May 12, 2014

A Ride Through History in the Dordogne

A Ride Through History in the Dordogne

Nutmeg loves France and Ginger tolerates her passion. The way they manage to find moderately stable ground within the quicksand of their personal interests is in those moments when friends come to visit. These encounters are an anchor with the familiar, and the ballast that settles a slightly rocky boat. Sometimes, they are able to convince those friends to explore with them. One recent occasion was a group bike trip through the now tranquil Dordogne, a region of France that once was the subject of violent tug-a-wars between French and English forces. Either, these were good friends or they were desperate for a vacation as the general descriptions for each day were as follows: • Moderately hilly • Mostly hilly • The odd flat section • Steep hills Maybe, it was the draw of history or the promise of wine, but they all came to discover historical Dordogne. (more…)

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May 5, 2014

Klari Reis Art Fuelled by Jelly Beans and Bioscience

Klari Reis Art Fuelled by Jelly Beans and Bioscience

The bubble gum colours of Klari Reis’s art are a perfect contrast to the nearby salty, wave-splashed coastline. California may not be her birthplace, but there is absolutely no question that this state is where she wants to domicile. (more…)

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April 28, 2014

A Walk on the Wild Side Brewster’s Glacier Skywalk

A Walk on the Wild Side Brewster’s Glacier Skywalk

It used to be that riding backwards in a ‘woodie’ station wagon without seat belts was an adventure. Now parents need to find ways to entertain their kids who can text one friend, Facetime with another, post to Instagram and tweet about their lunch all in the same 30-second span of time. Riding in backwards in a car may not quite achieve the necessary thrill-quotient intensity these days. (more…)

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April 21, 2014

Ginger and Nutmeg Featured on CBC’s Canada Writes

Ginger and Nutmeg Featured on CBC’s Canada Writes

Early Canadian pioneers gathered around rough-cut wooden tables and huddled near to their wood-burning stoves while arctic winter winds blasted outside their timber doors. As they sat in their rustic kitchens, in 1922, they might have turned on the radio to listen to what is now known as the Canadian Broadcasting Company/Radio-Canada (CBC). (more…)

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April 14, 2014

Domaine de la Baume a Provencal Jewel

Domaine de la Baume a Provencal Jewel

Jean-Louis Sibuet quickly appreciated the realities of the hospitality trade, once his parents purchased le Fer à Cheval Hotel in Megève. His early grounding in the accommodation business has evolved into a French boutique hospitality chain. Mr. Sibuet and his wife Jocelyne have created a luxurious, contemporary brand while maintaining a resilient respect for the local environment unique to each of their hotel properties. (more…)

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April 7, 2014

ABCs of Travel in France’s Dordogne

ABCs of Travel in France’s Dordogne

Ginger and Nutmeg spent a long Sunday afternoon covering over 600 km on some of France’s super-highways. Their goal was the looming treasure at the end of the journey, a week of biking with good friends through the Dordogne. Nutmeg admits that an ABC list covering essential sights and local tastes in the Dordogne region might have been a bit more help before their trip. She hopes instead that this post benefits at least one of the G&N readers who plan to visit this beautiful area in the future. (more…)

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March 31, 2014

Mike Grgich’s Love of Zinfandel

Mike Grgich’s Love of Zinfandel

A tweed blazer, blue-wool beret and matching slip-ons, may not be the classic outfit you would reach for on a blazing California desert morning. At 90-years old and impeccably dressed, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate answered the door at his home in the sunny Coachella Valley. There was no rain in the forecast for weeks, possibly months, but the man who helped to put Napa Valley wines on the global stage still wears his signature beret. (more…)

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March 24, 2014

All in the Family at Wilma and Frieda’s Café in Palm Desert

All in the Family at Wilma and Frieda’s Café in Palm Desert

The waitress had Nutmeg sold at the mention of homemade English muffins…she did not even need to talk about the jams. Kelly McFall had a vision for a cafe a dream that was 10-years in the making. Where most people would shy away from a new restaurant project in a fickle, seasonal marketplace with high-end rents, Kelly continued to move her idea forward and recently opened Wilma and Frieda’s Café, a tribute to youthful recollections of her two grandmothers. (more…)

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March 17, 2014

Top 10 List for a Road trip

Top 10 List for a Road trip

Ginger and Nutmeg have done many road trips over the years. There is something exciting about planning any trip, the thrill of discovering a new destination or reaching a well-known endpoint. Packing for a car journey is much less hassle than air travel – no weight restrictions, no security lines, baggage limits are somewhat relaxed and there is no requirement to “undress” your laptop. (more…)

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March 10, 2014

Paris Marche des Enfants Rouge

Paris Marche des Enfants Rouge

Old meets new, and France meets the world in this Parisian market. The trendy Marais district, the third arrondissement, spills northward with new housing and retail stores invading previously unattractive utilitarian spaces. In the midst of this budding urbanization is one of Paris’s oldest covered markets. The entrance off rue de Bretagne is unassuming; inside this compact culinary corner of the capital city is an artist’s palate of international cuisines. Market stalls flaunt glorious blooms in soft pastels and vibrant Crayola shades, seasonal fruit and vegetables from farms of Europe are piled high and fresh catch from the seas rest on icy cradles. (more…)

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