All posts by Valerie Howes

National Magazine Award-nominated writer Valerie Howes writes feature stories for publications such as Globe and Mail, National Post, enRoute, Toronto Life, Reader's Digest, Canadian Living and Chatelaine. Her blog, Open Kitchen, took Gold at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Awards and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. ***** Valerie Howes, finaliste aux National Magazine Awards, publie des reportages pour le Globe and Mail, le National Post, enRoute, Toronto Life, Reader's Digest, Canadian Living et Chatelaine. Son blogue, Open Kitchen, a remporté l'or aux Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Awards et aux Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

A Day in Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood

Named for its location—amid a criss-cross of railway lines—Toronto’s Junction stretches along Dundas West, between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue. Once home to factories, mills … Continue Reading

Chef Mark McEwan’s Top Picks for Winterlicious

“I remember when Winterlicious was created—it was sort of to get the Earth back on its feet after the Twin Towers attacks, so … Continue Reading

Chef Martin Ruiz Salvador’s Top Ocean-Friendly Spots in Eastern Canada

Martin Ruiz Salvador is the executive chef at Fleur de Sel, which he co-owns with his wife, maître d’ Sylvie Ruiz Salvador. He … Continue Reading

A Toronto-Niagara Gourmand Getaway for Valentine’s

With Valentine’s weekend approaching, maybe you’re torn between town and country for your romantic mini-break. Love blossoms on quiet moments of togetherness and excitement, so … Continue Reading

Canada’s Best Christmas Markets

Across Germany, Austria, Eastern France and Northern Italy, during the cold dark winter months, people have for centuries gathered at Christmas markets to clink mugs … Continue Reading