Tenth of December

Posted on February 19th, 2013

While it may appear nonsensical to declare that a book released in the first week of January is the best of the year, it seems hard to believe that any other work of fiction will rival George Saunders’ latest effort, Tenth of December, in terms of both narrative innovation and emotional depth. Saunders catapulted … (More →)


London: Portrait of a City

Posted on February 12th, 2013

Samuel Johnson famously said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Equally as renowned for its stellar contemporary art scene as its museums bursting with Old Master treasures, storied nightlife, exciting culinary scene and architectural landmarks, London has long been one of our favourite cities and we could not be … (More →)



Posted on February 5th, 2013

The literary canon is international in nature, spanning continents and countries, and there are very few of us who have read all the greats in their native tongues – Dostoevsky in Russian, Kafka in German, Borges in Spanish. Which poses an interesting, theoretical question: have we ever truly read Crime and Punishment if we’ve only … (More →)



Posted on January 29th, 2013

With short days, frigid temperatures, and wet conditions, the last thing we feel like doing lately is going out every night. Now is the ideal time to curl up with a glass of wine by the fire, sheltered from the adverse conditions outside. Netflix is our go-to source for at-home entertainment, and at a mere … (More →)


Hot Rum Cow

Posted on January 22nd, 2013

With craft breweries serving up such eccentric offerings as maple bacon and salted caramel ales and organic micro-distilleries all the rage, booze appreciation has reached heights amongst the general populace formally reserved for wealthy aficionados and alcoholics. While magazines devoted to alcohol culture are hardly new – Wine Spectator has been around since the 1970s … (More →)


The Mile End Cookbook

Posted on January 15th, 2013

We grew up frequenting Jewish delicatessens in Toronto, Montreal and New York, developing a keen appreciation for a bagel baked to perfection, expertly cured meat and exquisite, smoky lox. As Jewish cuisine in Vancouver isn’t quite the same, we find ourselves seeking out deli food on our travels – Kenny and Zuke’s in Portland, Beauty’s … (More →)


Ancient Light

Posted on January 8th, 2013

It is always exciting to discover an author whose books you’ve never read before but to whom you have an instant attraction. Ancient Light is Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville’s sixteenth novel, so I’m obviously a little late to the game. On the bright side, I have fifteen other books to hopefully enjoy as … (More →)


Top 5 Albums of 2012

Posted on December 18th, 2012

How To Dress Well – Total Loss

I know that almost everybody this year was waiting in anticipation for the sophomore album from UK trio The XX and unfortunately it was slightly underwhelming. Perhaps expectations were too high. That is why it was so exciting and surprising when Total Loss, a minimal R&B gem … (More →)