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Global Entrepreneur, Ruth Tal Converts Foody Trends Into FRESH Healthy Living

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Twenty-five years ago people laughed at Ruth Tal. Now she is called a “pioneer” and “visionary“ for making vegan, vegetarian foods and juicing so delicious they’re a hit even with mainstream diners at her four  fresh Toronto restaurants and global locations. Tal’s journey sounds like a variation of an Eat, Pray, Love script (minus Julia & Javier.) At a crossroads in her life, …

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Charity Galas – “Hey Kids Lets Put On A Show”

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

“With a million laughs, and color. And a lot of lights to make it sparkle. And songs-wonderful songs. And after we get the people in that hall, we’ve gotta start them in laughing right away… oh can’t you just see it?” (Judy Garland, Babes In Arms, 1939) Rooney and Garland made it look so easy. Behind the scenes of today’s …

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Whether Colliding Into Her Wheelchair Rugby Opponents; Bungee Jumping Or Shopping For Betsey Johnson Dresses, Jessica Kruger Does It Her Way!

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

“People stare at me,” confesses the 23-year-old green-eyed beauty wheeling onto the terrace of Thierry Café in downtown Vancouver. “But some recognize me lately and actually come over to congratulate me – that feels great!” she adds and her whole face lights up. Jessica Kruger was named the new Beauty Ambassador for Canadian Cosmetics giant, Lise Watier’s Something Sweet Perfume, selected from …

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Olive Oil – The Nector Of Gods, Celebrities & Mere Mortals

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Mythology tells us that in ancient Greece, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and Poseidon, the god of the sea, were bickering over who should rule the roost. To settle the dispute, – winner take all – they decided to hold a competition to decide who could come up with the most impressive gift to mortals. Poseidon (forever the drama queen) plunged his trident into …

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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 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 player …

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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 …