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Fine Art Joins The Celebration of The Chutzpah! Festival, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Embracing the themes of music, dance and movement, 15 artists will showcase their work in a group Art Show as a prelude to the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver, February 12th to March 16th, 2015. “The jury and I have curated a really interesting mix of work by British Columbia artists who …

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Downton Abbey, The Hoity-Toity Crawleys Meet The Mishpochah

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Spoiler Alert:  Mrs. Patmore is currently consulting “The Art of Jewish Cooking” trying to master matzah ball soup. If you are all a ‘Twitter’ because our favourite British saga, iTV’s  Downton Abbey has introduced a rather hunky Jewish character into the storyline, (Ephraim) Atticus Aldridge, Lord and Lady Sinderby’s son (played by actor, Matt Barber,) don’t say mazel tov just yet. In the developing …

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When Snorkeling With Dolphins, Keep Your Smiles To Yourself

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

I confess that I’ve always wanted to snorkel with the dolphins. That’s what happens when you grow up watching the invariably smiling Flipper on TV. When we visited Dolphin Reef in Eilat, my first foray into exploring the mysteries of the Red Sea, I learned two things: First, never smile back when you see a dolphin and, second, after four days at Herods Palace Hotel, wetsuits …

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Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Is Credited With Putting Fresh, Middle Eastern Cooking On Everyone’s Radar

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Makes Vegetables Sexy. Just Don’t Call Him A ‘Celebrity Chef’ On a whirlwind North American tour to promote his newest Vegetarian cookbook, Plenty More (published by Appetite Random House,) Vancouver, the Jewish Book Festival is Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s only Canadian stop and there’s a lot of heavy breathing going on – over vegetables! “I grew up in a really …

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Nikki Yanofsky ‘Carries’ A Torch of a Different Kind

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

From Precocious Child Performer To Beautiful Woman, Legendary Producer, Quincy Jones Says “Nikki Yanofsky Is The Bomb!” Nikki Yanofsky speaks very fast. That’s not surprising because the 21-year-old Montreal chanteuse, composer and lyricist, with the pipes of a seasoned jazz veteran, can reproduce the most intricate ‘scatting’ by her idol, Ella Fitzgerald, while giving everything a fresh pop take all her own. …