May 2010

Pasta man at St. Lawrence Pizza and Pasta in Toronto. Photo by Ed Wetschler. By Ed Wetschler Like most great cities, Toronto is a quilt of neighborhoods, each offering local flavor(s) and, if you know where to go, good deals. Now that summer is upon us, here's one man's take

Even if you can't make the World Cup in South Africa this summer, you can at least get into the rhythms of the country, thanks to Putumayo's new South Africa CD. It highlights the musical variety and diversity of this incredible country and features artists such as Miriam Makeba and

  Reviewed by Richard West Howard McCord, a medievalist professor for 43 years, grew up walking the New Mexico badlands on his great-uncles’ ranches, and in “Walking to Extremes In Iceland and New Mexico,” still loves “the gentle stupor of walking.” He also can coax literary music from lava and

A bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We’re blessed with 57 National Parks in America. Some, like Yellowstone, attract more than 3 million visitors annually. Others like Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota are far less crowded, leaving the canyons of the Badlands to the wildlife

At the Lapin Agile. Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973,  is with us now more than ever.  Visit the Met,  MoMA, and the Jan Krugier Gallery and  you will have begun  the equivalent of Picasso 101. The next step is to read the three volume "A Life of Picasso"

Keeping track of your frequent flier miles (let alone hotel loyalty points) seems daunting if you’ve got multiple accounts, travel frequently, and have about a million other things to do in your life that seem more important. The downside to not paying attention is that miles have a limited shelf

L'Ogre. L'Ogre Though the location across the street from the exasperating (this building is much too big and it's impossible to find the entrance) round Maison de Radio in the 16th arrondissement isn't very convenient, there's still a lot to like about L'Ogre, a friendly and very lively modern bistro

The Wauwinet, Nantucket. By John Grossmann "So," asks Captain Rob, after hauling up the third trap of the afternoon.  "What do this lobster and I have in common?" The three of us aboard The Wauwinet Lady stare at this just caught crustacean, hoping maybe the blustery winds will blow the

In the May issue of Sierra Magazine, I wrote about paddling the West Branch of the Penobscot River in northern Maine. More paddlers are soon to follow, now that the West Branch of the Penobscot is part of a 740-mile water corridor called the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Launched in

Fabrics in Little Africa in Paris. In this city of haute couture, you can find designer fabrics by the meter in many posh stores in well-heeled districts about town. But if you want a bargain, or just something edgy, you should go to the fabric markets. The main fabric market,